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THE BATTLE OF THE RESERVES.

-A public, meeting, convened'ny Hit ’ ‘ Worship the ww held.laai fveniiig / flf^the'.TowtiHal?, forth© pufpow;6f con* siderihg tie resofundfla’ proposed; nyf H» Worship at the- Borough Coiihcii,'which '' Were as follow©; on account ‘of' the v4iy dose' Jbf Baring I „sqflare, fronting.on. th* public Domain, it would bemore beneficial ' to the - healin'"of ihepeople living on the west aider ~of the borough, and, moreover, a large source ■of • revenue to the whole of the borough], if the - said square would be exohtmged for another reserve, of similar size ; op ante' of the borough, andthat the inember for the district be asked to bring iliis Bill to that effect. 2nd. That a public meet* ing be called at an early date, tb *Weeh»m the views of the ratepayers with ; tefa»noo to the foregoing notice of motion/'; There was a good attendance.' ~ r ' His - Worship the Mayor occupied, the chair at the commencement of the proceedings, ; -but stated that, as he had a resolution to he would not act as ' qhallman through the evening, but would call upon Mr J. Ward to preside. ] Mr Ward then took the chair, and-- His Worshlp : the Mayor/; addressing the meeting, said that■ before lie Opened l the matter he had to lay before them, he would' apologise for the Or Harrison, havingbeen requested by'bim to do so. Mr, Harrison was prevented from attending in consequence" •of the accident which had recently befallen bim. Or Harrison was opposed to the proposed exchange of sites. He (the called the meeting that night as an act of courtesy to the ratepayers ; asamatthr of fact, he was not obliged to call it, for his resolutions had been carried by ’ the Council, and that was enough ; but, as an act of courtesyj he had thought it Well to meet them, in order that the matter 1 might be gone into. Now some people —he didn’t know who op what they accused him (the Mayor) of interested motives in this aflhir, but anyone, he thought, who had watched his Career as Mayor of that town would exonerate him from that charge. In doing what he had, he had simply acted as be thought was - best for the public, welfare; • (Applause. J 1 *' 3 By cutting up the western side of the square into - half-a-dozen, building r allotments a revenue would result to the borough of some L6OO per annum, equivalent to the levying of a 6d rate in the £, and the ratepayers would surely put up with going a few yards oiit of their way to reach a “breathing place” if by so doingMhey would effect this saving. One objection to the scheme had teen that-the time would arrive when the local! tyofi-T the square would be so densely populated that some such breathing space would become absolutely necessary, but He .Vhafcdly thought that time would arrive fpr twenty or thirty years to come, i Ho suggested that the reserve'should be let for twentythe members of which could then decide

whether it would be expedient tdrre-leaae it or to devote it to recreation purposes. Another' : argument • against his proposal was that the reserve having 'been :£itfapart from the 'first by the GoVemment for recreation purposes, it would: be "wrong on the part df the ratepayers to ruh! obunter to the-intention of the: Government by cutting it : up. -But he to the audience to 'say wheMier Qbvernment was 'hot, * 'during every session, passing f measures which-were repeaied_'the<nSxt ? Now he was strongly opposed to interfering with die Other side of thesquat'e, because then ‘ it woald be interfering i with) Othe rights of property owners whbse frontages it would '■ be taking away,' hutmoOthe western side of the . square not be : the ' : Case,' a simply because on that etde there''Were no frcmtsge* to interfere with. Onthe one; siderof the square the proposed change I meant a benefit to the ratepayers* on the other side J it meant a depreciation intßevteind) of the surrounding properties. Ha:JSrould move—“ That this meeting endorses the passed at the meetingiof'lhe Borough Council on • the 31st .ult., as to the advisability of exchanging tho-re- ’ serves.”' In moving that resolution he doulo merely repeat that in whatrhe was proposing be was only consulting b the interests of the He had no wish to force his opinions "upon them, and would be content to abide by the

decision of the meeting. (Loud 1 Applause.) 1 _ The motion was seconded by Mr,.W. Roberta. Mr Robinson proposed as an amend* m ent—“ That if one side of thesquare is taken then both sides be taken.” This was seconded by Mr St Hill, who remarked, amidst loud cries of “.Platform ! Platform !” (to which he responded by climbing on the stage) that he'was quite opposed to the Mayor’s proposition. It was all very well to l talk about “public welfare” and all that but this matter was not to be cloake<L r up, and patronage was sticking out 'on J all sides. They wanted a breathing place in the centre of the place, and such a. spot as that under discussion must be conducive to the health of the inhabitants of the town. If large iron stores were going up on the reserve, it would be far better to forego the saving referred to by the Mayor. 1 ,. Mr Bird was altogether opposed, to any interference with the Square. Mr Ward here vacated the chair. He said he wished to address a few words to the meeting. He had come there that night, not only to vote, but to raise his voice against what he considered an injustice to the ratepayefsgenerally.” He had known the Mayor for some years, and had watched his career both as Mayor of that town, and as a citizen, and ha was proud to say that Mr FnedlandeiT possessed a great deal of his esteem arid regard ; at the same time he worild not pin his faith to everything the Mayor might do, and on this occasion he certainljM differed from him. The Mayor .was a remarkably shrewd business man, Hand in this matter of the reserves,, he-had maintained his usual character for shrewdness. He (the Mayor) was a large ratepayer, and the more money he could raise’ from a scheme of this kind, why the better for himself. The reserve had been set ■aside for recreation purposes,-and he; would ask the working men if they were inclined to barter their reserve fte the sake of a few paltry pounds 1 (Applause;) Now the Mayor had said that if thiasjdbof the Square were gold,; it would interfere rights of" property-holders. Now, who were these property-holders ? -In the first place, there was the Bank of '"New Zealand. If a working-man had owned >tho site on which the Bank stood, did Jjhey think that they would have heard anything about “vested rights V' No; if the site had belonged to a poor tailor or jlhoemaker, it would have been a very difl&ent matter. (Laud-applauaeAWell, why

