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The voluminous correspondence which has taken place between Mr Fisher and the Premier m connection with the former's practioally enforced retirement from the Ministry, is now publio property, having been laid upon the table of the House and published m extenso by the Wellington papers. It occupies some 30 columns of ecaaU print, and will be waded through by only a very few persons, and even these will scarcely be repaid for the pains taken m its perusal. It discloses two prominent facts, the first being that the present Cabinet has long been a house divided against itself, the personal relations as between some of the members towards others being or having been of anything but a friendly nature, and the second that Mr Fisher has clearly acted m a manner which rendered his continuance m the Ministry a mat ter of impossibility. He seems to have no notion of the obligation of a Cabinet Minister to 'keep the counsel of his colleagues, and is sharply taken *to task by the Premier as to his indiscretions (to use a mild term) m this respect, and as regards the brewery prosecutions has undoubtedly the worst oi the case. In connection with the matter of the Junction Brewery, the conclusion of any unprejudiced reader of the papers must, we think, be that as Commissioner of Customs Mr Fisher's endeavor to obtain the reversal of the action of the authorities m respect to Gilmer, when he showed no such tenderness as towards other offenders^ proved that he was guilty of a partiality which rendared him unfit for the position as bead of the Department. His reply to the Premier exstending over sixty -eight pages of manuscript m no way satisfactorily explains the matter, and the general verdict must be that any suffering which ho experienced m loss of prestige as a public man is due to his own imprudence. Jt is a thousand pities he did not accept the consequences of his indiscretion without deluging the papers with a flood of printed matter full of uncdmplinientary allusions to his late colleagues, jmd of tales w^iich should not be tpld out of" school, and indeed the whole affair was one of the most regrettable nature and one that it is desirable should be buried iv obliviou as poon. a? poggible

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THF FISHER CORRESPONDENCE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2166, 6 July 1889

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THF FISHER CORRESPONDENCE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2166, 6 July 1889

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