(From oub own Correspondent,)
Wellington, September 2.
It is eald that tiie report of tbe WardHUlop Committee will ba laid on the table of the Council to-morrow, and that It is of a vary severe oharaote: — ao severe that at least one member of the Minletrjr o»n hardly retain hla seat m the Cabinet. Another rnmor Is to the effeot that the merely exonerate Jndgo Ward from any blame m tbe Christie bankruptcy prooaedinga, and that the evidence taken before the Committee will be laid on the table for the pablio to form their own conclusions. Yet another rumor says that the report will whitewash both the Colonial Secretary and the Jnige, and that none of the evidence will be forthcoming. It Ib manifest that the Committee have arrived at their deolatoa only after a great deal of consideration and some warmth of feeling, and, although I feel bound to give you the«e rumors for what they are worth, mjj own opinion is that nothing whatever as to the roal nature qf the report will be known uttil It la presented, to the Council,
SPYfNG OUT THB OOTTNTBY. Bumor aaya that Mr Scobie MoKenzie, who left for Wanganui on Saturday morning, has gme there m the interests of Mr Bryce, and with a view to maturing a plan of oampaign for the -next election, when, it is stated, Mr Bryce opposes Mr Ballance for Wanganui.
RAILWAY MATTERS, The careless manner m which parcels ire handled by railway authorities at fl \g stations has been a matter of complaint throughout the colony for many years Mr McKonaie, member for Olutha, waited on the Chief Oommiesioner to-day and pointed on* the loas sustained by the publio m this connection, and suggested that the head offioer should be infltraoted to look after all goods deposited at such stat:ons. I understand that Mr McKerrow cheerfully fell m w.th this proposal, and instructions m this dlreotion will shortly be ißsued by the Department. : IOBD ONBLOW. Lord Obßlon is thinking of making his way to the Danedla Exhibition by w«y tj the S und», and aorosa by way of the Haast Pass to Lib Walho, or from George Sound by the recently discovered pass to Lake La Anau, and thence to Danedln. MAIN TRUNK RAILWAY. Members are talking of arranging a regular expedition to aooompany ministers aa thalr proposed tour of .he interior of the North Island during the ppceas In order to faraillarlae themselves with the oharaater of the country through which the North Island Main Trunk Line is to P»B8. LAW OP LIBBL. The Lav of Libel Bill Is oonalderod to have very little chance of passing this Besalon, and the measure of justice which newspaper proprietors were anticipating would shortly be theirs moat be withheld for at least another year. BILLS. The fifteen unopposed local Bills reoommendad by the Looal Bills Committee being set down for second reading, all these Bills ware read a seoond time In about a quarter of an hour, and all were then considered read a third time and passed. After several Government Bills had been disposed of this evening, the rapidity with whloh business had been proceeding reoelved » oheok, the North laland Main Trunk Hall fray Loan Application Aot Amendment Bill, which provides for the purchase of native landa along tbe route of the railway, blocking the way. There waa a suspicion that m aoma way the Bill was meaut to give another sop to Caranaki, and tbe Oom mlttee h»a been exerotelng Its Ingenuity <n making provision Bgalnat any suoh poesibllity. The B.U la still under consideration.
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