FIRST EDITION. The Ensign. GORE: THURSDAY,DECEMBER 19, '95. THE GORE ATHENÆUM.
Mataura Ensign , Issue 74, 19 December 1895, Page 2
FIRST EDITION. The Ensign. GORE: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, '95. THE GORE ATHENÆUM.
" A. nation's greatness," runs the wise saw, "depends upon the education of its people," and from the cradle to the grave are wisdom's truths assimilated by all. Tho gpm-like grains of knowledge bestrew the common pathway, only some are more diligent in their search for thorn than others. Knowledge lies within the reach of every man, and he who would possess himself of it lias in these enlightened days only to stretch forth his hand and grasp the priceless treasure. The budding shoots of intelligence called forth in the nursery are tho forerunners of school day?, where the youag mind drinks in the mental good necessary to its existence, like as the graceful flowers and waving leaves extract from the atmosphere the vital principles of life. School days are like the plough preparing the soil for the rich harvest of manhood, and it is here where tbe myth of precept takes upon itself the tangible shape of example, that the real education of one's life begin?. What more potent educational factor exists than the modern newspaper press P Day by day, hour by hour, it focuses upon a metaphorical pin's point, all that is worthy of note amid the Ba;ings and doings of the world's teeming m llions. Being so desirous, one can follow the science, the acts, and the politics of each and every civilised community upon the face of the globe with as much — if not more — ease than the uncertain gait of his own country's representatives on the tangled pathway politic. Every effort made to bring the general product of the newspaper press within the reach of the masses is a blow struck for humanity, and, this being so, we heartily commend the public-spiritedaeas of the Gore Atkenamm Committee, as disclosed by their determination expressed on Tuesday evening to throw open their reading room to the general public. Wisely retaining the power to revoke their decision, the committee intend it to take effect for a period of tlireo months, tlicc to ascertain whether the attitude of the general public toward the project is suck as to warrant a continuance of the concession. Whether the scheme will accomplish one of its primest objects— viz., to provide healthy and improving recreation for our young men, many of whom pass their evenings at street corners and more pernicious resorts, remains to bo proved ; but if it should be successful only in part in this matter, its mission will not have been resullless. The bump of destructiveness is, lamentably, far too highly developed in the average Anglo-Saxon, and it is in institutions such as the Athenaum readingroom thai, the wanton vandal makes his happy hunting grounds. It is mainly with tbe knowledge of this fact that tbe Athenaeum authorities mako their decision a non-committal one, and any destruction of their' property will be swiftly followed by the exclusion of non-subscribers from the many advantages of a reading-room such as theirs; and rightly so. The powers that be do not feel sailed upon to appoint a custodian to guard against needless deterioration of thoir property ; hence it behoves everyone using the reading room during the period of probation to check and repress as far as possible anything that might tend to a withdrawal of the privileges now conferred upon them. The Committee of the Gore Swimming Club met yesterday morning, and considering several unforseon circumstances which had arisen decided to postpone the formal opening of the season till after the holidays, Tbe 'Meat Trades Journal' estimates that the loss on the cattle and sheep from Australia, which came in the s.s. Southern Cross, was nearly L4OOO. It is assumed that the loas may be attributed to avoidable causes, namely, the selection of unsuitable stock, excessive freight and insurance, a protracted voyage and conditions of transit, and mortality at sea. Messrs Muir Bros, Fortification Estate, Portroso, have lately added to their already fine herd a- pedigree Shorthorn bull. The animal was purchased from Mr Jas Walker, Oaklanda, and was bred on Mr G. M. Bell 'a (Wantwood) estate. Quidnuncs and newspapar men havo («ays '' Bohemian " in the Christchurch ' Press ') been busy for the past month speculating aa to why Sir Patrick Buckley wis made Judge. I venture to think none of them have solved the problem, and it is reserved for me to made the desired explanation of the mystery. Sir Patrick was made Judge of necessity— because, like necessity, he Knows no law. It had been intended to hold a formal break-up at East Gore School to-morrow, when .Committee and parents would have been present, but owing to the late drowning fatality, and as a mark of respect to the bereaved parents, the School