THE The Manawatu Times. WEDNESDAY,AUGUST 27, 1879. TAKING A BREATHER.
Manawatu Times, Volume III, Issue 69, 27 August 1879, Page 2
THE The Manawatu Times.
WEDNESDAY,AUGUST 27, 1879. TAKING A BREATHER.
'VWordaai^ things, and a drop of ink falling liko f.dew upon a thought, x;-oducea that whiah makes* I perhaps millions think."
The ppQlitninarjr skicmiah m thet po- J^ti^l warfare has ceased, and the op- J posing f orces ai?e calmly awaitmg the vs6u3Q3difi^of.^the>;'Edgnal) which j shall ,]irQelajim :^!ttJ^ie^ d^^W^^r^feS^ has 'arrived. Mr. Johnstoit Jbas orated to that portion of the consti.tuency-.of w,h|ch. he has been the eaosen^one |lfe has likewise i held "fortE.in ttfe^vferious centres where he is not wanted; and while ih. the c^tf@P2t' M^ X^jleg^ enthusiastic m the latter, it has^ Ixgen «cpu£tepus.j" If we except the wrong: 'mijictecf' "ijpoji Manawatu by the i grantjjig of the 25,000 acres tojWan Ig a ?nui, Mr. Johnston's sins have been thp^eioj^on^issiQn rather than "corniiiiksioTi f bul *alth o ugh it may be argued^thj^t the endowment to the WarigqSiui Harbpr should .l come under the fipst category, it is of such tive wrong r'6 tfie^distrJet. "^e imagine th^t .-Mjtj JoHisrsirp^ ha'soifiittxV' realised thfei axjt^thaj; rihe^need ppt. look for tlie smallest s/uppprt .to the jUgper district V.|fld- r ifrbje ever had "franc!hipement <jf 4 jHe -cpnstiiueppy, it should have b^en destroyed by his cool but still honest annourice- Jm"enttihafclhe^v^3ild^,n^ djsjtrict during the Eecess. The orily'ciaini coujd .poswbly urgeife, "^hat has been said on jm. behalf b,y his ,agLmirers |hat he as*lt r ichblariLan oralar, a statesman, and that his worji carried weight m "irhW. ;H.ou pe; 'ITntil v tie Mr. ,:«^>H|f k^pN o^ vpal^e^tpii ;p]at; '"for^'-aiew"nighiß-- I 'ag6V'-we had not an /opportunity of judging of his J quadruple. qu;alifications^ o Wq, can upw- b§]i?X©' l^lpi: a scholar, Vefeei that'he is a gentleman, we cq,n suppose him a statesman, and; admit pointsrhjs; utterances would ca^rry weight as, a repr.esentati^e 5 j|evefMeies^ we do/ not think hXtnijanipfatpr,. aiid we do know that upon matters of- vital importance- to, t)iis .cpustituency he is profoundly i^hpr'ant; He seen f o r himself .since'hi^ iflyent thQ wpndjarf ul striplea wiiich' tlie Manawatu haV. made' and i^ still.majimg.^and take,; the. pnly means of keeping h|m'i;.self>aii courantiWAth >jtsUwants and neeessitiea, and still he has the 'mbde^tjr tb-- imagine' 'thatT he .could fight the battles •6 f r I redress the grievances-of-'a 'popple., about whom he knows nothings "Wbuld it not be coh'sideced the; most insane folly to'empldy a counsel to defend a case who wp^ld resfusip'tO'Yisit a client to I -•get; hiß instructipnsi lfc, may bej.andrio doubt is^ an ai|thority on matters. of,, finance but what earthly good 'is that* tp his constituency |f hp should allpw somo ppliticianV better^mf prmed than himsel i tP '^qir^p' knd^ assert without ;cqnirjadi6tion; flipti 'Pit^herbert was' nearer, to. to talrnerstqn:j,pr that iheV Kairangi ißlock was oti the "borders' of -Waitotafai? But there-is another grave objection, to Mjg. JqHNS^ON. An absentee ,mejnber is always to be deprecated, but when m additipn to-that dravvb^ek—-and t%e fact- that the representative knows little about his coji stituency— -it" is also found tha|; he hail s ?f roia jthevpapital, the; pbjeptioii carries double weight. We all. know ihat there are many, very many points iipbnjw'hieh the interests of to wn and country become directly conflicting, and m, that case where •file County mpmljer has all his in-; terests m the balance with the city, that is the fide of the scale which is ]ike]y ip be-found [the. heavier. We inink we have ripy said su|scient to convince thpsp who, witt ourselves, heartily respept Mr. Jphns!ton, that he has not been, ,nop cannot be, an eligible representative. Jtod i vow $c will proceed to make a" few remarks with regard to. Mr.HiLJDcqaißE. We will, as kJiJy what right; can. that" gentlman claim a preference over ;Mr, Skjelson? Admittiirig that he
was the primary cause of the Scandinavians being settled m the Manawat a fact vyhich we have heard disputed— his action ia that matter was purely an official one, and entitled to no more credit than should be given to the present Minister- of Immigration by the thousands of people imported m the colony during his regime. Next, with regard to what Mr. Ha^coivibe has done for Feilding. Well,. we must admit that he has done much for it, but as he himself very jubilantly remarked, he has doneuiuch mor e for himself he has made himself thoroughly independent. Mr. JStfELSOtf has worked hard for the advancement of the district during the past fiye years, and his' labors have been. those of love, not of profit; and it ill befit^ ;the persons amongst whom he has struggled, and who are aware of his sacrifices, to point -to Mi HalcomWs pecuniary independence while jeering at MivSnelson's want of it.