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S(R,—lt seems to me the height of absurdity for a person in the position of Sir Robert Stout to be trotting out on all occasions Domooracy, and pure democracy to boot. When plain Mr Stout, he took every opportunity to turn titles into ridicule ; even going so far as to write an article in the Melbourne ' Review' on colonial titles, in which he wound up by writing: " What do we want with titles in these colonies ? They do very well without them in America, and why cannot we do without them here." Of course he had no prospect then of getting an offer. Happily there are men in the colonies like Chief Justice Higinbotham, of Victoria, who not only has declined a title, but protests against the right of the Imperial Government to give titles in tho colonies, as being nothing less than a bribe to the recipients to sacrifice colonial for Imperial interests.

I hope the people at the next election will insist that we are to have no more Imperial titles in New Zealand, that we are a democracy pure and simple, and intend to remain one. It seems to be the fate of the people of all nations to raise up and make an idol of some man who professes to have great sympathy with them, whom they elevate in the political and social scale, and who then throws off the mask and shows himself in his real selfishness and vanity, But, as the Melbourne 'Age' truly said, it carries its own punishment, as they lose sooner or later all political power.—l am, etc., Demos, Dunedin, June 14.

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SIR R. STOUT AND DEMOCRACY., Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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SIR R. STOUT AND DEMOCRACY. Issue 7934, 15 June 1889

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