(From our own Correspondent.)
Wellington, August 28 workman's liens. , Replying to Me Fish to-day, the Premier said he would try and pass tbe Workmen's Lien Bill this session. CUSTOMS PROSECUTIONS. Mr Fisher moved the adjournment of the House this afternoon In order to explain what notion he had taken as Commissioner of Oastonu In the direction of lmtitutlng proceed ngs against Blng, Harris and Co. for alleged frauds on the Customs revenue, The burden of his oomplalnt was that although he was the Minister m charge of the Department he could not get the officials to move In the matter. The Premier followed, end also gave a full history of the aase, of which everyone must now be heartily slok. He stated that Government had not dropped them»t v er, but had the question of further proceedings utlll under consideration; TRUST FUNDS. rf N lf a Board Is appointed to control the Investment of trust funds a detailed statement of their transactions Is to be presented to Parliament eaoh year. A CURIOUS PETITION was recently presetted to the House by Hungerford and MoKay, of Greymouth, for relief for losses euataiood by them to the amount of £2480, through their works at the breakwater being demolished by the steamer Gorda. The Public Petitions Committee to-day reported that the olalm will be equitably met if the Government will oontrlbute towards their loss the sum of £1000. AIT UNRECORDED SPEECH. A rather peculiar olroamstanoe was disclosed In the Legislative Oouooll this afternoon, Mr Bhrlmskl moved the adjournment of the Council to oomplatn that his speeoh m support of the presentation of a congratulatory address to b<B Excellency the Governor on tbe oonvaletoenoo of Lord Oranley hal not been reported. Soma surprise was expressed by some members at saoh a thing, and the matter dropped. THE WARD -CHRISTIE AFFAIR. The Public Petitions Cammitteo reported to-day that William Christie of Osmaru, reoelved full justloß at tbe hands of Judge Ward. CHATTELS TBANB7BR The House was In Committee on the Chattels Transfer BUI nearly all the afternoon. The proceedings were not very Interesting.This BUI having been read tbe third time, a nnmber of orders of the day, m which the Premier was Interested, were postponed, as through indisposition he Is not able to be In his pi see to-night The House then went Into Oommlttea of Supply on tbe Estimate!. RATING. The Bating Act Amendment BUI proposes to exempt from rates lands and buildings used for the purpose of schools not carried on for gain or profit ; also to exempt lands and buildings the freehold Sroperty of any registered Friendly Society 1 used exolaslvely for lodge purposes. [ Wellington, August 29, TBSi ESTIJfATEBI The Education tistlmatts were considered until 3 a.m. A great deal of discupnion took pUoo about the allocation of buildings vote and management of Native sohoola. A oomplalnt was made that Government htfd not carried out their pledge to placo the latter under the control of Education Beards, The Minister of Eduoatlon undertook the transfer to Boards such schools as It wis advisable to io treat. The motion was oarrrled by 18 to 17, directing Government to give effect to this ■oheme, Ultimately the total vo'e of £369,382 was passed subject to £50 reduotlon* In the Committee of Supply last night the Educational Department estimates were under discussion. The (tarn ho*< 3 office £2085 and public ehools £334,750 passed. Native schools £15,750— Mi Thomson j (Marsden) withdrew bis amendment for reduoing the salary of the organising Inspeotor of Native sohoola on the minister stating that some of the Native Softools would tyepjaoed pnderthe control of Board? of Education; Mr Feldwlok jtioved to reduce the total vole for Native souoqlb by £50. Oarrlrd by 18 to 17. The vote ao reduoed then paaaod. Industrial aohoola £18,221— carried, School for deaf mutes £3055 — carried. Miscellaneous servloen £521. — Mr Goldle moved that the item appointment and B»lary of Art Joßpeotor, Welllngtop, £400, bB fltruok out. Logt by 16 to 11 Me Thompson (Maraden) then moved that the vote be reduood by £200. Lr>st by 18 to 13 Mr Seddon moved to reduce tbe vote by £1 as » protest against the manner m which money was paid. — Agreed to. Progress was then reported, and the House toae at 3,10 o.m.
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