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■ » (per pbbss association.; Oamabu, September 11. Mr Hlolop, ex-Oolonlel Seoretary and member for Oamaru, addressed a public meeting here to-night, There was a very large attendance, anc? tbe speaker reoelved an • tentlve, and, on the whole, a sympathetic hearing. Hla speech dealt almost entirely with the legal and constitutional principle* evolved by and Involved m the Ward'Obrlstle caße. He quoted from the late Dr Hearn of V/cfcorfa, Mr Jaatlo Richmond, »hd other anthorltles to show that In the Interest of its own Integrity and as a matter of constitutional usage even the Bnpreme Oonrt was amenable to orltlolsm and aoßwcrable to Parliament, while a District Oonrt Judge, being m this oolony In tbe same category ea Magistrates and Justices of the Peaoe, could at all times, on sufficient cause, be called to acoount by the Ministry of the day. From this, he argued, that all that had lately been done by the Government m regard to Judge Ward and tbe Christ 'c oaie rested on aound oonslitatloual grounds. Mr H|slop also quoted authorities to show, and arguod from the grounds of common sense, that the fact of Judge Ward's being In businesß relations with the Com pany that prossouted In the Christie oaae was soffiolent to jastify what he himself had done, and what the Government had done, m (he matter. In support of this view ho quoted from an article whloh hud appeared In tbe Melbourne '* Argus " on tbe 27th ult, from various private letters received by him from eminent barristers —some of them men with whom he bad never spoken In bis lifetime — and from tbe speech whloh Sir George Grey dollvered m the House at the time of bis (Mr Hislop's) resignation . Th? upoeoh was free from personality, tho only personal points coasting In references to the. partisan aonatltntlon of the Legislative Council Committee on the Ward-Hislop enquiry and on the-sujpl-olotu m«nner In which the Oomraitiee evaded called certain witnesses, more especially Mr Valentine; member for Walka a, as his evHonoo In regard to tho value o« the security hold by the Colonial and Investment Oomptny from Judge Ward would have been less favorable than that given by Messrs Lsrnaoh and Beynolds. Finally Mr Hlslop snbmltted that Pa Hament having failed m that respect, [the quFßllon wbioh he had wished to ! emphasieo by his Iwo-fold resignation, and tho question now solely before his late oonstltnenoy and the country was whether It was right or In the pqblla Interest that Judges should P"»Mo In oases undor olroumut&noefl la the ls|s|; JJkely to lay them I open to Bueplclou on sagriunt of ooosldew'tlonu personal to thsraptlvcs. This way of putting the mtfvt. with the apparently entire npprovm of the meeting. A y,ots of cqufldm oo Jn Mr Hislop waa, after some interruption, deolared by thi OJjfllfmaq tg b« carried QQio|q}Q|il^ f j

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MR HISLOP AT OAMARU., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889

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MR HISLOP AT OAMARU. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2224, 12 September 1889