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At last night’s meeting of the Borough Council, after the Mayor had made his usual statement, he remarked that j there was one other matter to which he jwould advert. At last meeting of the Council, Messrs Jameson and Bland had waited upon it to complain of the sanitary condition of the south side of Tancred street, and the Council had promised to take steps for remedying the evil as soon as the state of their funds allowed. He (the Mayor) had said that negotiations were going on fur the sale of certain waterpipes, and if those negotiations resulted in the sale of the pipes, then the Council might be in a position ft attend t<i> Tancred street. On the day following the meeting, a paragraph appeared in The Guardian, which he thought was wholly unwarranted. He would read it to! them. The offensive paragraph was then read as follows :

A Bad State of Tilings.—At last night’s meeting of the Borough Council Mess rs Geo. Jameson and Bland waited upon that tody to complain of the terrible state of the drain on the south side of Tancred street. The place was a regular receptacle for dead cats and other refuse, and the stench arising from it abominable. Mr Jameson added that he had resolved to bring this matter under thji attention of the Council on sanitary grounds; There was diptheria and dysentery in five horn es close to his own, and really ihe matter was becoming a most serious one. The deputation was informed by the chairman that the Council had no money to undertake the channelling of the place indicated. The Council would like to see the water flowing down every street in the place, bu t had not got the means to do anything to remedy the nuisance complained of by Mr Jameson. It really seems to us that this is a matter that the Council ought to take up, even though they had to increase thelir overdraft at the Bank. Diphtheria and djysentery frequently become epidemic in characl er, and therefore it is a matter ofabsolute necessity that something be at once done about this Tancred street drainage. Now he could not allow such a paragraph to pass without drawing the Council’s attention to it. All the members were not present when the deputation was interviewing the Council, and they might not be aware, therefore, of what had taken place. He (the Mayor) had never said that the Council vould do nothing in the matter of the Tancr id street business. He had said that there ivas some prospect of the pipes being sold, and it they were sold the Council would be in a position to carry out the necessary work in Tancred street His Worship continued to protest against the paragraph, and said that even if it were true, he .bought the writer might have found som) topic to handle which would have beer ( less likely to damage the reputation of thi ■ place. “ Really,” said the Mayor, “ a stranger coming here, or persons reading th s paragraph at a distance, would be apt tio imagine that the gutter on the south side of Tancrejl street was a regular receptachl for dead cats and dogs and other refuse. There was really nothing to warrant such; a statement. His Worship sat dowjn, and Cr l;st_Hill, bursting with impatience, rose excitedly to remark that what his Worship bad said was true. For his part he was ncit at all surprised; not in the least. He considered the lines in The Guardian, the work of a penny-a-liner in search of a sensational paragraph. He was surprised at his Worship noticing it. Cr St Hill presently sat down, and subsequently the Inspector of Nuisances entering the room. He was asked by the same speaker whether he had ever found any dead dogs or cats in the Tancred street gutter The Inspector said he had found no derd dogs, but had found the skeleton of a defunct cat on one occasion.

The ordinary business of the Council was then resumed.

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THE SANITARY STATE OF TANCRED STREET., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 545, 27 January 1882

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THE SANITARY STATE OF TANCRED STREET. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 545, 27 January 1882