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Wellington, Auguet 26, THI WABD-HISLOP AiTAIB. The Ward-Hislop Committee sat again to-day when the evidence of Lieut-Colonel Home and Mr Mac Donald, the Oamaru gaoler, was taken, but the examination was not of maoh importance. Colonel Home produced oopiea of telegrams which had passed betweep^tbe Colonial Seoretary and the Prisons Department, and MaoJUonald gate evidenoe as to the supposed relaxation of prison discipline m Christie's favor. I understand the evidenoe of the latter was to the efteot that the prison surgeon at Oamaru reported that Christie was not m a fit state of health for ordinary hard labor and he was given clerical work m making up the record. Id reference to Christie wearing his ordinary apparel, the gaoler states there were no prison olothea to fit, and he denied that he had received any instruction from Any member of Government on the subject. OTAOO CENTBAIi BAILWAX. A meeting of thoße who supported the Otago Central Eailway Bill last week was convened by Mr Fyke for tour o'olook this afternoon, and at that hour fourteen members pat man appearanoe, and two others bound themselves to agree to anything the meeting did. Mr Fyke was voted to the chair, and after some discussion the following resolutions were passed :— " That the Government be requested to proceed with the Otago Central' Railway Bill daring this session with euoh amendments as may be deemed advisable ; that as the Otago Central Bailway Bill was m the opinion of the meeting a decided step m the direction of dosing the Public Works polioy, that Bill should not now tie abandoned ; that failing procedure with Abe BUI the Government should m any other waj proceed with the line." It is understood that Government are not inclined to take the resolutions of the meeting as a direction, end ere not likely to take any further steps ( this session m the matter of the Otago Central line, thinking that the division of the House on Friday night should be heid to fee final so far as this session is concerned; THE BKGIHNIKG OF THE END. At 7SO this evening the Premier stated that he hoped to be able to prorogue the House m a fortnight. Government had not yet decided whether they would proceed with the Property Tax ABsestment BUI and Corrupt Practioes BillL The Hospitals and Charitable Aid and Destitute Persons Bill would not be proceeded with. THE ETCHING'S BUSINESS. This evening the Seleotora Revaluation Bill was considered m Committee and progress reported. Several other Bmall Billß were dealt with and after Mr Verrall had intercepted Supply, and spoken for ten minutes m advooaoy of a State Bank the debate wai adjourned till to-morrow and the House rose at 11 p.m.
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PARLIAMENTARY NOTES, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2210, 27 August 1889
PARLIAMENTARY NOTES Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2210, 27 August 1889
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