The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1888. PARLIAMENTARY ROWDYISM.
off his right hand than have uttere d and so od, making tho fullest retractation ; but this one redeeming feature, that of a full apology, excepted, the whole scene is lowering to tho dignity of representative institutions and a ro proach to the colony iv which it occurred. Perhaps even worse scenes have occurred m New South Wales, and while we may congratulate ourselves that nothing like this has occurred m tho New Zealand Parliament as yet, we think that. of late years we have noticed a declension m tone which is sufficient to justify a warning lest one day we may have to | chronicle a parallel to such occurrences as ! have unfortunately been witnessed elsewhere, and of which the foregoing is a specimen. It is well to guard against the beginnings of evil, for the downward path is proverbially easy.
Tho spectacle which has been presented during the past two op three weeks m tho Victorian Parliament may well serve, as the French phrase it, pour encouragtr lea autrcs — that iB to say should operate as a warning to the legislators of our own colony to be watchful against tho Beginning of discourtesies and exhibitions of ill-temper such as are likely to lead up to tho like disgraceful pror ceedings. Our Melbourne correspondent writes that a mortal struggle has been going on over the electoral Bill which " culminated m a crisis that for the time-being paralysed the House, A pitched battle was fought m a continous sitting of twenty-two hours, and a symposium of brow- beating, bullying, and stonewalling was indulged m that has simply raised a howl of indignation right through the Colony." Another correspondent, entering into fuller particulars, gives the following account of a painful scene during this sitting m which the principal actors were tho Minister for Lands, Mr Dow, and the leader of the Opposition, Mr Bent. This is tho picture he draws: — " Mr Bent was speaking on tho Bill, and denounced the Government. Mr Dow was recumbent on the Ministerial benches, and reading. ' 1 here,' said Mr Bent, pointing to the Minister, * is the Whitechapel murderer,' referring to a stinging remark by Mr Dow m his speech at Cobra on Mpntfay night. The Opposition cheered the" reference, and Mr Bent went on to say that 'if the photograph of every member of the House were sent to Madame Tuspaud they would have no difficulty m identifying] Mr Dow as the Wbitechapel murderer. The Opposition cheered again, and Mr Dow slowly raised himself and said, bo that his voice could be heard all over the Chamber. ' You mean the man who went to the lake's entrance with another man's wife. You had better leave me alone.' The remark shocked every member, but Mr Bent said nothing. Later on Mr Bent twitted Mr Dow with having travelled m a special train from Cobra. ' Shall we give you a special to the lake's entrance?' asked Mr Dow, and the House was plunged m uproar. ' Say that again,' challenged Mr Bent 'No don't, added Mr Zox, and Mr Dow, who by this time was very heated, asserted that he would say anything to a man who attacked and insulted him. Members on all sides cried for peace, and the last words came from Mr Bent, and wcro to tho effect that there was no truth m what Mr Dow had paid. Mr Bent called upon the Minister to make an unqualified denial of tho remark. Mr Bent then entered into details as to the persons who were with him at the time, and assured hon. members that there was not a particle of truth m the suggestion involved, which had arisen out of some practical joking." After all this it is satisfactory to find that the Minister had tho grace to make the amende honorabh, expressing his regret at having been goaded fe|to making a statement which he would rather haw cat