(FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT.)
Wellington, Jaly 3 Government do not intend to deal with ihe Gaming aod Lotteries Aot In the direction of limiting or abolishing the übo of the totalizator. The Premier gave a similar notloe for the appointment of a Select Committee to enquire into the sflaira of the Harbor Boards of the colony to that given iv the Legislative Council by Sir F. Whitaker yesterday Th» Committee will ba a joint oommittee of both House's. Government whilßt reoognisng tbal m many cases a hardship may be experienced by business men being compered to sit on Coroners' juries without pay, feel that — the question is such a large ona and the expense wo aid be so great that they wonld not be justified m makin* auy~ change at present. ° The Government Registrar having reported that a number of Friendly Societies are financially uaeouad, Government intend to move for the appointment of a Select Committee to fully enquire into the position of Friendly Societies and kindred subjects. A rather warm discussion took place this afternoon arising out of the statements made by Mr Hutchison last night with reference to the colony's defences. Mr Fergus made a personal explanation. He said he had discovered the document to which Mr Hutchison had referred, and proposed to read it. Objection waa taken to the document being read on the ground that it was not wise to expose the backward state of the defences. The Speaker said that if the House thought the document should not be published he should take eh »rge of it . Then followed a d soussion aB to whether the document should be read, m the course of whloh Sir H. Atkinson said no honorable man would have done wh it Mr Hntohißon had 4 done m obtaining the report from the Agent-General's office. Mr Speaker promptly called upon "Sir H. Atkinson to' withdraw the words and apologise. This was done, and. after a few more psiiagei at arms between the Minister for Difenoa and Mr Hutchison the report was read by ihe Clerk, It brought out the statements made by Mr Hutchison last night that owing to tha advances m military soienoe m Europe the colony was practically undefended, and recommending the purchase of angle-firing gun* and other munitions of war which Mr Fergur estimates would amount to £12 000, If the Representation debate is disposed of by Tuesday, wboh It (a believed is Improbable, the Ptablio Works statement will probably be delivered that evening. It la understood the statement lei ready lot delivery. , ; The North Island members are attempting to reoonclle the opposing factions on the question of the North Island main trunk railway with a view to coming to some arrangement by which the money can. bs spent In all the districts ln'ereited. That, at any rate, appears to be the governing desire of the members foe Auckland, Taranaki and Wellington. They cure little wh!c^ roue tha line tikes so long at therd Is iome expenditure m their ra« apeotive dletrlota. A meeting will be held (n the course of a few days to try and make acme arrangement aatlafaotory to all parties. , ...•;'•■ .;'„ The oorreapondenoe asked for by Mr R Beeves between Jodge Ward and the , Government, relative to Oaclatle the bankrupt, 4b not yet completed anfcwtil not be laid on tha table of the House for a fortnight. ,-- ; ... ... - Wblungtoic, Joiy 4. " Aftpf several hoars diligent perusal of the F sher correspondence last night, I am forced to the oonolaslon that It li Impossible to deal with the matter telegraphically. To give an Idea of the voluminous character of the document! presented to the House lait night, the "New Zsaland Times" this morning .p.ahll»hflfl-parfc_of_the_cQr.?eapondai»eej_aXi - tending to nearly ten columns In "minion" type, and the balance la held over till to-morrow. The main faots which led to the retirement of Mr Flaher, aa publlahed some time ago. are borne out by the correspondence, the Premier dlatlnptlf oharglng Mr Fisher with Interfering In one brewery prosecution with the oburee Jaatlce, whilst Mr Fisher claims this was only an esonee to expel him from the Cabinet ; that he differed with the Cabinet on vital matters of polioy, and that had Mr Fieher not resigned on Suriday, April V, he would h»ve been dlamlaiad on tbsj following day by the Governor. . .i • A meeting of members favorable to. tht Bible m eohoole, dholded to Introdnoet Bill etnbodylnd tbeir view. Air Tannai will take charge of the BUI. ; --. : — — — —^ii— ' ' i-_ _"'■■.-
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