FEOM OUE OWN CORRESPONDENT. Wellington, Oct. 13. Messrs Shephard and Stewart are both in difficulties with their constituents, who naturally complain of their broken promises. This, of course, is not at all likely to affect Mr Shephard, but may have some influence on Mr Stewart. At present parties are divided so equally that one man can turn the scale either way. The three Maori members take a deal of shepherding) and Shepherd takes a deal of promising. It takes all Sir George Grey’s best coaching to persuade the young members .that it is right to stonewall the measures they were sent to support. It is probable that a little of the real truth as to our finance niay be allowed to leak out to-morrow, and it should have some effect upon the votes of men who care anything about the colony. Neither Mr Pyke nor Mr Stewart were at the Opposition dinner on Saturday, although the ‘ ‘ Chronicle ” says the former made an excellent speech there, and also assures its readers that they may expect a majority of eleven in favor of Macandrew’s no-confidence motion.
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