The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10, 1890. LOCAL AND GENERAL
In the United! States only a fifth of the lawyers have re jcived a university education. '' ' '■ The Christcleurch grocers have expressed themselves m favour of a Thursday halfholiday m eaclr. week if the movement becomes general. Memorial aeirvicea id connection with the decease of Mrst General Booth will be held at all the Salva lion Army Barracks throughout the, colonj r on Sunday evening next, October !2tL ; It is stated that at Palmerston North dissension has arisen m the ranks of Wirth's Wild West Show, and that at Giaborne some i of the Indiana and cowboys centemplate giving perform Alices on their own account. The Railwasr Commissioners, m accordant with ,the regulnti.pns, declined to allow M 1" Garstin to accept > the purse of sovereigns presented to him bj' the citizens of Christchurch on' his removal to Invercargill, and the money has been returned to the subscribers. The Duk* ot "Fife is one of four partners m the banking firm of Sir Samuel Scott, Bart., and Co. According to the Bankers' returns, published m a supplement to the " London Gaadcte," the firm consists of Lady Scott, the Dnk« > of Fife, Mr Horace Farquhar and Mr Flra ncis Hoare. The Hon Mr. Mitchelson stated to a deputation the otha r day that during this year 364,000 acres- land continguous to the Auckland maim railway line will be open for selection at 15s; ;per acre. The country from Marton north wards, he said, was good, suitable for sroio.ll holdings, and would support" a popuL iktion aa large as that of the whole province. Mr John Tli lonipson, the well-known surveyor, has bet m m Timaru a few divya en. deavouring (; md successfully) to 'interest some of the bi isiness men there m the opening up of a coal n< jam on the Waihao river, near the Forks Ho t«l. Mr Thompson informs the local paper tl rat the seam m question ia 12 feet m thicki less m an exposed face, and boring put d< >wn by Mr Douglas 'some distance away rent through the seam where it is three times that thickness i Mr W. C. Walker, one of the candidates for the repr«H9nta.tidn of Aahburton. m the Hous % e of RepfeMentatives, addressed the electors at the Oddfellows' Hall last evening. The meetrag \cas a, very full one, and the speaker \ra,s listened to most attentively during the cr nirse of a very lengthy and exhaustive ad'iress. At the conclusion of the address, a • number of questions were replied to, and a ) .iearty vote of tlianks was passed to Mr Walk er for his past services m the House. A leugbf ny summary of the proceedings appears elsewhere. Rath* -r an uncommon banking arrangement is earn ed on m the Manawattt district (says the "' VVeliington Post"). It may be described as a kind of portable teller's office. On o» »rtain days of tlie Week a clerk from: one a f the Palmerston banks travels up'and* doviTi the railway line from ■ Palmerßton to Ot »k i, transacting the drdinary business of th c bank en route. Laden with a satchel conto jni ng his supply of cash, and provided Avith j a tel ler's usual precaution agaipst tlapger of ! r.-obb>ery, lie makes the carriage his headquarters, and there receives visits from customers $at the way stations, changing cheques or taking deposits as occasion may require. This plan must bring a good share ot' grist to the bank's lriillj and prove very convenient to settlers, who are saved ail the trouble of journeying to town to relieve themselves of surplus money. The "Economist" thus summarises Dr '.Bakewell's recent libellous article m the "Nineteenth Century " :—" Mr Bakewell's estimate of the ' The Loyalty of the tlolbnies' is not encouraging. In any case, if he is to be trusted, the loyalty of New Zealand would seem to be a minii3 quantity, for, he says that if a, plebiscite were taken, there would not be a thousand votes against annexation to t'-ie United States. Ye irs ago Bai'on Hubner, m his * Travels through the Briatish Empire,' pronounced New Zealand tb be the most ultra-democratic of all our colonies. But these antipodean democrats appear to have token deadly umbrage at the policy of their venerable leader m England. Up to the suppression' of tlic Indian Mutiny wlien, they say, the last spark of English spirit flashed out, they were proud to be counted British subjects; but they have no sympathy with' a nation that leaves uh&veuged such a defeat as Maju'ba Hill—that yields all to violence, truckles to the strong, and bullies the weak. We. do but summarise Mr Bakewell's Words." The average everyday Englishman is at heart as much a snob now as lie was m the day a when Thackeray held him np to the rjrlicule of the worm. Therp is no son of John Bull who is not susceptible to the influence of rank, and perhaps the best illustration that can be given thereof is the mention of the fact that the Reverend Lord Normanby has been obliged to resign the r. "sctorship of his parish at Worsley owing to th c influx of corpses. Since the excellent pai'son's succession to his father's title three years ago, everybody that could possibly afford it m the neighbouring towns and districts seem to have given directions before dying that their funeral, should take place at Worsley, so that they