TE AWAMUTU GOSSIP.
Waikato Times, Volume XXIV, Issue 2016, 9 June 1885, Page 3
TE AWAMUTU GOSSIP.
Politic u- bluff, although an exciting game, is not conducive to dUhict prospenty. Local political mtnqiio has lost the Attic salt of its flavour, and p.vity manojuviingof a more grasping character is engaging the minds of anno men, who, posing as the country's logenerators, narrow tho limit of their operations, until evcryono who is not blind must see that tho "base" Imo from which thoy extend their policy is glannglv prominent as the egottstic.il line of selfinterest. Man mind thyself is a commandment of the oarth earthy, and honoured with all the earthly attributes possessed by human future in sinful opposition to thoso righteous ones dowored on it by the croater of it-> component parts, and a selfish lino of action, while it refers to religious, social or political endeavour, muht check Chi Minn advancement, and make any foolish incul c.itor of it become in tho end tho scheming centre at which a thousand straigli toned fingers point with ridiculing scorn. Ministei ial omtor.s arc criticising encli i other. Criticism as a rule, is vexatious, and exation nourishes spleen, and spleen is biliously unpleasant, nnd unpleasantness is combative, and combativeness means iriuddlo, and out of the muddle, I ventuic to predict, tho jumbled up ulplubct of repiehentathc power will be smoothed out into its piidtinc A and B uniformity. Money is power, and tho present Government possess it to tho tuno of .some lately acquired millions, bub tho question, who is to .spend it ?political opponents arc stripping to CIibCUH. Tho rolling billow of discontent may buist before it reaches tho shore, and the ministerial boat in its bosom gently grate on the beach in safety, encircled in peaceful ripples of whiteness but, on tho other hand, the billow may gather in volume, and with tidal wave ferocity dnsh the craft on the rocks of dissolution and shatter it to pieces. It has been said I write these letters to suit a party. I plead guilty to the impediment. Ido write them to suit a paity, and that party is Billy and let my readcis distinctly understand "Billy" always chips" on his own hand. There is not much fun in local items this week. Therinkist weie ban 'd out' by commercial travellers, who had possessioe of the Public Hall and kept it, awl the only thing about rinking I can tell of is that, I saw a lot of roller skates knocking about the town in "kits." A hungrily got up dancing party took place the other night, and it went off as well as could be expected. Two of the old membeis of the Pimm Domain Boaid, having passed oer the gre.it majority, the places thoy left vacant have been filled up by Messrs HutcUmson and K. Cunningham. The newly constructed gazetted board mot on Satmday, when Mr Walton was re-elected chairman. lie explained to the new members the doings past and present of the board. It has a balance to credit on filed deposit of ti'J."), and another £100 was passed to fiuther that credit. Let other boaids emulate tho creditable example of this one, and if they cannot *how a credit balance, let them show its equivalent in substantial improving works, and the people will pi .me them with gladness. The county council have giyen notice to the agent for the Chinch Mission Society to iemoe the straggling, ill-kept hedge that beautifies the principal street of Te Awamutu back to its proper pl.ice. At present lit thornily usurps 12 feet of tho public highway, which might, not unjustly, bo called high-toned aggrandisement. Te Awamutu's new buildings aro progressing rapidly- In my next letter I shall treat of them more fully. The new rifle range is completed, and satisfactorily approved of by the volunteers. Library affairs arc quiescont, and tl litei.uy club has given up pictorial amusement for tho more instructive reading of prosy nowpnpei*. Although not a nicnibor, I used to see a Punch or (Jwphio occasion ally, but lately my eyes have encountered nothing funny to make them glisten with merriment. Te Awamutu is dark, awfully dark at night-time. A few <-treet lamps would brighten it up a bit, and prevent Komo of the people from committing tho sin of pro. fanity, roping 'in tho pitchy d irkness, and .suddenly thumping a foot into a gutter makes one naughtily inclined to be wcious. BiLM.