THE REPRESENTATION QUESTION
(FROM OCR OWN CORRESPONDENT.}
Wbllxnotoit, Aapust 5. D p.ra.
All d»y long there have been rumors of Another Bton'wall, which w»a to ba lod by Oo', Fraarr, M? Qalnnees and Mr tv m iol, bat. thongh oqo If not two Informal m->ot-Inga of th 3 " nm ill boroughs " parly have bom held daring the day the members of th!a now p ; uty dony any intouUou of obetruoHag the Bill nhvr before the Tloaßa. At the aiimo time Ih y edrnlh they are rajo^i d : isatl«fied with l',a.\d th.y Intend mhkln; an tffort to anufa/or ffllboronghs having a popalatlon botween 2000 and 5000 the a'l>van<?i of 28 put cant which Is given to country diatriols under tho B'H now nnder onnaidoralton, or the 18 p r coit cdv*ntftgo tv oonntty d utric.a Dnda' tha A:-.t now In foroo.
The alterstione neoea?ary to the Bill by roanon of the oompromino (ffeo'ej on Fdday wrro not finally dref ed natll today, nnd aro oa!y jaet circulated. Ttie borm^h party appear not to understand thete'altcratlc ni, tho obj otof which In fro orovont (be application of tho mirglu of 750 to tho disadvanUgo of tho oit'.os.
At a meeting of the boroagW purty this aftoramn, at which Mosoro Guinness, S-mne), Dodsop, H*ikn>cp, Grimm- nd, J. O. Brotn, Fransr, J yco and othors were present a nsw oltuse was drof ed P'OvliUoqr for four olty ehotoral dlatrlota —Auckland, OhHstchurch, and Dunodiu, with fonr members eaoh, and Welliogtoo with three members, tho p pula'ion of Auckland, Ohrinloharoh nnd Danodhi not to fall h>rt of or txo qi 40,000 by m>ro than 7 0 nd In Wellington not to fall short of or exceed 30,000 by m >re than 700 It farther provides that there shall t>.> five boroncjh eleot- ral districts, namely, Napier, Nolson, T!n>.iri7, Oirmwti end live^oirfT li, with one monitor eaoh, ttiu population of osob botoi gi not to cxc od or fall nhort of 9000 by moro ih>;n 750 ; tho rnmalndo? of the colony to bi divided l» to 60 electoral dfatrioto, to each or wh'oh bSiII h9 BBfl'giod oao ra>mbii*, vtlih i\ popnl tnn for oinh olcctTa « of 7570 A depitatlon from th» mer.tlcg wai'oi on Ihe Pt'omlor, and aubmittod Ih.i nbove m tho b^at fl'lntlon of th.i whole diffion'ty, nnd onn «hich wa« Ilkily ti pn'hfy nil parthp, t7hilßt only providing for 70 member". It \g staUd lint iho Pcoml^r rcoolved tho p opoa*l favorab'y, bat did not givo the room here of tho deposition inco i t^opo that Qivorrim '.nt would fc^ke It ap, havlog already arrived ;**• an ngi eatnont eatlef sotory to both tow u nud oonitry.
Sir J. Hal) is to movo the following •mendmeDt to t*io filll :— '-For nil par-p-'BOnoonro'jtßd wl'-h and having roferoooe to the tlph*-. of votinj? m tho ehotlcn of mfmberH of tho Honsa of Kepresentatlvoa *ho wordo In tho Act providing for tho representation of tho people Importing tho matoailnn gnndrr shall inolado women" The Home only oat a quarter of an hour this aftcruoon, only transuding formal butln?Bß, an adjournment bein-j; made till thia ovonlng In order to got tho vow olaa^no und otho- altfritlons printod, and tho B II db tmonded cironla'ed
Thl« evoning, after a llltlo protect from *ho " B jrouijh " parly two olausea of the Bill, Including Iho claure glvlwg 28 per oait to the ootnlry d'u'rlota, were paired, and tho Committee la now— 9 p.m — dlsouielng th's o'auaa providing for the amalgamation of cHy olootnratcs.
Aagast 5 h, 10 p.m. It la undorulood now thak no aUempt will bo m»do to Insert the notr clnoso propoß' d by tho Borough pirty, aod all ohat-uo lon now upp-nratobo ovor. All the olaasPß of tloßiil bnt ore havo now p-.ased, Inoladlng the 28 per omt advant»e« to the o"Uitry olco'ow, pnd tho Amalgamntlon of olty olcoloratra Th^i Oomraltten era now dlsoaraing tho neiV olaoaa, whloh ii tho rooa't of the comprom'eo between tho town »nd oountry parties, and aftor thlo Is disposed of tha Hoaao will probab'y adjourn. Thero aro sovoral amendments to be mndo, namely, Sir Gao-go Groy'^ for tha abolition of plnr*l voting, and Sir John Flail* oxtotidfng th<i fronoblnfl to wom«n, but <jnna<dpr»tion of thoao is Jlkoly to ba poitponod till next oUUnn; day: Weminqton, Ancnat 6, 8.15 a.m.
The f >llow!n* fo tho full text of Sir G, Grey'a omondmont to tho Ropresontatlon Bill :— (1) From and aftor tho passIng of this Aot no elector shall nt any oleoilon cf membora for Jhe House of TReproeontatlvcß, 7ote In rußpvot of moro than one oleotorate. Any ponson voting m moro than one oJeotoralo shall bo guilty of an offinoe under thia Ao^- (2) Tho returning officer or depuiy retaining cfliocr m'.y, end If no required by any scrutineer, ehall at any election b fore allowing ncy poraon to vote put to '■oh person tho following 11 Havo you elroady voiod «t the proaent elootlon m any elootoril dlotriot," and nn'eaa suoh perioi answara auoh question In the negative bo shall not be permitted to vote. Any per on giving a false answer to snob question nhaU be guilty of an offjaoj undor this Aot (3) Any pare on guilty of an offonoo under tula Aot shall bo liable on conviction before a .Resident Maglatrato to lir prison mint for a torm not exoeedlng o>e month.
All thft nlnusos of the Bill aa nmonded woro paisod by midnight, nnd Rir Geon/o (lrpy'3 now cl'snoe'j wero thon dlaoustrd a' 'O.\'.l(lsrahlo !en?th and pa* Bod with/a--mitorlil aliorationi the principle of "one man one v^to " being affirmed by 55 La 28, Tho penalty olause was amended I y striking out the provision for a month's imprlaonment aud aubstltutlng a fiae of fifty pound«. Tho He no-! pn»*< a<; on« o'olook.
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