THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION
(f£OM OUB OWN COBBKBPONDKNT.)
WclungtoH, July 27 *. About 5 am* the son^wallers were driven b< hind their last defence at the present stage of the Repreeentation Bill, and Mr Larnaob, seconded by Mr T. Thomso", moved the adj .amment of ihe House Mr Fioh began speaking between 6 and 7 and still eontinned (noon.) The Opposition have about 150 amendments to propose m Committee, which stage will probably be reached late on Monday. At present it is intended to adjonrn about 11 p.m until Monday morning There » pmcticaVj do change m the ■Staatiiß} and the repetition of the list of speakers must be beoomi >g wearisome to peop'e at a distaooe. However, ainee my fast telegram nothing has rooorred won by of menticn After Mr Flih sat down a. 11.45, Mr Jones went on till 1 o'cltck, woes there wei an hoar's adjournment : r ivßoh. At 2.16 fr Newman started r -
■poke (11 4 SO. Mr Fish r was the r. - x speaker, nsd waa still making the " w obtervatfons" ha started with, when - Q the House adjomted for dinner til) 7 33 when Mr Fisher went m.
The orderly manner m which *-t prooiedlrgs are being carried on is excit ;*;> great r raise on all hands, ond the SpeaV felti'mpellid to remark to day that it v praiseworthy that no interference fr< ,\ the obair bad been o^led for. Ibe Speak
is however ineisting that members do n< . travel onteide the question, and ther Is still talk about coming down with an r 'iron baud" on tbe ttcuewallera later on. Tbe latter, however, are de tetmfned to present a firm front, and will ■trocgly reseot aDy lnterferenca with their right cf free speech even to allowing themselves to be taken Into custody or being fined.
There are itUl romors of a compromise bat it is generally admitted that tbe cn'y compromise possible li one I hive previously referred to, name T y tbe repeal of the Representation Act 1887 »"* a return to the system In force m 1881, with a redaction of tbe Dumber of members to •Igbty one. Failing such compromise tbe opinion obtains that a dissolution will be the end of tbe present struggle. TbeHoote it le uodeistood will ad jour*. at 12 p.m, till 10 a.m. on Monday, an that the fight will last till Tv sday, b *£.'oh time meetings will kave been he! In the* principal oities. As soon as these meeting* "6 *H held, tbe olty member'; will allow th? Bill to go Into Committee WxLLnreTov, July 29 Mr Wilhy was tpeaking when the Hoase «djouroed at 11 o'olod* en Tatnrday night, and will resume hla sre^oh at 2 SO to-day The sitting had lasted 76 J hor.j when th 3 House rose, which is the lo .giii slttin » ever held m Sew Zealand It isijmori i that Mr Ormond h»n joine 1 ihe stoce wallers, and daily there are indications of other country members going over, to that poaiib'y my anticipation of a week ago may prove correot, tint if \hi city mem bers oan lest they will be m a tuaj >rity before the Bill gets cut of commiitie. Already they claim to h ye a majority of ibe House m favor of making the deduction from olty populations 20 per cant Instead of 25 per oent.
Another attemot at compromise web made yesterday 'hftornoon, when Mr Seymour waited on the Premier and proposed that the number of mrmbers be pinety-one ; that thn operation of the Bepresentation Act, 1887, be suspended until after nexi general election ; that the new parliame t be then ]*»ft to deal w>th iho question of the reduction of the number ofmsmbera. This propoaal, however, wtfe dflolined by Givornmeot, who declared their intention of Btlokio? to the BUI, even If It were neoossary to alt three months to pus It. Country members are still firm In their demands, and say they mnit wait ontll the preient stonewaUiog her, m*B •nob • soandal that the Speaker o»n no ' longer refrain from Interfering. It Is also tomored that if the coontry party oanoot det til they want under the Beprbteotatlno B'H, they will refuse to grant supply, and thos force s dissolution, whlqh gcm c people think Is the only lolotlon of the prtsont desdlook. WnuvoTOv, July 29, no.o. A meetlnp of ooun'ry memhora wt Id this morning at which 45 were p~ it It was dfloHcd to hold to tho [ it demasdp, and that the motto of th , y shall be "No sorreoder." It n -■ 10 dwlded that the views of thn i. .7 patty be plioed before the ooun<rj\ 140,. A meeting of town members li " >« eonoluded ; twenty were p-esent ue 'following resolnti r >ns were an. -— "That oonstitaeoofea *ho have b: an -having eidcr-jod oun cotton bitbertn, 10
requested ns to continue It, wa tarsi!., he ;^MmB ooarse >n c-der t-> dlvo tlm > to he ■~ Sett of the oiuotry to exp-o^ i 3 ophiion on the Reprpa nt«tltn BUI ;" "t at ihnsipresent unanimously accept thii position ;' and " that erety penon prettot Agrees 10 flaw blaicK a( the. diipog»} of tbj Com-
mlttee cf M^na^emenr, which shall consist of Dr. ITttohett and Messrs Pecoevai md Allen."
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