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THE FISHER COJRRESPjOpjIHCfi

The Parliamentary correspondent of the "Otago Daily Times" writes :— The curtain rose on the first act of the Fisherian tragedy . at 9 o'clock, when withont saying three woids the Premer moved that the correspondence be laid on the table. Mr Fisher rose excitedly to what he called a point of order. The Premier, he said, sent him a letter two hours ago,. and now put the papers on the table without .wait* ing for his reply. Let the ' papers tie '-With* dsawn till the morning that his reply might be added. He would write it at once, and it would be short. Then gathering furjr as he went, he declared that he was not going to let he Premier write " slanders for private circulation only" with impunity. Here he was called to order, and for a moment it seemed that an explosion was coming ; but after a visible struggle he managed to control himself, and the danger passed. The Premier spoke m reply, and with great bitterness. When the papers were laid on the table, Mr Fisher asked if the Premier intended to refer them to the Printing Committee. "No," curtly replied Sir Harry. « 'Then I move it," shouted Mr Fisher. A division was called, and the motion was carried by 35 to 32. There was much excitement as to the result. The Oppa* sition voted for the motion chiefly on the ground that, as ths propriety of printing the papers was m dispute, the Committee was the proper tribunal to decide the point. There was vigorous whipping on both sides, and the Premier was visibly annoyed at the result of the vote. The unstable position of the Government was shown by this, as also by the vote on Sir George Grey's, motion as to ministerial residences earlier m the evening. The Government opposed it, but' were afraid to call for a division, and it was carried on the vo ces, Reverting to the Fisher papers, lam disposed to think that the committee will not recommend them to be printed^ If so, the effect wojld be that the papers would not bt bound up witn the appendices to the journals of the House. As a matter of fast, they are printed.

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THE FISHER COJRRESPjOpjIHCfi Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2165, 5 July 1889

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