The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1882. The Governor’s Speech.
TOWN DDi l l ON. [issued at 440 p. m. j
The speech delivered by his Excellency the Governor in inaugurating the eighth .annual session of the Parliament of New Zealand, must be considered an eminently satisfactory one'in every sense.....happily it has been delivered at a more auspicious period than that which ushered in the opening of the last Parliament, or, indeed, the Parliaments of several years past. The black cloud of depression which has been hovering over us for so long—causing ■a stagnation in commercial circles, and arousing the fears of those who are anxiously watching the progress of the colony from without—is now fast disappearing before the sunshine of returning prosperity. Well may his Excellency congratulate the colonists upon “ the renewed and well-found£d confidence which exists as to the commercial prospects of the colony; upon the disappearance of distress amongst the working classes, and upon the general increase of the revenue,” whilst the assurance that in all parts of the colony the work of settlement is progressing favorably, and new openings are in the course of development for the employment of labor and capital, is extremely cheering, as is the reference to the large increase of the revenue over the expenditure tor the past twelve months. All these hopeful signs have, his Excellency remarks, given a fresh impetus to every branch of industry, which amply justify provision being made for the extension and ultimate completion of the main trunk line of railway, as well as for other important works in connection with it, to which Parliament has already given its sanction. In the face of so many gratifying indications of reviving prosperity, what, we pause to enquire, is to become of the professional champion of the woiking man?” If times are good, labor is plentiful, the working man is well fed, well clothed, and all his grievances disappear. He is happy and contented, has no wrdngs to redress, no need of a redresser. The individual who weeps for the oppression of the working man, and makes the process pay will find his occupation gone. But this by the way. The'Governor is careful to refrain from expressing an opinion on the conduct of his Ministers in dealing with the Native difficulty, which occurred at a time when he was absent from the
colony, but he pays a graceful .and ■well-merited tribute to the Volunteers and the Armed Constabulary for the manner in which they conducted themselves during the memorable Parihaka campaign. The Government, for the -action they took in quelling the threatened hostilities with the “blackfellows,” were sharply and severely criticised by their opponents, who first endeavored to hold them up to public ridicule and then charged them with “ persecution ” and a desire to trample under foot the unhappy Natives, .who, cowering before the unnecessary harshness of their white oppressors, were all meekness and resignation. How far such taunts were justified let the treatment experienced by the rebel chief and prophet, Te Whiti, and his ally Tohu, since their capture bear testimony. The Native difficulty had at last become so serious, the crisis so alarming, that further forbearance Was futile, and instant action became imperatively necessary ; and the people of New Zealand have deep cause for thankfulness that at such a critical moment men ready and able to cope with, the trouble promptly and decisively were at the head of affairs. Groans arose from the “ sugar-and-blanket” party when the Native gathering at Parihaka was dis. persed and the ringleaders of the malcontents arrested, arraigned, and com mitted to take their trial for sedition, “just like white prisoners!” Now when the Government, endeavoring .to render the incarceration of the Stdts offenders as little irksome to them as possible, is causing them to be taken to witness the wonders worked by the Pakeha, and thus learn, by ocular.de monstration, the power of the people whose laws they have endeavored to set at defiance, the “ Liberals,” with true liberality and characteristic consistency, exclaim, “ What extravagance ! What reckless waste of public money !” We fear they will have fresh cause for dissatisfaction on learning that the harsh and oppressive Government does not contemplate the trial of the State prisoner?, a Bill to render that trial unnecessary being shortly forthcoming. Te Whiti aAd Toll'd tVfll'not, however, be permitted to return to Parihaka for the present or recommence the agitation which was fraught with such dangerous consequences to the West Coast settlers. “My Government,” says His Excellency, in'referring to this matter, “desire it to be recognised that in the course pursued they have been and are actuated solely by anxiety to avert consequences disastrous to all classes of Her Majesty’s subjects, rather than tty any desire to inflict punishment.” The foreshadowing afforded by the concluding portion, of the Speech of the nature of some of the measures which are likely to engage the attention of Parliament during the session which has just commenced, sufficiently indicates that that session will be a highly important one. Recent events occurring both at Home and in the colony have evidently not been allowed to pass unnoticed, for we are promise d, amongst other muchneeded measures, a Bill to improve the law affecting lunatics (which, it is to be hoped, will do something to check the evil caused by the admission to asylums of sane patients, or patients, at all events not sufficiently insane to be confined in a lunatic asylum), a Bill to enable affirmation and declaration to be takpn in lieu of oaths, a Bid to abolish the restraints on the alienation of land, a Bin to amend me law relating to the property of married women; a Bill to consolidate and amend the law relating to legal practitioners, and a Bill for the better _ management of native reserves. With such a programme before it, with so many important reforms to effect, our eighth annual Parliamentary session should indeed prove a memorable one. Let us echo the wish expressed by His Excellency that the deliberations of the country’s representatives now assembled may tend to the advancement of the colony and the benefit of all classes of the community.
