Alexandra Times at KellyGang 6/2/1875 (2)
This company's operations are suspended for the present, the company being at war with various parties, and the matters at issue being sub judice, in the mean time the pumps are kept going. All t the engines of legal warfare have been called s into requisition by this company, for the a purpose, as it appears to me, of avoiding the payment of their just liabilities to those who in their several capacities labored for them. We have had summonses, interpleaders, injunctions, and many other legal tortures imposed upon us for the express purpose of s swindling the working men out of his just dues. As an instance, I may state that five or six poor men summoned this company for money due for supplying upwards of 300 tons of firewood.
The company did not appear, and the plaintiff got verdicts, and by virtue of the warden's warrant of execution the company's lease was advertised for sale. In the mean time the company makes an affidavit to the effect that they were not represented by counsel at the time the case was heard before the warden (and why were they not?), and further affirm that they feel severally and collectively very much aggrieved, and repent in sackcloth and ashes that these poor men should have been permitted to obtain their just dues - that the warden (in their opinion) had no jurisdiction - that, in fact, they were prepared to make affidavit to any series of statements whereby they could avoid paying for 300 tons of firewood, the result of plaintiffs labor.
And the affidavit winds up by making an ad misericordiam appeal to the Supreme Court to interdict the warden's decision, and calling upon plaintiffs to show cause why a prohibition order should not be granted to set aside the warden's decision, and they (the plaintiffs) go without their money. In effect, in my humble opinion, the company's affidavit, made through their legal manager, ambunits to a request' to be permitted to starve these poor men out. They do not attempt to deny the justice of their claims. Messieurs the shareholders are very complaisant, but simply require some legal loophole through which they might make an ignominious exit. I do not attach the slightest blame to the legal manager, as I take it for granted that in making. the affidavit he was but complying with the ? of the, company as their paid official. Were our honored judges aware of the exact object for which such applications are made to them, the crimson flush of just indignation would mantle their dignified countenance.
We were visited the other day by a flock of wild geese, numbering something over a hundred. They hovered for some time over our little township, as though anything our inspection, and several shots were fired at them, but they were well out of range. A dozen or two would have been very acceptable at the time, as our butcher has put us on an allowance of three sheep a fortnight, and we have to be very affable in his presence to be served with any meat at all. Under the circumstances I would invite some enterprising butcher to give us a call say twice a week with some beef and mutton. I am sure it would be conferring a boon on us all, and I think would pay for the trouble of a visit.
I regret to hear that Mr Nixon, of Middle Creek, his had nearly all his fences burnt, and had a very narrow escape for his homestead.
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