An Amusing Incident
A curious incident is reported by the Melbourne 'Argus' as having occurred in the Victorian Legislative Assembly the other day. There was a debate dealing incidentally with the New Hebrides, when a stranger hailing from this sequestered part of the world entered the Speaker's gallery, carrying some books and documents, and at once began to take great interest in the proceedings. One of the members (Dr Maloncy) happened to speak on the subject, and took occasion to remark that "the only British subject whom he had known to be connected with the Now Hebrides was a contemptible scoundrel." At this point it was observed that the interest of this gentleman in the gallery in what was going on visibly in creased. The chairman thought Dr Maloney was diverging from the question actually before the chair, and called the hon. member to order. "I am sorry I cannot proceed in this vein," remarked Dr Maloney, " but what I have said is truehe is a contemptible scoundrel." The ' Argus' continues : " Thereupon the stranger from the island, feeling that he was the individual described, made a demonstration on his own account by raising his right thumb to his nose and extending his fingers in the direction of the hon. member." Whether this is some gesture or signal particularly in vogue among the inhabitants of the New Hebrides we are not told, but it was evidently understood by Dr Maloney, and produced a rather alarming effect on that gentleman. "He fell into a state of extreme agitation." He tried to sit still, but could not. Then he called an officer of the House, and said " Messenger, do you see that man there with the red whiskershave him turned out." • The officer was not sufficiently alert, so the hon. member ran to the clerk and lodged a complaint. The clerk immediately summoned the sergeant at-arms, who went to the stranger and requested him to retire. Some persuasion was evidently necessary before " the man with the red whiskers " could be got to see the propriety of going, but at .length he departed. Then the hon. member gradually regained his composure.
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An Amusing Incident, Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
An Amusing Incident Evening Star, Issue 8055, 4 November 1889
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