The Ashburaton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 1889. NOTES.
We obserre that a Dunedin contsm porary— 4he " Evening Herald " — putt a very peculiar, and vre are fain to hope a mistaken construction upon the motive* of the majority of the Anglican Synod ir making choice of bis Lordship of Wei lington as the successor of Bishor. Harper m the Primacy. Out contem porary roundly and, without any restrain from considerations of delicacy, bluntly says that "Bishop Hadfield was noi chosen to be Primate because he wai more pious or wiser tban Bishop Suter bat simply because he was older anc more infirm, and more likely to die with m the next three years. The olerica and lay representatives of the Diocese o Christchurch were desirous of so placing the office of Primate that it would b vacant, and would again be required t< be filled, if possible, at next meeting o the General Synod. The removal of thi Primacy from the Cathedral City upoi the Plains was most unwelcome to th< Church party m Christchurch, and nego tiations are now proceeding with a vie? of obtaining the services of Archdeacoi Julius, of Ballarat, as next Bishop o Christchurch. By speculating upon tbi death of Bishop Hadfield,. and appoint ing him as a sort of locum tenens to hole the dignified office of Primate unti Archdeacon Julius was here to be eleoted appeared to the Christchurch party tin shortest road to obtain their object, viz. having the Bishop of Christchurch a Primate of the Church of the proving of New Zealand." We sincerely hop< that there is no truth m this. Th< selection of Bishop Hadfield has been dis approved of m other quarters, because o his alleged connection with the Kusden Bryce business, but nothing so severe ai the " Herald " has penned has yet beei levelled against the Synod, which tha paper goes on to accuse of " chicanery,' and of conduct worthy of " just ropre hension by all honorable men." But th< accusation has been openly and m se terms put forth, and it is to be hope< that some member or members of thi Synod will forthwith show that it has n< foundation m fact. Te Kooti, great as was the alara caused m Gisborne by his tbreatenec re-appearance m the Poverty Bay dis trict, does not appear now— whatever hi may have been m time past, at all i formidable man. On the contrary h< seems to be a broken down wreck of hii former self and to have changed from the strong bold warrior to a weak timid valetudinarian. According to the " New Zealand Herald ". he is m a bad stat( of health ;he is afflicted with asthma and has that hacking cough so common with Maoris. It appears that when he went up from Auckland to Mercer the other day he could not endure the window of the railway carriage being open. Besides which, says our contemporary, he seemed also timid and frightened, and was much annoyed at the people- running round the carriage at the different stations to get a look at him. At one place a European called out. " Ob, the wretch Ihe ought to be hung 1" Te Kooti asked Mr Mackay what the man said, and Mr Mackay made a faithful interpretation. Te Kooti looked very sad, and said, "I really don't see why I should be bung." The wife, Heene, who is his faithful attendant, knows some English, and through her he knows what Europeans are saying. When he got to Mercer he was exceedingly anxious that he should have a key for the room m which he slept that he might lock the door. He was nervous about allowing Mr Mackay to leave him until he got back to Kihikihi. It is rather surprising that, m spite of remonstrances, he should have persisted m making the attempt to go to Poverty Bay, but m his present state it seems quite certain that he will not think of venturing a repetition of the journey." This is hardly the portrait that fancy would have painted of the man wjio recently caused so much commotion and it now seems after all as if the whole business was a case of " much ado about nothing." The latest illustration of the fable of the jackdaw and the peacock feathers is the news telegraphed with regard to Mr Hendiker-Heaton, M.P., whose advocacy /of ppean penny postage lias gained him some notoriety, not to say fame. His exposure (writes the " Poßt' 1 ) is due to the fact that he would not pay • for the feathers m which he fluttered. His private secretary has sued him for writing the speeches, letters, and statements by which the elect of Canterbury and the would-be mouth -piece of Australia m the British Parliament has gained a certain amount of notoriety, if not fame. Mr Henniker-Heaton seems %o have used Mr Dennis precisely as Sir John Vesey is shown to have used Evelyn m Bulwer's play of l f Money." The credit which Mr Henniker-Heaton has got for his facts, figures, and eloquence, is really due to Mr l3ennis, and Mr Henniker-Heaton cannot even set up the defence which a young lady sometimes does when accused of wearing hair which js nojb her own, that it is hers as she bas honestly paid for it. Mr Henniker-Heatonobjectedto honestly pay for the use of the brains of another man to supply Jiis own deficiencies, and so i he has had to Buffer a most humiliating public exposure, and to settle the case by payment of a substantial principle | euro, and a further sum m costs. Mr Henniker-Healon's monetary loss, towever is small m comparison with wfiat he must suffer m respect of political prestige, Parliamentary influence, and literary reputation. He is practically dead as an authority on any subject whatever, because any speech, article, or statement which he might now p'Jfefcrth would, m the first instance, mere! wpttite Jhe natural question, 'Who wroWit?' And it niay |.be added that the mavellous part of the business Is that Mr Henniker-Heaton, having profited so greatly by his secretary's services, should have demurred to paying the very moderate remuneration demanded, the more especially that as the sequel proved he jsras unable to escape payment m the end, and that by paying promptly he might have retained all the) honor and jnflwiiw due to tfl Prosed abilities', ' 1