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The deliverance of Mr W. Dowr.ie Stcwait

at Burns Hall on WedOunedln West, nesday evening deserves the careful consideration of all tho electors of Dunedin West, for it bore the impress of deep study in the domain of politico-economic*. Clearly there had been tli© devotion of much thought to tho principal political questions of the day. Mr Stewart is.woll and favorably known throughout the City as a man of marked public spirit, whose opinions are invariably based on patient investigation. His judgments arc never hasty, and ho rarely introduces the- bias of tho affections into the inquiries of reason. On that account, we turn with pleasure to the consideration of his platform speeches; and that pleasurablo feeling would be heightened if he were to scrupidously avoid a penchant to indulge in peisonal persiflage, which can only make the judicious grieve.

The speech which Mr Stewart delivered on Wednesday night was quite out of the ordinary Tun oI campaign addresses. It was no mere enumeration of, with inar.e comments on, the planks of the platform of the party whom ho intends to support. Unfortunately, 6uch is tho case with the great majority of the speeches of candidates for parliamentary distinction. There was originality, both in thought and treatment, in Mr Stewart's deliverance. A perusal of the speech, however, reveals the defects of the qualities we havo applauded. 'Mr Stewart appears to havo stood before the various problems around which political opinion determined to examine them dispassionately, but he has don© so only to teli us that he can find no solution. He leaves the pros and cons in a ftato of balance on nearly every question. Mr Stewart, in dealing with tho Labor question, examines it philosophicallv, and ends up with conclusion* that seem clouded with indenniteness. If w© might presume to advise, wo would urge Mr Stewart to throw more audacity into his decisions. To u. man with his information and ability the public look for leader, ship and guidance, and not for a mere statement of difficulties.

t Mr Stewart's defence of tho policy of the Government with inspect to the price of foodstuffs during war time was palpably weak. The weakness, however, sprang not from lack of ingenuity in the advocate, but from tho deplorable statesmanship on this matter of the Trimo Minister. It may have been wise to set up a Royal Commission, but it certainly was not wise to interpose the long delays that preceded the appointment, and generally to lay a. languid, slack hand rpon the "whole business. It is unmistakable that the lion. Mr Massey was put in a quandary by the war. ' Undoubtedly the difficulties were j great, and equally undoubtedly his Government did not possess the resources for meeting them. The short wheat supply should have been commandeered by tho Government at a, reasonable price—a piice which would hare prevented a few speculators from making the calamity of the war a source of profit at tho cost of the community. If necessary, the Government should have gone a step further, and taken charge of tho flour-mills. Mr Stewart emphaoifes the dangers of interfering with tho ordinary laws of supply and demand, but it must be remembered that war itself is a violent interference with normal conditions. Whether it, was io succeed or not, tliis is clear at any rate: the Government have failed, and in consequence the public have been victimised. A small' body of dealers, fanners, and millers have aggrandised themselves by aggravating the burden of the wax upon the community. The poorest in the ,land are eating dear bread because a few have been permitted to manipulate the war conditions to their own unpatriotic advantage. Tho Food Commission have only been a costly futility and a procrastinating extravagance. It is not to be expected that tho public will Lb satisfied.

Mr Stewart's speech contained many wise reflections, and despite what we have said about the Food Commission we are disposed to agreo with him that Governments will require to make more and more use of expert knowledge in framing their legislation. The moat perplexing of questions are pressing to the fiont, and the light of the fullest knowledge is required to elucidate them. The setting up a permanent body of men learned in economics and trained in the uso of statistics and in the processes of accurate investigation would no doubt be attended with the most beneficial results. Finally, we are pleased to congratulate Mr Stewart upon hia thoughtful and scholastic i>ddres*. The election to the House of a number of men of his mental calibre and broad vision is urgently needed at this juncture, for it must be confessed that, taking th© parliamentary candidates in globo, they are a poor lot. Therefore, it is gratifying to find a few men with leisure, means, and brain power who have undergone the requisite training in the lower departments of our public life, and who are not deterred from entering the arena of party politics by the dis quietudes which undeniably afflict it.

Gr Wilson will move at tho next meeting of the City Council—•• That with tho view of taking active steps towards town planning in this City, the council do now appoint a committee of four councillors and four co-operative members, the function of this committee being to pass all plans of subdivisions within the City and generally to deal with all matters affecting town planning.. The monthly meeting of tho Maori Hill Fire Board, held yesterday afternoon, was attended by Messrs S. N. Brown (chairman), H. D. Strcnach, W. I. Bolam. J. R. Cameron, and A. M'Millan. Messrs Turnbull and Jones wrote stating that they had tested the fir© alarms on two occasions during tho month, and had found everything in first-class order. The superintendent also_ reported having tested the alarms, with satisfactory results. Ttio secretary repoited '.hat the bank overdraft was £2l Os 4d.

