MR BUXTON AT GERALDINH. (From oub Correbpondhnt.) Mr S. BuxtoD, M.HJt. for the Rangitata district, addressed his constituents at the Oddfollowa 1 Hall, Geraldise, last night. The hall was well tilled. Mr W. S. Maslin, Chairman of tbe Town Board, occupied the chair and introduced the speaker. Mr Buxton on rfetag was greeted with applause, and expteised his pleasure at seeing so many preaent. He commenoed by explaining that the reason why be did not address bis constituents before tbe last session was, as they were pretty well all aware, that ho was jost leaving hU form afc iUnglta/.a and looking oat for another, and aa he only had a very short time at bin d : sposal, he would have baen doing himielf and his family an Injury by leaving bis business to oome and address them then He also had snob • very little to say, the season having been so abort that he r nought they would for* jive his not app ar'ng before them then. Speaking of his tokos while at tbe session, one of th» first Bills he bad to deal with was the Hospital and Charitable Institution* 8 11 He had pressing requests from the Ghraldiue end of his constituency to vote agalcst this Bill, and qually pressing requeß s from beyond the Bnngltata to vote for it; Hera was i dFemma ; he could not possibly do right and could not possibly do wrong whichever way ho voted. After careful consldeatlon he came to the conolcsl m to vote for the second readlngjof the BH', and then when It was In the Committee of the whole hoaia to vote agaii v, ttia elaute dealing wltb Walooftte, nod this be did. Tho matter, however, wjb still m abeyanoe, and hit own private opinion was that It would b» tbe best thing If the outlying districts bad each their cottage hoipitali, It was rather hard that injured and sick peop'e should have to be conveyed lay to Temuka or Tlrmrn for trea'nnnt. He thought it won d be a good thing if the Government oDuld make some provision for the unfortnoate men who were wandering up and down through tbe country. Some would not work if they ooold get It, wnl'e others would be glad to work If they o n\i gat It for ■ very low wage. He wm deoldedly m favor of the Bible befog read In the public schools. This wai what was wanted to teach the youth of New Zsaltnd to reverence the aajed and their superiors, and to conduct themselves like men although they were ycuthj. While In Wellington he had teen a deal of highly objectionable behaviour whfoh he thought was greatly dne to the famishment of the Bible from tbe schools. He would, how* ever, have the Book read wlthmt comment. The Lanl Act Amendment 81l he looked upon as one of vast Importance to the oalony. He had very Htla fault to find with It. Every o'anse appeared to him to bavd some good m it. The. Bill provided for three w*ys by whloh land omld be parch *eeif, first fo'oasb, iseondly by perpetual leasing, aod thirdly by deferred payment; The peipatnal lease system was the most popular, and the reason was, he thought, became the people had not the neaassury cash to parahaie land otherwise. They were most anxious to get upon the land, but hiving very little oash to dispose of they had to take It upon tfce next best way that presented Itself. Tha Bill he considered was an exoeptlon *lly good measure and one of the very best things tbe Hon W. Rolleston had evar brought; forward. The Native L»nd BUI he alro considered an excellent measure. The Bill gave the Natives an oppoitunlty of selling their land after a portion of It had been set aside for their support, so that they could not become paupers and a tax npou the country. Some 75 chiefs opposed tbe Bill but be did not think the Maoris themselves were opposed to it. He considered it would be of. great benefit to tha colony If tbe provisions of the Bill were carried out. The natives held some 7,000.000 acres of land. 3,000,000 of which was the finest land In the oolony, and If this was well opened op and settled it would be of vast ben fit to tbe colony. The Fair Bent Bill was another measure which had bis entire support. It. was thrown out by the Upper Houie bat m the Lower House It passed wltb very little objection. He hoped to see it relntroduoed and yet beootna one of the law* of the land. The next Bill was th« L»fcor Settlements BUI, A sum of £10,000 was asked for the purchase of Und for labot settlement where Grown lands were not obtainable, where men who could get partial employment oould have a hdme of say five or ten