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SLOCKING THE THOROUGHFARE. To the Editor "Guardian." Sir, —Would you permit me to direct attention to what is becoming an increasing nuisance in the townr" One cannot help noticing that the footpaths are too freely used to the inconvenience of ordinary legitimate traffic. Here and there a number of cycles, one against another, at all angles, large cases, some empty and others full, for the purpose of unpacking, trolleys, rolls of oilcloth, often unrolled for many yards for trade purposes, and other miscellaneous obstructions; groups of men here and there, from three to eight-and 10 irf number, in friendly chat, to the general discomfort of business men and often of 'many women who are compelled to make hurried visits to town for household needs. The offenders seem' not to have been educated to the proper uses of the footpath, and if so, they show an utter disregard for the convenience of others. Yet not so very long ago a cry of indignation was raised against the use of the perambulator on ! the footway when the wee babes were out for sun and fresh air. On a recent afternoon, at a busy J hour of the day, in three principal streets, there were on the footpath 84 bicycles, a motor cycle, a trolley, 19 rolls of oilcloth (one being unrolled), eight large cases,'and other sundries, and 43 men within a space of as many feet, doing nothing in particular and apparently doing it very well. Then the unconcerned, in their simple way, say to themselves: If only'the public can be induced to avoid the streets and stop at home. Is the obstruction.of the I footway a policei offenceH..' If so, one is surprised at the moderation shown; if not, then the Borough Inspector of Nuisances may look up his copy of the Borough by-laws. Verb sap. OBSERVER.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914

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CORRESPONDENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914