THE WARD-HISLOP AFFAIR.
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I understand that Mr Hialop to-day removed his papers from his office at Government buildings, and that his Excellency the Governor is to be contulted m the matter, and hap been telegraphed for. Lord Oiiblow is expected to return from Nelson to-night. Although up to the present time the resignation of the Colonial Secretary has not been accepted it is generally understood that it will be. Mr Hielop contends that the enquiry was not sufficiently exhaustive, and be m«y resign hit* seat with a view to placing all the facts before his constituents, and ask them to return a verdict. Rntnor says that m the event of a contest at Oamaru Judge Ward may resign his position and become a candidate
The Opposition I hear intend to bring on a discussion on the subject m the House, and fcive the Hon Mr Forgua, whom they consider equally oulpab'e with Mr Hinlop m the Ward-Chriatie matter, a bad quarter of an hour.
In the House Ihle afternoon Mr Ballance said he desired to aßk the Premier a quea tion without notice. He understood that a report had been brought down m another branch of the Legislature seriously nffeoting an hon member of the Bouse. He asked if it was tho intention of the Government te lay that report on the table of tho Houbo. The Premier replied that it was not the intention of the Government to take any fttepsjat all m the matter. In the Council this afternoon the motion for printing the evidence taken by the Ward Hialop Committee was agreed to without dißoussion. Up to a late hour this evening Mr Hislop h»d net received any intimation from the Premier tint his resignation had been accepted. A rumor is current that be intends to fflMßn his seat ju the House and appeal to his constituents, but Mr Hislop etatea at present hs has no intention of doing iq.
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