The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 1881. The State of Ireland.
~ TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.20 p. m. ]
The cable news received during the past few days must cause the worst of fears to rise as to the seriousness of affairs in Old England’s sister isle. Things in Ireland are getting from bad to worse, and telegram after telegram informs us of the open hostility now prevalent there. The peasantry arc evidently determined to obstruct and withstand, if possible, the eviction of tenants, and mass meetings of the Land Leaguers are attempted to be held in different parts of the country, hut through the vigilance of the police and troops, these attempts have, in a more or less degree, been frustrated. We hear of several encounters between the troops and the peasantry, the capture of the latter, and then directly afterwards their release. Bodies of rioters, strongly organised, and with one common object—the determination to hold their quasi rights, and defending them with
their lives—spring up first in one part of Ireland and then another. Attempts to destroy all railway com. munication, cutting telegraph wires, and breaking up the roads, so that troops have great difficulty in traversing the country, all tend to show that there is a leader secretly directing sedition, and using every means in his power to confront and harrass England’s determination to rule this unhappy country. How truly unhappy is any country where secret societies, land leagues, etc., spread sedition ? Is it possible that such a state of affairs exists under the British rule ? That it docs, and will do to a very alarming extent, both in Ireland and. England, is but too plainly visible. The cause of the disaffection is but too well known to our readers; the result is just commencing to be felt. But how is the remedy to he applied which the English Government intend to enforce ? We do not pretend to know, hut can only hope that it will effect a speedy cure for the disaffected ones, and make the country a permanently happy one.
The armed and alarming resistance which appears to have been experienced in the Counties of Waterford, Cork, Mayo, and Mullingar, by the police, will give our readers some idea as to the extent and the apparently pre-arranged simultaneous rising of the leaguers against the British rule. The incidence of the peasantry rising in these four counties together is curious, but it conveys the fact that these people show a determination to fight, and also evinces the widespread disaffection existing amongst them. It is far better that disaffection should take the form of open resistance, because by this the authorities know how to cope with it. England will then see that something decisive must be done, and that quickly. How far the present scheme for Irish rule will ameloriate matters, it is extremely difficult to conjecture, but one thing is evident, that almost the same spirit is prevalent in Ireland as in Nihilist Russia, and the flame of rebellion is now burning amongst the former people, with an intense desire for revenge for their wrongs. One thing is quite certain, and that is Ireland will never be ruled by menaces. If a civil war results, the disastrous guilt will rest with those who try to subvert British rule, and in deluding the people to resist what is impossible. Grievances of many kinds the Irish people have, and always will have so long as the present tenant system is in vogue —and until the Government have given them redress for their grievances there will always be disaffection. The state of the country is at present! most pitiable, because so many unfortunates are led to rebellion through perfect ignorance. Let us hope that English rule, combined with mercy and justice, will put an end to further serious disturbances, and misguided peasantry — whatever their grievanceslmay be—be educated to live under submission to the most enlightened power a merciful Providence has yet given the world.
Assaulting a Female.— This morning, before His Worship the Resident Magistrate. a man named William Robinson was brought up charged with an offence of the above nature, and, on the application of the’pojico, was remanded till Friday next. Nautical Enquiry. A preliminary enquiry was he,d by the Collector of Customs yesterday into the grounding of the Hawea and Hinemoa at Manukau bar. Drunk and Disorderly. William Robertson was this morning fined LI by the R.M. for this offence. A man who made his first appearance on a charge of this character was dismissed with a caution. -twos The Weather. - The rainy weather which set in on Thursday continued throughout yesterday and last night without abating. Towards four o’clock this morning there were promises of its stopping, but the storm re-commenced half-an-hour later, and rain has continued falling in torrents all day, and there is still no sign of any change. Large pools of water are gathering in the principal thoroughfares, and communication across the lino via Tancred street is rendered almost impossible for foot passengers, the water flowing in a stream across the path. The posters displayed by the Lydia Howards Burlesque Troupe, announcing their visit to this town, have suffered considerably, the wet weather and wind having torn them to shreds. No interruption has occurred on either the Northern or Southern portion of the railway line up to the time of writing this, but the line between Chertsey and Rakaia was under water this morning when the express train came throu ;h, and doubts are expressed regarding the chances of its remaining unbroken should the rainfall continue, [Since writing the above we learn by telegram that the streets in Christchurch are flooded in several places, but no serious damage is reported. The railway traffic on the Ashburton and Rakaia Forks line owing to damage done to the ballasting by the flood water.]
Hawke’s Bay Batlwav Contract. —Mr Thomas Brankin shipped fourteen fine draught horses by the s.s. Rotomahana yesterday, to work on his contract in Hawke’s Bay. The horses were driven through to Port, instead of taking them by rail, and were all shipped without accident.
