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OCCAljIONAL PARAGR'PHS BY AN IDLE MAeN. After a storm comes a calm. After the noisy, fussy, foaming, never resting rule of Sir Harry Ord, the quiet methodical regime of ,Sir William is thoroughly enjoyable. It is extraordinary what a state of excite merit and fever Sir Harry managed to envolve out of the exceedingly quiet material manipusated- His departure fod a weelk's fishing at Rottnest was attended with as much fuss as the embarkation of a regiment of s'oldiers for the seat of war; officers flyling hither and thither, the issue of general ordersand memoranda; heads of depart ments turned out, inspections andas much official fuss noise and ceremony as could possibly be made. Well its different now, and the officers of the eivil sevvice live in peace, and their digestions have improved. Worry and anxiety are great enemies to digestion. If I were asked to state briefly the distinguishing feature marking the difference -between the charactcrs of -the-late-- -Governor -and --the--present one, I should say that Sir* Harry de lighted in giving all those about him as much trouble as possible, and Sir William as little as possible. -Any ,varder will know what a difference this makesin respect to the successful management of men. The Victorian Express has in its issue of the 16th instant, notified its change of   policy. In future it will oppose what it has so long and so creditably advocated, the adoption by the colony of a constitution of ministerial responsibility. The paper has not changed hands, but the proprietor quarrelled with his editor and dismissed him, and so determined is he to completely sever the connection that he has decided the paper shall no longer represent the views it did under the management of the discarded chief. There is nothing like doing a thing thoroughly, and the conduct of the proprietor of the Victorian Express will bear comparison with that of the lady who having got rid of a diagrecable husband by the aid of the Divorce Court, changed her religion to prevent the pos- sibility of their rejoining in another world. But what about the subscribers, are they not entitled to some consideration? Its   rather hard upon them to have suddenly thrust upon them as othordox, views and opinions which they have all along been taught to look upon as erroneous and mischievous. That a change of proprietor- ship may fairly involve a change in the political views and utterances of a public journal, we can quite understand, but that a mere change of editors should lead to the same result is an anomaly, which is not easy of explanation. Geraldton, once the very hotbed of dissatis- fnaction with the present order of things, having been skillfully appeased by the Weld-   Barlee administration, has never regained its ancient spirit of hostile criticism and impati- ence at the slow progress the colony makes under the muddling rule of personal and ir- responsible Government. The quixotic idead champion who has represented the place for some years in the annmual tournament at Perth, has still further succeeded in incul- cating a spirit of contentment with things as they are, as opposed to the risk attending, efforts at improvement, that any expression of disapproval of the actions of those in authority, or suggestion that it would be wiser for the colonists to take the manage- ment of public affairs into their own hands is looked upon as treasonable and meriting punishment. The editor of their little paper had lately sinned in this respect most griev- ously, and he was in consequence ignominy- ously expelled his office, and a proper apology has been tendered to the public for, the offence, by the proprietors. That is very proper, and will, there is no doubt, save the district from the effects of the anger such conduct was likely to arouse in the mind of the head of the Government. It may further do something towards securing their mem- ber a more favorable reception at court on the assembling of the Legislature, than other- wise could have been hoped for. It is wise to propitiate the powerful. It seems impossible so long as the world remains as it is, to get rid of what is called strife. Contention, opposition, antagonism, or whatever you like to call it, seems a con- dition of existence-stagnation is death in the moral world as in the physical. Life and health are the results of opposing forces. You cannot live without struggle, try as you will. Some of the good people of Geraldton vainly fancied they could manage it in politics if in nothing else. By dint of some hard work and a little soiling of their hands they pitched out he whom they looked upon as the stirrer-up of strife political among them. They pictured to themselves a pleasant time of it in future-calm and sun- shine, peace and tranquility. But their hopes were doomed to disappointment; they had only scotched the snake, not killed it. The enemy appears in another form more for- midable than the first. The ejected editor of the Victorian Express is going to start an oppo- sition paper on his own account-the Ger- aldton Observer-and as Mr. Editor is no novice in the art of literary warfare, those who are opposed to him must keep a good guard to escape being wounded. It is proverbial that little people are the most cheeky. A sense of their inferiority in point of stature, gives them the boldness to attempt an equality with bigger people by the exhibition of superior pluck. It's an illustration of the law of compensation. There could not be a much smaller paper than the Eastern Districts Chronicle, and yet it sports a whole railway train, engine and all, at the head of its first page, and prints its leading articles in the biggest typo. Morcover it says things that its big brothers of Perth and Fremantle dare not, or at all events, do not say. This little, ill printed, impudent rag was the only paper that had the pluck to object to an appointment that seemed imminent at one time, that of the present Acting Attorney General to the office of Chief Justice. So far did it go, that at the time it was a surprise to many that it escaped the consequences which might very easily have followed upon this exhibition of boldness. Probably it owes its escape to its insignificance or it may be to the meek and gentle disposition of the officer referred to. So again, when certain parties were wailing over the great loss the colony had sustained in the rejection by the Wellington electors of Mr. Steere, this little ink rag-while the other papers joined in the lament or at best were only silent-turned the absurd sorrow into ridicule and wanted to know what there was in Mr. Steere, or what he had done, that such a bobbery should be kicked up because the electors of Bunbury had exercised their right and refused to have him as their member. It expressed an opin- ion that as the colony had not collapsed in consequence of Mr. Steere's absence for three years in England, it was not likely to suffer very much from his not having a seat in the House, where his talk talk, impotent opposi-

tion and wrangling disposition occupy time and fill up Hansard, but effect no useful pur- pose. On those who pretended to be mourn- ing in sack-cloth and ashes over the afliction that had befallen the country, the smudgy type imp heaped a good deal of wholesome ridicule. In its last issue it speaks out in right good earnest with respect to little acts of favoritism shown by the authorities to a particular newspaper published at Perth, which are utterly unfair to the rest of the press Why should the editor of one paper be permitted to examine and make extracts of official documents and records which are

not accessible to the editors of other papers ? The little paper is quite right to kick against -this sort of thing and to raise its voice, tiny as it is, in favor of fair play and no favor. I don't suppose many people out of the East- ern districts read this little paper, and if the slight notice I have taken of it leads to its tak- ing a better place in public estimation than is at present does, it will have got no more than it deserves.

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