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. »- —r Port Chalmers.—The fortnightly meeting of the Port Chalmers Borough Council was attended yesterday evening by the Mayor (Mr E. G. Allen), Crs Murray, Mitchell, M'Kenzie, Pedlow, Pullar, Watson, Schumacher, Read, Gardner, Perry. An apology for non-attendance was received from Cr Innis.—Mr F. W. Platts, secretary of the Rowing Club, wrote asking for water to be laid on to the new boatshed. Referred to the Water Committee to report. The requests of Mesdames E. J. Sings, H. Watson, M. Brebner, E. Nichoh, E. Watson, M. Auchtertonie, Messrs P. Perry, H. Flynn, H. Albertson, J. Shanks, A. Boyd, J. Perriman, A. Geddison, and L. Shackesby, to have their names placed on the burgess roll, were granted.—The Works Committee reported that the inspector and staff had been engaged during the past fort- j night spreading rough metal at the corner I of Bernicia and Magnetic streets, repairing the footpath at Island terrace, and repairing damage done to the embankment at i Belle Vue terrace; also filling in ruts on Macandrew road and altering the approach to Fire Brigade station. The usual street cleaning and channels had been duly attended to. A complaint had been received from Mr Colin Campbell to the effect that the storm water from Scotia and Constitution streets had been flowing through his property for some time, and the Committee recommended that a hox drain 12 xlO be put in. The Committee recommended that Mr John Dale's application to cross the footpath j in Grey street with an empty spring cart be granted. The quantity of broken metal at the quarry was 115 cubic yards. The report was adopted.— The Finance Committee reported that the state of funds in the bank was:—Debit, general account, L 702 Is 5d ; debit, water account, L 73 133 lid; total debit, L 775 15s 4d. Building accounts, amounting to L 49 13a, were also passed for payment.— j The Reserves Committee reported that they had instructed the town clerk to receive L2 2s from the executors of the late James Gallivan, being rent of ground for two years of part of Town Belt; also to remove the house within one month from the date of notification. Tlie report was adopted.—On the motion of the Mayok, seconded by Cr Mitchell, it was resolved—" That the minute of September 16, appointing Mr R. G. Anderson as building surveyor, be rescinded." Mr R. G. AndersoD, the only applicant, was appointed to the position.—Mr A. Leek was appointed returning officer for the mayoral election.-On the motion of Cr M'Kenzie, it waß resolved—" That the town clerk prepare a petition for signature, the same to be forwarded to the Governor, protesting rgainst the annexation of Mansford Township." Seconded hy Cc Pekry.—Cr Mitchell moved and Cr Pullar seconded —"That the clerk write to the Waikouaiti County Council a?king to be furnished with the boundaries of that part of Mansford wishing to be annexed to the borough." Carried—Oa the motion of Cr Mitchell, it was further resolved—" That the Reserves Committee be requested to view the boundaries of Mansford Town, the residents of which desire to bo annexed, and report same to a special meeting." Carried. Sooth Dunedin.—Last night's meeting was attended by Mr Sullivan (mayor) and Grs Marlow, Baker, M'Kay, Fiddes, Fisher, Hallum, Davie, and Osborne.—Mr C. D. Whitcombe, secretary of the Railway Reform League, notified the Council of the formation of the League, and invited the co-operation of the Council and burgesses in the League's endeavor to obtain such rectification of the system of railway management as would more elFectually knit the country producing districts with the centres of industry and population, and both with the outletsofirade. Received.—TheClerk of the Caversham Council wrote asking the South Dunedin Council to fill up a hollow on Cargill road. Inspector to carry out work at once. Mr J. Passmoro wrote asking the Council to place a kerbing on the footpath in front of his property. Referred to the Works Committee to act. —The Finance Committee recommended that the LI,OOO in the bank on fixed deposit, and falling due on the 22nd inst., be redeposited for twelve months. Report adopted.—The Works Committee reported having instructed the inspector to lay down pipes on the boundary of Mr Downie's section. They recommended that sluice gates be placed at the mouth of the outlets of the several drain pipes, so as to enable them to be flushed out; also, that Cr Marlow be appointed chairman of the Committee. Report adopted.—The Reserves Committee recommended that the endowment, with a piece of land situate on the Anderson Bay road, be leased in four separate blocks for twenty-one years. The report was adopted, with the exception of the recommendation to the Council to 6x the upset price of the blocks.— The Water Committee reported that they had granted the Exhibition Commissioners a supply of water to the Grand Pacific Hotel at the rate of 6d per 1,000 gallons, meter rent free. Cr Fisher said he thought the Water Committee had overstepped their functions. The matter of granting a water supply for the Governor's residence belonged exclusively to .the St. Kilda Council, flo was of opinion that in justice to the ratepayers a fair price should be charged for the water, and he would like to know on what grounds the Commissioners asked for a concession from South Duuedin—a borough which was on the verge of bankruptcy. He would move—"That this Council grant permission to connect with our pipes, and that in honor of the occasion we supply the Governor's residence at cost price—viz., Is 6d per l,000gal." Cr M'Kay seconded. Cr Osborne moved as an amendment that the report be adopted. Cr Marlow seconded. After some discussion the amendment was put and carried, only Crs liddes, Fisher, and M'Kay voting against it. After the report had been adopted Cr Fisher a3ked that his protest might be entered against it.— The Mayor, in referring to a report of a discussion at the last meeting of the Council, which appeared in the Evening Stab, contradicted a statement accredited to Cr Fisher that the borough was L 2,000 beyond its borrowing limit. He also expressed surprise that the statement should , have appeared in print, as he did not remember its having been made, and there was no reporter of the paper publishing it present.—[The remarks in question were supplied by Cr Fisher, and were published on his assurance that they had been delivered by him in open Council.—Ed. E.S.]

A clergyman occupied a seat at a table d'hute on board an ocean liner each day opposite a very obese lady, who ate an enormous quantity of pastry, and who frowned significantly every time the clergyman took a draught of his daily portion of ale. One day she leaned across the festive board, and inquired loudly: " May I aßk you, sir, why you drink that nasty stuff?" "To the glory of God, madam," answered the cleric tranquilly. " Well," she snapped, helping herself to another jam tart, "I should think you would be an abstainer." "I am, madam." "An abstainer from what, I should like to know," she observed sarcastically. "Madam," replied the clergyuietly, "from pie."

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MUNICIPAL., Issue 8038, 15 October 1889

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