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SUPPER TO AIR J. A. HANAN.

SPEECH BY THE ACTING PREMIER.

IMPERIAL FEDERATION.

(Br Oufi. Special Reporter.)

INYERpARGILL, May' 23. A complimentary supper was'tendered to Mr J. A. Hauan, M.H.K. for InVercargill, by his supporters and friends in Guthrie's 'Building to-night. f ' There1 were about-250 ladies and gentlenjen present. The chair was taken by tho i|ayor of Invercargill (Mr J. S. Goldie), who was supported on his right by the guest of the-evening and Mrs Goldie, Iho Hon. Mr Feldwick, M.L.C., Messrs A. Morrison,, and T. Y. Duncan, M.H.R.'s, and on the left by tho Hon. J. G. AVard Air A iU'Nab, M.H.K., MraJCiilfedder, iMr Ml Gnfeddor, M.H.E., and the Hon. A. Lee Smith, M.L.C.

A splendid spread of light edibles was provided by Host, Kiugsiand, and after it had been, thoroughly discussed by the assembly the toast list was taken up. "The Queen "'was proposed by the' Chairman, and duly honoure'cl by the singing of the National Anthemi"' ,

'i'ne Key. Mr Bates prooosed " The Aivny, Navy, and 'Volunteers, and Uur Boys at the JL'Yont.1' 'Keferring to. the war in the Transvaal, ho said it had been forced on England by the greatest conspirator*; who had ever escaped.the gallows. Uur boys at the front had shown, themselves equal' to the. flower .of the British -cavalry.—(Applause.) The toast was drunk with, enthusiasm, and was responded to by the Hon. H. Feldwick, -U.UC., and.Mr P. H. 'Viekery, who has a, son at tho front. ' ,/

•'ilie Parliament of Now Zealand" was proposed by AIrAV. A. Morris. As'a,-work-ing man, ho gave the Government credit for pawing the Industrial Conciliation anct Arbitration Act. it was not a perfect measure, but it was undeniable that sines it had been on the Statute Book there had been no strikes m New Zealand.—(Applause.) The legislation that had been passed by the Governineni had not baeu passed without a terrifit struggle, and which had actually broken,' down the health of two members (if the Ministry— -Messrs Scddon and M'Kenzie—both of whom he hoped to see in their places in the House before many weeks had elapsed.—(Applause.) The. Hon. Mr Ward, in reply, expressed his regret that iho Premier ami U.ie Minister of Lands were not with them that evening. As was well known, both gentlemen were at present-in bad health; but he was glad to be able to cay that the daily bulletin from the Hon. iT. M'Kcnzie showed that he was slowly recovering his strength.—(Applause.) As for the HoiV Mr Seddon, he was sure ho re-echoed the wishes of his friends when lie said they all sincerely hoped he would return to New Zealand restored in health, and able again to lead the party of which he was the head.—(Applause.) Without being egotistical, he wished to say that in November last ho predicted that the lime would arise when these young countries would require to have their representatives in the imperial Parliament. Ho stated that, with the developments that had taken place in connection with Ilia trouble in Mouth Africa, the time would certainly come , when the people of the colonies would have a right to have a voice in Imperial affairs in the Imperial far.nuncnt.—(Applause.) He suggested that in all probability the Agents-general' of lhe different countries might be sent to the House of Commons, and ho also ventured to express tne opinion that; It might suit to send some of the Supreme.Court judges to the House of Lords. How "many people were" there in the colony at that time who looked on those utterances as other than the paintings of a man of imaginary ideas?. But what, he would ask, had taken place .since?. Some, of the greatest men in the old country had actually made in the House of Commons tho very same proposal that he himself was sketching during the time he was wandering ■ about in the gold district assisting in the return of some intelligent men to ■the House of Representatives.—(Applause.) XThe matter Was now assuming a more direct, form, and ho was convinced that before many years had passed by iho colonies would have representatives in both branches of the Legislature 'in the old world.—(Hear, hear.) . The necessity for such representation was growing 'apparent .and more apparent every day, ana" he believed that, in addition to social legislation, and in addition to tho carrying on of tiie administration o\ the" colony the iNow Zealand Parliament would be requested before very long, to assist in forlnulaliu'g a scheme that- would combine the distant parts of the Empire' with the.'old land, ouch a scheme would lift every man and every woman within tho dominion of the Empire to a higher level than they had ever before occupied.—(Applause.) New Zealand was at present standing aloof from the Australian federation, but, although that was the esvss. aU tho Australasian colonies could go hand in hand to bring about Imperial federation, which for purposes of defence and for commercial purposes would place the British Empire in such a position that a combination of the whole of the other nations on the faes of the earth would not avail against us.—(Ap piausc.) In connection with this important' matter, ho would like to say. though it «~is only a detail, that he was glad that day to see that the "Victorian Government had ai last seen tho vital importance to their colony of sending up for what had been done by Canada, England,.Queensland, and New Zealand in the determination to have a cab'" laid across the Pacific, and through Canada, on to England, which really msaul o cab!" naming through Brirtfh - territory.—(Ap'pVuss.) ■lie wns happy to be able to say that iv lE°-3 at a festal Conference in Brisbane, he was tho nrst to propose a resolution to have a cable placed across the Pacific, and so to have tnat line of connection with tho British Empire.—(Applause.) The proposal was received with a certain amount of indifference but it had been kept steadily in the forefront", anti a board had now been created in the old world, with rights from each of the countries concerned, and, hi spite of the people who owned the eastern cable to England, we would yet have our own cable, which would be in the interests not only of 'those who used it, but also of Ihoss-'who did not use it.— (Applause.) Referring to bis speech of Die previous evening, he sr.id it was a matter of snti.iiaction to him to know that, the mas of tho people in Iho country favoured' Hie changes he hscl indicated at'Riverton. Th« position of the colony hud never been better than it wn?at m-.ascnt. There was a surplus of over £600,000, notwithstanding the hnfre expenditure [hat ha A been incurred in the d'espalch of men and horses to South Africa, and if the colony wanted money .from tho groat lending market in London, which it did not at the m-esent time, he believed the request would be endorsed in such a. way r.s had never been done in the history of the country before.—(Applause.) '.-Referring to the Land for Settlements Act. upon which a previous spanker had touched, he said the principle of that mrasuro would be one of the main planks in the uo'.icy of the Government in the future. He also! spoke of the beneficial working of the Advances to Settlers Act. and pointed out that,, instead of driving money from the country, the fact, was that last year's Post Office Savings Bank returns showed that the savings of ";thn people had nave:- before boon so great in'the history of New Zrnland. niul tliat-UioVavaibbln mov.ov for all branches of the industrial or pastoral world wr.s never so great as at was at the present lime. If that was the way the legis•lation hnd driven money-out of the colon}-, all he could say was that if money was driven out, other money was driven in at a much faster rate.—(Laughter and . applause.) A matter of some ''importance that was now eugagine the attention of New South Wales and Aew Zealand Was a proper system of oversea mail services to England. A short time ago the American Government, under their Tonnage Bill, discontinued the system of'stivin-? contributions to steamers that" were not "under the American flag, which wa.s a decision that, :of -course, affected thr Union Stear.i Ship Company's steamer that was at present en-Sa-ge-.l in the work. No doubt they would nil like to see their own r.teamers carrying on that service if it was possible to do so, and every effort would be made to brino- t!at result about. In the event, however, of negotiations coming to nought, it was the duty of the Government to scs that such an 'important connection between Koa'.and ami the colonies was still maintained, for the Finale reason that it was the fastest passenger, ant! mail service between. New Zealand and tho old land.—(Applause.) H they failed in their efiort, they would have to do the next best thing winch was to pay a reasonable sum towards tho carrying out of the service of the American boats.—-(Applause.) The speaker concluded by saying that evcrv man iv the New Zealand Parliament should stand out firmly for cheap* money, c-iean railage, and cheap freights to the Homo.markets, because the colony was ever faced With U-e fac*. -that cheap freights were required to enable people to get their produce to. England in order to obtain the best results, and if members took such a stand the consequence would be that this, little country would be lifted up and made even greater than it was at present, and posterity would have a belicr and a happier land to live in .—(Loud anplaus* ) The toas'. was also- responded to by the Hon. Messrs Fnldwick and Leo Smith", and Messrs A. ASnrnsnn (Cavcr.;hamj. T. Y. Duncan -(Osmara). M. CHJfcddor (\Vnl!pc'-): md Robert M'Nab (Malaura) ■ .

