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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. Mr Ivess and His Political Animus.

There is a strange inconsistency in Mr Ivcss when lie tells us that the Ministers of New Zealand are not original in their ideas, and are fond of using other persons brains, and at the same time makes use of his political opponents’ brains to clarify the very watery and gaseous nature of his own. But we can hardly expect anything else. The fact is, Mr Ivess is hard up for a line of policy, and he coolly appropriates that of Mr Saunders, as the most convenient for his purpose. Mr Saunders’ opponent has seen fit to appropriate the former’s land policy whole, in place of the very widely different proposals which he advocated six mohths ago; he would now put the same lax on unimproved land, and condemns equally the Road Construction Bill he so lately highly approved ; he would make the same amendments in the Education Act, and would insist upon the same conditions before borrowing money, and in the local appropriation of direct taxation. Yesterday we saw an outward imitation of Mr Saunders' “ broad sheet,” but, like the monkey, the likeness was purely superficial, a mere reprint collection of anonymous names, culled from various obscure sources, sent out on Mr Ivess’s “ public grounds,” of course. It would be difficult to find a weaker collection of witnesses, but as they suit Mr Ivess he parades them with evident self-satisfac-tion, as a boy rides a broom-stick, with more pride than a man bestrides a warhorse. It is not, however, with such amusing attempts to impeach unimpeachable witnesses that we now wish to deal, but to point out that the broad sheet circulated yesterday destroys the only doubt that could exist in any mind as to the wilfulness of the misrepresentations made by Mr Ivess. We have lately published some strong expressions of public opinion expressed by our contemporaries as to the character of a man who could, under any circumstances, try to injure an opponent by getting such an article written in his own paper as that which appeared in the Mail on the Bth of last month. But those strong expressions were written under the impression that the statements (discreditable as they would have been to the writer, under any circumstances) were at least believed to be true by the man who circulated them, and that Mr Saunders had really made the statement which was put forth as the excuse for going back a quarter of a century to take up some dirt to put into his clean hands. We thought, ourselves, that such was the case, and that Mr Ivess would deeply regret the publication of such a slander after he had seen it so clearly and completely contradicted by names that he knew to be entirely unimpeachable. Hut why does Mr Ivess publish for a second time the same article, when he knew that every word of it was false? He can’t say that he did not know that now, as the chairman of the meeting the article pretended to comment on has distinctly told him it was untrue. The oldest and ablest and most respected of Mr Saunders’ political opponents (and one whom even Mr Ivess tells us, was a man whose word was doubted by no one who knew him), denies the truth of the statement contained in the article. The brother-in-law of the man whom Mr Ivess wishes us to believe Mr Saunders injured, also one of the most respected of his own townsmen, tells Mr Ivess that the statements are untrue, and if he could pretend to be still unconvinced, he could have learnt the truth from every old Nelson settler. Yet, in the face of all this, the article in question is not only not retracted and apologised for, it is not even regretted, but it is wilfully republished with the assertion that it “ cannot be deemed other than a fair criticism of the speedi of a gentleman who was seeking a public position.” Mr Ivess’ ideas oi homely truth and “ fair criticism ” may be the outcome of his vaunted desire to contest this election on public grounds. If this “ broad-sheet ” is a specimen of his public grounds platform, the sooner he retires to his typesetting, and gives up the idea of a Parliamentary career the better will it be for the 'Wakanui constituency in general, and himself in particular.

For Australia —Tim m-ils for the Australian colonies, per -rawata, close at Auckland on the 31st hist., at 2p. m. The Wakanui Seat. —Mr Saunders’ Commtitce will meet at Messrs Poyntz and Co.’s office to-night at 8 o’clock.

Longbbach Road Board. —The Longbeach lioad Board invites tenders for straightening and widening the Hinds river bed, and for widening a side ditch. Messrs Matscn, Cox and Co. invito tenders for leasing a GOO-acre farm.

Tiguborne is Coming.— Wo have to announce the approaching visit of Tichborne to Ashburton. Wo don’t refer to the “claimant,” but to an enormous bullock which has been named after the celebrated Sir Roger on account of his size and weight. This bullock is Victorian bred, and is, according to his proprietor’s statement, the largest animal of the kind in the world.

