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Grey River Argus. and Blackball News

Dalivereii V every morning in 'Gfeymputh. KHiimra.^Hokitikn, Dobson. Wallsend, -JTaylor. TilleJ Brurinerton, Stillwater. Ngßhere, Blackball, Nelsou XDreeki Abaurai- s lkamatunr Waiutii.,Reel'tou, Groiioduu, Buriauga, JJunollie, Cobden; 'Baxter's,,.' Kokiri, Patera, >'Saiuiatai : . Arafika, Kbtiiku, Moana, Runt, Te^Kitipa. '•Rotomauii, ' Poei'ua, luchLouuio, Jacksous'i'ud Ofciva--.

SATURDAY, April 135h, ,1912,

The local -bodies are to be complimented on the mark!; of. courtesy shown to the Hon Mr James ; Colvin on his first appearance- at •Greyinou-th' after hisap-, ppintment to the important i amd responsible position' as Minister of . Mines. It is - probably the one depai'tment in the public "service imore .than any s other-, in which the residents • of this= coasit usually take,; the liveliest ir4erept. • They are a, good. ? deaL r more: .concerned- as -to the'jQualirications and •sympathies :of whoever; lrtldsthe^^pprtf olio- : df: Mines than| -in .: almost'^ ani^: Qther 'in ', the > Cabinet J[ iMiniiog ;was>at pne -time the,; be-all'lnd-endTali of^Uhe: . West Coast, generally. '^ Although^the- era' '^pf alluv- . i.a'l :Ko]d ;mining inky^ )s<i',sAi;d to have veralargelv; passed oaway 5f and the de^ veloiment;of other natural; resources of the'lountry:.has replaGed it; in : a very satislftctoi-y . manner", there is still a

very long industrial vista in matrix mining before the- whole of this really wonderful West Coast. While residents of the Coast, never fail in a proper and becoming observance of hospitality to members of .the Government who favour the people with .their presence, there is always a special cordiality extended to the Minister of Mines. Th»s was more especially the case with' the banquet to the Hon Mr, Colvin on Thursday evening. He Was made doubly welcome from the fact that he is, so to speak, one of ourselves. He has been . identified with this - West Coast throughout its history, having, like so many more of the hardy pioneers still amongst us, carried his "bluey" up and down the coast according as- the migratory movements of the men- of those, remote days • impelled > them. It is therefore to be expected that Mr Colvin Will make one of the most sympathetic Ministers of Mines that have ever controlled the .affairs ■of the department. His mining experience has been extensive enough to give him considerable advantage over, any Minister of that department who possessed only a theoretical knowledge of the business to be dealt with. , Without venturing to expect too much from M>r Colvin on the strength of old associations, it is probably quite safe to predict that he will be found' eager to assist the goldmining industry as far as might be reasonably expected of him, which is as far as any Minister could fairly be supposed to go If anything" like a Ministerial statement was expected from Mr Colvin on Thursday, it was desiring, a deal too much. Even if the Prime Minister had not intimated to his colleagues to avoid dealing with the policy of the Government at present, it is not the custom for other members of the Cabinet to encroach on a responsibility thait is always reserved for the chief, other members usually confining themselves strictly to the affairs of their respective portfolios— unless when engaged on an' election campaign, w r hen they are out to defend their official existence. But there is really no occasion why Mr Colvin,- or' any of his colleagues, should attempt to lay down the lines of ploicy the Government intend to pursue. It seems anything" but: sensible for anyone to be found at this time of day asking questions about the policy of the Government, after their' record of liberal legislation steadily built up during the last 21 years. The record during that long period has been a series of liberal triumphs in legislation for tho .benefit of. the people. It was not to be surprised at that Mr Ma&sey was constantly asking to be enlightened as to the policy of the Government. The member for Franklin, being- one of the "stupid party," naturally asked sonic very stupid questions. We arc not aware whether Prime Minister Mackenzie will feel called upon i.o make a more formal declaration as in the policy of tho Government tfnm he did at Kliham the piher day.' Short as that was it will be deorhed sufficiently satisfying to a .great many, oven if he fails to unfold further details. When Mr Mackenzie says that he intends to increase the -graduated land tax, that promise .alone, carries more meaning to the people of New. Zealand than anything said or done by any other Liberal statesman that this country has known ; and that is saying a very g-rcat^ deal.' Even Mr Fowlds, single-' laxer-tliough he is, could not have done any more had he been in Mr Mackenzie's place. An increase in the graduated land tax is what the interests of the country has demanded for a very long time past; and yet one after another of our great Liberal leaders has flinched at the task and drawn off the attention of the public by something- else, like that of throwing a tub to divert -the; whale. •'Whatever may be the nriture of the Ministerial policy of the new Government outside of their land policy, it cannot equal in importance the Eltham statement that the graduated land tax 'will be increased. The miraculous part of the affair is that such a- fundamental departure from the traditions of the land policy of all previous New Zealand Governments should be reserved for a person of Mr T. Mackenzie's antecedents.. But all the more credit to him that hb" is not so hido-oound as to prevent his learning ' a useful lesson in statesmanship from his experience in life and in the administration of the affairs of so-intelligent and highly susceptible a community. He has, no doubt, come' to realise that the highest ideal of ~all statesmanship must be ttteT enlightenment and genera I happiness of the human- factor in the 'Social 1 equation,' which-must dominate all other human interests:-; The Twentieth Century. is ..broaching an entirely, hew era; in' ; human affairs, and •in jvh'ich human rights must take the first "place for "conside'ratibn. - MR/.lp"m. Mann seems to have "got" fern again" ! When he says that Parliament must be destroyed," and announces that his is going to rebel Jagainst Society at large, one is re-jn-mcled of the deplorable, state' of imIbecility to which .the excitement, at ißrpken Hill reduced him. When he led tho last charge of the' miners iagainst.a mine, defended by therepre- ; sen-tatives 'of the' lew." Tom ' was palpably off his 'head arid really not'responsible for his r actions; He was like a ; mah possessed. %> His eyes glared without being fixed pn any object;. His :.inflarncd countenance seemed to show that ho was going through^ a piece like an automaton. That was his last pub- ' : 'Hc aippearance at Broken Hill. That j CTchibitibn of crazy incapacity in. their once-admired leader was onbugh for' the miners. . They straightway turn,ed dpwfi Tom' Mlann," and he quickly' realised that;his sun/:had set. He soon 1 shook -the"' dust of ' Australia oflf his shoes, ' aiid nied/ofPto South 7 Africa.t o \be y in ; tim'e':fpr'a labour trouble then '■working* there,' as is the custom with the stormy petrels of Labour- disputes. ;B. uf- Toni did not . seem to strike a psy--|c.h'plpgical' moment^ in' South' Africa. He made no impression there. Being ciold;ly 'received,/ I ' arid -realising .that there -was* no. special; hospitality or -nncoui--agejnent for liim^uhdef the shadow-, of TabTe Mounfain, ' he : hied ' him r back to : the scene of his former glories-^-and :

