The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55
The newspaper is the great educator of the nineteenth century. There is no force compared with it. It is book, pulpit, platform, forum, all in one. And there is not an interest—religious, literary, commercial, scientific, agricultural, or mechanical—that is not within its grasp.
Dunedin. September 1, 1885.
The Wellington correspondent of a Christchurch paper thus describes the Premier's castigation of Mr Ormond on Friday night :—"But Mr Ormond's triumph was short-lived. Nemesis had come. The man who had delayed so long had ventured at last into the fight only to be more fearfully wounded than any champion has ever been wounded in that place. The Premier, thoroughly rouged, blazed with a flame which absolutely devoured his unfortunate assailant. Mr Ormond's speech had been carefully prepared. The Premier, on the spur of the moment, delivered the best speech that has ever fallen from his lips. It astonished by its marvels of memory, and its readiness of resource. The charm of its fluent language, polished yet plain, well balanced and well constructed, held all attention; and the sustained energy of its vehement power carried away all arguments. He threw his blazing shield before the policy and conduct of his Government; he sent blighting, scorching flames into every nook and cranny of his assailant's career. When he had done, there was nothing left of Mr Ormond. Protestations, representations, reputation, everything on which his speech had been based and his fame as a politician founded, all were gone. The fire had swept over him and destroyed him utterly."