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Circumstances do alter cases ! Who could have believed that Councillor v "i s {> FlsH| that P ast ma3ter in the art jii'ulin?. of working public meetings, would have been found on a public platform denouncing the vox populi, and disputing its claim to be regarded as the arbiter of a question like the disposal of a public reserve? The sight would have been edifying to the gods. Truly the times have changed. In hia place in the Cify Council Councillor Fish formulated the novel proposition that no representative was worthy of his salt who had not the courage there and then to vote on an important question, notwithstanding that the citizens had never been consulted in regard to it; and last night he had the temerity to affirm that the proposed alienation of a recreation reserve concerned the limited number whose names happened to appear on the burgess roll, and not the citizens generally, for whom it was specifically set apart. Tho day was when he would have been the first to have scouted the first proposition, and been foremost in leading the citizens in defence of their undoubted privileges. No purpose will be served by referring in detail to the speeches that were delivered, because the poll has practically closed before these lines can be read, and the issue determined, we confidently believe, in favor of leaving things just as they are. Sir Robert Stout was certainly earnest in advocating the retention of the reserve for the object for which he mainly got it. He certainly had the meeting entirely with him. Mr Batjiuate contented himself hy urging that tho society which he specially represents should be allowed to proceed with their work, which, if taken up in a liberal spirit by the City Council, may be the means of _ putting several of the reserves in the City in something like decent order. But he erred in raising the question that a maiket was inimical to the interests of the retailers, who contribute largely to the rates. It will be time enough to deal with that when the Council find themselves called on to establish a market. Councillor Fisii did not speak with his customary force. He evidently knew that he was in a hostile camp, as it <vcre, and the knowledge that he would find it exceedingly difficult to make converts must have had a depressing eil'ect. Nor was he discreet. He does not take punishment kindly, and allowed himself to be betrayed into an expression concerning his opponent that was insulting in the extreme, being entirely uncalled for, and, as such, was warmly resented by the audience. He was disingenuous, as usual, and though affecting to believe that the syndicate project has been finally dealt with, I'ffc it to be inferred by his hearers that if a market, baths, library, and all the other good things to be located on this reserve are ever to be supplied they must be furnished by means of "private enterprise," which in this instance wo take to be synonymous with syndicate. Councillor Kimiseu, gave another airing to the whimsical proposal he brought before the Council (where it also failed to find a seconder), and he supported it with a characteristic speech ; but he committed a startling iudiscretion, and was f.iirly extinguished in the peal of laughter which greeted hi 3 use of " a big, big D." After the speeches of Messrs Ali.kn and Stkwakt, who intimated very plainly that they would not be parties to an alienation of the reserve—a feeling that is fully shared by Or FitchKTT—tl'c hopelessness of opposing the resolution of Sir J'i. Stout must have struck those who sided with Mr Fi.su, as they practically let it go by default. Had the true issue been placed before the ratepayers with a3 much distinctness as it should have been at last night's meeting, we opine that tho result of today's so-called " plebiscite" would have been equally emphatic, though possibly different.

It seems that a license is not required by travellers for Australian wines. The will case of Winmill v. Gallic will be resumed at the Supreme Court to-morrow morning at eleven o’clock. Mr James W. Thomson has been appointed a member and Mr William Dallas reappointed a member of the Otago Land Board.

The panorama of “ Zealandia,” painted nearly ten years ago by Mr J. S. Willis, of Dunedin, was, at last advices, showing at Bath.

The inquest at Waitahuna on the body of James Bradford yesterday resulted in a verdict of wilful murder against some person or persons unknown, Robert Waddell, his mate, has been detained on a charge of murder.

Tho Horticultural Society held a meeting last night, when the schedule for the year was gone through, and the special prizes allotted for all the shows, including the one to be held during the currency of tho Exhibition. Mr P. M'Gregor presided, and there was a large attendance,

The Auditor-General has disallowed the following items in the Christchurch City Council’s accounts for last year Sending a cable message to the Empress of Germany condoling with her on the death of her husband ; hire of carriages for councillors attending tho funeral of the lato Mrs Harper, the Primate’s wife ; cost of constructing a panorama for the Melbourne Exhibition.

The monthly meeting of the Athenaeum Committee last evening was attended by Messrs J. G, Moody (in the chair), J. R, Sinclair, J. A. Barr, W. S. Fitzgerald, J. H. Chapman, W. M. Bolt, D. M'Adam, E. C. Morrison, D. White, and W. B. Harlow. The librarian’s monthly statement was considered satisfactory. The Committee acknowledged with thanks a framed calendar showing the days of the week for 2,000 years, presented by Mr W. R. Latham,

A Melbourne teetotal lecturer has given, from his point of view, the difference between local option and prohibition. A man takes twenty-five snakes—the snakes represent alcoholic liquor—and puts them in a box in which are twenty-five holes. He corks up nine, and out of the remaining sixteen holes crawl the twenty-five snakes. Here is your local optionist. Another man procures twenty-five snakes and shuts them up in a box without any holes. Behold your prohibitionist ! A meeting of the Otago Beekeepers’ Association was held last evening. A very interesting paper on Bacillus alvei, the germ disease which affects bees, was read by Mr Morris. From the report of a subcommittee which was read, it appears that the Association did not desire to amalgamate with the Horticultural Society, All that is proposed is that the Beekeepers’ Association should hold their exhibitions in conjunction with the shows of the society, and have a recognised official position iu the schedule,

A notice to members of Loyal Prince rf Wales Lodge, Port Chalmers, appears in this isue.

Air li A Lougbnau Is about to vacate the editorial chair of the ‘Lyttelton Time o ,’which he has filled with conspicuous ability for some time, in order to take tho editorial control and management of tho ‘ Catholic Times ’ (Wellington).

Tho meeting of tho Loyal Valley Lodge, MU.1.0.0.F., was hold in Kirk’s Hall on Monday evening, N.G. Bro. Bee presiding. Three candidates wore made members. P.G. Bro. Davie (Albion), G.M. Bro, Wilson (Dunedin), and G.M. Bro. Bardsloy (Hand and Heart) replied to the second toast. At the Princess’s Theatre on Thursday evening a concert, with tableaux vivants, will be given by pupils of the Dominican Convent, assisted by a number of local instrumentalists, under the direction of Mr F. Leech. Tho musical programme is an attractive one. Tho tableau r vivants represent Ireland in thepa-t, the Ireland of to-day, and the Ireland of the future, the last of which being a representation of tho United Empire. The M.icbggan street Loyal Temperance Legion in Id their second monthly penny reading on Friday; the president (Mrs Dodgahun) in the chair. A number of little folk sang, the rendering of ‘The mother’s prayer’ being tho feature of the entertainment, and Mr Bannerman gave a stirring gospel temperance address. Young ladies willing to assist in the industrial branch of work will be gladly welcsmed The present workers desire to thank those friends who have assisted these meetings.

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Evening Star, Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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Evening Star Issue 7930, 11 June 1889

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