The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, MAY 10, 1890. COUNTY COUNCIL SITTINGS.
Mr William McMillan, one of the members of the County Council for /the Mount Hutt riding, has given notice of a very sensible motion, which will come on for discussion at next meeting of the Council on the first Friday in- June, He wishes the Council to sit continuously from eleven o'clock until 'the work for the clay is done —that is,' to sit straight on without any adjournment for luncheon. An old proverb says " Meat nor mass ne'er hundred work." No doubt the proverb is true, but the "meat" in this case stands very much in the way of workj seeing that it occupies an hour and a quarter and prevents the Rakaia and Methven members from getting away by the very awkward train which is the only one they can go by—the 3.40 north. If the motion be passed, it will' be necessary for members to attend punctually at eleven o'clock and begin work, denying themselves also ; the pleasant half hour or so of idleness, 'gossip, and pipe usually indulged in i before the Chairman takes the chair.. Work usually goes on merrily before luncheon, and members are not untluly given to talk, but whether it is the fact of having "lunched" that opens, eloquence, or that they have come back to work like giants refreshed, we cannot say, but after luncheon speeches are more frequent, and subjects that would be settled, as the saying is, "off hand" before the adjournment, take a long time to dispose of. If- the " luncheon" motion is passed, members will have to earn their dinner, and we shall see how well and how quickly they can do it, For_. ourselves,.-the result will, we hope, be that now and then we shall be able to publish the full report of the meeting on the same day tint it is held—an impossibility vhen the sitting is protracted till far into the afternoon.