Count Rene de Montaigne, of Rotorua, has been adjudicated a bankrupt. In a statement he furnished to the Official Assignee, debtor sets down his liabilities at £625. His secured creditors total £550, against which is estimated value of security given, £1,300. This leaves a surplus o/ £1,350, which in the only asset. In explanation of his bankruptcy, debtor states: " I havo been in receipt of an allowance, of £6B per month from my father, which on tho outbreak of war was reduced to £lO. In consequence of thi3, and of the war making it impossible for my father to send me am advance against my patrimony as I expected, I was obliged to call my creditors together. I then arranged with my creditors to pay their trustees £ls per month, and on receipt of tho advance ieferred to to liquidate the balance unpaid. I duly paid the instalments as arranged, but tho mortgagee and the trustee of creditoiw sold the larger part of my effects. 1 was then asked to sign my petition in bankruptcy, which I did."

Early last month tho London Post Office authorities announced that " in view of the stato of war which exists it is not practicable to give previous notice of tho dates and routes of transmission of mails for places abroad, and in these circumstances the usual list of dates of posting for Christmas and New Year mails for places abroad will not be issued this vear."

Those who are in any degree interested in astronomy are- recommended to watch for a very fine occultation of Jupiter, which will take place to-morrow night. The planet will disappear behind the moon about 7.30 o'clock and remain hidden for about an hour. The Finance Committee of the City Council report that, as a number of councillors are of the opinion that the council are under a' moral obligation' to grant the application from the Expansion. League for a contribution for this year in addition to tho two contributions granted during the past two yearly periods, it is recommended that the third and last payment be made for this year out of unauthorised expenditure; but, at the same time, the committee desire to state* that in their opinion no further grants should Vie made hereafter to tho league. The capital cost of tho public tepid baths, including extras and furnishings, was £9,477 0s 3d. The capital cost of the Turkish baths, including furnishings, etc., was £2,730 ss.

Mr Paulin's forecast:—Squally X.W. to S..W winds and heavy rain showers.

A .Wellington message states that at tho Supreme Court to-day tho Chief Justice (Sir Robert Stout) sentenced David James MvKewan to six months' imprisonment and Ernest John Leshke alias M'Ewen to 12 months' imprisonment on a charge of having assaulted Walter Pierson Jackson and caused him bodily harm. After further consideration of the proposed withdrawal or reduction of 'the Cavereham-Cargill road service, the Tramways Committee recommend that tho service as at present run be continued for a period of six months.

Notification of Sunday services as enumerated below appears in our advertising columns:—Anglican: All Saints'. Presbvterian: First Church, Knox Church, St Andrew's, South Dunedin, North-east Vallov," Cavershain, Mornington. Musselburgh, Kaikorar, Roslyn, St. Clair, Chalmers. Method st • Trinity, Central Mission, Moroingtoii, Cargill Road, Belleknowes, Woodhaugh, North-ea.-st Valley. Duudas Street, Kew, Abbotsford, Ravensbourne, Roslyn, Maori Hill. Congregational: Moray Place, King Street, Leith Street, St. Clair. Baptist: Hanover Street, Roslyn, South Dunedin, Caversham, North-east Valley. Church of Christ: Tabernacle, South Dunedin, Filleul Street, Momington. Christadelphians, Choral Hall, Thoosophy, Albany Street School Hall, Christian Science.

6170 Eczema Cure is recommended for eczema and kindred troubles; 2s 6d box. Wilkinson and Son, chemists.—[Advt.]

The Maheno is advertised to run to Xorth Spit and Maori Kaik on Sunday, the 22nci inst.

The children will repeat the anniversary hymns at the Carersham Methodist Church to-morrow.

_' A Socialist's Views on the "War' will be. the subject at the meeting of the Unitarian Progressive Society in the Club House Hall, Moray place, to-morrow evening. £1,500 will be disposed of by the United Starr-Bowkett Society on 2nd December, as advertised.

"Have one with me.'' "Thanks, T wi'l. HI have Watson's No. 10, please."—[Advt.] Speight's ala and stout are acknowledged by the Dominion public to be the best on the market. —[Advt.] A special and general meeting of the Otaeo General Laborers' Union will be hold at the union's office on Wednesday evening.

A lady principal is wanted for the Presbyterian College for Young Ladies at Auckland. Particulars are advertised.

Watson's Xo. 10 is a little dearer than most whiskies, but is worth the money.— [Advt.] Railway arrangements in connection with the Dunedin Show are advertised in this issue.

Ladies recommend Martin's Apiol and Steel Pi'.ls. Sold by all chemists and stores. See you get the genuine.—L^dvtJ

The thirty-sixth anniversary services of Dundas Street Methodifet Sunday School will be celebrated to-morrow, and, as usual, a special feature will be the musical portion of the services.

New season's photographic goods: Excellent stock now arriving. Cameras from 6*. Stud your order early to H. J. Gill, 11 and 13 Frederick street, Dunedin. 'Phono 1,1*4. -[Advt.]

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Evening Star, Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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Evening Star Issue 15656, 21 November 1914

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