At laat we have something tangible, something upon which we may lay hold and retain in our grasp, witb regard fco tho much talked of Peal of Bells. For a long, a very long, time, the Bulls have eluded »U attemp's to Beige them fir-oly, <hey have fluted farther and farther away, like their own melodious sounds. But now "a change has c mn o'er the scene," » committee has actually mot, and all of a sudden we find a public peal actually otarting into exinttnee, a recognined and eatablished fact. Munificent sub acripiions have been promised — dE'IG by two gentlemen alone — the consent of the Oity Council has been obtaiu<-d, and that of tho German Church as well. Verily, we think, wo shall have a peal alter all. Mr Ruddenklau stated, that tho three bells already obtained already coßt £200, and that they coat la 6d per lb. From those data we find that five more bells will
coat between £800 ond £400. This ia not a largo amount to raise, especially as part is promised, and moro ia hand, or ought to he, already. Of couvso, incidental oxpenses will swell the amount, bub Ohrifitcliurch has many times before now raised amounts na largo and larger than thia for public purposed. We mo no reason why v should not do so again. If every one of those who are now so eager about tho peal of bells that brings back to their memories the chimes of old England, and who talk ao much about them, ' subscribed even, a small sum, there would bo no difficulty. But it is generally found thafc thoso who talk the loudest are the leant; willing to put their hands in fc'ieir pockets. They do nofc mind ofcher people sub Hcribing to charities, <&o. ; they thiuk ib only a right and proper thing to do, but; whon they find fcho collector ai their own door, blandly requesting them to inscribe fcheir names in the little book ho presents to fcheir unwilling gaze, then' it ia brought homo to them, the request for a subscription stands in quite a different lighfc; their niggardly dispositions bear sway over all else, ai.d the disappointt-d gentleman, or lady, a* tho c»so may be, goes on to tho noxt door, his pocket none tho heavier, nor bin list) fche fuller, for his visit.
But to return to our subject. Ah we said before, tho nucleus ot a large sum is alrendy found. Besides thi£4.6 protDiwed by the two gentlemen nt the late meeting, thero are some little Accounts, ifc seems, to be settled with vuriouH collectors of subscriptions. Now that everything haa come out clear, we find that several ladies undertook tn collect subscriptions, and cvi d-nci waa actually given to fche < ffeo thai money had ieo given to them. Now, why don't, these ladiea hand over what, sub-ciiptinua they may have got p Perhaps between them they mny form i very respectable aura, and pooplo are always more encouraged when they nee a thing taken up heartily than when they find others backward in tho matter. Then it appears that there is a balance from the concert held a long while ago. Everything helps, Themoney must have gone into the handa of aome one, Why does not the committee make it their business to trace all these lugitive Bums, and demand them at once. One man saya that he forwarded it to another, and the other doesn't know anything about it ! Surely the committee are not going to let the matter rest where it is. Tho concert was not for tho benefit of one individual it was for a public purpose, and what right we should liko fco know has anyone to appropriate public money in this way ? It the committee press hard we have no doubt but thai; tbe <JS7, or whatever the balnnco was, will be forthcoming. Wlu n the t-übscripticna promised, to the ladies are paid up we should think that the fund will have a pretty broad basis to stand upon. No doubt it will be found that, these various sums will make a hand some total, which, combined with a little vigorous solicitation of the public, will afford tho sum required to hung Hve moro bells in addition to those already in the tower by the German Church. Then with eight bells, we in Oiiristchurch shall bo able to boast of one more link binding us still more closely to tho land whence moat of us have come, nnd one, too, which tends -dill moro to complete the resemblance, already admitted to exist, between these plains around, and thoso of England over the soa.
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Star, Star, Issue 2165, 18 February 1875
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