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The question of utilising a portion of the Triangle comes on for Squaring the settlement by the City CounTrlnngle. cil to-night. It has assumed a very complex aspect since Messrs Stanford and Milne startled the "City Fathers" by their overwhelming proposal to ereot a market house, a public library, and saltwater baths on the sacred reserve whioh Sir Robert Stout denominates a " lung "of the City. The " Amenities," or " Reserve Conservators," as they now stjle themselves, object to any square foot being made of service to the public. The Harbor Board, with Mr W. H. Reynolds to back them, declare that if there is anything to be got out of it they, and not the City Council, must have it. It goes without saying that, on the other alternative, the Harbor Board will not spend one penny on improving or rescuing it from its present forlorn condition. And Sir Robert protests, .in prose and poetry, against its desecration for base mercantile uses. As to M> ssrs Stanford and Milne's proposal, that speaks for itself. If it is to be utilised at all, the Council must get a Bill passed by the Parliament to enable them to utilise it. They have no power to do so as the matter now stands, nor any right to enter into any compact with anyone until they have obtained the necessary statutory authority. When that has been secured the next step will be to decide to what uses it shall be pu* - . So far as the citizens at large are concerned, there seems to be a pretty general desire that the Rattray street frontage should be devote! to the erection of a commodious market house. The question of baths and library can be dealt with afterwards. Thoy are not of pressing emergency, but a market is. Shops are talked of, but any such use of the reserve would not be of public utility, and should be discountenanced. Then, aa to the aU-too-burning question oi by whom the market should be built, the Council could easily raise the money on short-dated debentures, and realise a handsome addition to the Corporation revenue from fees and rents. If, howeyer, it is to be handed over to a company or syndicate, there can be no question that their proper course is to call for tenders, or to submit it to publio auction —the Corporation architect preparing the necessary plans. The forthcoming discussion and decision are regarded with considerable interest by those mostly concerned—that is to say, by the publio.

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Evening Star, Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7919, 29 May 1889

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