[per press association.]
Wellington, June 4.
Various rumors are afloat as to the probable intentions of the Premier and his state of^health. Amongst others, it is said- he intends to become Agent-General. With regard to this, it may"bey"be pointed: out that Sir F. Dillon Bell's term is not up till October next year, and that when , it was renewe/I he flatly refused to take it for less 1 tliafi three years. It is an open secret that his colleagues view Sir Harry's state of health with alarm, and one at least makes no secret of his belief that the Premier cannob possibly undertake the business of the session. Sir Harry himself, when interviewed, declined to say anything except that his doctors informed him his oondition .was not as satisfactory as it ought to be. Whatever course is Laken is not likely to be settled until the session is about to be opened. Anotheropeh political secret is that Ministers viewed Mr Fergus's speech with greatdisapprobation, which found speedy reflection in shoals of letters from discontented supporters. It was stated they intended to take action through the medium of another Ministerial speech, and Mr Richardson was named aa the gentleman Avho was to expound the true policy of Government. Mr. Richardson had some intention of addressing his constituents, but merely from an electioneering point of view, and it is now doubtful whether he will even do this as the approach of the session is causing considerable pressure of business in his department. He will jjrobably make up his mind bo-morrow or Friday whether to go south or not.
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Political Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890
Political Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2433, 5 June 1890
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