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Grey River Argus and Blackball News.

Deliver eel every- moruing in Greymoutb, Kumarn, Hokitika, Dobsou, Wallsend, Taylorville, Brunnertou, Stillwater. Nffahere, Blackball, Nelson Creek, Aha-urn", lkainatun, "Waiuta, Reeftoi'i Cronoduu, JJunaug 4 a, Dunollie, Cob«len, Baxtm s, Kokiri,.. Patara, Kaiioata, . Aratika, ' Kdtiiku, oiiiia, Ruru, Te Kingn. Rotoiaanu, Poeruii', - hbounia, Jaoksons nud Otira.-. -

TUESDAY, February 25th 1913

Some members of that portion of trie Dominion Press that can see excellences in the "Reform" Government not visible to leas partial eyes are beginning; to wince and moan over some of the criticism that the Massey Government, as- a .whole and some individual, members of :it are being subject-, ed to. After making: all, the allowance required . by a isense .of . fair play, no one will be surprised that, some of the doings of the "Reform" Government are being: criticised a little sharply. The Ministry as a wlhole have enjoyed immunity so far and had their opportunity to show what they are made of; and if they are not; giving that public satisfaction that thek" Press following icredit them with' they must expect to ■be criticised.'. Curses are saidto have, a knack of coming' home to roost; and ! it is' now found that some, of the hard things that the '"reformers" ufied to say of the Ward Government, are rt> coiling upon the authors. People are beginning" to realise that notwithstanding the frightful array of- alleged Wanton and wicked administrative acts laid at- the door, of the Liberal Gbvernr ment" not a .sragle seriouis charge was. sheeted home. But what was a great deal worse, 'he Reform Government \yas riot m^gnanimiouis e'nougih to sound a single.note of xegret for .'all the dam- :

aging innuendos r»et afloat. What consideration, then, do the Press supporters of the sham-reformers expect to receive when their idols are proved to be "brummagem?". The transient feeling of is atisf action that the Hon. ( F. M. B. Fisher achieved by his platform, performances on. this Coast has been les than ephemeral iThc feeling- of hospitality was not outraged by the* Coaist papers, and Mr Fisher went away comparatively scatheless. But the Wellington Opposition paper took him to task for. his ungenerous and unfair remarks upon Sir Joseph Ward, and trounced him' most deservedly to an extent that even his phenomenal ■self-sufficiency had to flinch at, and led him to endeavour to -make a buffer, of the Press Association reportct, which is a rather ancient and discreditable dodge of 'politicianis who have an idea that they can bamboozle the publ'c. What tihe N.Z. Times may have omitted in hauliing Mr F. M. B. Fisher over • the icoa'ls, the Hon. Mr Colvin (late Minister of Mines) has done something to make up for. Now, as Mr Coflvin is'not of the\ aggressive sort, either an his social or political capacity, when he finds it necessary ro take up the cudgels on behalf ot an absent friend specially, .ais well as incidentally for the justification of the party to which he belonged, we may be certain that his feelings (had been outraged arid that he had. every good cause for taking advantage of the request of the Buller Progressive Liberal League by. replying to the rather au.dacious ad captandum address .of Mr. Fisher at. WestpoTt, which was calcul-ated-to leave a very erroneous impression in the minds of the unthinking regarding the late Liberal Government. Of course no one who knows anything of Mr Fisher would credit tiim with the 'least desire to give "a fair .and square deal" to the gentlemen, whom his parly managed to supplant solely through "fortuitous circumstances" and the erraticusm of .individuals — not by the declared and supreme will oi the people. • This iis a central and fundamental fact that the "Reform Government cannot forget or get over, no matter what they may say or do. Neither can their Press claqueurs forget it, though t!hey may not admit the. soft impeachment. Mr Colvin had a very easy task to demolish the plausible but rather impudent assertions of the youthful Fisher, but it was done very effectually in that .simple and direct manner so characteristic in all hits dealings of the representative for the Buller. Without recrimination or the least desiie to scarify or. wound the feelings of Mr Fisher, Mr Jameb Colvin — good old "Uncle" would not pain a living soul even if (he could — simply drew the attention of his hearers to what the Liberal Party had done for the people of New Zealand— the common labourer and the farmer alike --during their regime. It wa.s not his business to befog his hearers by referring to what might have been done. .But he rapidly recounted the formidable array of Liberal measures that •had been passed whMe the party was in power. The future historian of New Zealand will be obliged to put it. on record that it was one of the brightest periods in the history of live and" progressive country. He will also be compelled to record that perhaps* in no other country, old or young, 'has -o much legislation- of a beneficent narure to the mass of people been passed ■! in the same space of time. Granted! that mistakes might have, been made, and suspicion of 'graft' may have been about on occasion ; tihese are nothing ; they are unavoidable in all human affairs, and must continue to be so owing to. that human- imperfection that is inevitable. . We have all forgotten the little tricks and graft that were alleged over the construction of our rai'hyays, lor every impartial person will now adm it* thati after a^> in build-' ing up her preiserit railway system New Zeaand did not "pay top much for her whistle." We arc more concerned with the object and effect of Mr C'olvin's address than to describe it, in 'detail. It is enough for our purpose to tell our readers that Mr Colvin, in a quietly convincing way, and witihout a severity | of reproach to his young friend that would have been cxcuisable/in the "circumstances, did not 'leaVjC Mr. Fisher a leg to stand upon, and stripped him of any political advantage he may have claimed to gain from his platform performanceis on the. West Coast. Mr Colvin" also ishowed the distressing I ineptitude of Mr. Fisher?s references !to "vouchers.." But let that and all that is associated with it pass. Mr Colvin afforded, another instance of the very peculiar nature of some of the so-called reforms of this wonderful Ministry, (whom their claqueurs seem to think ought to be above all criticism,) that should receive t;he fullest publicity. If the (Statement is an error it ought to be explained away. Until that is done it will be bracketed with the Southland.land iscandals and be put down oh the black list of disappointed hopes of the Reform Government. Mr Colvin said, in referring" to the Public Service Board .—"The result would.be that the sori:s of the aristocracy of Wei-, lington and members; of the big- clubs will, get the positions in the Civil Seiyice. He referred to what the present" Government did in regard to these appointments. One of the Cornmissionens is. a Mr Triggs, a .late officer of the Railway Department of this 'country who had received all his training in New Zealand, but left it voluntarily to* accept service in Australia. The gentleman, a brother of the editor of a' Conservative paper, commonly reported a friend of one or two members of tihe present Ministry, was recalled to New Zealand and appointed to the position in question over the heads of several most highly capable civil- servants who had stuck to their positions in New Zealand. Yet Mr . Fisher has the effrontery to' emphatically istate that the "political tout" is dead for ■fiveryand that his part}', are- the 'Simon Pure" and above the idea of using political influence." How' is ; that between profession and performance?

