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The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1889., Issue 7987, 16 August 1889
The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1889.
We purposely refrained from expressing any opinion regarding Mr White's the difference between Mr Case. White and the Education Board until the final decision by tho Board. There can be but one feeling regarding Mr White’s charges of nepotism by tho Board. Even if an individual member of it should endeavor to sacrifice merit or talent to the promotion of some friend or relative to a vacant position, it would be .absurd to suppose that the rest of the Board would lend themselves to such a dereliction of duty. Mr White’s statements seem to us to have been purely imaginative, and his explanation that he intended them to apply to a system, and not to the members of the Board, was a very lame attempt to justify himself. To what part of the system did it apply 1 To what is now termed the three-men system 1 ? We are not prepared to say whether that is or is not tho best that can be adopted in the appointment of teachers; but, if not, it is really no necessary part of the education system, and can be amended by the Board themselves if foundto work badly. It is highly probable that, if not already done, a careful classificar tion of teachers according to seniority and recorded ability by the inspectors, and the submission of three or five names in their order of priority for the consideration of school committees, would be the fairer plan to adopt. We believe that something of this kind has been attempted. At any rate, those unseemly attacks upon the Board by different school committees arc founded, apparently, on an endeavor to assume the power of appointment, irrespective of the Board. The experience of those who remember the button-holing and oilier means of recommending candidates when the power rested in school committees only, should operate as a warning against reverting to it. The Board have the means of knowing the fitness of teachers for any particular office far beyond what is possible for any committee or institute to have, and it is only a question whether three or more names be submitted for “ consultation” with committees. If any part of the system works badly, in our opinion the cumulative vote is at the bottom of those differences between
the Board and committees; and, if that were abolished, in the main men would be returned as committeemen who understood their relative position, and would seek to work harmoniously with the Board. But this was not the charge made by Mr White against the Board. It was really that of corruption; and when he changed his ground and said it was not the Board but the system that ho condemned, he really meant that it was A System which necessarily involved the tendency to corruption in ohe form or other. But he gave no reasons for his assertion. He did not condemn the mode of their election, nor instance any abuse of power, although he broadly insinuated th«at the latter had occurred. From the nature of the case this is very improbable. The Board arc chosen from different localities, having different circles of friends; and, apart from the fact that it is hardly likely in consequence that a consensus of feeling should exist in favor of one special candidate, they forego even that by sending a number of names, so that the one who Is supposed to be the favorite might not be appointed. It seems to 'Us, therefore, that this is a safeguard against the corruption insinuated by Mr White. In this instance he has not done justice to himself as a man of ability. It would have been fir more judicious to have frankly acknowledged his error, and thus avoided the deserved censure passed upon him by the Board. We pass by the indelicacy of any employe of the Board publicly attacking their proceedings on such apparently slender grounds. Like the charges themselves, it was an error in judgment. “ Mr Loans ” have passed the Representation Bill without Snii'b Tiuoiigii amendment. On the tickAt Last. lish question of the plural vote, a majority of six conceded the point at issue. We do not think it was worthy of much contention, now that the city electorates are amalgamated, because, except in a few instances of an exceptional character, it always has been very difficult for any man to vote in two country electorates. The “ quota business seems to have very much troubled the mind of Mr Oliver, who fell into the arithmetical swamp of supposing that because the whole population were in equal proportion to be represented the towns would have numerically equal representation with the country. This is not so. Twenty - eight per cent, being added to the country population renders 7,500 or 7,750 of the latter equal to 10,000 of the former. When the additions are made the nominal representation —not the actual—- will be alike for town and country. It is satisfactory to know that the Council have not provoked a quarrel with the Representative Chamber on this matter. The House has a perfect right to regulate its own constitution, and it would have been a most ungracious act if the Council had refused assent to a Bill passed in the House for that purpose.
