PUT THROUGH HIS FACINGS.
Mr Verrall, who misrepresents the Aahley district, seems to have had a rather lively time of it at Oxford the other evening. His speech was mainly devoted to a defence of his pet hobby—a State bank—and abuse of the newspapers. His review of the proceedings of the past session evidently became wearisome, because an elector interrupted with a demand to know hjs future intentions. The hon. gentleman announced that he had seen reason to alter his views on the representation question. He could now see that to reduce the number of members of the House would be playing into the hands of the rich. Why not put the public offices up to auction ? Surely men could be found willing to give, say, L 5,000 a year for the honor of governing the colony, and others a few hundreds for the honor of a seat in the House of Representatives. He was quite sure that some of the lawyers would eagerly jump at the chance. Then began the " heckling," and the proceedings at one stage were decidedly lively. We quote from the • Press's' report : Mr Palmer Chapman: What is the origin of wealth? Mr Verrall: Land.
Mr Chapman: And what has the State Back to do with land. I have read some of your pamphlets in which you talk about making paper notes like passing butter through a churn, but I am dashed if I cm understand it.—(Boars of laughter.) Mr Verrall said it was quite possible to back up the notes with gold or its value in land. Mr Chapman: But how is the farmer to get the gold?-(Laughter.) Mr Verrall: We have the gold in the country, and we want to keep it here; also to insist that the loans should be paid to us in gold. Mr Chapman: You tell us all the time about wanting cheap money. I can tell yon a lawyer in Christchurch who has L70.C00 for which he cannot get 5 per cent.—(Laughter.) A Voice: I bet you what you like the lawyer will stick it on when you get settled up.— (Laughter.) Mr Verrall observed that possibly the lawyer would want some additional security or extra interest.—(Renewed laughter.) Mr Chapman: 1 hat's the way with some people; they buy a bit of Government land at L2 per acre, and want to get au advance on it of L2los or L 3. That's what yon want the State Bank to do—(laughter)—and when you cannot get it, raise a howl.—(Laughter and cheerp.) Mr J. Ingram aske \ if Mr Verrall would be good enough to explain what he intended to do in the future.
MrVerrall: On what point? Mr Ingram i On any question. MrVerrall: Do you expect me to introduce some long Bills? Mr Ingram: We should like to know, as it is usual to hear from other candidates, what are your intentions. Mr Verrall said be could not serve them better than by agitating in favor of the State Bank, reduction of interest, the stopping of legal jargon, simplification of the laws, the removal of excessive duties on selling land and mortgages. He should assist in having the defences put in proper condition. He would not allude to education, although there was too much, he considered, to be spent on secondary education. He should vose for the present number of members, and that the hororarium should remain at 200 iruineas, which was not too much. He had received LSO, which was not equal to the amount whiah it cost him. He was in favor of village settlements. Mr Chapman: Do you think any fellow could nve on them ? * " Mr Verrall believed they could. The Chairman: Are there any further questions ?-(A Voice:« Not to-night, thank'e!»Loud laughter.) (A Voice at the front: "Can anyone tell us when the moon rises "—Roars laughter.) " ' <
Mr F. Hodges moved a vote of confidence in Mr Verrall.
Dr Weld seconded. He was at first opposed to their hon. member because he was all on that bank paper racket—(laughter) -crazing over it. —(Renewed laughter.) He went up to the Houso full of it bat very thin. Now he came back fat and fluent.-(Roars of laughter.) He had given them the fair truth, and was satisfied the State Bank was still 150 years ahead - (laughter)—but in a f\?w more generations Mr Verrall would be a tiptop mea. her.— (Renewed laughter.) Mr Lagar had a certain amount of rcsp-rct for Mr Venall, but if passed the motion would not be a guarantee of what his constituents thought of him. In time to come they might have a man to represent them between whom and Mr \errall there might be as wide a disparity as betweed a pyramid of Kgypt and a tombstone — (laughter)—therefore th<y phoukl not pledge themselves to tlie later. (Applause.) Ho moved a vote of thanks. Mr A. P. Pritcharu seconded, believing if the opinion of the electors was taken it would not be in Mr Verrall's favor. The amendment was lost by eight votes to j thiitsen, and the motion declared carried.
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PUT THROUGH HIS FACINGS., Evening Star, Issue 7914, 23 May 1889
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