(from ou* own cobrebpondbnt.)
Wblmngtok, July 11. In view of the failures of justice whioh have reanlted from the present defective state cf the law it Is suggested that Government shoo d propose during tho present session anoh legislation tta shall prevent am enoes passed upon offnnde s being rendered nugatory by teohuloal errors or omissions m warrants of commitment or like cas s. Major Steward Is moving m tbls matter.
With reference to the explanaion made by Mr Fisher yesterday, that the Gtsparini correspondence was prlnfcad by him for the convenience and at the request of Governor Jervoia, the Premier informs me that the paper p'inted f or tho convenience of the ex Governor, was not identical with the papers printed by Mr Fisher, and privately circulated by that gentleman. Wbluwoton, Jaiy 12, Government propose to take steps to compel superintendents of Government and private lunatic asy umne I • famish ft list of the names of all pers >na confined, m the asylums, once a month, the lists to be open - for pubilo inspection . m the Supreme Courts.
Road Boa- ds and other looal bodies will he given p ,wer to ereot bridges by a Bill fco be introduced by Government amend* iag the Pablio Works Aot, 1882, Th»re was a lengrhv dißousfion tnte afternoon on the afliilrs of the Oamara Harbor Hoard, arising on the motion for the second reading of the Oamara Harbor Loan 8 11. The unfortunate town of Oimaru waa reviled by Dr N e v m an and others as being the most nearly taxed and debt ridden part of the colony, and great exception was taken to the practice of Goventnent lending enmi from the Post Office Savings B nk to Harbor Boards on aao 1 qaeationable securities as they were able to o£E*r. The Bill was eventually read a seoond time, but it is sore* to be strongly opposed In Committee. To get over any future difficulty such as that which arose 3 In connection wth the Te Kootl eoare on the East Coast the Atto ney General has introduoed a Bill m the Con noil to prevent aboriginal natives assembling m a manner calculated to create, alarm and inconvenience and danger to the public peace; The Law of Libel Bit! with amendments protecting newspaper proprietors from, revengeful aotionn by making the defendant show that he is able to pay costs, In oase of not be n? able to obtain a Irerdiot, makiog a repoit privilege'), and m several other respeots strengthening the position of newspapers was passed by the Council to-day. The first indication of the real progress of the session showed itself tod»y when the Premier gave notice t > move that Government business take preoedenoa oa Wednesday after next wnok.
At a meeting of the Naval and Military Settlers Committee this morning Captain Russell was eWod Chairman. A rumor finds publicity to the effaot.that Mr T. Braoken Is likely to aooept the position of Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr Rhodes is moving In the direction of the retention of Maori names of localities iniithe colony.
Ovee £100 has been subscribed by members hi aid of the family of the late Mr bevestam.
t Mr Thompson la taking steps with the v'ef of limiting the powers. at present bald by looal bodies to sell lands for overdue rates.
Mr Anderson Is urging on Government the necessity of carrying oat a vigilant lnspeotlon of ooal mines to prevent as far m possible the occurrence of aooidenta snob as recently happened to New Booth W*lev« The young New Z aland party have held a meeting at whloh Mr Mills preitded, and have lesmd a maoffeito and programme whloh Includes opposition to any attempt to mikfc the Colony l'able for the loans of any looal bodies ; to sHmaUte national feeling,; opp iettloi to furthee borrowing by Htrbor Boards ; the establishment of a better system of looal government ; and ' the adoption and preservation of Maori nomenclature.
M>- Joyce Intends to »k for a return showing the number of Chinese m the Colony paying Property tax. ' It muat have been apparent upon tne election of Mr B«lUnoa to the leadership of the Opposition that upon some question there was bound, to be a split;. There are now certain IndioatloDs that the freettade members of the House are not sttUfied with their. position, and a meeting to consider matters will shortly be held by the followers of Cobden. '
The Oabinet meeting this morning deoided that the Premier Bhoold make • statement this afternoon traversing the explanations recently made by Mr Floher relative to the printing of tbe 6asp»rlnl correspondence. The Premier's explanation is that whilst he agreed to pr?n ing one bulky document for tha sake of convenience, Mr Fisher seised the opportunity of printing the whole correspondence for his own use,' and instructed the printer to imprint the papers with the words "by authority" thus m»k?ng them appear •■ State dooumeota.
It vas also deolded thifl morning that the new Representation BUl— a very short one— should be introduced today or Tuesday.
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