(FBOM OUJ. OWS CORRCSPONDENT.) Wbilinotok, Aa?u*.t 15 ADMINISTRATION OP ENDOWMENTS. The Public P.titlono Ooiomuee have decided to recommend the granting of the prayer of a petition of the Kodmy Oounty Oounoil, that an ot qulry bo Instlmtod into the administration of rellgh-u?, oJuoalloriftl ond chav't be endowments. Ii the Government accept tha recimmendation of the Oommltiee, the Inquiry will create soma Btir throughout tha oolony. THB WARD HISLOP AFFAIR, It Is understood that Judge Ward arrives from tha south to-morrow, to give evidanyo before tho C mmittee of the Legislative Council which is enquiring into tho Ward-Hla'op corressDondenoJ. It is probablo that FiUen', Olerk of the Oourl at Oamaru, and McDonald, gaoler, will elsoba summoned to giv. evidence In i connoctlon with tha matter. MNANOIAL DEBATE. The debate this afternoon was carried on by the Minister for Land.*, Mr John Maokenz'e, and Oaptaln Bassell, all three of whom nude exoellent speeches from their respective points of v'ew, and the I debate now begins to assume an Interest not hithsrto noticeable. Mr Richardson, of oonrse, made a defense of his land administration, In answer to Mr Balance's criticism a few days ng >, and was (n hla turn answered by Mr John McKonz'e, who, as Captain Ruaaell put it, gave evidence of his ability to snoieed the jjrepeot Premier a lupae which was reoelvod. with hearty oheera from the Opposition slds of the H >use. A PASSAGE AT ASMS. There was a smat pa3sage of arms between Mr MoKsdblq and Mr Richardson. During the former's apaeob, M; MoK-Jtzle acoused tho Minister of punishing hla opponents and rewarding his frieoda, instancing a. a fact within hla knowledge that the Minister had dismissed an officer of the lands department at tnvaroarglll beoinsa ho had been activo io his opposition to Mr Richardson during his election campaign. Mr Rtcfurdson denied the statement and appaaled to the Speaker for protection.
The Speaker said that If the hon member really believed there was something ln this statement he could not rule him out of order, but tbat It wai competent for the Minister to refute the oharge. Mr MoKerzia retorted that he knew what he was talking about and repeated the oharge.
Here Mr Hislop put hla oar m and said Mr MoK^z'e bad tried to get a civil sarvaat dismissed m his owa distriot, beottusa he thought he was taking too aotlve a part iv his (tfoKenz-.'s) eleotion.
Mr MoKenzie warmly denied the oharga and ssid he had HpeoUUy asked th. Mlnlstor for Public Works not to punish the man.
Mr Fisher, ex-Mlolster for Eduoation Interrupted, " bear, hear. I oan boar that out."
Mr Hislop, not content with this, said to Mr McKenzle : "I oan show you youc own minute on the subjeot." This raised the ire of Mr MoKeriz'e who repeated the oharge he had made •gainst tbe Minister for Land », and added that he had replaoad the man he bad dla - missed from the lands office at Inveroargill by appointing tha son of a member of the House supporting the Government. The matter then dropped* the representation bill; In the Legislative Oounoil this afternoon m Oommltteo on the Representation Bill, when tha clause providing for the abolition of plural voting was reaohed, Dr Po'le-i moved to strike out theolatißi. Thla was loat by 17 to 11, and tha olause thereforo retained, and the Bill read a third time. RESIGNATION 1 OF MR FfIRQUS. Mr Fergus will retslgu bis portfolio at the end of tha session, and will not sock re-sleotlon m the event of a dissolution. Private business is tho reason assigned for this step. WELUNaTOK. Augast 16. THE NO-OONFIDENOE QUESTION. It la now certain that Government have . small m >jority on Mc Moss' amendment, the division will thorefore probably be taken to-night. An amendment to the effeot that It be an Instruction to Government to bring down a Land and Inaoma Tax Bill next session will be moved by Mr Harkness upon the motion that tha Speaker leave tho chair ln order to go Into Commit' ee on the Property Tax BUI. There Is no ohanoe of this amendment being oarried, but It will give members opposed to the Property Tax bnt supporting Government a ohanoe to trim on the amendment now before tbe Honse, and that being so Government should have a majority of four or five to-night. it Is now pretty openly stated tbat Moaara Downle Stewart, Flab snd O'Connor have been persuaded to support the Government on the question of rib-confi-dence. Mr Downle Stewart Is to be provided for with a portfolio at the end of the session, and Mr O'Connor to be otlled to the upper House, but m what manner Mc Fish was caught Is not known. It Is further stated that tbe appointment of Mr Connolly tp tbe judgeship was made very hurriedly the day before yesterday, because Government feared they were going out of offioe, and If thpy did not appoint their friend the Opposition might possibly appoint Distriot Judge Ward to the vacancy.
This afternoon a rumor was oiroulated that Dr Newman, Mr o' Oon or and Mr Allen had declared against the Government, and as Mr Buxton has also announced bimsolf an Opposit'onist this will hive tho effeot of putting the' Government m a minority. Should this rrove correct it Ib doubtful whether a division will take plaoe to-night It is understood tbat bir G. Grey has framed an amendment for the purpose of counteracting Mr Harknesa' propo.od amendment and will move it to-night.
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