‘SIR HILARY’S PRAYER.’
TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —The lines quoted by your correspondent “A.8.” in Saturday night’s issue, form part of one of Winthrop Mackworth Praed’a poetical charades. Your correspondent is, however, slightly wrong in his quotation, having missed out five lines at the beginning and two at the end of the verse.
The answer generally accepted to the charade is “ Adieu,” as sounded with English pronounciation “ Aid yew,” the latter syllable referring to the old custom of planting yew trees in churchyards; but a comprehensive analysis of the enigma may be found in ‘ Longman’s Magazine ’ of December, 1882. —I am, etc., Agixcodrt, Dunedin, September 2, FRIENDLY SOCIETIES’ COMMISSION. TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —As a member of a society, and one who looks on friendly societies as public benefactor, I fail to see why a Royal Commission should be established to inquire into the working of the institutions, seeing they or the members thereof have not asked it themselves, that lam aware of; but it is being forced on them by a member of Parliament, who might know a little about them, but on the whole knows nothing. But to return to my subject. I entirely disagree with “Little John” about who should form this Commission. In my humble judgment it should be composed of men of the greatest intelligence, shrewdness, and above all strict integrity, and who are in nowise connected with any of the various Orders. It should bo their duty to collect all and sundry evidence from the centres rather than the branches of the various Orders, thus preventing jealousy and monopoly or undue advantage. “ Little John ” seems to wander from the subject by introducing contributions and such like. Now the real question to my mind is: Is there need for a Commission, and who should compose such ? At the present time I consider there is no need for it; looking also at the expense the Government will have to bear in connection with the same, while other things are more needful, In looking back for a period of twenty-five years, and considering what one Court of Foresters has done—fulfilled all its engagements and has an accumulation of capital of over L 6.000 sterling yet it started with nothing-does that not look like working out their own salvation ? Are not the members of these societies alive to their own interest and tho responsibility that rests on them ? Are they waiting with eyes shut and mouths open like childien to see what blessings should descend to them from high places ? I would ask: Has the life of friendly societies been the gift of the Legislature? and is it through them they move and have their being ? I grant under the Friendly Societies Act we have certain privileges, but we have also certain restrictions and conditions to fulfil. For these we ought to be truly grateful; but I demur to any immediate rush being made to attempt to meddle with societies by persona who, it is almost certain, would succeed only in spoiling their usefulness and getting them into a muddle.—l am, eto., A Member. Dunedin, September 3.
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‘SIR HILARY’S PRAYER.’, Evening Star, Issue 8002, 3 September 1889