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OUR LONDON LETTER, Issue 7969, 26 July 1889
OUR LONDON LETTER
ANGT.O-COLONIAL NOTE!. J.o\i>o\ r , dune 14. The ' Financial Ni-ws,' by the way, goes hammer and tongs lor tho Queen Charlotte Sound Gold Mining Company in an abusive article, the drift of which seems rather hazy. It blames the New Zealand Antimony Company apparently for trying to make a good bargain, and hints that the mine's ore will in all probability prove too refractory to repay j working. Miss Alice Cornwell lias no fewer than three new companies on t!i3 stocks just now. She gives au " At Home " on Wednesday in Roland Gardens in conjunction with Lady Maria Spearman, who has become her guide, philosopher, and friend, vice Phil Robinson deposed. By the permission of Lord Kihnorloy, a novel experiment in the way of matinoos will shortly bo tried at the St. James's Theatre. There are now quite a number of bona fide Australian actors and actresses in London, and it has occurred to that enterprising Antipodeau histriou, Mr R. Cole Aspinall, that a performance given entirely by them might be a'' draw." So far I agree with him, but I cannot approve the choice of a play. Robertson's ' Caste,' which the audacious Aspinall proposes shall form the ; staple portion of the programme, is so_ in--1 extricably ussociated in every metropolitan theatre-goers' mind with a certain set of players that even if a company of hypertalented angels Hew down from Heaven to perform the comedy we should, in all probability, be dissatisfied with them, Forasoratch lot of casually-collocted Australians to challenge comparison with Hare, George Honey, Bancroft, H. J. Montague, Marie Wilton, and Carlotta Addison will be simply tempting Providence and inviting "the Bong of the goose." Mr Aspinall hopes, I understand, to persuade the divine Melba to sing between the acts. After a moat successful season in Russia, the Australian pianiste Florence Monk Meyer has retired to the Tyrol for rest and recreation. She hopes to complete her opera, 'Hermann and Dorothea,' in the course of next month. It will be produced, in the first instance, in one of the Australian capitals, probably either Adelaide or Sydney. 'Mr Campbell Pracd, the husband of the famous Australian novelist, made a successful dtlwt yesterday in the character of plaintiff in a libel suit. The defendant, Mr William Graham, is a wealthy oddity by way of being a litterateur, and some months ago (with many flourishes of trumpets) started a weekly—long dead—called ' The Gentleman.'
The Home Secretary was ridiug in the Row on Monday when his horse tripped and fell, throwing the great man with some violence to the ground, The accident (as newspapers say) " attracted tho attention " of that much maligned " advertising politician," the member for Canterbury, who, mounted on a noble palfrey, was gracefully disporting himself to the admiration of countless observers. nothing was further from Mr Heaton's intentions than to make capital out of the catastrophe. He therefore calledloudly for help, threw himself from his horse, and boundedlightly across the Row in the direction of the prostrate politician. Fortunately Mr Matthews had by thi3 time recovered, and before "our lienniker " could reach him had picked himself up. He was the reverse of grateful to poor ileaton for attracting public attention to the occurrence, and, instead of replying to the worthy Australian's tender inquiries anent injuries to his pcrsoD, remounted, and, rewarding his would-be preserver with a scowl, rode sharply off. Heaton, in no way disconcerted, made his way eastward, and, strange to say, there appeared in the cs'cning papers quite a nice little "par" about the affair. Iu these the member for Canterbury was presented as a prompt aud plucky equestrian, who assisted the fallen Minister to rise, and generally distinguished himself by resourceful readiness and nerve. Alas! when Mr Matthews saw the papers he blasphemed horribly, and swore by Balbus Ileaton should not get an "advertisement" out of him. Round to the newspaper cilices went a messenger stating vo one had helped Mr Matthews to rise wheu he came oil in the park. Next morning in cinsequence, whilst a par appeared about the Home Secretary's accident, Heaton's name was omitted. Thus is unassuming virtue rewarded.
