The Evening Star FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 1889.
Nothing more disgraceful than the rejection of the Otago " oflillf " Central ill ever happened otmro Central, in the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was well known that a good many 'numbers were bitterly opposed to the Bill; but, seeing that the Leader of the Opposition had expressed himself regarding it in such extremely favorable terms, the general opinion Was that it would pass. On the sth of last month Mr Ballance spoke immediately after the Premier had moved the second reading of the Bill. He began his speech by saying that he quite agreed that if they were unable to raise a loan, or if it was inexpedient to do so for the purpose of carrying out that work, the means proposed in the Bill were perhaps the best that could be devised : and after saying that he was sure Mr Pyke would acquiesce in the proposals of the Government, he concluded as follows: " reasonable way of getting out of a " very great difficulty. The money is " to be borrowed (provisionally) out "of the Public Trust Office. The " honorable gentleman has stated that "the security is good, and I quite "agree that it is ample." If these sentences do not express a hearty and unqualified approval of the Bid, language has no meaning. The country had a right to expect that it would be adopted by the House when the Leader of the Opposition so cordially supported its second reading. The House—at least the honorable part of it—must accordingly have been taken by surprise last night when Mr Ballance, speaking on the same motion, deliberately opposed the Bill. It is, we say, one of the most scandalous acts of tergiversation that ever occurred in our Legislature. The speech in which he thus disgraced himself was worthy of the occasion. It was mere quibbling from beginning to end ; and the Premier must have chuckled heartily when he heard the honorable gentleman foolishly contradicting his own arguments. Mr Ballance said he was now prepared to prove that the proposal which some six weeks ago he considered a reasonable substitute for borrowing would be borrowing of the worst description. He Avanted a clear statement from the Premier of the policy that was to be pursued— i.e., of the policy -which the Premier had so clearly stated when moving the second reading of the Bill, and which he himself had so unreservedly approved. If it was to be a policy of abstention from borrowing, he believed every member of the House would support the Government in such a policy. This, from the honorable gentleman who the other week so egregiously blundered into advising a borrowing policy, was a little too much ; but when a man suddenly turns his back on himself, he is apt to follow a tortuous course. He was not opposed to the Otago Central, but was opposed to underhand borrowing, as he believed they were precluded from it by the promise made to the Agent-General. That promise, it should be remembered, was to stop borrowing in the London market for a specilied time, and it has nothing in the world to do with the provisional borrowing from the Trust Office proposed in the Bill. The sums borrowed in that way will not become part of the consolidated debt. Did not Mr Ballance himself say that the security was ample 1 But all this was a mere pretext, as was clearly seen when the Premier said he was prepared to take the proposal touching the trust funds out of the Bill altogether. Mr Ballance had sold himself to those malcontents who, having unfinished railways in their own districts, were jealous of the small measure of tardy justice now offeree; to the Otago Central. None of the other lines can compare with this one, and in none of them is so much money lying idle. It is a work of colonial importance, and, as Mr Fergus
pointed cut in his vigorous and wel'-tho'ught-out speech, one of. the few settlement lines. But the Bill, which proposed to carry it sis far as Ewe burn, and so make it of some service t6 the district and the Colony, has been. Killed by that intense spirit of local jealousy which is the curse of New Zealand politics, Mr BalLANcje has gained a small victory, but at the cost of thoroughly discrediting himself as a Parliamentary leader. That sense of responsibility, with the lack of which the Premier has frequently taunted the Opposition, seems to be equally wanting in their newly chosen head, it might, inded, be said that a sense of common decency would have prevented Mr Ballance from committing suoh a wretched blunder; Nor is it creditable to the Houne, but the very reverse, that a majority should have followed that gentleman in supporting Mr Smith's amendment. Dr Fitchett voted for the Bill—he would not have dared to do otherwise; but it is significant, if not characteristic, that that learned member should have declared that he was proud of hi.s leader. When members openly glory in dishonor, it shows that the House has become utterly demoralised.
