OUR Correspondence Column is open to the temperate discussion of questions of public interest ; but we do not in any way identify ourselves with the opinions expressed by our Correspondents. All letters must be accompanied by the writer's name and address, not necessarily for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith. OLD PETER PIPER. (To the Editor of the Tuapeka Times). Sir, — " There is a tide," they say, "in every man's future which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune ; " and this old trite saying implies that, if the tide is •not taken advantage of, it will lead the opposite way ; and we have witnessed, through a long course of years, and study of men and things, that the same rule holds good with regard to communities. Some years ago, we possessed all the materials at Wetherstones to make a great city. We had fine land — plenty of gold ; but we lacked that power, compared with which, gold is dross. We had not the right men, or, if we had them, they were too much engrossed with the accumulation of wealth, that they had no time nor inclination to bestir themselves in improving their social position. It too often happens that the better part of man's nature is neglected ; and this remark will apply to a life on the goldfields. We are all bent on making a " pile ; " and when we have reached the summit of our wishes, pack up and haste to spend our days in some congenial nook of the "old country." Having these views, we are not philanthrophic enough to lay ourselves, out for much usefulness, because we have not adopted this country, or marked out for ourselves any line of procedure, or to incite others to a healthy action for good; so that everything tending to take us in the right direction to a means of infusing a healthy itimulent to the mind, is of very felosr
growth ; or, if there is any verdure, there is just only enough to show its greenness. It must be gratifying, however, to every well-wisher of the Province, that we have " turned the comer," and got into a more genial atmosphere. Wa have now, thank God, a few good men in our midst ; and although they have been " lang o' comin'," they appear to place themselves in a position to make amends for time lost. Our School is now no longer a thing in the distance, but a reality ; and from what is known of Mr. Johnston, the teacher elect, we have every confidence that he will prove the right man in the right place, and that he will give himself unreservedly to the great work before him. The Committee have shown that they are equal to the position. Every thing connected with the important interests embodied in the undertaking has been gone into with an earnestness and liberality worthy of emulation. Our School, as you will perceive, is to be opened on Monday next ; and the event ia to be inaugurated by a " benefit?' to be given in its behalf, when a large array of local talent is expected to be forthcoming to assist, of which Lawrence, Blue Spur, Wetherstones, &c, contain not a few, who are second to none in the Province. We hope the clerk of the weather will put in his contribution to make things pleasant. Old Peter will not be there as an invited guest ; so you can assure your readers, who may be anxious to see that gentleman, that the benefit, and the cause which has called for it, has his warmest sympathy ; and it is verypossible he may honor the occasion with his presence ; but he will be in- some of the dark corners ; and may possibly take notes and "print" them; but, as the old fogie is known to possess a few "crotchets," it was thought be3t to leave him out of the list of the invited, least it should interfere with the general "harmony." Nevertheless, he hopes the Committee may receive a bumper on the auspicious event. — I am, &c, ! Old Peter Pipbr. ! Wetherstones Braes, ! j April 9, 1868. I
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