Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1919. MEMORIAL HALL.
We : believe that no apology is necessary on our part for again emphasising; the' need for action regarding 1 tke" County's war memorial, because Ashburton district is already one of the last to move in this direction, and it is imperative to arouse enthusiasm. Until we learn from others of any just cause' or impediment why the proposed memorial shouldnot take the shape of a public hall, we shall continue to assume that the vast majority of Ashburton people are convinced that no better object could be supported, and if anybody has anything of interest to say or write in support 61, or against, our attitude, we again remind them that our columns are available for the publication of such views. Yesterday, we printed the opinions expressed by request to our representative "by Mr. T. Bullock, who can surely be claimed as a leading citizen, and one whose opinion on matters affecting the town's welfare deserve full 'consideration. Mr. Bullock's attitude is one all should follow, because, quite apart from his personal views, he readily admits that an appropriate memorial is a real duty, and he is prepared to show his sympathy in a practical form. If a few more of our leading men, borough and county, act similarly, the success of the memorial fund should be assured. The task is not to discover difficulties, but to specialise first 6n the virtues of any. suggestion. x\bove all, it would be stupid to insinuate that the motives of any who endeavour to do their part are not disinterested; such malicious and ill-founded criticisms have given the death-blow to many schemes designed to advance public welfare, not only here, but in all parts of the Empire. It must be the first article in the popular creed regarding the war memorial, that the only interest any participators desire to forward is the public's. Mr. Bullock i.s in favour of building an agricultural. hall, that would also serve, when, wanted, as a theatre, or assembly hall. •This is an excellent idea, because it should attract the support of both town aud country dwellers, a nri unless such general support is obtained, the prompters of the memorial will have a hard task. We hope that those County representatives who are to .. attend the • conference next month on road boards and motor speed limits, will also find time to discuss the memorial hall project, but the discussion on the first two subjects will take considerable time, and the war memorial might not get a fair chance. If the Mayor .were to call a public meeting before that conference is held, the country people would be enabled to read a full report of the proceeding's, and their delegates could deal quicker with the subject at the conference, having had time beforehand to | form opinions on the townsmen's proposals. A public hall is; no fad, but a real necessity if Ashburton is to progress. We shall not. be worthy of the soldiers if we are afraid of big things^ or rather, larger things than we have had hitherto. ... .