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MR. HELDER'S MAIDEN SPEECH.


According to the London correspondent of the "Manchester Guardian" who
states that on the occasion of Mr. HELDER's maiden speech at Westminster, on
Monday night that gentleman "interested the House for members who have gazed
wonderingly at him as he goes in and out amongst them have wished curiously
to test the quality of his oratory." That our respected member has passed
through the ordeal most creditably is evident from the fact that a fair summary
of his speech has been published in most of the important London and
provincial papers.

Mr. HELDER's subject was the Workman's Compensation for Accidents Bill, a
measure that contemplates vast benefits to the working classes, who, through its
agency, will no longer have to apply to law courts to recover compensation
for injuries. It is a measure, in fact, that goes further in the interests of
working men than any other ever suggested or attempted by radicals, and
proves at once that the Conservatives, if they make less noise, are the truest
friends of the parties concerned.

As Mr. HELDER is in a position to speak from experience on an important
subject as it is, it is not to be wondered at that his sound and sensible remarks
should be listened to with interest. While speaking he was repeatedly
applauded, which is a compliment in which his constituents may share.

In Whitehaven and round about Mr. HELDER is accustomed to a welcome and warm
reception, and it therefore gives pleasure to his many friends to know that
he has, in his maiden speech in the house, been listened to with respect and
approval. With regard to the Bill upon which Mr. HELDER spoke, there is much
to be said for and against, therefore, as he very properly suggested, it is to
be hoped it will meet with every possible consideration in Committee now
that it has passed the second reading.


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