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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1879. THE VICTORIAN REVIEW.

SECOND NOTICE. Since our first notice of the “ Victorian Review” a few issues since, the second number of the magazine is to hand, and we are happy to admit that ’its appearance has considerably dispelled sojne .. .misgivings we had of the future success of the magazine. Victoria was the of song in the first number, for six of the ten articles in it dealt directly yit|i , Victorian politics, and two others bore indirectly upon Victorian interests.. JPp,, a certain extent, perhaps, the first "number may be itself an apology .for : thlf. Victoria in its pages, seeing that as a rule all f< fiyst numbers ” have to be made up rather hurriedly from usually a limited •number . of ; sources. But the second launches out into wider fields, and though it has'not wholly left the realm of ViCtorian politics, the articles on these subjects are of a kind that may "be .read wit ) interest by readers outside. In the .first number'f-thdi |fir6b ‘article w'as headed “The Plebiscite,” and was an onslaught simply ! - bn-' mob-rule/ ■ The f writer holds that in a country like, Yjc-, toria, where the administration" Of lAhds, of railways, mineral deposits,' .education, postal system, State forests, and telegraphs, is in the hands,of thp Executive, . and** where dissentient ’ newspapers can be punished for non-servility by the withdrawal of the Government advertisements, a Cabinet could control a plebiscite just as effectually as liouis JfapoJeon did when be caused 7,439,216 votes to be cast in condonation of the infamous massacres connected with, the copp ,d’dtat of 1851.” The' writer contends that, both local arid general experience in Victoria warrants the assumption that the conduct of public affairs may fflll into the hands of unscrupulous Ministers, r.pt only occasionally hut perhaps' frequently, and wherever the supreme powpr is lodged in the hands qf the majority of the people, that majority wiU he composed of men who are murp likely to be led captive by the plausible dap-trap of the unprincipled and self-seeking demagogue, than to listen to the careful statements of the patriotic and high-minded statesman, who has too much self-respect and too. genuine an affection for the masses to fawn upon and flatter them. A pretty clear idea of what the writer would he at may be. obtained from the following extract; — f( It is no disparagement to the masses to assert that, in general, they have not the leisure, nor have they received the mental training and discipline, which would qualify them to, look at public, questions in a judicial spirit; and, in soliciting their suffrages, the political

pliilosoplicr would stand no chance rg iins the fluent stump orator who could play upon their passions, appeal to their class sympathies, .arouse their national, credal, or social prejudices, and convince them that they are, down-trodden or oppressed, andthattheir own misfortunes and sufl'erings are notkthe result of personal conduct, hut'jjre attSbutable to political causes exclusively. f||Even in countries where a Unified suffrage prevails, we have seen a greats statesman like Peel, a famous historiatifUke Macaulay, and a true nobleinfttt Jjke'Lord Carlisle set aside in favor of altogether inferior men ; and there was a time when an impudent imposter like “ the Claimant ” could have beaten—if he had been free to contest a seat in the House of Commons—the best man who could have been brought against him in any one of at least a score of English constituencies.”