Death or Perkin Warbeck. —The well-known stud horse Perkin Warbeck died at Wnirelci yesterday morning. 0. J-C. .Handicap.— Bads worth lias been scratched for this event. The Lydia Howarde Troupe in Trouble. —It is understood (says the Post) that a writ for LIOO damages has been issued in the name of Messrs Gilbert and Sullivan against Messrs A. T. Dunning, Harry Shepperson, Harry Power, and Mias’Lydia Howarde, for the unauthorised performance of“H.M.S. Pinafore ” in Dunedin on Friday evening last. Temuka Mutual Improvement Association. —An ordinary meeting of the above association was bold at the Good Templar Hall on Thursday evening, at 8 o’clock p.in., but owing to the inclement state of the weather only very few mem-
bers and friends were present. Mr John Hayhurst was voted to the chair. Mr Job Brown, one of the leaders of the debate selected for the evening, did not put in an appearance. An impromptu donate, “Are the Chinese desirable colonists V’ was then opened in the affirmative by Mr Bolton, who was upheld by Messrs M ; Oann, Hayhurst, and Cooper, and the negative side was taken by Messrs Diddams, Bussell, and M'Kay, who, on the matter being put to the vote, won by a majority of four. It was finally decided to postpone the debate—“ Is free education necessary in New Zealand ?” till this night fortnight. The usual vote of thanks to'the chairman terminated the proceed--111 Found Deownbd. —The body of the man McGarry, who has been missing for some days, was found floating in the Auckland harbor yesterday. Wants Enquiring Into. — The English barque Arabella, being supposed to have struck a rock outside the heads when coming into Wellington harbor, was placed ; upon the patent slip after discharging. • It was found that she must have struck, as about three feet of her keel, near the rudder was bent, and one plate cracked and showing a small hole. The Customs ) authorities intend to hold an enquiry. The Ac ckx and Unemployed.—Gar--1 rard, the Auckland agitator, is preparing ' a list of the unemployed at present in the r Northern capital. Eighty-four names ; were got yesterday morning, and when ’ the list ia completed he intends sending it , to Dr Wallis, who promises to present it to the House.
New Borough.—lt is proposed to form
the suburbs of St Albans, Knightstown, Merrivale, and Papanui, on the north of Christchurch, into a borough, under the name of Papanui. A meeting was held yesterday on tic subject, and steps will be taken to obtain the requisite number of signatures to a petition. Deserving of Support. —Efforts are being made in Christchurch to form a company for the purpose of establishing a coursing ground, on the model of Plumpton Ground, England. Football. —A challenge has been received by our local kiekists from the Christchurch Football Club, to play a match here, the fixing of the date of play being left in the hands of the home team. The matter has not yet been brought before the Club, but there is no doubt that they will accept it. The challenge emanating frem the A. F. C. to the Lincoln footballists has been declined. No answer has yet been received to those sent to the Pilgrims and the South Canterbury Club. Ashburton Brass Band. —Tho complimentary concert to be given by tho members of the band and a large number of ladies and gentlemen to Mr Savage, late bandmaster A.R.V., takes place on the 30th inst., at the Town Hall. Those who intend taking part in it are reminded that the first general rehearsal and practice will bo held in Mr Jones’ room on Monday next, when it is particularly requested that all should be present.
Deserves Hanging. —At Cromwell a young man named Clement Bushnell has been committed for a brutal assault with intent upon a respectable elderly woman named Mrs Cameron at Albert Town. The opportune arrival of a neighbor prevented further injury to the woman. Prisoner and prosecutrix were strangers. Vestry Meeting. —The following resolutions were passed at the adjourned vestry meeting, viz. : —“ That this vestry recognise the necessity of at once proceeding with the erection of a Sunday school on the leasehold site in Burnett street ; that Messrs Bullock, Ferriman, Hands, Jameson, and Fooks bo appointed a committee to investigate the subject, and report fully to the next vestry meeting ; and that a letter should be written to the Wakanui Road Board, asking to have the rates on the Parsonage remitted.” The proposal made by Dr Trevor re letting of seats has received the careful consideration of the committee appointed in the matter, and these gentlemen report that they find it is impracticable. Tenders. —Particulars of tenders required by the Railway authorities and by Mr Peters appear in advertisements published elsewhere. Export of Canterbury Stock.—The
Rotomahana yesterday took from Lyttelton fire shorthorn heifers from Mr Threlheld’s herd for Mr John Harding’s farm near Napier ; also the bull Com-mander-in-chief and a prize heifer for Mr Harding’s farm, north of Auckland. Skating Rink. —A meeting of those interested in the formation of a rinking club is convened by advertisement appearing in another column. Supreme Court, Timaru. —At this Court yesterday, the Grand Jury found true bills againpt Benjamin Bradford and John Quinn, for forgery and uttering; Martin Thynne, for perjury; James Mack, for horse stealing ; William Gardner and Edward Ford, for larceny ; John Scott, John Johnston, Janies Cumskey, Patrick Egan, Hugh Boyd, for arson ; James McManus, stealing from a dwelling. No bills were returned in the cases of Michael Quirk, attempted suicide, and Joseph Janies Farrell, for embezzlement. Janies Mack was sentenced to five years, and William Gardiner to six months. Martin Thynne was fined LSO, and bound over for two years to be of good behavior, himself in LIOO, and two sureties of LSO each. The sitting of the Court was resumed this morning. Janies McManus, charged with stealing a cash-box and L 6 10s from the bar of the Winchester Hotel, was sentenced to three years’ penal servitude. James Cumskey, Hugh Boyd, and Patrick Egan were charged with wilfully setting fire to a hay-stack the property of William Gosling, a farmer at Mount Horrible. Egan said he was guilty, but Boyd and Cumskey were quite innocent. The Crown offering no evidence against these two, they were discharged. Egan got a good character from the police. His Honor said ho would take his case into consideration, and see if, under the circumstances, he could award a light sentence for so heavy an offence. Creameries. —The sub-committee of the Industrial Association have decided to await further advices on this matter from England before taking any decisive steps thereon.
Boards of Health Beware.— lt is reported that a person living in the Eyreton district had returned from Christwhile suffering from typhoid fever, and by contact with other persons, the infectious disease had spread, and caused the death of four persons, and a number of others are still ill. pmfS