(per press association.) LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. Tuesday, June 1. The Legislative Council met at 2.30 p.m. One petition and four batches of papers were presented. Thirteen notices of motion and questions were given for the following day, and notices to_ introduce fourteen new Bills, eleven being by the Hon. F. Whitaker. The Address in Reply was brought up by the Committee and read. It was merely formal. The Hon. Dr. Grace gave notice to move its adoption next week. One Sessional Committee was appointed, and notice given for several others. The Council adjourned at 2.45 p.m. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Tuesday, June 1. On the House assembling at 2-30 p.m., Sir George Grey gave notice that he would on June 16th move for a repeal of the Property Assessment and Property Tax Acts. Mr. Pyke gave notice that he would ask the Government whether it was their intention to bring in a Bill to prohibit religious and party processions. Mr. Hurst gave notice that he would ask whet steps the Government intended taking to prevent the spread of pleuro-pneumonia from the North to the South Island. NEW BELLS. A number of new Bills were introduced - and read a first time, including the new Licensing Bill. COMMITTEES. ™ A motion by tub Hon. John Hall that, as a rule, committees should not exceed ten members, was agreed to. address in reply. Colonel Trimble, .in, moving the Address in reply, opened his remarks by alluding to that portion of the speech which had reference to the monetary pressure lately experienced throughout New Zealand. He anticipated, however, that the bountiful harvest which had been gathered in, along with a probable increase in the price of wool, would tend to bring about a more satisfactory state of things. Referring to the deficiency in the Colonial revenue, the speaker said that the Colonial Treasurer estimated that deficiency to be about one-eighth of the revenue. He strongly condemned the proposal of the late Government to make up the deficiency by taxing colonial bondholders to the extent of 3d. in the pound, and held up the proposal of the present Ministry as being much more honest. Why the property tax was so unpopular was because it affected the taxpayer directly, instead of indirectly, and although it might not be the most agreeble method to the people it was by far the least expensive mode of taxation. After briefly referring to the defence of the ports of the Colony, he said ho hoped the House would be very cautious in interfering in any way with the present system of education. If a charge of 10s per head was to be made upon every child, the amount would not exceed L 28,000 per annum, and then it would be the means of at least one-third of the present number being withdrawn from school. He defended the appointment of Commissions as a means of gaining information on|which Government could act, and after reviewing the purposes of the various Commissions, he spoke at some length regarding the interim report presented by the Native Commission. It had been gtated that after' its reccommenda|iibns were carried out there would be no land left for European settlement. The report recommended that 100,000 acres should be given to the Natives, which would leave 3d0,000 fqr settlement. A gieat advantage, however, would bp the satfgfactopy solutidp of’ the Native difficulty U'hich would make a new era of progress and prosperity in the history of the Colony. Whatever they might otherwise think ot Te Whiti, they must always bear in mind that ha had all along preaohed peace, and to that fact they were no doubt indebted for the good ordef that had prevailed. Captain Russell seconded the motion. Mr. Macandrew said that if the Address had any faults at all they were sins of omission rather than sins of commission. He thought it would have been well had they been told that it was the intention of Government to repeal the Property Tax. He knew for a fact that in view of its imposition many valuable colonists were gathering up all they could preparatory to leaving the colony. He had nnt muqh hope of any good resulting from the labors of the-Local Industries Commission. The' best part of the Address to his mind was that which promised them a short session. ‘ pr. Wallis described the Speech as one qf tlie worst he had ever listened tp. He would undertake to prove that the present government had made more errors, faults, and blunders in their eight months of office than their predecessors had in their two years. He reviewed at considerable length the constitution of the Government, and their unfulfilled promises, which were legion. The motion was then put, and carried without dissent. A Committee was appointed, who brought up the Address in Reply. On the motion for the second reading, i Mwir Te Wheoro and Hone Tawhai remarking on the reference in the Address to the native question, and expressing approvaMsf Colonel Trimble’s Remarks about Te Wfi^i. 'gjj.' G; Grf«saittoj|iat' the true cause of the depies wtfa Pew Zealand was the present Ministry. The Treasurer’s alarmstatement must have been prejudicial to°the colony. The public works should not have been stopped as they were. The effect of these proceedings had been to
The Earl of Scarborough was fatally injured ou April 19th by being thrown from a drag. Mr. Bright says he wishes to enter the Ministry because he has work to perform with reference to the Irish land laws. Mr. Bright, recently elected to Parliament for Nottingham, fell dead at an Educational meeting in Birmingham. His death is a considerable loss to the Liberal interests. The English crop reports are generally satisfactory, though wheat is said to be losing colour on heavy lands, but is by no means promising in some districts. The Shau-Parnell feud has grown into such importance that the Catholic Bishops have been appealed to to heal the. breach. The land conference at Dublin has been a failure. The Sligo police have seized a number of army rifles, swords, and bayonets at Tubbcrcory. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has issued a pastoral warning to the people against the present agitation in Ireland, and against the destructive doctrines laid dov. n by some public speakers on the first principles of morals. The Lord Mayor of Dublin states in a recent address that the distress in Ireland is as great as ever, and it is feared that during the next three months it would prove most severe, and this, too, in the face of failing subscriptions. Kilbrude, in the the county of Galway, is suffering fearfully ; hundreds of people will die if food is not supplied. Mr. Forster, Chief Secretary for Ireland, has devoted a week in Dublin to , the careful examination of the condition of Ireland, and to decide whetner to continue the Peace Preservation Act, or allow 1 it to expire. The German Samoan Islands Assistance ‘Bill bar. been rejected, and consequently the German South Sea Islands Companyresolves to wind up its affairs. Bismarck was incensed at its rejection. Poisoned food has been found on the Czar of Russia’s dining-table. Congratulatory addresses have been forwarded to Mr. Gladstone by several of the prominent Russian nobles. Public opinion welcomes the Liberal victory, because Mr. Gladstone’s Cabinet is a guarantee of desired peace. According to the Moscow Gazette, the reasons upon which China refuses to ratify the Kuldja treaty are that the mountain passes would remain in the possession of Russia, and that 500,000 roubles might better be expended by China in military preparation. The same paper warns the Russian Government not to undervalue Chinese warlike strength. The Golos discusses Siberia’s stratagetical strength in case of a row with China, which is now considered certain. A plague and famine are ravaging parts of Russia. In the Don district all the granaries are empty, and there appears an absolute dearth of money. Shevitheh, the missing workman, who lodged in the casement of the Winter Palace, before and up to the time of the explosion, has been discovered in St. Petersburgh and arrested. He confesses himself guilty of the attempt on the Czar’s life. He has an uncle, Governor of the pro vice of Calonga. All Jews, of foreign birth, have beer. ordered away from St. Petersburgh, the feeling against this class daily becoming more bitter.
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