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BISMARCK.

THE CHANGE OF NAME OPPOSED. OTHER SIDE OF THE QUESTION.

A number of Bismarck residents waited on the Premier yesterday, and presented a lengthy petition setting forth reasons against the proposal to change the name of Bismarck to that  

of Collins, which was made by a depu tation which saw the Premier last

Saturday.  

Councillor G H Voss said the depu tation, which comprised himself   Mcssis Alfred Totenhofer, H J  

Smith, Levi Newman, Walter Neilsen, W Brockman, Fred Gall, and F and H Fehlberg was composed entirely of       residents in the postal area of Bismarck   of Biitish and foreign extraction. Some

of the statements, made by the previous deputation were entirely unfounded. The petition he had to present contain ed 120 names of settlers residing in the postal area, whereas the names of the signatories to the former petition were

drawn from the Bismarck ward, com     prising Claremont and other districts.   The petition opposed the proposal to  

alter the name on personal grounds, and the petitioners were practically all of Tasmanian birth, including descend ants of the Danish and German settlers who had really founded the settlement.

The name Bismarck had been given to       the place out of compliment to the Ger

man settlers. On general grounds it was urged that the change of name would create bad feeling amongst set- tlers who had hitherto dwelt in amity together. The petitioners appealed for fair play, for which the British nation was noted and quoted the recent pro- nouncement of Senator Pearce in re gaid to the treatment of Germans with in the Commonwealth. Mr Voss said that the produce of Bismarck would compare with any in the State and their shows had won a good reputation   Referring to a statement made by a speaker of the previous deputation that  

the produce of the district might be prejudiced owing to its place of origin,  

Mr Voss contended that there was no   foundation in that argument. On the contrary it would be a serious thing if   the name were changed seeing that the produce of Bisniaick had an excel

lent reputation and always fetched top prices. The petitioners were not in fatuated with the name of Bismarck as     such and did not base their case on the  

fact that it had been borne by a Ger  

man statesman but the name was a   reasonable one and was not difficult to   pronounce like so many German names.   The settlers of Bismaick all spoke the   British language and they had no dif ferences on racial matters. The previ  

ous deputation had really other motives   than those put forward. Bismarck pro-     duce was branded with the name of the grower and the settlement and he had   never heard of any objection on account of the name. As a tourist resort the   name was an attraction and if the name were changed the traffic would suffer. Bismarck shows had been fam ous for the quality of the produce ex hibited. The war in 1864 between Prussia and Denmark referred to at the previous deputation had nothing     to do with them. The fact that Ger

many was abolishing British names was no reason why Tasmania should follow the example. He believed that a large   majority of the settlers within the postal area were in favour of the name   of the distnct being retained.

Mr Gall said he had come out to Victoria with his father and had rear  

ed a family of nine in Tasmania, all   true British subjects. If it could be proved that the settlers interests were endangered through the name he would support the proposal to alter it. Some people had signed both petitions the reason being that they were misled into   signing the first. The name should not be altered at least, until the war was

over.  

Messrs Totenhofer Brockman, and Smith also spoke the tenor of their remarks going to show that the settlers' interests were not jeopardised on ac count of the name of Bismarck.

The Premier expressed his sense of   the good taste and moderation with which the deputation had placed its case   before him. He regretted that, any feeling should have been created amongst the Danish and German set

tlers who were of the best. Person ally, no one more regretted the calamit- ous war than he did, and no one had a greater abhorrence of those who caused it. He would be the first to resent anything which would cause un happiness to the Bismarck settlers of   German descent, or interfere with their habits. They must admit that, in the     circumstances a name which perpetuat   ed the memory of one of the most un scrupulous but clever statesmen the world had ever seen and one largely         responsible for the causes of the pre   sent struggle must be distasteful to the people. He regretted, and they must regret that the name was Bis

marck. The deputation desired to re tain a name under which they had built up a reputation for good produce. In Germany today the Germans would not     tolerate a town called Asquith or Lloyd George. There was bound to be feel  

ing it could not he helped. He would   give the matter careful consideration,

and whatever decision he came to they   could rest assured that the feelings of

the Danish and German settlers woud     be fully considered. He would have to

weigh the arguments adduced by both   parties and do the best he could. Had the name been any other the difficulty would not have been so great. How   ever he would try to do what was right

in the matter.

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