asres of land upon wbloh they oould support their families when they ooald not get full employment, He considered this would be a very useful measure- and it would be well If part of the unallotted £7000 oould be set apart for working men's homes, to see whether It would be approved of by the working people. It wss of very great Importance as many men were leaving the colony who would have stayed If the> could get such a home. Mr Buxtou quoted from "Hansard" what the Premier had said with regard to these proposals. He also quoted from "Hansard" »fe> words spoken by Sir John Hall on the measure as follows :— " With respect to the giving ol his vote on the motion brought forward by Major Steward for the purohase of a piece of land at Wataate be would explain why he had voted two ways," Mr Bpxton said he read those few words to show that JSIr J, Hall made a great mistake here. Major Steward never eaggested this. It was said by other gentlemen that Major Steward had this In his mind and bad tried to bring It forward that a large block of land should be purchased on Mr Studholme's land bat be (Mrßuxton) oould assure his hearers that Major Steward had never proposed each a thing. He had been present At all the debates, end there had also been • Cabinet meeting called to consider the matter, and M*jor Steward had. never suggested anything like that. The money was to be left m the hands of the Government to lay out to the best advantage. He considered the measure an exceedingly useful one (loud applause) The Qtsgo Central Hallway Bill also bad his support ' and approval as It would employ a large number of men and opsn up a large and splendid tract of country, and he con? sldered if an undertaking were good for the oorcny as a whole", both north end south should unite to oirry It oat, end not let little provincial jealousies lead them to vote against a thing whether they considered It good for the oolony at large or net (loud applnuso.) With regard. to the number of members he had said when seeking their suffrage that he was m favor of tbe number being reduced .to' 70, hot npon more acourate knowledge and greater consideration he was convinced that It would be against the interests of the oolony and would play very unoh indeed into the bands of the wealthy classes, and would effectually debar a /person of moderate means ever oon tenting an eleottoa with any hope of suooesa (typlause,) .He voted against tbe measure for regulating the ruleß of procedure In the Honae, for he fqjlowlog reason. They waited t'h.Q olauß'es dealing with \he prevention, of stonewalling carried, hat . obj acted t-> a number of other proposals submitted by the Premier. When approached on the subject the latter said he would hive all the proposals carried or none, and was told (bat In that Q»se ,!$• wou'd b»vo nonp, which was the cue,. With regard to the management of tbjfl^^ railway*, they were certainly In a very U^^H •atlafaotory condition. Ha ' had B^HBB evory ra^ans m his power to pro^nfc arrangomanta altorei cooimis'lonera were detarmlaed^|^^H^H^B^H bres -nt arrangement fof^^Mfl^H^^HHK^B Hij'ih'jagH it thtf agmjafl^^H^HHH^^B
Uowed more discretionary power, things woald have been managed better. He approved of the tariff proposals In the main. He would have voted againat the doty on tea, but was told that If that waa taken off the Government would stop the subaldles to local bodies, and so . v -ted j for the duty ratbor than see the subsidies , stopped. He thought the outlook was | anooutaglng but did not think the colony was at floorlshlng »s the figaras oaoted would lead them to suppose, and ni, tbooght it would require very oareful management on the part of the legislature to brlcg the colony Into a good sound state again. M* B« f ° n th « n lnvltod those prewnfc, to aik him questions upon any matter upon which th*y desired In^ formation, and sat down amidst loud applause. . , .. A. few questions *ere put dealing mostly with the subjeot matter of he address. In reply to one Mr Buxton said he w»» qnlte unable to explain the Hare system of election, and he doubted f there were three men m the House who oonld explain it. (Applause and laughter). Mr Buxkon was upon the motion of Mr Hammond, seconded by Mr Patrlcal, awarded a vote of thanks for his address A} very cordial meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the ohalr. mm — mmmmmmtmamm m—m
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