ExoisfTios has been taKcn by Sir Robert Stout and some of the minor Tic Kom political lights who own alleof ofago. glance to him to our statement that the Canterbury members constituted "a compact and unscrupulous phalanx," who were in league with the West Coast and Northern sections who had railways that must be made, to kill the Otago Central Railway Bill. Let anyone not blinded by party feeling analyse the division this morning, and then say if our assertion has been wido of the mark. The Canterbury vote was recorded thus—almost a block vote against the Bill: Fon tub Pil.ri. - Sir John Hall, Mr Hiimphn ,V 9, Mr M'Grcftor, and Mr Jones. Aoai.nkt Messrs Blake, Lance, Loutrhrey, Pcrcn'il, W. P. Reeve*", Rhodes, Siundcra, Taylor, Turnbull, E Richardson, Buxton, Walker, and Joyce. Of the nineteen Canterbury votes thirteen were east against the Bill. Messrs Steward and Vkrkall do not appear to have been present or to have paired. Of the five who supported the Bill, Sir John Hall and Mr M'Grkc.or (Government whip) naturally voted with Ministers ; and Mr Hompiireys, an ex Otago runholder, who is intimately acquainted with the country that the line will tap, showed his strong sympathy with the work. The West Coast members to a man voted with the Opposition, as did the four Nelson members. Twothirds (f the Auckland vote went against Otago, and Wellington made common cause with those who have practically declared that public works shall cease unless the Woodville and Northern Trunk lines are rot gone on with contemporaneously with our line. The opposition of Southland was a foregone conclusion, and Mr Duncan could hardly do less, seeiDg that his district stands committed to an alternative route to our goldfields ; but we had a right to expect that Mr Laknaoii would have preferred justice to this district rather than aid in achieving a temporary party triumph. Let us contrast the action of Otago when Canterbury's pet measure was on the board with that if our Northern neighbors tc-day. On the second reading of the Midland Railway Bill, in 1884, the voting was 39 to 12. Only two Otago members voted with the minority on that occasion ; but, including pairs, no less than ten 0 ago men supported and five opposed the measure. And in 18S6, when the modified contract was embodied in a Bill, nine Otago members supported and seven opposed the second reading.
The Wellington City Council has increased the City Surveyor's salary from L 250 to L 350.
The English ealmon now in the ponds of the Christchurch Acclimatisation Gardens are to be turned out in the Selwyn River, besides a quantity of Rhine salmon.
At the Crown Lands Office this week Matthew M'Loughlin purchased section 27, block 14, Tuapeka West, containing 4a 3r 16p, on deferred payment, at 25s per acre. The North Oamaru School Committee have acted illegally in declining to receive the resignation of a member who, since election has removed his residence outside of the school district.
Foreman Adams, of the Wellington Municipal Fire Brigade, haviDg declined to accept the captaincy, vacated by the death of Captain Page, the Council has decided to call for applications for the position. A hot nor'-wester was blowing all yesterday afternoon and evening across tho Canterbury Plains, drying up everything rather too quickly to please farmerp. The snow on the hills is disappearing rapidly, and in consequence the rivers are rising. At a meeting of the Seamen's Union it was unanimously resolved, in the event of a strike, to grant the Tailoresses' Union LI OD per week, and give them every assistai c ia gaining a fair rate of pay for their labor. Mr A. F. M'Kay, manager of the Bank of New Zealand at Invercargill, who is being transferred to another branch, was the recipient of an address from business men yesterday testifying to his courtesy in public and private life in Invercargill. The Nelson Supreme Court was engaged all yesterday with the case of Weir v. Horner and Craig, an action for L 1,500, damages for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. Defendants caused plaintiff to be arrested on a charge of stealing wash-dirt from them at Charleston, near Westp&rt, and the charge was dismissed. The plaintiffs case is not yet finished. The Baby Ogden Company concluded their season last evening with a revised version of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' They cannot be congratulated upon the success of their efforts, for, with the exception of one or two of the principals, a moro careless and lifeleßa representation of the drama has not been witnessed here for some considerable time. There was a moderate attendance.
At the Christchurch Board of Education yesterday a resolution was adopted that, in future, reports of the Appointments Committee be taken in open board, but all cases that may in tho opinion of the Committee be deemed advisable, as reflecting on the status or character of any teacher, shall be taken in committee, and shall be appended on a supplementary sheet attached to the report. The Invercargill Corporation appears to be in financial trouble, as householders generally do not use their water supply, and the revenue as yet bartly covers interest on the capital, while a compulsory general rate is hard to get. An advance of the water rate to the limit of Is 3d in the pound is recommended, and an advance of the general rate is also threatened ; while a harbor rate of 3d in the pound was passed last night. Altogether the affairs of the borough are not in a promising condition. A very unusual case was heard at the Sandhurst circuit of the Victorian Supreme Court on the9th inst., when JainesLeversha, a farmer, sought to recover LI,OOO damages for breach of promise from Sarah Wrangham. The latter admitted the promise in 1885 when she was under age, and pleaded infancy and fraud. Plaintiff could only prove that he had spent a few pounds during his brief courtship. The girl was his landlord's daughter, and was twenty years his junior. Though the Judge summed up in his favor, the jury awarded him only a shilling and costs. A meeting of delegates from Masonic lodges of the Scotch Constitution in Canterbury last night nominated D.G.M, Brc% Charles Louisson, Mayor of Christchurch, and Past Master J. C. Watson for Grand Master, vice the Rev. James Hill, removed to Auckland ; the names to be submitted to lodges for election ne?t month. The meeting also received a committee's report re a. presentation to the late Grand Master, in course of preparation, It will consist of a full set of Past Grand Master's regalia in gold, an additional jewel for ordinary use, and a handsomely illuminated address.
