The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1880.
After the unusually exciting political season we passed through last year, it was not surprising to find a reaction set in after the prorogation, and a dead calm succeed the storm. It was the first time in the colony’s history that a Premier had found it necessary to appeal to the country through the medium of a dissolution, and perhaps it was also the first time that two parties in the House had been so equally pitted that business could not possibly proceed. It is not necessary to rake up now the doings of a session that was remarkable as much for the vast amount of breath expended in : purposeless talk, as for the downfall that Greyism suffered, notwithstanding the stonewalling the Greyite party persisted in practising, and the strenuous efforts it made to retain the power it was ultimately forced to relinquish, and to recoverit after it had slipped from its grasp. Though the session "was a busy and an exciting one. it was very unproductive, and members were glad when the end came, for then they could retire once more to the rest ot their homes out of the hurly-burly. Since the close of the Parliamentary session the colony has, politically speaking, gone to sleep, and a season of quiet has set in,
broken only by the recess speeches of one, ox* two of the lesser lights of Parliament who, in out of the ’way places, have lifted up their voices in explanation of their doings, and to recount their sayings while the Assembly sat. The only other occurrence giving any indication of political life is the fact that, in the north, Government are trying to adjust the native difficulty bequeathed them for solution by the Ministry they succeeded. It cannot by any means he said there is no cause for anxiety regarding the result of their attempt at solution when a road through the plains now in course of formation has to be worked at by armed men, with their comrades on guard beside them ; but appearances seem to point, so far, to a peaceful ending of the trouble, with our semi-barbarous neighbors fairly provided for, and, if not satisfied, at least taught that an appeal to the arbitrament of arms is hopeless, and the law of the land is the only adjudicator. We believe that the natural shrewdness of the Maori mind will allow wise and peaceful counsels to prevail, and that the threatened dangers with the natives that beclouded the colony’s hopes last year will melt away, leaving a path of peace in their track for settlement to follow in. But, though a calm has followed the turbulence of 1879, and the country lies at peaceful rest from political agitation, the session of 1880 promises to 1 c big with important work, and many reforms. 1879 settled the question of S r George Grey’s rule at once and for ever. He will never again occupy the place he did in the colony’s confidence, and though he may yet continue to influence in some measure the party he led, he will never again be its leader and its guiding spirit. The deposition of Sir George was the work of 1879 and that work in itself was something achieved—even if the session was sacrificed to do it. But 1880 has the real work of legislation before it, and the announcement of the probable assembling of Parliament in April brings to our mind the work lying at the door of the Hall Ministry. They took office with noun certainty. When they deposed Greyism they distinctly told us that the tempting measures Sir George outlined in the Governor’s speech had their entire approval : their opposition was to the men who wished to pass them. Those men had proved themselves unworthy of confidence by their incompetence and insincerity, and once deposed from office their successors would assume the rule of true Liberalism, and pass the many measures of reform that the pseudo-Liberals had hung out as baits in angling for popularity. Following out a policy that will enable them to fulfil this promise we find the way paved last session for a faithful completion of the work they have undertaken. The Triennial Parliaments’ Bill, that received Sir George’s blessing, but was denied his aid in 1878, was passed by the Hall Government. By five Electoral Acts passed every man deserving a vote can now obtain one, and the time is past when a qualified elector in a district could come to the polling booth, and suffer the disappointment of finding his name not on the roil. These Acts have given fair redress of the many electoral annoyances that existed under the previous machinery, and there now only remains, to complete the reform, the passing of a Bill to redistribute the seats in the Assembly. This question is perhaps one of the most important the House will this year have to consider, and it is one of great moment to the Coleridge district. We know of scarcely any other district in the colony so wide in its area, and so diverse in its interests as that represented by Mr. E. G. W.ight. It is a district rapidly increasing in population as it is every season rising in importance and filling up its blanks ; and the time is not so very far off when the tussock, less common than it has been, and gradually vanishing, will be found only on land that really is not worth the clearing. The claims of Coleridge to a second representative are, we think, undeniable, and we mention it thus early because of its importance to our readers, who, we hope, will think the matter over, and be prepared when the time comes to demand their right to fair representation.
