(FbOM OUE OWfl OOBREfiPONDBHT.) Wellington, August 23. HABBOE BOABDS COMMITTEE. An interim report from the Committee appointed by the Legislative Council to enquire into and report oa the condition of Harbor Boards recommends that tbe Auckland Board should not borrow any more, and a similar recommendation is .made m respect to Orieborne Harbor Board. The Committee add that the scheme of harbor improvement at Gisborne was hastily devis d ; that the facilities for increased shipping which will be when tbe amount now authorised (£105,000) is spent, will not be adeqobti to tbe burdens imposed on the community by the Board. The affairs of tba New Plymouth Harbor Boaid will next claim the attention of tbe Committee. 88-VALXJATIOK OF LAVDS. The Selector*' Lands Re* valuation BUI was agreed to by the Waste Lands Committed to-day, tbe only amendment belug one moved by Mr Ballaoce to the effect tbat the select on nnder tbe village homestead special settlements system be brought nnder i+s provisions. Tbe amendment was opposed by the Minister for Lands, but was carried by six to two, LOBD OBANLBT. In both Chambers this afternoon, letters were read by the Speakers from his Excallenoy the. Governor, thanking members for the addresses of coDgratulatlon forwarded to him by both Houses yesterday on the convalescence of Lord Cranley. XODdE WARD. When the whole question as between Jddge Ward and the Government is disposed of, the Premier promises to consider whether the costs incurred by Jadge Ward la defending the action commenced by Christie against him shall be paid by Government. If Government come to the oonoluelon tbat tbe action •gainst Judge Ward (a a -frivolous en?, they will probably pay the Judge's costg. SCHOOL HISTORT OF THE COLONY. Government recognise that a school history of New Zialalnd Is required In the public sobools, and will consider the desirableness of offjrin? a bonus for the beet hlalory of Australia and New Zealand, LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. In consequence of rumors whloh have been In eircnlatJon for lbe p»»t few days, to tbe effect that Government intended Diking fresh appointments to the Legislative Council, several members plaoed questloDi on the order paper lot to day, asking that the districts they reprint •hall have proper representation In tha Council . The Premier replied diplomatically that when any such appointments •re contemplated all parts and all interests abonld rece'vs consideration. THB WABD HIBLOP AVTAIR. MrW. J. M. Larnach and Mr FlUeul, clerk of court at Oamaru, *ere examined before the Ward-Mfslop C mmlttee this morning. I understand Mr Fillenl pro. daced a telegram from Judge Ward instructing bim to alter the warrant, and that he stated he met Mr Hlslop, who •sked him if It was true he had been ordered to alter the warrant for Christie* committal, to whloh he leplled be had been so lnstrocted by Judge Ward by telegraph, tbat Mr Hlslop remarked he wai Judge Ward's superior official, and ordered witness to take no action till he beard from Wellington. It Is further •tated tbat the telegram produced by Mr Fillenl bean a minute signed by Mr filslop to the above effeot. The Committee have summoned other witnesses from Oamarn — Messrs B'ggand Blaxand. XTJMAKA SLUDGE CHABHKL. Sinoe about fcur o'olook this afteroroa the House has been occupied with tbe consideration of the Goldfield Committee's report on the Kum&ra Sludge Channel. The only point wh'ob is effecting any general attention Is the obarge tbat during the sitting of Parliament the Minister for Mines advanced the mm of £6000 to the Katnara water raoe to meet an emergency, that sum not hav'ng been appropriated by parliament. At 10 o'olook the report wsi referred baok to tbe Committee for further consideration * WESTBEfT AUSTRALIA. Mr Seddon and 81r George Grey have both given notice to move resolutions m favor of the claim of Western Australia to responsible government, but as tbe Premier Is to move a similar resolution on Monday they will probably give way to him. Wellington, August 24. THE BBIIMATBB. The House sat till a quarter past three this morning discussing the estimates. There was a very warm discussion over the Te KooU expenditure, but there was nothing new In tbe Indignation tbat spread Itself over the House j. l the sotien of the Ministers In connection with the matter. Mr Fisher, however, added his quota to the strong protests made against tbe oonrse pursued by Ministers, and deolared If he were permitted to have his own way even now be wonld have Te Kootl In Mount Cook gaol In five days. After a good deal of blokerlng-and-beokllng at tbe hands of members Mr Fergus managed to get his Defenoo Estimates through. On the Vote for Domains tbero wts a wrangle about the money pruposod to be voted for keeping the gardens at Government House In proper order. Mr FKzherbsrt declared tbat he had frequently been called on to supply Government House with flowers from his own garden at the Hntt, and bad been told by tie Inmates of Gavernment Houbo that they never had a flower In the plaoe. "Who told you? The cook ? " enquired Mr Seddon. " No, Sir, not tho cook," indignantly exclaimed Mr Fi'zherberfc, and after a little more dtsonasion the vote passed. la all, three classes were dealt with, and the House adjourned till Monday night when Gavernment business only will be taken.
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