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THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS.

As there i» evidently some difficulty m OnrJing a suitable auoceeaor to the late -ergeant at- Arms it h»a bean suggested that the prafient fs an excellent oppor tuoity of abolishing tue office altogether, That the offio i is a parely ornamental one and that the Sergeant-at- Arms has nothing to do but oarry the muce and call out " Mr Speaker " are quite m a taken notions. He is tie head of the large st ff of measengere aod rannera who are w ceaaarily kept on doty duriDg the session of Parliament, and who require to be overlooked and I managed. Then ho has entire obsrge of all matters connected with the payment of member* j matters more complicated than might appear, seeing that moat members draw their honorarium m periodical advances, as they require to meet expenses during the a.^Bßion. Jfiaally, the SergeantI at-Aims is charged with the duty of preserving peace »nd order In the House And its precincts, of keeping strangers m their proper p!»oe, and of arresting and Caking into oastody any member who may ao far forget himself as to defy the Speaker's authority. He io, m hot, tbe Speaker's military foroe. For his various duties, he gets tbe not enormous salary of £200 a year. Ttte appointment of the Sergeant.tt-Acncs virtually tests with the Speaker ; but the oboloe of the gentleman selected is redly left to the Government. The gentleman, therefore, whom the Premier may suggest to the Speaker will be appointed to the post.

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THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2171, 12 July 1889

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THE SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2171, 12 July 1889

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