The discontinuance of the midday train has not been long in making the want felt. Yesterday a number of passengers from South, bound for Christchurch, amongst whom was a very prominent M.H.R., arrived hero by the morning train from Timaru, and on arrival they discovered to their dismay that they could just as well have stayed at home for the express train, for any|chancc they had of reaching the Christchurch before half-past seven. What the object of the railway department in putting the public to this inconvenience and loss may he we do not attempt to guess. If for economy’s sake, we should say they have a very poor idea of the value of the midday train, since on many expeditions we have undertaken we have always found this train to be what is known as a mixed one—that is, a combination of woods and passengers, and the engine doing the hauling business was also employed as a shunter, to the intense disgust of passengers impatient to arrive at their journey’s end. However, the powers that he seem to have decided to dispense with this train. We would respectfully .point out to them that it is not a particularly good stroke of business. As matters are arranged now, a would-be visitor to town has to ho on the platform either at ten minutes past six in the morning or at five in the afternoon ; and as fully the half of the passengers are folks from country the early train is clearly impracticable, unless the intending emigrant sits up all night to catch it. By leaving with the express at 5, he is led into all the temptation provided for the bucolics in the City of the Plains, for he has to stay oyer night and beyond the early train time next morning if he would do business in business hours. Thus he has to remain in Christchurch the whole of next day till 5 p.m. again, while his business might probably have been completed in half an hour after arrival in the afternoon, and he rangement just dispensed with been conagain on his way to Ashburton, had the artinued.
We are of opinion that an error has been committed in abolishing this train ; but if the railway authorities are determined not to continue it, we would suggest that some alteration be made in the time of starting the morning train, so that farmers in the outlying districts may have a chance of accomplishing a trip to town and back in a day, more particularly those farmers who reside south of Ashburton. Say start a trainfromTimaruatGa.nl., which will arrive at Ashburton at 9 a.m., and at Christchurch about noon. There would thus be left five hours for shopping, &c., plenty of time to do business in, and Ashburton is again reached at 8 p.m. We are hearty advocates of economy in public expenditure, but we believe in efficiency of service and fair accommodation for the public in accompaniment with it. If the present time table is adhered to, we will see the farmers driving their spring carts and buggies to town, and probably a Cobb’s coach started, to say nothing of the now nearly defunct bullock dray—as being more reliable and speedy means of performing the journey than by the agency of the New Zealand Railways.
Cattle Sale. —The usual fortnightly sale of horses, cattle, &c., will bo held at the Timvald sale yards to-day. Fire Brigade.— The Fire Brigade have their annual reunion at Shearman’s this evening, and there will be a demonstration by the members during the afternoon. The Alleged Defaulting Wine Merchant. —Francis Arthur Sims, wine merchant, Timaru, has been committed for trial for larceny. Bail was allowed—himself in LIOO, and two sureties of like amount. Cricket. —A match will be played on Saturday next, between an eleven of the Springfield Club, from Christchurch, and an eleven of the Ashburton Club. Play willcommeuceimmediatelyonaiTival of the morning train. The following gentlemen are to play for Ashburton : —Messrs. G. Andrews, A. Andrews, J. Ashwood, A. Fooks, T. Hodder, S. Poyntz, W. St. Douglas, F. Shiny, D Amos, E. Fooks, F. Mainwaring. Emergency men—E. G. Crisp, A. Curtis. It is to be hoped these gentlemen will turn up true to time, and show the Christchurch boys what Ashburton can do. A New Work Finder. —Government have instituted a new plan for finding out where laborers are wanted, with a view to disposing of any unemployed immigrants or others they may have on hand. Forms are kept on hand at the various postoffices which employers in want of labor are required to fill up, stating number and class of workmen or workwomen wanted, wages offered (by day or per annum), and giving a guarantee to find employment for the workers asked for, on their arrival. The form, filled up, is sent free to the Immigration Officer, who forwards free of cost to the applicant the workpeople he requires. The institution will doubtless be very useful in districts whore labor is scarce. As yet its usefulness in Ashburton lias to be discovered.
The Crops North. —The Carlyle correspondent of the “Wanganui Herald” writes :‘ • The grain crops are being gathered in, and the farmers in this and the Waverly districts are jubilant at their prospects of a rich harvest, more especially as the wheat market is expected to be good this season. A large quantity of machinery has been introduced into this district during the past month, and many reaper and binder machines of' diffei'ent manufacture may ho seen at work both up and down the coast. The settlers in the Wavcrley district have by far the largest proportion of land under cultivation, and it is believed that the yield per acre will he much greater there than hero. At Hawera some large crops are being harvested, but much more land would have been under cultivation had it not been for the unsettled state of native affairs on this coast.” Caught. —A certain well-to-do farmer in this district was very hard of hearing—up to within a few days ago. We shall call him David, but his familiars know him better by the shorter form of the name—“ Davy.” Those familiars could safely crack an “aside” joke in David’s company without any chance of his heavy ears catching its purport. On Saturday David was in a merchant’s shop in Ashburton, and the busy shopman waited impatiently till David had searched his pockets for a missing document. The search resulted in the searcher coming to the conclusion which he expressed in these words “Why, I’ve lost it.” Impatient shopman (trusting to David’s deafness) “ Pity lie hadn’t lost his head.” David (irate yet gleeful)—“ Eh ! Wouldn’t you like I had now, Ac. ” David had been, to Professor Wallenburg, and jokers with deaf persons had better beware in future, for many “ dull ’’people, both in sight and hearing—have quietly visited this miracle worker, and may suddenly wake up when the jokers are trusting to their senses being asleep.