A Hawera telegram states that a stockbuyer has received •an order from the Continent .for frozen horse meat.,

The Gisbofne Natives are some" times industrious. One party has been engaged in : fishing during the past seaso-n, the fish netted being mar/. keted in the usual way. . v : >

Large new stocks of books dealing with all -'branches of Fancy Art Needlcwor justopened iup ,at -»Bi. Dixon'SjC' Tainui St. Come in and see them.-r-

It is, the. general impression, in Hastings that all the married slaughtermen who went out on strike wiH resume shortly at their old stands. ..

Two South Wairarapa settlers-, who have >taken to slaughtering stock at the WelKing'toii fneezing works, aresaid to be the "ringers" of the board.;

It is computed" that there were fully two hundr-ed motor cars on the Mas-terton-showground last week, of an approximate value of ,£IOO,OOO. -'.

The Southland V°uth seems to be up against the territorial system. A batch of. "thirty came up for trial last, week. ■■ j :

The meeting of. the St. John's Ambulance Association which was to take place "to-night has been postponed until a later date. '

At the Reefton Sale -Yards to-day Messrs McMahon and Lee will s^ll by public auction 700 store sheep and the thoroughbred draught stallion '*Grand Champion.",- . :

The friends of Mr. John Straker and of his family who are well known in Cobden and Nelson' Creek wiU regret to learn of the death of his wife', which occurred at her residence in Westpo-rt on Monday evening after a short: illness. .

Last Sunday morning a fire broke out at Blackball in a two-roomed cottage, owned .by Mr. •Robert.-" Smith, butcher, -and 'irented by Mr. John Archer.-. The origin .is a mystery. .

Is it not a little curious, to saY the least of it n . that, the Minister of Customs did not clase his West Coast tour by giving a. politcal address wh«n nassink -through "Sleepy .Hollow?" Was he in dread that Mr. Atmore would follow him in reply ? %.

