Manawatu Times, Rōrahi XXVIII, Putanga 540, 2 Whiringa-ā-rangi 1905, Page 3
Beuter _ 8_ Petersburg correspondent reports that the Ciar has charged Count Witte with the arrangement of the unification of the woik of various Ministers of State preliminary to sanctioning the draft of a law creating a Council of Ministers. The Times St. Petersburg correspondent states that only a few thousand are aware of the Czar's manifesto. It is doubtful if the revolutionary leaders, who demand universal suffrage and a constituent assembly, will be satisfied with the Czar's concessions, There is much fighting at Lodz, the manufacturing centre of Poland. The Jewish Socialists there have resolved to continue the strike. A company of inf-mtry refused to fire on the students' procession. The-soldiers were arrested. Incendiarism is rampant in Moscow. The soldiers are encamped in the preciocts of the Kremlin. They are afraid to occupy the barracks lest they should be burned. Bands of roughs are plundering the deserted private flats. Only large detachment of troops dare venture into the streets. Although Odessa is slightly quieter the Cossacks continue to brutally llltreat peaceful residsnts and pillage their homes, They beat some to death and drag women and children to prison, subjecting them to shocking treatment. Frequently they fired upon funeral processions of their own victims and also upon Bed Cross detachmentp. The Czar's manifesto was received with shouts of joy in St. Petersburg, Warsaw and elsewhere, but the workmen are irritated by tbe absence of an amnesty. Sir William Lyne, the Federal Minister for Customs, is ill. A man visited him and warned him that conspirators, who disliked his methods of administering the Customs Department, had resolveto ruin his health. Sir William laughed at the idea of such a thing, but his visitor assured him that the health of Mr C. C. Kingston, a former Minister for Customs, had been ruined by a similar process. The man departed with a solemn admonition to Sir William to beware of attempts on his life.
Lord Curzon is suffering from fever at Lahore.
Election dodgers and Bung and anti- J-ung pamphlets are being thrown about the Wanganui streets in reckless profusion, while the local papers are full of the truculent remarks of the six competing candidates and their respective combative adherents, The supporters of license and anti-license are devotinnr an advertising column in each of the newspapers—and utilising the largest and blackest type available—to proving and disputing the central contention that (on the one hand) Ashburton is plain Sheol, and (oa the other hand) tbat Ashburton is Paradise with palm tree trimmings. The electioneering machinery will be running pretty hot by the' time the convincing day comes round.