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• .To 3m. fonm : . s : ii R fVI Sir,—Allow to correct an inaccurate statement in your report of the trial of 'the sump, at Quillls Hotelbj jthe Eire r 5 ojd •follows “ The, of* .wa^ jwasj, ■ ; found to' be sufficient to reea the , engine for apractice, but it us questionable if It ' * would suffice to supplyjnr case ofda fife*.” Your reporter could not have made,uaa ~c . of his powers of obseifVatibd, or else the. said powers, must be uncommonly scanty. 1 The simple fact was the engine.poulclinot! o reduce the height of water in the Bupaj^. s , s a much larger volume of water flowing past the sump than, there: iwas be£ng r ; pumped from it. This supply waa ob-.' p tained by opening the sluice-gate at the . , reservoir less than two inches. Ch its ’ being reduced by closing the gate to about ip half-inch, there was sufficient to feed the engine and give the pumpers enough to .... do. When I state that the reservoir s sluice-gate can be operjpd to 13 inches, and -, the supply increased in proportion, it can ;i be easily calculated that the efficiency of the engine or the Brigade will not be im-. paired by an insufficient supply of water. May I suggest, in order that the rate* payers may not be misled in each matters, that in future an intelligent reporter bo employed, who will not, in .addition to raisrcporfcing, make such unnecessary andexpensive (not to say insane) suggestions as that of laying another line of pipes across the railway line. am, &C.-, Chas. E. Fooks, ; s f Borough Engineer.; [We regret that our repot ter, whowas : misinformed, did not take the necessary . * : precaution: to get a correct report personally from Mr Fooks, and so prevent- •< such statements from appearing in print- ;u E». dr.j. J

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A CORRECTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881

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A CORRECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 361, 3 June 1881