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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1889. IDIOTIC CONDUCT.

Carlyle's cynicism that the world is peopled " mostly with fools " may be perhaps too sweeping a condemnation of average humanity, but every day experience unfortunately goes to prove that the^ fools form a very considerable element m the population of our towns and cities. Nothing, for example, could be more idiotic than the conduct on New Year's Eve of a set of larrikins who amused themselves by exploding crackers on the public footpaths, unhinging gates and throwing them into distant sections, and making the night hideous by unearthly yells and cat calls. They surely mistook the date, and if they really wish to let people know how ambitious they are to excel m idiocy they should start a subscription to rig them all out with the fool's cap and bells m time to make their appearance m public on the first of April. But the mere brainlessness of their performances is not the worst of it, their fun — save (he mark ! — often sav< ted of more than mere mischief, amounting indeed to wilful destruction of property, to say nothing of the wrecking of flowergardens to the infinite annoyance of their proprietors. This sort of thing goes on almost everywhere m the colony on New Tear's Eve, and it is high time that it were put down with a strong hand. In view of the then approaching fools' saturnalia we noticed that the other day a Ghristchurch resident suggested that special constables should be sworn m for the occasion, and offered himself to make one of them. We do not know whether the suggestion was acted upon, but m Ashbortsa it any rate It well might be when the New Year season again comes round, for it would be a capital thing to run m half-a-dozen of the offenders m order that they might be called to account by the Magisterial btuch. As it is, m those cases where wanton mischief has been wrought we heartily hope that some of the culprits may be detected, and if go they should be ' made supty an example of as would effectually deter other silly and recklesg idiots from imitating their senseless and disgraceful performances.

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1889. IDIOTIC CONDUCT., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2026, 2 January 1889

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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 1889. IDIOTIC CONDUCT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VIII, Issue 2026, 2 January 1889

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