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JOHN ADAMS'S SOUTHAMPTON ALMANACK.
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should remember that Liverpool is now a city, and, as Southampton bears a great resemblance to that place, there is no knowing what we may come to. It may be that in a few years, our retrospect will include some reference to the year of office of our Lord Mayor. At present we are content to know that in the mode of electing a Mayor there has been progress shown during the year. Of course, our readers know that all things are not what they seem, either in the world at large, or in this town, which is a very small part it. Our Mayors for many years were ostensibly elected by the Town Council, in council assembled on November 9th, but in reality they were elected at the " Dolphin," " South Western Hotel," or some other place where a good dinner may be had. This election usually took place on the evening of November 8th, wine and cigars being necessary as aids to wisdom of choice, and wisdom of acceptance. During the past year there has been progress shown in this election, and, for the first time, or almost the first time, a Conservative Town Council has elected a Liberal Mayor. Progress has been made also in Municipal organisation during the year. An increasing town could not get on properly without improving administrative arrangements to keep it up to the times !
The new street through the slum area of St. Michael's parish is not yet made but the scheme is in progress. The negotiations and arbitration in connection with the compulsory purchase of the property over this area have taken up much time. The delay has arisen, of course, through the owners of this property having an eye on progress as well as to the Town Council.
The arrangements for sanitation in the town have advanced by the provision of a new destructor at the Sewage Works. This considerable enlargement of the appliances for dealing with the sewage from a largely-increased area of the town, instead of discharging it into the Itchen at the Belvidere outlet, has been carried out at a great cost, and will be acceptable to people of varied interests ; to the public at large from a hygienic point of view, and to the inhabitants of the populous district bordering on the Itchen, especially so. To the owners of wharves on the Itchen, people using the river, and the passengers who cross the Itchen Ferry, these new sanitary arrangements will be a great boon. When the Borough Extension Inquiry took place, those who opposed the scheme in Woolston. made a point of the Belvidere Sewage outlet as a wrong done by the Town Council of Southampton to the inhabitants of Woolston. That wrong has now been set right, and the Woolston people have only now to deal with their own drainage, and with the malodorous circumstances connected with Jurd's Lake, to make the systems of drainage on both sides of the Itchen fairly satisfactory. A scheme of drainage for that purpose is in progress, but it has not advanced very fast, owing to the question of whether or not a Local Board should be formed for Woolston. That Board, under the name of a District Council, has been ordered, and a drainage scheme has been made compulsory. Public opinion concerning the advisability of Woolston becoming part of the borough has veered round to a considerable extent in that suburb during the year. It is not the same place as it was two years ago, for within the last year or so, more than a thousand inhabitants have been added to the population of that part of Woolston alone—which lies between the railway station and Pear Tree Green. In the absence of any authority to enforce bye-laws in the erection of new buildings, those who have erected cottages have been a law unto themselves, running up dwellings on expeditious principles, while the surrounding circumstances have, as surely, been running up a bill in the absence of efficient regulations, which will have to be paid in the future.
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