Committee determined to close the school at once and to bold no demonstration. Tha children were dismissed on assembling yesterday morning. At the adjourned meeting of the Borough Conncil held before tbe statutory meeting last night the usual formal resolution re an overdraft at tbe rate of 6£ per cent from thn Bank of New Zealand was passed. It was further resolved " That in consideration of the Bank of New Zealand advancing the sum of LIOOO on tbe Gore traffic bridge account.thia Council undertakes, if called upon so to do, to hand to the bank debentures to tho amount of LIOOO as soon as the same are issued. " Progress payments were authorised to be made to tbe contractor of the traffic bridge on bis producing the necessary certificates, Messrs F. and A. Walli.-, J. Campbell, Morton, and Weaton are to represent tho Gore Cycling Club in the team race with Mataura at the local Caledonian Society's sports on Boxing Day. Some of the Mataura cyclists thinking that the new track will not be tit to ride on by that time, there ia a slight possibility of this interesting event falling through. This notion of course in a fallacy, and wo hope the authorities in Gore will hasten to apprise their confreres at "Papersilla " of the fact. The monthly meeting of the Gore Atherw icum Committee was held on Tuesday evening, and attended by Messrs Bowler (President), Blaikie, Foppelwell, Gilchrist and Dolamore. The President and Mr Poppelwell were authorised to take over the specimens presented to the institution by the Rev. T. L. Stanley and Mr A. Macdonald, and also to arrange for their display. The matter of opening tbe leading room to the general public was discussed at length, and, eventually, on the motion of Messrs Dolamore and Poppelwell, it was decided to make the room a free one between 7 p.m. and 0 p.m. for a trial period of thres months, commencing on Ist January next, the feeling being that if the new departure turned out satisfactorily, the privilege might ba extended in tha direction of throwing the room open to the public at all times, and also permitting access to works of reference in the library. It was resolved to procure the series of "-English men of Action." The remaining business wasof a routine character.
Mr W. S. Mitchell's (Five Rivers) greatly , admired grey mare, Mountain Lily, winter of many prizes in the show ring — first this year at Thorobury out of a ring of 20, and Becond at Gore among eighteen entries — bas come to grief in a barbed-wire fence. Tbe injuries are said to be such as to render the mare almost valueless. The inquiry before Mr Northcroft, S.M , into the charge against four seamen — Charles Davidson, Antonia Santos, Myiius Simiave, and John Simmons — of murdering one Mataleo, a seaman belonging to tbe Linda Webber, then lying at the Railway wharf— was resumed at Auckland on Tuesday. After hearing evidence his Worship informed the accused that they were discharged. The inspector said that was satisfactory in one respect, as there was no possibility of any further evidence being produced, as they were all druok at the time of the assault. Mr Nor t hurt ft eaid it seemed so. The Gore Rifles and Bluff Rifle Club Bred a match on Wednesday, each team shooting on its own range. At Gore the weather was favorable excepting for a somewhat deceptive wind. The scores were as follow : —
The Bluff team put together 508 (tbe individual scores not yet being to haud), thus winning the match by eight points. At the Wyndham S.M, Court on Tuesday Maurice Gorman charged bis wife and wm sons with inflicting serious bodily harm on him, but the evidence was conflicting and the charpe was dismissed. John Wostacott, who admitted stealing sundry articles from the shop of Mrs King, fruiterer, was committed to the Caversbam Industrial School. The c»se, I. W. Raymond v. Currie (claim Ll9 6j 6d) was adjourned to Invercargill. The same plaintiff aued John Templeton for Lll 11s 6i, and obtained judgment for 13s 6d . Judgment waa given for plaintiff in each of the following undefended cases :— Henry Templeton v. John Kealey, olaim L4 2a sd, costs 10a ; same v. R. Koberts, claim L3 4s sd, costs 10s; James Macalister v. Frank Kitto, claim IA, costs LI 14s ; Timpany Bros, v. John Mitchell, claim Ll2 18s, costs LI 9). Kokoflt. Tenders wanted for purchase or harvesting of ryepraaa and clover at Mataura. Shearing begins at Kuapdale on January 6. County Council invite tenders for collection of dox tax in the several ridings. Bind social at Otama on New Year's night. Funeral 3f the late Mrs Gait leaves Kyledple for Mataura Cemetery tomorrow afternoon. B, G. Gresbam, dentist, notifies country visits. N. Z. Clothing Factory, Gore, have opened a boot department. . Mr and Mrs King thank friends for sympathy and assistance. Further particulars regarding Mataura Athletic Sports gathering.
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