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THE WAKANUI SCHOOL AFFAIR.

To the Editor. Sir, —Although the report of the indignation meeting held at this place on the 9th inst., and published in your issue of last Saturday, was true, yet it was not “ the whole truth,” inasmuch as it contained no allusion To the following : -After Mr. Brown had been cudgeled from right and left, he rose to speak, and asked me this question, “ Did 1 not offer you LI toward paying for the use of the school if you would give another. ” I replied “ yes, you did ” —(I did not take Mr. Brown’s offer, because I was opposed to the charge from principle, and was disposed to contest the point). Mr. Brown then continued—“ Well, I’ll give you an acre of ground to build a church on ; will you take it 1” I replied—“ Yes, i will. I call upon this meeting to bear witness that I accept of that acre of land in the name of the Wesleyan Church.” Mr. Brown then stepped forward and shook hands over the bargain. I think, sir, that I am in duty bound to make public this statement in fairness to Mr. Brown, to show that he is not altogether such a son of Belial as he has been represented, although I still think his action was injudicious and uncharitable, when he knew the state and position of the district. I must confess that to me it looked like a remnant of that spirit of intolerance, which lighted the martyr fires, and drove the Covenanters from their homes, and inspired in some of our forefathers deeds of moral heroism which have made their names immortal—a spirit which is made up of about equal parts of ignorance, bigotry, and cruelty. But as Mr. Brown professes to * * share the spirit of independence,” the words of Bobby Burns may be applicable to him “ The man of independent mind, He looks, an' laughs at a’ that. ” While dealing with this subject, I cannot forbear making mention of the name of Mr. John Kilgour, member of the Committee, through whose honorable and praiseworthy instrumentality, the amicable settlement of this “ignoble strife” has been brought about, and I think that the thanks of the householders and his coreligionists of the district are due to him for the part he has taken. Now that the matter is settled, let us hope that all . bitter feelings will be banished, and bygones will be allowed to be bygones. And let us pray that come it may, As come it will, for a’ that, That sense and wprth o’er a’ the earth, May bear the gree, an’ a’ that. For a’ that, and a’ that, It’s coming yet, for a’ that, That man to man th’ world o’er. Shall brithers be for a’ that. —I am, &c., George W Leadlet

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THE WAKANUI SCHOOL AFFAIR. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 154, 18 September 1880

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