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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 6, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta speakership a Party Toy Sevigny Held Job But a Ymjr Transference opjMr^ speaker to Department of Inland Revenue an Exi^^rtceof How an Honorable Office Has Degen-t , X. e/a/e*/ in Canada-Sevigny's Conversion^ ^: u aideli^^ on Mea and '^ottiea infhe PiMc Eye By. AnTHUR HAWICES. tHH '.. Bpeakerthlp at Ottawa BhAiva wHorii: in the scale ot . partlianaihlp .iwe iremain. how miioh^ viill^hOe Wd'do' td the 'Arcana of/ Pi^rliBmentary Government;- 'The Hotitte of'^Cpmmons Js u House of Commons only; in name. It Is tlie creature ofa'iew men who are called the Cabinet, eina whose arbltrdry rule the Opposition abets. The Cabinet of tO'id�y'&d9ptB: the methods ot tlie Cabln�t^of: jresterday. It knows that If the pppoeitlon were to form a Cabinet: tp-iuorrcw the orthodoxies of yesterdaytand to-day would not be violated, ' Vhe; Hp^kmihtp Is one of the thlnsra ^ iiroye .Tthe melancholy tniith of the^ef dbiierv4tlon8.::Q^ boys die In JWanfldi^ - that; I^arlloiinerit^ry apver.nment,'''iaa we know It, shall not perteli frxHh the barth. Our Parlla-mentarlana go oni' outraelns almost evifry sentiment 1 of: Parliamentary oioVerAinent,' bellisvlnK that they respect. Ui .because � neither they nor tHoir pi'edecemors have known any- thiw-oise:" � j';i,v'.."-. Tvf) hundred and seventy-five y��rri ago this nionth, the most me-nit�rab^B JBo^e !(>� the history of Par-llaunents vr^l enacted. The King man under thlrty-flvo, was,-nothing very rash. Ho came to Ottawa after a campaign in which he propounded the Bournssa orbed with vigor, dev-orness and a zeal which' seemed almost excessively sincere. . And let mb pay him the respect of believing that it was Without affectation, He Will be a chamMon of the war and fell that the waft' moans for Canada- He will not covet Mr. Blondlnfs.oppor^ tunity to revive the Qerman name at a city whord the brand of loyalty that seems popular has undergone some puzzling transformations. : He has no record of having alluded to .tho ncce-salty for shooting holes, In the British flag In order, to bteathe freedom's fcranslucent air. In authorising the resurrection of "Berlin" as a truly Britannic name, Mr. Qlondln has shown once more a fancy for the tight rope to which Mr. Sevlghy has not accustomed us. '"i  What sort of a man is Mr. Sevigny? You can see his bald head for yourself. It is a good head, on an aver-ago sized body. Maybe : he Is ' flv6 feet eight In his so^ks. He wears his clothes well. His habit In the chair' was easy and dlgnlfledt He carried off the procession to, and from the chamber, the" mace leading, with ev^ry attribute .which .custom demands, or the onlooker could desire. He had little experience of public assemblies before he became a Member of Parliament. Procedure at Ottawa is a very simple matter compared with procedure In some bodies one count name. Speaking Is seldom disturbed by a point .off order, or a demand for undellbbrated ruling. The rule book is always at hand; but tho Ideal Speaker seldom ji'as use oft- need for It. , 'Ti* Different in England Afr. W. J. Oage, The Real Carson But Little Known 'Bon. Albert Sevignyi cama^iinto .the tHouse of- Commons, against its venerated traditiorts, to demand that the five membera a�aln�t whom his wrath was kindled be delivered to his merciless mercy. They were flown. The King turned to the Speaker to demand where they were. "I have neither eyes to see, nor tongue to, speak In this place, but as this House shall direct me," answered Lenthall; That sentence spoken to the King waa delivered In the court of all history. It was the final exaltation of tho House above the monarch, above parties, abo.ye ministries; the expression of the Inviolable-sovereignty of the people. "But ias^i'thlif House is pleased to direct mey 'meant also, "As this Hoilse waa' pleased, to jlect