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Following is the conclusion of our report. " j The Mayor proposed the toast of the "retiring Mayor." The toast was warmly received. The retiring Mayor thanked the Council for the kind manner In whioh they had received the toast. He had done bin best during the time he had been m office. He had not had the opportunity of doing a great deal, and perhapß If he had he might not have succeeded. He was satisfied with what he had done. He had always acted conscientiously, and had endeavoured, as well as he was able, to carry ont the wishes of the Council. There waa much a Mayor, In hla position as euoh, oould do, and muoh he could nndo, thus causing trouble. Rf he were of that disposition He waa thankfal to s«y that the Mayors of Ashhurton had not been of the latter kind. Theyhad considered the interests of theßarongh right through, and if they had not the town would not stand m such a good position as It did at the present time, and with only a shilling rate levied Lit them look at other towns; none of these could flatter themselves with having the advantages of light, water, health, and good pathways, with only a rate of one shilling. He felt gratified that on retiring from the position of Mayor, that the Council should express Bach satisfaction with him, as was shown by the manner m which they had reoelved the toast, -• Councillor Scott proposed the toast of "The ex-Mayors," coupled with the name of Mr K. Frledlander.

Mr R Frledlander did not know why the duty of responding to the toast should fall on his shoulders, because In looking round the room he saw both older and younger ex-Mayors than himself. He had very much pleas are m acknowledging the hearty way m whloh the toast had been aooepted, The Mayoral ohalr was not always a bed of rosoe, and he was pleased to hear the new Mayor say that he found it easy and comfortable. Daring his (Mr IVledknder'B) term of offioe &s Mayor, he alt e found it easy and comfortable, because he always had the support of the Oounoll, and as long as a Mayor worked well with the Council, be wonld find the office a pleasant one. However, circumstances might arise when there was a disagreement, and he could not say that these disagreements were altogether bad things, because if matters went smoothly .from year's end to year's end bo ma persona outside wore apt to say that the Council was " * happy family," and worked as it suited them. He thanked them for the manner m whioh the toast had been received

Mr Ei. "Frledlander propoßed the toast of the " Boroagh Oouaoll." He was very muoh pleaded that, this toaßt had boat) placed la bis hands because he had had the pleasure of having a seat on the Council for Beveral years, and he knew that the gentlemen who comprised the body were always willing to devote their time and attention to the interests of the ratepayers. If gentlemen did tbat, without receiving aoy remuneration It showed that It wet a work of love to them. The Mayor had made anme remarks aB to the administration of Charitable Aid for this district. Thfs was a matter ffhioh had cropped up on previous occasions, and the member for the district. Mr Walker, wra ontitled to credit for the endeavors which he had made to secure for ABhburton district the administration of its own Charitable Aid. He trusted the Council wonld not rest until it bad secured the separation of Ashburton from Christohuroh district. B[e also alluded to the works which the Council ha-3 carried out .without any Increase on the shilling rate. Strangers always remarked with surprise that each great Improvements should be carried out, with euoh a small rate. The toast was responded to by his Worahip the Mayor, who remarked that they were all proud of their town ; their ■treets ; their water works : and they would be proud of their Domain, when it passed Into their hands. What had been done m the past had been done well, and he trusted, and Indeed he felt sure, that the business of the Counoll would be done equally well m the future. Councillor. Williamson proposed the 11 Ashburton County Oounoll." In doing •o he referred to many gojd works that had been oarried out by the County Oounoll. When the Borough Oounoll had oooaßlon to approaoh the members of the County Oounoll they had alvrnya been met m a moat friendly and liberal spirit. The Borough bad mjoh to thank the Oounty Oonuoil for, and as an Instance of this he mentioned the presentation of the Iron pipes at the time the Borough had under consideration a high pressure water supply. The body referred to hacj carried out their own works m & most commendable manner, and bad deservedly earned tie reputation of being one of the foremost looal bodies of the oolony.

Or Frledlander responded. Be regretted that the Chairman of the County Oounoil waa not present, but In responding to the toast it gave him great pleasure to testify to the good work that had been done throughout the county. Quite reoently the Oounoil had Inaugurated a soheme of irrigation and at of a trial held at the Irrigation Farm yesterday, very great surprloe was expressed at the roaults that had been obtained m connection with the growth of the pasture., The other toaata proposed were " oar Rlembera," proposed by the Mayor, end . responded to by Or Frledlander ; " our ! Banker," proposed by Or Tucker and ■eoonded by the ex- Mayor (Me A. I Harrison) : the " offioera and employes of 1 the Cannot]," proposed by Or Se-ily *nd responded to by Mr 0. B. Fooko" (the Town Clerk); the "Solicitor to the Ooanoll and the Valuator," propoaed by the ex-Mayor and responded to by Mr E. Q. Orlop and Mr *V. Home ; the " Commercial, Agricultural and Paßtoral interests of Nevr Zealand," propoaod by the Mayor, and responded to by Mr D. H. Brown and Ors Williamson, Friedlander, and Tucker; "the Press" proposed by Or Williamson " and responded to by Mr E. J. Paul. *

His Worship the Mayor formally deolered a vioancy la the Oouaoll, and tho Retarnlng offioec waa loatruoted to take the neoeaaary proceedings to fill the vnoancy. '

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL INSTALLATION OF MAYOR., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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ASHBURTON BOROUGH COUNCIL INSTALLATION OF MAYOR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2018, 20 December 1888

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