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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10445, 15 October 1897
• A Humiliating Spectacle. : *»sher) appeared at hisveryworst in the House yeßterday afternoon, indulging, in a tirade of abuse against the.Prohibitionists-in general, and the _Prohibitionist members in particular g was during the debate.Tan-the Inebriates' Home Bill, and Mr Fisher was provoked by an ; unpleasant insinuation from'Mr G; : J. Smith 'Aa to their their dirty libels *nd dirty slanders," i>aid T Mr Fisher when his turn •came, • he carednothing for these/ Otfa matter' of probity he would not give a snap of his finger for the wordpf any onepf them, Thekeslanderers' -rthesePuritans-did they suppose hewouldcare to live their slanderous lives? would rather be any one of the men tbey denounced than be one of them. Some of these men (glaring at the> Prohibitionist Cornier)-these puny tra-ducers-r:had the.impudence to dictate.to men. who were «non, as to how they; should live. How did these men get their reputations? By standing at street corners and being pelted with eggs and cabbages. This was what they called martyrdom. He preferred hot to have that ; kind or martyrdom, because he was not fond of ancient eggs and damaged cabbages. Their references, to himself , he. despised, as he had always despised those making use of .them." After referring to the confidence shown in him by the people of Wellington for years past he turned again to the Prohibitionist stronghold, and, asked those gentlemen, who had the audacity to talk of men so much their superiors, what right they had to use or misuse their nlaoeß in the House to refer to these men who were so much better than themselves? Let any one of them come into.his electorate and he would give him the platform of the Wellington Opera-house; such gentlemen as these-he would have them hooted as one of them had been hooted here many a time. He remarked .that he had been elected to all positions within the bestowal of the people of Wellington, and had finally been appointed a Minister. Mr Taylor here added the cutting interjection: " And were ignominiously dismissed—the only Minister who was ever eo dismissed. «
The Premier's Sincerity. On several occasions Mr Seddon has been charged with insincerity in his professions, and such an accusation was directed against him yesterday afternoon by Mr Taylor. Speaking on Mr Joyce a Inebriates' Home Bill, the junior member for Christchuf ch said that the Premier had told them, a moment ago that there was nothing be could not.,do, bnt there werosoine things that the Premier could not do, with all his remarkable versatility. The • Premier could not convince him that he was in the slightest degree sincere when he was dealing 1 with these large social problems. During the past few weeks the Premier had filled many rCles in the city. The responsible position he occupied no doubt necessitated his acting many parts, and he always seemed to be sincere, whether he was at a banquet in one of the large hotels, pr addressing a Sunday school olass, or attending to the various ohuroh services at which he was present.—Mr Seddon: "Or meeting a deputation of Prohibitionists."—Mr Or, to put it another way, assuring a deputation of brewers that he would jockey the deputation of Prohibitionists to which he had just promised something. Probably thero was no moro versatile man in the colony than the Premier, and no man who was more insincere. Still, he was a successful man. But if they were to believe what was said by some people, it was an age when hypocrisy was always successful. The Budget.
■ The Treasurer intends to present each member of the House with a copy of his Budget bound in morocco. From all parts of the colony Mr Seddon has received congratulations on the Budget'. Purly Everywhere. The Leader of the Opposition related an amusing incident to the House which shows that Mr Seddon expeots most implioit obedience from his followers, even in the committee room. It appears that when the Awarua case was before the Privileges Committee one Government supporter, who hails from Otago, voted in a different direction to his chief. The Premier thereupon addressed his follower in astonishment, asking "Did you vote■ Aye? : I voted No." A One-sided Criticism. Apropos to ypsterday's recriminatory disousslod, the 'New Zealand Times' says: "Unfortunately for the cause of reason and common sense Mr Fisher, goaded to anger by the reprehensible conduct of a number of his fellow members, lost his temper, and there followed some most unedifying spectacles. If the present House is not to enjoy an evil reputation, if it is not to become a reproach to the colony, and rank alongside of some Parliaments in the neighboring colonies, hon. members will have to get more control over themselves, and there must be more respect for the feelings of others shown, especially by members of the House who, accord-
ing to their own estimate, are angels of purity and light. Mr Speaker should no longer tolerate, even from new members, Buoh breaches of order. The debatp, so called, resolved itself into a rough-and-tumble 'go-as-you-please,' and from out of the seething mass of gross personalities and unsupported statement" by politicians who are maligners of the colony little came but what was discreditable to the House and tho country. We trust no suoh scene will occur again." Wo Liquor Bill This Year. The Premier told a deputation from the Temperance party that Cabinet had decided not to introduce any legislation this session dealing with the liquor question. Complaint having been made of the transfer of a license from Pukerau to Heriot—from one district to another—the Premier said he would look into the matter, but it was clearly the intention of the Legislature that no such transfer should takt, place. The Education Act. Mr G. Hutchison has a short Bill of three clauses _ which proposes two important amendments in the existing Education Act. First, it makes provision that wherever an average attendance of ten children is guaranteed in any locality, and provided there is no other school within five miles by road, the education board must proceed to open a public school in such place. Another change proposed is the adoption of a uniform series of school books. Education boards are to be given the opportunity of choosing the books, but if they fail to make a selection within six months after the passing of the Act the Minister of Education will do so. The Post Office Banks. Mr Crowther to-day gave notice to ask the Treasurer if it is true that he has given instructions to reduce the rate of interest at post office savings ■ banks from November next on sums between £2OO and £%O to 2£ per cent.? The Premier at once replied " Xes." Solicitors' Fees.
In'the House to-day the Premier explained that the Limitation of Solicitors' Fees Bill is intended to prevent solicitors from charging fees in judgment summons cases—Mr Guinness: "That iB the rule now."—The Premier: "But not adhered to. I mean to make it criminal." A lobby Canard. According to lobby rumor there was a disagreement last night between the Premier and the Minister of Lands, the apple of discord being the Horowhenua Block Amendment Bill and the form it should take. If there was a rupture it was nothing like so serious as has been represented, and the Ministers named are ceftainly on the most' friendly relations to-day. The Savings Bank Snrplns. Mr Scobie Mackenzie .gave an entirely new direction to the enquiry into the beat method of dealing with the profits of the Dunedin Savings Bank when the institution is handed over. In giving evidence to the Council's Committee today he pointed out that the Savings Banks Profits Act, 1878, prescribed that the profits over 10 pot cent, should go to some institution in the district, and that the word institution was defined to mean " a piiblio hospital or benevolent sooiety for the relief of diseased, aged, incurable, or destitute persons." • He thought it would be an act approaching to downright dishonesty to divert the profits to any other object now. Eleven thousand pounds of the past profits had already been given to the Benevolent Institution, and . that the Dunedin Hospital was enr titled to what remained for. distribution. The Act further implied that the money should be given to an existing institution, and' not one in futuro. The free public library was a first - rate institution, but even if it had been in existence the Act of 1878 never contemplated that the money should go for such a purpose. He thought that the claims of suffering humanity came before a library. A hospital, he thought, could never have too much money jf we were to keep pace with the modern developments of medicine and surgery, which continually required newbuildings,new methods, and new appliances for the treatment of the suffering. He also thought that the Bill could be more easily piloted through the House if the money were given to a large metropolitan hospital than if given to a library. In the latter case there would be a scramble for it in the country districts.:. "
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10445, 15 October 1897
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