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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL.

The ordinary fortnightly meeting of this Council was held last evening at the Borough Council Chambers. Present. His Worship the Mayor, Crs Williamson, Friedlander, J. Orr, W. Roberts, A. Harrison, and Ivess. mayor’s statement. The Mayor stated that the amount received for rates during the past fortnight was as follows :—Rates, L 6 13s Od, and rents, L 5 4s Od. The Bank overdraft was now L 1,733 6s 2d. The unpaid rates amounted to L 66 9s. The Council was now in receipt of the Fire Association’s grant of L4O, being LlO less than last year’s donation to the Council. CORRESPONDENCE. The following correspondence was read : From Mr W. B. Moss, agent for N.Z.L. and M. Association, asking the permission of the Council to lay down a siding across West street to their proposed premises.—lt was resolved to grant the request on certain conditions and subject to the supervision of the Engineer. From the Secretary of the Fire Brigade, enclosing a copy of additional rules passed by the Brigade for the sanction of the Council. —On the motion of Or Friedlander the rules were approved of. From Mr S. Saunders, relative to the construction of a permanent dam at the head of the mill race, and asking the Council to bear a share of the cost of its construction. Referred to Works Committee. From Messrs George Jameson and Honour, drawing the attention of the Council to the fact of a great nuisance now existing in Tancred street, owing to defective side channels.—lt was decided that the Engineer and Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to attend to the matter complained of, and to have the same abated. PIPES. A letter was read from the contractor for the Caversham Borough Gas Works, stating that he was willing to take all the 6 inch and 4 inch pipes, and a certain number of the 9 inch water pipes, at Lq 10s per ton, delivered in Caversham by February next.—Cr Ivess moved—“ That this Council decline Mr Hutchinson’s offer as it was too low.—Carried.

The Mayor thought that they would get a good price for the pipes in Christchurch shortly.—The Clerk was instructed to inform Mr Hutchinson that the Council must decline the offer as it was below the cost price. INSPECTOR NUISANCES REPORT. The Inspector of Nuisance’s report as follows was read :—"(1.) Re Closets. — Those mentioned in my last report as requiring new pans are all now supplied with them. I have also several complaints to report re the closets not being regularly attended to, which have been seen to during the last week, but I must ask the Council to inform Ibell that he must be more regular and more particular.—(2.) Re Slops and other Refuse matter. —There is nothing of consequence to report to the Council this meeting. The accumulation of rubbish and other refuse matter behind Prospect Building and section behind has been removed ; also behind Saunders’ Buildings. ” A discussion ensued on the unsatisfactory way in which the scavenging contract was being fulfilled. Ultimately it was decided that the sureties be informed that unless the contractor carry out his duties more satisfactorily the Council will enforce the terms of the contract, A DESTITUTE CASE. The Mayor said that a Mrs Boswell, who was a tenant in one of the Council’s cottages, had been allowed by him to occupy one of the same rent free, owing to her distressed circumstances. On the motion of Cr Ivess the Mayor’s action was approved of, as several councillors spoke of Mrs Boswell as being a hard-working and industrious woman, and who was deserted by her husband. engineers’ report. The Engineers reported as follows: 1. —The Labor Gang have been engaged in Havelock street and Wills street West re-forming and filling; also in making a cutting in Cameron street West, near its junction with Winter street, for cart traffic, as the old track, which ran through a private section, has been fenced off. 2. Metalling: The road shingle has been delivered, and spread in Tancred street and William street. Some large stones have to be removed or broken. The footpaths will be done, we expect, in the course of a week. About 120 yards will be required to make good in Havelock street West, between Park and West streets, which will be ready for metalling in a day or two. If the Council approve this can be obtained at the present contract price, Is Id per yard. 3.—Kerbing and Channelling: Mr Bradley has commenced work in Moore street, in continuation of the asphalte channelling between East street and Cass street.

Cr Ivess thought that a longer teat should be given to the asphalts concrete channelling, as from what he had heard and seen, some of that laid was unsatisfactory, and would be unserviceable. Cr Williamson said that every chance of testing the channelling should be given. Or Roberts said that the test of temperature was the principal one, otherwise he believed the principle, perfectly satisfactory. In reply to Cr Orr the Engineer said that as far as he could judge the asphalte channelling which had been laid down as a test was very favorable. In reply to Cr Roberts the Engineer said that the Bank of New Zealand and Messrs Tucker and Restell will have to pay for the filling up of gully in Peter street. The quantity of earth put into it was 340 yards. Cr Williamson moved that the question of channelling in asphalte concrete be referred to the Works Committee to report at next meeting. BATHING SHED. Cr Williamson reported that the Committee to report on the Bathing Sheds had not met. Deferred till the next meeting. RETRENCHMENT COMMITTEE. Cr Ivess said that owing to having been busily engaged with other matters during the week, he had been unable to call a meeting of the Committee together. He had to apologise to the Committee for the delay, but would ask the clerk to summon another meeting of the Committee.—Matter allowed to stand over. STREET CHANNELLING. The Mayor said that, taking into consideration the finances of the Council, he could not see how they could undertake the channelling in Tancred street at present. If the ratepayers were willing to petition the Council to raise a special loan to defray the cost of street channelling, etc., that would be the best way to carry out the same. QUESTIONS.

Cr Friedlander asked whether the Engineer could give any information as to the removal of some clay and earth on the South Belt.—The Engineer said that the labor gang would attend to the work at once.

