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Sm,—There lias been so much said at one time and another about th« larrikins of Ashburton flocking the streets of an evening, but with so little effect that it s-ieerns waste of time to say any more; but —strolling down East street last night (Sunday) I was so disgusted to hear the remarks made that I thought I would write to see if anything could be done to rid the community of the nuisance. A crowd will collect m any dark doorway or corner, and to each crowd there seems to be one or two spokesmen. Each witty (?) remark madu by any of the loiterers is greeted with applause by the rest of the crowd ; m fact it just sounds as if each one were trying to out-do the other m filthy remarks. There is one corner m particular (just opposite the Somerset) whetfe this moral pestilence m the shape lif human beings congregate, making the footpath a mass of depravity and rtutresc'eiit expectoration, filling the r.yes of passers-by with foul tobaccosmoke, mid tWr ears with feculent jokes. I think, sir, it is a disgrace to Ashburton, and ought to tm somehow, and it might ho done if the police would just use a little more vigour .and be a bit more severe. Thexe crowds woujd then be dispersed, and one would not have to parade the back street when wanting to walk out.—l am, $?*» ■pi.SIJTjFJJf'TANT. September Ist, 1890.

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CORRESPONDENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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CORRESPONDENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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