The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1881. Post Office Savings Banks and Postage Stamps.
With the laudable object of encouraging habits of thrift among the children attending our public and other schools, the Government have, within the present month, introduced a new system of deposits in the Post Office Savings Eanks. Mr Fawcett, the present Postmaster-General of Great Britain, has lately established this new system, and a most enthusiastic account of its working has been given by the promoter in a recent speech. Our Postmaster-General has issued to all the postmasters in the colony who have Savings Banks under their control —a circular containing the necessary information whereby our young depositors can commence their banking account with postage stamps. The rules, which are very simple, are to the effect that any pupil attending any school can obtain a card, which the Post Office Department have provided for the purpose. On this card the owner can affix penny stamps, to the value_ of one shilling, and which, on presentation to the Postmaster, will be placed to the credit of the pupil so making it. The card has twelve squares, and each of these squares has to be filled with one new penny stamp, and when filled and taken to the Savings Bank will be received by the Postmaster either as a first deposit in a new account, or a subsequent dsposit if the depositor has an account already opened. Care must be taken, however, that not one of the stamps has been defaced, or in any way damaged, or the result will be rather serious to the young depositor. In such cases, if only one out of the twelve stamps is damaged or defaced, the whole card is rejected. With this proviso, we do not anticipate that many depositors will be so foolish as to make use of any defaced stamps. If they do, of course, the department will be' all the richer, and we opine that this is one of the ways the department anticipated making its profit out of the card system. We would suggest that each schoolmaster should have a number of these cards in the schoolroom, so that they can be given out to each of the children attending the schools. The various drawbacks which were attached to all the previous proposals for establishing Savings Banks in connection with schools will be largely removed. In the first place, the official card on which the stamps will be affixed, and which has to be kept clean, will encourage the children to habits of order and cleanliness, and from the smallness of the deposit, offers every facility to children to make small savings. We sincerely hope that the new system will answer, as the majority of children, especially colonial children, require habits of thrift to be inculcated into them as an important branch of their education. If the system has been found to work satisfactorily in England, why should it not do the same here ? No instance of children having made use of damaged stamps for the purpose of deposits has yet come under the notice of the Home authorities, and should the New Zealand Government find that the system works; equally favorable here, its present limitation ought to be cast aside and its operation applied to every Savings’ Bank depositor. There are a great many people who object to a system of making our children thrifty in the matter of money, and especially to the Government for initiating such a system as saving money being taught as a part of a child’s education. We fail to see that any harm can ensue to the rising generation, in encouraging habits of thrift. Is not a penny much more usefully employed* in this way than expended in deleterious “lollies?” There are various other provisions made to ensure the efficient working of the scheme, some of which we might an well allude to. The postmaster receiving deposits will have to see that the name of the depositor and the school he or she attends is written on the card in the places printed for the purpose, and also to enter on the card the number of the Savings Bank book issued to the depositor, whether it is a first deposit or a subsequent one. The
postmasters have been instructed to carefully examine each card and stamp, and will have to obliterate each stamp with the dated stamp of the office when the payment is made. The whole system is very simple, and we shall be surprised if it does not soon command great popularity throughout New Zealand.
The San Francisco Mail. —The Ashburton portion of the San Francisco mail will probably reach Ashburton by the express to-morrow morning.
Levee. —His Excellency the Governor will hold an undress levee in the Provincial Council Chamber, Christchurch, at noon to-morrow.
Presentation. —A presentation of a purse of sovereigns was made at Auckland, yesterday, to the Rev Mr Nixon, Free Methodist minister, who is leaving for Ashburton.
Drunkenness. —Thomas Brewer, the complainant in the larceny case heard in the R. M. Court yesterday, was, at the conclusion of that case, charged with being drunk and disorderly. He was fined five shillings. The Governor’s Tour.— The Premier will accompany the Governor on his southern tour, at all events through Canterbury. It is possible that Mr Dick may attend his Excellency through Otago, but this is yet undecided.
