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PEAL OF BELLS.

A mooting of tho committee* was hnld at tho City Council Chambers, at 7 o'clock, last evening. Present — His Worship Mio Mayor (chairman), nnd Mesnis Suwtol), Ruddcnklmi, lelt, Kvu«e, Sohwavtz, Schmidt, and Mruce.

Tho Cbaiiinan stutinl that he had seonulot'er in (he Globe a few oveninj»B n«o, in which ohjoetinn wiiH taken by tho writer toeub^eribt' anytA\ing uiitil the question — What was done with the moni'y that was formerly collected ? wu* flatisfiicloi'ily anewered. Ho had made it bin buaincaa to cull on Mr D 1 IJimrbel, and tat Rcntk'tnan hml reeeivod him very oonrIconal.v. Mr I)e Uourhol informed him that so vend gentlemen promised considerable sums, tlireoor four rulnoript ions ainoiuifcing to about £100, but they were never collected On th strong' h of thi'se prominea, Mr Do Hourbell waa asked to move in llm mnttef, and ho did ao A public iiu»' •■•ng was culled, und a oominitteo of gentlemen wa« appointmi and a committee of Indies nleo. Mr Do Uourbel waa appointed accretary. Thecommiiteoof ladicalmd a lot of curd* printed, and Vl rs Uisa undertook to bo tho moving spirit among the Indies. That lady went round and distributed curd*, and aomo of the ladies had considerable autna of money promia d to thorn, buh tho lidina never aeounicd to Mr Deßourbel for any sums collected, 'ibe committee of gentlemen met, and Mr Deßourbel, from converantiona he had with eevcrnl genUemen, caw that thoro was no proßjioot of getting tlio peal, and tho matter was allowed to drop. Tho only aiim which Mr DoBourb«l received waa a subscription of £2 from tho Bank of New Zenland. Ho (tho Chairman) had even Mr DcHourbel's lodgor, a^ d had taken tho following particulars from it:— Amount received, £2. Paid Mrs Oa»8, cab*, postage, &>., £2 14s ; odverUsing, £-2'Bs3d'; total expenditure, £5 2« id, leaving £3 2s 3d owing to Mr Doßourbel. (Laughter.) So that Mr Deßourbol was

actually £3 2s 3d out of pocket. Mr Doßourbel informed him that the committee of gentlemen met some time afterwards and passed these accounts as correct. About that time letters appeared in the newspapers, asking for an explanation as to what had become of tho money collected, but the oommittco told Mr Do Bourbel that they bad pacsod tho ace mnts, and wero satisfied with their correctness, and that therefore he need not take any notice of the letters. That was all that occurred. Eo (the Chairman) might say that a man named Dickenson informed him that he had paii £l subscription to Miss Badden now Mrs George Oraru. Tho wisest thing that could be done was for the committee to advertise, ashing any ladies who had collected money to bo good enough to hand it over. Mr Do B-mrbcl, ho might add, was vory much pleased that tho matter was agaiu agitated, and stated that ho would be most happy to subscribe £25 at any timo io was required. (Hear, hear) Mr Ick remarked that this was a very liberal subscription from Mr Deßmrbel.

Mr Ruddenklau said it was a pity that Mr Deßourbol had not given an explanation of tho matter before.

Tho eliuirm m said it would bo aa well to have a free disoussion on the matter. For his own part, ho thought they should draw up a oodo of condition* on whicu they might ask Che public to subscribe. Tho first of these conditions should he, that tho mombers of the German congregation bo asked to give a lease of tho bell tower and tho use of their bells to tbo Corporation, at a trifling annual rental. In roply to Mr lek, Mr Ruddenkluu said the present bell tower was largo enough to hold threo moro helU — two of a sizo betweon the largest ono and the second largest, and another of a size between the second largest, and smallest boll of tho three now erected. T hi* threo bells cost about £200. Bolls would cost Is fid per lb.

After somo discussion, tho following conditions were agreed to : —

Ist. That the members of tl c German Churoh be asked to give a leaso of tho ground on which the bell tower stands to the Christchurch City Council for a term of SO years, at a nominnl rent tl of «ay 5s per annum.

2nd. That the management of the three bolls already hung in tho tower, and the balance of the peal (viz., five moro bells to be subscribed for) shall be vested m a committee of eight gentlemen, fivo to be nominated by tho City Council, and three by the trustees of the German Church, tho Mayor of Christchurch to be chairman.

3rd. That tho five bells now proposed to bo subscribed for shall bo vested in tho Corporation of Ohristchurch, to remain tho property of the cify for over. 4th. That the fivo bells shall on arrival be hung in tho German bell tower, to be rune with tho other three, a« tho committee of management may provide far.

sth Th.it tho peal when coinploto shall be culled tho Christchurch Bells.

6th. Should the City Council decide at any future period to remove tho -peal to another tower, the written consent of tho trustees of the German Church (for tho time bi'ing) mus>t be first obtained before removing tho th co bells belonging to tho German co eregation, viz., The Kaiser, Kron Prinz, and Bismarck.

7th. That the peal of bolls shall be considered to bo unconncota 1 with any religious denomination what ot>ver, but tli>it tho committee of management ahull be requested to muko arrangements to have them rung at suittiblo hours for Divine services on Sunday*

Bth. That tho Christchurch City Council' bo invited to give their aaaenc to the foregoing suggestions.

Mr Wilhelm Schmidt said he would bo most h>ippy to subscribe 20 guineas towards obtaining the bells. (Hear, hear). Mr Sawtell moved,—" Ti.at his Worship tho Mayor be request -d to lay tho foregoing resolutions before tne City Council at its nexr. meetint; ; and that. Mr Ru'ldetiklnu confer with tho German congregation on sumo subject —each gentleman to report tho result to the next meeting." Mr Uru.ee seconded the motion, which was carried.

Air Sawtell wna appointed honorary secretary pro, torn.

A voto of thanks was parsed to tho chair man j and the meeting tennin iled.

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PEAL OF BELLS., Star, Issue 2160, 12 February 1875

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PEAL OF BELLS. Star, Issue 2160, 12 February 1875

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