THE WAKANUI SCHOOL.
To the Editor
Sir, —I am somewhat surprised at the tone of a letter inserted in your issue of the 7thhnst., signed ‘ ‘James Brown. ” That worthy little man speaks as if the school property were his own, and had every rig it to do with it as he thinks tit, and that the Presbyterians and Wesleyans of the district were intruders, trespassing on his private property. I w onder if lie thinks that because he is a member of the Committee he can do as he wishes, and shut the mouths of the true representatives of the district. Last year, when not a member of the Committee, and when he knew nothing of its financial state, he took it upon him to write .to the Board of Education accusing the church goers of destroying the school property. But this letter, like a good many others he has written, was laid aside. 1 wonder if his motive is to promote education when he is doing his.utmost to throw a stumbling block in the way of what we might term ‘‘Education in the highest sense of the word.” He says he would not even grant the use of the school to McGuire without a charge. I should say not: Charge him double. McGuire is too personal in his remarks. When a man proposes to give a lecture on education, he has no right to comment on the high complexion of a man’s prominent features, nor of his capabilities as a scientist within his own family circle.
“1 have done more for the promotion of education in the district than any other. ” What confidence, what self-esteem, what egotism ! Wakanui is not the first Committee Mr. Brown has been a member of with unpleasant results. I will tell you a well-known secret, Not many years ago, near the side of a brook not fifty miles from where I now stand, on a beautiful evening, no matter what month, there was a well known little man conducted, or guided, by what you might imagine a company of friends at a distance, but on approaching near looked like enemies. They were a mob thirsting for his blood. They wore leading him like a lamb to the slaughter. He was clothed in sackcloth and gunpowder, and on his breastplate was written, “Do you recognise me as Chairman?” And seemingly they did recognise him, for when-they came to the appointed place they set a light to his feet and left him, as they thought that he ho would not want a path to tread upon. This was payment for his great zeal to promote education and carry things as he wished. I thought the people of Canterbury were more enlightened than to impede a man on his journey in doing good. However, the fire had not the desired effect. His mission was not yet fulfilled. The Power of the air could not afford to loose such a faithful servant. My man, you have over-stepped the mark, here, you must try your hand in a new place. So the little man packed up his budget and travelled into a far country, promising! to fulfil his mission to the utmost of his ability, and that promise he has most faithfully kept. No wonder he can speak of his payment in full so confidently at the end of his journey. I should say he deserves compound interest with it. It was in a school in his new place that he first took up his abode, and Ids object of revenge was a poor pedagogue —he ruled him with a rod of iron. This man not doing as he wished, he sent him away on his own authority ; and in this way he has been exercising' his authority ever since.- But the peojple are beginning to open their eyes to plain facts —rand it is high time.. -You caii make but little of a man who has no regard fqr the truth, Put him out, and keep him out. Things went quiet and smoothly when' he was out, but as soon as he got in ho commenced his old game again. The principles, the feelings of common nature rise in rebellion against such domineering over liberty.—lam, &c., An Outsider.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 151, 11 September 1880
THE WAKANUI SCHOOL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 151, 11 September 1880
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