Professor YVallenSuro. Joseph Goodwin, of the Old Men’s Home, writes as follows to Professor Wallenbui’g. The letter tells its own story, hut we may add that the case is that of the man whom we mentioned some time ago as having been cured of blindness and deafness by the Professor :—“ To Professor Wallenburg— Dear Sir, —Permit me express to you my sincere thanks for the great benefit 1 have received at your hands. For nearly three years I have suffered from pains in my head, and entirely lost the sight of my right eye, and my left eye being so much effected that I was afraid of becoming totally blind. During that period the organs of earing became seriously affected, at times I was deaf as a post, but now, thanks to your skilful treatment, the sight of my loft eye is quite recc’ered, and the sight of the right eye, which was quite gone, is so far restored that I can see the outline of any object held up before it. The organs of hearing have been so successfully operated upon, that I can now hoar most distinctly the ticking of a watch.— Joseph Goodwin. P.S.—I would also express my best thanks to Mr. Maddison for the kind interest he lias shown to me by bringing my case under the notice of Professor Wallenburg.—J. G. Old Men’s Home, Ashburton, Feb. 2nd, 1880.” Pastor Chiniquv. —Pastor Chiniquy arrived in Christchurch on Saturday by the Hawea, and received a very cordial welcome at the hands of the Christchurch Presbytery, and the Orangemen of the district, both of which bodies presented him with addresses of welcome. He preached in the Baptist Church to a crowded congregation on Sunday. During the course of his service he explained his mission to these colonies. He had not come into their midst for the purpose of making money, but he was now—when advanced in years—striving for the completion of an immense work, and needed aid. He had determined to fight Rome, not by insulting her, not by using the temporal sword, but with the sword which Christ had put into the hands of His soldiers, the Word of God. He knew 800 priests who had left the Church of Romo because they rocognLod it to be a grand imposture—a terrible imposture. These men, who had been in the receipt of incomes ranging from L2 to L 4 per day, were working in the streets of Paris, New York, London, and Boston, working for 20 and even 18 cents a-day. But these men were not converted. Just like St. Paul, they had heard a voice calling to them, and he (Pastor Chiniquy) wanted to prepare a home for them. Those who thought this a good and holy work he invited to help him. Then, those priests would shake Rome, not by insulting her, but by telling the truth. He (the speaker) was about the only one that day who did it, at the peril of his life, and after 20 years’ fighting he found himself still an outcast among Protestants. He was so regarded by the greater part of the ministers, who did not dare to shake hands with him or to give him their churches. He was looked on as a firebrand. This was making Protestantism a dead thing, licking the feet of the Church of Rome, when Christ said, war not with the sword but with truth and charity. They must begin anew the battle which their forefathers fought. He had now 40 congregations, and 18 converted priests. The sum of LIO,OOO was sent to him from England, and therewith he had built a splendid college; and he had 32 young men for training. Twice he had been to England —he was twice invited —and he got L 20,000. The LIO,OOO he now wanted was offered him from there, but he decided to go to the Australasian Colonies. If his hearers did not like the work, let them not give a cent. He had bought 200 acres of magnificent land to aid those priests to get a living, and he hoped to get move. Amongst the rev. gentleman’s appointments for the month are Rakaia on the 11th, and Ashburton on the 12th.
