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NOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888
The visit of the venerable Prelate, who has so long and so worthily filled the high and holy office of Metropolitan Bishop of the Church of England m the Ecclesiastical Province of New Zealand, ii an event which will long be surrounded with pleasant memories. Despite the weight of >ears which has gathered upon him— for he has long overpast the allotted span of the PsalmUt— bis eye is not yet dim, nor is his natural force abated nearly m the degree which mighthave been anticipated after co long, -10 bnsj, and, m its earlier period, so arduous a life as bae been that of Bishop Harper. Honored ,and ployed. forcugbQitf Wf jWiri b y
colonists of all creeds, his presence among us was heartily welcomed, especially, as naturally should be the case, by the members of the Church of which he is the Chief Pastor, and regrets are many and wide-spread that the lime will shortly come when he will hand over his high office to another. Yet all will feel that after a life of so many years' faithful ministrations he has well-earned the rest which will be his when relieved from the anxieties necessarilj attendant upon his wide and responsible charge, and the whole Church will pray that he may yet be spared awhile to shed the bright light of his Christian example upon the path of the people whom he has loved and served so well, ere the voice of the Master shall bid his faithful servant to enter into that ineffable peace and joy, that i rest whioh remaineth for the people of j God,
New Zealand ig a country wonderfully favored of Nature. - Her lakes, her mountains, her forests, her plains, and her 'rivers afford scenery such as rivals the grandest and the fairest to be found m any part of the world. Indeed, notone m a thousand of her colonists knows a tittle of the beauties of the glorious country m which our lot is cast, bhe has Alps that outrival the famed Alps of Europe, lakes whose beauty outshines that of the lakes of Ireland and the locks of Scotland, nay, which even rival those of Italy, glaciers whose icy glories excel those of Switzerland, sounds more wondrous m their surroundings than the fiords of Norway, and though shorn of those unique objects of beauty, the Pink and "White Terraces, has a volcanic region whose marvels are the wonder and admiration of the tourist. That the terraces have dis appeared as the result of the recent tremendous erruptJou is a source of regret, but it would seem from recent news that m place of these another wonderful object has been discovered, which may, to a large extent, make up for the loss. This is the Sutherland Fall, on the West Coast, which has recently been visited by an exploring party. It is said to be of great beauty, the cascade falling between 2000 and 3000 feet, m two leaps of over 1000 feet each. Ibis is said to be by far the highest waterfall m the world, being three times the height of the Bo even Falls, hitherto supposed to be the highest m New Zealand. The Government are very properly causing a track to be cut which will enable the Sutherland Fall to be reached by tourists, and no doubt we shall ere long bear of great numbers making their way to the West Coast to view this latest wonder of the world,
That is decidedly unpleasant news which has been sent out by a Home correspondent with reference to the Panama Canal, and which was published m our columns a day or two ago. According to this authority the prospects of that great enterprise are about as black as it is possible to conceive. Indeed he declares positively that the collapse of the enterprise is inevitable and affirms that it is not far off, If this information be correct, then indeed, serious disaster awaits many thousands m France who have invested their say - ings m Panama bonds, of which no less an amount than £50,000,000 sterling has been issued, and it is impossible to estimate adequately the amount.of anffejtIng and -misery which will be caused by the collapse of this the last great scheme of Baron Ferdinand de Lesseps. But even yet we hesitate to pin our faith to this version of the case. Over and over again accounts have been published of a similar character only to be over and over again contradicted and apparently disproved, and it is difficult to imagine that it can be possible that the great engineer who scored so remarkable a success with the Suez Canal, can be so utterly mistaken as to believe that the present great work will be alike successful if failure be so manifestly certain. Nay, remembering that only a few weeks ago M. de Lesseps positively asserted that the Panama Canal would be open for traffic m 1890, we have no alternative but to believe him unless we are to suppose that he has wilfully stated what he knew to be untrue, and has wickedly and cruely deceived thousands of his own countrymen who have contributed their hard earned savings to-the funds of the enterprise. The wish may be father to the thought, but for all that we do think, the news above referred to notwithstanding, that m all probability de JJesseps will yet confound the prophets of disaster at Panama just as he confounded the prophecies of those who years ago predicted like disaster for the Suez scheme.
Poor Malietoa ! His has been a sorry experience daring the past few months. The inoffensive ruler of an inoffensive, fairly civilised, people of islanders m the midst of the South Pacific, he could scarcely have anticipated that the power of a great nation like Germany would be pat forth to depose him from his authority and to Bet up a rival chief m his stead. Still lees could it ever have entered into his dreams that he would be kidnapped and carried away to Europe, and after some months detention sent back like a person of the lowest degree m the fo'csle of a German ship, and forbidden even to converse with free passengers aboard the vessel, Bnrely this is scurvy treatment such as would scarcely be meted out to a criminal, and such as it seems to us is utterly disgraceful to the German flag. Why, if we recollect rightly, this «ama Maliotoa, when the acknowledged J£ing of Samoa, was accorded the honors of a salute by German as well as English men-of-war, and what has he done that h/a shonld now be treated as though he were » dog ? No wonder that he is represented as being greatly depressed m spirits, and as nearly heartbroken at receiving such unworthy treatment. What is it all for ? Is he being treated this way while being brought back m the hope that he will be bo embittered by the proceeding as to induce him to raise his standard on his native soil, and attempt to retaliate on his persecutors, thus giving them an excuse for taking military possession m thp name of law and order. Verily it looks like it, that is to say if these latest indignities are the result of instructions. If on the other hand they are not, but simply the outcome of the arbitrary and churlish conduct of the officer m command of the ship, then most certainly the German Government pwes it to itself and to civilisation to mako an example 0/ tft&t officer,
NOTES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1981, 27 October 1888
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