Fancy Dress Fink A fancy dress rink will be held on Thursday, Bth of June, the proceeds to .bo devoted to the Library funds From all we can gather the affair promises to be a great success. The doors will be thrown open at halfpast seven o’clock p.m., and several dances will be performed during the evening by the members of the limit Club, who are now practising the various polkas, polonaises, etc., etc. About sixty members of the Club are expected to bo present, and “for this occasion only” the general public will be allowed to rink, but no intending linker will be admitted unless in fancy dross. 4 The gallery and stage will bo allotted to non-rinkists, who will thus be excellently placed for seeing the fun. Some of the fancy costumes are expected to be very striking, and it is possible, indeed, that To Whiti and Tohu, Mephistopheles, the Shah of Persia, the King of the Cannibal Islands, and other distinguished visitors—to say nothing about negro minstrels, wolves, clowns,' policemen, and barristers—will put in an appearance. Musical selections will be performed at intervals during the evening, and we trust that on account of the excellent object of the entertainment, it will be liberally supported by the public. Wesleyan.— A meeting was held in the Cameron street Church last night for the purpose —as stated in the advertisement calling the meeting—of establishing a Christian Temperance Society in connection with the Ashburton Wesleyan Church. The llev. G. Jrl. Standage presided, and, in a rather lengthy address, advanced reasons why such a society was needed. Messrs Buchanan and Hodder also spoke on the subject, after which the meeting took a more conversational turn. Several persons were of opinion that a United Christian Temperance Society, to embrace all the churches in Ashburton, should bo started, while others spoke in favor of the Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist Churches amalgamating to form such a society, but there only being three members of the latter present, it was thought undesirable to legislate for them untifa decided opinion on the subject had been expressed by tho church as a whole. Eventually a resolution was put and carried unanimously, that a Christian Temperance Society, in connection with the Wesleyan Church, be formed, it being understood that if the Primitive Methodists wished, after consultation, to join with the Weslovana, every facility would be afforded for their so doing. A suggestion by one of tho members that a united society should bo each churchhaving a branch society, with periodical demonstrations in connection with the parent organisation, met with much approval ; but the late hour at which it was brought forward prevented the subject bein" discussed. A Committee was then elected to draw up rules for the society with the Rev. 0. H. Standage chairman, and Mr J. B. Buchanan secretary ; the Committee to report to a meeting to bo held on Friday next. ,
The Court.—There was a clean , sheet at the Gourl this morning.
The Hounds.—The hounds meet at Tinwald on Thursday, at 2 p.m. ■ To Farmers, Station-holders, &c.— Attention is, directed to Mr F. Pavitt’s announcement elsewhere. Public Trust Office of N. Z.—Attantion.ia directed to an announcement elsewhere re the above. The Wakanui Election., —Mr Joseph Ivess will address the electors of Wakanui on Monday evening next, at the Town Hall. -
T.O.G.T.—The yearly entertainment in connection with the Star of the East Lodge will bo held at the Templar Hall on the Queen’s birthday. Tenders —Tenders are invited by Mr Patton for breaking up and cropping. Mr A. E. Ingrain, architect, invites tenders for erection of building in brick and stone. Grand National. The railway arrangements in connection with the above meeting, to be held at Christchurch on the Queen’s Birthday, will be found in another column. Practical Sympathy? —‘The Auckland City Council have passed a letter of sympathy to the Mayor of Timaru, and have also opened a subscription list for the sufferers. The Mayor headed it with five guineas, and sixteen guineas wore contributed in the Chamber. Another Railway Embezzler. A young man named Twait, clerk in the goods office at the Invercargill railway station, was arrested yesterday on the ■ outward Melbourne steamer on a warrant charging him with embezzling Ll4O odd, the property of the Government. It is likely other charges will bp preferred against him.