The recent disco very of petrbleiim at Papua has a touch of romance ■in it; A Papuan miner chastised his native for putting kierosene in his billy of tea. The bo y stoutly denied the charge, and took the miner to the well where he had gof the. water. The miner then found that tho surface of the well was thickly covered with kerosene.

Mr. Thoimas- North, solicitor, an old resident of Reefton. died on Saturday: Mr. North was the eldest son of the late Mr . and •' Mars.. North, who were residents of Greymouth for so manyyears. He has long been in the hospital, suffering from a.n incuraßle- disease, for which he was operated .on some mon this ■ ago .'without success, death bringing release to a great sufferer. The funeral took place yesterday.

At their rooms yesterday morning Messrs. G. W. Moss and Co., auctioneers, submitted to public auction Mr. P. Kennedy's farming propertyconsisting of 212 acres, freehold and 184 acres occupation lease. The farm is situated on the norfK s:dc of the Grey River, fronting the Moonlight Road being also close to Blackball and was .eventually disposed of for '£891. ' " \ •; : - :

■• The Inangahua Times concludes an article on Federation of Labour, Mills and Serhpks thus:; — We Avant no. talkers from America or Australia -'to improve- our social : system. In a private letter received from a country district in New South Wales, the other .day, it was stated- a washenypman came at 6. in. the morning,^and work? Ed till late' in the afternoon for 2s 6d per day. We ithink the American .and Australian agitators should go to New South Wales to do some work, and give this flourishing . country— where" they do so well — a-'bit of a rest. i

.At the Magistrate's Court yesterday before J. G. L. Hewitt, Esq., S.M., five first offenders, for, being found on. licensed premises at Stillwater and Kokiri during prohibited hours, were each .fined £l. ° The indications are for variable and strong breezes, but southerly moderate ,to strong prevailing. The weather-, \vill probably be cool and chan^eaWe; The night ufil . probably be- very .-cold with frost inland. The barometer will' rise slowly. Sea .rough; swell on the coast, tides good. Let us give everyone his due. Mr. James Colvih, acting up to that motto, ' gay« the Reform Government 'Suchcredit as; they deserved for their attitude , on old age pensions. He said at Westport a few days ago, in a political address :c "The Hon. Mr. Fisher flatJyV.cdntradjctcd him when dealing with' the question of old .a*rc pensions, when the speaker said his party had voted/against the measure becoming law. Mr. Colvin said he had searched the records with respect to this Act, and found Mr. Massey votrd. 87 times atrainst it. Mr. Alien 7H; , Mr. Herri^ 83, pnd Mr. Buchanan 81- times. Three of the leading men i mentioned are now members of the .<o- i railed Rpform Ministry, and Mr. Buchanan for his valiant --services had been knighted." • Yesterday afternoon at Harley and j Co 's sale roms the .final sale pf jew- j cllry was held. Ke«n .competition prevailed for eVery lot and the ; large | audience was. most enthusiastic. Punctually at 3 o'clock in acordance, with' the advertisement 50 lots were offered and sold in exactly 5. m mutes. | Gold watches were sold at £22 ep.ch and diamond rings at- £14 and £lo \ each. Bids were flyinjr about m aj manner unheard of before in Grey- 1 mouth and Mr. Davidson.- as prom is- J e>l ; presented 12 gold watches free J of' charge.' We arc 'r^qufsted by Mr. ■navirispn to return his sincere thpnks fn.r the Vberal patronage extended to him : nt Hhrley and Co.'s rooms durinir ,his short stay in Greymouth. Mr. McDonald, who followed Mr. Colvin at the recent politcal meeting at Westport, said : . — He contended there was cowardly untruth in tha insinuation that the Liberal party had corruptly used the money of .the country. : Mr. Herries ,since he came in-to":■-power, had said tho late Govern^ ment distributed votes fairly. Mr. Allen had found, nothing in the pig-eon-holes to condemn the late .Government. Mr. T. Mackenzie, with Mr. Allen at his elbow, had written in London that the loan moneys of the country, had been expended in reproductive works. Mr. Massey had not denied Mr. Mackenzie's statement. Ir the Reform Party had not been misloading the New Zealand public in the past, as to corruption being <r,am- . pant they were now misleading, ilu ■Rritish investor. HH e preferred to believe Allen in London in preference to Fisher in Westport.

