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Wblmngton, August 30. 1 BIBLE IN SCHOOLS, l; A meeting of meuaborg Interested In tho ; Introduction of Blble"readlng In eoboola was held yesterday afternoon ; present. Meaers Fu'tou (Chairman,) Steward, Tcnnpr, Roas, Rhodfis, Joyce, Buxton, flndgklnnoo, Anderson, BUrkneaa, T. Mtoko; z ; o, and Oow»n, and o».hero were accounted for. After con ■ aldorabta disoasslon It bnoame evident •hot nothing coald be done this session, ;*ud the following resolution was unanimously agreed lo — "Tnat Mr Tanner bs rt qioated to givo not!oo at tho earliest posfllble dt\Lo n.txt a^aulon to move for io»ve to introduce a Bill for tho purpoie ',<f providing for Bible reading m sohools with a t Iran-table and oonoolenoa olaosa." PDBLIC WOBK9 BILb. The Public "Worka Aots Amendment Bill which got m o Gommittae laft night aft* ota looal brdies, and at the request of a narnbsr of the latter, Meesra Smith and MacArthar have drafted some clausei) whioh they will propose to insert m the Bill beforo it gets out of committee. These claues are m the direction of simplifying the machinery of t c Bill so far as it relates to the openiog closing and exchanging of roads by cooaent, the present procoßS being considered maoh too combernoma. L r 'GAL GOVERNMENT. At a meeting of t'lo Local Government Committee tins morning, it was decided t)Hondin a report In general terms, and tisk leave far the Committee to be renppointed Lest session, as it was found ■mposoible to give the sabjjot proper consideration at this late period of the pieaent session. THB GOAL MONPOOLY. The Weatland Coal Fields Committee report (hat prao tic ally the whole of the present workings m the Weatland district have fallen into the handeof two companies working tjgelher and acting m accord with a Steam Shipping Company. The oonsequences of this monopoly would be likely to be mitigated by strict enforce* ment of the output clause, by extending communication with other portions of the field, and by continuing to improve the harbor accommodation at Greymouth and .Westport. OBORGB TITMUS Major Steward presented the petition of George Tltmus praying for a reward for the discovery of goldfields. MEDIOAL PRAOTITI A NEBB BILL. The Oommlltße appo nted by the Legislative OoQboli, and to whom tho Medical Practitioners Bill was referred, report that the BUI should not be, proceeded wlh this session. LAND LAWS. The adjournment of ihe House was moved thla afternoon upon the reply of the Minister of Lands to a question on the sob j eofc of land administration and an Interesting disonsilon laatiug till half-past five ensued. Toe tenor of the debate was that aoffiolent facilities were not afforded to people who were anxious to take up land atid that the sesfilon should not olose until several necessary amendments were made In the Act. Mr Marohant, Major Steward, Mr John Maokecze, and otheis, delivered very telling speeches on the question. THB WABD HISLOP AFFAIR. The Committee appointed by the Legislative Oounoll to enquire into tho facts of the correspondence between Judge W»rd and the Colonial Secretary with roferenoo to the Christie bankruptcy were expected to bring up their report to-day. A meetlog was held this morning but after some discussion was adjourned till tomorrow. T)c Pollen had prepared the following motion but lefc the Committee room hurriedly threugh abstraction before the resolution oouid be submitted: — " Your Ojmmlttea having made careful enquiry and token evidence have faded to discover any circumstances wuloh called for or justify the Interference of the Government with the judicial proceedings In this oase, or with the action of tho Dletrlot Judge In the dleohargo of the duties of his offioe." LOCAL BILLS. The House has agreed (o the Premier's proposal to meet on Mordny afternoon fo? the consideration of unopposed local Bills. Several members still anxious for another struggle on behalf of their own pit measures wanted the Premier to take all looal Bills, bat he flatly refused to oonsider that idea until the unopposed Bills should be disposed of. THE GOAL MONOPOLY. Tha Premier will state on Tuesday whether a dny oan be set apart for the consideration of the Westland Ooal fi»ldß report, whloh Is the general topic of conversation to-nl^ht. LfOAL GOVERNMENT The Looal Government Committee will not bring down a report till Tuesday. I hear that they will recommend a reduotlon m the number of looal bodies, and extension of the area of dlstriots with all proper regard for natural boundaries and oommuftlty of lotateflt. It Is said further that the report will reoommend the establishment of Oounoili to be eleoted by the County Oounolla, Road Boards and Boroughs. Mr Marohant Is Rsklng Government to Introduce a Bill to enable looal bodies to devote their land revenue to the payment of Interest on loans for toad Improvements, INVASION INVITBD. Mr Hutohlfion wants the Admiral of the Australian fleet to make a sham attack on some fortified port In the Colony at Easter to test the efficiency of the defences, SCHOOL COMMITTEE ELBOTIONB. Mnjor Steward does not intend to let any opportunity pass for getting h(s School Committee Election Bill passed, and although It was rejeoted by the Legislative Oounoll it has been relntroduoed In au amended form by Hon, G. McLean. PUBLIC WOBKB BILL t A SOBNB. There was a sooue In the Chamber to* night, whloh at one time looked as If it would terminate seriously. There had been strong opposition to oiaose 8 of the Publio Works Aot Amendment Bill, which provides that the looal authority may crier the ocoupior or owner of land abutting on a road to remove gorae, tree* or any obstruction, under a heavy penalty. Mr Hobba complained that members did not know what they were voting for, as when divisions wero called for they came trooping In "Prom Bellamy's or elsewhere." This remark caused Mr Soddon to retort that Me Hobba had once prayed foe the members of the House, but on this oooaelon the prayers of the righteous wonld not avail much, and Mr Fish turned on Mr Seddon with tho remark that he reminded him of the devil, who could also qaote scripture to his own purpoie. The U hair m in ordored Mr Fish to withdraw the remark, but Instgad of doing ao Mr Fish repeated it, 'Ihe Chairman ''rounded on " him, and acouaed him of defying his ruling, and at»aln asked him to withdraw. " I will no'," said Mr Fish, and resumed his seat. Mr Seddon asked the House to glvo Mr Fish a few minutes for rtflootlon, and he would see th*t the Hcuao must support tho authority of the ohalr. Mr Fish took this good advice, and then withdrew the remark. When the Houso roso for the cupper adjournment Mr Fiah mot Mr Seddon In the passage, and- bnhavud m a moat aggressive nnnnor, Everybody was oxpeoting a row m the Chamber, but nothing more came off the mottor. At <r rather a stormy passage the Publio Works Bill emerged from Committee with amundmeats, wbioh are to be oomidored on Moeday, and tbt HouM roie »b UQt.ffl J
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