The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1881. A Local Museum.
We have previously pointed out the fact that there exists an opportunity for local well-wishers to create, by united action in our midst, a source of intellectual advancement in the matter of the establishment of a local museum, and are therefore pleased to learn that those gentlemen who have shown themselves so energetic in connection with the Industrial Exhibition have it in view, following the termination of their present duties, to make an effort in this direction. We have growing up in our midst a generation, for the intellectual improvement cf which we are alone responsible. If we would wish to prevent our children growing up in almost entire ignorance of Natures beauties and mysteries, it devolves upon us to provide means whereby such is to be obviated. That they cannot gather a sufficient idea on such subjects from the lessons received by them at public schools on National history, and the various ologies is clearly understood. Therefore having in view the intellectual improvement, let all who can do so contribute their quota towards the nucleus of a museum in Ashburton. Not alone will the rising generation benefit thereby; we ourselves shall share the enlightenment. That we have in our midst gentlemen possessed of curios and specimens is demonstrated by the number of exhibits in these classes now on view at the Industrial Exhibition. We shall therefore be pardoned if we assert that it is the duty of these to render every assistance they can to the promoters of a museum in this town, and we rest assured they will not in this instance be found wanting. Once obtain sufficient specimens fo form the nucleus of a museum, and success is assured. Some persons entertain unfavorable opinions regarding lending any specimens they may possess on the ground of the scant care in some cases bestowed thereon, but such cannot be held as an argument in the present instances, as the names of the promoters is a sufficient guarantee of the ex hibits being carefully attended to. Even should some remain doubtful, we say waive your objections in the interests of the public, your children, and your children’s children. The matter we feel certain could not be in better hands than of the gentlemen referred to, and we look forward to hearty cooperation from all parts of the district.
Mr Bryce and Native Affairs. We have not, nor ever had a very high opinion of the capabilities of Mr Bryce as a person fit and qualified to hold a portfolio, and were not greatly surprised at the outcome of the dissension in the Cabinet preceding his resignation of office. Nevertheless, in the spirit of fairplay, we must protest against such misconstructions as his utter-
ances have received at the hands of a portion of the Southern press. We be- ' lieve the ex Native Minister when he states that it was, and is, his firm conviction that conciliiatory measures in dealing with the native question will be intirely ineffectual; and therefore in his resignation, he, merely acted as would any conscientious person. True the consciences of Ministers are asserted to possess greater powers of elasticity than those of ordinary mortals, but we think our readers will side with us in regarding Mr Bryce’s statements as honest and heartfelt. By the journals referred to, Mr Bryce is depicted as being a man of the most blood-thirsty type, and why all this thusness? simply because of his advocacy of a judicious employment of power in the upholding of the authority of the law. Had the Government but supported his endeavors in the direction of a termination of the Te Whiti humbugism, we are certain the pow-wowing in which that arrant impostor has up to the present been so successful, would have never occurred. We have as a precedent, the Indian troubles experienced by our American cousins, but need not travel from home for examples of the fallacy of whisky and blanket treaties. Possibly the present Ministry believe that they have succeeded in smothering the disturbances of the North, but we predict otherwise ; the natives are merely awaiting the opportunity for a repetition of the ploughing and other farces, which can only be" prevented by the annihilation of their head centre, Te Whiti. From post-sessional utterances as yet delivered, the future action of the Government in this matter and its immediate attendant, that of the political prisoners, cannot be foreshadowed, but we shall await their action at the future session of Parliament with interest.