THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION
(raOM cCb own cobbbspondßHt.) Wellington, July 25 Mr Joyea began at a quartet-past 'oar, not five, and concluded at twelve thirty, saving ipoken for eight hours. He sat down amid a round of applame Tbe present Intention 1b to foroe the Bitting ■over Sunday, and although an attempt ■will be made to adjourn at midnight on Saturday and till Monday it will bo resisted. There is IHtle doubt that when the Bill reaches Oo nmitteo all the traaller towns and boroughs over two thousand population will be brought under the provisi no of tbe olauie deducting 25 per oent froja the city populations, and as this feeling grows stronger members representing such towns are likely to join the olty members, and sevonl have already done so. There wsa very nearly ■ Of not out early thlj morning) members of the country party having strayed outcf sound of tbe bell for fresb air. Just io lime two members ruahed m and made up ■ qnoniiß> The debate Is being carried on m a most orderly manner, and under such circumstances the Speaker otn hardly interpose. £fc* ballot papers In connection with the proposal to increase tbe number of mem%et* to ninety-one were opened «t noon, tht result being:— For an Icerease, 21 ; •gftfnit an Increase, 8. Of ourse a somber of members did not vote. * One hour's adjouromant for lunch ha« jost been agreed to. j 7 p.m. Mr Joyce, who began at a quarter-past four this morning, continued till 12.30 p.m., wheo Mr Taylor pot In five bourn, ■Speaking Mil just on 5 30. "Dick" IReevei, who fr tbe arch-stone waller is now .on the job. It Is ftpaectcd that when tbe 3SIII reaches the 0 mm-ti£? stage an amendment will be moved to entiteiy s!!er <lta chancier, by changing it into a Repeal B 11, with a s>ngle nperaiive clause Tepea'lng the Representation Act of 1837, »nd reviaiog tbe Act of 1881. It Is -understood that alresdy 43 votes are pledged for euoh an amendment. Ji short adjournment hat juit been <fff»i to w« G^Ternoint ovWeoUy
gradually yivn.g way, for they would hmr of uo adjournment ou toy pretex'. The Federated Trades Ooaooll hive psaaed a reacrntion expressing warm approval of tho oppoailion shown by the oity memben to the Representation Bill. 11 p.m. Thefamoua on-walhr has disappointed hia frieuds. It wai confidently expected bat when "Dick" Keovia got on bis legs he wonH at least speak till daylight, bat ho on.y managed to pat In abou bee hoars, snd was followed by Mr W. P. Beeves, who fa only to speak about ac hour. According to p^stn 1 . artar.gejafco 1 ttoldie Is to follow, an then Talwhabgb has undertaken to bre. is iho record, T-e Premier has Rg ed to an a" j :aru. meat from eleven o'o :-k on Satardsy night till eleven o'( ock on Monday morning— anottier lndlc:.ilou thut Gjv«.rnniei t are lo: keeping the at fi apper lip j &b they promised to do. - WbioiTKoton, Jay 25, n on @Af>er mlduight ».' c following was the course of event b : — Sir G. Grey folowed Mr W. P. Keeves, m • spoko till 12 15 a.m. Me Humphreys w^s the next speaker and kept things moving till 12.35, when Mr Downle Htewurt c^>riiribu ed an hour's taik, and at l.'^O Mr P,ke debated f»r twenty minutes on <he villainy which wa9 being perpetrated by tbe olty Diembere. Th«n Mr Talwhabgß roße and p<t siated In speaking to Maori, though there was no Interpreter present. An (hint's wranpiioo took p!<*oa '<a points of order as to wke-her he ahou'H n t rc com. i palled io speak In English. IVfr Oarro'l offered to Interpret, bat ev>n'aally Mr Taiwhanga gave way, and spoke for a q carter of an hear. Mr Gold'e thea took ap <h> running- Talwbarg« msnaged somehow to get another show ; and then the ony party bol g txhauntud on »he prsvlOuß qieallon Mr Ltraaoh m a spoeo^ of Lbs than five mlnuttß dnratlo;*, ror.v»<" t v e adjoarnment of tbe H ns». Mr T TiiompioD seconded scd spoke half «n hour, Dr Fitohett oommonoed at six, speaking till 7 SO. Mr F*h followed speaking till 11.45, and Mr Jones is now speaking, Toere ippears to be some doabt as to the adjoarnment to-night. The city a embers say thiyhave no definito prom se it shall be donp, bat I bad It on the bnst authority last night that »n adjoorumsnt uru : d be m«de at eleven o'clook t -algh'. There ate rcmo s of a ooropromiae — one btlng that the aamber of Earopean members shall be eiph y- ne. Auckland, .July 26. In response to a very iDfluenlial reqei I "°n the Mayor ras oonvaoed a public meeting to protest against the d>f raLohisem ent of towns nuder the Representation B.U.
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