maker to whom he had referred 1 The thing was so palpable that he need not ■ay another word on the subject. He would only add, that in his if' one side of the Square went, both sides should go. (Applause.) The Mayor said he thanked Mr Ward for the compliment conveyed in his oppning remarks, but he was sorry to see the way he had concluded his eloquent speech, for he had introduced personal matters rl that had been far better left alone. Fried - lander Bros.. he might tell them, were! 1 entirely independent of the Bank of New. . Zealand or any other Bank, i- iTnoMhlidggett; :.«Oh/;dh,bh'l’’: , Hrs- I well f«Sr Mr Leggett;tb'aSji * f K>h B’'hut'lam speaking .Biodbeiroth}' and that I ia^morP: th&njM pan say if heiuide&tes my statement. .ODetfj ttffl/-«aMpayers (his Worship . resumed) decide this matter. If they agree - to-his proposal, well and good^-if-not, . :•( very wellj. they need be i for that. (LoudLapplause.) >| ] ' i-oiMWW?■ had WM&ad (to imgjy that he Was to ! in ? 5 ' ft f n «ay_whaLJxe had w saidr He had> tcy-atmvey that he knew his own position bette| than antae# o spn!s amMMipiienr first, namely, that if one sideof thVaquflra went both sides should . :r t M# Brow’s (Baker arid BroSpfi) suggestion the “'JSpJise divided”, on ■ h yj ‘mdf atfd* tl b'fflVftidti. 1 Tpatilto [ iri (hirtyoa iffld votes beinW reLoidrid forthe amende m Oflfa.tfccinxi 1-.’^ m ; .y : : ,«li : ;i aoitjfaA Chriiftnkri :°MI those; who plekSe 1 signify Bie the Chair•s I [There seehied to be considerable nfiinnderstanding' ribout ..this matter, andhi'.; thbre.iplittle ddribt lint fhb'^uaieiibe■ 111 f gbfieMlydid not tirideratrind Mr Ward !'' £ whferi He wris irivitiri£ ; yotps (u. favor of the. ; . ' \Wu Wara)rdeclared the apaefndident carribdi,. while miriWiebiried in afbg rib to what was •' Subsequently Mr Ward was <mlr«d to put the original resolution: again, ahd he flatly declined to do so, on ; I the grpupds [that* it had aheadyhppn put

and lost. J e ; , wriWk.waendexchanging! should .hedoferred for two t.Vfi •■>■■■ I - •;• '•' ■••'• , u:- :> V Xftady.itp second this, r the roll. ;) , Mr C. Brown then#aid he would second O'iSjpjA -^ a y or he waß rather surprised to hear Mr Ivesa propose such an amendment as that. He had all along imagined .'1 thit Mr/Iveaa Was on hia side, as" he_ had most distinctly- stated he was so during a recent coht^thiidn>«t-his (Mayor’s) office. Mrlvess: No, no L. • : - The Mayor : Mrlreiiaimay: day- “ No, but I say “ Yes.?’. *ThatiyeryThight, so 1 he (the Mayor) was informed, Mi? TVesa had’ told a person in QniD’a Hotel that if 're-' turned he would.’getithieidquate cut up. Mr The chaiimammcwredithat the--proceed-ings were out of order. • ■'* ■ i Mr Ivess would distinctly 1 - deny- the .(jatAtamenfe WMch he had been reported to hare made. He would feel obliged if his Worship-would-give4he name-of-hii informant. j .jrr -■ jMr Roberts (from; the< bodyy ofj the' Mil) : 1 waslhelman that told the Mayor, i„ , B JBddrn»l jMfeiswmJliWWKTwri*. ,IS>lpun- ! l 8i Mr >d hirji say •' that there had been a misunderstanding. What he had said at Quill’s was that had he been returned as rr candidate ,for that; office, * he would haviLused his beat endeayora’AO ■ )a Tiypf-m hw»tfm **y y°?«* ‘ fojpq, wpeau, ; '.land,,,whf?h was lying j,:.;, MfJs9»no^ ; or ne*t te ri |t,LWpuld hafu r to be cut Up. [ , vr-, ,Mrilyeßß’<amendment was then put and • lo J Sri7Vmmff for, and 23 against it. rr Aff ft fnfthag—aj«iandmant r it_»aa (them moved by Mr Martin, and seconded by LIIJ Mr square, east -or-weat, be cut up for buildUovr .^ati,.b«| left f; £ 4 fjotait anil 49 oppoaddit, y swaft).therefore,; declared, earned, a|nmst . v whiclj had either towards; v t^ ’.!/'.fl^h^feke.up-;,^,.:. ,i: : \. r :

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THE BATTLE OF THE RESERVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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THE BATTLE OF THE RESERVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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