SIR JULIUS VOGEL.
The great originator of the Immigration and Public Works Policy of New Zealand has experienced a reversal of tlie words that have passed into a proverb—A prophet hath no honor in his own country. To Sir Julius Vogel Now Zealand was ipdeed his own country, for it was here lie rose to the high position that gave him what little fame our small and isolated colony could afford to anyone. But lie found out his mistake when, leaving the land hurriedly, and not with all the credit imaginable, from a political point of view, ho essayed a contest for a seat in the English Parliament. Sir Julius has been rejected by the electors of Falmouth, and it now remains for the disappointed and rejected one to grin and bear his disappointment, and to lie on his oars for another Parliamentary term, and do his best to nourish his spirits on the pleasures of hope. Had any colonial aspirant to colonial Legislative honors agitated the grievances of the community whose favors ho sought to win as Sir Julius lias agitated for a progressive push to the harbor of Falmouth, the kindness would have weighed well in the eyes of the colonial electors, and the chances are that a seat would have rewarded the kind efforts. But England is not the colonies, and the colonies are not England. The “ public works” cry is here a talisman to conjure by, but unfortunately for Sir Julius Great Britain has long ago emerged from the Road Board era, and its electors are difficult to catch with chaff, as poor Sir Julius finds. But patience is a virtue that, combined with perseverance, overcometh all difficulties, and the time may come, when the quondam Premier of New Zealand will have his merits recognised—but his hour is not yet.
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SIR JULIUS VOGEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 83, 6 April 1880
SIR JULIUS VOGEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 83, 6 April 1880
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