TO THE RATEPAYERS OF THE OITY OF OHKIBTOHUKOH. £~A ENTLEMEN,— I havo boen asked by a greafc %yC many persons xuy views as a Candidate for Municipal honours. I take this oppoitunity of expressing them. The Drainage quostion is about the mosfc important beforo the publio afc present, so I will begia with that. Could Chrisfcohuroh be properly drained without receiving more or leas of tho surrounding Suburbs Drainago (whether wo like ifc or not), I should say we do not requiro a Drainage Board ; but as Ohristohuroh lies so low, and we must take a great deal of the surrounding Suburbs' Drainage, a District Board in conjunction with the City will bring in a groat amount of rates, to assist In paying for their Drainage, and would bo advisable to havo. I consider population should be fairly represented In tho Board, ond then thore can bo no preponderance of votes. There is no doubt the Drainage question is a much larger, and a moro important ono, than is imagined by somo. As tho Government have offered a premium for a soheme, it is almost certain to include a large amount of underground Drainage, which will necessitate a thorough system of water supply for flushing. Tho two questions of Water and Drainago, whether necessary now on a largo scale, will assuredly be so In a few years time, as Christchuroh Increases in population, and is to remain a healthy Oity. I could give my ideas on the soheme to bo adopted, but it would bo prematura bofore wo getthoplans from tho Enuineer. Tho main point for tho Counoil to con- ' eider, is that whatever plan bo accopted, it is a scheme that shall effectively cot ry off the drainago of the City and Suburbs without having to bo altered in a fow years time; and that the money borrowed shall extend the full time. Wo havo power to borrow so that tho future inhabitants may pay thoir share of tho ratos. The question of Mayor, I certainly think should bo deoided by tho ratepayers either insido or outside the Counoil. Ido not think ho should be paid. Tho Abolition of the Provinces, in a fow years, muy plaoo the Mayor of Christohurch as chief representative of the City, aud in a position that will re- < quire a great deal of time, for fche loss of which I ; know the citizens will bo always willing to pay a fair remuneration. I consider tho question, whenever ifc comes forward, should be put to tho publio vote. On the subject of Publio Baths, so far os swimming, I think tho City could havo ono at a very cheap price by widening tho rivor, say at tho back of tho present Magistrate's Court, makinga fair bo'tom, and building up four walls, oithor with or without roof, afc presont j to be improved to moot the wants of the publio as wo saw whether ifc would tWIn coming bofore the publio for fcho first time I might bo allowed to stato, without egotism, that I have boen a resident in Christchurch for thirteen years, and I think I can Judge of her requirements as woll as mosfc members of the Counoil, and should tho Ratepayers do me the honour of electing mo, I will endeavour t> serve yoa to tho best of my ability, and not introduce any croohots of my own for tho Oltizens to'p-«y for. I have not a large Committoo out canvassing for mo, noithor have I üßkod a single porson to voto for »ie, as I look upon tho Citizens of Chrlstjchurch as an intelligent body of men who oan Judgo for themselves who Is tho best and most praotical man to suit tht-m and their requirements and do nofc require anyone to beg and pr y for their votes ; and I have no doubt they will go uso it as to put the right man in the right place ou Thursday next. I am, Gontlomon, Your obedient servant, S, HIORNS,
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