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AUCKLAND NOTES., Issue 8019, 23 September 1889
September 11. Owing to a recent escapade of an individual who moves in fashionable society here, gossipers have had much to talk about lately. There is nothing very alarming in the fact that one who has mixed with the best “society” should he brought up before the local magistrates on a charge of drunkenness, but it seems that he was also guilty of a cowardly assault on a young female, which, however, was taken no notice of by the local Press. But when the * Observer ’ came out last week in a scathing article on the case, it was seen that the individual owed his exceptional treatment to the circumstance that he bad relatives in very high places. The public, or those who took an interest in the matter, have concluded that that was one of the chief reasons why the Press here took so little notice of the subject, and it was freely circulated that they were muzzled for this occasion. Be this as it may, there is not the slightest doubt that the muzzling did not apply to the ' Observer,’ which published one of the most scorching articles that have ever appeared in print. It not only accuses the local Press of truckling to '‘respectability,” but of “gross favoritism.” The article in question is also very severe on Inspector Broham, and says he is guilty of screening a blackguard and of allowing the dignity of the law to be put on one side. The case was tried before Dr Giles, R.M. Defendant did not appear, and the charge was disposed of as one of an ordinary character. It appears that while Constable Davey (I think) was on duty in one of the streets of Auckland, he heard the cries of a woman issuing from a well known pie shop. The constable proceeded to the establishment, and saw a female struggling in the embrace of a drunken man, whom she gave in charge. The prisoner thereupon made an attack on Davey, who proved too much for him, the latter being walked off to the lock-up. The constable then discovered that he had locked up a “personage.” Since writing the above I am informed that the arresting constable is he who some time ago created a bit of a stir by joining the Salvation Army, and who was severely hauled over the coals by his superiors. He, however, told them that it was none of their business what body he joined so long as he did his duty as a constable. One cannot help noticing the large amount of fruit which comes into Auckland each season, and yet it may seem strange, but is nevertheless true, that no matter how plentiful it is a heavy price has to be paid by those purchasing it. As a sequel tq this, a meeting of fruit-growers and others interested in this industry was held in the Government Insurance Buildings last week, the object being to take steps to acquire such information as may lead to the formation of a fruit company for the export of that article of consumption. Such a company is sadly needed, as 1 have authority for saying that the fruit-growers have for several years past reaped very little profit out of that industry, the fact being that the high prices maintained by the retailers prevent much of it being sold, which otherwise is rendered useless by being kept too long in the auction rooms and marts. From the tone of the meeting, and the enthusiastic way in which the question was taken up by those interested, the undertaking should prove a success. At the meeting it was mentioned that over 3,000 tons of fruit passed through the local market last season, most of which was sold at prices anything but remunerative to the growers. What nearly proved a fatal accident occurred last week. H. Bradney and T. Barron, watermen, got into one of their boats intending to board the brig Wild Wave, which was coming up the harbor. "While fastening to one of the ferry steamers to get a tow as far as the North Shore, one of the paddle wheels struck the boat and she immediately capsized. Both men were thrown into the water, but with the assistance of those on board the steamer they succeeded in gaining the deck, and afterwards in regaining their boat. Both men had a narrow escape of being drowned, and also of being killed by the paddle wheel, which was revolving considerably at the time of the accident. The Kev. Mr Hill’s lectures continue to create a bit of a sensation, and certainly many of bis assertions are not only original in the extreme, but also provide food for serious thought by our legislators. In bis lecture last Sunday he told his hearers that it would be more to the advantage of the colony if, instead of cramming the minds of pupils with mere book knowledge, there were more opportunities afforded for lads to get some technical instruction similar to that taught in Germany, where the use of tools, a knowledge of carpentry, soils, and metals was one of the principal features of their training. This was one reason why the French and Germans succeeded in supplanting Britishers in the markets of the world. While we were spending many thousands a year on education the public should pause and consider whether they were getting full value for their money and giving instruction most likely to be beneficial to the pupils in after life. He concluded his address by advising his hearers to free themselves from the traditions of life in the Mother Country, and adopt conditions suitable to a life in our own colony. Tno special correspondents of the local journals are very wroth at the not altogether successful show our footballers are making in their matches so far with those in the South Island, and the pile of excuses which have lately appeared in the papers are ridiculous in the extreme. The game is very popular up this way, and considerable excitement was evinced as to who was to be picked to do battle for the North. Of course when the selection was made there was the usual grumbling, which is one of the chief characteristics of all footballers, especially in this part of the colony. The correspondent of the ‘Herald’ was very severe on the Canterbury players, and his reasons why the Aucklanders did not win were simply immense. To be brief, the former were not conversant with the new rules of the Rugby Union, and were addicted to too much off-side play; while our players did not receive the necessary justice at the hands of Canterbury’s referee, and that the Aucklanders held their opponents too cheap, and thought they had an easy win; but when they did pull themselves together they found to their sorrow it was then too late to retrieve their laurels. There is no denying the fact that our players were very conceited as to the merits of the team previous to their departure from here, and predicted nothing but a series of brilliant victories all through the tour. This “ blow ” is no doubt accounted for through their defeating the Maori team on the two occasions they tried conclusions with them here.
AUCKLAND NOTES., Issue 8019, 23 September 1889
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