Sunday Trading. —A fruiterer in Manchester street, Christchurch, is to he prosecuted for keeping open shop on Sunday evening. The Act under which the prosecution will take place is one of the reign of Charles 11., and the penalty must not exceed ss. The Postal Time Table. —We would call our readers’ attention to the amended postal time table issued by the postmaster, Mr. St. George Douglas. The amendments have been necessitated by the changes in the railway time table, and it will be noted that the closing time of all the afternoon and evening mails affected by the railway has been thrown back 1 alf an hour. Typhoid among the Maoris.— Typhoid fever is prevalent among the natives at Parawanui. Hori te Kaharoa, better known as “ Young Hori,” a man about twenty-five years of age, died there on Friday last. He was quite a pakeha-Maori, and could speak English fluently. Several other natives are ill with the same complaint. Obituary— lt is our melancholy duty to record the demise of the wife of Mr. J. E. Buchanan, auctioneer, of this town. The deceased lady has been ailing for some weeks from a low fever of the typhoid typo, and appeared on Sunday to be in a fair way of recovery, but during the day she again suffered a relapse, and about 7 p.m. suddenly expired. She was a born colonist, Adelaide being her birth place, and was about 2 years of age when her father, Alfred Saunders, Esq., M.H.R., returned to Nelson, of which he was one of the pioneers. The late Mrs. . Buchanan was beloved and respected by an extensive circle of acquaintances and relatives, and has passed away from their midst at the ea.ily age of 27 years, leaving a young family to mourn their irreparable loss. A Mistake. —Two sisters, on a visit to a large house near Wanganui, were sleeping in a room together upstairs. During the night (says a correspondent of the Marton paper) one of them had toothache, and descended to the kitchen en dishabille to procure something to alleviate the pain. She returned to the bedroom, and exclaiming, “ Oh, it’s so cold,” jumped into bed. The exclamation aroused the occupant, who proved to be, not her sister, but a male sleeper. She had got into the wrong room. He turned over, and thinking a burglar was in the room, caught hold of her. She managed to escape, but not before his rough handling had scratched her face. She related the circumstance to her sister, and to hide from the gentleman which of the two had been his unwilling guest, both of the ladies appeared with a strip of sticking-plaster on her cheek. One of the Four Seceders. — A deputation, numbering fourteen electors of City West, united on Mr. W. J. Hurst on Saturday, and presented a requisition asking him to convene a meeting of his constituents and explain his change of sides in the recent session of Pai-lia-ment. Having been presented with the address, Mr. Hurst was proceeding to read a written statement which he had prepared, when the deputation refused to hear the statement, and insisted on a reply “yes” or “no.” Mr. Hurst requested them to a’low him to reply in his own way : he did not intend at that time to enter into a defence of his political action. The deputation again refused to hear his written statement, and withdrew. One hundred and fifty-five pounds was sent from the Thames people through the Bank of New Zealand to-day, to the Mayor of Dublin for the Irish Distress Fund. The telegraph department refused to cable the amount free, so the money was sent by letter. Christchurch Taste.— A Christchurch correspondent writing to the “ South Canterbury Times,” makes the following remarks :—“Although the Opera Company, for want of patronage, expect to lose from LSOO to GOO (I have this from a very old friend and leading member of the Company), on their Christchurch season, yet those who say that we, of this very blue-blooded district, are not familiar with, and do not appreciate and encourage high art, cannot know us, as we know ourselves. What makes me so sure of our love for the beautiful is that, although the Theatre Royal, with “ Carmen ” magnificently produced, was about throefourths full, and the audience looking as if they had each a season ticket to attend funeral;, the Oddfellows’ Hall, with Abo Hicken, the Australian champion, some amateurs and retired pugs, having sets-to, was crowded in all hut the front seats, and these were fairly tilled, at ss. But it was beautiful, and how we applauded them, and how Abe “propped,” “plugged,” “ uudercutted ” and “ ducked,” was worth going miles to sec. It was, though, the host satire on the bosh we assume that I have witnessed in my experience here.” Ashburton and the Relief Fund. —With reference to a correspondent’s letter in another column, wo would remind him that it is neither usual nor correct for the Mayor of a Borough to call public meetings for any purpose, excepting on a requisition signed by burgesses, and so far as we are aware only three public meetings have as yet been convened in the colony. Should “Humanity,” and those who are desirous of having a meeting hold, adopt the usual course, we have no doubt his Worship will promptly accede to their request. At the same time we would remind “ Humanity ” that a meeting was convened last week, and responded to by a very limited section of the community, and all was done by those present which could bo done under the circumstances, viz., a committee and collectors appointed. We commend Mr. Ivess for his prompt action in trying to raise suberiptions for this cause, but at the same time it was only his duty as an Irishman holding a public position. And if the Irish people do not find hearty sympathy amongst their own countrymen in the colonies, where, we would ask, are they to hope for it 1 Had the distress been as severe in England or in Scotland, as it apparently is in Ireland, every Englishman and Scotchman in the colony would have been moving heaven and earth to send Home help, and long ere this the Mayor would have had the usual requisition. But it cannot be denied that the reponse made to his Worship’s efforts does not betaken a very warm enthusiasm in the cause on the part of the general public, however much may be actually felt. The Lincolnshire Delegates.