November 17.— A decided improvement since last Tuesday, only one really stormy day lince. Sunday was very "warm and pleasant, and will have done much good to the grass and crops. The farmers have tad quite enough cold and wet now to last them for a month or so.
Pakliambntahy Elections. — Voters are reminded that Friday fortnight (December 5) is the day fixed for the genera! election). Last Friday night Mr John Gideon Fraaer, editor of the Southern Standard (published at Gore), addressed a meeting at the Gore Town Hall. In the course of his addreiß Mr Fraser was understood to tay that Mr G. M. Bell having declined to stand, some of Mr Bell's intending supporters who lived at the south end of tlie eleatortte, and were strangers to Mr Fraeer, had aaked him to come forward in consequence of their admiration for his leading articles in the Southern Standard, and " because they had learnt that he could advocate on the public platform the interests he had cougbt to further ]in the press." Some of his friends in Gore believed that if elected he would be able to benefit the colony, and the Mataura electorate in particular, by his presence in Parliament. He asked for support on his own merits, and did not plnoe hia claim for elrction chiefly or mainly on the defects of the present Ministry. He (the speaker) was a plain working man, had been 17 years in Otago and fouthland, and through the T-ress he had ever advocated the rights of tho people. Mr Prager then gave his reasons for opposing the present Government, the first baing that they had not retrenched enough ; the second that the majority of Ihe Ministers were too much in the hands of the hanks, aud were not ante men to entrunt with the colony's finances ; that their administration of land sales was bad, as instance by the Nenthorne (query ; Kurow ?) run affair ; unauthorised appointment of an additional judge ; and tha illness of Major A.tkinEon. Mr Fraser then went on to give his opinion on the " Farmers' Uu'on " platform, which he would support in its entirety, including the starting of distilleries in New Zealand.
In aniwer to a question at the end of his speech, Mr Fraser said he would be very liberal indeed when he got up to Parliament, and if he saw that by a bonus an industry could be permanently established he would be in favour of giving it a start in that way. Mrß. S. M'Qill.of Gordon, moved, and Mr Campion seconded, the ueual vote of thanks and confidence.
At Ohar'ton on Friday night Mr Praser spoke a^ain. In answer to a question ssked.TMr Fraser is repirfced to have said *hafc he was a Protootanfc, and a strong one ; the Catholics would not use tho Stare schools. So long as the present Education Ach remained as it was, he should n t fed inclined to int'rfpre, but when the Bible was vr-introdnond into puMic schooh— nnd he advrvcafed that, which would be p«aoMcallv Protestant religious instruction— he should then be in fawnr of Catholic schools receiving a CAptUtion grant for those of their scholars who flouldpaa3 an examination byoneof tha Government inspectors Cantata for the Library.— Last Tuesday night the Presbyterian Church <ir>o:r were co good a 9 to repp it. tho C.ntKta called " Ui d-r thePdlms,"for f o bPiipflf; of ! he library. There was a ifo'd Attendant c, and the funds of the Hbrary will ba perceptibly enlarged. Mayohat- Plkction.— Wednesday, the 26th inst , is the day fixed for thic evonfc. There are three r-iridi-di'es now in th'-fi-ld viz Messrs John Mac^ibbon, James B»-tf,Hn. m.d V. S C-nni'-g It waabeliivcd t)v * ATr J. J). Hnnier would come forward, but ho has not. d- "j so.
The Soutjtlan'D County Flkptiov — Vor f-»r M.t. -j .t •(,- •>.>, uliis h o ar. rir.-s Or f Mif -full of !!> • 1 <i<' \,n~.s> a-pr vtv n •' -, ,o-i-i AU.i.-mu;. ■ -v i, <ix'|, •>»■ >i •>. ' 'T: .'•' •)' r v<; lid - '. 1 iii^io. it vso 1. .-. ■ j s 8 uu* o. Jv) \"tu~. r<-'>,cpc! v rfJ tnovctJ.iu Mr Q ice 1 - mo=t "i.i'y.'i.ne tHiipor'r-rs (>x ' otr-rt. Gork I3HAS3 TU>"i> -'• lin!.tt3 t> the ener;olie V rf.ir.i- ,; of Hi B.ii'ey ftnd h\°, so-t. sinv! thp ? tn< <-y svtendance at prictice of th' members, thU ba-id can novv be »fil-l r,o ba 'in goo.i (,'o'ng onier." The sec-n-tarv, Mr Jamas Cald^r. .irinontjccs Iha!. rho bund is open to engagement Xlr bir ais now splf-fnpiio 'f.inffandwil pay for it- conductor, and Us music, instruments, and uniform out of its own can in;; 1 !, with perhaps a c >ncert and dance now and then. Thi3 is exactly as it should bi and njemb-rs of no:amitteea of shows, sports picnics, and co on, arid stewnr 's of local race meetings shou'd besr in mind that the employment of n band generally mikea.ill f»e difference bttween eucceßS and failure of such affairs The Gore Dand now being on a eound basin, with a good instructor to work it up to a good level, deserves every possible encouragement, and will no doubt give great satisfaction whenever it is em ployed. • Of oourie, the baud cannot be expected to be quite
on a level with, say, tho Invercargill Garrison' Band juetyet; but then it must be rsmombered that the Gora Bund will content itself with askiug much humbler terms, just for the present, than would be demanded by the second best baud in the whole colony. No one who knows anything about Gore can doubt that there is any quantity of good " raw material" from which first-rate bandsmen can be produced by an enthusiastic instructor like Mr Bailey. It ouly takes time; and if young fellows will only make the sensible use of a tew pounds a year by paying for good private teaching (in addition to band practice), and by saving something towards buying instruments for themselves after a while for cash, they will be amply rewarded, and never regret their outlay. It may safely be propheiied that if this plan is acted upon, and each member praotises steadily by himself regularly every day— even for only half an hour— there can be n» reason why the Gpre Band should not make a name as good as any garrison band in the whole oolony within the next three or four years.
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GORE., Otago Witness, Issue 1918, 20 November 1890
GORE. Otago Witness, Issue 1918, 20 November 1890
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