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LIBERAL AND LABOR RALLY, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914
LIBERAL AND LABOR RALLY
LAST NIGHT, AT PRINCESS THEATRE. HON. J. T. PAUL""SLATES" THE 'EVENING STAR.' RESOLUTION TO OUST THE GOVERNMENT. Last night, in answer to tho advertisement convening a great Liberal and Labor rally, there was a very large muster m the Princess Theatre, every seat being taken. Mr J. H. F. Hamel occupied the chair, and in introducing the candidates made a particularly happy speech, in the course of which he gave an emphatic denial to the statement that there was a political combination between Liberalism and Labor; only a working agreement during this election, with a distinctive objective in view. He then called on Mr J. W. Munro, who made excellent use of his 20 minutes, though palpably restrained by this imposition of a time limit. The burden of his remarks was that the Massey Government ought to be ejected from omee if only for their mishandling of tho food supply trouble and for their criminal neglect in the Huntly mine business. .Mr Sidey, who had evidently hurried from his engagement as chairman of tho Board of Governors of the High Schools, had no difficulty in "beating the clock, as the chairman facetiously remarked as tho audience called his attention to laxity in the matter of the stipulated time limit. -Mr Sidev's speech, however, was merely a rechauffe of that which he had delivered at South Dunedin the previous evening. Mr Andrew Walker followed in a quiet but characteristic way to stress the wisdom of Labor and Liberals to unite their forces for the dethronement of tho common enemy and for the annihilation of a pa.rtv who were in every way opposed to progressive legislation for the betterment of the workers—of those interests he had been the living embodiment all tho years he had resided in Dunedin. He earned a round for his earnest delivery of some stirring lines of an American poetess Oil the crowning advantages of union among the sovereign people. Lastly came Mr Johnson, whose abstruse disquisition on land and tho taxation of land values was hardly in keeping with tiie purpose of the meeting, which was to strengthen and harden tho Labor vote on the morrow. It was, however, a closely-reasoned speech throughout.
! The Hon. J. T. Paul moved: That in tho opinion of this meeting the present Government have been ! proved unworthy of the confidence of the people, and the electors present pledge themselves to do their utmost to remove tut Government from office by voting for the Labor and Liberal candidates at the polls to-morrow. Mr Jesse Haymes seconded tlio motion. Mr Paul, in moving tho resolution, spoke as'follows:—The electors of this country have been warned against swopping horses in tho middle of a stream, 'iou are supposed at the present moment to be in the middle of tho stream. A man with any sense who had tho choice of a thoroughbred as against a hack would take tho thoroughbred, even if he was in the middle of the stream. The choice open to tdw electors, in my opinion, is between a, political back in the shape of the present Government, and a thoroughbred in the shape of the combined progressive forces. Tho attitude, of a pathetic indifference of the presont Government on tho question of food prices is more than enough to condemn and dismiss any Government. (Applause.) The Press of this country, which i must in justice say, lias treated rno fairly, haa not treated the progressive forces arrayed in this contest with anything approaching a measure of fairness; for instance, the Dunedin 'livening Star' cannot bo so embarrassed financially that it should use its " Stop-press Column" for an effusion from an elector on the evo of tlio polls. I consider that tho publication, of that letter from "An Elector" a most un-British and unwarranted action, and unworthy of a great, newspaper. Every member "of this audience, I am sure, abhors and hates German tactics. The publication of that letter, unfairly misrepresenting and maligning politcal parties and certain politicians, is a reprehensible action, and strictly in lino with German tactic*. Mr Moore, for instance, a candidate for Wellington Suburbs, is described as a Red Fed. Mr Moore is the candidate of the United Labor party, opposed to the Red Feds. He holds several big commercial interests in Wellington, and is tho possesor of one of the most up-to-date motor cars in Wellington. Mr Veitch was an opponent of the late strike, and also opposed to tho Red Federation. In my opinion, tho time is rapidly arriving when there should be a Press law, such as exists in Australia, compelling any un-British opponents to sign their names to election effusions, and come out from behind the hedge of anonymity and fight fairly in the open, so that everybody may appreciate such effusions at their real value. (Applause.) The unfair use of tlio Red Fed. bogy in this political contest is one of the most disgraceful misrepresentations yet perpetrated in the political annals of New Zealand. (Applause. ) Mr Jesse Haymes, in seconding the motion, had a sly dig at the pseudo-Laborites who had failed to secure the true Labor stamp, and who were only in the field to work against the true cause uf Labor. It therefore behoved the workers to discharge their first duty at the polls by at once striking out the names of these backsliders. What in ordinary circumstances would have been the " bonne-bouche" of tho evening was supplied by Mr W. Belcher, who was far below himself, and as he was only too palpably where he should not have been if ho had any regard for his own health. But once he got into his stride, his quips and his acquaintance with the classics (only exhibited on rare occasions liko this) helped him along comfortably, and he certainly gave bis andienco lots of sound advice. It will be seen'this evening whether they profited any by it. No amendment was submitted, and the motion was carried unanimously, the proceedings terminating with three ringing cheers for the candidates who had ad dressed the meeting.
LIBERAL AND LABOR RALLY, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914
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