Wouldn’t Wash. — A case came before the Dunedin Resident Magistrate yesterday, in which several sailors of the brig Emily sued the captain for wages. Those he refused to pay on the ground that the sailors refused to return to Brisbane. The sailors asserted that the brig was unseaworthy, but the R. M. found that their assertion was a pure fabrication, and gave judgment against them. The amount involved was L7O.
St. Stephen’s Church. —During the Rev. B. Scott’s discourse at the special service hold at St. Stephen’s Church last night, reference was made to the results which' had attended Mrs Hampson’a mission in Ashburton. In order that the good work might bo continued the rev. gentleman suggested the formation of a Christian Society or Guild. At a meeting held after the service a guild was inaugurated and a committee elected.
Sir Author Gordon. —lt is said (says a special correspondent at 'Wellington of a Christchurch . coutemporray) that Sir Arthur Gordon will take his final departure from the colony by the Miranda, for Samoa, in a few daps, but it is whispered that if there appeared a fair chance of his present advisers being.defeated, he might he induced to delay his exit, so as to see their successors comfortably established in office. If so, I don’t think ho will be here very long.
Presbyterian. — A large congregation assembled at the Presbyterian Church last night on the occasion of Rev. A. M. Beattie delivering an address to those persons, in connection with the Presbyterian body, who had been benefitted during the recent evangelistic services in this township. The service was of au unusually intonating character, and the appropriate remarks of the Rev. Mr Beattie were listened to with rapt attention. We understand that, on an early date, a meeting of those interested will be held to establish a Christian. Temperance Society in connection with the church. Edwin Booth’s Fear op Death.— Edwin Booth, while playing an engagement in Chicago, wrote a letter to the superintendent of the Elgin Insane enquiring if Mark Grey is still confined there. ‘Being informed that Grey was still safely within the walls of that institution, Booth concluded arrangements to play in Chicago; but did not feel safe in visiting that city if Grey was still at largo. This was the young crank who attempted to shoot Booth in M'Vickers’ Theatre three years since, and who upon trial proved to be insane, and was sent to the Asylum. Grey still maintains that Booth is his father, and it is well known that the young man boars a strong resemblance to the distinguished actor. Power’s Party. Harry ; Power’s amusing little company gave a I most successful entertainment at the Town Hall last evening to a fairly satisfactory house. The programme opened [with the amusing trifle “Bustle and • Bounce,” which served to introduce Mr Power and Miss De Gloriau in a number of clever disguises. The piece abounds with songs; which, last night, were re- , peatedly encored. “ May and December;” or, “An old Man’s Darling,” was the next item, and in this both Mr Power and Miss Do Glorian again acquitted themselves with credit. The evening’s amusouent wound up with a mirth-provoking ketch entitled “The Fascinating O’Fo;arty. To-night (the last appearance of he company) there will be an entire hango of programme. Ashburton Hunt Club.— The hounds ret at Mr John Corbett’s residence on ’hursday, when an unusually large mi miser of sportsmen took part in the pro•oediugs. The fences were of more moderate dimensions than those which have prevailed in the previous runs this season, and the ground being sound, falls were few and far between. The scent was -thoroughly bad, but the hounds stuck well to the lino, and the pace was very fair. From so largo a field it is impossible to particularise the large proportion which rode straight, but we wore pleased to notice Mr Max Friedlandor again occupying his old position in the van. The mister (Mr H. T. Winter) was agiin para'oularly happy, in the discharge of lut.ios for which he is remarkably well 1 mil i tied
The ' Stanmore Seat.—The Pms Special, wiring from Wellington last night, ays : —lt leaked out that on its becoming mown that Mr Pilliet intended to claim is. seat, tho Clerk of the House of Ropreantatives (Major Campbell) sent a cable lessago to Sir Erskine May, tho Clerk of le House of Commons, submitting to his pinion tho diflnult point of Parliaicntary procedure arising in connection itli the Stannibro election, and a reply as received which tho Parliamentary ithoritiea doomed to have strengthened ioir hands materially. It is understood vat some sort of indemnity motion will i introduced as-applying to his case ; and . as is fully anticip ited, this is adopted, r Pilliet will at once offer himself as a ndidate for the Stanmore seat, with all obability of being elected unopp iscd.