Presbyterian Church. —C. E. Button, Esq., barrister, is to preach on next Sabbath,, morning and evening, in the Presbyterian Church, Ashburton ; and we learn that on his passage through Ashburton, en route north, the Rev. Thomas Spurgeon will preach in the Presbyterian Church, when probably the sou of the groat preacher will be listened to by a large congregation. Masonic Installation. Mr John Bevan, of Hokitika, who was lately appointed on the authority of H.R. H. the Prince of Wales to succeed the late Mr John Lazar as District Grand Master of Freemasons in Westland, was duly enstalled yesterday. A very large assemblage of members of the Order from all parts of the coast, took part in the proceedings. A banquet was held in the evening.
The Industrial Exhibition. —The Secretary of the Industrial Association, Mr S. E. Poyntz, has been apprised by Government of the appointment of Mr Edward Wakefield, M.H.R. for Geraldine, as Commissioner at the Ashburton Industrial Exhibition. Mr Wakefield will attend on the 24th, the opening day, and will make an inspection of the Exhibition, sending a report to Government on the industrial exhibits displayed, with a view to supplementing the report on Native Industries that has already been made by the Native Industrial Commission.
Ashburton Horticultural Society.— A committee meeting of the above society was held last evening. Present—Messrs Jacobson (chairman), Mayo, Bloomfield, J. and T. Scaly, Simmonds, Collins, and Randall. The minutes of previous meeting were read and confirmed. Accounts amounting to LSO were received and passed for payment. On the motion of Mr Collins a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the judges. Mr Sealy also moved a hearty vote of thanks to the hon. secretary, Mr Poyntz, which was carried unanimously. The secretary reported that after payment of all accounts there would be a surplus of L3O. The meeting then adjourned.
Roman Catholic Church. —A meeting of Roman Catholics was held in the above church last night, to receive the Rev. Father Coffey, who has been appointced to the charge of the church. The Rev. Father Chervier occupied the chair, and briefly introduced Father Coffey, who delivered an address, in the course of which he announced that they would have to build a new church. A council of six persons, namely —Messrs O’Reilly, Dudson, Leggett, Nealas, Quinn, and Higgins was appointed. On the motion of Mr O’Reilly, a cordial vote of thanks was passed in recognition of the Rev. Father Chervier’s ministration in their midst, and the meeting adjourned.
The Brindisi Mail. —There is to be no outward mail this month to connect with the P. and O. boat. The Tararua, if she had left Port Chalmers yesterday as announced, would have reached Melbourne in time to connect with P. and O. boat leaving there on the IGth inst., but the Union Company, over which the postal department has now no control, their contract having ceased, having postponed the steamer s departure till tomorrow, it is impossible that she can catch the Brindisi mail. The postal authorities have been instructed to make up the Brindisi mail by the Arawata, leaving Lyttelton on the 15th inst., for conveyance by the Orient liner Cotopaxi, which leaves Melbourne on the 29th inst.
The Advertising Account. —Says a contemporary : —“ The mistake many advertisers make is to place their advertising expenses to current account instead of to capital account. Suppose a yearly expenditure of LIOO in advertising produces a net profit of only L2O for the first year. Undoubtedly this does not mean a loss of LBO, but it means a return of 20 per cent, upon capital invested ; for the business is there, and will remain if properly looked after, and a second year’s advertising will most certainly increase the profit on the full capital to 30 or 40 per cent As a set-oft’ to these expenses in the capital account of the enterprising business-man, ho can show the increased value of the article advertised,and also of the goodwill of his business. Some business-men lose sight of this fact.” The Revision of the Bible.— A very limited audience assembled in the Library Hall last night to hear the Rev. A. W. Hands lecture on “ The Revision of the Authorised Version of the Bible.” The subject, which is one of universal interest, was treated by the rov. gentleman in a most able manner, and it is to be regretted that there was such a comparatively small attendance of the intelligent public of Ashourton. While paying a very high compliment to the excellence of the present version of the Holy Scriptures, Mr Hands gave abundant proof that the revision was absolutely necessary for thoroughly understanding the Word of God* and he wished it to be borne in mind that it was not because the existing version was bad that an improvement was called for, but because they wanted what was already good to be perfected. In the course of his lecture the rev. gentleman gave a number of instances in which the language used by the translators 250 years ago did not now give a true idea of what appeared in the original Greek copies. Other reasons wore given for the necessity for a new translation, and from the fresh light which the rev. lecturer throw on several passages, it may be expected that the new version will have an increasing interest to the Biblical student. In his concluding remarks, Mr Hands stated that he looked forward with much expectation to the new edition of the Bible, as the Anglo-Saxon language could very beautifully express the Greek rendering ; and as the translators at present at work on the Bible were the finest scholars of the day, who had been chosen from every denomination of the Christian Church, a very excellent version might be anticipated. A collection to defray expenses was taken up, and as there was a surplus of 4s Gd, it was announced that it would be devoted to obtaining tobacco for the Old Men’s Home. A vote of thanks to Mr Hands terminated the proceedings.