Evangelistic Service. —The evangelistic service at the Wesleyan Church last night was fairly attended Messrs H. M. Carson, Allison, and H. M. Jones, with the Rev. 0. H. Standage, gave short addresses, and at the conclusion of the service a meeting was held to make provision for the spiritual cave and oversight of thoso in connection with the church who had been converted during Mrs Hampson’s mission. Alleged Embezzlement. —Thos. Win. Tait was brought up on remand at Invercargill yesterday, charged with embezzling Government money while he had been emp! yod a-: goods clerk at the Invercargill railway station. A farther remand was granted, a material witness being absent. The auditor has not yet completed his examination of the books, but it is rumored that he has already discovered defalcations amounting to there than LI, 000.

Christian Temperance Society.—A meeting is to be held in the Wesleyan Church to-night, at eight o’clock when the cmuinittcu appointed last Friday to draw up rules for the newly-organised Christian Temperance Society in connection with the Wesleyan cause will present their report. The election of officers will also take place, and the Society, which has already a long roll of membership, is expected to start under most favorable auspices. Intending members are specially requested to be present. R. M. Court. —A hatch of objections to parties retaining their names on the Wakanui Electoral Roll came up for hearing at the Court this morning, but owing to the absence through illness of Mr Garrick, of Christchurch, who is retained to prosecute, tiro cases were adjourned for a week. A few civil cases were then disposed of. There was no criminal business, strange to sag'. Thin is the first time for many a month that the R.M. has sat when there were no police cases set down for hearing.

County Council. Extraordinary vacancies having occurred in the ridings of Ashburton and Mount Somers respectively,caused by the resignations of Messrs Hugo Friedlandor and Duncan Cameron, an election to fill the same is notified to take place on Friday June 10, at the Comity Saloyards and Longbeach Road Hoard Office for the riding of Ashburton; and at the Mount Somers Road Board Office and the Alford Forest Main School for the riding of Mount Somers. Nominations will be received at the Saleyards Secretary’s Office and Mount Somers Hoad Board Office, up till 12 noon on Saturday, Juno 3rd. Forms of nomination can be obtained from Mr 0. Braddell, Returning Officer. Another Railway Accident. The evening train from Oamaru to Timaru on Wednesday evening ran into a trolly containing three men—railway employes—between Waiho bridge and Studhohne Junction. One nf the men escaped an hurt, while the other two, named Harris and Hanley respectively, were apparently much hurt. The train was stopped, and the men, who were insensible, were put into a carriage and brought to Timaru, where they were taken to the hospital. A careful examination showed they were suffering, the one from a more, the other from a less, severe concussion of the brain. No bones wore broken, and no particular local injuries were discoverable. Yesterday Hanley was still in an unconscious state, while Harris, who had recovered consciousness, complained of pains in. his stomach.

Rewi’s Explanation. —The following is the translation of llewi’s letter laid before the House of Representatives yesterday :—Whatiwhatihoo, Alexandra, 15th May, 1882. To Sir George Grey. Greeting. On the 13th day of this month Tawhato made known his opinions to the meeting at Whatiwhatihoe. You may have seen his spe dies in the newspapers. He spoke with reference to the bringing of the Parliament to Auckland, so that we might ho aide to join in. I support this bo.-’ause it is similar to what I proposed when I went to Auckland in the year 1879, for that was my word, but I will explain the meaning of this proposal—- “ That the Parliament be brought to Auckland, so that wo might also be able to join in.” This is the moaning. It was not that the whole Parliament should come, but that some able men should bo selected by the Parliament, and power given to them to inform us of the intention of you Europeans towards us Maoris, such persons to form a Parliament at Auckland, so that we could go there to Auckland 011 the day appointed, and could deliberate together with the said Parliament as to the best means of settling all troubles existing between the two races. I now ask that you may strongly support this idea, because I think that by this means our tree will grow. Tnat is the tree we planted at Waitara. Perhaps our wishes that the troubles between the Maoris and Europeans should corse may thus be fulfilled, and that we may lead the two races in prosperity, love, and tranquility Wo look to you to befriend us in this work, for you know us, and our wishes, and our customs, because you are not of to-day, nor you were in my day, and in the days of the elders who have passed away, and wc are few who now remain. Another reason why we look to you, is that yours were the great works in this island. Friend, Sir George Grey, do you lay this nr t er before your Parliament, and may it he carefully considered by you all. Sufficient. From your friend, — Rkwt Maniopoto.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 646, 26 May 1882

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. Mr Ivess and His Political Animus. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 646, 26 May 1882

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