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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1881. Orange v. Green.

TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 5 p.m.]

The sentence of Judge Ward last Saturday on the Timaru rioters, whose case has been hung up since Boxing Day, 1879, was one worth noting, both as regards judiciousness of the sentence itself, and the wise counsel the Judge gave in passing it. In passing sentence, His Honor made full allowance for the general good character of the prisoners, for the time they had been suffering suspense while their case was in the higher Court under appeal, and for the fact that but little actual violence took place during the riot in which the prisoners took a leading part. He gave these considerations full weight, and virtually “ dismissed with a caution ” five of the prisoners, but the man who was really the ringleader of the whole, and whose possession of both means and influence gave him great power amongst the members of the faction who were the aggressors, his Honor fined O’Driscoll the Judge considered -to have been the Jons et of tgo of the whole concern. “The riot was plotted at his house; he wrote to summon the Waimate contingent'; and his house was the rendezvous of the rioters on the day t|ie offence was committed.” In vie.w of these facts, his Honor considered that, had blood been shed on the the riot, the law 7 .would have held C’Driscoll responsible, and the trial would have taken another color altogether, and the crime would have been called by another and more' serious name. Tracing thus the riot back to its real source, the judge was wise in fining the originator in a smart sum, a sum quite within his means of paying, but sufficiently heavy to show that the daw looks upon the crime he committed in organising a dangerous riot as one of great heinousness ; and the wisdom in letting off the others, who were tools in O’Driscoll’s hands, is equally apparent. If the lesson of the trial is of any service at all it ought to have the result of making the riot of Boxing Day, 1879, the Jast in which either of the six men who have figured in the case before his Honor shall ever take part. We hope it will have this effect, and that both the orange side and the green will lay seriously to heart the words Judge Ward addressed to the prisoners. He regretted that we had no legislation on the subject of those party processions, which were so many provocations to break the peace. But while the processions are legal, those who join them are entitled to the protection of the law 7 , and whether the processionists wear orange badges or green, those who differ from them in religious belief have no right to attack them murderously, and attempt their dispersion by brute force. These processions themselves ought to be perfectly harmless, and to right-minded men tliey are so ; but to men who have forgot to leave behind them when they left Ireland the prejudices that have held root there for centuries, they are a medium for stirring what ought, in this happy and contented colony of ours, to be a deeply buried strife. We have written often before on this subject of the faction processions, and do not wish to dwell on what we hope is the last ebullition of the old faction feeling that has been the cause of so much strife in the Old Country, to which we firmly trust it will now in the future be limited; so we will content ourselves with quoting the Judge’s words to the prisoners, and hope they will be laid to heart by every member of the Orange Society, and by every Irishman who feels antagonism to that Society’s principles : —“ I know 7 o no British colony where Irish, without distinction of party, meet a more cordial welcome than in New Zealand, and no men deserve it more at our hands, or make better colonists. We have all equal rights ; we have also all certain duties; and the first duty of the Queen’s lieges is to keep the peace Therefore, while we meet our Irish fellow-settlers with frank cordiality, we meet Irish faction fights with prompt repression. Let both parties understand this, that they will not be allowed to fight out Irish feuds on New Zealand soil. Doubtless, as your counsel urged at the trial, these feuds are the legacies of hundreds of years of raisgovernment, and of outrage and spoliation on both sides, and though the penal laws that disgraced the Statute-book of England had long since been swept away, yet ‘ the evil they did lives after them.’ No country can show 7 a more brilliant roll of warriors and statesmen than Ireland ; no country can boast of a finer race of men ; and in no country in Europe are life and property so insecure at the present time. We may well bew r are of importing among us the intestine broils that have brought Ireland to this pass.”

“ Sitting on a Rail.” —“ Squareseat’s” letter will appear to-morrow. Evangelistic Address. —We would remind our readers of the Rev. Melville Pym’s address to-night, in the Town Hall. Mails for Australia. —Mails for the Australian colonies and Tasmania, per s.s, Rotamahana, close at the Bluff at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday next. The Town Hall. —A meeting of shareholders in the Town, Hall Company was held last night, when the resolution authorising the borrowing of L 1,600 was passed. The meeting then adjourned, and a meeting to confirm the resolution will be held in a month. Correction. —By a typographical error in our report yesterday of the re-opening of St. Marks, Rakaia, it was stated that the centre panel of the reredos is surmounted by a massively “ carved cross.” It should have been “ moulded roof.” In the account of the Sunday School treat, the name E. Winter, appears instead of E. Bowler. Farmer’s Co-Operation, -i- Mr. W. Bateman, of Christchurch, has delivered a course mf lectures in Oamaru on the subject of Farmer’s Co-operation, with such a largo measure of success that a society has been formed to carry on grain dealing transactions on the co-operative principle. Larger numbers of farmers have joined it, and a provisional Direc•torate will.he appointed this week.

