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NOTES., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
Th i* decision come to almost unanimously by a large representative gather‘":r volunteers on Tuesday itfpptiiiff in jfit should ensure the success of the New Zealand Rifle Association’s Jubilee Exhibition meeting, to be held here in December next. Had effect been given to the resolution arrived at at the meeting of officers held here in February last, when it was decided to carry out the meeting under the control of local men solely, we are certain that the gathering would not have been colonial, but would have resolved itself into a meeting of the Otago Rifle Association on a somewhat enlarged basis. The latter body have very wisely determined to co-operate heartily with the New Zealand Association; and as Captain Sommerville, in his letter of the 10th ult, expresses the opinion that the intercolonial match shall be the feature of the meeting, wo may reasonably anticipate that teams will come over from Victoria, New South Wales, and, possibly, Tasmania. Now that minor differences have been settled, it may be taken for granted that Colonel Wales will be the officer in charge of the meeting, leaving the Executive of the N.Z.R.A. to carry out all matters of detail. If our shootists now determine to have “ a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether,” the Jubilee gathering will be the completest and most successful Tir National ever held in this, or, perhaps, in any colony.
Baron De Worms knows very little about the Australian colonies, and Baron De Worms hasaltogetherreckoned withand Sugar! out his host, if he thinks they will regulate their sugar duties in accordance with the dictates of his precious Convention. The complex Victorian Tariff differentiates between the various kinds of sugar thus: —Cane sugar —raw 2s fid per cwt, refined 3a fid per cwt, other sugars 6a per cwt. The Baron is reported to have stated in the House of Commons that Victoria, and of course all other colonies, would be bound by the same law as England, This is carrying the supreme right of making treaties to a ridiculous extent, as he will discover if the Sugar Bill chances to become law, and any endeavor is made to enforce its provisions on the colonies. We in New Zealand have an absurd enactment—one of the Vogelian abortions, which has never produced any result—offering a premium of a halfpenny per pound on sugar produced in the colony from beetroot or sorghum, and its repeal would not trouble anyone. But what we may do of our own accord is not likely to be done in obedience to dictation. There are treaties with the colonies as well as with foreign Powers ; and one article which, rightly or wrongly, is engrafted on our Constitution Act is the right of levying such duties of Customs as our legislators may think fit. Tins cannot bo abrogated without our consent, and that consent is not likely to be extorted from us by Baron De Worms and his Convention; neither is it probable that the British Parliament will sanction such an interference with our constitutional privileges.
Mr Robert Thompson— we are particular to write his name in full, beThC ft)r ni,,Cl cause we not w,s h h> m h® Mamies, confounded with Mr Thomas Thompson, the member for Auckland North, who is a very different sort of person—Mr Robert Thompson, we say, seems to be very well known and properly appreciated in the North Island ; and he has received most righteous castigation from the Northern newspaper Press. The Wellington ‘ Post ’ has been scalping him, and he takes his revenge by denouncing it as a “ miserable rag”; and the * New Zealand Herald,’ having soundly trounced him, he stigmatises that paper as “ a traitor to the North.” But he is in the position of the bear that upset the beehive. Every newspaper in the Auckland district has refuted his calumnies and censured his grossness of speech. His own local paper (the ‘Northern Advertiser’) declares that his speech at Dargaville was “a tissue of misrepresentations, which, in their utter disregard for even the semblance of truth, might be described as grotesque, except in solar as they were also malicious.” His sensational story about “ crawlers, loafers, and talebearers in the Civil Service who had, he said, LIO.OOO divided amongst them,” is described as sheer “ Pigotism ” ; and his attack on the Property Tax Commissioner—Mr Sperrey—is treated os a piece of fonndationless and “ coarse vituperation.” Altogether he is not having a pleasant time of it. Mr Thompson was an active member of what was known as the “ Skinflint Committee ” last session, and the ‘ Advertiser ’ thus comments on his action in connection therewith: —“ When it was proposed to reduce the large salaries of the Undersecretary for Public Works, the General Manager of Railways, and others, the member for Marsden either voted against the reductions or walked out. On the other hand, he voluntarily associated himself with a self-appointed committee of some halfdozen members for the express purpose of bringing pressure to bear upon the Government to compel them to reduce their workmen’s wages.” This is all too true a picture of one of our model economists. For some of his sayings during his recent stumping tour, Mr Thompson will probably be called to account by the gentlemen who are compelled to associate with him in the House. Truly the electors of Marsden are not to be complimented on their choice of a representative.