discomfiture as well — by returning to England. Just now Tom .is out on bail, conditionally that he is to be more careful in the language he" uses. But his latest deliverance. would seem to show that he has broken .. loose again and become a pronounced Anarchist, who -is against eyerythdiig in the shape of law and order. He., evidently would produce chaos first /and' try to reconstruct society afterwards. Tom Mann evidently " 'requires V-to, •/■be.' cared for, either by the authorities* or his personal friends, if he should. have any. He seoms to be as great a failure as a strike leader as he was a failure i" the beer retail trade. ■■•';■ ; ■:■•-:

The Hospital lighting correspondence read at the Charitable Aid .Board meeting-, on Thursday brings out two things that no one would expect to see with persons who had any proper appreciation of their position and i;esponsbilities. In the first place the Mayor of the town tries to interfere, with an -independent local :bpdy 'py telling them what they must riot dp, for the sole reason that it might injure the. borough revenue to some slight extent, .though done to benefit that of the I-los^tal. No doubt tho Maoyr thought he was actuated by- a good motive, and felt that he had; a right., to tell the Chari'taMc Aid Board what they should not do because,, as he said, there was a good deal ; of'feel--ing- in Greymouth that the board; had done an unwise thing in deciding, to instal the electric light." He did not say how he arrived at a knowledge of that "feeling:," or whether it was confined to himself, the Town Clerkand the gas manager. At any rate he had the nerve to telegraph to the | Secretary of Health at Christchurch to try to : frighten the Hospital Board from doing- their own business .that they were elected to attend to. ; After such an^ unconscious display of innocence it would not be surprising to see Mr. Russell sketch out a policy 'for. the new Prime Minister. When. Dr. Valintine read the communication from the Chairman of the Board he ! must have rubbed his eyes arid' foeen puzzled to tell who is the greatest human freak, the gullible and impetuous Medical Secretary or the MaA^or of Greymouth, both of whom- were hopelessly befogged as to thei.r .powers and functions. The public ;Avill be interested now to learn , whether Mr. Campbell's resolution w'll "• reveal any more of such absurd ..messages as the Mayor sent to the Medical Secretary of Health at Christchufch. What sublime self-conceit! ; ;