The only declaration of insolvency filed this week was that of Krnest Lay ton, of Diinedin, law olerk. The Mayor of Christchurch recently sent a telegram to Lord Onslow cxpreesing the sympathy of the citizens of Christchurch and pleasure at the rcoovery of Lord Cranky. His Excellenoy sent a grateful acknowledgment yesterday. Victor Van Schullz, the manager of the Asoestos Manufacturing Company, who absconded, and in whose accounts defalcations to the amount of over L4OO were dta* covered, has been arrested. On being Searched a bottle or laudanum was found on 1 il n, and he explained that his intentionwas to have committed suicide rather than be taken alive.
Messrß J. B. Thomson and J. Logan presided at the City Police Court this morning. For allowing cows to wander at large Matthew Dormer and Joseph Harvey were each fined 53, without costs | M : Cameron was fined ?s, with costs; and Robert Anderson ,'Js, without costs. For keeping unregistered dogs in their possession Alfred Millar was fined 2s 6d, without costs ; Hannah Rapplecourt ss, without costs ; John Griffon 10s, with costs ; and James Wilson without costs. A charge againat Frederick Rustell was withdrawn by the inspector. A^ decision of the Court of Matine Inquiry of Victoria was upset in the Supreme Court last week. An application was made to Mr Justice A'Beckett for a prohibition to restrain the Court of Marine Inquiry from enforcing an order made by it that the certificate of Mr Charles Taylor, as master of the steam-tug Hercules, should be suspended for two years. The Hercules struck on a reef in Hobson'e Bry while in charge of Mr Taylor, and the Court of Marine Inquiry found him guilty of careless navigation, and suspended his certificate. It was contended on his behalf that the Marine Court had no jurisdiction to make the inquiry as to whether Mr Taylor had been guilty of negligence, as it had not been requested to do so by the Marine Board, and tne Court could only act in such matters when it was required by the Board to inquire into a charge of misconduct. It was submitted that all that the Marino Board had desired an inquiry into was as to the cause of the casualty. His Honor was of opinion that the objection was fatal, and made übsolutu the iule to prohibit the enforcing of the order of the Court of Marine Inquiry. He also held that the order made by the Marine Court was bad, as not showing that it had found that the master of the Hercules was guilty of gross misconduct. At St. Peter's Schoolroom last evening a emoko concert was given by the members of the Young Men's Club lately formed in con nection with the church. For some considerable time the pastor (Rev. Mr Watson) and prominent members of the church have been endeavoring to provide an attraction sufficient to keep the young people of the district from roaming about tho streets after dark, and the club, which now possesses a membership of eighty, was formed to attain that result. So far success has attended the efforts of those who took active steps in connection with the inauguration of this desirable institution, and the meetings of the club have been well attended. Last evening numerous games were indulged in by thote present, and an enjoyable evening was spent. Songs were contributed by Messrs A. fleet, W. Rowley, J. Scofield, J. Ingram, F. Lees, A. Hall, R'. Hill, A. Lilly, sen., A. W. Lilly, C. F. Grigg, and the Rev. F. E. Watson. Mr A. W. Lilly acted efficiently as accompanist. Refreshments were handed round during the evening. In contention with the club a literary class has been formed, tho members meeting twice a week. Mr Pope conducts a shorthand class, while a cricket club has also been formed. The Rev. Mr Watson is president, Messrs Allan and Easther are vice-presidents, Messrs Fleet and Howison librarians, and Mr C. F. Grigg secretary. As the subscription is within the reach of everyone, it is anticipated that in a short time tho club will possess a much stronger membership than it does at present, when several alterations wiil be made in connection with games, periodicals, etc.
The cartoons in this week's ' Land and Sea' deal with the political situation effectively.