me." ' .Two Movings-in  Year 1 A'ST January, several days be-JL who resumed the active jvorfare-rof th� floor-perhaps' only 9^0-. Addison succeeded pitt, .and showed how poor ,a Premier an exr cellent Speaker might become. Mr. Sevigny Is Minister of Inland (tovenue.a post which is supposed to rro ,'toai Junior or a supernumerary. Mr. Nantel,Hhe first of the Borden ^ne of Inland Revenue officers, was >>iOt a junior. He is non- a Railway .'Commissioner, a: post which suits ^Im well, and in >vhicb his accoin-.pUsj^ed silence stands his colleagues In Akcelient; stead. it cannot be truthfully ...said ^ that Mr. Sevigny's; change is a Vast acoesslon of strength to tbi Government In times like these. is not offensive In Mr.'-Sevigny. *tbat''tie is.very young for his post-, time wil) cure that disadvantage. / Wa*;..fi;Bbi|r�Ma Man iB> was saidi^Bome time ago to be tVfinif on/.k^aki, whlcli, for :i IN the Mother of Houses the Speaker is usually. chosen .because he is known to know something about procedure. Not so with us.; He Is regarded In legislatures'as an. Instrument of the Qovernmeht'rather than as a servant of the Ho\ise. The -way Speakers look to the-leaders'of the Government for guidance when difficulties occur would be pathetic were it not so d'erogatoryHri-'wJmt.ls technically the first civil office .In the land. Mr. Sevigny was. not-an unperturbable master of intricate or of simple conduct of'public'busihegs. The debate on prohibition had,'an inglorious end, from the point of view of the amour propre of the Prime Minister and Mr. Speaker.-.To the resolution declaa-lng for bomin-lon-wlde prohibition: Mr. Bennett moved ah amendment, retaining all tho responsibility for liauor legislation for the Provinces. The amendment was carried. Every tyro in procedure should know-that ^yhen a l.reaoigt.lori has pnce..be,en amended, it Is open to'further amendment.' It is moved that Smith be paid A;-salary of five thousand dollars a year. Jones thinks fpur thousand dollars is enough. Robinson, wants the figure to be three thousand, but he Would rather it were four than five. So he votes' for Jones' amendment, which carries. But because four carries as against fiVe is no final proof that it will' carry as -against three. So Robinson moves his' own amendment to four thousand. ,'�, ' . . When a resolutions amended the amended/forin bf^.lt.becomes the svib-BtantlVf^i re&luUon.i'aind can be fur-ther-,aniende'd(;:a#*the:o^ motion was. That Wi^y aije position when the ^'Scnriett/amendhient against l.Whereupon- great informal discusaions-farose, and con-tfnued till the-; eairiy morning. The irrefutable Solicitor-General upheld the Speaker and'tha' Premier with most coTi'v.iiicihg logjlc;:' The: Speaker, to tlie remohstrahces'Of, Mr. Boivln. the other 'yoUng:�felI6^v: froip Quebec, answered V that "he'-.iwais aure he was right." But::there Vfaa a morning after, and next afternboiii he frankly reversed his decision, put the motion as amended, and receiving iio further proposals declare'd It cari-led,. and everything -was hunky dorey, and the Speaker and the Premier had been to school. . . J. He .iGc� Far. IT is f or ^ yoTingf meh to - live and learn, especlailiirfyoung Speakers. Mr. Sevigny 19 aVlPMper, all right. Everybody llkM.hlni^^ ai�d fte niay go far for mor^ ireaspiia t|>an'-'''---- AMONG our leading statesmen there is probably not one so mysterious, so contradictory, or so little known in his true character as Sir Edward Carson. Ani, although he is the keenest of politicians, he has no love of the Parliamentary life,, and comes ot a stock' that has been conspicuous for generations for taking little or no Interest In politics. Indeed, if Sir Edward Carson had had his way, the House of Commons certainly would never have known him. Kls early ambition was to follow In the steps of his father, a well-known civil engineer and archltedt- a profession for which he showed both taste and aptitude. ' Even to-day, amid all