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Melbourne Letter.

[prom our own correspondent.] June 18. A considerable amount of sympathy is being evoked just now on behalf of the survivors of the "gallant six Immured." Ib was a gallant charge ; but, as a French commander who saw it observed: —"It is magnificent, but it is not war." Neither was it. Captain Nolan, an aide-de-camp of Lord Lucan, galloped up to Lord Cardigan with a verbal order to " charge the Russian battteries." Cardigan was incredulous; the "or,der," under the circumstances, was so preposterous, and he expressed himself somewhat to that effect. The two commanders—Lucan, the superior, and Cardigan, the: subordinate—were relatives ; but, 'as often happens, with relations, they hafced each other. It has always been a moot question whether Captain Nolan understood the order of his chief, and the fact could never be known, for Nolan himself, who joined m the charge, was killed. In reply to Cardigan's incredulous reception of the order, he pointed with, his sword to the battteries ; "I have conveyed the order," said he.' "Yonderis the enemy." No British commander could brook this. Lord Cardigan gave the word—" Charge!' Nolan joined m that charge—the rest is ihistory. As for the men who followed, what did they know about the matter ? The order was given and it was promptly obeyed, as such orders always will be obeyed by any man who has a drop of true English blood m his veins. It would have been aa promptly obeyed by any other body of men amongst the tens of thousands who stood idly by and watched it, Charges as desperate occurred over and over again m the armies of Napoleon 1., notably at Waterloo, when again and again he hurled the Imperial Guard against the batteries of Wellington, until that magnificent French corps was all but destroyed. For all this, the battered remnant of the "Light Brigade " demands one sympathy, and if the movement that has been set on foot results m making them comfortable for the remainder of their lives, everyone will be pleased. If this is done by Australia—Australia will have reason to be proud. The task should not be a difficult one. The Melbourne Trades Hall managed to raise a £1000 a day, for many consecutive days, for the relief of the London dock labourers, and it will be interesting to watch what the Trades Parliament will now do for these battered old heroes, who are not Trades Unionists. June 23. The Reverend Nathaniel Kinsman has got out of an ugly scrape very easily. He may well afford, to pay the fine inflicted upon him for marrying the girl Jessie Thompson, aged 16, to the young man Furness. He boasted some months ago j that he had married over 2000 couples, and that, as a rule, his fee was from one sovereign to thirty shillings. He is neither a minister of religion nor a Government registrar, and it is a shame that the law of Victoria, or of any other country should permit marriages to be contracted m such a loose fashion. Kinsman, who, besides the " matrimonial trade," carries on the more reputable business of an auctioneer, appeared m court on Saturday morning to hear his sentence. In a voice somewhat indistinct and husky from nervousness and concern, he said that the only excuse he wished to make was that he believed the letter produced to him was a sufficient authority to celebrate the marriage. Though '' Launceston " vras on the letter, "Tasmania, was not, and he I felt sure at the time that it was m the '' province of Victoria," # and that he could celebrate, the marriage.* In passing sentence, Mr Justice Hood said : " The jury have found, and, I think, rightly found, that you knew that the document produced to you—although you believed it to be the consent of the mother —was signed m such a place as would make it legally bad. The statement which you have made m regard to Launceston is at comI plete variance with the statement which I you made to the constable to the effect that you were told the mother resided at Launceston and Tasmania Had the jury found that you had a belief that Tasmania was m the colony of Victoria, whatever I might have thought about your extraordinary ignorance, I should have let you off with a nominal fine, but they have found the other wa]'. and I think that the justice of the case requires that I should fine you to the extent of £100." Mr Kinsman appeared rather astonished at the amount of the fine. However, he wrote a cheque, which a friend took to the bank, and when two crisp £50 notes were handed to the proper officer the Reverend Nathaniel was permitted to leave the Court a wiser, if not a better man. It is difficult to grasp the meaning of an article that appears m that "immaculate organ," the " Argus," this morning. Has that immaculate organ, the "Argus," been bought over, or what 1 A change, and a marked one, has " come over the spirit of, its dream," and what we have now to 0/o is to find out the reason of that change-.—if we can. Thus the "Argus" of this day :—•' Although the sittings of Parliament have so far been few and short Ministers have shown themselves well prepared for the session m the mass of business they have put forward. They were ready for the federal debate, which the House cut short; measures dealing with railway construction, fire brigades, and friendly societies have been introduced and explained. The scheme fora Metropolitan Board is m due course to be unfolded to-morrow. The adjournments have taken place properly enough, because it is impossible for members to grasp these various schemes at once, and, moreover, outside bodies have to be consulted. And before one half of these subjects can be dealt with, the Budget, which will raise many important issues, will come on for discussion, so that there is a fair prospect of busy legislative times once the period of initiation is over." It is all very well to throw upon members the unreadiness of the Government. They are bad enough, God knows ; but they cannot be expected to digest food that they have not had an opportunity of tasting. The fact is that Ministers are not ready with their measures, as they ought to have been. They have neglected their j duties. There has been a long recess, they have been paid for the holiday, and "work" should have been going on whilst they were recuperating—physically, morally, and, shall we say, intellectually ? I am very much afraid they have let business go by the board m the meanwhile. They are not now ready for work, and they wish to "shuffle off" the blame upon other people. Tho return of Mrs Brown-Potter and Mr Bellew of the Princess' Theatre promises to be attended with success. They are now appearing m "David Garrick," which is preceded each evening by a trifle entitled "Our Bitterest Foe." "Joseph's Sweetheart" is running the last nights at the pretty little Bijou Theatre, and next week we are to witness the first appearance m Melbourne of Miss Charlotte Lucie, m "She Stoops to Conquer." Mr Thornton's season at the Alexandra is coming to a close. "Mamma" is now being played there, preceded by "My Milliner's Bill." The revival of that always attractive sporting drama, "The flying Scud," is a, great success at the Royal. It is splendidly staged, and nothing has been left undone to ensure a most complete performance of Boucicault's play. I must mention here that next I Saturday afternoon the very popular actor, Mr Herbert Fleming, will be tendered a a complimentary benefit at this house. A pony show, which is to extend over four days, will be opened m felie Exhibition Building by the .Governor next Wednes- | day J i|he { .entries i?'are large,.-, and the prises liberal, i

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Melbourne Letter., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890

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Melbourne Letter. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2459, 5 July 1890