The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 1882. Co-Operation for Farmers.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.40 p. m. j
The success that has attended the establishment of the Timaru Farmers Co-operative Association, has been greater probably than its most sanguine promoters anticipated at the outset, when not a few over-cautious individuals were wont to shake their heads ominously when the scheme was mentioned, and declare that for their parts they would not care to have anything to do with the concern. They would probably be very happy to be possessed of a goodly number of shares to-day. In a surprisingly short time, the Association has developed from a comparatively small affair, to be one of considerable importance. ' It now occupies exceedingly eligible premises within a stone’s throw of the breakwater, and handy to the railway line with which they are connected by a private siding. There is plenty of room for the stowage of grain, stores, and produce ot all sorts, while the company conducts its own shipping on advantageous terms, and in fact the interests of the members are studied in every way. In short, the farmers of South Canterbury have discovered that union is strength, and have every reason to congratulate themselves on the formation of their society. A similar Association has been successfully floated also at Christchurch, and its operations are conducted on an extensive scale. Seeing the happy results of co-operation for farmers elsewhere, it is very much to
be regretted that the movement in favor of its adoption in Ashburton did not bear fruit. During last year the subject occupied the close attention of Ashburtonians, public meetings were held, and at one time ir seemed highly probable that we should have started a co-operative association of our own. At that time we poohpoohed the idea "of a mere retail, store being established, and we have seen no reason to change the opinions on the subject which we then expressed. The people of Ashburton possess as much pluck, enterprise, and business ability as the people of most places of its size in the colony, and a good deal more than some places of a larger size possess. As Mr Bullock remarked at the late Woollen Factory meeting, we have nothing to reproach ourselves with on that score. We are sorry, therefore, that the idea of starting a co-operative association here on the lines of the Christchurch and Timaru associations was allowed to fall to the ground. Our readers will remember the warm interest evinced in the question last year by a certain individual, who was most energetic for a time in endeavoring to get co-operation for Ashburton. Strange to say that individual only exerted himself for a season, however, and so long, presumably, as it suited his purpose. He then allowed the thing to collapse. Should it ever be revived, as we trust it will at no distant date, care must be taken that no meddlesome interference is permitted on the part of those who merely have an axe to grind, and who care no more about the welfare of the farmers than for that of the man in the moon.
Tub “ Horrid Example.” —We were recently favored with a communication from a Mr Whitehorn, which we published in yesterday’s issue of this journal. This morning’s Mail contains the same letter accompanied by a few extra lines from Whitehorn informing the Editor of our contemporary that he had sent his letter to the Guardian, and that it had been “ held over,” and on fhis account he asks the Mail to re-publish it ! If this is journalistic etiquette we have been mistaken as to the meaning of the phrase. Even the Mail should have known better than this. Perhaps, however, the actual reason for this very unjournalistic conduct on the part of the Mail was that being under the impression that we were not going to insert Green —we mean Whitehorn’s letter—the same was “set up” by the Mail, and the proprietor of that paper did not like to sacrifice, say, eight shillings worth of print—or two shillings worth perhaps “boy labor ” considered. Well, well, perhaps the Mail ought to bo excused under thecircumstances, although this is not the first time our contemporary has exhibited its utter ignorance of the recognised rules of journalism.
Police. —There was no business at the Police Court this morning.
An Orphanage. — Bishop Nevill, of Dunedin, intends shortly establishing an orphanage for Church of England children, to be conducted under his own and Mrs Nevill’s supervision. Hikoki. From New Plymouth we learn that a gallows to hang Hiroki on is being erected in the gaol. An application has been made to the gaoler for a copy of Hiroki’s confession, but was refused by order of the Government. Hiroki will bo hanged on Thursday morning. Mbtiiven. Our Methven correspondent writes, under yesterday’s date:— This morning dawned with- the ground covered with snow, and up to nogr snow has been falling on and off all day, throe to four inches all over the ground, and where drifted it is very deep. The wind continues from the south-west, and is exceedingly cold. There seems a slight thaw perceptible, only, however, between the showers.