Blair entitled “ A Last Word on theEducation has [brought oUtj in the second, replies'' in. two articles by . •: clergymem« , iDhwthpße^ider-oMhe‘edws*i«» tion cate of secular education nas Jus say, the-.. Catholic view of public instruction is presented, tie (Bibledn&koOli side ‘ml / iadvocate, and all the papers are feirlv,,, written'. ’•'The ‘ <l ßerryiim' : ‘ pajjer' ire l J quoted from somewhat copiously- in our last notice, isreplied ; to. !by M.L.A., in the second number, and did , i our space afford it we: might give an piihii tract or two to show how staunchly Mr. Dow defends Ju«.eatfte{.cbat rltbaKciriae»Jt ,a hiewspaper notice,_ we must content ourselves with only a passing notice 2dfW very freshly written, ,paper.Y *. Ay paper .on “ Finance and Ein^i%,’tby-Heard";' another by Mr., R. Murrey. Smith* on the “Victorian Tariff;” and a. third by J. S. Horsfall, on the!&S<lUetting,l i, Leases,” concluded the Victorian political articles in the .first number. Am anonymous paper ibh-thaijnestifllf, d&iWill - tbeA Anglo-Australian Race Degenerate 1 ” is a very readable .one. The writer travels.... over a large portion of the earth’s surface % for instances to show thht- the .med riß[Ci i animals livinjg up'(hi' v of i soil, take their rentala^physh^jph^ B ®* teristics from the geological formations upon which they dwell. ■TOatf'mi the hutnan’ body ! 'is ; built' ‘to siderable, extent o,ut of the vegetStihn . of the earth}/direMjf froffiVegei and indirectly iir. turn on vegetation 1 ; aii’d j as largely affected by tne -r sou, l ?ahd ! thh r Sttu® ‘ again by its geological ;foi?iniati<Mfbthß geo- . logical formation of.a .countryt qnbwhich;auL race resides is bound to-dontrfbnte certain characteristics to it. By quite a&tnug of instances-thfe. writer « residents upon the earlier formations do not develope high civilization nor powers for such, while the more recent formations , bear people of an altogCther A superior class, both physically and intellectually. ;Tfom these instances he deduces ing.: it^Ke sique, intelligence, and are determined by the tions of the country it inhabits, we ; are brought, face.to facef with that we, the members of a branch' of the ’ human family which has been settled for ages in regions belonging to the quarr ternary formation} ‘ ! most in the ranks of time,” have transferred ourselves to a part of tlie world, - in , which a greater part of the soil. consistsi Of paheozoic wbiJe t ' belongs to ’ the mesozoic * anoiferxlary strata ; and. f that,, ,hxySijg~ -dw® must W : 'cere believers seriously';/trdnbled number of persons whey if not frankly hostile to - <«* i atoininant jQfeed J&TM&C civilised world, are at leash indifferent to its teachih'gh.” A a-n;;XMia ZTJZAiim A paper full of useful! information on • the “ Wool and Woollen Industries of the .united statS}”^ and well repays perusal, while a novelette, “ A Bad Bargain,” by Francillon, brings _ up the rearofthe magazine. y .. „ „ rr( . The sebona number o{ thO Iftagannd i»| altogether a better piece of reading* and gives a mbre f hojieftil '■ i ‘ wish to see the- drily; iirejprOseMattre of Australianniagazine - literature .make headway: aMnk^ r . with ®i*i2aN|w ,ts Dicey .(iUadfcOk;v : with a strong advocacy of free trade $n a* 1 well-written paper entitled “ The iSSssr from a- journal of exploration in Western , Australia, - which will hef very aCtepable t<? ah classes of SDavid Blair con» k tributes a most readable sketch of Edmond About:, and -h» afterwards we find ourselves reading a ae• . scription of ! Cup from 18C1 up to that, m the present wh&t roughly hanaled mtny igaue^to; of the magazine, arid w^fdtt«y ,; thfe has tbehest of it;‘'> the.mb&& plflCe at just before the second i ;K, Frphcillon’s-interestingmoveletteyJwfe Aho~-» paper he writes is eminently practical, on “ the Victorian Railways and MapagemgnW ’ wifM t h s. ‘ Review " ‘ eveby suotreaV 1 and' hop® 48al sufficient i vriil r secure in thebe colonies a magazipe_worthy of.their importdhcfe.* Thh now .before usHgive.Hintrbisih 9# literary talent exists pjj this side of the . sea suffleiept tp give.to,thp f world.an. Australasian magazine fo diknig affiigh rank with contemporaries of older standing and .published (Under . tages in the northern hemisphere.

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1879. THE VICTORIAN REVIEW., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 35, 16 December 1879

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The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16, 1879. THE VICTORIAN REVIEW. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 35, 16 December 1879

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