Benjamin RUSSELL

RUSSELL, Benjamin, K.C., B.A., M.A.

Personal Data

Hants (Nova Scotia)
Birth Date
January 10, 1849
Deceased Date
September 20, 1935
lawyer, professor of law, stenographer

Parliamentary Career

June 23, 1896 - October 9, 1900
  Halifax (Nova Scotia)
November 7, 1900 - September 29, 1904
  Hants (Nova Scotia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 1 of 30)

July 29, 1904


The next time the hon. gentleman has anything to say to the member for Hants I hope he will say it when he is in the House and not when His back is turned.

Topic:   SUPPLY.
Subtopic:   T995 COMMONS
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July 12, 1904


I think it is very likely that the Deputy Minister of Justice, in drafting this clause, was endeavouring to make the clause analogous to the general principle of the law, which embodies the doctrine of ' common employment.' The Deputy Minister of Justice, as a sound English lawyer, very likely had that in his mind when he was drafting this clause. But as the doctrine of common employment is a wholly irrational doctrine, and one which ought not be part of the law, we might very -well adopt the suggestion of the boil, member (Mr. A. T. Thompson) and strike out the limitation, which does not seem to be fair or reasonable.

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June 24, 1904


It is of no consequence whatever. The letter continues :

I also circulated a counter yarn as if I got it from the general admitting the Boer success between Bloemfontein and Pretoria, but that the foilo-wing day our main force had captured the whole Boer outfit, upon hearing of which Kruger had asked to surrender, &e. I had not heard a word, but I was not going to be caught by them at their own game, and you see how' near I was to telling a straight story. . .

I am bound to say I think the hon. gentleman was nearer telling a straight story than he has been at any time since he began his speech this afternoon.

Was it mind reading ? At all events I last night landed my column of nearly 300 here. Behideis Mackie and myself W'e had only '17 men. I did not let the Boers know until our arrival here, but assured them I was not going to humiliate them by bringing the whole force up to march them back, that I would treat them on their honour, merely guarding' the wagons with the rifles piled on, &c.

Really, Jack, they are a rather fine lot, and, In our four days' march back I learned to like many of them. Of course I never allowed anything to stand in the way of duty but while I would shoot one of them with a rifle in his hand as I would a dog.

Shoot him as quick as he transfixed Sydney Fisher or the Minister of Militia.

Yet once in my power as prisoners, I would, and did, use them like gentlemen. No man on our side in South Africa has been ahead of your humble servant where the bullets were flying.

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June 24, 1904


That is exactly what I said. It was written, not because the hon. gentleman felt any sincere compunction or penitence ; but he intended to continue to hold in his heart all that he had said, and he simply wrote this insincere apology in order to have the chance of going to South Africa to join the other nabobs and swells who were already there.

Subtopic:   HUGHES,
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June 24, 1904

Mr. RUSSELL (reading).

-covered the distance, twenty-two miles, and had the wire in operation an hour later, thence I got instructions to proceed onward on a reconnaissance, again free-handed. This is how I like to go-

No orders from General Hutton for him.

Then a fellow is on his own responsibility

and feels it so.

You bet he feels it

accordingly he takes far more precautions than if tied up by orders and cautions. At Daniels' Kine the enemy got out so hurridly that they left their Union Republican flag flying. I now have it, as well as the Transvaal one I captured at Griquatown. I wired for seven days' rations, in addition to four I already had, and on Saturday morning in a terrible storm of rain, sleet and hail, ' began my march of forty miles to Koenig, where the enemy were supposed to be. I looked at it this way : The horses were better saddled and moving than shivering in rain and frost, and so were the men. I made all fold the blanket Indian fashion

This is sublimely picturesque and I want to call the attention of the House to it.

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