his manlfbid labors, he finds time to st-udy architecture, and is prouder of the new block, of his own designing, which he added a'few years ago to his beautiful home at Rottingdean, than ot his aoMevements In the law courts or at Westminster. Although, too. Tie cro-wda -more work into his day than almost any other man in England-work which might well'break down the strongest man-he has always had poor health. As a boy he was so frail that he waa not expected to reach' manhood, and to-r so that he , as tho ma-1,000 feet be.. The ma chine will be a triplane and will have a width of approximately ISO feet, and will require three propeU Jars, with two motors of about 100 horse-power eacji propellen The captain may fly tho machine from Florida to St. John's, Newfoundland, !and .-will then wait' for'' favorable ler'jand make tlvafllMlt across .Atlantic to some point iii. Ire-. land. Later on he will go to Fiance."'''' cacy. He took a very high \-lew of the functions of Boards of Trade in the life of the community-and a very broad view as well-"a greater Ontario" was the ideal he set before his fellow-members in his Inaugural address as president of the Ontario Associated Boards of Trade in 1911. He is a gi-eat reader of current literature-^his "Outlook," in particular, he would not miss, for anything. He quotes freely from the "Life of Mark Twain," and from "Queen 'V'ic-torla's letters." His sense of Humor is strongly developed. He is at his best In giving free play to this-when-with Mr. Hugh Blain, who is a great crony of his. � The sparkling repartee that goes on between the two is a great delight to all who hear it. It was Mi% Gage's custom for' very many years to go for a ride on horseback every morning at seyeii' o^Clqok; -in fact, last year he was still keeping up his early morning rides; He plays golf a little-but has only taken up the gaine lately. It Is his habit' to spend part of every year |n California on holiday. Most of his spare time is taken up In driving to one or other of the hospitals which owe their existence to his InBtrumentallty; It may bo mentioned that, although Mr.^Gage had formulated his plans with regard to his most-recent gift more than a year ago, hfe allowed nobody to- get. wind'of the matter until thO'announcement with regard to it- was made this month. ' '- ' of much honor, immense work, and no pay. Mr. Kent will have had considerable experience of offices at Once honorary ana honorable, tor his present job of president of the Board of Trade Is, of course, unpaid, one. When, president of the C.N-B. Mr. Kent was always easily found, and he evinced personal Intereet ol the most direct kind In even the smalletrt details of the work. For somo jears 1)6 has been identified with tho amusement end of the Exhibition. It is his lot to journey to Oifforoat cities in the United States and Canada to help to select those attractions which decoy fair maidens and their attendant swains to the quiet dnd plaold enjpynien't of the Midway. ' -But, above all, it is "Love me, love niy dog:"T-or rather, dogs-with Mr. Kent The Dog Show at the"Ex.". oWe�, to him its inocfption and llio major Bhare of its great and sus^taiti-ed success. Tills adjunct to the Fair has, been'almost entirely built up by his efforts. He wants all his friends �^and everyone who attends the Ex-; hibltlon is hl� Iriehd--to interest themselves In the canine beauties of �which he is so fond. / ,' Mr. Kent's interest in the Boy Scouts, the ungrudging way in which he has spent his tune and'' much else in the service of the movement and his belief in. its methods and objective allke~all these things ' are not surprising in one who is such' -a"good scout" himaalf, in every-iiense of the term. , In'PoliUcs Wis an independent, atid In raU ' Presbyterian. His prindpaJi^ ments are scouting, * "' shootinc-; Altogether an type ot cltizm and an exte of man is the Board of Trader* prsrt-dent for IHI^ "Aafi *o say aU at iwi." S,-1' ;