— Messrs Grant and Foster, the Lincolnshire delegates arrived at Rakaia by the express train from Christchurch yesterday morning, acompanied by Mr. Jas. Gould, one of the directors of the Rakaia and Ashburton Forks Railway ; Mr. C. F. Barker, Secretary to the Company ; and Mr. John Anderson, of the firm of Anderson Bros., contractors for the construction of the above line. They were met at the Rakaia station by Messrs John Lambie, R. McKerrow, and John Mann. A special train, kindly placed at their disposal by Messrs. Anderson Bros., conveyed them in a palace car, imported specially for the R. and A. F. Railway, to Somerton, the estate and residence of Mr. E. S. Coster, by whom the party were entertained. After lunch they proceeded in a fourhorsed conveyance to inspect the country, passing near to the estates of Messrs. Holmes, Wason, C. N. Maclde, C, S. Mackie, Alington, McPhail, and Moriarty, returning to Somerton, where they again took the train. They arrived at Methyen at 3.45 p. m. and were met on their arrival by Messrs. R. Patton, Cameron, Dent, and Hibbs. A conveyance provided by Messrs. Gould and Cameron was in waiting, and conveyed them to the estate owned by those gentlemen, where they passed the night, and from whence they will proceed on to Ashburton.
A Oalathumpian Drummer. —A somewhat amusing episode occurred in a hall at Auckland, last week, according to the “N. Z. Herald.” Shortly after the pastor had commenced his address, a brass band began to practice in a Catholic schoolroom adjacent, which effectually prevented the speaker being heard with comfort. The windows of the hall, which had been lowered for ventilation, were promptly pushed up, but still the “ big drummer’s” paroxysmal efforts were brought home to the cars, if not the hearts of the audience. “ Music hath charms to soothe the savage breast,” but last evening's attempt to exemplify it was a decided exception to the truth of the axiom. That drummer, there is reason to believe, is a Oalathumpian by persuasion, and can obtain a testimonial as to his “ initial energy ” on application to Pastor Chiniquy. The Native Difficulty. —Telegraphing on the 31st, the “ Press” correspondent says, regarding the native affairs: —It is stated that a hu-ge meeting of natives will be held shortly in the Manawatu, and that several leading chiefs will go there, as they express it, “To talk with God and not with man.” The subject of discussion will he the action of the Government respecting the Waimate Plains ; but, from all I can gather, there is no real danger of any hostile proceedings, unless Te Whiti should take it into his head to command his followers to sweep off the Europeans into the sea, assuring the executants of his mandates that they will be invulnerable. At present, however, Te Whiti seems inclined to make liis prophecies and inspirations fit in with the changing aspect of affairs. Unless under the influence of some insane impulse, it is in the last degree improbable that he will attempt to inspire any forcible resistance to the proceedings of the constabulary. Every day that is gained increases the strength of our position, and renders any adverse attack more hopeless of success and improbable of occurrence. The Government ate very sanguine that the occupation and settlement of the plains will be effected peacefully, and without any necessity for using force. The Eye and Ear Specialist.—Professor Wallenburg still has his hands full of work, and patients keep coining to him from all parts of the county. He is as successful as ever with the cases he undertakes, and many people with injured eyes have had them restored, while as many with defective hearing have had occasion to rejoice. Though the Professor’s opportunities for exhibiting his extraordinary skill have not been so frequent this week as last—his cases, though many, having been more of a minor cast—there are one or two deserving notice. A little boy of six years, the son of Mr. John Devery, coutratcor, lost his sight at three years of age from falling over a fence. He was brought to the Professor last week, and the child can now see as well as any boy of his ago. We were to-day shown a letter written by the master of the Old Men’s Home, at the wish of three patients from that institution whom Professor Wallenburg has treated gratuitously. It breathes the deep thankfulness of the men for restored sight and heaving. Two of them—Coppingev and Goodwin —whose cases wo have previously noticed, have loft the Homo, and gone to work, while the thud, an old man of 75 is of course unable with Ins load of years to go out again into the world. This old man is named Watkins, and for years he has been deaf. So dull was he that it was necessary to write on paper any idea required to be conveyed to him. At 76 one does not expect to have quick ears, hut the Professor has restored the old man’s hearing to a most marvellous acuteness when his great ago is considered. —[Advt.]