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Historic Relics.

The Board of Education has just received a sudden and unexpected accession of Avealth from a totally unexpected quarter, and probably a special meeting will have to be called to deliberate as to its disposal. The accession of property AVas brought in an express, and tlireAV the messenger at the Education Board office- a small bo,> —into such a state of breathless cxci lenient that it was found necessary to shave his head and place him in a stiaight-jacket. The person to Avhose charge this precious gift Avas entrusted .vas evidently much overcome with the Aveight of his responsibility, and AA_th emotion he besought the Board's Secretary to check an enormous inventory, AA-ritten in a bold round hand, and surmounted Avith a gorgeous royal arms. The list Avas found to, be as follows : —1 Avaterbottle, 3 letter-boxes, 6 candle-sticks, 2 chairs, 3 clips, 2 desks, 14 inkstands, 3 mouse-traps, 8 pairs of snuffers, 2 tumblers, and, 1 pair of scissors. All these articles, though of comparatively insignificant intrinsic value, possess a degree of historical importance second only to that of King Charles' head, though these treasures have been suffered to lie neglected and forgotten amidst tiie dust aud cob-webs of a Government cellar. First in importance comes the identical arm-chair in Avhich successive Superintendents of the Province of Auckland sat enthroned, and administered affairs of great pith aud moment. It is a stuffed chair, rather the avoisc for wear, inclined to general goutiness, weakness in the legs, and a break-up of its precious old constitution. Judging from the collapsed condition of the seat, the Superintendents of Auckland must have been men of great Aveight iv the community. Like Provincialism itself in its last days the Super's chair had beconie very shaky. The AVater-bottle and the two tumblers, coupled Avith the absence of any mention of a decanter, are a striking proof of the abstemiousness of Auckland's Superintendents, while the six caudle-sticks and the fourteen ink-bottles are silent witnesses to their lucubratory industry. We are at a loss to account for the pair of scissors, though it has been suggested that the subordinates were in the habit of utilising their leisure hours in the performance of mutual tonsorial labours. It is Avorthy of mention that the three mouse-traps Avere empty. The explanation of this is that Provincial institutions Avere so starved by the centralising Government that all the mice had migrated to the General Government Offices, Avhere they Avere better provided for. The eight pairs of snuffers are invested Avith a melancholy interest. They are the identical snuffers Avith Avhich Mr Costello used to frequently snuff the c-indles in the Provincial Council. Chambers during the deliberations of honourable members. The dignity and perfect equilibrium with Avhich the State-Snuffer performed this important duty Avill not soon fade from the memory of those who it. He lost his occupation, and the snuffers fell into desuetude, Avhen a mightier snuffer— the Abolition of Provinces Act —snuffed out aud utterly extinguished Provincial institutions and all thereto belonging. Sic transit gloria mundi! The articles Aye have enumerated are unbranded. Then Avhere Avas Colonel Gorton ? I

We stop the press to add the latest particulars : It is said these relics are to be handed over to the Museum. So mote it be !

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Historic Relics. Auckland Star, Volume IX, Issue 2476, 28 February 1878

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