The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas. Et Prkvalebit. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1881. An Undesirable Candidate.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p.m.j
One of the candidates for the Wakanui seat has now finished his first series of election addresses, and we purpose in this article to comment briefly on what we consider the various grounds for adverse criticism which several of his opinions demand from us. We wish to deal with every candidate impartially; but as the views of Mr Ivess partake so much of what is known as “ Ultra Radicalism,” and as his previous performances do not furnish us with a satisfactory outline of what may be expected from him if the Wakanui electors bestow their confidence on him and return him to Parliament, we feel bound to draw the attention of the electors to various reasons why a better man should be chosen.
At Mr Ivess’ first meeting he said he had perhaps some good grounds for coming forward ; and these were that he had a good knowledge of framing land laws, and that he had gained that knowledge by sitting in such a political school as the Nelson Provincial Council some years ago, when he represented a howling wilderness known as the Inangahua. Now, let us take a look at his past career as a law-maker. We find that in the Nelson Provincial Council he displayed his talents for fault-finding and needless criticism of other persons actions to such an extent that the whole of the Council rose up in a body against him and deliberately —in slang parlance—“ shut him up.” Mr D. M. Luckie, who now holds the position of Commissioner of Annuities, was, as Mr Ivess may recollect, the chief mouthpiece of the Council on these occasions. What was the result ? It is not hard to tell the fate of obstructionists of the kind described. Mr Ivess was very frequently put down in that assemblage, and by degrees he graduated to his proper level, and was not listened to at all during the latter part of the session. Now, as regards Mr Ivess’s views. We all know them. They are at least at variance with the sentiments of the order-loving portion of the public, and in saying this we speak from an experience of his public actions in our Borough Council. We believe Mr Ivess capable of doing what he considers the right thing, but too often differences of opinion arise which are not treated by him with that good taste that is necessary for a man who aspires to become a debater in Parliament, and to command attention when stating his opinions there. But we do not care to dwell in detail on bygone feuds. Mr Ivess is now before the electors as a candidate for their suffrages. We do riot see that he can lay claim to the confidence of any body of electors who want a voice in the government of the colony. We have avowed before now that we have no desire to see him returned, and we do not hesitate to say that we think the most suitable occupation for Mr Ivess, and certainly the one which he will find most lucrative, will be to stick to what the vulgar call “ rag-planting.” He may depend upon it that he will find more real satisfaction in having a number of small journals to further his future and permanent popularity, than in endeavoring to gain it by being an out-and-out Democrat of the Graham Berry type, or in declaiming on the platform as a “ working man’s friend,” in order to secure the coveted seat of the Wakanui electorate.
There are a number of subjects upon which Mr Ivess has at various times and places given very decided and very unsound opinions. His ideas on taxation are, to say the least, extraordinary. He treats the once useful and now almost defunct squatter as an offender against the law of the country, and the land owner and capitalist as being at least as bad or worse. We would earnestly, therefore, urge the electors to choose the best man from among the three candidates, but certainly not to pin their faith on one who may at any time disfranchise Wakanui, byexpressing such well-known antipathies to wealth and progress, as this candidate unfortunately entertains; a candidate who will be only too eager to join those who have proved themselves ever ready to play a prominent part in disgracing our legislation by incessant and unnecessary obstruction.
The Ashburton Seat. —Mr E. G, Wright addresses his constituents at the Town Hall this evening. Spotted. —The Newland School has been closed in consequence of the prevalence of measles. The Mayoral Election. —Mr Donald Williamson, being the only candidate nominated, was to-day declared duly elected as Mayor of Ashburton. R M. Court. —At the R.M. Court this morning a “ drunk ” was discharged with a caution. We are informed that an error occurred in our police report of Saturday. Patrick was not discharged, but sentenced to four days’ hard labor. Cast Up By the Sea.— Mr A. H. Shury has shown us a fine elephant fish picked up by himself on the sea beach below Wakanui. This marine elephant is about 2ft. Gin. in length, and is possessed of a well-developed trunk. It is a far finer fish than that exhibited the other day in Christchurch, and which attracted so much attention.