No member .of the Labour party was offered a . seat in the new Cabinet. • The Land and Income-tax Department gives notice that returns of land must • be furnished' not later than May Ist. All of the present members^of the Grey School Committee intend to stand for re-election at the forthcoming contest. .";■ ... ■ \ ■-'.."■.■' Boys ! one and all. honour the toast •••*.: to My Lady Nicotine. "Here's to Regents Cigarettes^ The pride o' them a' " ' ■.'■■;■■ ".'■. '■;•;■' ■' The Harbor Board givo notice in this issue that the Lagoon Bridge (Gr'esson Street) will be closed from. 8 a.in" . on Wednesday, April 17th till further notice. . . i Many tourists are visiting tho^sceiiic resorts, especially the Franz Joser Glacier, during 1 the last fortnight,, sqmo coming over the ranges from the Hermitage. ' The police authorities of Los geles have contracted with threo -avia? tors to find the whereabout" of seven bandits who have baffled, all the off 6ns _ of the police for the last two years. Judge : The sentence of tho court is ' that the prisoner be confined in prison for the remainder of his natural life; Prisoner : But, my lord— Judge : % Not another word, sir, or I'll jgive you fouryears more. ■'•'". :• Acceptances for all events in connection with the Reef ton Jockey -Club's meeting to be held next ■■• Wednesdayj 17th anst, close with tho 'Secretary, Mr W. Irving, this Saturday ■evening. The Telegraph Office closes at- 8 b5clock. . The high prices now ruling 1 ' for cast iron, pipes, resulting" from, the labor troubles in England, had upset' the calculations of several tenderers for -water worlcs extensions in different parts of the Dominion, some of which are hung up indefinitely in consequence.. ' The following will represent the ;Mte whera Hockey Club in their match with Trinity on Victoria Park at "3 £.m sharp to-day.:— White, McFadgen, Stewart, Hoglund, Bennington, Goudie, Hardley, Jackson, . Rilgour., ...White Guinness, Chapman, Mclritosh. '„" ; ! The Hon Geo. Laurenson, .speaking at Stratford challenged any .member of the Opposition 'to meet him on the public platform. ,' Mr F: Mi?B r Fisher, member for WellmgtonSCeritinl ; has promptly, taken , up the challcngej and as he is a fluent, humorous, ; and effective speaker, ■ . ' the residents ;of Stratford may look. -forward .-'to.. a very interesting evening. ::■ - ; -c -i^?. Photographc Snaps? Celltioid Developing .Dishes i plate size* -9d,- 5^4 plate Is, i plate Is 3d;' lxl' plate Is6d each. Non-slip Printing .^rames : .made of strong ash in i plate 9d,- 5x4> v plate Is 3d, i plate Is 6d. Glass measures 2oz Is, 4oz Is 3d, ,6oz Is ;6d. Come and inspect them at B. Dixon'sy Ta^ nui Street.— Advt. -„. ,; ; . -j-'^^-j'_ ■■■'.. :We have just purchased ; ; : a; Rearing lot of new hat shapes only.; 3s lid and is lid each ;;•; also a neW faiige; -^oi semi-trinimed and trimmed^hats, smart shapes and low prices. Trathen ; and Coy.^-Advt. . : .-. .'• Trathen :anH Coy. are /sliowirig Ki;e- ■ inaykable vlalue jm tweed coats, costume skirts,- underskirts,- etcAYe mark all-, our-: goods i'-'ini; plain 'figures, customers can tlieretpre'-.'rely on one price only anjd.- that the very keen- ;.; est.' Can wo- interest you ?— Adyt. ; The- famous Coldstreain ; Guafd| Band uses a Bealo Piano, for /alLils concerts etc. These vihstrunients • aYe „, stocked by. Harleys Ltd., who .will be pleased to have them,/ inspected 1 ; by "in-. , tending purchaSers.-r : Advt. /,!•;.■ '.:^-«l ■ Aitkeiv and Peteirs faire no.\v shQjwng a magnificent ..' range of new ?^seasons Norfolk Jerseys in) white, na,vy', ; ':br6wii ■ and .greens.^ Prices "range from JZslGd up to 23s 6cK- They are t the very- latest goods ; and; are'.^^l^w^rt^y/of^a visit, of;, inspection to ; 'odr ; ne\y. •' sHow>" room. Also i- the .- latest rblouses^uin : creme- and- striped delainesj, bl^c / k^and ;white' silks, etc. Ladies '';^€/pstume ; Skirts- in navy 21s. Fdr^all ? readyrto- - iwear .goods visit Aitkeny "and P.etets, Mackay Street— Advt. "f\ '■■■-, '■;•,:' •;;. '■' '■ {} ■'/'■ For Chronic' Chest Gpffiplaint, Woods' Great Peppermint ;Cure. ; ls;6d 5 2s?6d.< .

