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of the Tar Tub," lampooning the persons concerned in this sad affair.
It is generally admitted that the introduction of the Charter of Incorporation has proved beneficial to the interests of the town, although taxation will doubtless increase from the great outlay consequent on its require­ments being carried out. One of its most extensive works, now in progress, is the great sewer, commencing at Old Hove Street and terminating at its outlet at Portobello, a distance of upwards of seven miles, which will, it is esti­mated, cost about £80,000, the greater portion of such outlay falling upon this town. This work is being constructed by Mr Matthew J. Jennings, an eminent con­tractor, who has had great experience in public works,— both at home and abroad. The section drainage of the town, now being completed, will cost £102,500. Street improvements, recently carried out, cost £71,000,—£18,000 of the latter sum being devoted to the improvement of the King's Road and its esplanade. During the past year local taxation has amounted to 5s. 4d. in the £ (the rateable value of the property, according to the present poor-rate assessment, being £410,334 16s.); not an excessive sum when we take into consideration the large sums of money that have been borrowed both by the Town Council and the Guardians. The Corporation debt amounts in the whole to upwards of a quarter of a million pounds, inclusive of the debt of the late Commissioners and the purchase of the Royal Pavilion and grounds. Among many causes that have operated to give this town the pre-eminence over other watering-places, is the salubrity of the air and healthfulness of the place, also its situation con­tiguous to the sea; and although the inland parts of this kingdom may more nearly resemble the continent, in the degrees and duration of heat and cold,—although it is true the changes are often sudden and unforeseen,
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