Dunedin Phowasd Races. —Intending visitors to Dunedin for the Agricultural Show and the races will find special railway arrangements have been made for their accommodation. An advertisement in. another column gives excursion timetable and list of fares. St. Stephen’s. —A confirmation service took place at the above Church yesterday morning, when a number of young people of both sexes were confirmed. The Right Rev. the Bishop of the Diocese, A. J. 0. Harper, assisted by the Rev. Mr Hands, incumbent of the Church, officiated. The Bishop preached a most impressive sermon.
The Accident to Mr Alfred Harrison. —We are glad to learn that Mr Alfred Harrison, who was thrown from his horse the other day and broke his arm in the fall, is progressing favorably towards recovery
Tenders. —Mr W. Cuthbert, District Surveyor Longbeach Road District, invites tenders for a number of works. Particulars appear elsewhere. Messrs Fooks and Son, architects, notify successful tenderers for erection of grain store. Political. — Mr F. P. O’Reilly will address the electors of Wakanui at Waterton on Friday evening, at eight o’clock.
Ashburton Electorate. —We have good authority for stating that a second candidate for the Ashburton district is being requisitioned to come forward in opposition to Mr E. G. Wright. At a meeting of electors held at Mount Somers last week a requisition was signed by upwards of one hundred electors, asking a well-known gentleman to come forward, and the meeting was unanimous in taking steps to do its level best to return him should he accept the invitation. Mount Somers. — A meeting of the Mount Somers Sports Committee was held last Saturday evening at Mr Hood’s hotel, Mr Puddicombe in the chair. It was decided to issue subscription lists at once, so that the district might be vigorously canvassed for monetary support. Mr Puddicombe was appointed Secretary and Treasurer, and he was requested to draw up a programme based on the one of last year. The meeting then adjourned after it had been decided to hold another on the 3rd December. The promoters hope for a good attendance of the Committee on that date, when the programme will be submitted for adoption, a prize list drawn up, and the day for holding the Sports fixed. Important. —Mr Stout has given his opinion that if the persons entitled to be registered as electors under sections 7 and 8 of the Registration Act of 1879 send in claims, the Registrar must, after fifteen days, register them, if he thinks the statement of qualifications true, notwithstanding the writs having been issued.
Offenders Against the Act Caugbt in the Act. —The police made a raid upon a Chinese gambling den, in Taranaki street, Wellington, on Saturday night, and on entering found a dozen celestials playing fan-tan. The arrival of the guardians of the public caused a great commotion amongst the almond-eyed ones, a number of whom were promptly arrested and lodged in the lock-up.
The West Coast Railway. —The special of the Press wiring from Wellington last night, says : —lt is said that the contract entered into between the Government and the West Coast Railway Company is very favorable to the latter, and that the construction of the line is now practically certain. I hear, further, that it has already proved the means of acquiring some valuable West Coast land from the natives, who are exceedingly anxious to see the line made as benefitting their property in that locality.
Mr O’Reilly at the Town Hall. —Mr O’Reilly addressed the Wakanui electors at the Town Hall on Saturday evening. The meeting which was of a decidedly lively description, is reported in another column.
The Result of Drink. —An inquiry touching the death of Charles Nye, who recently died in the Christchurch Hospital, was held inthatinstitutionatnoon on Saturday, before the Coroner and a juty, of whom Mr John Bay lee was chosen foreman. It appeared from evidence adduced, that on the last day of the races deceased, who was intoxicated, got a ride in one of Milsom’s vans to town, and whilst entering their yard, in George street, a wire clothes-line swept him and H. Cooksley off the van on to the footpath, the injuries received stupifying Nye, and information being conveyed to the police that a drunken man was lying on the pavement, he was conveyed to the lock-up. Dr Meikle deposed to having made a post mortem examination, and stated that death resulted from the effects of the accident. A verdict was returned in accordance with the medical testimony, with a rider to the effect that the person informing the police should have mentioned the accident.