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We are now able to give the portion of report which we were compelled to omit from yesterday’s issue : Mr. Walker proposed the toast of “ The Visitors,” coupled with the name of the Mayor of Ashburton, and in doing so he was happy that the County Council had been able in some measure to help the borough, by means of water, to improve its sanitary condition.

Mr. Wright proposed the health of the County Council Engineer, Mr. Baxter. He did not think the Council had displayed too much enthusiasm, for a work like this required the greatest enthusiasm that could be infused into it. At first the work had not met with much opposition, but all difficulties have been happily overcome, and he thought that we might congratulate ourselves on the work already done. The work was, however, really complete as far as MetUven, and that ere long earthenware pipes would have to be used where now there was only an open channel.

The Return Journey. In our report last evening it was, of course, impossible for us to allude to the return journey, as it was made at too late an hour for our winged messengers to bear any tidings of even the first portion of the trip from the dam to Methven. As we said last night, the party left the dam shortly after three o’clock, all the vehicles being well loaded. On arriving at the portion of the race which it was necessary to cross, several of the passengers essayed to walk, with a view of lightening the load, as the dip of the race necessitated a very heavy pull for the horses. And it was here that some amusement was furnished ; for those who had offered to walk found water in the race running bank high, and, as thevehicleswere allacross, there were but two Ways of crossing, either by wading or accepting the offer of several horsemen and riding over double-banked; Several accepted this offer, the consequence being that one pair of riders were, much to their disgust and their friends’ amusement, quietly shunted from their position on the horse’s back to the ground, no one being hurt. After this all went well, and Methven was shortly reached, where refreshments were indulged in, and at five o’clock a number left in the train, arriving in Ashburton at the usual train hour. Those who did not leave by the train, after allowing time for their horses to be fed, left in Mr. M‘Rae’ drag and coach. Leaving Methven the race was again the cause of an ; adventure, for one of our townsmen was carefully deposited in the race through the driver of the vehicle being somewhat rash, and driving through at a pace not at all calculated to agree with the springs of any conveyance or the comfort of the. passengers. At a short distance from Methven, Mr. Cameron’s (Clunes), crops of wheat where noticed as being particularly fine, but on reaching Messrs. Gould and Cameron, all were agreed that for extent and quality, their crops would rank amongst the best in the county, on one field no less than ten reapers and binders were seen at work. After a pleasant drive of some three hours the party arrived in Ashburton very well pleased and satisfied with their day’s outing. There have been many conjectures and opinions passed as to when the water should reach Dundas, a distance of thirty-two miles from its starting-point, but Mr. Baxter informs us that in his opinion Thursday at the latest will see the water stretching over the whole thirty-two miles.

Suicide. —Professions do not predispose to suicide, but instruction does. No man kills himself because of his trade, but a good many men kill themselves because of their knowledge. Not only has the revival of suicide almost exactly coincided in time with the modern extension of schooling, but suicide is now most abundant in the very regions in which schooling is most expended. Two Comets Predicted. —Two magnificent comets are prognosticated for next year by an Indian writer, who, according to the Times of India, announces that these heavenly bodies will be visible from April Ist to June 12th, will stretch across one-fourth of the heavens, that they occupy 2,025| years in their revolution, and that they eclipse the brilliancy of the mid-day sun, and form the original Light of Creation, the light with which the Genesis 'of the world opened ; thus fulfilling all prophecy, and settling biblical chronology beyond dispute. Beaconsfield and Thackeray. —Much bitterness has been excited in some quarters by Lord Beaconsfield’s caricature of Thackeray, whom the great satirist’s admirers profess to identify beneath the traits of “ St. Barbe,” the journalist in “Endymion.” The uncomplimentary sketch >s thought to be intended as tin Ex-Premier’s revenge for Thackeray’s burlesque novel of Conlingsby. The likeness in the case, as in all other cases, has been purposely distorted so as to leave room for denial by ‘lie noble author that any portrait was intended, hut everybody

recognises the original. “ Gushy,” the rival of whom “ St. Barbe ” is always talking disparagingly, is taken to be Dickens. Lord Beaconslield has undertaken to throw people off the scent by amalgamating his characters thus “ Vigo ” is made to be a combination of Poole the tailor and of George Hudson, the Sunderland railway king, once omnipotent in English society, but who died in comparative obscurity some years ago. This artifice, however, will not save him from severe attacks by the wrathful friends of Thackeray and Dickens.— Corr. New York World Holloway's Pills. —At the change of Reasons many persons feel oppressed without 'knowing why they are so—they are aware something within them is wrong, though they cannot detect the defected organ. A few doses of these powerfully purifying and eminently cooling Pills will restore regularity to every part of the system—will cast Out all impurities lurking in : ihe ’frame, and will throroitghly expel the last traces of disorder, however poscure its causae.. With Holloway’s medicine Relief is'insured without risk ; erroneous aption is rectified without disturbing natural jsgijlarity,.* health Is re-mstated, and with it return the cheerful feelings which unmistakably tell the invalid that all within is right again.

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THE PLAINS WATER SUPPLY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 257, 1 February 1881

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THE PLAINS WATER SUPPLY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 257, 1 February 1881

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