Alhambra Football t'lub —Special metting in Pelichet Bay Hotel on Monday evetirg. The monthly Gaelic gorvico in connection with Chalmers Church, Lower York place, will be conducted by the Bev. J. M. Kraser next Sabbath, at 2 30 p m. Tho Cargill road Mutual Improvement Class held their weekly mating on Wednedsy evening, Mr S. Bridgman in the chair. Th« eren'ng was di voted to a discussion on variid topics. We have received from Mr Horsburgh a pamphlet entitled ' Why do the English Learn Modern Languages?' frcm tho pen of Mr O. Naverne, one of the teaming staJf of Wellington College. The only "Maccabe" hai dccVed to pay NYw Zalind another visit, and Mr George Buller, hU manager, has arranged for h r s appearance at the City Hall. Mr Maccibe will hare the assistance of hia wife.
A meeting of Professor Ojcar David'H pupils ard f iendd was belli in the Normal t-chool on Tuesday evening, and it wbs resolved to hold the auniul entertainment in about two moaths. The matter his been well taken up and a itrong committee funned. 1 he fortnigi:*'y meeting of Court Litt'c John, A.0.F., was hold in the Good Templars' Hall, Kaikorai, on Wednesday evening. An official v'uit was received from Court Enterprise, and there was alto visitors present from Courts P/ide of Dunedin ai d St. Andrew, The health of the vifitors wis responded to by D.S. Bro. Woodlands (on behalf of the district), P.O.R. Bro. Ingram (OourtTride of Dunedin), P.D.O.V. Hro. Williams (Coi St. A- drew), and C.B, 8.0 Oaten (Court JiLterprise). Among the ap))licationa for Now Zealand patents jubt gazetted aie the following: J. Volkner, Auckland, preserving jir ; D. Parker, Gore, knitting machine; E. Taibam, Sydney, improved rxplosive, illuminating and heating gas; 11. Fabling, Doylcston, potatodigger; W. B. Walt-rs, Dunedin, butter improver, also varnish for butter boxes; B, Robinton, Aucklard, food preservative; W. C. Page, Aahburton. apparatus for raisina: sunkenvessels and other o-j-.-cts; J. W. Faulkner, Lunedin, fencing standards j Andrews and Bcaven, Christehurcb, improvements in chaff cutting and bagging machines.
A successful en'ertainment was held in AH Saints' Schoolroom last evening, tbe ha'l being crowded. The first part consisted of a bur losque on the tragedy of ' Medea,' in which the principal puts were well filled by Mrs Binns, Misses Holland and Treseder. and Messrs" Binns, Ric!iv:dson, Arlidge, Tewaloy. and M'Lachlin. The latter sing the mu:ic inc'dental to the piece in good style. A concert followed, the performers beii.g Miss and Master Towsey and Miss Longford, pianoforte duet atd solo respective'y; songs by Misi L. Treseder, Mrs Binns, and Mr Jago, the latter being rccalkd three times. A recitation by Mr Arlidge brought a very pleasant evening to a close. Miss L. Treseder was accompanist. Mr S, Jacob?, of Princoa street, has imported tluee ingenious contrivances known as the automatic distributor, which has become immensely popular on the Continent and in miny parts of England. It is the invention of M. Ingrey. of Paris, and as its name implies distributes meohanically— for a small consideration, of course—tuosi concoctions in con'ecti ma of which the Parisian is so intensely fond. Wo learn that in France alone close on 5,C00 of these machines were at work last year, and they gave mrversal satii fiction. The automatic box and distributing column stand about oft high, and by depositing a penny in the slot for the purpose you are at once accommodated with a "sweetie." It is said that with tho o'd-fashioned midline it wai possible for a boy, by heating out a piece of lead to the size of a penny and putting it into the machine, to obtain a penny woi th of any of the mater ials therein cont vined, or that this e ult could b ' effected with a piece of cardboard or with a kufe. But no a'ticle can be introduced into tho slot of this machine, and krnfe blades are broken off by it. But what is most satisfactory is that the public cannot be deceived. When empty the receiving orifice is|effectually closed, and the proprietor is protected by an ingenious check pystem. Mr Molabam, a prominent London eugineor, c r tides that he is acquainted with most of tbe automatic machines that have been introduced into the London market, and that this oce far outstrips them all iu simplicity and efficiency. He has found it "impossible to defraud ci'h r the machine cr tho public. There are practically only two moving parts in the media iim. and consequently it is not likely to get out of order." Mr Jacobs will have one if tho machines on view to morrow. ,
An unhappy woman is a flower exposed to the north wind; she remains long in the bud, and, when 6he should bloom, farlep. A Disorderly Re treat.—" Set 'em up again!" yelled out as the party prepare to stagger out and separate at 1 a.m.
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