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NOTES.

The fact that the typhoid epidemic in Wellington has almost exTyplioid. dusively seized for its victims well-known people is a curious phenomenon, but it is likely to have one beneficial result; any existing sanitary defects are tolerably certain of speedy rectification. Lord Onslow will have the sympathy of all classes of the community in the illness of his son and heir, and we sincerely trust that his stay in New Zealand may not be clouded by such a sad bereavement as that threatened at present. The Queen’s own heir came back almost from the jaws of death when suffering from the same disease, and while there is life there is hope that the heir of Her Majesty’s representative in this colony may conquer the peril. Whatever the issue may be, we surmise that when Lord Onslow takes his departure he will not wax so gratefully eulogistic about the advantages of life in Wellington as did his predecessor.

Mr Councillor Kimbell made himself rathe unenviably notorious a few weeks Pooh- a ?° b y delivering a very novel pnohed. kind of peroration at a public meeting in this city—a peroration which made up in emphasis and brevity what it lacked in propriety. The worthy and penitent councillor is evidently desirous of proving to the public not only that the unfortunate outburst was a momentary whim totally alien to his true self, but also that the true self in question finds its most natural expression in “ divinest poesy,” With this laudable purpose in view Mr Kimbell essayed to give his brother councillors a tasty little “ selection ” at the ordinary meeting on Wednesday night. True, he pretended that the effusion was not his own ; but that is the way of modest bards. The statement that it came from America was, of course, merely modesty “ with a circumstance.” True, again, the subject was the not very soul-inspiring one of electric tramways; but have not Wordsworth and others shown that the heavenly gift may be most perfectly applied to the seemingly prosaical matters of everyday life? As Keble remarks, apropos of something very different, “the trivial round, the common task, will furnish all we need to ask.” But, alas for Councillor Nimbell! Mr Gourley was in the chair, solemn and prosy as a funeral. His Worship declined to be “ enthused " by the divine madness, or by the municipal “poet’s eye in a fine frenzy rolling.” In vain did the protesting bard plead that he had “ only six lines left.” The Mayor was not prepared to answer for his mental equilibrium or his civic actions if he listened to a word more. He didn’t exactly quote Councillor Kimbell’s pithy anathema, bpt he evidently thought it. Still, Councillor Kimbell may take heart of grace; the public understand his position and his intentions. Let him try his hand at* an Exhibition ode, and his reputation will have lost the swearing taint.

Sneaking at Truro on June 12, Mr Glad: stone, like Mr Dillon at AdeAnS&u laide >, noticed the often-rp: Ireland. peated assertion that the

granting of Home Rule to Ireland would result in the religions or Eolitical persecution of Irish Protestants y Irish Roman Catholics. The assurance of the Roman Catholics themselves, Mr Gladstone admitted, might be regarded as untrustworthy by opponents, but the piece* dents of Irish history were conclusive. The suspicious assertions alluded to arose from the knowledge of what took place in England under Queen Mary, and what, asked the orator, happened in Ireland at that time? “In Ireland nearly the whole nation was Roman Catholic —in Ireland there was hardly any difference of religious opinion at all—and yet, although t{iat was the state of things, there stands recorded this historical fact, that from Bristol and from the Mersey, I believe rather from the Dee—at any rate from the ports of those days—the Protestants of England, in apprehension of their lives, fied to Ireland for security, and remained there in perfect safety under tjie protection of their Roman Catholic fellowsubjects while the fires of Smithfield were in full blaze.” After an account of the life and influence of the Protestant Bishop Bedell among the Roman Catholics during the Great Rebellion, Mr Gladstone alluded to the admirable union existing among the people of Ireland 100 years ago, when the Protestants weje struggling together with the Remap Catholics to relieve the latter froth theip social disabilities, and asked what had put a stop to that union, “The enemies of Ireland at the time determined to infuse into the country the poison of religious bigotry, and for that purpose they founded those Orange lodges, which will hand down to posterity the memory of intolerance and narrowness for many generations.” Again, Grattan, Curran, and Butt were Protestants; O’Connell was chosen as leader, not because he was a Roman Catholic, but because he was the greatest patriot of bis day ; 'while Mr Parnell was so much a Protestant that after the disestablishment of the Irish Church he was chosen to represent his church as a lay delegate in Synod. We will quote Mr Gladstone's final words:— Now, rely upon it, ladies and gentlemen, these Roman Catholic people will be found figbtirg breast to breast with you the battles of religious liberty. They will hold the same opinions upon this subject which yoU have held,' which your fathers 'have contended for, acd which havb marched triumphantly towards so many successful and most beneficial aid brilliant results'; they will set an example to' the other' Roman Catholic peoples of the world; they will sboWthe sincerity of their attachment both to the Throne and to the law, 'acd to the principles Upon which the law will,' 1 as I hope, uniformly be founded, among which none will occupy '£ higher place, none will be more vital to the happiness and prosperity of the country, thtU the fullest and most absolute recognition of the great law of religious freedom to the Consciences of all, irrespective of this profession or that profession; which we' may hope arid believe to »e held with the firmest personal convictions,' each one respecting the convictions of ‘every other man, even as he claims respect for' hiS own.—(Loud cheers.)

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NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 7982, 10 August 1889

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