SCINTILLATIONS MOM THE KORERORIUM.
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 714, 3 September 1892, Page 3
SCINTILLATIONS MOM THE KORERORIUM.
Seobie McKenzie as a reformer is the latest novelty. He has often been taunted with the barreness of his political career, but he means high game with the Corrupt Practices' Bill. * * # Hon. Pharazyn has an idea that domestio servants get easy times, His own, he says, gets six weeks' holiday at Christmas time. What a contrast that must be to the life that some girls lead under tyrannous mistresses.
Mr McLean, when in a gasping rage the other night (goaded by Fisher), said that he had never in his life done an action that he is ashamed of, nor will he ever do such a thing. Blushing Tom Mackenzie says this beats George Washing- , ton hollow, and he doesn't think there is another member in the House could say the same thing. They do say some queer things, though.
The amiable George Hutchison graciously compares the Premier's position on the Governor question to that of a ' cockchaffer spinning on a pin. 1
Wag Taylor objects to judges getting oil their little jokes, but he has an idea that the House won't listen to a speaker if he doesn't cause fun.
Jackson Palmer's little Divorce Extension Bill has to run the gauntlet without the orotectiag wing of the Government.
George Fisher in a spitfire mood at the expense of a political opponent : ' These •wretched, miserable loan companies, pawnshops, that are living on the lifeblood of the working man 1 They ought to be stamped out of existence — they are a vice and a cur r-se !' Claptrap, eh George ?
' Sir Patrick and his tail ' is the polite way in which the urbane G. Hutchison refers to the Colonial Secretary and the few Councillors who will vote with him on a policy measure.
Shera's Inebriates' Bill has given the most fun this session. It is freely acknowledged that Shera is the only man in the House who got to such a stage with such a measure. Everyone in the strangers' gallery expressed a desire to know more about this clever little man.
' Tragic flapdoodle ' wag the apt Seddonie description of G. Hutchison's speech on the correspondence with the Goyernor.
Shera fsirly annihilated Fergus. The speaking trumpet was brought to bear with tremendous force, but so far from being swept away the little man was up again as fresh as a daisy, only to be gently put aside by Mr Speaker.
There was jocularity in the Council when Downie Stewart brought on the Eight Hours' Bill. Dowaie strongly objected to such unbecoming levity, but a ray of humour in the Museum deserves to be made a note of.
Sir G-eorge Grey has so far this session had an easy path with his lawyer bill?. The profesh. were most lamb-like and resorted to none of the usual methods adopted to kill bills affecting the six- andeigbtpence line.
Little Dr. Newman, when fairly wound up, may be backed to use more sirs than any man in the House. Buiok can get off a few in his mild way, and Taylor without them would be like a plum pudding minus the plums.
The Wellington Fruit-growing -Associar tion Bill got the worst bandied of any Bill this session. The promoter is said to have wept in the gallery when he saw. how his darling was being treated.
'Racing men are not to be trusted,' says the Hon. Eeynolds, whereupon the Colonial Secretary laughingly mentions that there are racing men in the Council. McLean and Ormond look kindly on Bfr Eeynolds. ■
1 All those in f >your of this clause say two,' said the Chairman of Committees on Friday, and the laughter that ensued reminded him that he had said ' two ' when he should have said ' aye.'
The other evening Fish worked in about the early bird and the worm, when the Minister referred to jokingly said he was compared to a worm, and now he meant to catch a Fish ; and the latter did get ' baited. 5