TO THE EDITOR,
Sib,—l have just read your report of the Borough Council meeting. My letter asking patronage in re Charity Concert, to my surprise, raised a heated discussion of quite a queer turn, presumably of Nolicense versus Liquor. Poor drookit
Charity Concert—only an infant and to have cold water thrown on it! Ifs clear that a few of the more rabid No-License champions don't want a Charity Concert in these ' No-LiceDse days.' They suspect that such may be the result of promptings from the liquor party to obtain an argument against the success of No-licen3e. Well, isn't this pettifogging ? I give Mr Charles Reid credit for his very apt use of this term of derision. To raise opposition in a cozy Council Chamber with blazing fires while even a single wifß or child be shivering over an empty grate is too bad. There are not many poor in prosperous Ashburton, but there are some —"the poor we have with us alway"—and all the charity they are lucky enough to get will not be too much nor too warm, Mr Editor. This linstance of extreme watohfulness on the part of these few no-licensers reminds one of a cat playing with a mouse before she kills it. If mousie dares even to wince pussy is on him, all fours, tooth and nail. Alas ! little mousie. Alas I little liquor. Alas! little charity. But let us hence to loftier heights, and look at this matter from Pisgah's top in company with these few narrow-minded men. We'll give them an extended view. While there I'll assure them no promptings came from the liquor party and, to go further, tha^ Mrs McLean wns asked by more than one unbiassed man on more that one occasion to get up the concert, and is not, as some cruelly hint, working for her own honour and glory to advertise herself. Bobbie Burns said :—
It's not the warl we leeve in, but the folk that mak' me sic', So help me bob I'm weary o' tho whole ric-ma-tic.
It would interest and arouse you were I to give the conversations I had with the clergymen when asking patronage. The sfcraigbtest answer came from the Eev. Dean O'Donnell. He said: "Certninly, anything like that, I am with you." A ready " Yes" was the answer of the Rev. Whitehonse. The others answered " Yes," but not with such good will. This is such cold weather, Mr Editor, pleaae don't let anyone cold water me for writing this. Without prejudice fa either party, and good will to all men, I am, etc., Robert Frizzelle, Hon. Sec. Charity Concert".
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
WHAT PETTIFOGGERS! Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXII, Issue 6613, 5 July 1905
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