The Ashburton Guardian, COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER. TUESDAY, AUGUST 17, 1880.
The Local Industries Association may now be said to be in full swing. The Association has been constituted, its rules adopted, its officers elected, and the time fixed for the first meeting of as powerful a committee as ever took charge of any movement in this county. The member for the district Mr; E. G. Wright, has been elected the first President of the Association, and the young Association will enjoy the benefit of his sound advice on all matters of a practical character. The selection was a wise one, as the Association will find as soon as it begins to work in earnest. Equally fortunate was the selection of the VicePresident, who has taken the lead in this movement with praiseworthy alacrity, and brings no small amount of acumen to the Association’s aid. The Mayor is never behind in any progressive movement, and he deserves credit at the hands of the Ashburton citizens, especially for the energy and push he displays in all matters affecting the interests of the community, handicapped as he is with a physical weakness that would dishearten men of less grit. Much aid can be given by an energetic Secretary to any Society, and such an one lay to the new Association’s hand in Mr. S. E. Poyntz. It is wonderful what can be done by determined men when they set about work in earnest, and we are hopeful that, now both town and country are awakened to the truth' of the very, very old saying, “ man cannot live by bread alone” (if we may so make use of a passage from the sacred volume), nor by the wheat from which bread is made, if we may so apply the passage, but that other sources of wealth must be opened up —our eggs will not much longer remain in one basket. If the hopes we are building on this Association are realised as soon as we would wish them, the township will soon re-echo with the sound of the engine and the whir of machinery, and become a centre of busy industry. The prospectus of the Kaiapoi Woollen Manufacturing Company (Limited) is published in this issue, proposing to increase their capital from 15,000 to in 4,000 shares of each. It tells its own story, and it is pregnant with lessons of encouragement to Ashburton. There are many who would be proud to see our little township giving such a good account of itself as has plucky Kaiapoi, and we hope the time is not far off when we shall enter into a healthy rivalry with our enterprising sister. Meantime we hope that her enterprise will meet with the success that it merits, and that the Ist of October will see her share list close with every share taken up. ,