The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 1889. CURRENT TOPICS.
There appear to be reasons for hoping that the efforts which have been put forth to acclimatise that king of fishes the salmon m Australasian waters, have been attended with success. Some years ago it was confidently stated that the Derwent had been stocked, and Tasmaniano were jubilant at the prospect of the establishment of a great industry, but latterly we have heard nothing about it, and conclude that as m New Zealand, so m Tasmania the salmon trout has been mistaken for the saimo salar — the true salmon of English, hootch and Welsh rivers. News, however, has recently been cabled of the discovery of immense shoals of fish off the Australian coast which are believed to be veritable salmon, indeed, they are said to have been chased into a bay by a school of porpoises, and. that many of the salmon were caught by lines. If so, there should speedily be a verification of the story, and if it be verified 'then it will have been shown beyond question that a great triumph m pisciculture has been achieved. Nor is the good news confined to our neighbors, for by a telegram from Invercargill published to day, we learn that " Mr Basstian, of Dunrobin, reports that fish about six inches long are being seen m a tributary of the Aparima, m which young salmon were placed last year by Mr Burt, and m which trout have never been liberated. Mr M'Kay, of Dipton, a well-known angler, has seen them, and has no doubt they are salmon. The fish are m the vicinity of the spot where the salmon were turned out." It is heartily to be hoped that m both cases the statements made will prove to be correct, for with the successful acclimatisation of the salmon wo shall have attained much more than a mere attraction to sporting tourists, m gaining a new source of food supply, and the wherewithal for the establishment of a large and profitable industry. As we mentioned yesterday the "Dunedin Star" positively states that Mr Bell of the firm of Bell, Gully and Izard, solicitors, Wellington, and the eldest son of Sir Francis Dillon Bell, is to be the New Supreme Court Judge. He is a young man of considerable ability, yet still a young man for the appointment, but it is said that none of the leading Judges of the colony would accept it because of the insufficiency of the salary. But m view of the course taken m regard to the Chief Commissionership of Railways it may perhaps be asked " Why appoint a lawyer at all?" Referring to the rail way CommiEsionership the '* Oamaru Mail " very justly remarks that, "Judging by the Government's action m appointing Mr M'Kerrow, it was not, after all, a railway expert that was required, but some one who was a novice m railway management. Probably the Government felt that they had already had more than enough of the management of a railway expert, and concluded tljat it was their duty to test the ability to manage of a man who knows nothing whatever of railway management. To be consistent, instead of appointing Mr Maxwell as one of the subordinate Commissioners, the Government should have filled the pest left vacant through the trans r erenco of Mr M'lierrow, by making Mr Maxwell Surveyor General, Mr Maxwell knows nothing about the administration of lands, but he hag a knowledge of how to work railways, and that should fi£ him to perform duties, the performance of whiph fitted Mr M'Kerrow to take bis piaee m the management of railways." Our contemporary is quite logical, but he might bave pushed his I suggestions a little farther, for if the qualifications for an office be an entire non-acquaintance with its requirements the appointment of Mr M'Kerrow to the Comraissionership of Railways should have been followed not only by the apj pointment of Mr Maxwell as chief Surveyor, but by that of somebody who has received no legal training to the Supreme Court Bench. A Wellington contemporary (the " Evening Post ") very properly complains of the unreliability of the Cable News as supplied to tbo tf New Zealand Press," which it declares is becoming scandalous. " Many of the items, it says, are directly contrary to fact, and others have no foundation except m tho vivid imagination of tho sender." It instances the following as a case of a very glaring character, " Tluo cable on the 30th November brought news of the resu'i lf °f & u0 breach of promise case, Wiedemann *• Walpole fa wbicl> tho damages were laid ;.* * 10 >? u 00 ' . T . be first message would up with v.? BC ** e " ment that 'A verdict was given for Miss Wiedemann with £700 damages,' and on tho following day we were further informed m one message that 'The Judge directed a verdict to be found for the defendant, notwithstanding which the jury returned one m favor of the plaintiff. A new trial will be applied for,' and m another message that, 'as already reported, damages of £700 were awarded to the plaintiff/.
\^ill it be believed that this verdict wpb lever given at all, but that, as stated m ' ;ho " European Mail " report, ' The judge directed the jury to find a verdict E for the defendant, and the jury irameiiatoly obeyed.' " After this tho cable news will manifestly have to be taken | with a very liberal allowance of " salt."