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The St. Olair baths were formally opened to thn public on Saturday afternoon, on which occasion there were about 300 persons present, a number of whom were ladies. The ceremony waß rather a novel, and to moat an unexpected one. Shortly after 4 o'clock Mr Calder (mayor of Cavßrehain) stepped out of the bathing-house and approached the brink of the. water. He there stood, and addressing the crowd, said tjiey had met there that day to inaugurate the opening of the St. Clair baths. He was pleased to say that what had bsan a long-felt want iv the district wa3 now an accomplished fact.' That this waa so— that they now had saltwater baths wherein th6y could bathe with security and enjoyment, was entirely owing to the energy of the' Oaversham Council. He would not detain them any longer by any remarks, b,ut would formally declare the St. Glair baths open to the public. The Bpeaker then divested himself of his overcoat, and showed himself to be arrayed in Nature's garb, ■with the exception of t, pair of bathing-trunks, and without more ado took " a header," followed by about a dozen similarly-attired persons. Subsequently a party of Danedin gentleman arrived on the scene, and the Mayor (Mr Street) and Or Spedding also indulged in a swim m the newly-opened baths. The Industrial School Band wa3 in attendance, and con' aiderably enlivened the proceedings by playing a number of selections. Tho party of bathers, along with a number of the spectators, were subsequently entertained at a dinner which was held in a tent at a short distance from the baths. Among those present at the. Idinner wore Mosars W. Barron and A. H. Robs, M.H.R's, Messrs W. P. Street (Mayor of Dunedin) Murray, Carroll, Spedding, Esther, Heeles, Gibson, Cald6r (mayor of Cavereham), Cole, Rutherford, TJ'Ren, Bridger, W. Wilson, Robert Wilson, Broadfoot, Bragg,■Price, Wardrop (mayor of South Dunedin), Chetwin, M'lntyre, Molonoy, Marlow, Henderson, and Osborne. Mr Calder occupied the chair, and was supported on the right by Councillor Broadfoot (Caversham), trad on the left by Mr \7. Barron, M.H.R. Mr Street acted as vice-chairman. After ample justice had been done to tha dinner, which had been provided by " mine host" Mr Wells, Mr Calder proposed tho toast of " The Queen and the Royal Family." The next taast w&3 allotted to Mr Street, who said the toast which ha?l been placed in his hands was a very important one-namely, "The Parliament of New Zealand." It was customary on occasions of this character to eulogise the Parliament of the country in which they had the pleasure and honour of living. The Parliament of New Zealand had recently come in for a large amount of abuse— perhaps deservedly so—at the hands of some of the Corporations of this Colony. Ho might, Derhaps, particularly allude to tha injustice done to the City of Dunedin by the Parliament of ■New Zealand having passed two Acts inimical to the interests of the Dunadin Corporation. However, as tho Parliament of New-Zealand should ba highly eulogised.he would say that the members thereof were deserving of the thanks of tha whole of tho people of New Zealand. Thnv were a body of men that could not be excelled in the whole of tha Australian Colonies. h" covdd only say he hoped that any future Parliament of New Zealand would not be in any way inferior to the present one, which contained men of the highest status and culture in tbiT Cofooy-mea afio of tba b-gbeat mtelh-

pence, and theugh they had perhaps been led in one or two instances to promote legislation that was not desirable, still he did not wish to iniputo to them motives of impurity. He thought that in what they had done they uad been actuated by wHat they believed to be right and just. "Tho speaker concluded by calling on Mee3rs W. Barrou and A. U. ivosa, M.H.R's, to respond to the toast which ho had proposed. Mr Barbon, iv responding, said he v/as sorry that the Mayor of Duuedin fchould have found fault with the new Parliament becauso some nets they had passed affecting the City Council!! of New Zealand wero not entirely in tho interests of the city of Duuediu. .Ho might state that one of the amendments in a certain Act of Parliament was a very unjust amendment. There was an ambiguity iv it which permitted of its being interpreted in a number of different ways by a number of different persons. That had been remedied, and he could assure the Mayor of : Dunedin that no such ambiguity could be 1 found in the Act now.

Mr Ross said he had much pleasure in responding to the toast proposed by tho Mayor of Dunedin. He might Bay that his experience in Parliament had led him to form a much higher opinion of the members thereof than he expected he would from tho way in which they were reported to hare conducted themßGlves during the previous session. Ho had no right to expect tho bills which had baen entrusted to him by the Harbour Board would havo met with Buch a reception as they had done. They were carried through, nod ho had to offer his sincere and hearty thanks, on behalf of himself acd the members of the Hftbeur Board, to the member for Caversham (Mr \V. Barron) for the services ho had rendered him in getting them passed. The speaker then referred to the " very unfair charge " that had been made with reference to the presont Parliament bsiEg guilty of tho " sin of drunkenness." He said there was not one of the whole of the new members that had misconducted himself upon, a single occasion. Any drunkenness that occurred waa on tho part of tho old members. It was certainly very unfair to brand tho new Parliament to a greater extent than proviouo Parliaments with the sin to which he had alluded.

Mr Barron then proposed the toast of "Thd j Cit3' and Suburban Councils." Ha eaid ho hoped to see the day when the Caverahain, St. Kildtt, and South Dunedin boroughs would bo amalgamated. If this were done there would j then bo one large borough, important in area j asd in population, and those who resided ! therein would bo astonished to find that a material rise in the value of property would, soon take place. He would further state that an Act was beinu thoughtfullj' pro- J pared for the purpose of bringing thi3 about. | By-and-bye when this had been accomplished, j as he hoped it would be, the borough would | then see that it would ba wise to annex the i city of Dunedin. —(Hear, hoar.) The speakerj concluded by referring in very complimentary j terms to the mayors of the city and suburban councils, and to the way in which they had discharged the duties attaching to their office Mr Street, in responding on behalf of the city of Dunedin, said ho judged from the remarks of Mr Barren that he was anxious for the boroughß to be amalgamated. He (the speaker) thought that they were not sufficiently ripe for that step—at any rate for the annexation of Dunedin, The people of the city would like to see the suburban boroughs a little more advanced with their public works before they amalgamated. In the future no doubt they would be so, and it would be a very wise thing indeed. There would be a great saving of unnecessary expense in various ways. The city rates at present were not very low, and if they took over these suburban boroughs it would moan a large increase of ratoa to the citizens generally —an increase that would be appalling. The speaker concluded by thanking the previous speakers for tha kind way in which they had referred to the Corporation of the city of Dunedin

Mr Wardrop responded on behalf of the South Dunedin Council; Mr Calder on behalf of Ihe Caversham Council; and Mr Rutherford (for Mr Gourley, who was absent) on behalf of the St. Kilda Council. The last speaker agreed with Mr Street with reference to what that gentleman had said about the amalgamation of the boroughs. He considered each borough, aa at prsent, should have control of its own revenue.

" Success to the St. Clair Baths," and a number of other toasts having been proposed and responded to, the company dispersed after having spent a vory enjoyable afternoon.

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THE ST. CLAIR BATHS., Issue 7125, 15 December 1884

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THE ST. CLAIR BATHS. Issue 7125, 15 December 1884

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