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VICTOBIAN ÎOLTTIGS.

A NEW LABOR LEADER.

Melbourne, September 17.

ïn the Legislative Assembly to-day Mr. Elm/ilie, deputy leader of the Labor Party, announced that "Mr. Prendergast had re- signed the leader&hip. ami that he had ac- cepted the vacant position*" General ad mirat'on, he -said, was felt for the 'energy "and ability shown by Mr. Prendergast.

(Hear, hear.) He had rendered Parlia- ment and the, country great service.

The Premier (Mr. Watt) congratulated Mr. Elm-slie on liis =elec-tion for leadership. ¡ The persorial' .friendship between himself

¡and Mr.- rresádergast had'not been dis

i turbed bj* the*ïact that,they were aid poli I tical opponent*. (Hear, hear.) He was ¡ fall c/f admiration for the extraordinary in j dustrv the lion, member bad ' shown and i vigilant way in which in "Reason and oui liof season he had followed even* Bill intro ! duccd. The work'had told upon his health.

Mr. Prendergast said he would be pleased , to get back to the rftnk and' file. "He "had I been leader of the party -afcfcit ten years,

i and thought it was "up to him*' to give an | other man a chance. The Government, he j hoped,.would bear 'that idea in mind and I let the Opposition go over to the other ¡«ide. (Laughter.) ^

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