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THE WATER RACE SYSTEM.

AN IMPORTANT ALTERATION IN I THBIB STATUS. At a recent meeting of the County Council it waa proposed to increase the supply of water m the races m the Upper Raogltata plaint by augmenting the supply m the mains from the South Ashburton ' rivor. This proposal raised a question as to whether the system had the effect of water-logging the swamp lands m tbe Longbaach and Windermere districts. The representatives on tbo Oouncil of tho ratepayers m those districts maintained that such was tho caso and tbat to increase the' supply m the races would be to prejudioally afoot the interests of landowners thero. When it was proposed to enlarge tne mains from the tiouth Ashburton river, Mr Wright, through whose property a portion of the enlargement would be made notified the Oouncil tbat his permission for thfa work was withhold and that should the Oouncil attempt to proceed legal aotion would be taken for the, purpose of restraining it. The mattar was referred to a Committee, who after consultation with tho Council's solioitor, came to the conclusion that the only way m which complete control of the whole system could be satisfactorily maintained would be by having the head works and racea proclaimed under Clause 267 of tbo Counties Act. They reported to this effect at this morning's meeting of the Oouncil and tho report was adopted. Mr Wright, though not opposing the adoption of the report, pointed out that his opposition to tho enlargement of tbe main was actuated by his desire to protect the Interest of those he represented, and until they were satisfied that no Injury would result to them, he would opposo the carrying out of ihe work by any means within hia power, by olalmlog compensation and otherwise. The Chairman then proposed and Mr Harper aeoonded a motion, asking the Governor to proclaim the several races under seotlon 267 of the Counties Aot. A long dlsonsslon took plaoe In regard to the width of land proposed to be taken with tbe races, this belog specified In the schedule at 50 links for main, and 25 lines for ordinary races, Mr Brown strenuously objeoted to the width as speciGed aa he considered it excessive. It wonld be quite ample if a width of 12£ links were proclaimed, with a right of entry for another 12£ links. Messrs Grlgg and Wright supported the view held by Mr Brown, and Mr Wright moved that farther consideration be postponed for a month. In order to give any ratepayers who desired It the opportunity of making themselves heard, Tho Ohnlrman said that by adopting the motion the position as fur as the rateI payors were oonoorned would be m no wise altered to their detriment. The Oounoll at present claimed under their by-laws a width of 60 links, but this width It waß now proposed, to rednoe In a number of oases to 25 links. Mr Brown aald he thought many of the ratepayers would object to absolutely giving the Oounoll a width of 25 links: Mr Harper and Mr Frledlander both pointed out that should any landowner object the race might be carried along a road or through the land of a consenting neighbor. If a ratepayer suffered Injury he could ol»lm compensation. Mr Ooater would vote for the motion, but if at auy time It waa proposed to alter the width proclaimed he would give the* matter his consideration. The Chairman said that the raoea m the counties of Geraldlne and Selwyn had been proclaimed, and the widths ware the same as proposed here. No ratepayer had raised any objeotlon there, and he did not think there would be any here, Mr Wright's motion for the poitpouemont of the question waa lost, Messrs Wright, Grlgg and Brown voting for It, * Motions asking the Governor to proclaim the races In oaoh of the several water race districts of the county were carried, and the sohedulea of raoes In these distrloia adopted. The best Remedy for Indigestion.— Norton's Camomile Pills are confidently recommended as a simpiv remedy for indigestion, which is the cause of nearly all c diseases to which we are subject. Norton's ' i Pills, with justice called the ** nature's t strengthener of the human stomach," act as a < powerful tonic and gentle aperient, are mild 1 m their operation, and safe under auy circum- t stances Sold m bottles at is i£d, 2s od, 1 i, byj.nll medicine vendors throughout the i d • -■ . <

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THE WATER RACE SYSTEM., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 5 April 1889

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THE WATER RACE SYSTEM. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 5 April 1889

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