FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY
Thero was an amusing scone in tlio Provincial Council to-day. Captain Mackenzie) gave notice of motion which called pointed attention to the unhappv relations that existed between liis Honor and his Executive, and a surprise debate was sprung by Mr J. M'lndoe moving that an address be presented to His H"onor asking him to dissolve llie Council forthwith. Mr Fish made allusions to " hole and cornor meetings," "secret influences," and "certain parties," all having a tendency to damage the Government. To this Mr M'lndoe retorted by replying and instancing a meeting held at the Shamrock Hotel where 1,000 sixpences a ! week was agreed to be subscribed for the return of certain members to the Council and the Assemblv. Then Mr Donald lleid is said to have lost his temper, and to have charged the Opposition with having used means to baffle the successful carrying out of the administration of the affairs of the Province—means that he would blush to mention, and which were of the " most contemptible kind." The free fight was brought to a conclusion by Mr \V. H. Calder (Invercargill) expressing the opinion that the conduot of business had been of such a character as to bring provincial institutions into contempt, and denounced the Government for naving led the Council into a disgraceful position in regard to Southland. ******* Just when the atmosphere threatened to become electrical " His Honor " was announced, and he delivered a caustic valedictory address, rating members for blocking the business of the Province, and seceding a la Cromwell about their business. "This step, I venture to hope, will, meet with your hearty concurrence," was Mr Macandrew's partying joke.
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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914