The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1881. Bathing in the Domain.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m.j
The Works Committee, to whom the matter was referred at the previous meeting of the Borough Council, were to have brought up their report re bathing in the Domain at last night’s meeting, but Cr Williamson stated that th<s Cptntnittee bad not met to discuss r i /si
the thing, and it was therefore decided to call a special meeting of the Council for next Monday night to go into the question. We trust that the Council will not lose any more time in dealing with the matter, as the hot weather is now upon us, and if we are to have any bathing we may just as well make a start as soon as possible. And while upon this topic let us add a few words about the best site for the bathing shed should it be decided to erect it. Anyone who has walked over the Domain and followed the course of the water would at once see that there is but one really suitable place for bathing purposes, and that is the deep water just inside the Domain gates. Here the water is of sufficient depth to render a plunge enjoyable, while here also there would be little fear of Cr Harrison’s prediction about the mud interfering with the pleasure of the swimmer being verified. But to go fimher would infallibly be to fare worse. If the bather is to take a header where the water gets narrow he will stand a good chance of being suffocated in the mud. The only objection urged against bathing where the water is deep and comparatively clear is that this spot is in the close proximity of certain dwelling houses. But were the shed erected amongst the bushes on the left hand side of the pool it would be almost hidden from view, and even if seen would look more like a summer house than anything else. As for the bathers, they would, of course, be attired in proper bathing costume, and would be permitted to bathe only within certain hours—the rules of the bathing club would enforce the observance of these things. But should they be perceived swimming about in the water, the sight need not cause any individual, however sensitive, to faint.
Cheese and Butter for Exportation,
Mr Bowron delivered his first lecture on cheese and butter factories at the Town Hall last night; the lecture was the initial one of a series to be delivered at the various agricultural centres throught the district; and indeed the promoters of the factory scheme have been fortunate in securing the services of one so well versed in the mysteries of cheese, butter, and bacon making, selling and buying, as Mr Bowron, who has passed a long life, as he informed his hearers last night, at the business, and therefore anything he may give utterance to on the subject of cheese and butter is worthy of attention. So it is gratifying to hear Mr Bowron say, as he said last night, that the Ashburton cheese and butter factory may be made a great success, if the promoters will only go the right way to work. And first and foremost this expert says, “procure a good manager, for on the head-piece of your manager the success or failure of your scheme to a great extent hangs.” The advice is sound, and the directors will doubtless benefit by it. And the next thing that Mr Bowron advises is “ don’t be too ambitious at the start; be content to commence in a small way, and then if you are successful you can extend your operations as may be thought advisable.” This again, is valuable counsel, and counsel derived from actual personal observation in many lands. Mr Bowron touched upon many things in the course of his address that are worthy of remembrance. He showed his hearer’s how bacon curing could be easily and profitably added to cheese and butter making, and told them that if they were to go in for the manufacture of condensed milk, they would add another highly remunerative branch to their business.
Let us hope that Mr Bowron’s course of lectures will have the effect of urging on our agriculturalists to greater energy, so that they may be able, as Mr Bowron puts it, “to turn every blade of grass to solid gold.” There can be little doubt that the promoters of the Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory have got hold of a “ good thing,” and provided they will be guided by Mr Bowron, and “ crawl before they attempt to run,” success should be assured.