LOOSED AT FROM HOME.
(From the European- Mail.) The news of the resignation of Sir George Grey has been variously commented upon by the leading journals of this country, but generally that resignation is regarded as a sign of an improved state of public opinion. The retrogressive action of Mr. Berry can betraced to apurieut jealousy of the capitalist, the proprietor, and men of standing, hut that a man of Sir George Grey’s antecedents should endeavour to set class against class, and to ride upon a Whirlwind, as it wore, is certainly indicative of a suggestion that a once wholesomp and incisive intellect has been soured cither by the sear .and yellow leaf or of ills for which there is no balm. It is considered, therefore, that the opposition which resulted in h s downfall was directed not so much against the measures which he proposed to adopt to meet the necessities of the colony as a certain overbearing manner which v oul 1 ronder any admit i t; at ion under Iris direction unworkable. And there cm be nor doght that this was so, and it may- be regarded as equally certain that there are many men in thy Assembly and in other public posb’ons who, remembering the Sir George of the past, re<.r*l
very much that his conduct sh on tit' have 1 brought about a rebuke which might ban fallen less heavily upon a man ot lesa public note. In seclusion, or even in moderate and respt ctable oppositi v. Sir George would have retained the respect and admiration of the Whole of tm inhabitants of the colony, both native, and European, and it is certainly ma- eo .01 regret that his well-known pinch in., probably lead him to fight his opponents, as the leaders of transpontine '-Irauias v " uld gay, to the last gasp. \hei'e arc many reasons why *his change. u».*h| !■-tmperamerit arid views •of ri B» n Grey’s standing ■ shovf.’ d.not bo regarded lightly, and not the least among.taom is. the influence which at one ,j le possessed over- the councils natives. More than one©, he haa, been able; to' calm down dangerous ebu'litiois arid to' put » ,'checiupon- meditated The d#y nas beriri when he "has done the i colony; and the State some service, and. his mentis cannot but regret that the day has; passed away when fie can be of any further use, , It was generally considered pretty certain that when the reins of power fell from unhands of Sir George "Grey, "they would be. taken up by Sir W. Fox, and the news therefore; that tile Hon. John Hall • has been entrusted 1 1» form a new aam.nstration took the bondholders and others o\ surprise, But wlinever succeeds to power it is to be hoped that all will be disposed to give him an ungrudging Support, if only to pull the colony through her difficulties. It is the very seed-time with her, and colonists should remember that if the harvest is to mature and to yield rich fruits anything like divided councils must be avoided. More money is wanlec, and capitalists are not likely to lenu money to colonists who are at loggerheads amongst themselves as to the system of Goverrnnent.to be pursued. The flouting of the lasi Victoria loan was the result of a fluke,'inasmuch as it got mooted about in the city that Mr. Berry was willing to follow the advice of Sir Michael HicksBeach, but, as lenders now see that they were deceived in this respect, if Mr. Berry w re to come to London for another loan he would not get it so easily. It may be taken for granted, however, that New Zealand is not going to follow the ways of Vic oria, <is she has checked the incipient 1 stage in that direction made by Sir George ] Grey. Still, some, anxiety has been expressed on the subject of the programme to be adopted by the new administration, arid in some quarters there is a hope that the new Cabinet may sec fit to dircct the Agent-General to resume emigration, though not upon such a large scale as formerly, yet in a degree that may lessen the burdens of taxation and create grain in districts where no grain existed before. At this point it may perhaps be convenient to state that Mr. T. Grahame, a representative of the Canadian Government, recently delivered a lecture before the members of the Penrith Farmers’ Club on the condition of Canada and its adaptability as 0 field for the emigration of English farmers. The chair was occupied by Mr. Howard, of Greyatoko, and there . .was a very largo attendance of farmers and others. Mr. Grahame described at groat length the nature of Canadian soil, the climate, the rotation of crops, and other matters, and suggested that English farmers were required in the old districts which had been broken up, and where land could be bought at from L2 per acre. “ At the close of the lecture Mr. QnJiwte said his object was to have a delegate appointed at Penrith to visit Canada, at the expense of the Canadian Government, and report upon its condition and prospects, so that English farmers might have from One of their number a true account of the Dominion. At the close of the lecture Mr. John Scott Brown announced that Mr. Hogarth had expressed himself ready to act as a delegate if no one else could be found. Mr. Thompson, of Moreland, was also named ; but the meeting decided to send Mr George Hutchinson, of Brougham C.istle, along with Mr. Peat, of Lees House, Silloth, who was chosen delegate at a meeting of fanners at Silloth. The delegates sailed for Canada in the Moravian. Tiie action faken by Canada to secure her industrial progress might be followed with advantage by other colonies. Reverting again to the measures to be initiated by the new Cabinet of New Zealand, if it be assumed that the programme put forward on July 15. in the Governor’s speech, will form the staple compound of the new bill ol fare, public opinion on this side will not ha far wrong.
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LOOSED AT FROM HOME., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879
LOOSED AT FROM HOME. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879
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