Tuesday, June 1
Messrs. Cox (Chairman), Ward, and Winter, Commissioners.
RENEWALS. The following applications for renewals of license were granted without remark : —Philip Tisch, Spread Eagle Hotel, Ashburton Forks ; Robert Little, Hindhope, the Hinds; J. Tisch, Alford Forest Hotel, Alford Forest; R. W. Shearman, Somerset Hotel, Ashburton ; W. Harris, Railway Hotel, Winslow ; J. Hood, Hood’s Hotel, Mount Somers ; M. Scott, Tinwald Hotel, Tinwald ; G. Willcocks, Wheatsheaf Hotel, Wheatstone; F. Doherty, Waterton Hotel, Waterton ; J. McNamara, Railway Hotel, South Rakaia ; J. F. Butler, Butler’s Hotel, Ashburton ; D. McKenzie, Ashburton Hotel, Ashburton ; T. Quill, Commercial Hotel, Ashburton ; W. Power, Royal Hotel, Ashburton ; J. Baldwin, Central Hotel, Ashburton ; J. Wallace, Chertsey Hotel, Chertsey. Mr. \V, McFarlane applied for a renewal of his license for the Barrhill Hotel, but Sergeant Felton stated that the police had a complaint to make regarding the condition of the house, which was very much out of repair, so much so that in some places the hoards were so far apart as to admit light and wind. Otherwise the condition of the hotel was satisfactory, being scrupulously clean. Mr. Branson, on behalf of the applicant, said that tenders had been called for repairing' the hotel, and in less than a month/it would be in a very creditable state. The license was granted subject to. the applicant fulfilling his promise to make the hotel comfortable.
The application for a renewal of license by Mr. R. Patton, of the Methven Hotel was opposed by the police on the ground of the applicant’s neglect to complete the hotel in accordance with a promise which ho had given when his license was granted on the last occasion, and also on accouniT of the insufficient furniture necessary for the comfort and convenience of the public. The applicant stated that since the report of the police had been sent in he had added to the stock of furniture, and the hotel, as a whole, was now in a satisfactory state. The Commissioners granted the renewal, subject to the favorable report of the Sergeant of Police, who was to visit and inspect the hotel in its iniproved state. TRANSFER. Mr. Francis applied to have the license for the Rakaia Hotel, which had been held by Mr, Partridge, transferred to himself. A temporary transfer had beep granted by Mr. Guinness, and the applicant now sought to have the transfer copfirmed and renewed for the ensuing term. Mr. Cox stated that a very unsatisfactory report had been received from the police at Rangiora, as to the manner in which Mr. Francis had conducted an hotel there, but an equally pleasing and satisfactory report had been given regarding his management of an hotel in Christchurch, and the police had reported favorably on the improvements which had been effected in the South Rakaia Hotel since he went into possession. Mr. Cox said that the transfer and renewal would be granted, but he would point out to Mr. Francis, that, in his own interests, it would be advisable for him to keep an orderly house. The hotel which he now occupied was one in which a good business could be done if carried on in a satisfactory manner, but he would give the applicant warning that if any complaints were made by the police as to the conduct of the hotel, his license would be in jeopardy, Mr. Branson, who appeared in support of Mr, Francis' application, said that the offence of which his client had been accused, namely, that of supplying drink to. an intoxicated man, was one which was constantly being committed by the holder- o^^licen^^^^dfa|
0 t-ate panic ; it was not the proper time to reduce wages. It would have been mucii wiser to proceed vigorously with p iblic works, and curtail their proceedmgs m that way when flourishing times again came round. The Premier -stated in his speech to his constituents, that the burden of taxation would fall on the wealthier classes. The fact was that the burden of taxation fell on classes, that is the classes who were not worth LSOO. The fax would eventually fall on the retail dealers, consequently it would fall on population at large. sooner a tax of this kind the better. In principle it tMI, as It " held out inducements for the dishonest to make false returns, with a View of bolstering:«P their credit. He earnestly appealed to Ministers to repeal this tax. The Hon. J. Hall said the advice of . the previous speaker about getting rid of • Tax had not been accompanied by any suggestions as to the mode m which they were to provide for the large deficit created by the Government of winch he (Grey) was the head. No doubt the disclosures of the Treasurer were taken serious notice of, but it was absolutely necessary that these disclosures should be made, otherwise both the credit and administration of the colony would have been completely ruined. The fact was that the rate of expenditure during the last nine mouths would be greater than it could possibly be during the next nine months. He had been challenged to state the policy of the Government; it was this to amend its laws, reform its administration, and place its finances on a sound basis. -
After Mr. Pyke had made a few remarks of a disparaging nature concerning the Government, The motion for second reading was put and carried without dissent, and the House rose at 9.35 p.m.
Wednesday, June 2. The House met at 2.30 p.m. NOTICES OE MOTION.
, Sir George Grey gave notice of a motion for reducing the salaries of Ministers. Mr. Gisborne gave notice of motion relative I to the Agent-General’s recent contest for a seat in the Imperial Parliament. Sic George Grey gave notice that he would move for a return of all correspond! me relative to the discharge of the Maori prisoners from the Dunedin gaol. ADDRESS IN REPLY. The House adjourned for a few minutes, and on resuming, . The Speaker reported that the Address in Keply had been presented to the Governor.
LEAVE OP ABSENCE. Leave of absence for one week was granted to Mr. H. Hurst.
■ questions. I to questions, it was stated by ■ Ministers that L 20,000 had been paid as H succession money in the estate of W. B ■ Rhodes (deceased), but LIB,OOO had been refunded by order of the Supreme Court. ■ Government did not intend to bring in an ■ Education Act Amendment Bill. A sum ■ of L4O had been provided for medical at- ■ tendance for the Wairoa District, East Coast, and if a medical man could bo ■ found willing to attend for the amount, an ■ appointment would be made. The pro- ■ clamations in existence were considered ■ sufficient for preventing the spread of ■ pleuro-pneumonia from the North to the ■ South Island. A circular had been sent ■ heads of departments, instructing them I to distribute Government advertisements : ■ to papers independent of all questions~of Pk ■ politics, and there was reasoajUto believe Irj crc^er been obeyed. Government ■ not consider any subsidy to be due to ■ the Hannah Mokau ; LI,OOO had been ■ spent upon it by way of mortgage, and as ■ the vessel was not be able to per- - I form the public it was ■ engaged, steps would be taken for the re- ■ pcvery of the mortgage by whatever means ■it could. The L 5,000,000 Loan had been ■ issued at 5 per cent., but the holders had ■ the option of converting the debentures to lii P e , r or the LIOO debentures : at I the latest dates H, 160,000 had been -con- ■ verted, and practically, when all was conI verted, the loan would represent a debt of I six millions. first readings. : The following Bills were introduced and read a first time :—Fire Brigades, Napier Church Trusts, Hospital and Charitable Institutions, and Drainage; correspondence. On the motion of Sir George Grey, it was agreed that all correspondence between **L® Go 7' eminent and Messrs. Sheehan and v\ hitaker, relative to any lands, either native or Government, iii the Patea dis- ‘ tnct, should be produced. COMMITTEES. Sessional Committees were then elected, add also a Committee to report upon the Bankruptcy Law Amendment Bill. SECOND READING. The Regulation of Elections Bill was read a second time, and the House adjourned at 4.40 p. m. until to-morrow.
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