The Evening Star WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1889.
Our Victorian neighbors are very smart people, and they know it, and are proud of, it, ft follows, by the fir orctfS of natural selection, that heir Parliamentary representatives are the smartest of men ; and, still Continuing the analysis, the Ministers who preside over the Colony are the smartest men of all. But there are limits to all things ; and there is a limit to smartness beyond which it becomes dishonesty. It is not a gratifying, and assuredly Dot an improving spectacle when one of the chosen rulers of a country perpetrates a barefaced fraud. Yet this is exactly what a Victorian Minister—Mr Dow by name—has recently done, and taken credit to himself for doing, in the representative chamber of that Colony. And, so far as information haß reached us, none of the "representatives" of the people of Victoria have risen $n their place to denounce the fraud or disown Complicity in the BCandalous transaction to which we refer. The facts, stripped of detail are simply these: A Mr Po.vd, of New Zealand, by dint 'of much brain-work and many experiments, discovered an enamel which, applied to the interior of boxes made for the purposo, guaranteed the Sweetness of butter packed in them for transportation to England. He patented his invention in New Zealand, and in Victoria also, be it observed. Now, the Victorian Government, in its stepmotherly affection for the farmers, who have been well ntgh ruined by protection to manufactures, undertook the task of shipping Home their butter. The superiority of Pond's patent boxes, coated with Pond's patent enamel, was undeniable, but to import them would have rendered payment of a high protective duty necessary j so what did the smart Victorian Minister do ? He got the enamel analysed, and found out its constituent parts, and then he pirated the patent. But mark his ingenuity—worthy of a political Faoax. As to use boxes would bo an infringement of the Victorian patent, he had it applied to cccsh, and he announced this disgraceful and degrading shuflle to tho House amidst the laughter, and seemingly with the approval, of tho " representatives " of Victoria- No wonder that the Melbourne Press is righteously angry at this serious stain on tho reputation of the Colony, It is urged in extenuation, we perceive, that Victorian workmen objected to Pond's boxes being imported from New Zealand, although lie offered to pay the duty himself if a drawback were allowed on such boxes as might be exported. Is it possible that the intense selfishness engendered by a course of Protection can render honest workmen actively, or even passively, accomplices in such a public swindle ? If so, then to the other evils of a protective policy the incentives to immorality must be added. In any other Australasian colony such action as that of Mr Dow would have ensured the downfall of the Ministry of which he was a member, or his summary ejection from it by the unanimous voice of his colleagues, who arc necessarily participants in his dishonor. For the credit of Victoria and the Victorian Ministry it is to be hoped that Mr Dow will receive the political punishment due to his fraudulent conduct.
Ah Ingenious Fraud.
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