THE WEDNESDAY HALF-HOLIDAY.
THE INAUGURATION. FIRE BRIGADE DEMONSTRATION, To*dvy being the day fixed for the inauguration of the weekly half -holiday, the shops and business places were olosed daring the afternooo. The Ashburton Fire Brigade selected tha occasion sb one suitable for the cbriiWtog of the s*w steam fire engine lately procured from home j and they also resolved to hold aome eporis aod otmpetitions in order to give the halfholiday movement an appropriate "sendoff. 11 At one o'olook the member* of the Fire Brigade paraded at the Burnett Street Station, and at half-past one a prooesslon, eonilitlng of the Manual engine, the carriole belonging to the Western side, the steamer and the hook and laddes apparatus, In the order named, with the Attachments told off to eaoh, wai formed. The engines were decorated with evergreen! and fltgfl, and the prooeiston headed by the Ashburton Band, wended Its way down Oaaa Bt;, along Moore St., and East St., aorosi the railway Una Into the Domain, through the gate at the Oaretaker's cottage. The engines were taken to the reaervolr above the dam. Here the Brigade foimod ■ circle round toe engine, inside the circle were the Mayor and Mrs Thomas, Mr W. 0. Walker) M.fl.R,, Mr «f. A. Bird, of the Fire Insurance Aseoolatlon, and several members of the Borough Oonnoih ' Tha Mayor having explained the object tot wflloh they were met called on Mrs Thomas to name the engine. tyxa Thomas, breaking a bottle of wine on 'the whtel s»id she had mnoh pleasure In naming' the engine "The Pride of Ashbuttoo." Three hearty cheers were then given for Mrs Qhomas, Ihe Mayor o tiled lot three cheers for the County Council coupled with the pame of Mr y|Talker. They were in l&rge part indebted to the work dons by the County Counoil for having « waiter snpph for the engine. ' Tte Mayors invitation was heartilj responded to. Mr Walker on behalf of the County Council returned thanks express* ing the gratification of the Counoil in advancing the welfare of the town an? diafrigt; . ■ • r 'Three cheers were then given for Mr J A. Bird, as of representing the Fin JLpauranoe Association, at 4 Mr Birc suitably responded. Statin was than got op Is the angine, Uft TbQm.i| tyfllPt ttjf Witq^toth.
furnace and 1201bs wai got up in twelve rainuies. Three lengths of hoee were got out from the steam engine, two from the manual aad one from the carriole.
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