District Court. —A brief sitting of the District Court took place this morning, before his Honor Judge Ward. There were only three applications in bankruptcy to be disposed of. Mr Purnell made an application on behalf of H. T. Smith for an order for costs; Mr Branson made a similar application for Henry Bowers; and W. W. White applied personally for an order of discharge. All these applications were granted, and the Court rose.
Debating Society. —The usual meeting of the Debating Society was to have been held to-morrow, but owing to Mr Saunders addressing the electors tomorrow night the meeting will be postponed for a week. The debate on capital punishment will then be given, and considering the time the debaters will have had to prepare their arguments pro and con, the debate ought to prove a more than ordinarily good one. The Weather. —The bitterly cold weather experienced since Sunday is certainly the sharpest taste of winter we have yet had, while the state of the roads and footpaths is more suggestive of foggy old London in January than that Britain of the South which those travellers who stop in the colony a whole week and then publish three volumes of their experiences on their return Home, are wont to gush about as possessing the most perfect climate in the world, with no winter worth speaking about. From all parts of the colony accounts are to hand of the severe weather.
Frozen Meat. —The New Zealand Refrigerating Company of Dunedin made an offer by telegram about a week ago to the Australian Company, Limited, of London (of which the Hon. Robert Campbell is a director), to supply tho latter company a cargo of mutton at Port Ghahner in September at a price satisfactory to producers. Yesterday Mr A. 0. Begg, through whom tho sale has been effected, received a telegram from the company accepting the offer, and undertaking to dispatch a steamer for tho cargo, which will consist of from 7,000 to 10,000 carcases, and will be frozen at the Refrigerating Company’s works and delivered to tho vessel at Port Chalmers. Presentation to Sir John Hall.—A presentation, consisting of a congratulatory address was made to Sir John Hall at Wellington yesterday. Tho address was signed by the Mayor and Councillors of Christchurch, who expressed their unqualified satisfaction at tho recent knighthood of the ex-Premier, and stated that they felt proud that the first Chairman of the Council, and the initiator of the municipality, has reaped the reward of a public man who had always fearlessly and straightforwardly worked for the public good. The presentation was made by Mr H. Thomson, M.H.R., formerly Mayor of Christchurch. He was accompanied by about fourteen other hon. members. Sir John Hall replied in appropriate terms. Our Legislators and the Bio Show.— The following telegram has been received by Sir Maurice O’Rorke, Speaker of the House of Representatives “ The promoters of tho New Zealand International Exhibition present their compliments, and will be glad if you and members of the Assembly will honor the Exhibition with a visit, and will be glad to know the day and hour, in order to give visitors a suitable reception.” To this Sir M. O’Rorke replied The House has not yet ox pressed any opinion about visiting the Exhibit! >n. Personally I hope wo shall be afforded an opportunity of doing so.” It is understood that arrangements will probably be made for tho visit to take place.
Tenders, —Mr A. E. Ingram invites tenders for brick building. St. John’s Lodge.—The usual monthly meeting of the above takes place to-night.
1.0.G.T. —An announcement having reference to the G.L. Degree appears elsewhere.
Hunt Club, The next meet takes place on Saturday, instead of Thursday, at Mr H. T. Smith’s farm.
Seafibld. —A public meeting is called for Wednesday night at Seatield, rtt the erection of a bridge over the llakaia. Evangelistic. —The evangelistic service which was to have been held at the Town Hall to-night, has been postponed until next Tuesday.
Wesleyan Sunday School. The teachers meeting in connection with the above takes place to-morrow evening, in the vestry, at seven. Business important.
