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The Premier's Health.

The' Wellington correspondent of the " Press ".wires under date June I:—Fresh rumors of a clisquiethijc nature as to the condition of the I'romuo 1 have". been freely circulating during the last twentyfour hours. .Itis reported in apparently well-informed quarters that Sir Harry Atkinson's health has become so seriously worse that his early resignation is almost a certainty, and that although we will in all probability meet Parliament and deliver his j Financial Statement, he will most probably resign very shortly after wards. 'tb is said that his abstention from the „,turmoil . of political life for at least, two. or three years is -imperatively ordered by his medical advisers under the penalty of. a total and irremediable collapse ; but that if he will adopt this course,"he, may return to the fray quite a new and vigorous man. It is further whispered that after a lengthened holiday tour he will probably succeed Sir F. D. Bell as Agent-General (which appointment the latter gentleman is understood to be desirous to relinquish) and that on retiring from the Premiership he will advise his Excellency the Governor to entrust the formation of a new Ministry to Mr Bryce. It must be clearly apprehended that all this is in no respect "official" or "inspired," for Ministers very properly preserve a rigid reticence on this painful subject, and decline to furnish any information. At the same time the rumors reach me from several quarters, usually so accurate and well-informed, that I cannot help fearing them to be in this instance only too we?l founded. Another shape taken to-day by the rumors is that an attempt may be made to reconstruct the Ministry within itself, should Sir H. Atkinson be forced to resign, and to go on thus until after the general election. It is said, however, that the allotment of thej Premiership would be an insuperable I obstacle to such an arrangement. I give this as mere hearsay.

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The Premier's Health., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890

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The Premier's Health. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890