The only insolvency registered in Dunedin dm ing the week is that of Ernest Layton, of Dunedin, law clerk, Mr Justice Williams returns to Dunedin this evening, and will hold a sitting in Bankruptcy on Monday. Great satisfaction is expressed at the probability of the Government improving and opening up the Wanganui River. A number of the electors of Dunedin East have, we understand, wired to-day to Mr James Allen asking him to vote against Mr Moss’s amendment rather than run any risk of ousting the Ministry. The following nominations to the Pharmacy Board were made yesterday ; —J. A. Pond, Auckland ; G. Bonnington, J. V. Ross, Christchurch ; R. P. Bagley, E. S. Filiation, B. Isaac, T. M. Wilkinson, Dunedin ; W, Elder, Port Chalmers ; G. Mce, Wellington. At a public meeting at Kamo resolutions were passed urging the Government to extend the Kamo-Whangarei line to Puhipuhi, and expressing indignation at the opposition to this work. At a meeting at Hikurangi the necessity of constructing the proposed tramway from Kamo to Puhipuhi Forest was urged. A Nelson resident named Robert Davidson found a dynamite cap, and, being ignorant of what it was, proceeded to a careful examination with a needle. The explosion that followed surprised him, and it also blew away the top of one thumb and a finger. He was taken to the hospital, where an operation was performed, tho first joints of finger and thumb being removed. Messrs J. Logan and R. B. Martin presided at the City Police Court. Annie VVhitely was for drunkenness fined 10s, in default forty-eight hours imprisonment. William Robinson, who was said to have had Lsl in his pocket when he was arrested, and who was being shadowed by two men, was fined a similar sum with a like alternative. The cable - repairing steamer She rare! Osborne arrived at Wellington yesterday, being short of coal. It was said on board that last week the cable was cut about 250 miles from Cable Bay, in order to ascertain the position of a fault, and that both eatls of the cable were buoyed. Bad weather then came on, and rendered it impossible for the steamer to work. The steamer returns to-night, but it will take her a couple of days to reach the scene of the break. The work of restoration is expected to occupy about twelve hours, so that it will be Monday or Tuesday before communication is complete. Two rural land sections not applied for on Tuesday last were balloted for at the Land Office yesterday, with the following result: Section 11, block 10, Kurow, 94 acres, cash price LI per acre, ten applicants—James Strachan, perpetual lease; section 10, block 10, Naseby, 88a 2r sp, cash price LI per aero, one applicant— Thomas Mawhinney, perpetual lease. In addition to these, section 12, block 4, Tiger Hill, 311 acres, was taken up by Mary Jane Sloan on perpetual lease, the cash price being LI per acre. There was a numerous attendance at St. Joseph’s Cathedral last Sunday evening to hear the farewell sermon of Rev. Father Daly, which brought his mission in Dunedin to a close. The altar was a blaze of tapers and flowers, and tho music, the acolytes in their purple cassocks swinging censors, and the gorgeous white or gold vestments of the ftriests, heightened the general impression of estivc solemnity. Father Daly delivered a sermon on the text “ Now is tho accepted time ’ (2 Cor,, vi., 2), which he interspersed with practical hints for daily devotion, and in the course of which he expressed his satisfaction at the large attendance during the last week, and also his admiration of the beautiful temple, a standing memento of the zeal of local Catholics. At the preacher’s request, every member of thecongregation lit his or her taper, of which an offering was made later on to tho altar, as emblematical of the flame of devotion to be kept perpetually burning. Upon a formal renewal of baptismal vows, Father Daly pronounced the Papal benediction. At the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, Father Daly acted as celebrant, and Fathers Lynch and O’Donnell as deacon and sub-deacon. After the rendering of some English hymns, the Litany and the rest of the ordinary vesper music was sung by the choir, the service being prolonged till about nine o’clock.
John Powell, charged with killing a sheep, was committed lor trial at Nelson yesterday. At a meeting at Invercargill yesterday Principal Rainy was presented with an elaborate album of New Zealand scenery, Mr Jellicoe offers a reward of LIOO for such information as will lead to the identification and conviction of the actual murderer of Thomas Hawkings. The arrivals in New Zealand during July were 995, and the departures 1,080 ; 471 persons wont to New South Wales, 292 to Victoria, and 147 to England. At tho Supreme Court at Invercargill yesterday Joe Suei, charged with criminally assaulting a Chinese girl six years old at Round Hill, was found guilty and sentenced to eight years’ penal servitude. The members of the Picton Bar met Mr Couolly on tho platform of the station on his departure for Wellington, and congratulated him on his appointment to the judgeship, while regretting his departure from Marlborough, where he had spent the last twenty-four years of his life.
A moderate house assembled at the Princess’s Theatre to witness the second representation of ‘ Jo.’ Baby Ogden’s acting as the little crossing-sweeper was again loudly and frequently applauded, and deservedly so, for she was letter-perfect, and gave a most intelligent pourtrayal of tho character. Mrs D’Orsay Ogden (as Mdllo Hortcnse and Lady Deadlock), Miss Ethel Parnwell (Mrs Snagsby), Messrs Lawrie Dunbar (as the Coroner and Inspector Bucket), Marshall (Tulkinghorne), and Smith (Snagsby) acted well, and were the means of an enjoyable performance being given, ‘ Jo ’ will be repeated this evening, and a matinee performance will be given tomorrow afternoon. The Alhambra Football Club meat Taieri at the Caledonian Ground to-morrow, when an interesting game should result. Shareholders in the Last Chance Gold Mining Company are reminded of tho general meeting at Wat on’s Hotel this evening. The fortnighfy meeting of the Otago Lodge (U. A.0.D.) was held in the lodge room, Central Hotel, on Wednesday night, A.D. Bro. T Stonebridge presiding. The receipts for the evening amounted to L 7. The weekly meeting of the Trinity Church Musiojl and Literary Society last evening was presided over by the Rev. W. Baumbsr. The evening was devoted to readings and recitations from colonial authors. Last night’s meefng of the John street Mutual Improvement class was moderately attended, Readings wore contribute! by Messrs A, Edmonds, W, Thorn, H. Ronfrce, 0. Battson, and recitations essrs T. T.ly and W. G, Cole,
The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 1889., Issue 7987, 16 August 1889
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