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SIR H. BLAKE'S APPOINTMENT LIKELY TO BE CANCELLED. (PBK PRXSS ASSOCIATION.) London, November 12. The appointment of Bir H. Blake to the Governorship of Queensland still continues to excite a lively discussion, and numerous articles have appeared m the Press on the subject. The " St; James' Gazette " remarks : — " DemoJ cratic Queensland rejects the brother-in-law of a duchess because it wants a real live lord." The Dublin "Freeman's Journal " says : — " Bir H. Blake was a draper's assistant m Dublin, whose talent for amateur acting so pleased the Earl of Carlisle (then Lord Lieutenant of Ireland) that he gave him a cadet ship m the JRoyal Irish Constabulary. To his own politic behaviour, aided by a lucky marriage, he owes his subsequent promotion." Baron do Worms, m reply to a question m the House of Commons, said it would be most unprecedented to accede to a request similar to Bir Thomas Mcllwraith's. He delivered a eulogy of Sir H. Blake, which was received with laughter by the Parnellites. The ?' Telegraph," man article on the subject, says Lord Knutßford is thoroughly imbued with the traditions of the Colonial office. In connection with Sir H. Blake's past career it points out that fighting the Fenians and ruling the Bahamas is no training for the government of a constitutional colony. If Lord Knutsford persists m sending him to Queensland the colony will pro*

bably refuse to vote the Governor's salary. The " Chronicle " considers the feelings of the colonists should bo considered. Sir H. Blake was for two years one of the special Resident "Magistrates selected to carry out the pacification *of Ireland, after which he w«s appointed Governor of the Bahamas m 1884. It is thought probable Sir J. Pope EFenncssy, Governor of Mauritius, and ( Sir H. Blake will exchange. Brisbanb, November 14. In the House of Assembly, last night, Sir Thos. Mcllwraith, Premier, stated J that m his message to Lord Knutsford he had not requested that the Queensland Government should be consulted m the appointment of the Governor, but bad merely asked that the name of the gentleman selected should be given m order that the Government might be m a position to state their objections, if •ny. Sir 8. Griffiths, Leader of the Opposition, said it was the greatest mistake of the Imperial G^vernment to appoint a Governor who was not generally acceptable to the people of the colony, and it was the duty of the Government to make the facts known. London, November 13. The disputo m reference to the appointment of the Governor of Queensland has been referred to the consideration of the Cabinet. London, November 14. The Opposition will move the adjournment of the House to-morrow for the purpose of eliciting the views of the House on the policy of the Imperial Government , consulting the colonies before finally appointing Governors. The « Standard " states that Government have practically decided to. cancel the appointment of Sir H. A. Blake to the Governorship of Queensland.

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THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNOR, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888

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THE QUEENSLAND GOVERNOR Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1997, 15 November 1888

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