The Wellington Got.—The name of Luna was omitted from the list of iinal payments for the Wellington Gup, published by us on Tuesday.

The Industrial Exhibition. —A meeting of the Committee, to carry out arrangements for the proposed Industrial Exhibition, is to be held in the Borough Chambers to-night. Many offers of support have been received, and, so far as the number of exhibits is concerned, enough have been promised to ensure a splendid show. Capture.—On Saturday afternoon, _ a man named Claude Downing, a lunatic, escaped from the Sunnyside Asylum. He was at liberty till yesterday, when ho was recaptured at Chertsey, by Constable Neill, of Ashburton, and taken back to the Asylum after the arrival of the ovenexpress train from the South. The High School. —The High School, the building for which will be finished in a day or two, is announced to be opened on the 7th 'February, for the reception of pupils. Mr. Hogg, the principal, is now in Ashburton, and will be prepared to meet intending pupils, parents, or guardians at the County Council Chambers, any clay after the 24th instant, at hour's stated in an advertisement appearing elsewhere, in which also are given the terms of the school year, and the fees chargeable. , Amateur Dramatic Club. —At the meeting of the Amateur Dramatic Club last .night, the following officers were elected for the year : —President, Mr. H. C. Jacobson ; vice-president, Mr. Henry Zander ; secretary, Mr. .S. E. Poyntz ; treasurer, Mr. R. Felton ; stage manager, Mr. H. O. Jacobson ; .scenic artist, Mr., C. Bourke ; property manager, Mr J. Page. Committee—Messrs. Boston, Teppett, 1 iggins, Cook, and Leitch. 1 ■ was decided to have the next performance in about six weeks from date, and Mr. Jacobson was requested to select a drama for performance, and report to a meeting to be held on Thursday, January 27t;i. The Weather and Grots.—The rain of the early part of this week appears to have been pretty general, anclforthfe time brought the reaper to a standstill. ..However, beyond delaying cubing, it has done no harm, but rather otherwise. Fine warm weather has succeeded the shower, and grain is now sufficiently ripe everywhere for cutting. There are a fe>v patches of late grain, of course, that will not l?e ready for the reaper for perhaps a week orso,but, takingit all round, harvest operations may now be said to be very general, and already a large area of corn is in stook. Still, the extent of cutting going on does not seem to have greatly affected the labor market, for the number of men wanting work docs not appear to lessen.

Elgin School.—The Committee met yesterday evening. Present—Messrs. J. Stanley Bruce (chairman), J. Cochrane, S. Scott, J. Keir, and P. Lines. It was agreed that the statement brought up by Messrs. Cochrane and Lines should be considered at the next meeting, and that, during the interim, some further particulars be obtained by the Sub-committee. A draft of the annual report was submitted and agreed to. Mr. P. Lines proposed, Mr. J. Cochrane seconded, and it was carried—“ That the general holidays commence on Tuesday next, the 25th instant, and terminate on Friday, the 18th February. Mr. J. Cochrane proposed, and Mr, T. Greenaway seconded —“ That, in accordance with the Chairman’s statement that Mrs. Proudlock has been teaching since the 20tli ultimo, the Board of Education be requested to- sanction her salary, commencing from that date.” Carried. Ap account for L 3 7s. 10d,. being passed for payment, the Committee adjourned.

Poultry and Canary Show. —Of poultry, pigeons, and pet birds this district can boast the possession of a fairly good stock, and it is with pleasure that we welcome a proposal to add a poultry and canary show to the attractions of the Town Hall on the sth of March, on which date the hall will be gay with the floral display of the Horticultural Society. Ashburton has put in no insignificant appearance at shows of this description held in Christchurch, and our own Agricultural and Pastoral Association’s annual shows have given evidence that the breeding of first-class poultry is a pursuit not at all neglected here. It would certainly give an impetus to it, hawever, were a poultry and bird show an annual institution in the district. In the matter of pigeons, for instance, wo have already given evidence of how useful “ carriers” can be made in the transmission of messages; and the rearing and training of birds that can heat the telegraph on a fifty miles flight is surely a recreation from which some enjoyment may he obtained. Then there are canary-keepers about too, and parrots of gay plumage are here and there to be seen. By all means let us have a bird show, and we feel sure that the doors of a hall in which such an exhibition is being held have only to be opened to admit a great crowd of patrons. It would also he a very great addition to the attractiveness of the Flower Show.

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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1881. Orange v. Green., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 247, 20 January 1881

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The Ashburton Guardian. THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 1881. Orange v. Green. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 247, 20 January 1881

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