The Ashburton Guardian. COUNTY AGRICULTURAL & SPORTING RECORDER TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1880.
Good luck to the hoof and the horn, Good luck to the flock and the fleece, Good luck to the growers of corn, With the blessings of plenty and peace. Tltper. What to do with the unemployed is a serious question nowadays. The country has received a rude awakening from its golden (borrowed) state of prosperity, and whatever we may have thought of Sir Julius Vogel’s statesmanship, it is now sure that his grand policy has, like a cheap mirror, a very reverse side. It is with gratification that we notice the ardour with which our neighbors are taking up the “ local industries” subject, and we are hopeful that much eventual good will come from their efforts. This is a very big subject, and capable of extension ad infinitum almost, when we consider our bill of imports, even including grasses for our pastures, after over fifty years of farming (?). But more of this another time, as our present intention is io consider the “ unemployed ” question. This is one of the effects of the Vogelian policy which we must attend to and manfully face, as we deliberately brought it on ourselves by importing these men, and that by a costly process too. Had this unemployed question been the outcome of natural increase, as it is at Home, we could then quite justifiably fall back on political economy and Mr. J. Stuart Mill, or even to his predecessor, Rev. Malthus, and say that we are the victims and effects of causes originating with our forefathers, and for which we are not persofially responsible, although to lighten the burdens to the coming generations would still be our duty, by urging our countymen to recollect that it is every man’s duty to see his way clearly before him, ere he brings children into the world, to be able to start them fairly earning their livelihood, and to be dependent on no one, not even the State for their existence. For we take it to be nearly as muchamoral crime to call into being lives that will be sure to suffer poverty and the pangs of hunger, with their attendant miseries, as to sin politically and destroy superabundant infant life. We have not, however, arrived at such a pass as to require to grapple with this most painful subject yet. The unemployed are men we paid to come amongst us, and it is our duty to give them an opportunity of earning a subsistence. And how are we to do it remuneratively is the problem ? ' r he long talked of water supply for our thirsty plains seems to us the first work the County should take in hand. Our farmers’ wells are costly to commence with, are a continual expense, are not a tithe plentiful enough, and cannot be then looked upon as anything like adequate to the wants of the land, to say nothing of the probability of having to go over the work again within ten years. See what irrigation has done for China, and quite lately for Utah — transformed the latter from a howling wilderness to (as many amongst us have seen), a splendid farming country. We have the Bill passed to empower this splendid enterprise to be done. Let us be earnest in the matter, be up and doing, and back up our energetic representative, and by so doing, give justice to the unemployed, and and lay the foundation of our farming prosperity. We munificently bulid for and support the ministers of the Almighty. Let us also remember that the age of miracles is past, and that if we want water for our stock, water to make our land more fertile, water to make our plantations flourish —which latter will react and induce rain—we must be in earnest, and learn from the ancient .riSsop, “to put our shoulder to the wheel.”