The Ashburton Guardian. SATURDAY, JANUARY 8, 1881. The “Sundowner.”
TOWN EDITION. - -[lssued iit S p.m. ]
Loud complaints reach us from the farmers of the many sturdy men who are now roaming about the country districts/in iSearph of work, and who, with the greatest assurance possible, enter the farmers’ houses, and demand to be fed and housed for the night. We'Mve no more hospitable people in the colony than are the farmers of this county; and a hungry man is seldom refused, when, weary and way-worn, he asks food and shelter. But there are mert'continually on the road who seem to regard the farmer as their natural purveyor of food, and these men are a pest to the agriculturalist. Their “ bite and sup” is not grudged, nor does the farmer grudge them a shake-down. But their conduct towards their benefactor is not Always the most grateful, nor is their bearing generally the most seeming. « "Ond farmer told us that within a fortnight .or so he had fed no less -• < than eleven* sojourners. He did ' not complain of finding them food* apd a shake-down, but several of theni^tfb^ep’very peremptory in their one,:in particular had beeiif-impudent enoughto march straight- in at the front door, and seat himsfijf down -in* the best room. When
one of the females came in heat once orde&d' her to fetch him some milk and eat, r.nd generally put’on airs ajnf the .place bad been his own. Fortyjpajfely jbe ,'firmer was at home, and reference to .the hoe he. was working'tfith had the effect of in-: dneing the traveller to remove to a more hnmble placeman! the parlor sofa until Ibis wants were supplied in the manner t the farmer choSe lo adopt. Visitors of
this character are too frequent in the country, and if anything is more likely to freeze up the fountain of charity in any man’s breast, it is to be frequently treated in the manner we have just described. There are many honest men out of work and searching for it on the plains, and a respectable man who solicits food and shelter humbly will always be attended to, and gladly ; but when the “ professional sundowner” makes his appearance, and behaves in an overbearing manner to females at a homestead, the feeling of security that every resident ought to possess is disturbed, and its place is taken by an uncomfortable impression that it is dangerous to be stringent with those loafers. Perhaps it might be as well, when one of those “ lords of the soil” makes his imperative demands at a homestead, that information of the fact, and a hint a* to the route he took, should be sent to the police. A few comm ttals lor six months would remove the nuisance--the professional sundowner would ba gradually weeded out, or his temper at least subdued, and the poor but genuine searcher after work would always be kindly treated — out of charitv and not out of fear.
Thf. Flower Show. —The catalogue of the Flower Snow to be held the sth of March has now been prepared, and may be obi vined f Mr. k E. Poyntz. We hope our gardening friends wLI not fail to put forth every effort to make the Show the success that it ought to be. Local Industries, —On Wednesday evening next, a meeting of the Ashburton Local industries Association will be held in the Upper Room or the Town Hall at 8 p.tn., when members are requested to be prepared with all the information on industrial sub jects they possess. Erratum. —By a printer’s error in our paragraph yesterday about the Masonic installation the name of Mr. James Bradley was omitted after the letters “W.M.”inthe list of officers, and also the letters “S. W.,” which should have preceded the name of Mr. Rudolf Friedlander. This omission makes the paragraph read as if Mr. Rudolf Friedlander were the Master of the Lodge, and there were no Senior Warden, whereas Mr. Bradley is the Master, and Mr. Friedlander the Senior Warden.
How TO MAKE A MaNUGRAPH. —BoiI four ounces of Russian glue (that has been soaked in water for 24 hours) with three ounces of glycerine. Boil till liquid, and pour carefully into a flat tin dish. When cool it is ready for use. Use for ink Judson’s purple dye. Y rite what you want to copy on a piece of note paper, slightly sponge the face of the composition, and lay your written note paper face downwards upon it. Press the writing evenly into the face of the composition, and lift off. You can then take fifty copies of the writing from the impression left on the composition by simply laying the sheets upon it one after the other. A Good Landlord. Mr. George Elliot, the late tenant of Abbeymain, received the other day from his landlord, Lord Blantyre, a cheque forL94B 9s. 7d., as an acknowledgment of his belief that for the last fifteen years Mr. Elliot had been over-rented, or rather that unfavorable times had not' permitted the tenant to pay the rent he contracted for—Ll,6oo per annum. Lord Blantyre estimates that a rent of L 1,400 for the time specified would have been something like what he ought to have received, and summing up the total amount he would thus have been entitled to, he finds that his late tenant, arrears included, has overpaid to the proprietor the sura already mentioned, viz., L 948 9s. 7d., which is now returned accordingly. Generous and considerate conduct like this requires no comment.
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