The Evening Star TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 1889.
Mr Stuart Menteatii is not so well known in Otago as to render A Daniel j t unnecessary to say who and Come to . , V, , judgment, what he is. Formerly mem-
ber for the remote district of Innngahua, at the last election he contested Te Aro—a populous part, rather than suburb, of Wellington—and, aided by the clover electioneering tactics of his wife, succeeded in gaining the seat. Lately he addressed his constituents in a speech which has properly been characterised as pessimistic ; and to make sure that there should be no mistake as to his utterances he has written out a full report of his address, “in the hope,” he explains, “that my pen may achieve what my tongue left unfinished. ” We can do no more than merely glance at this, in many ways, remarkable production. Mr Menteatii’s hobby is finance; and, like all men who dabble in the hopeless science of figures, he devoutly believes that all men who do not arrive at tho same results as himself are in the wrong. His view of the present position of the Colony is a most doleful one, and even the increased value of our exports is, to him, a matter of profound sorrow. But he has mistaken the application of a principle sound in itself. He says, or rather writes: “The exports of the “ year were £8,201,409 ; the imports, “ £5,908,226. ... I have to im- “ press upon my readers the gravity “of the lesson convoyed by the “ huge balance of exports loft “at Home. . . . One-fourth of
“ the land, labor, and capital “which has produced our exports “ remains without return*" Now, it is in the last three words that the error lies. Everyone who knows that a shilling is worth more than ninepence knows, or ought to know, that to pay away the first, or its worth, for the last is to lose threepence, and that to receive fifteen pence for a shilling is to make a profit of threepence. This is a lesson in political economy made easy for tho use of such tyros as our Protectionist friends. But we would ask Mr Menteatii : Does the balance “ remain without return T In the course of his address he tells, in mournful cadence, of our indebtedness, public and private, and of the vast amounts sent Home to meet our engagements. It seems to us that here we have the solution of Mr Menteath’s bitter difficulty. Heretofore we have been incurring debt upon debt—running up scores, for the extent of which they who encouraged New Zealand to borrow are at least as much to blame as ourselves; and to pay interest we resorted to the simple expedient of borrowing more, and paying with the left hand what we received with the right. Sir Julius Vogel actually strengthened his argument in defence of this course by officially submitting to high financial authorities at Home the grave question of whether it was proper to pay interest out of loan ; and the high financial authorities said it was. Whilst this state of things lasted, with “ a merry-go-round-all,” everything was smooth, and imports came tumbling in without stint. But now that our wild career has been checked, and a prudent Government—steadfastly determined to make the day’s takings pay the day’s expenses—has come into office, the money previously diverted from its proper function for speculative trading purposes is applied to the payment of interest. We are paying our way, that is all. The subject, however, is too large to be dismissed curtly, and we shall examine Mr Menteath’s peculiar address more minutely on some future occasion. It occurs to us just now that there is more method and intent in his attitude than is apparent on the surface.
When at Hokitika the Hon, Mr Richardson told a deputation that he did not think the (Ireymouth-Hokitika Railway would pay, and ho said very plainly that they were not likely to got it until the finances of the colony wore much improved. The following report on the sanitary condition of the East Christchurch School has been presented by one of the city inspectors: —“ I visited East Christchurch School, and ascertained that the tanks are dry, and have been nearly so for the last week. 'J ho result is that the closets had become so ollcnsiveon Friday last that Mr Seott, the head-master, deemed it advisable to get some of the boys attending the school to ‘ airy water from the baths in buckets to Hush out the closets The deep well being sunk is down loOtt, and providing all goes well they hope to complete it in three weeks. In the meantime some other means must be provided tor a water supply, otherwise I should not be surprised if the same epidemic which lias caused so much trouble again appears. Drinking water is obtained from an artesian well with a pump attached, which is very much out of repair.” In a letter from London Captain William Ashby, who recently visited this colony, states that he is about to publish a book entitled ‘New Zealand in 1881), giving an account of his tour, and it wiU be ready before the close of the present month. He mentions that the London Ireaa an P P °P Jgenerally are beginning to beiieve that New Zealand must be the coming country of the Southern Hemisphere, and their views in regard to the colonies are assuming a better tone. He has had a great number of inquiries from a very good class “ P 6O^ 1 ®; possessed of capital, regarding Ne j land, and considers them likely to make good country settlers, far different from the bulk of the emigrants