The Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2, 1890. OUR JUBILEE MEMORIAL.
It will have been seen with much satisfaction by those who took part three years ago in the effort to raise funds for the erection in Ashburton of some permanent memorial of Her Majesty's jubilee that, from what transpired atMonday's meeting of the Borough Council, there is now every reason to belfovo that the work will speedily bo accomplished. And not before it was time, for bo great has been the delay that not a few people began to believe that we should never have a Jubilee memorial ; at all. No doubt there have been dffi(.ultiea to overc me, the chief of which was the fact that though the subscription list was a liberal one for tie time, yet the sum raised fell short of the amount found to be requisite to carry out' the determination arrived at, which was that the memorial should take the form ot a public clock. The funds collected sufficed to obtain a clock with dials of sufficient size to be seen readily from the main street, and to furnish it with * bell whose tones can be heard over the greater part of the town, and the work having been entrusted to Mr Murray we have reason to think that the result will be in all respects satisfactory But the hitch that arose was that it was necessary- to build a tower for its reception, and for tbis the only sum available was the £100 voted by the Borough Council. The plans for the tower were alternative, fcr the use of brick and stone, or wood, and as it is to be placed on the Munic pil buildings, which are of the former, it was manifestly desirable that if possible the addition to be madeshouldcorrespond therewith. Accordingly an appeal was , made to the public to provide further fundp, but owing to the way in which the whole project has hung fire this was net responded to, and it became nocesaary to come to a determination as to what was (o be done in the circumstance?. The matter was referred to the Works Com-
mittee which brought up a report recommending the Council to fall back on the alternative of erecting a timber structure for the reception of the clock, a recommendation which was very properly, as wo think, adopted. There U now, therefore, every reason to hope that in a few months Ashbu.ton will be in possession of a public clock which will prove a great convenience, and which, if set going before the eloseof the present yoar, will serve as a jubilee memorial in a double sense, x'm, as a commemoration of the Jubilee of tier Majesty's accession, and of the Jubilee of the Colony.