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A DUNEDINITE ON TRAVEL, Issue 10435, 2 October 1897
A DUNEDINITE ON TRAVEL
We have been permitted to make the following extracts from the letter of a Dunedin resident who is now touring the Continent. Hia letter is dated from Paris, August 19 X have, as promised, kept a watchful eye on the methods of tramway traction observed bv mu during my tour. In England and Scotland we have seen mostly all the various methods in m-c m those countries, but not one of them can compare with the compressed-air system in this city. Here the tramways are a monopoly, but they are the fastest and most convenient possible to imagine. The trams stop only at fixed stations, so the **gay Parisienne” has to, look spry in catching n car in motion otherwise she must stop at one of the stations and wait her turn. I think that nearly all th» methods of traction are used by the Paris Tram” way Company. The electric storage system is the most expensive and unsatisfactory. The overhead electric system works very much better than the Hobart one, but the lirst cost of erection is very expensive. This method is used in some of the suburbs of Pans, bpt on account of the disfigurement of the streets it is not likely to bo used in the city. Although the Parisian is credited with taking life very quietly and pleasantly his methods of locomotion are like himself—fast. To see the ordinary cabmen bowl along through the narrow streets in the Latin Quarter, or among the numerous motor cars, carriages, and bicyclists in the Boulevards, is marvellous. Yesterday we passed a tram coming in from Versailles some fourteen miles off. Our friend told us that the usual time taken was one hour and a-quartcr The compressed-air apparatus was placed underneath the first car, and took up as much room on front of the car as an ordinary Dunedin car platform. This car was a douHe-decker. Attached were two ordinary double-deckers. This city is beautifully kept. Nothing offends the eye. No ugly hoardings or ugly buildings are permitted as in all English towns. Every Souse belonging to the two millions who constitute Pans population must be washed and cleaned outside and inside, at least once in ten years The city is divided into twenty sections or arrondim‘iiients. Two of these are cleaned each year If the householder cannot afford to clean, the municipality do it and sell the property by auction I h “ ve seen one ugly building like many that offend the eye m Dunedin, and, as far as ugliness and filth are concerned, I have not, either in Australia, England, or Scotland, seen anv city so non-progressive as Dunedin. Certainly Glasgow has a reputation peculiarly its own but it is advancing with rapid strides. One could eat a dinner on the floors of the great Paris abattoir (the second largest in the world) within an hour after the killing has taken place. From the Glebe Island abattoir m Sydney to that of Paris there is a great gulf. Glebe Island is one of the foulest blots on the reputation of Australia and may in the future do more harm to the export frozen meat industry of Australia and New Zealand than all the present opposition of the English butchering interests. Unless New Zealand and Australia bring up their methods to the standard of Continental countries there will be no trade done with them At the present time, if New Zealand were as far advanced as France or even despised Germany, she could send several million sheen ever}' year to the Continent, and get a far more remunerative return than that she now obtains in England from her meat shipments. Frozen meat js not allowed to land on the Continent, and their action is perfectly justifiable under existing con. ditions.
A DUNEDINITE ON TRAVEL, Issue 10435, 2 October 1897
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