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The Right Honourable Sir Francis H. D. Bell, P.C., G.C.M.G., K.C.,: His Life and Times


page xiii


Chapter I.
pp. 1-8
Chapter II.
The First Generation.—Sir Francis Dillon Bell, 1822-1898.
Dillon Bell's early life—He joins the New Zealand Company—His arrival in New Zealand—Various public activities—Friendship with Sir George Grey—Provincial and General politics—Agent-General—Letters to his son.
pp. 9-22
Chapter III.
Sir Francis Bell—His Birth and Early Days.
Birth in Nelson—The family moves to Wellington—The earthquake of 1855—Romance of an earlier earthquake—The Bell Block.
pp. 23-26
Chapter IV.
Early Days In Auckland.
Hulme Court—Auckland Grammar School—Boyhood adventures— Maori guests—An oratorical triumph—Refugees on a frigate.
pp. 27-34
Chapter V.
School Life In Dunedin.
The family moves to Dunedin—Bell's High School days—Incidents of school life—His attachment to the school—An eloquent speech.
pp. 35-42
Chapter VI.
Legal Education In England.
Cambridge—His legal studies—Sir John Holker, Q.C.—Called to the Bar—Negotiations for partnership with Mr. Izard—He meets Disraeli— Offer from Conservative Party—Bell's reminiscences.
p. 43-53
Chapter VII.
Sixty Years at The Bar.
He commences practice—Twice offered a Judgeship—The Hall trial— His Privy Council cases—Tributes from Lord Haldane and Lord Macnaghten —Law Reports—His services to the Legal Profession.
pp. 54-61page xiv
Chapter VIII.
Bell Enters Parliament.
The Election of 1890—Bell defeated—A by-election in 1892—Bell again defeated—The election of 1893—Bell is elected—He is plaintiff in a libel action—His work in Parliament.
pp. 62-73
Chapter IX.
Mayor Of Wellington.
He becomes Mayor—The Drainage Scheme—City improvements—The Miramar proposal rejected—Municipal finance—Bell's great reform.
pp. 74-80
Chapter X.
Bell Becomes a Minister of The Crown, 1912.
The Massey Government takes office—Bell joins the Cabinet—His views on land tenure—The graduated land-tax—Immigration and tourists—Lord Bledisloe's views.
pp. 81-92
Chapter XI.
Legislative Council Reform.
Should the council be elective?—bell's efforts checked—a barren victory —political complications—the act still dormant.
pp. 93-104
Chapter XII.
The World War, 1914.
Massey's unique record—bell and sir john salmond—war legislation— death of captain bell—a ministerial crisis—conflict over convoy for troop ships.
pp. 105-116
Chapter XIII.
The National Government, 1915.
political stalemate—party negotiations—bell offers to resign—lord liverpool's appeal for unity—national government formed.
pp. 117-121
Chapter XIV.
Bell Fights For The Quakers.
The National Register—Conscription—Religious objectors—Conscientious objectors—Is there a distinction—Bell's victory and further difficulties with the Quakers.
pp. 122-130
Chapter XV.
Views On Various War Problems.
Agitation for repeal of Conscription—Australian experience—Prosecutions for sedition—Bell's argument with Mr. McCombs, M.P.—His defence of Sir James Allen—Soldier settlers.
pp. 131-143page xv
Chapter XVI.
War Weariness—a Great Speech.
Depletion of single men—Complaints against War policy—Attacks in Legislative Council—Bell's reply to the critics.
pp. 144-152
Chapter XVII.
Bell As Attorney-General—Problems of Bench, Bar, and Juries.
He defends the Bar—Argument with the Judges—The rights of advocates—Judges' salaries—Jury reform and other problems.
pp. 153-168
Chapter XVIII.
Dissolution of National Government.
Election of 1919—Massey's victory—Bell's leadership of the Council— His administration and growing reputation.
pp. 169-172
Chapter XIX.
Acting Prime Minister, 1921.
Sectarian controversy and the censorship—Seditious literature—Mr. Holland, M.P., on censorship—Letters from Lord Jellicoe.
pp. 173-189
Chapter XX.
He Initiates a New Forest Policy.
Outlines of his policy—Commissioner of State Forests—Conflicts with sawmillers—Bell threatens to resign—Results of his policy.
pp. 190-199
Chapter XXI
Bell Visits London, 1922.
British citizenship—Civis Britannicus sum—New Zealand out of step— Final change of policy—Bell is honoured by Prince of Wales—The Longueval Memorial.
pp. 200-211
Chapter XXII.
The League of Nations and Samoa.
The Mandate—Bell at League of Nations—Later developments—Samoan Policy.
pp. 212-222
Chapter XXIII.
Land Transfer Reform.
Two systems of titles—Objections to Deeds Registration system— Advantages of Land Transfer Act—Bell's plan to make Land Transfer titles universal—A great reform.
pp. 223-227page xvi
Chapter XXIV.
Massby's Last Parliament, 1923-1925.
The 1922 election—Massey's difficult position—Bell's views on situation— His second term as Acting Prime Minister—Massey's death.
pp. 228-236
Chapter XXV.
Bell Becomes Prime Minister, 1925.
His reasons for temporary leadership—He is succeeded by Coates— Letters to Lord Jellicoe and Sir James Allen.
pp. 237-244
Chapter XXVI.
The Coates Ministry, 1925-28.
The election of 1925—The Ministry is reconstructed—Letters from Bell to Ministers—Bell resumes office—The political sky darkens.
pp. 245-250
Chapter XXVII.
Some Empire Problems and The League of Nations, 1926.
Bell's work in London—The Hague Tribunal—Bell at Geneva—He opposes Dominion representation on the Council—He attends Imperial Conference— The Statute of Westminster.
pp. 251-263
Chapter XXVIII.
New Zealand and The Empire.
Proposed Imperial Council—Sir John Sinclair's Views—Bell's objections— Lord Milner's letter—Problems of foreign policy.
pp. 264-274
Chapter XXIX.
Out Of Office, 1928-1936.
Defeat of the Government—United Party takes office—Two parties or three?—Bell's views thereon—Currency problems—Public debt conversion.
pp. 275-288
Chapter XXX.
Conclusion—Personal Characteristics and Private Life.
Popular opinion of Bell—His relations with Massey—with deputations, Civil Service, and fellow-members—As a Freemason—The Waitangi Trust— Tributes to his generosity—His home life—The End.
pp. 289-309
A.—Privy Council Cases p. 310
B.—Early Days in Dunedin p. 312