Today in history: 'Blackguardism' driven from 'little city'

ON THIS day (December 1) in Gladstone history: 
 

1873:

Gladstone, the little city, the future capital, rejoiceth greatly; for why?

The early and latter rain have fallen, the first distilling so gently as not to endanger the lives of those small lots of stock in which most of our citizens delight to invest their savings, and which were nearly at starvation point; and the last so freely as to cleanse the polluted waterholes, fill the creeks and tanks, and raise thankful feelings in every hear, unless it be that of the lessee of the reservoir.

The grass is once more green and fresh, and even the barren ridges again look verdant.

And business too, is improving in every direction.

The saltworks are nearly completed, and the crushing machines are at work on Calliope.

Every house in the town is now occupied, and even some of the picturesque ruins of the valley are being rendered habitable.

Socially too, we have much to speak of with gratification.

The good sense of the people is gradually driving blackguardism out of our streets, and it is now possible for those who wish to take their wives or children to their church, or the School of Arts, to do so without fear of being forced to listen to highly coloured language.