Considerable interest has been aroused in agricultural circles in France by an invention for preventing the formation of hail. It takes the. form of rockets, or,, hail dispelling , petards, which explode at altitudes varying from 1300 ft to 1600 ft, breaking up the hail clouds. Eighty firing sta- "" tions have been set up for the protection of 59,000 acres of rich land at Liniagne. A visitor from New Plymouth informs the Wairarapa_.-Age that though the dairying" -industry has made Taranaki one of the wealthiest districts in • the.pominion, the recent boom in connection with the petroleum fields has done more Jto advertise the, province than .anything else, and the new industry is likely to make New Plymouth . one of -the 'most progressive towns in the Dominion. . During the ceremony of turning on the 'water at the Teremakau water .race yesterday Mrs Murdoch, Mayoress of 'Kumara, presented" Miss Blow, daughter of Mr J. H. Blow,' Under Secretary of Public Works and Mines, with a handsome nugget of Kumara gold as a souvenir of her visit to Kum.ara. Mr Blow responded on behalf of his daughter and said the nugget would be cherished for all time. The. failure of one of the largest English houses which for years had devoted itself exclusively to mourning wear because, as the announcement said, "people are getting away fi'om wearing, black mourning .goods'' is (writes a London paper) a welcome sign- of enlightenment. Slowly but surely, are we seeing the more rational, "hopeful, and. common-sense view taking root of doing away with black as a sign of the passing away of life. "I am afraid we haven't seen the worst of labour troubles yet by a longway," ./writes an " ex-Aucklander now living in Chatham, England. "It •seems io me that it must end in revolution. Practically it is revolution now. And what is the result?. The poverty in- the industrial centres is appallinc". No-one can say where this strike will end, or what it will end in. The cry everywhere among the workers .is for higher wages and betjer conditions. And really they have cause for complaint'as regards both." "Land transactions in Hawke's Bay"' said/a gentleman from that province to a ''Post" reporter, _ "have for some t-iino past been assuming very considerable dimensions. As an instance, only, the other day a buyer from the ' South Island completed a transaction which brought his total purchases up to " £170.000, all in less than twelve months." "The large landowners," ho said, "are beginning* to realise that it is' not in-their own interests to retain the holdings, and several have dcterinined to cut up portions of their estates in the near future. At the conclusion of Mr Collins's lecture on "The Trial, Martyrdom and Vindication of Ferrer" delivered in the Choral Hall, Christchurch, on Sunday March 10, the following resolution was carried unan'mousy by the large audience present: — "That this 'meeting desires, through Mr W. Heaford, to convey to M.. Georges Lorand its heartiest congratulations on his glorious achievement m securing the vindicatin'of Ferrer, the Spanish Miartyr, and to 'assure him that we rogard his victory as a triumph for Truth and Justice over clerical bigotry and uJiscrupulousncss." N "Spotlessly clean but without a particle of food," was a detective's account of the home of Henry Lockcrby, thirty-three, a window cleaner, of Emerald Street, Holborn, who was charged at Miarylebono recently with stealing / a basket of provisions from a v 'iruck. Lockerby said he took it because his wife and three children wore starving. This statement, said the detective was perfectly true. Thero were three children at hoincj aged six years, four years, and eight weeks. Mrs Lockorbytold him that her husband took olf tho' brass from tho bedstead and sold it 'for a penny, with which he bought some milk for the sick child. The officer was so touched by what he saw and' heard that he gave Mrs Lockerby a few shillings out of his own pocket: Ho said it was a "hard sight." He was convinced Lockerby had bee-n driven to 'steal through JMlness and sheer "hard luck." which had brought him to poverty. The magistrate merely bound the accused over to come up for judgment if called upon. He commended the detective. Ladies interested in. Stencil Work are invited to call and inspect tho new stocks of. Stencil Designs just opened up. at B/pixon's, Tainui Street. — Drink GOLD TOP ALE, new brew. Try it. Ask for it,.. Guaranteed brewed fronx hops only. Not aerated. To bei proured from the 'local agents. — Advr Wanted Known. — Mcllroy and Co, having 'Dought a largo quantity of the famous Ship Jellies Crystals are now able to sell this favourite line at the very low rate of fivs packets fcto one shilling. — Advt. The; latest at W. .McKay and io.i • Just opened from London the new iclf and knitted jerseys and Norfolk's, blousihgs. The ierseys are the -iood kind and' some are hand knitted, the colours sax, 'orown, navy, white, luces 19£ 6d, 255, 47s 6d: New golf l>usings Per yard lOd. W. McKay and Son, the Leading Drapers, Greymouth vi H Hokitika. ■Wti have a really splendid display of ladies tweed and hydrotite Coats, Children's Coats in .beavers and . tweeds, Ladies' Fur Sets, Woven Underclothi.njv for winter, wear, Ladies Underskirts, and newest Corsets. Also the'new rinking caps and girls knitted caps 1 in a variety of shades. All the latest novelties on view at Aitken and Peters' new showroom, Coates'. Buildings, Mackay Street. — Advt.

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