MEN AND THINGS.
Observer, Rōrahi XI, Putanga 633, 14 Huitanguru 1891, Page 9
MEN AND THINGS.
One thousand unemployed artisans and labourers are seeking work in Brisbane. A statue of Adam Lindsay Gordon, the Australian poet, has been erected at Ballarat at the cost of a local lady. Out of 54 members in the South Australian Parliament, no less than seven are, or have been, editors of country newspapers. Barney Livingstone, of Maryborough, Queensland, devoted twenty- five years of his spare time to building a schooner, which has just foundered on her first voyage. Mb C. Wilson,, editor of Napier News, has resigned that position in order to take editorial charge of a new paper to be started in Bangitikei district. C. A. Longfellow, sou of the great poet, is now in New Zealand on a pleasure tour, accompanied by two male friends from the ' hub of the Universe.' Watson, the young man who was last week oharged with obtaining jewellery by false pretences, was recently engaged to marry Miss Johnston, an Auckland girl. Mb F. E. Baume, a well-known rising solicitor of Auckland, and nephew of Mr Louis Ehrenfried, has just passed the LL.B. Examination of the New Zealand University. The usual day's labour in Belgium is 11 hours, but brewers' men work up to 17 hours, brickmakers 16, oabinet-makers 17, railway guards 19, and in the mining districts women are often kept at truck-loading for 13 or 14 hours. A. R. Gbeenaway has appointed C. Aioken his sole trustee, and the latter cautions the public to give no credit without his written order. That is good, so far j but can he prevent Greenaway from signing cheques and P.N.'s. A well-known clerk in the office of a leading firm of solicitors in Auckland has been enjoying his holidays in the country. By a singular coincidence, a popular Hebe managed to spend her holidays in the same place and at the same time. The Australian Federal Convention meets on the 2nd or 3rd March, when the bebaubled Imperialist conspirators will proceed to fasten on to Australia a ' Canadian ' constitution, with a Eoyal Prince at £25,000 as its figurehead. Fifteen peers of Great Britain and Ireland are inmates of private lunatic asylums near London. If on top of this you put into gaol for life those lords who ought to be there, you would practically squash hereditary titles. Mr Krull, who fills the position of German Consul at Wanganui, is said to have waxed very enthusiastic over Kruse winning the Champion Belt. At the smoke concert held in the latter's honour, Mr Kruli said Queen Victoria had better not go to war with ' Yarmany,' as Kruse had proved that his compatriots could shoot. He meant this, too.
It is a trifle curious to note that when the audit question was discussed at last Anglican Synod in Auckland, Mr W. H. Churton warned the meeting that defalcations were usually perpetrated by men whose character was considered above suspicion. Among those present was Mark Bawlings, and among those who defended the existing system of audit was Mr John Batger. That was some ten months ago ; now Bawlings is in gaol for embezzling moneys of Parnell Orphan Home; Mr Batger was one of the auditors of the Orphan Home accounts, and Mr Churton has been employed in making a special audit to discover the extent of the ' Bteal.'
Mb J. W. Carr, of Mount Boskill, has just been made aJ. P. He is but one of a batch of over a hundred ' created ' by Atkinson, Mitchelson and Co., but his qualifications and disqualifications for the position are so marked as to call for comment. Taking disqualifications first, Mr Carr is very deaf and very teetotal. Justice ought to be blind, but we never heard it argued that the goddess or her representatives should be deaf. Then, it has been repeatedly pointed out that teetotal bigots have no business to be on the magistracy, where they have to deal with charges arising out of the liquor traffic. A publican or ' drunk ' may look out for squalls if brought before a Bench composed of Sir Wm. Fox and Mr J. W. Carr. So far as fitness for the post goes, Mr Carr has one qualification which may be considered ample. He is a political partizan who has tho knack of turning his coat with ease and rapidity. He took the chair at the first election meeting held by Mr Joseph Greenwood, and, he spoke very fervidly on the political sins of Mitohelson and Co. A few days afterwards he was seen conversing with Mr Mitohelson in Queen-street; later on he was found canvassing and fightiftg for Mitchelson in the election campaign; now he has entered into his reward. He is one of the new ' creations,' made in six days, out of nothing and all very good !
The British India Tea Company, Karangahape Eoad (opposite the Post-office), are importers of Indian teas direct from the gardens. It is not true that the Prince of Wales offered Mr Pqnald Wallace 10,000 guineas for the racehorse Carbine, hut , it is true that Distiller's Co. Whisky hears away the palm from '< all competitors for a combination of qualities only appreciated hy real fudges.