Cr Roberts asked whether the Council had received the money for the leases of the last sections sold by public auction. The Mayor said that the account sales had not yet been handed in. It was decided to write to Messrs Jameson and Roberts asking whether the conditions for the sale of reserves had been carried out, and also to the Fire Association, pointing out that a reduction of LlO had been made by them in their annual grant, and asking for an explanation.

NEW BUSINESS. Cr Williamson said that as the business in West street had greatly increased lately, be would move—“ That the railway authorities be asked to make a street crossing from Kermode street to West street.” Or Orr seconded the motion, which was carried. Or Roberts proposed that four yards of clay be spread upon all newly shingled streets. Carried. TENDERS. TTi'r Worship here left the room whilst the tenders for making the rolls were considered. Cr Ivess thought that both tenders were too high. He should suggest that the Town Clerk make but th'r 5 B)IIf2f s ln extra premium of say LlO. 4 s the work would be simply to copy the previous roll, the present tenders were exoessiye,. Or Orr agreed with Or Ivess, and he thought that the Town Clerk knew what was required, and could do the work satisfactorily. He would .suggest l that a sum of Ll 5 be given for the work. - Cr Ivess then moved the Council-into a Committee to consider the whole question, and it was decided, oh the motion of'Or Roberts, seconded by Or Orr—“ That a special meeting of the Council be:!dtmvened for consideration of fresh tenders on Monday next, for making out the Valuation Roll for 1882.” Carried. DOG COLLARS. 7; The tender of J. Haseltyh,, saddler, Tinwald, for dog collars, as follows; - was accepted at 6d each, and for re-badging, 2£d, accepted. LEAVE OF ABSENCE. : ’--i It was decided to grant the Town Clerk leave of absence until Wednesday next, in order to attend as Returning Offiperat the election of the County councillors. PAYMENTS. ' ' The pay-sheet amounting to L 26 lls Od, and accounts LBB 5s 3d, been passed for payment, and the Council adjourned. THE ROW WITH THE MAORIS. * The trial of the native prisoners wap-ip-sumed yesterday, when Hurathonse, the interpreter, gave further evidencpagauiat Te Whiti and Tohu. The case’ for/the prosecution closed about five o’clock/ -4T© Whiti was then asked if’ ho to say. Te Whiti appeared to.,bp very 1 languid during the afternooii; caiisdd by the excessively close atmosphere of the Court room, which had been crpprded all l day. Te Whiti said—lt ia night pow, and ■ not the time for speaking. The interpreL ter said that Te Whiti said he wouldhpeak i in the morning as he waa now tired: The Court adjourned at 'B.IO p.ih to-day, when Te Whiti was 'to i address the Court .. .

[by, telegraph/] New Plymouth, To-day. Te Whiti Addresses ; theConrt in Extenuation. TheWhitiand Tohu were again this morning before the Cbfirt.. -Te Whiti made a, short speech, wtuch' waa taken down in Maori and j‘ He said they had lived on the land since the war, and cultivated it ; he, did .-not. .wash that there should bo a quarrel between the two races, and was anxious that /both races should live on the land. He had no wish to do evil or kill anyone.’ Up W the present time his wish had been to live peaceably and happily on the land. , His Worship then addressed TejWJiti in the following terms—“ You are committed to the common gaol at .Nejy Plymouth, there safely to be kept until/you shall bo delivered by due; course.of j(aw. Te Whiti did not make any "reply. Tohn’s Case. • •

After the sentence by the Court,‘Tohn’s case was heard, when Mr Carrington was examined. His evidence was‘similar to that given in. Te Whiti’s case. The Captive Chiefs Interviewed. At the conclusion of the. proceedings at the Court yesterday a number of gentlemen gathered round Te Whiti, and the captive chiefs entered into conversation with them. Both Te Whiti and Tohu, in reply to questions, said, they had nothing to complain of regarding ‘ their confinement, except that they were not allowed to smoke.

The R.M. and a visiting justice visited the gaol and got several of the . prison rules relaxed in favor of the political prisoners. During the whole of the proceedings yesterday Te Whiti and Tohu wore-im-pressed with the dignity of. the Court, Ta Whiti especially paying particular attention to the manner that witnesses were sworn, and the method adopted of. examining all the witnesses. f < More Prisoners Taken. Pungarbhu, To-day.

This morning a company of Armed Constabulary were marched into Parihaka, and all Maori women with children were ordered to assemble oh the slope inrftpnt of the cemetery. The total numberjfrho assembled was over. 800. • ;A. search was then made for those 1 belonging to Wanganui, and forty-seven women jand children were arrested and placed'-'ih a whare near where the men are. confined. The others were allowed to return to the pah. Mr Booth and Captain Messenger were present to identify the women. Miscellaneous. Wellington, The 6,000 acres confiscated block to be sold before -Christmas, is at the back of Manaia, not Parihaka. - :u ’ - Government have received the following information: —Mr Bryce is about to complete the selection of Ngaruawhjiia natives, but great difficulty arises * in getting their wives to join them. As a preliminary to despatching them ; to Wanganui the houses of the Wanganui natives have been picked out and destroyed: — It was hoped that the , Maori women would come forward and pick out their property, which had been carefully, preserved, but they have not done so. ‘

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 492, 15 November 1881

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 492, 15 November 1881

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