COMMERCIAL. GORE, TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1887.
Mataura Ensign, Rōrahi 9, Putanga 661, 19 Paengawhāwhā 1887, Page 2
COMMERCIAL. GORE, TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 1887.
THE PULSE OF THE PEOPLE. Thb general impression and the joint effect of the pie-sessional speeches that are now flooding the columns of the press, together with the comments of the press, seem to be favorable to the Government. It is true that many speeches and many articles are uncompromisingly hostile. Bu v the hostility is not effective. The* country- is not ripe for change, or, at least, it prefers to bears the ills it has rather than rush, to others that it either _c_iows not of, or knows too ihuch of. At Temuka Mr Eolleston made a good speech week- ago; But though hi? will command the confidence of the electors he cannot stir them to enthusiasm Hn opposition to the powers that' be. He can pass sharp strictures on' v some details of administration that make his hearers smile, and he can rebut some principles held by the Government, which in their working but never touch the people before him, But he cannot frame an indictment snowing that in this and that way those very people before him are being wronged and wronged so that they feel it. If he shows that" the Native policy of the present Ministry is unsound in principle, the elector silently replies The Natives are quiet and costing little, and that is what we.w.ant.''. If. he proves that thg said Native policy is successful only because it was preceded by Mr Bryce's policy /*the elector silently' i-eplies We are thankful that it is successful for any reason.'' If he lends his authority to the statement that the land laws are bad, the elector feels that so are the land laws of Ireland and .Russia, hut they don't concern him* He, the free and enlightened elector, does not want to buy land. Let those who do want to buy look after the land laws. But of course land seekers are always a miserable minority, and hence nothing effective results. If again Mr Eolleston asserts that the Ministry have changed their front and are now working on some of his lines, the elector silently retorts "Then why aren't you satisfied P We would, as lief, they worked those lines as you.'' If the hon. gentleman waxes hot over the deficit, the elector is cool enough to remember that he too has been disappointed in his income, and he feels that when everybody's income has fallen there must be a sympathetic fall in. revenuie, let who will be Treasurer. And finally if he labors to prove that the depression is owing to either the past or present action of the Government, the elector either forgives the borrowing policy, the spoil of which he has shared, or he does not believe Mr Rolleston and thinks that gentleman insincere. The j joint effect, thus, is a negative one. The wax is cold, and the impression not deep. There is no burning discontent that blindly wants to change something, no matter what. If there is not satisfaction, there is at least a belief that there is nobody about who can greatly improve matters. In fact, the country is undergoing one of these periods of political repose which result from being often disappointed. There have been so many false prophets that when one says Lo here or Lo there the electors go not after him nor follow him Hence when Mr Richardson. Minister of Public Works, addressed his constituents at Kaiapoi on Friday and replied to Mr Rolleston he excited no enthusiasm. His hearers cared little which is right in what appeared to be simply an argu-ment between two public men. When Mr Richardson explained his railway deficit, producers felt glad that they, had got off with paying L 90.000 less than the on. gentleman intended them to pay, and non-producers felt that an error has been made in the estimates, which is not a heinous crime. Thus the lowness of the public pulse allows things .to pass which under other conditions would cause a Ministry to be hurled headlong, flaming From the ethereal sky." Prom Mr Montgomery at Akaroa on Thursday, the same idea is gathered. There is plenty to be said but nothing to be done; The Opposition is willing, but the people will not be wooed. For a time they ask to be let alone, and in return they are willing to let those alone who at present enjoy power. These are the signs of the times in the political world. The Ministry is strong in the indifference of the people. Any party that happened to be in power when such a period of political rest as the present set in would be similarly strong. If they have, as we deubt not they have, sufficient tact not to awaken the sleeping dogs, tfyey will win another election and last for some time longer. But in any case they.are only kept for. a. more headlong ruin when the 7 sleeping dogs wake up. Political changes require heat, and the people are cool "just now, and hence enterprises of great pith and moment are sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought. No man reads the popular -mind more 'cutely than Major Atkinson, and he has been far quieter than any domestic affliction could necessitate. He 'knows when to fight and when to rest, upon his sword. To fight now, when the camps are both asleep, is to beat the air. Hence he is like an extinct volcano. But when motions and earthquakes take place in the mind of the people he will assume a sudden activity and lack neither fire nor lava.
