Mataura Ensign, Rōrahi 17, 17 Hereturikōkā 1894, Page 5
At a meeting of members and adherents of the Kelso Church on Monday last, held to consider the Rev. W. J. Comrie's resignation, it was proposed by Mr Malcolm and^econded by MrEadie that the meeting regretfully accept the resignation. In the course of his remarks the rev. gentleman stated that ill-health, was principally his reason. for resigning. The terrible tragedy on Sunday last at Otautau must have caused the deepest pangs of pain to the daughter (Mrs Eelso) of the unfortunate murdered man. News of the sad event was wired here early on Monday, when considerable sympathy was felt for the sorrowing relations. Jealousy is ascribed as the cause of this crime, which stands unique in the annals of Southland, and while, of course, temporary insanity will bo put down as the cause, let us be truly thankful that ninh an inhuman monster completed his muiderous career with the hot blood of his helpless victims still warm on his own suicidal hands. That the troubles in the frozen moat trade hare arrived at a particularly inopportune time must be painfully apparent to all those engaged in the rearing of stock. Yot while the present low prices ruling in London must bo far from satisfactory to freezing companies generally, such prices can't be a, certain criterion of what present stocks may fetch. The fluctuation of prices is phenomenal. That there is something radically wrong in tho whole system of the frozen meat trade is an unquestionable fact, and as your able leader of Tuesday last points out that 31 per lb, under favorable circumstnnces, is nil tho producer should receive, as against 9d yer lb to the consumer, this suggests clearly outrageously high profits to somebody. Evidently, then, until a regulation of supply can be arrived at, together with a well-organised system of direct supply to the consumer, mattes in this trade will prove unsatisfactory. And why the Government, instead of tht> peevish bickerings »hey go in for, would not endeavor to have this trade — a trade of such material importance — placed on a more satisfactory footing, to me appears incomprehensible.