MR AND MRS SNOWDEN
A CIVIC RECEPTION. Air Philip Snowden. M.P , and Airs Snowden, who arc in this country primarily to support the No-license cauoc, were welcomed by the Mayor (Air J. B. Shacklock) this morning ,al a function ■which was attended by the public in large numbers, and had a keynote of general enthusiasm. The lion. J. T. Paid welcomed Air Snowden particularly as the representative of a humanitarian force working in the British Parliament for the betterment of the people. Had that forco been developed earlier (he opined) tie- world would not bo to-day at war. Ills work had been largely that of bringing tic; work people of tho world clorct together. Air Snowden had been called “the incorruptible,” and it could Ik> said of him that he had made pailiamentary work tire lifework of an earnest man, insured of tho leisure of an idle man.
Mr 0. AI. Thomson, AT.I’., -said that the movement winch Mr and Mre Snowden represented was one which every rigliil thinking man had at. heart—tin* cause of temperance. He trusted and hj “Sieved that tho earnestness and great ability m 1 heiv guests would be a great instrument ill gtiitliiig'lhc. people to a propel decision.
Mr 'Snowdon, who was received with favor, raid that lie appreciated tho welcome given to hint ami his wile, and he recognised that it- was primarily h;-i-a’a**v of his association with the House of Comment*. He could assure' them that Ire realised tha honor, and he could, also assure them that that Hocire* was tire gre:Uest democratic; institution in lire world. In it neither wealth nor position conn red as against integntv and varncf mess and ability, and while the Hoti.-:o of Comnuu*.. would never submit to lecturing. we. a'.ways willing to Ire informed. Ik* v,. v.Lrrecd to be able to congratulate* Iren re* . upon the exceedingly low rate of m:V V .1* innruility here. In England they Lad beer* able to reduco the rate from an avera*.e . f 150 to the 1,000 u> 104 per 1,000, whhh was still criminally high. In .vim-.** pl;«>*re, indued, it varied in (he za me to a n ,r. .*- cording to conditions) from 550 re> the 1,000 to 84 to the 1.000. An effort vre; being made to prevent the lame pre-r.■.!;.*! proportion of deaths. One authority had raid that this mortality iate was as hirei us (he death rnk“ in the fir.:t yew o: 1: *. Mr Snowden, in conclusion, referred f * tire municipal administration of the Old Country. Ho did not believe tint, in any oC : ;i cmuitiy the ttandard of muni ir,*M ;*<lmi;.istration and local politics was as high Ho and his wife hud brem in Neve Zed. * 1 for fix weeks, and had exivnu*-;-.- e-l v!*h p:o;vr gratitude one of the pi'•• ■vn 1 ■ ••* tiir.ee of their lives. Air Snowden ref.*r.< ;l to the eircloral freedom of New Z-al.-.nd women, and told a little* story to il!’u>'r.re the. unwarranted attitude <-f ;L ci uoiK-nis of women's .-nffrage. The Gory related how Iho newly-numied Scotchman complained that his wife was always. ;*.d;-
irw for m<*ney. Every clay fin! a.-ks m * for money." “What docs ?ho do with i' ?” id the Rr-ler.er and “ J don't know.” replic-fl tin hudvrid. “I haven’t '.'hvn her imvthinz yet.” Similarly Mr Snow-d'-n pointed out, women wore bi.mie.l for taints upon which llicy could have no rcspciisihility. Mrs Snowden, whose reception fr:msr ended even tins hearty one extended te Mr Snowden, raid that the kindness extended to them had been so great that sometimes thev had been oppiv--*rd by 'When they had left, the Old Countrv ail had been peace, and ‘.lie most acute In-a! questions had been apparontly settled, but •.vhon tliev emerged from a holiday ;u tee Rockies tho great war had boon on. Ti -■ temptation to abandon their colonial projerfc had existed, but they had derided t.> undertake tho work eiose to their hands, and engage with tint domestic foe that war destroying more life (or would destroy it. ilinn this erraiest of modern warn. \Vi‘h her husband she joined in the kindnes?e-> extended to them bv th.fi most wonderful people in a wonderful land.
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MR AND MRS SNOWDEN, Evening Star, Issue 15645, 9 November 1914