Football notes and a report of a concert at Wendonside last Friday evening appear on ou our fourth page. The three year old son of Mr C. D. Moore, of Wit.ton, was severely burned by phosphorus on Friday, and died from the effects of his injuries early on Saturday morning. Mr Mountain had not a great attendance at Mataura on his opening night, Saturday last, but on Sunday evening the Church was crowded. He will continue to hold meetings every night this week. The Mataura Football Club open the season by playing a scratch match on the cricket ground, Mataura, on Saturday first President v Vice-President. Members and parties intending to pin are requested to put in an appearance early on that day. In pursuance of the policy of retrenchment reductions in the staff^of the Rabbit Depart T ments are now the order of the day. Mr John Whyte and Mr Lyle, the former subinspector of the Winton District and the latter in a similar position in that of Riverton, have received notice that their services are to be dispensed with. At a meeting of the South Canterbury Presbytery held in Temuka last Tuesday, a deputation frpm the Temuka congregation waited upon the Presbytery, in support of a call of the congregation to the Rev. David Gordon of Invercargill. The matter was fully considered and ultimately it was decided to forward the call to the Rev. Mi Gordon in conformity with the request of the congregation. The annual four-oared boat race between erewa representing Invercargill and Dunedin was rowed on the New River Estuary on Saturday morning, and resulted in an easy victory for the local men. The Invercargill boat took the lead from the start, and, although at one time the Dunedin crew managed to get pretty close up, the respective positions of the competitors remained unaltered till the finish, the Invercargill winning by six lengths; 'A 'Lady's Wish—" Oh, how i do wish my skin was as -clear pnd soft as yours I" said a lady to a friend. You can easily make it so,.'; answered the friend. '•"Hbvr'l" inquired the'firstT lady. "By using Dr Soule's Hop Bitters, .that majtes pure rich blood and blooming health, it did it for me, as you observe." Read The unfortunate leper, Emmanuel Silva, who was admitted; to the Invercargill Hospital about three weeks ago, appears to have been again tuvried' adrift, for he made his appearance in Gore on Saturday last. It is incredible th_it there is ho place in Invercargill where such patients may be treated and, if need be, isolated. To turn them adrift in this way seems such an extraordinary action, aad may cause such alarm and disgust that some reason should be given for it. But it seems that the easiest way out of the difficulty was to pass him on to the next parish." r The Messrs Wayte are making strenuous preparations for the erection of their dairy factory at Stoney Creek. The plant has been ordered, as has been the material for the erection of the building. A slight difficulty occurs at present from the fact that there is no crossing over the railway there, but when the railway authorities become aware of the importance of the proposed industry, no doubt so small a concession will be pheerfuily granted. The Gordon Town Board has turned over a new leaf, having seen the error of its ways. Last night all the members attended, although the weather was most inclement, and set to work seriously, with the result that their allotted task was unanimously and cordially completed in jless than fortyfive minutes. It may be stated that the bulk of the business was passing accounta, which is a pleasant operation when there is a credit balance. We remind our readers of the limelight exhibition by Mr Wm. Dougall in the Temperance Hall to-night. This forms the first of a course of lectures, etc., under tne auspices of the Young Men's Christian Association, and the scenes will be mainly illustrative of the Pilgrim's Progress. When Mr Dougall gave his exhibition of views last year the light was defective, but we understand that this evening the gas bags used will be of Mr Dougall's own filling, and the probability of a hitch will therefore be materially lessened. A fortnight ago a most enjoyable reunion in the shape of a harvest home took place at the farm of Mr C. McGill, Otara. There was a capital attendance, and the visitors were most hospitablyfrentertained by the host and hostess. Dancing was kep. up till morning, Mr J. Preston doing duty as M.C., and was interspersed with songs and recita tions. Mrs M'Gill presided at the piano, and Mr M'Gill, assisted by Mr H. Chisholm, evoked music from the violin. The company was highly delighted with the entertainment, j and tendered their best thanks for it, parting with the utmost good feeling. We have been favored with a private view of some of the figures comprising Mrs Jarley's collection, and we can assure our readers that they are most life like so much so that we had almost claimed some of them as personal acquaintances. Their dresses