The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1882. Sir Julius Vogel.
One of the penalties a successful statesman has to pay for renown is that he must submit to all kinds of misrepresentation and vilipending from those petty-minded persons whose habit it is to be continually carping at the good work done by men whose shoestrings they are not worthy to untie. A striking example of this truth is afforded by the reception that has been accorded in certain quarters to Sir Julius Vogel, on the occasion of his revisiting a colony the interests of which he has done so much to further in the past. It is, however, creditable to New Zealand that the adverse criticisms on the Public Works and Immigration Policy of our late Agent-General .are neither numerous nor influential, and there are very few people in the colony who will not agree with the fervent words of praise spoken by Mr Macandrew at the recent banquet in Dunedin. The present visit of Sir Julius Vogel has admittedly nothing whatever to do with politics; he has come for the purpose of furthering a commercial scheme, but none the less are his utterances on the past and present state of New Zealand worthy of careful consideration. Indeed, the fact that he is now able to speak on a subject with which he is so thoroughly acquainted —totally apart from party feeling—gives his remarks a double value. He has retired from the field of battle, but he must still feel an interest in the progress of the good work he initiated, and he cannot fail to experience a glow of satisfaction when he sees the vast strides we have made since he left our shores. We have no intention of speaking in detail of Sir Julius’s Dunedin speech ; it will suffice to say that while introducing no debateable question, he gave an able resumd of the pelicy followed by him when he held the reins of office. Especially noteworthy were his observations concerning immigration, and his arguments should be taken to heart by those who are only too ready to listen to those blatant demagogues who tell their constituents that the importation of fresh labor into the colony will injure the working classes. He pointed out what is undoubtedly true, that we could not too largely maintain immigration so long as the selection was properly managed. During the late election, it will be remembered that several candidates, in order to catch the votes of the working classes, put forth the specious argument that if more men were brought out here the rate of wages would be lowered and distress ensue. It is well that a man like Sir Julius Vogel, who can speak with authority on the subject, should point out the fallacy of such an argument. But, without going further into the speech, we may say that in reading it through we can realise how great a loss it was to the colony when Sir Julius Vogel ceased to lake an active part in New Zealand politics.. A man of acute intellect, admirable tact, and great financial ability, he stands head and shoulders above any statesman that has appeared in this part of the world. No one pretends that he could have carried through his policy of progress singlehanded, and it was lucky that he had such lieutenants as Mr Macandrew and the late William Sefton Moorhouse to support him. Still, the fact remains, that had it not been for the clearsighted genius of Sir Julius Vogel the colony would not be in the flourishing condition it now is, and it is to be hoped that the reception accorded to the late Agent-General in other centres will be as cordial and enthusiastic as that given him in Dunedin.
Butter Factory.—lt is scarcely necessary to remind shareholders that a special general meeting of the Ashburton Cheese and Butter Factory will be held in the Town Hall on Friday next.
Important Sale.—Messrs J. T. Ford and Co. (in conjunction with Messrs Friedlander Bros.), will hold a clearing sale of farming and contractor’s plant, at Mr Black’s premises, Wakanui, to-mor-row.
Civil Service Examinations. —We learn from the returns published in the last New Zealand Gazette that two boys, T. R. Hodder and A. T. Ennis, who lately attended the Ashburton School, have successfully passed the Civil Service Junior Examination.
Gaelic Sermon. On Monday the Ashburton Presbyterian Church was well attended, principally by Gaelic speaking visitors, a large number of whom had arrived in Ashburton for the purpose of attending the Caledonian Sports. The Rev. Alexander McLennan delivered an able discourse in Gaelic, which was listened to with much interest throughout by the congregation. Mr Colin Campbe'l acted as precentor, and the 103 r d, the 23rd, and the 107th Psalms were sung by the congregation in Gaelic. A call to Mr McLennan from the Hills district was signed by a large number of people at Springburu on Saturday last. Thanks —MrT. Harris requests us to return his sincere thanks to the undermentioned ladies and gentlemen who so liberally provided the inmates of the Ashburton Home with “ good things,” which, he adds, were thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed by all, and ho is asked on behalf of the “ old folks,” to wish nil contributors “ A happy New Year.” Mr Hepburn, 5* and 2 galls, milk ; Mr R. Bird, 10s ; Mrs Dempsey, 2 cakes; Messrs Wilkin and Carter, 501bs beef ; Mr Thos. Quill, 1 case stout ; Messrs Digby and Wood, 5 galls, ale; A Friend, 5 galls ale ; Mr J. Moore (late Wood), 10 galls, ale ; Mr T. Taylor, 20ibs cake ; Mr A. Orr,' a parcel of oranges ; Mrs L. B. Crosbie, Ringwood, a quarter of veal ; Mr Britton, cordial manufacturer, 6 bottles of medical comforts.