Jri'ight enjoy the post mortem satisfaction of" haying a real Marquis read the burial service over their bodies. As long as sentiments such as these prevail m England the clays of republicanism are iar off. ■ It is bad enough to live a snob, but it is surely infinitely worse to die one. The total revenue cf the colony from all sources for the six mouths ending September 30th, is £1,687,479, and the Colonial Treasurer's estimate for the year ending 31st March, 1891, is £3,814,000. The actual expenditure for the six months ending September 30th was £1,934,249, and the estimate for the year i 3 £4,125,502. The property tax is being collected m November and February. With respect to the amount included under Registration and other fees, it should be noted that sheep registration, estimated at £11,600, is payable m September and will be brought to credit m the current half year under the heading. Depasturing leases, etc., are not included. They are payable m March and are estimated at £3000. The revenue represents moneys brought to credit by the Treasurey within the period, but the actual collections are of course greater, because the amounts can only.be dealt with when receivers' accounts reach the Treasury, and these are m many cases from seven to ten days m arrear. The second half year is always much larger than.the first. In connection with the coming census a correspondent reminds the" Times." of India of an old story which went the round of the last census* period. During the taking of the censuss of 1881, m a district of the Central provinces, some of the tribes took fright and ran away. The district oflicer finally induced their head men to listen to explanations. Relying on the fact that wagers of various kinds figure extensively m Indian folklore, he solemnly assured them '. that tine Queen of England and the Empress of Russ;a> having quarrelled as to which ruled over the most subjects, had laid a big bet on the/po:ut. He went on to explain that the census nW being taken m order to settle the bet, and .he warned his hearers m a spirited peroration that if they stayed m the jungle and refused to* be counted, the Queen would lose her money, and they would be disgraced for ever as fcwtors t« feeir salt. The story served its purpose, ana the tribes came m.
la the District Court to-day his Honor ;, Judge Ward gave judgment for plaintiff for £100 and costs in' the case Zander v Clark, a claim for a breadh pf agreement. Mr Frazer, solicitor, of Dunedin, whose advice, it is said, lias some weight with leaders of Trades Unions, suggests that, m order to bring about a settlement of the strike m New Zealand, the teamen, coal miners, and wharf laborers should tempo-, rarily disband their unions, and amalgamate with non-unionists at present employed. Good luck attend the promoters of "corners" and "syndicates!" We used to deplore their doings, says the "London Weekly Times." but we hail them now as I helpers of the Social Revolution. The latest I combination of the kind aims at the acquisiof all the anthracite collieries m South Wales. The landlords have got the surface of ■' England; you are taking all there ia underneath it; and by the time you have exploited the 3ea that washes our shores and Hie air we breathe—or as mnch of it as the smoke you make, will let us—we shall be about ripe for the great change. Your object is aimply filthy gain, but you are teaching us splendid lessons on the marvelous power of combination ; and one of these fine days the nation will step m and lay I its hands on your pile and invite you to \ blend yourselves into one great national I syndicate and go on for the benefit of the people at large. And five years after you will gratefully acknowledge the lenity of the masses that contented themselves with a punishment which was really your enfranchisement. ■ In the [far south there'is a vast unknown country designated on the maps as Fiord county, lying westward of the Waiau, one of the greatest of New Zealand rivers, and which may be said to be the boundary of civilisation, stretching to the coast line. The coast line itself has been pretty extensively explored,'for Milford and the no less beautiful sounds that lie m that quarter of the colony have long been world renowned places of interest. But beyond a few daring spirits who have forced a passage to the sea and stray prospectors after minerals, the greater part of the country described has not been trodden-by man. Moat of the country is densely wooded, bat there is no reason to .doubt: that some of the open land is of the ' most fertile description, and it should be satisfactory to know that the Government are taking steps to have this unknown portion of Otago throughly explored. Mr John Hay, one of the most accomplished surveyors m the service of the colony, is now engaged laying off a road m the Fiord country,. starting from near Orepuki, the present terminus of the Hurunui-Bluff railway, with the intention of finishing up at Preservation at the south-west corner of the island, forming an outlet to the Coal Island diggings. Mr Hay has previously made a flying tour through the Fiord country, but his next report on the district cannot fail to be an interesting one.—Exchange.