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mains of single and double pipeage constructed at an initial plant cost of £ 5
per linear yard by way of the Dargle, Rathdown, Glen of the Downs and
Callowhill to the 26 acre reservoir at Stillorgan, a distance of 22 statute miles, and
thence, through a system of relieving tanks, by a gradient of 250 feet to the city
boundary at Eustace bridge, upper Leeson street, though from prolonged
summer drouth and daily supply of 12 1/2 million gallons the water had
fallen below the sill of the overflow weir for which reason the borough
surveyor and waterworks engineer, Mr Spencer Harty, C. E., on the
instructions of the waterworks committee had prohibited the use of municipal
water for purposes other than those of consumption (envisaging the possibility
of recourse being had to the impotable water of the Grand and Royal canals as
in 1893) particulary as the South Dublin Guardians, notwithstanding their
ration of 15 gallons per day per pauper supplied through a 6 inch meter had
been convicted of a wastage of 20.000 gallons per night by a reading of their
meter on the affirmation of the law agent of the corporation, Mr Ignatius Rice,
solicitor, thereby acting to the detriment of another section of the public,
selfsupporting taxpayers, solvent, sound.

       What in water did Bloom, waterlover, drawer of water, watercarrier,
returning to the range, admire?
       Its universality : its democratic equality and constancy to its nature in
seeking its own level : its vastness in the ocean of Mercator’s projection : its
umplumbed profundity in the Sundam trench of the Pacific exceeding 8.000
fathoms : the restlessness of its waves and surface particles visiting in turn all
points of its seaboard : the independence of its units : the variability of states
of sea : its hydrostatic quiescence in calm : its hydrokinetic turgidity in neap
and spring tides : its subsidence after devastation : its sterility in the
circumpolar icecaps, arctic and antarctic : its climatic and commercial
significance : its preponderance of 3 to 1 over the dry land of the globe :
its indisputable hegemony extending in square leagues over all the region
below the subequatorial tropic of Capricorn : the multisecular stability of its
primeval basin : its luteosfulvous bed : its capacity to dissolve and hold in
solution all soluble substances including billions of tons of the most precious
metals : its slow erosions of peninsulas and downwardtending promontories :
its alluvial deposits : its weight and volume and density : its imperturbability
in lagoons and highland tarns : its gradation of colours in the torrid and
temperate and frigid zones : its vehicular ramifications in continental