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: + When the vote of £150 for the introduction of the chamois came tip during the consideration of the estimates on Thursday Mr Keir protested against the introduction of more pests into the coiony, "What are these shammies ?" he asked, "A species of goat," someone answered. ' • Well, ii it was a goat, he would remind the Government that they bad already plenty of wild goats here. He was reliably informed that this animal was a cross between a Bheep and a pig, and that it bred scab." A member here interposed that the shammy was a species of " small e'eer." "If the hon. gentleman will wait for a miritite," Mr Turnbull said, *• I'll send to the library, for a book by a well-known author called ; Samuel Clement, who gives a very interesting description of the animal and its habifsl l ' The book was brought, and a certain passage pointed out to Mr Kerr, who proceeded quite unsuspectingly to read it to the House. " Don't read it, don't read it, ,' excitedly whispered Mr, Turnbull, who now thought the joke was going to far. " But ) will read it, I'm going to see what these things are," was the reply, and he did. The Kouse was now^ m roars of laughter, and as the hon, member, proceeded to read that the "shammy" was not shy and so forth, members went into the wildest fits of merriment, and convulsive shrieks and yells of laughter came from all parts of the House. When he came to the assertion that the "shammy " was a microscopic object smaller than.-a grain of mustard seed he began to see tjflir something was wrong j but it was not till he. read 7 that ."shammies ran about people's clothes that the truth dawned on him. He looked round the House m a dazed way, and then, collecting his wits, he determined to brazen it out. "No bigger than a mustard iseed," he said, " what do we want with animals like that? Besides they might be .worse than rabbits. I propose that the vote for the introduction of 'shammies' be struck out." Cries of "Order, Order," were now ■ heard, and the House began to resume its : "What's the book ?" someene asked, "it's by Clement," he replied, looking at the ibacjC . '-But what's its title," screamed several rnl-mbersr^lt's 'The Tramp Abroad,* sir," and, with a final shriek of laughter, at this announcement, the incident ended. ("Pres>" correspondent.)

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THE "CHAMOIS.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 1 July 1889

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THE "CHAMOIS." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2162, 1 July 1889

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