An immense house greeted Madame Melba's rertrie at the Italian Opera last night in ' Rigoletto,' and she was well received and several times recalled during tho performance. Nevertheless tho lady will never make a furore of the Patti, Nillson, or even Titien sort. Last night the great baritone, Lassalle, was almost as big a "star." I liked her'Gilda' only passably myself. During his stay iu Paris this time, Sir Walter Duller was the guest of Prince Roland Bonaparte, who is a great ethnologist and cthnographist, and has ono cf the finest geographical libraiies in the world. He spent the best part of a day displaying its treasures to the appreciative eyes of Sir Walter, who says the number of Australian and Now Zealand works is wonderful enough, though far outdone by a unique collection of books in all languages on New Guinea.
Dr Grace has given up the idea of visiting Paris, and will probably bring his daughter straight to England by sea. Mr Bsetham, M.H.R.,left town yesterday on a visit to some friends in Lincolnshire. Some remarks which fell from Lords Limingtcn and Norton in tho course of the recent discussion in the Lords re again sending Imperial troops to garrison Australia and New Zealand appear to have roused Mr Beetham's ire, since he writes to ' The Times ' as follows :
I notice in your Parliamentary report of Jane 4, on the question of sending small bodies of troop* to the Australian colonies, that Lord Lamirgton is repoited to have said "That it was a wise policy, tho withdrawal of British troops in 1870." Then, evidently alluding to New Zealand, he |gives his reasons: "Becarsi their prosenco caused the col< ni«ts to carry on wars with tho Maoris, or at all events these wars ceased when Hie troip3 were withdrawn." Lord Norton is ieportfd to have said: "That the keeping of troops in New Zealand had at one time led to little wars being kept up for the purpose of retaining the British troops there, and thus securing this pecuniary advantage to the colony." Charges of this nature were freely made sgainst the colonists during the continuance cf the Native wars in New Zealand, and were then, I thought;, successful!y refuted. r?uch, however, do s not appear to be the caso in tho minds of the noble lords.
I, as an oil colonist, am thoroughly aware of the heavy losses sustained by the settlers of New Zealand during tho continuance of hostilities. Many valuable liveß were losr, homesteads and property destroyer l , and for a long period tho work and progress of colonisation wore almost paralysed. In endeavoring to show the real financial a : pect cf the question, it is difficult at this distance from my base of information to give perfectly accurate figures. I can only profess to givo an approximate estimate of the heavy responsibilities undertaken by the olonists in assisting tho Imperial authorities to Euba'ue the hj stile tribes of New Zealand.
Great Biitaio, up to the period of the with' drawal of the troops in 1870, haf| expended a little more than L 6,000,000. The colonists during the same period had expended nearly L3,G00,000, the total population of New Zeilanl being in the year 1870 only 240,000. After the British troops were withdrawn the continuance of hostilities must have caused an expenditure of atle»st L1,000,000,b> that tho exp nature of the colonists cannot be estimated at less than L 4,500,000 up to the end of 1872. Owing to the gradually changing relative portion'of the European a-d Native races has fortunately been, no state of actual warfare since tho date. Yet the position of the Native race lias necessitated a heavy continuous 0 cpcnditure to render successful rebellion on the part of the Natives impossible. This expenditure, and tho providing of meanß for tho defences rf our harbors against external enemies has necessitated a further expenditure of not leas than L 3,000,000. From these figures it will b3 seen that the colony of New Zealand has expended L 7.500.000 on internal and external defence. This proves, I think, incontestably, that the spirit uf self-reliance has not been wanting ip the colonists of New Zealand, who are now again unjustly accuaod of fermenting war and bloodshed in their midst for the purr pose of ensuring the expondituro of a fow millions of Imperial funds in their colony. New Zealand in its now vigorous 'manhood requires no nursing. In 1870 the colonists cheerfully supported Sir Frederick Weld iu bis self-reliant policy. They accepted manfully the additional burden that tbe withdrawal of the British troops entailed upon
ihera. alley have ever shown a reu.iinsss to o; - jperatß in any fair proposal tint has instituted for the protection of Imperial inttrests, and I consider that they are entitle! r.j have their efforts in the noble work of asaintine; in tho expansion of thr" Empire wore justly acknowledged than has been the ews by Lords Lamington and Norton.
OUR LONDON LETTER, Issue 7969, 26 July 1889
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