The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 1889. THE ST, PATRICK CONCERT.
The concert given on Monday m celebration of the feast of the patron Saint of Ireland under the auspices of the Sons of Bt Patrick was, as always, an immense success, the Irishmen of the district mustering strongly with their wives and daughters and daughters' sweethearts, while large numbers of friends from the countries of the Rose and the Thistle assembled with them to listen to the songs and applaud the dances of the land of the Shamrock. So far well, and very well, and we cordially congratulate the promoters cf this annual gathering upon the successful result of their labors, fiat there are one or two things m connection with the ooncert which call for remark. In oar notice of it yesterday we alluded briefly to one of these, and have now jast a word or two more to say on the subject. We refer to the conduct of a number of boys and youths whose shrill and ear-piercing whistling and yelling were now and then deafening, and militated greatly against the enjoyment of others. Surely they must -see that this sort of thing is annoying, not only to the audience, but to the performers also, and we may add that so bad has this sort of thing come to be m Ashburton that we know several lady vocalists, whom it is_ajtire_attohear,_w_hohave~aecißfea tHaT they will not sing again m public here until the evil is put down. We quite admit that it is nnwise to be too severe, and that a little latitude may be sometimes allowed with advantage, but there is a limit to forbearance, aud that limit was certainly overpassed on Monday evening, as it has been on many praviojjs t occasions. Two or three of the offenders will certainly have to be made an example of if this sort of thing continues. And for the information of such offenders it. may perhaps be worth while to point out that the law is not silent on the subject, a penalty not exceeding five pounds being provided for under Section JJ of " The Police Offences Act, 1884," m respect of any person gnilty of disturbing the audience at any concert or entertainment. The other metter which seems to call for remark is the congratulatory reference made at the close of the concert to the manner m which by their attendance the Ash burton public had evinced their sympathy with Mr Parnell and his colleagues, it being announced that the nett proceeds wonld be forwarded as a contribution to the Parnell Defence Fund. No doabf; the grevt balk of the audience heartily sympathise with Mr Parnell— all the world nearly now admits that he has been badly treated — but it would have been more satisfactory had the fact that ' the concert was to be given with a, definite object been announced beforehand, as then no exception could have been taken to the remarks to which we have referred. No doubt that this was < not che case was the result of an oversight, bat it would have been better had no such oversight occurred.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 1889. THE ST, PATRICK CONCERT.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2093, 20 March 1889