"Different Kinds of Beggars."
Observer, Volume 9, Issue 551, 20 July 1889, Page 11
" Different Kinds of Beggars."
In the page of illustrations bearing this title, 11 Bio " has depicted the English aspect of the question. Here is the colonial view of it :- It is in this most Christian land a crime to ask for a crust of bread, and any poor mendicant is liable to be "run in" by Policeman X., but at the same time Government officials on horseback are ordered to go round with the hat. How can these things be ? In this wise. At Avondale, for instance, the settlers want a postal delivery and the chief Postmaster promises to give it on condition that a certain proportion of the cost is guaranteed by the settlers ; then the •postman is ordered to collect subscriptions, and goes round begging in Her Majesty's uniform I . This is a very undignified position for the Government to assume} for the sake of a paltry £25 a year; but it is being done, we believe, all over the country. Some of the Avondale settlers object to continuing their subsidy on me ground that a job was perpetrated in accepting the tender for delivery, and that a party is prepared to do the work at a figure that would render "cadging" unnecessary. It would Be the proper thing to call for fresh tenders, and test the point.
If Sir Willliam Wasteneys starts a new paper at Te Aroha, there will be a couple of journals in hot water.