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HANBARD PICKINGS., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889
THE PLEASURES OF THE COCNTET. The hon. gentleman who has just sat down has no doubt drawn a very graphic picture of the way in which country candidates have to travel in order to address the eonstituoncier. It has been my fate to stand for a country constituency over 100 miles in length, and a town constituency of small superficial area; and I can tell the hon. gentleman that there are various advantages in a country constituency—pleasant rides and drives over new country, and having generally an exceedingly good time of it. The hon. gentleman talks of country schoolrooms. My idea is that in a country schoolroom you meet vtry nice audiences, who listen to what you have to say, and talk it over ; and you have not got to strain your voice so much as when yon are addressing a big crowd in a large hall; and in the former case everybody is anxious to hear you, and is interested in what you say, Instead of having to face (as in the latter case) very strong and keen critics.—(Dr Newman.) WHAT THE HOUSE IS MADE OF. I maintain that, whilst the commercial and manufacturing interests of the towns should be represented by men identified with them, there is not a single representative of the commercial or manufacturing classes among them. What have we got? I will analyse the situation, and begin where we are. Wellington is one of the largest distributing ports in the colony, and no doubt it will become in time the main distributing centre ; and, yet, who are its representatives ? Three are members of the legal profession, if we include the Hntt; another is a medical man ; and the fifth is a representative of the Press—in other words, a journalist. These are all able and capable members, but there is not one of them associated with the true commercial interests of the place. Among the Canterbury members they have no less than four solicitors sitting in this House for the town of Christchurch. There is not a single manufacturer or merchant among them. Then we go to Dunedin ; and what do we find ? That one-half of the representatives of that town are solicitors, one a gentleman of scientific attainments, and the only gentleman associated with the commercial interests of the place is the hon. member for Dunedin South. The only gentleman from Dunedin in this Chamber who is personally identified with the City interests is the hon, member for Dunedin South. This is a fact. If wo had had in this Chamber the representatives of the commercial and manufacturing industries of the colony, we should never have had this protective tariff with its scale of differential duties imposed upon one branch of products. Take soft goods, for instance; and what do we find ? We find that, owing to the absurd and unworkable tariff of last session, the Government has to employ a spy whose duty is to travel from one end of the colony to the other and interfere with legitimate business. I think that, in order to have tner bants as representatives, we could easily spare a good many of the solicitors now in the House. A merchant, from his business training, is anxious to see whatever ho undertakes carried out thoroughly.—(Mr T. Mackenzie.)
In the ease of Gilmonr v. OalderandM'Laren, beard in the Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, Mr Sim represented the plaintiff and Mr Stilling the defendants.
A curious sight may be seen at the Paragon Theatre of Varieties in the East end of London. A sketch, entitled ‘The Little Stowaway,’ written expressly for Miss Jenny Hill by Mr F. Bower, ia being produced with some success there. Tho scenes aro mostly marine, and one represents the deck of the mail steamer Kaikoura, whore its crew is introduced to tho audience at cutlass drill, and afterwards in an engagement with slave dhows, presented with excellent realistic effect.
JSarl Hopetoun is the first Presbyterian Governor Victoria bus had. No pqa. can do nothing, and no one can do everything.
The weekly meeting of Trinity Church Musical and Literary Society was held on Thursday evening, the Rev. W. Baumber presiding. The business was a debate on “Is a sound moral character cs !0-.till to a political or municipal representative.” Hie affirmative was taken by Mr J. Qii diner, and the negative by Mr A. E. Meatyard. The vote being taken, resulted in favor of the affirmative. Miss A. Ferguson played a piano solo, and songs were given by Miss Outred and Mr 0. B. Dali.
HANBARD PICKINGS., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889
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