who go to America. A literary question was discussed during the hearing of a ease before the Supreme Court at Timn.ru on Friday. It was whether “an,” with the given context, meant one only, or any one of a number. In a rule of the Court it is laid down that a defendant “may file an amended statement of defence.” Mr Joynt held that this gave the defendant liberty to amend only once; Mr Harper that “an' would refer to any one of many amendments filed one after another. Mr Joynt considered his reading the most grammatical and fair, and the most in favor of public convenience. The local ‘ Herald ’ understood the Judge to take the opposite view, not as to the literal meaning of the words exactly, but as to the practice founded on them. Some Irish patriots in Marlborough forwarded a suit of clothes, made from New Zealand tweed, to Mr Dillon, from whom the following letter of acknowledgment has been received: —“ I must ask yon to pardon me for not having written before now to thank you and my other friends at Blenheim for the suit of clothes which they so kindly sent me. I was at liberty before the suit arrived, but none the less do I appreciate the kindly feelings which induced you to think of me and send me a present from such a distance. The address was really beautiful, and was very much admired by all the friends to whom I showed it. Will you convey my warmest thanks to all who took part in sending the clothes and address? I may possibly have the opportunity of thanking you all personally, as 1 intend to visit New Zealand after I have spent some time in Australia.”
In tho Divorce Court at Wellington yesterday afternoon tho following cases were decided Stephen Smith v. Maiy Ann Smith, petition for divorce on the ground of adultery ; a decree nisi granted. Catherine Brodie v, Oswald Spottcswood Brodie, a wife’s petition on the ground of adultery, continued cruelty, and desertion ; a decree nisi granted. Be Charles Ernest Beecroft v. Alice Beecroft, a husband’s petition on the ground of adultery. In this case it was shown that the adultery had taken place in England, but in order to avoid a scandal petitioner brought his wife to New Zealand, where they lived under the same roof, but never cohabited. The petitioner had charge of the Wesleyan district at Hastings, Hawke’s Bay, but after lcaving there on the way South, and when in Wellington, his wife left him and ran away to Sydney with a young man engaged as clerk here in the Property Tax Department. A decree nisi was granted. At a Victorian District Court lately, before Judge Hamilton, Violet Mary Lyon brought an action against Frederick L. Lyne (solicitor) for an alleged nuisance caused by his children in beating kerosene tins on his premises, adjoining those in which the plaintiff resided. The damages were laid at L 49 10s. The defendant had a set off of L4OO for beating of drums, blowing trumpets, shouting, and screeching blasphemous songs, which took place on the plaintiff’s premises, the allusion here being to the Salvation Army, of which she was a member. The evidence for the plaintiff sought to show that defendant’s children were in tho habit of almost daily boating on kerosene tins, which impaired the health of the plaintiff, she being subject to neuralgic headaches. Her father sent several written remonstrances to the defendant, but no notice was taken of these. His Honor nonsuited plaintiff, as no proof had been shown of her interest in the property.
“Puff," in the Wellington ‘Press,’ has the following : Napier? Wants looking up badly! The attack on Dr Moore waa about as unprovoked and brutal an attack as can well be imagined! How was it? The old story ! Six blackguards stand at a corner and shove the first decent man that comes by ! Yes, and then he shows fight ? Not a bit of it! Tries to get away, but they knock him down and kick him ! He gets up and runs away, falls, and then they begin kicking again ! Yes, and then ? He gels to his door and manages to slam it against them, and they stand outside like disappointed wild beasts ! Were they caught ? Two of ’em had friends at Court, two of ’em turned evidence against the other two, and these last two ! Got twelve months’ hard labor and the cat ? Oh, dear, no ! The sweet lambs got one month ! And the other four scot free? Seemingly so ! It strikes me that a little inquiry into the judicial Bench is needed at Napier !” In Banco at Wellington last week, before the Chief Justice and Mr Justice Richmond, an appeal from a decision by the Resident Magistrate at Napier was heard. The Magistrate had convicted a Napier publican of allowing “Yankee grab” for drinks to take place on his premises, and counsel for the appellant contended, first, that this particular form of gambling was not unlawful under any Imperial or colonial statute; secondly, that the Imperial Acts, and especially the 13 Geo. 11., c. 19, were not and never had been in force in the colony ; and thirdly, that if they ever had been in force in the colony they had been repealed by the Gaming and Lotteries Act, 1881. He cited Glasson v, Whitty, N.Z.L.R. 2 S.C., 118 ; Light v. Milton, ib., p. 214 ; Jenks v. Turpin, 11 Q.8.D., 505 ; Attorney-Geneial v. Stewart, 2 Me, 143 ; and Wicker v. Home, 7 H.L.C. 123, 149. The Court stopped Mr Chapman, who appeared in support of the conviction on the first and third points, and, after hearing him on the second point, reserved their decision.
