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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION

(from our ow correspondent.}

WBU.INGION, July 29 In the event of a dissolution the oountry members will refuse Supply ualees tbe quota question is decided, as wss< under* siood when the 1887 Aot was pssied. They will, howeve:, ooneent to appeal to the .country on the old basis of repreeen* • a l .ion.

On the House lesuralng at 230p m. to-day Mr Withy continued atonewalllog. It Is now proposed by the supporters of the Representation Bill to sit from 10 a.m. to 10 30 p.m. Wlh reference to thlapropoEal it appear! tbat the country members are being bornt lowq by the loqtuolotui members representing olty electorates. As 'ho supporter* of tbe Bill have to keep thirty men* constantly ou duty In order to avoid any danger of a snap division, while the* opponents of the Bill need only keep four or five men on doty, It (a evident that the harden of the work falls on kha> country members. The proposal toslk through the day therefore relieves the; country members greatly, while the town will juat have to go on till stonewalling has become auoh a public scandal that tba whole oolony will demand its oeasatioo. I need hardly s»y this view is put forward by the country member', and the. other side regarding It as a sign of weakness oa the part of their opponents^ msy not bet ao willing to agree to tna proposal M country membera Imagine,. The latest^ argument put forward by oountry m.embei:a In support of their demand la that statistics prove that for every ten thousand of olty population only two thousand go to the poll, whereaß far every ten thoueand of the country population three thousand go to aa c Do ]f the "gonent being that m to popclatlon there are more, electors m the country than m the. cities, and that, therefore, on ilila ground alone, oountry <*lstrlo»B should have considerably larger repreaent&ion. The iateat defeotion from the country p«ty Is that of Mr Verrail, the ecoentrio member f.r Ashley, whi has announced his intention of jolntog the stonewallers, M»ny country members who signed the compact to insist on a quota of 33$ pet cent advantege over the towns early la the session are already regretting (hat they took such a deoided step, and several others representing towns and boroughs vow see thmt they must join the olty party m the attempt to dofeat the Bill. feeling tbat it Is almost certain their ood~ sUtuano^es will be brought under the operation of the BM m oommlttee— ehould it ree:h that staga. This it probably the reason Mr Ormond his joined the olty party. Mr Feldwlek and several oiher mombe-3 elmilarly situated saw this danger from the first, and early m the struggle threw m their lot with the oity memheia. Messrs Mttohelson and Qts'.op are In the name position a? Meur* Ormoad, Feldwick and others, aod pjs^ biblj wUh tb«| ww ii lm to tQi it fet

gentlemen named. Being rceuibera ot tb> Cabinet, however, their bands ate tie. Mr Mltchelaon bai received a warnlrp note from hlB constituents, who b&v telegraphed him that seven eighths of the pnbllo are Indignant at the RapresontJiior Bill. 11 p m. The following ba« been the order and duration of »peeche» torday : — Mr Withy •poke from 2.30 till 3 p.m. ; Mr Tarn er followed m a apoeoh of twenty tnlnu'et ; and at 3.20 Mr Gloss took op the pa-ablr, RDPRkIDg till the dinner adjournment at 5.30, resuming at 7 39, and continuing till 8 p.m. ; wW Mr W, P. R»r ve^ we"' on t U 8.45 Mr Perclval w*b the ocx •p»»'cer, and at 10.10 p.m. %hnn ha conclnripd hia soneo'i, the Houee rose tlli 10.30 a.m. to-morrow. Wblmngtow, July 30| noon, Mr Allen opened the ball at 10.30 thii morning, an 41b still speaking, |&Th« country pir'y ore drawlncr tip a manifesto for publication, bat it 1b not yet liaoed. There was a oseetir-g of town tn*mbt ra this morntap, bat they merely dljouwed the poiltlon generally. It •• •maslne to listen to the ttatementi from «aoh aide to the effect 'hat the other rid* fi R'vlng way. I is generally aodentoco* that the Bit w'ul get Into 0 mmlttee tonight or to-morroir morning. Abont a dozen more speakers are available en tb» an atloo of the sdjonrnment of the House.

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THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2186, 30 July 1889

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