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[per press association.]

Mhb Financial fttntemeut. The Treasurer will deliver hifi budget speech, unless unforeseen difficulties occur, on the first Tuesday after Parliament meets. ■ The Cable Steamer, The Scotia is still cruising about \ Lyell's Bay, groping for the cable. Native JLaitd Our*. The Government have finally determined to reduce the fees for hearings before Native Lands Commissioners. Tlic Coming- jtaitnlon. The Premier has not definitely fixed the first Tuesday for the delivery of his financial statement, but will unfold his budget immediately after the Address-in Reply has been dealt with. Among the measures to be introduced will be the Civil Service Bill, dealing with the classification of certain Departments, which particularly need it.

The usual weekly session of the Dawu of Peace Lodge was held on Thursday last in the Templar Hall, Bro George W. Andrews C.T. in the chair. There was a fair attendance of members and visitors, and one candidate was initiated into the order. The usual business having been transacted, the members spentsometime in discussing various matters, after which the Lodge was closed in the usualmanner by the C.T. at 9.30 p.m. The past has been a wonderful year for British shipbuilders, as the aggregate tonnage has actually exceeded that of 1883, which beat the'record. The latter was 1,250,000, and that of 1889 1,272,000 tons. The order in which the shipyards stand is this :—The Clyde, the Tyne, the Wear, the Tees, the Hartlepools, Belfast, the Mersey, Hull, and Leith. It is interesting to note the reviving prosperity of Ireland. In 1888 Belfast built 34,000 tons of shipping. Last year it constructed 80,000 tons. The "Tablet" is no believer in. the land policy of the present Government. It says : "A correspondent writing to us from Temuka mentions a case in his neighbourhood in which the Government are playing into the hands of the monopolists—as no doubt they are doing in a great many other cases, at all cases, indeed, with which they have anything to do. We are glad our correspondent has sent us details of the matter, as to every matter of the kind all possible publicity should be given. This is more necessary, as the Government not only favours the monopolists, but makes obfuscatory statements of its dealings, as in the case, for example, of Mr Hislop speaking the other day at Oamaru, for the purpose of persuading the people that it's lana^olicy is the most liberal that can possibly exist."

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LATEST TELEGRAMS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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LATEST TELEGRAMS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2432, 17 May 1890

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