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THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8796, 17 February 1914
CH RISTC HU R C HID AY BY DAY.
■The Christchurch City Council decided last night to call for competitive dosigns for a Town Hall
.Hie 21st annual meeting of the Canterbury Women's Institute was held on (Saturday, the president, Mrs S. Page, oemg in. the chair. :■■:'...
Woolston has the reputation of being one of the most populous boroughs around Chrisfchurch. A return submitted to the Borough Council last night showed the houses to be: Inhabited 856, empty 29, stores, etc., 3<, building 9,; total 931.
All doubts that were expressed about the. desirability of establishing a dental ward at .the Christchurch Hospital have been dispelled by the great success of the innovation. Now that it is firmly established and working smoothly, the ward has proved its right to exist a hundred times over (says the "Star").
Replying to a question put by Cr Acland at the meeting of the City Council last night, Cr Cooper, chairman of .the Waterworks Committee, stated that at the present time the city was consuming over 2,000,000 gallons of water a day. There was no doubt that a groat deal of water was being improperly used for garden purposes, and it might be necessary to institute i prosecutions. Tho maximum pumping capacity of the station was 2,300,000 gallons per 24 hours, and the pumps were really working up to the maximum.
A prisoner charged with sheopstealing at the Supreme Court yesterday was at some pains to prove that a brand produced was his own; although it was not registered, when, lie was informed that it was an offence punishable by fine to have an unregistered brand. "Then isn't it a fact," he asked the 'Inspector of Brands, " that if I win this case you will prosecute me for having an unregistered brand?" His Honour Mr Justice Denniston interposed that this was quite likely; v but," he added, "sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. You needn't trouble this jury with the matter."
Life in Christchurch is at present being immortalised on coils of film in a motion picture camera which is being operated by Mr H. Horton on behalf of the kinemacolor films of Britain. Mr Horton has taken films of the cocksfoot harvesters and pictures in the residential areas of the city. On Saturday he went to the Metropolitan Trotting Club's race meeting at Addington and yesterday he spent the afternoon at New Brighton among the surfers. Mr Horton is being assisted by the officers of the New Zealand Tourist Department, and is using theDepartment's plant in Wellington for the development of his negative films.
Before the sheep-stealing ..case at the Supreme Court yesterday was opened, the accused had handed up to his Honour a written document. His Honour said that accused had withdrawn his application for counsel, and wished his Honour to conduct his case. His Honour remarked that it was erroneous to suppose that, in the event of a prisoner being undefended, the judge became his counsel. It was never so in law, and all that it meant was that the judge, saw, on behalf of accused, that no advantage was taken of the fact that accused was unrepresented by counsel, that no improper questions were asked witnesses, and no improper points put to the jury.
At the meeting of the City Council last evening Councillor H. Hunter asked when the account was going.'to be given of the expenditure of the funds collected in connection with the visit of the battleship New Zealand to Lyttelton. He had heard it rumoured that the secretary of the .principal committee received £150 for his services, and that a similar sum had been given' to the secretary of another committee. The. 'Mayor said that Councillor Hunter's information was wholly incorrect. Councillor McCombs then asked if it were not a fact that one secretary h*l received £150. TheMayor said that that was so. '" So the story was partly correct," said Councillor McCombs, " perhaps you have not fixed tip the grant to the' .other gentleman yet."' The Mayor smiled, and the incident closed.
Four jurors got exemption from -service at' the Supreme Court yevsterday. The first was a pastrycook, who said that to employ a man in his absence might ruin his business. "We had better apply to the legislature to exempt bakers," said his Honour, remembering that three bakers had claimed exemption previously. A second juror produced a certificate that he was suffering from bronchitis, and he was excused. The third said that he was an expert to the Oiristchurch Meat Company, and could not be spared. .."What would they do if you happened to die this morning?" said his Honour., The expert replied that if the firm could ] not find a man it would have to close j down. "I had no idea," said his Honour, "that anyone was as indispensible as that. However, you are excused." The fourth was' horny-handed. "Are. you an . expert ?" said his Honour' pleasantly. "No," said the juror. "I'm the. only fellow on the farm, and I: have to get in.-a paddock of wheat." His Honour, after satisfying himself of the juror's good faith, remarked pleasantly that wheat could not wait when it was ripe, and gave the desired excuse. There was an echo of the recent indxistrial trouble at last eveain!g's meeting of the City Council. . ■ ■Councillor.-'H'..' Hunter" asked the Mayor who were the civic authorities who, goye Colbiiel Chnffey' authority to organise a force of special constables during the recent strike. He quoted certain utterances made by Colonel Chaffey at a function held recently in connection with the special constables. The Mayor said j Councillor Hunter was quite out of order, and he would refuse to answer the question. Coiincillor Burgoyne said he thought the Council had a right to know what "civic authorities" empowered Colonel Chaff ey. He knew of no civic authority save the Council. The Mayor said that he was not "reSDonsible for what Colonel Chaff ey; said. Councillor Hunter should give notice of motion on such a.n important question. Councillor McCombs asked the i Mayor if lie would explain how it hap- ■' pened that Colonel Chaffey said the Mayor authorised him to organise the •"specials' " camp at Aldington, while the Mayor Inter prtve the statement a flat denial; The Mayor's reply to this question was to remark, "Are there] any more questions?" .
THE CITY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8796, 17 February 1914
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