On Friday (reports the Southland ‘ Times’) Inspector Moore received a telegram from Messrs Bing, Harris, and Co. (Dunedin), to the effect that Captain Malcolm, late of the Union S.S. Company’s service, and Mr James Young, tailor, of Princes street, Dunedin, had left the Sounds on the 23rd ult., intending to cross overland to Te Anau by M'Kinnon’s Pass, and as they bad not since been heard of it was possible they were stuck up at the head of the lake. Inspector Moore at once telegraphed to Constable Griffiths, at Lumsden, instructing him to proceed to Te Anau and arrange with Mr Brodriok for the use of his steamer to go up the lake. The constable reached Centre Hill on Friday evening, where he engaged a trap from Mr Bench, the local hotelkeeper, to take food to Te Anau in case the missing men should be in want, or, at any rate, to convey them to Lumsden. A start was to be made from Centre Hill at daybreak on Saturday, and Constable Griffiths expected to reach Mr Brodrick’s that night. As the travellers may have found the track too much for them and turned back to the Sounds, the a.s. Orawaiti was instructed to call in on her way from the West Coast to Dunedin, and would probably have reached Milford on Saturday.
The Wanganui ‘ Heffeld 1 says:—“We know too well how tin? Michaels and Georges have been obtained, and it was a genuine compliment this year to ignore New Zealand when they were being distributed. Sir Somers Vine yesterday addressed a well-attended meeting of the Canterbury Chamber of Commerce on the ' Imperial Institute,’and was accorded a hearty vote of thanks and a promise of co-operation. He addresses the Dunedin Chamber to-morrow evening. At the Palace Skating Rink on Saturday evening a two-mile race between Metchor, of Port Chalmers, and Williden, of Dunedin, will like place; while Miss Mabel Sylvester will give her lirst performance of tiick and fancy skating next Monday evening. A man mimed Patrick Dillon has been arrested at Wanganui for an assault on two children, aged four and seven years. Me has been remanded for eight days. Dillon was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and to receive forty strokes of the cat for a similar offence some twelve years ago.
Coad, a brewer at Waitara, was yesterday convioted of neglecting to enter hops and beer in the proper boons required by law, and was fiued L2O; an additional fine of 5s being imposed on him for removing tho statutory books from the brewciy. Two other charges of fraudulent neglect were dismiss , d.
The man Spalding, who escaped some time since from the Avondale Lunatic Asylum, has been rearreated, and sent back to that institution. He was not examined by a medical man, no doubt it being considered that the order under which he was originally committed was in force, Tho arrest was made by order of Dr Maegregor. The Auckland North Licensing Committee met yesterday, when consideration of several applications for the renewal of licenses was adjourned for a week, the Bench intimating that they intended to close the hotels affected as not being necessary in the locality. In other cases cautions wore administered as to Sunday trading. The magisterial inquiry into the charge of arson in connection with the schoolmaster s house at Blenheim resulted in the committal of the accused, a young man (Lucas), lor trial. The Magistrate remarked that there were several circumstances connected with tho case which required explanation, and he thought it had better go before the higher Court. Lucas, who is a clerk, effected an insurance for L.)O on his books and personal effects two days before the nie. His brother, who occupied the house, had L2OO on tho furniture, whish was valued at nearly LSOO. A special cable message to the New York ‘Post’ says:—“ The private view 2* tho London Academy was a very brilliant affair. Mr Gladstone, who was among the earliest arrivals, chiefly admired Frank Micksee’s ‘ Passing of Arthur,’ a very poetical illustration of Tennyson’s poem; but the artists unanimously vote Orchardson’s ‘ Coming of Age of a Young Duke as the picture of the year. It is a banquet scene of the ancient yA/iwie with maivellously skilful accessories. He recently refused L.3,000 for it, as Ls,fioo is his price. The next artistic success is ‘ Tbo Prodigal Son,’ by John Swan, the animaJ painter, who exhibited iu tho Salou last year, Xhe exhibition, as a whole, shows little origin-’ ality by academicians, hut much good work by outsiders. Sargent’s portrait of Irving is unworthy of him.” The meeting of the Kensington School Committee, hold last evening, was attended by Messrs Cole (chairman), Allen, Caffin, M'Laren, Prebble, and Trevena (secretary). The question as to the manner of appointing teachers was discussed at considerable length, it beiug ultimately decided to give the present system a further trial. The head-master (Mr Moore) reported a slight falling off in the attendance. The matter of midwinter holidays also came up for consideration. Several of tho members present announced themselves as being in favor of only three days being granted instead of a week as heretofore, and the matter was loft in the hands of the chairman. An application w’as received from Mr Rae for the use of one of tho schoolrooms for a meeting, and tho request was granted. Messrs Cole and Trevena were appointed a Visiting Committee for the current month.
