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Sir George Grey met the electors at the Thames on Saturday night. In the course of his address, he said the increase in the taxation weighed entirely on the working classes, the great propertyholders resident in England escaping. This system of taxation was clearly* a robbery—a robbery of those who were compelled to submit. Why should those oreat land companies in England escape taxation, or the wealthy abroad be spared, and the poor and wretched here be robbed ? It was a bad example; it was reviving the old practice; when Government was in difficulties, oi robbing a class. Their old kings did this: they robbed the Church because it could not resist. He said this—if the revenue and expenditure were equalised, as was certainly desirable, let it be done by a fair system of taxation. Why shonld they have an export duty on gold and not on wool 1 Why should they have a property tax on the inhabitants, and those holders who live in Great Britain escape? He himself had to pay the tax on his income from Home. The Premier looked at him in horror when he told him every man had his lax deducted before be received it. When he asked in the House that holders of New Zealand bonds be taxed', his friends opposite —he forgot the exact words—thanked God that they were not such as he. Now, he said every man, woman, and child suffered because of this. Don’t let them mistake; they were the people who paid; it was not the Melbourne merchant, they might rely on it. It was they themselves, and they must unitedly protest against it. He had himself obliged to dismiss several workmen,’, and the same thing was occurring throughout New Zealand. Further, lie bad every reason to believe several thousand laborers were about to arrive here from the Celestial Empire, . apd their coming would sink wages lower! He considered an Income Tax would be far fairer than the present one bn property. That would press heavily upon the man with 1,000 acres, heavier bh him with 10,000, and heavier still on him vfitS 100,000, and, consequently, of course would not suit. Better tax gold-miners, their machinery, their necessaries of life, their boots even—[A voice : “ And their painkiller.”] —Yes, even painkiller (Laughter).; Heller even to introduce the Charitable Aids Bill, or some such machinery AS that. Government had promised, (a number ; <>f measures, and prominent amongst them Representation and Licensing Bills, but he had no faith jnthfe; sincerity of Government. After denouncing the present native land administrating and strongly urging reform, he terminated his address by asking his hearers to aid those who were fighting their battles in the timo of election drawing nigh; let them do their duty as houestmen, ashamed to look no owe in the face, and resolved to discharge their functions as citizens and' free men, whatever they wish themselves. The speaker concluded amidst loud, prolonged and enthusiastic cheering. , / A resolution —“ That this meeting thanks Sir George Grey for the statesmanlike speech just delivered, and trusts he may he long soared, not only to represent this district in Parliament, but to continue his noble efforts for the education of the public mind of the colony, in the principles of true liberalism and honest legislature ” —was carried amidst vociferous , cheering.

Herr Bandmann Again. * During his recent visit to Christchurch, it will be remembered that Herr Band* maun, the well-known actor, frequently came into collision with sections of the . local press. It would seem from the following extract that his relations with the Wanganui Chronicle are anything but amicable, and that in real life the scenes Herr Bandmann plays a part in are i as sensational, if not more so, than those represented on the stage. The Chronicle ■ says Yesterday morning, Herr Band* maun, the actor, entered the publishing office of this journal, in a high state of excitement, and considerably astonished the gentleman in charge by informing , him offhand, and without even saying , ‘ Good morning,’ that our critique on Saturday night’s performance was a ‘ . lousy article ;’ that the theatrical advertisement had been placed under Westen’s 1 lousy dogs ’ (Westen should comb* them) ; that Wanganui was a ‘ lousy town ’ and a ‘ lousy fraternity. ’ Herr Bandmann, in fact, proceeded to ‘ tear a passion to tatters, to very rags,' and was informed that he would be given in charge if a policeman came in sight. He then left the premises somewhat abruptly. 1 ’ After some chaffing remarks on the meagreness of the actor’s vituperative vocabulary, the Chronicle adds “ We tolerate insolence and blackguardly language from no one, and at once decline to criticise any more of his performances or eccentricities either on the or off.” In a letter to the Wanganui Herald, Herr Bandmann denounces the accusation of the Chronicle as malicious, slandering falsehood. He adds that the real cause of the dispute was the fact of his agent having stopped** a clerk in the office from bringing two ladies into the theatre without paying. Upon this the clerk “ swore vengeance,” and displayed the advertisement in a mean and insignificant manner. ■, H© (Herr Bandmann) objected to, this, and withdrew h : s advertisements ■ i

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SIR GEORGE GREY AT THE THAMES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 333, 2 May 1881

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SIR GEORGE GREY AT THE THAMES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 333, 2 May 1881