Mr J. h. Lindsay propped " Tim Commercial, Agricultural, and Mining Interests.' .Itus toast was responded-to'bv Mr W. A Stout. ; ,' ;■'../ '.

( Tlio Chaivman proposed the toast ' " Our Guest, claiming' an intimate and favourable,

acquaintance with him as a boy, as a youth,' and as a young man. The toast was drunk with -musical, honours. Mr lianan was received with great applause, and returned his hearty thanks, for the cordial way. in which tlie_ toast had been received, which he knew had been promoted by the generous and kindly feeling of those present. He fully realised the responsible position the electors o£ Inver'eargiU had placed him in, and hoped his actions as their member would be such as would win the approbation of many who last election day. had voted against him. He knew he had a lot to.learn, and trusted they would not expect too much of him ;the first "session. Ho intended 'watching and learning, as had been suggested by some of the older members who had spoke.i before him, hoping thus to become a good and competent member for this important electorate. If he did not get justice done to his electorate and Southland, it would not be .his fault, uoi that of the other Southland members. He knew it was a groat and bold question to tackle, but one which must be faced without delay—that was local government reform. He recognised splendid work had been done by our local bodies, but they needed greater powers, which must be granted to them and put into practice. Vov instance, in the groat question of mnuicipal sanitation, they needed to have health districts formed, and other improvements, such as the conversion of municipal loans to.enable, them to get choaper money, which would be a great relief to the ratepayers. Ho believed that by proper reforms in .this'direction'municipal taxation would bo reduced, and now tho Government had '.such a large, majority at their back he caw no reason'why the reforms should not be effected this', "coming session of Parliament. He had allied himself to the groat Liberal party, and -intended working with them ■ shoulder to shoulder. He referred in eulogistic terms to the reforms in the railway service, announced by-the .Acliusj-Pre-vrner on the previous evening at P.ivertoi), and concluded by thanking the members of Parliament nresent who had come a grant distance to do him honour thai evening.—(Applause.) The other leasts were: "Tho Ladies," proposed by Mr A. Kinross; "Tl>e Press," proposed by Mr Gilfnddev; and "The Chairman," by Mr Hanau, M.H.fl. During the evening the toast list was intarsperrcd with a number of sonop, the contributors being Misses Kerwon, Hisho:i, and Mnthc'on. the Hon. Mr Ward. Messrs E. B. M'Kay, J. Audrews, Grenfell, and Broad.

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SUPPER TO AIR J. A. HANAN., Otago Daily Times, Issue 11746, 30 May 1900

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