According to a recent official report the wages of artizans in Prussia range from 16s a week highest grade to 7s lowest grade. Our contention as to the reason of the extremely liberal attitude of the German Emperor is endorsed by tbe utterances of newspapers by the San Francisco mail. The Emperor is said to be deeply imbued with a desire to better the people’s condition, and to be impressed by the social danger apparent. He is also said to be gathering all the re'ns of government into his own bands with the intention of governing himself. Our telegrams, however, scarcely sustain this, but at the same time indicate great activity on the Emperor's part. Constitutionalism is on the advance everywhere—or is it retrogression? South Australia is taking a jump and no mistake. Hankering after 'the Swiss Referendum systern, eh ? We expect it is a small party of extreme views that is atjwork, like unto the Single Tax men of this distracted Colony, Seven and a half millions sterling offered for the Mount Morgan mine by a syndicate with more money than brains ! If the shareholders do, not close with the offer they will each deserve an extreme reverse of the luck that is now theirs !
The money is worth the mine twice or thrice over, in our opinion. And there is the bird in hand ; and such a bird too I Russia’s labour pains are increasing ; what will be brought to the birth—emancipation ? Or a firmer riveting of the chains of despotism ? Let every man, woman and child in these free and fair colonies pray for Russia's redemption. Such a force as that put forth conld not fail in effect. Germany means business in East Africa. Emin Pasha and Major Wissmaa both intriguing against Great Britain ! Onr people will have to be on the alert. Make a baronet of Stanley and send him out in charge of an expedition with plenary powers to negotiate with the natives for territorial dominion. The colonies to be represented on the Imperial Military Staff! Snob is the proposition of Sir Charles Dilke, the restless. Whom shall we send from New Zealand ? We have a few majors, a colonel or two, and an only general ! Any one of them might be spared. Railway Commissioner Eddy, of Victoria, means business ! Criminal libel, civil libel, and half the Victorian newspapers implicated ! Phew ! ! If he wins, it will be * f stand off the grass,” and no mistake. Railway Commissioners, generally, will be lifted right up out of reach of press criticism ! Don’t believe a word about combination to throw discredit, ’Twouldn’t pay. , - It would have been remarkable, indeed, if a Conservative had not been elected for Windsor, and it is remarkable, all the same, that his majority was not larger. There is something anomalous about the Emperor of Germany’s policy. He wants every able-bodied male for home defence. The public exchequer is always at low ebb ! Ha wants a navy as powerful as England’s and he wants colonies!
Where are the men and money to come from for it all ? And France and Russia watching their opportunity ! Fair play for the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company? We should rather think so ! It is the private enterprise of the Colony ! Wellington’s own pet child ! What a help it has been to the city ! Nothing is too good for it ! The Hiitt Hack Racing Club is making ready for a good day’s outing. The 26th inst should be a sort of red> letter day down yonder. There is an immense programme published in another column. Meetings of the Australian Mutual Provident Society are announced elsewhere. This enormous and marvellously prosperous concern is maintaining the high position it has attained. The Manawatu Railway ought to be liberally patronised to-day. It has made ample provision for public accommodation. See advt. We sincerely hope that the Incumbent of St. Peter's Parish will make a handsome thing out of the offertories to morrow. The services will be charming. The annual election time of school committees is round again, or nearly so, and the Education Board has issued the usual notice. See advt. Mr Littlejohn has been very fortunate. Elected Mayor without a contest. Bad for the newspapers, very. Well, wo believe Onslow has secured a first class Mayor. The baker was abroad early yesterday with hot cross buns. So was the small boy marauder. The baker left the buns on the back premises. The small boy didn’t ; and many a household gnashed their teeth with rage and common bread instead. Good Friday has come to be regarded as a field day for buns by many small boys, and lots arrange the campaign weeks before the event. Boy’s excuse for being out—Going round with the baker. Actnal fact—Going round after the baker. A distinction with a mighty difference.
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