Acknowledgment. —The master of the Old Men’s Home desires to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of a roast of beef from Mr J. Carter, of Tinwakl. Collision. —The express train from the south, when close to the Timaru station yesterday, ran into a team of bullocks, killing one and injuring two others. A Savage Horse. —While Alexander Davidson, a farm servant at The Laws, Dundee, was looking after the horses in a threshing mill, one of them made a snap at him and bit his nose clean off. A Divine on the War-path. —The P.ev. J. U. Davis, of Dunedin, is about to get up a monster mctition to Parliament for the suppression of consultations, sweeps, lotteries, and other common forms of gambling. Melbourne Town Sections. vVe learn from the Insurance ami .Banking Record that the National Mutual Life Association of Australia has purchased the fine it available corner in Melbourne, on Collins and Queen streets, fifty feet square, at L4fio per foot ; or L 23,000. Inquest. —An inquest was hold at Auckland yesterday, on the body of the woman Emily Barnett, who poisoned herself on the previous day. The jury returned a verdict of “ Suicide while in a state of temporary insanity.”
The Natives on the Parihaka Land Sales. - The Hawera Star's correspondent at Opunake states that the natives are quite overjoyed at the failure of the Parihaka land sale. They say the Europeans were frightened of them, but they need not have been. As long as the Maungaronga rules peace must he maintained. In one of Te Whiti’s remarks, he says the Government is like a man who has a thorn in his foot but cannot find it. Although he may wet the sore spot, and rub it until further orders, the pain still remains.
Worth Recording. —The payments at the Property Tax office, Wellington, yesterday, included one of about LI,COO, voluntarily made by the Hon. A. G. Tollemache, now resident in England, through his representative, Mr Valentine Smith. This is for the tax upon money out on mortgage, nearly the whole of the interest on which is paid in London, and does not pass through any agent in the colony. It had been held that, as the money was not under the control of any agent in New Zealand, Mr Tollemache was nob legally liable to pay the property tax upon it. Short of Funds. —After the distribution of prizes on Wednesday, to successful members at the Rifle Association meeting, the recipients of cheques for prizes won in the Association matches found that the same had been made out for less than the amounts to which they were entitled. A good deal of dissatisfaction was expressed at first, but on its being learnt that the Association only looked upon the amounts already paid as part payment, and that each man would receive the balance due to him as soon as the Association was in funds, the grumbling ceased. The carbine men received 6s 8d in the L less than they were entitled to, and the riflemen 4s in the L less.
Drowning of a Relation of an exGovernob. —A relative of the Marquis of Norraanby came to a sad end lately. The European Mail says : —“ Great excitement existed throughout Herefordshire on Bth January, when it became generally known that Miss Fanny Russell, youngest daughter of the late Captain Russell, R.N., who resided at Hampton Dene, had mysteriously disappeared. The river was dragged, and the woods in the county searched, but without effect. Next day, however, a number of citizens again examined the Wye, when the body of Miss Russcdl was found, in about four feet of water. The deceased was about forty-five years of age, and was a niece of the Marquis of Nonnanby.” The trustee in C. I'. Sheppard’s estate has summoned a meeting of creditors to consider the bankrupt’s dis* charge. The Borough Council have noted that pans for the new sanitary arrangements can be obtained at their offices. Messrs T. J. Maling and Co. make liberal cash advances on wheat placed in their hands for sale in Condon, and prompt returns may be relied upon. The ladies ot Ashburton are asked to interview Miss Vcr.all during the three days of the Exhibition for various requisites.
All claims against the Horticultural Society are to be paid on Monday next. The trustee in James Gardner’s estate calls a meeting of creditors for Wednesday next. Mr Harrison will sell at his yards to-morrow the balance of Anstec’s effects, also fowls, onions, fruit.