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Most Canterbury people will agree with Sir George Grey that some public recognition of Mr. W. S. Moorhouse’s public service to the province is due, but we are astonished that tho proposal to reward him in the way Government have adopted by the passing of Sir George’s “ Recognition Bill” should have emanated from the great apostle of New Zealand Liberalism. Sir George claims to be a Liberal of the Liberals, yet in a House of Representatives, if a colony whose politics are built on the lines of democracy, he asks Parliamentary sanction to a most extraordinary proposal. And we are astonished the more that only nine of the whole members present raised any ejection to the particular form the recognition took. Willingly did the whole House recognise Mr. Moorhouse’s worth, and willingly, no doubt, did they all agree that he should receive the medal that represented that recognition. But only nine dared vote against the extraordinary virtue that was to be attached to the lucky possessor of it. The Bill, as it now stands, gives a medal to Mr. Moorhouse, and this medal is a free passport to him, and to f he direct male heir of his line forever, over all railways in the colony. We .congratulate Mr. Moorhouse and the direct heirs male of his line for ever on becoming hereditary deadheads , but we would far rather have seen a sum of money given, even in these hard-up times, or some other substantial gift that we would have been done with after the act of presenting, than seen this system of permanent and everlastingly hereditary dead heading on the railways resorted to. These linos of ours may yet fall into other hands than those of Government, and their lessees or purchasers will not look with friendly eyes even on a Parliamentary appointed deadhead. Besides, it is no part of the colonial Parliament’s functions to confer everlasting favors of this kind, no matter under what circumstances, and we have not arrived at that point when honors and emoluments ought to be a part of our political system. We owe gratitude to Mr. Moorhouse no doubt, but to him, and to him only, ought friat debtof gratitude be paid, and not to heirs male of his direct line from henceforth and for ever.

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HEREDITARY DEADHEADS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880

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HEREDITARY DEADHEADS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 115, 19 June 1880