Death of “ The Hook.” —In another column will be found the intelligence of the death of the veteran Fishhook, who m-t with an accident yesterday while running in the Inangahua Cup. Fishhook was a son of the defunct Traducar, out of Laurel, and will be, perhaps, best remembered from his victory in the Dunedin Cup in 1877, beating fourteen others, At the Oamaru meeting the s irae year he was disqualified, and it was not till 1881 that the disqualification was removed, when was again pulled out for the Dunedin Cup, but he appeared to have lost his brilliant form during his temporary retirement from the turf arena, and he was nowhere at ths finish. Shortly after he was purchased by a West Coast sportsman, under whose flag he was running when he met with the accident wh'ch necessitated his death. Fishhook was nine years od, and a gelding.
Christmas Song. —The music and words of “ Our New Zealand Christmas Song ” has been beautifully photographed, cabinet size, with a pretty view of Otago Harbor, encircled with ears of corn and flowers. The following is the chorus of the song ; “ A merry Christmas may it be, And that from shore to shore ; May plenty reign within your hall, And grace stand at your door.” This beautifully-executed card is got up for Is, obtainable at H. J. Weeks’ Music Depdt, Tancred street, where there is to be seen a fine collection of pianos by Brinsmead and other well-known makers ; also, the famous Smith American organs. 88,000 of these organa having been sold is a sufficient guarantee. The celebrated pianofortetuner, Herr Otto Schweers, will pay his regular visit very shortly to attend to customers only. Orders can be sent to the Music Depot.—[Aovx.]
Summer Flower Show.—Wo are requested to draw attention to an advertisement in to-day’s issue concerning the prizes offered at the above Show, which takes place on Saturday next. No fewer than nineteen special prizes are offered by private individuals, and the beneficial showers of yesterday should revive the desponding hopes of intending exhibitors. We have always advocated the reasonableness of holding a summer show, as at this time of the 'year amateurs are more able to compete, and though the time selected is a little later than the promoters would have liked, still we hope 10 see all lovers of horticulture rally round them, when we have no doubt of being able to chronicle a successful show. The Secretary wishes us to intimate that he would be glad to receive entries as soon as convenient, so as not to drive all the work to the last. The entry fee is very low, being Is for first entry, and fid for every succeeding one. The show will be open to the public at 2 p. m., and close at 10 p. m. Young ladies desirous of competing for the bouquet prizes are requested to be at the Hall by 9 a.m.
A Bad Half-Hour. —At the R. M. Court this morning a man named John O’Connor, a laborer, was in the dock, charged with drunkenness and disorderly conduct, also with having been illegally on private premises, and moreover with having made use of abusive and obscene language. These charges are common enough in the R. M. Courts of this colony, but the public were scarcely prepared for the details that were given against the poor wretch against whom they were laid today. John O’Connor is an old customer in our local Courts, and when he entered the dock the reporters were prepared for another story of rowdy drunkenness. He was as usual very penitent, very willing to admit everything, had been drunk and supposed it was all right; but when the evidence was led, it was found that John was all wrong. Mr Alfred Harrison with his family had retired to rest as usual on Xmas night, and was aroused at an unseemly hour, by somebody wanting to got into the house. It was John who was impudent and abusive, and threatening and obscene. Mr Harrison would not have the sanctity of his home outraged, and like a true Englishman elected to defend it; He did so with a poker, and John’s head received the iron compliment, but John still stuck to his desire to got into the Harrisonian home, and Mr Harrison had again recourse to the poker. This time John’s hands received the caress of the fire iron. At last the end came and the hospital master came to help; Mr Madden went 'or a policeman and Mr Harrison did “ sentry go ” on John O’Connor till the strong man Hicks came and officially bundled the offender off to gaol. The Mayor and Mr Alcorn after taking the mvtter to “ avizandum,” as the Scotch lawyers call the consideration of a judgment, sent John O’Connor one month to gaol to do penance and meditate repentance, meanwhile labouring for the country whose laws he had outraged.