THE MOUNT IDA WATER RACE. TO THE EDITOR.
i Sic,—l am deeply gratified to think that the : letter which I wrote a week or 10 days ago, and which you ao kindly inserted in your columns, ' har, had the effect of awakeuiDg from its long repose the slumbering conscience of 3lr Guffie. From the almost apologetic tone of this gentleman's reply to my letter, and irom tbe halfi hearted strain in which it is perceptibly written, I infer that he regrets that his remarks at the meeting were not characterised by greater moderation, and thafc bis well-known affection for wh»t is popularly known as a i "fair thing" did not govern his conduct on that evening. By way of explanation Mr Guffie proceeds to call public attention to the I fact that in the early history of the Mount Ida Miners' Association he figured as its chairman, j I and amongst the many services rendered by j him to the association sat on several commit- j tees. Perhaps the soccees which attended Mr j ! Gnffie's efforts on these occasions bas led him ' jto believe that with comparative ease he can I sit upon " Junius." But we shall see. In my i j former letter I stated that; since the inception lof the association Mr Guffie had not identified I himself with ifc. Here my memory led me astray, I and I express my regret for a slight error which I I inadvertently committed. What I shonld j have stated is this : So long as the efforts which ! the Miners' Association made* to foster the j mining industry in Naseby furthered the i enterprises iv which Mr Guffie himself was I personally engaged, the interest which he I took in the association was a prominent one. I When to assist the miner possessed of a small j capital and littie experience became the chief consideration of the association, and the objects , of the association tended to deter Mr Guffie . I from maturing his own little plans, and perhaps ] j threatened to prove inimical to them, then bis I interest in the association ceased, and its council 1 (meetings were no longer graced with his J presence nor charmed with the sound of his ! voice. In short, Mr Guffie's interest iv the asoociation has always been co-extensive with the personal benefit which he thought he would derive from it, and this motive acting on his brain evolved from it thafc oleaginous deliverance which, as one of its effects, was intended to popularise Mr Guffie with tho miners. : ' Now I do not intend to occupy your space by j criticising all the attempts made by Mr Goffie to explain and justify hi.s condueb on fche even- ; iug of the 16th May, as it is obvious to all fbo ! know of the other efforts made by Mr Guffie j and his friends to bring aboufc the removal of Mr Murray that the attack was made in a manner that would reflect credit on no one, not I aven Mr Guffie, and that it approximates closely I to persecution. If those who sympathise with Mr Murray are ; small in number they are large in heart, and possess some elementary knowledge of the distinction between right and v/rong —between conduct, which is fair and thafc which is unfair. 1 I regret that I cannot, without stretching my imagination, make an assertion of this kind about the sympathisers of Mr Guffie. — I am, &c. [ May 3. Junius.