Eleven went in first, and were all disposed of for 95. Palmer bowled splendidly, and did the " hat ” trick, taking in all eight wickets for 48 runs. At the close of the day’s play the Australians had put together 250 fora loss of two wickets, the following being the score : —Massie, caught, 45 ; Bannerman, caught, 60; Murdoch, not out, 109 ; Horan, not out, 41. Money and the MarketsConsols remain at XO2J6. The Bank reserve is unchanged at Li 2,500,000. New Zealand securities remain at 106 for Five per Cent. 10-40 Loan, 103 for Five per Cent. 1889 Loan ex div. and for Four and a Half per Cent. 1879-1904 Loan. Colonial Weadstuffs continue dull at last quotations. The demand for Australian hides is limited, and prices are of a penny lower. Wool Sales. At to-day’s wool • sale good competition was experienced at full current rates, 1,800 bales being withdrawn from sale since the opening of the series. Going to Protest. The Irish Judges have taken steps to protest against the clauses of the Irish Repression Bill, which provides for the suspension of juries in Ireland. Only Stowaways!, It has now been ascertained that, the ten men who were recently arrested on board the steamship Egypt at Liverpool on suspicion of being concirned in the assassination of Lord Cavendish and Mr Burke were only stowaways. Rejected. Capetown, May 18.
The elections which have been held in Natal with the object of testing public opinion in regard to Lord Kimberley’s offer, of autonomous government to that colony have resulted in the vote being adverse to the proposals. The Sultan on his Dignity. Constantinople, May 18. It is announced that the Porte has sent a request to the French and English Governments that their ironclads, which have been despatched to Egypt, should be recalled, as their presence in Egyptian waters is deemed an encroachment upon the suzerainty of the Sultan. Starving Refugees. Vienna, May 18. Intelligence is to hand that ro,ooo starving refugee Jews are now encamped at Brody Town, on the Polish frontier of Galacia, Austria. The greatest destitution is reported to exist among them. Searching the Steamers. New York, May 17. The steamers of all the Atlantic lines are now carefully searched by the police on arrival here with a view of discovering the Phcenix Park assassins. How to Quell Rebellion. Cairo, May 17. It has transpired that the Foreign consuls, acting under instructions of their Governments, will demand of the Khedive that the Egyptian army should forthwith be disbanded, and that all rebellious officers should be banished.Precautionary Measures.
It is stated that in view of the present position of affairs, the Turkish Government will probably despatch a fleet of ironclads to Alexandria.
a AUSTRALIAN. t [PKR REUTER’S AGENCY.] f The Produce Market. j Sydney, To-day. 1 New Zealand wheat remains at 6: 0 yd; New Zealand oats are quoted a ’ 4s, an advance of 2d during the week 1 maize is quoted af 5s 9c 1 , an advance o I id. ‘ The Stranded Steamer Ranelagh. Brisbane, To-day. A telegram from Cardwell report: that there is a possibility of th 6 stearaei 7 Ranelagh being floated off King’s reef, 5 but only at a great expense. ' Not Yet. i Melbourne, Yesterday, i The perpetrator of the dynamite ex- ' plosion at Prahran yesterday has not yet been arrested. Cholera. News has been received that an outbreak of cholera has occurred at Sumatra, and Lord Kimberley requests that the colonies will quarantine vessels arriving from that country. The Budget Statement. Melbourne, To-day. Sir Bryan O’Loghlen, as Treasurer, will deliver the Budget statement in the Legislative Assembly on Thursday next. The Mauritius Sugar Crop . Mauritius advices report that accounts of the sugar crop are favorable, and it is expected to be above an average. Rival Claimants- * Adelaide, Yesterday. The police having impounded the sum of L7OO found upon the Auckland defaulter Harges, the question has arisen whether the same should be available for Adelaide or New Zealand creditors, and the amount consequently has been handed over to the official receiver. Wheat and Flour. Adelaide, To-day. Wheat is firm at 6s to 6s 2d ; town flour is quoted at Ll 3 15s to Li4,-and country brands at Ll 4.