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NOTES., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889
Poor Sir Harry Atkinson ! Very few weeks have elapsed since he
graciously informed the boys of his Parliamentary school that, in consideration of their ex-
emplary behaviour, he deemed it unnecessary to request them to provide themselves with gags. Whether the promising pupils would have carried out the behest we do not pretend to say, but at any rate it is too late now, and Sir Harry can only ejaculate in piteous helplessness: "Little boys! little boys ! cease your noise ! cease your noise !" Worst of all, stonewalling ou the preeent occasion seems to wear an unwonted look of respectability. " What can alone ennoble fight ? a noble cause " and a certain strength of members. That which in Mr Sydney Taiwhanga was merely vexatious becomes decidedly interesting and generally tolerable in the united band of New Zealand city members. Sir Harry meanwhile is between the Devil and the deep sea. The town representatives decline to allow him to pass his Bill, while if he does not pass it the members from the country will turn and rend him. Mr Fisher is naturally gleeful. Sir Robert Stoat cheers the enemy from afar, and on the whole Sir Harry does not get much sympathy. The reporters are getting a holiday, having been relieved from attendance along with Mr W. L. Bright, M.P. Had this gentleman been his own father he would have had to go. Doubtless in a few months' time one of the chief English magazines will contain something interesting in regard to the Parliamentary methods of the Britain of the South.
Hope tells a flattering tale, but perhaps one deserves to be disappointed
in hoping good things from the Legislative Council. By a ma-
jority of IS to 10 these sapient fossils have rejected the Educational Franchise Bill once more, and the wretched cumulative vote must exist at least for another year. Anything more offensive than the observations of the Uons. Oliver and Mantell upon the question it would be difficult to conceive. Mr Oliver said "it was only ignorant clamor which called out against the present law. The question had been calmly debated by the Council, and he looked upon the constant introduction of the measure as an insult to the Council." Hoity toity ! Not even the House of Lords ever adopted such an attitude. Reform would indeed be a hopeless affair if rejection of a measure by a so-called Upper Chamber were to be regarded as an end of the matter. Mr Oliver may rest assured that he and his honorable friends will be " insulted " year after year until they think proper to listen to that expression «f the popular will which he audaciously terms "ignorantclamor." But hearken to Mr Mantell's theory of an Upper Chamber : " There were several Bills which were known as 'fads' allowed to pass in the other Chamber simply because hon. members did not like to hurt their friends' feelings, but knowing full well that the Council in its good sense (sic) would reject them." It may be trusted that members of the. House of Representatives duly appreciate the compliment. Unless we very much mistake public feeling, the constituencies will be appreciating it one of these days in a way which Mr Oliver will not improbably regard as a much more heinous " insult." There is a good Scotch epithet—" fey " which, when applied to a man, signifies that he is displaying a peculiar kind of madness or rashness held to be premonitory of speedy disaster. Can it be that our Legislative Councillors have become " fey "?
That period of tho year has come round
Jack the Woman-kiUe]
when the pleasant and problematical personage familiarly ""' known as "Jack the Ripper" finds the air nf East London
congenial to bis constitution. As Mr Matthews still presides at the Home Office, the renowned professor of "murder as a fine art" will very possibly enjoy another successful season. Mr Matthews, as before, refuses to offer a reward for Jack's apprehension. Su hj a proceeding would be contrary to the sacred traditions of redtapeism—its would be tantamount to an admission that the detective department was not perfectly competent; and that would be such a very great mistake. We greatly question, however, whether Mr Matthews will be able to officially survive a second Ripperian season.
NOTES., Issue 7970, 27 July 1889
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