also are most rich, representing the various costumes wern at various times in the world's history. When wound up each figure performs peculiar and appropriate movements of its own. Altogether Mr Hobbs more thoroughly deserves congratulations on the kindness of Mrs Jarlcy than we had originally sapposed. We have been shown *a souvenir of the Timaru Volunteer Encampment in the shape of a file of the newspaper published daily there entitled the CJamp Gazette. The little paper is an admirable reflection of the jollity and good comradeship which seems to have prevailed there, and Bpeaks wonders for the enterprise of its promoters. We notice that two of our local acquaintances have received flattering notice from the Gazette' Surgeon Cox for an illustration of a triangular bandage much uaed in the German army, and Captain Valentine, chief of staff, who took great interest in the initial proceedings. The third, and probably the last, publ o performance of The Ticket of leave Man by the Wyndham Amateur Dramatic Society took place in the Gaiety Theatre, Wyndham, on Friday last, and was largely patronised. Owing to previous reports, lengthy notice is unnecessary. The prominent features of the drama were well brought out and the audience showed their appreciation of the various effects. The only alteration in the cast was the substitution of Mr Harming for Mr McKillop as Hawkshaw. Mr Harming took the role at very short notice and the fidelity in the details of business" and general exposition of the part throughout the performance reflected the highest credit on him. The Society has, we understand, vtceived several flattering requests to go to invercargill, but, though it is not definitely settled, we believe they do not intend to again venture from home with The Ticket of Leave Man." When the Waimea line was taken over by the "^Government the employes of the Company were scattered, being pro.ided with situations elsewhere on the Government railways. Those of them who came more immediately in contact with the public, namely Messrs Bain (guard) and Ayre (clerk) had left so good an impression fron. .-heir unvarying urbanity, that a movement was set on foot to present them with a memento of tbeir stay in the district. The result Ua_ been the purphase of a handsome watch apiece, and these will be forwarded with an address of which the following is a copy "Gore, March) 1887 We, the undersigned^ beg to take the opportunity ojE present iijig you with this address of estimation of your unvarying courtesy aud willingness tp oblige, This, and the efficiency with which you iu= variably discharged your duties, has won foe you friendship on all sides, aud of which as a, slight souvenir we ask your accpetancj 01. the accompanying watch."— Here follow tho names of subscribers. The addresses are tho work of Mr T. T, King, of this town, ai.d. do him infinite creciii;. Each of there*, is sur-. mounted by a drawing of tbe Waimea t'yain. At iho foot is a humorous delineation of an anglu r, and at the sides are scroll contain-ing the names of subscribers, together with| drawings illustrative of the favoijte pursuits of the gentlemen for whom they are in^ tended. The. trial of Dr Russell and others at Cl. usic_-U_ch for procuration has lexmiuated.;
The doctor was found guilty of the offence on Mrs Bowern, and pleaded guilty in the case of Annie Connolly. No evidence was produced by the Crown in the case of Kate Fisher. Dr Russell was sentenced to seven years' penal servitude and Mis Bowern to twelve months. The -others were acquitted.- In his remarks to accused, Judge Johnston' said there could be no doubt thatTDr Russell had made a practice of performing such operations, and thus placing before young, .people great inducement.to immorality. He* had rendered himself liable to-- penal ser r vitude for life, and he (the judge) must pass such a sentence .as would be a warning to members of thef medical profession and the rest of the community. Mrs Bowern's case was different. She had been tempted by the fear of shame, and not by the desire of gain. Still, her case could not be treated as he might have done had she been a young girl who had yielded to temptation once. Cubed of Drinking— "A young friend of mine was cured of an insatiable thirst for liquor, that had so prostrated his system that he was unable to do any business. He waseutirely cured by the use of Am. Co.'s Hop Bitters. It allayed all that burning thirst, took away the appetite tor liquor, made hia nerves steady,- and he has remained a sober and steady man for more than two years, and has no desire to return to his cups. From a leading R. R. Official. Good news for farmeas I—When1 When you hear that you can store your grain for a mere song or can sell it for a big price at the nearest railway siding, rejoice A large addition to our already large stock just come to hand and just arriving from London— a big lot of autumn and winter drapery. J. Mac Gibbon, fe Sons.