FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY
Over 15 columns of this issue were occupied with a verbatim report of the Hon. Julius Vogel's speech to an open-air audienco the previous day. In compliance with a requisition to the Mayor, signed by over BCO citizens, who expressed en tiro disapproval of the disturbance which took place at the Princess Theatre meeting the previoui week," the Colonial Treasurer agreed to "address another meeting bofore leaving Dunedin." The Mayor accordingly convened the meeting for the Masonic Hall. So great was the crush that all the seats m the building' were removed, but even then there were more outsido' than in. Mr Vogol began his speech, but had not proceeded many minutes when there was an insistent de mand to adjourn to the open air, and it was complied with, the audience betaking themselves en masse to the terrace of the. Provincial Government Buildings, which in those days, was the venue of all political gatherings. * * * * * ». *
The report goes on to say: When Mr Vogel reached Water street the crowd on the steps of the terrace were so dense that it was suggested that he should speak from within the arcade of the now Post Office Building, but it was considered better to reach the terrace, and that was done with some little difficulty. . . . The assemblage was a very large one, it being a common expression at the time and subsequently that " no better meeting had ever been addressed in Dunedin." Though interruptions were frequent, the Treasurer, on the whole, received a patient and attentive hearing throughout. Though putting questions to a visiting Minister or politician is quite unusual, Mr Vogel agreed to submit to the ordeal, and he was sharply catechised by Messrs J. W. Jago, E. Prober, Stout, Grant, and other:. One questioner asked "Are you in favor of pajing Giant's passage out oi *\<i\\ Zealand T" which provoked a prompt reply and much merriment: " No, because he stems to De a great favorite here." A Mr Lloyd moved a vote of thanks to the Treasurer for his elaborate address, and tacked on an addendum pledging support only to those candidates who promised to assist in carrying the measures foreshadowed in the speech. This was met by an amendment moved by Mr Jago and seconded by Mr Stout, while tendering thanks, declined to express any opinion on the Ministerial policy until the electors had full opportunity of considering it. Mr Grant essayed to speak at this juncture, but was " put down." After testing the meeting, the Mayor's pronouncement was: '' I am inclined to think that the amendment is carried; but at the same time the numbers are very close." Once more the irrepressible Mr Grant tried to speak, but the vast assemblage hooted him. The Treasurer, who said that he was perfectlv satisfied with the result of the vote, left the ter raco amid hearty cheering, and so ended one of the greatest political gatherings ever held in Otago.
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FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY, Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
FORTY-FOUR YEARS AGO TO-DAY Evening Star, Issue 15676, 15 December 1914
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