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MR BATHGATE AND MR REYNOLDS AS MINISTERS.

In a leading article on the composition of the Ministry, tho Wellington Independent says : —

Mr Bathgate, in the capacity of Minister of Justice and Commissioner of Stamps, should make a good useful member of the Government. His professional experience will bo of great use to him, and especially in the Stamp Department his services should be valuable. Mr Reynolds is a born Commissioner of Customs. The greater part of his life has been passed in commercial transactions involving a close knowledge of the laws of commerce and trade; and there is no reason to doubt that ho will worthily fill the post allotted to him. . . . The only weakness in the Government is with regard to fche debating power of its members. With the exception of Mr Vogel—and possibly Mr M'Lean, upon his own special subject—thp Treasury bench docs not present any firm front so far as debating is concerned. Mr Bathgate may rise to the occasion, and, as a Minister, succeed in pulling himself out of the . narrow groove of thought in which he has usually travelled. He does not lack command of language— he simply wants tho verve wliich is so necessary in debating important questions in a free Assembly. Mr Reynolds has simply distinguished himself as a man of details. He is great upon small things, bnt has not yet displqye^ great capacity for deling with largO matters.

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MR BATHGATE AND MR REYNOLDS AS MINISTERS., Otago Daily Times, Issue 3352, 2 November 1872, Supplement

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MR BATHGATE AND MR REYNOLDS AS MINISTERS. Otago Daily Times, Issue 3352, 2 November 1872, Supplement

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