MR BUXiON ;AT ASHBUBTON. Last evening Mr Buxton, M.H.B. for the Bangitata eleotorate, address d a meeting of his constituents at the Oddfellows' Hall, rtshburton. There was a small attendance, there being only about thirty persona present. The chair was occupied by the Mayor, Mr D. Thomas, who briefly introduced the speaker, Mr Buxton, whose speech oaoupled forty minutes, traversed much the same ground aa m his address at Geraldine; I Bef erring io the Hospital and Charitable I Institutions Bill before Parliament last session he add thit he had ever; sympathy wi h the desire of the Ashburton district for separation from Uhriatphuroh. It was not right that they 'should h»ve to send fO much' of "their, money to Ghriatohurob for tho support of -Me; hoßpital there, when they had a good hospital and capable physio lane at their own doors. In regard to tho administration of Charitable Aid it was eaid by the advooats of the present sjslem that the feeble and po>r merited to tho rei/hborhood of the large townp, whereupon they argued that it wan not fair that the> whole bnrdon of the maintenance of these people should be oast upon the inhabitant? of tho town, but that the oouniry districts should contribute (heir proportion. No doubt a coqeiderable proportion of the indigent gravitated to the towoe, but the rich also took up ihelr resldonoa tbevn, and settlers In the country bad, m the shape of providing 'for swaggers, • tax imposed opon them tbat was not Imposed upon the re* sldonts m towns. A large number of men, too, for whom Charitable Aid bad frequently to be provided, earned respectable obeqaes In the country aud went straight . away into the town and spent them, the town deriving Ihe benefit, of thla money m some shape or form. He thought tint an Improvement oa the present system wou^d be for each Bsad Bj&rd to have the administration of oharltable aid wtthla its boundaries. These bodies would be In a position to know the oirbumstanoos of the applicants, and could m anu nber of oases find work In return, for the relief afforded. The Tariff proposals were dealt with afc some length, Mr Baxton saying that m the main he was very well satisfied with them, fie ; did not. like the doty on tea, bot if It had not been Imposed local bodios would have had to go without their subsidies. Be had been taken to ta9k for voting for tho duties : on imported binding twine, and on barbed wire, but he had aoted m the inter sts of t' c farmers and the country Ho was satisfied the inipotition of the dv y would result m a cheaper and better article than tho imported, boinu produoed locally. Befoie the manufacture* of twine and barbed wire had been commenced m the colony, the oooHunier had to pay hoavily for the imported article, but directly the local manufacture w|s started, the price oMhti imported was brought down the object being to kill the .local industry so that a high price might be obarged again. The doty gave the local manufacturer » fair chance and would retult beneficially m that employment for labor would be found, trade would benefit, and the money be kept m the colony. He dopreoafod tho attempts that had been made to economise by cuft tiling primary educitjon f whije not interfering with secondary education. He admitted that the, expenditure Wt)B v«ry large) and. if they could not aflford to oontinne as at pnsent, and only d oided to educate the children of poor paronts up to the fourth standard he would not complain, provided thoy did not oontlnue to p*y taoh vaßt sama for the education of the children of thono who could well afford to [af themselves. Ho thought Hut the complaints which had been made against the alterations of the Ralltray Hmtt. table were quite jastified. The present service between Ashburton and TJmarn was highly Inconvenient, and he did ndt think that If the commissioners tried to m»ke it more posoltable to the requirement; of thp pqbllo they oould possibly do 'so, fHe promised that he would endeavor to obtain » more tatis> factory arrangement. He bad not talked muoh In Purllament ; he oould aot better ttian be oonld talk, and when he went op to WelUogton for the.forfcboomloß aoßsloo he aealn latended to be a working member, and nit a t»|<lng one. Dmltig lB«t|«-sslon bo voteJ 189 tlmas, and hie rrte hsid as muoh influenoo on the colony as that of Sir Rarry Aiktnson or anybody el«e i hough hla speeches might not have, Wrli Q. W. Andrews ssked If Mr Buxton considered the Upper Houue should be made an ehotlve body, or of a more representative oharacker. Many of the bent meaonret brought forward were killed by tho Upper Hoa<io after having beoo passed by the real representatives ofthoipeoplo. Mr Button said that he had thought a good deal about the matter bat he was not abe to say how It oould be Improved, A good* mn&y tfpns he had wished that «o?oral o( (be gcn>,lgm«,a of the Upper
Hooie were In Heaven, after their action m referenoe to important measures. Tbe Legislative Ooanoll was oomprised many able and good men. It wm Imposflblo that all ahould think alike, Sometimes people were glad o' the existenoo of the Upper Hruse, and sometimes hey were angry with them, beoaase of things th»t body had done. The Rev J N. Battle asked Mr Burton whether he would urge Government la the direction of introducing a reform of the licensing system. Mr Buxton said he was always prepared to support anything of the kind. Lait s< salon an amending Ltoenslng Bill came before the How, and when a olause wa« added m Oommittae, giving women' tEr right to vo'e, he gave the measure all tha support In his power. He was. sorry to say, however, that the temperance i peopia" f >r«ook the BUI when th : B clause #«"■ a<sded, Inarms; the House In a body, with the remit of a oiunt>ont and the dronninK of the BUI Mr G. W. Andrei asked Mr Bnxtoa If he waj In favor cf continuing the two mall services to the colony, and whethet' hi thought the proposal to reduce tha number of members to seventy, a w!m one. Mr Baxton said that he was not fa favof of continuing both mail servioes, but this matter had been settled, It having been decided to do away with the San Frsnolioo service. I>. would not be wise to withdraw the subsidy from tbe direct .malt' steamers as tbe trade In frozen meat would he seriously interfered with. ;He was not In favor cf the reduction of members, because he was of opinion that suoh a step w^u'd be against the interest! of demooraoy and be playing Into the hind* of tha Conservative party, If the Bill to reduoa the number of members came np again, as he thoa«ht and hoped it WQllltl, ha.< would oertalnlj vote against It. On tbe motion of Me Elston, a vote, of thanks, and. an ezpresilon of • continued confidence In Mt Boxton wat recorded 4 Mr Buxtoo returned thanks, and the qsquJ compliment to the obiir dbuo!dds4 the proceeding".
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