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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1919. DOMAIN CARNIVAL.

'The decision to postpone the Domain 'Carnival Fete is wise rather than welcome. The arguments advanced at Wednesday's meeting- in favour of delay were unanswerable, if somewhat belated. * The season of the year selected originally. ' has disadvantages where open-air: gathering's are concerned, but the real cause necessitating', the temporary (we hope) abandonment of the Fete was summed up in three words from : Mr. D. M. Mont-, gomery, namely, "lack of eh' thusiasm." The members of the 'Domain--" Carnival Executive, doubtless, worked hard ..to achieve success.) and thanks are due to them for their efforts, but the whole incident is a further proof of the want of public spirit among many Ashburton residents. This apathy is not uncommon in Dominion towns, generally, the travelling proclivities of"'New Zealanders tending to make them insufficiently careful of the welfare of the district wherein they chance to reside. So many, especially in the smaller towns, "are passing through; not come to stay;" with a result that enthusiasm in local affairs is hard to inspire. Our ancestors in the Mother-' land, some of whom never, or seldom, strayed a dozen miles beyond their birthplace, developed great love for their native districts, and habitually exaggerated the importance of "the doings at Little Peddleton." The trait had its value, as well as its humour, and until their travelled descendants acquire a greater' sense of their duty to the town that shelters them, New Zealand cannot hope to develop as. her resources -warrant. He would be a foolish man who questioned the generous instincts of the present generation; many an . outside charity has cause to bless New Zealanders; yet justice at home before generosity abroad is the best rule. We trust that future efforts to help to improve the Domain will be worthy of the cause, and also that it will be agreed the Domain Fund holds the first mortgage on ..public appeals in' Ashburton. Its claim must not be jumped by other funds—apart from any appeal returned soldiers may make—for it should not be forgotten that the borough children are "the main sufferers through ..the "lack of enthusi--asm" recently exhibited, particularly as it meggis prolonged absence^ of a suitable swimming bath for the elders, and* playing facilities for. the juniors. At present, the Domain is an. adults' playground and beauty-spot, bowling, croquet,, and tennis lawns, in addition to a sports ground, all being provided for them. The children have little or nothing. The Domain Carnival; was devised to remove this reproach, for a reproach it is to a prosperous community. It is to be hoped that the success of the Fete, whenever it takes place, will be such as to wipe out the present stigma created by indifference where there should have been enthusiasm.

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1919. DOMAIN CARNIVAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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Ashburton Guardian Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 1919. DOMAIN CARNIVAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9589, 19 April 1919

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