Ashburton Nursery. —Messrs Abbott, Raynel and Go., nurserymen, Mill-race road, near Saunders’ Mill, notify that they have for sale all kinds of fruit trees, forest trees, ornamental and flowering shrubs, and apple trees on blight proof stocks. Gardeners should inspect. Sharp at Ten.— The Licensing Commissioners for the Borough of Ashburton district sat to-day. They have determined to enforce the closing of hotels within their jurisdiction at the hour prescribed by the Act—lo o’clock. Messrs Branson and Crisp appeared on behalf of four Ashburton publicans to-day to get the hour extended, or retained as at present, but Sergeant Felton objected, on the score that the publichouse that was late open was sure to become the resort of loafers'andqueer customers who would crowd around the doors until they were closed. Whether tins consideration weighed with the Bench we cannot say, but they promptly refused to allow the houses to remain open later than 10. A New Telephone. —An American company are about to introduce into London a telephone which promises to eclipse anything else the kind hitherto invented. The other clay a lecture upon this new telephone was delivered hr Professor Dolbear, of Tufts College, Massachusetts, and in the course of which he demonstrated that messages could bo sent to and fro on one and the same wire, that the “ receiver ” was so delicate as to catch sounds transmitted from a distance, even when detached some feet from the transmitting wire—and that no harm came of laying wires side by side. On the contrary, 0 hundred or more wires might be enclosed in the same coil and each would carry its own message. This company likewise declare that with a limited number of associated telephones a central office may be dispensed with. An automatic arrangement enables any one of the group to put himself at will in communication with any other he pleases, and that without the possibility of a third party knowing anything of the messages transmitted. Inventions such as these should not be permitted to hide themselves in private. Political Gossip. —The following items are condensed from yesterday’s budget of the Press special at Wellington ; —The Opposition caucus, which was intended to be held this morning has been postponed. I hear there turned out to he considerable difference of opinion among the members as to the advisableness of holding it at present, especially as there is a wide diversity of opinion regarding the ultimate choice of a leader. One section is ardently in favor of appointing Mr Macandrew instead of Mr Montgomery, on the ground that the latter has already displayed incapacity to lead a party. Then, again, Sir G. Grey’s personal phalanx is as solid and unbroken as ever, and practically controls the situation. It is rumored that Mr Sheehan and Sir G. Whitmore are quietly working endeavoring to organ ise a combination among the discordant elements, but so far little substantial result has ensued. I hear the West Coast Peace Preservation Bill will have some rough times in Committee to-morrow, and that it is very doubtful when it will get through. Various members of the extreme party are preparing heaps of amendments, with which they design to embarrass the Government, or at any rate to harrass them. Mr Steward is introducing a School Committees Election Bill, which amends the Education Act, 1877, by repealing clauses 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, and 68, and by substituting instead a plan for the election of school committees, whose main feature is that candidates are to be nominated at least a fortnight prior to the date of election and their names published, while at the polling no voter may give more than one vote to each candidate, instead of voting cumulatively, as under the present system. It is not at all unlikely that this Bill may slip through, as the existing plan of election is a good deal in disfavor.
The London Daily Press. —The Pall Mall Gazette began the new year at a penny instead of twopence, as formerly. The St. James’ Gazette promptly followed suit, and thus the only twopenny evening papers in London belong to the past, and daily journalism is on a penny basis with the exception of the Times, which still goes on at threepence. Now that the Times has the field to itself, it is not likely that it will come down. A few months ago the fashionable Morning Post came down from its threepenny pinnacle to fight it out on a penny level, and since then the Times is alone in its glory. It may be set down as an axiom that tho English penny is the price of all future daily journals. Since the descent of tho Post, the Pall Mall, and the St. James', no other paper will try tho hazardous experiment of charging a bigger price. The penny Eceiring Globe, printed on reddish paper, enlarges itself to meet its new competitors. The calm old weekly Spectator, which comes out at sixpence a number, regrets tho descent of journalism into the penny slough. It says that a paper cannot be printed at a penny and pay. That the advertisements must encroach upon the reading matter to such an extent that the paper becomes little better than an advertising circular. Tho paper of the penny daily will hardly hold together during the reading of it, tho type is miserable, and the printing vile. Add to this that the London dailies are tho dullest in the world, and it will be seen that the Englisman does not make a big bargain with his penny. The Daihj Telegraph, which soils for a penny, costs five farthings to produce. They make their money, like tho sharp dealer in tho old yarn, because they sell so many.