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The " New Zoaland Herald " is responsible for the following aooount of what took place' m the Cabinet over the appointment of a Buooessor to the late Mr Justice Johnston ;— !' There was & sharp division of the Cabinet m regard to the appointment ot a Judge to suooeed Mr Jusfioe Johnston. Sir EredorioS T^hitaker, who, by virtue of his office, ought to have had the largest say m the matter, desired to appoint Mr Connolly, who held the office of Attorney-General and Minister of Justice m the Atkinson Ministry of 1883, while Mr Eisher and others held that the elaimabf Mr Ward were paramount.' I?oitf members of tha Cabinet were m favour of Mr Ward; arid four against, and the Premier, wbo had voted against Mr Ward, gave also his casting vote sgainßt him," whioh decided the matter eg far as he was concerned. $h4 Qtacq influence was then %\\ powerful m fivour of Mr penmston," *~ y * *

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2113, 18 April 1889

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