'Miraculous escapes are so infrequent as to be worth recording. When Mr. W. Lock, of Nelson, rather a noted business man, and some members intensified with educational natters ,werei motring to the coast from Nelson, they met a car about threequarters of -a mile on the Nelson side of Lyell. The occupants were Mr. Willis, his better half, and a little child about 15 years old. Though the motor was pulled up some 30 yards -away from the other vehicle, by some unaccountable bungle the car was turned at such an angle ,that it was precipitated over the bank. After a descent of about 17ft. the vericle struck a solitary tree— the only i one in the vicinity— which broueht up the vehicle and its freight. Nel^ the man* the woman, nor the child sustained any injury- T h e norse. , which had broken away from his harness went careering down tho preripico until he struck the* shingle bed below, where he clattered about amongst the boulders, anparently a-, uninjured a? the occupants of tJic car h-- had been drawing. The Hon. James Colvin, out of pure goodnes sof heart, went out of his way to afford the extreme of courtesy to j the' Hon. F. M. B. Fisher by going on the platform to listen to him tearing to pieces the Government of wntch Mr. Colvin was so distinguished and useful a member; and Mr. 1« isher J showed' his infinitely little soul and | want of goo taste when he told Mr. 1 Colvin, who was sitting behind him, that he hoped' he would always Temain behind him. "helping him to put on the statute book sony real genuine reforms!" Tf the Reform Govern- 1 ment. which hr«s such an ornament I Jn Mr, Fisher, Yivrtd as lonpr as Methusaleh, they could not hope to put un such a record as the Liberal Party of NV.w Zealand has done, and wou'd not do it even if -they could. Evervonp who" knows thrm does not require to br told that, and no %nc should forget the fact. - j The record put up by the late Liberal Government ,and quoted at length | by the Hon. Mr. Colvin when address- 1 mcc the public a few days ago at , cWstport is worth reproducing, if only j to -remind, the public that, whatever the shortcomings of the Liberal i Party may be, they arc entitled to the gratitude of the people of this coun- i try. Here follows a statement of some- j thicig achieved, during tl\e -Premiership of the late Mr. Seddon and oi Sir Joseph Ward -.—"Accident Insurance Companies, Advances to Settlers, Coal Mines, Dairying Industry, Employers' Liability, Factories.. Family Protection. First Offenders' Protection, Farm Labourers' Accommodation, Gold Mining Act Amendment, Inspection of Machinery, Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration. Imprisonment for Debt Limitation, Labor Department and Labor -Dav, Loral 'Authorities Superannuation, Land fqr Settlement. Land, and Income Tax,Monopoly Prevention, 'National Provident Fund, Old Age Pensions, Public Service Classification and Superannuation, Quackery' Prevention. Shop *nd Shop Assistants, Shipping and Soamen, Stone Quarries. 'Slaughtering-w->nd Inspection, State Fire Insurance, State Accident Insurance. Wages Protection and' Contractors' Liens, Workers' Comnpns-ation for Accident. Workrrs' Dwellings, a" A Widows' pension Act." If thrV Mass<?v Government can succeed in mittiniy un one-tenth of such -;ai record they will be rememlK:^ed; in their day and generation.

When the Hon. Mr. Colvin was dealing with the Hon. Mr. Fisher and the Massey* Government at Westport he said of the Waihi strike: — "I am convinced that if .this sad ■Affair, had happened during the late Liberal and Labour, Administration's term in. of-fice-the-whole trouble would have been settled without having to call in the poljOe." There is very littl^. doubt that they would have settler ".the patter by making out that the srikeis ware right and everybody els© was wrong. - Sir Joseph Ward ami the

yi. "Roddy" were successful in settling labour difficulties by pandering to the malcontents and giving them all they wanted. Mr. Semple was well aware of this .and said as much as that if the Ward Government had been in power the strike would not have developed into such a serious form -as it did. From what we khow of the parties we arc prepared to believe that it would not; but we are quite certain that such a settlement as tho Liberal Government would be likely to make would only have paved the way to a more serious industrial trouble in tho future. There can be no defence offered for* the Waihi strike. It * was outrageously unfair and selfish., and a barefaced attempt at c'ass t3>ranny, begotten of f 'class consciousness" gone clean mad. The Massey Government and the Waihi- ma,sris-. tratc de&erve every credit for tneir firmness and forbearance in dealing with the strikers. It is for the Federation of Labour to show if there was any injustice. If 'they are able to do so let them try to prove their case in a court of jaw in a regular way noAv after all bitterness has subsided.

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