It was an odd assortment of drunkards that came before the Police Court this morning. First, an old lady of the common or garden variety, who, having no excuse to offer, was promptly fined a crown. No. 2, a shaky-looking little woman of not more than middle age, quailed not nor blushed when the Sergeant-major announced that she had been already convicted on seventyfive occasions, but artfully turned the record to profit by adding “ Yes, Mr Hutchison, I only came out of gaol yesterday after doing three months," M>d on the strength of this circumstance madeaif appeal for clemency, adding that the Rev, VV. Ronaldson had money belonging to her and would pay the fine. The Justices let heT off with a fine of ss. The third on the list was a young woman who had served a term for vagrancy, but her husband had informed the police that she was now better than she used to be; and in consideration of the circumstances, viewing the latest outburst as a temporary aberration, the Bench convicted and discharged accused, to her evident surprise. No, 4 was a mas who had been convicted and discharged yesterday. He made no appeal for mercy, and was ordered to pay half a sovereign. The next man was a first offender, who urged that “ they make the brow too strong for ns Palmerston people.” He was let oil - ; and so was another offender, who, affecting an injured air, insisted on knowing what officer had laid the charge against him. The seventh on the list was a man who was too ill to appear, and sent his wife to speak to the Bench. It was stated that accused had not been up since 1884, and in consideration of that fact, and that his illness was the cause, not the result of his spree, ho was discharged. No. 8 was a shivering old duchess who cried for mercy because she was looking after a widow’s children who would bo crying for her. The prayer prevailed. The procession wound up with a woman who pleaded domestic trouble as the cause of her indulgence. The police, however, with those damning records of theirs, proved that accused had been treated compassionately when charged with a similar offence last week, and she had to pay ss.
The Peninsula Navalu hold their fifth anniveisaiy ball on Friday, 28th inst. Gaelic Society’s monthly meeting in Oddfellows’ Hall to-morrow evening.
The anniversary social tea meeting in connection with the Otago Sunday School Union will be held in the Choral Hall to-morrow evening.
The twenty - seventh anniversary of Loyal Dunedin Lodge, M.U.1.0.0.F., will be colebrated by a smoke concert in the lodge room on Thursday evening. Sir J. K. Somers Vine invites all those interested in the Imperial Institute to meet him at the Council Chambers to-morrow evening, when he will deliver an address.
The Triumph Lodge, P.A.F.S.A., held its regular fortnightly meeting in the Wesleyan Soho droom, Cargill road, South Dunedin, last evening, Bro Arnold, W.M, in the chair. There was a large attendance, and after the routine business of the lodge was finished its doors were thrown open to visitors, Bro. R. XL Adams being present to deliver a lecture on ‘ldolatry.’ Basing his remarks on the Second Commandment, be defined idolatry as “ relictions veneration being paid to anything not God.” Under this ho classed all forms of invocation through images, relics, saints, and angels. God had made no provision for worship or prayer by proxy. The use of images or angels was an attempt to worship by means of proxies, and was contrary to the command “ Thou shalt not bow down to them nor serve them.” The lecture was interspersed with several illustrative anecdotes, and was heartily applauded, and a vote of thanks accorded to the lecturer.
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