Some time ago, when the Corporation approached Sir Robert Stout with „ , , a request that they might be The Triangle. to use the Triangle for practical purposes, they were rebuffed by a declaration that the reserve was a “lung” of the City, and as such it would be retained for all time. Circumstances have changed since then with Sir Robert, the Corporation, and the general public ; and one change that has come about is in regard to the opinion that this “ lung 11 is, or ever will be, required in that capacity. With the harbor close at hand, and the railway fencing off, as it were, the farther part of the reclaimed land, there is lung-room enough and to spare in that quarter of the City. In the meantime, also, the want —the necessity even—of a public market is daily becoming more apparent, and nowhere in Dunedin can a more convenient site for a market-house be found. Close to the railway and the wharves, it would almost seem to have been unwittingly reserved for this very purpose. So evidently think Messrs Stanford and Milne, or their clients, on whose behalf they made a proposal to the City fathers to lease the reserve, with the view of placing thereon a public market, a public library, and public salt water baths. There is something boldly original about this proposal, and we await with considerable interest further developments of the scheme, which are promised for Wednesday next, A properly constructed building, with an ornamental faijade fronting Rattray street, and judiciously laid out grounds in the rear, would be “ a boon and a blessing ” to the City and the people that dwell therein. At present the Triangle is an unsightly waste, like most of the other Corporation reserves—“recreation" reserves, as they are jocularly The Corporation do not seem to have cither the funds or the will to put them in a proper condition. At any rate they do not, and anything more dreary than these so-called recreation reserves it would be hard to imagine. Whether the offer made by Messrs Stanford and Milne is accepted or not, they have done good service by calling attention to the necessity for a public market, and the eligibility of the Triangle for such use. Now that the subject has been mooted, it is to be hoped that the Council will rise to the occasion, and not imitate the proverbial dog in the manger. Let them either do something themselves in this direction or allow others to do it for them. Visitors are coming, and it would be a thousand pities that the vestibule of the City—for such the Triangle is—should be in its present disgraceful condition when they arrive.
The Otago Beekeepers’ Association was 1 formed for the express purpose Be 1 Tone °> rou^at ‘ n S literature relating 1 -to apiculture among members, who, not unnaturally, relied on the Post Office as affording a ready and cheap means of gaining that object. And that expectation has been realised, Mr Barr,
while in command of the local Post Office, found nothing in the postal regulations forbidding the circulation of Bee journals, in which were put as a sort of supplement a list of members of the society, with simple directions to “ pass on,” giving at the same time the date of receipt and despatch; and Mr Butts followed the practice sanctioned by his predecessor. But in dome way the matter appears to have come under the notice of the Secretary of the Post Office, who refuses to recognise the enclosure as a “supplement,” and declines to allow the society’s journals to C through the Post Office any longer at rates. One of these enclosures has been shown to us, and a more harmless document it is impossible to imagine. The names of the members, many of whom live at some distance from town, together with the dates of receipt and despatch of the society s publications, are tabulated, and the society have intimated their willingness to meet the departmental objection by printing this list. But the department, interpreting the regulations strictly, refuses to budge. Here are a number of persons banded together for the praiseworthy purpose of improving their knowledge of bee culture, which promises to develop into a large and profitable industry, and the very essence of their success lies in the circulation as cheaply as possible of the best literature on the subject. A Government who profess to be so anxious to encourage native industry should see that our actual and prospective honey-pro-ducers are not unduly hampered in the way that Secretary Gray proposes. The so-called enclosure contains only relevant matter, and the Postmaster-General will be doing a signal service to the society if he orders that it shall be recognised as a “supplement ” if it contains no other matter than what is in one laid before us. If the society represent their grievance to the City members we are inclined to think it will be promptly remedied.
NOTES., Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
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