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Parliamentary Gsossip.


Wellington, June 28. It is now pretty certain that Mr Ballance will make a direct attack on Government next week. The debate on the Financial Statement has been arranged to take place on Tuesday, and upon the motion to go into Supply, it is probable that 'Mr Ballance will move an amendment traversing the financial policy of the Government. The exact ground of the attack has not yet been decided upon, but it is very probable that the principal planks in the Opposition plattorm will be an immediate dissolution;; abolition of the primage duly; that borrowing proposals are evident in the Statement; and that inadeqate provision is made for land settlement. It is also considered that the present construction of the Ministry is a spot at which many Opposition archers will shoot their arrows. The Government will, of course, continue with the financial debate until tlte great question is decided, so that private members opportunities are likely to be limited next week. Yesterday's meeting has made Government sanguine, and they anticipate the majority approximately to 15.

The^ housemaid accused of stealing a £10 note and otner articles from the Palace Hotel, Christchurch, was to day committed for trial. Early this morning Bowron's Wool Works a,t Woolston were totally destroyed by fire. A Waterton correspondent writes that Mr George * Soal was united in marriage with Misa Emily Ashton on Wednesday morning last. The ceremony was performed in the Church of St James by the Rev R. F. Garbett. The bride and bridesmaids (Miss Agnes Ashton and Misses Legget) were tastefully dressed. On the conclusion of the marriage ceremony the bride and bridegroom had to run the usual gauntlet of rice when 1 walking down the aisletof the church. The party adjourned to Mr Ashton's house to partake of the wedding breakfast. After all had partaken of Mr and Mrs Ashton's beautiful spread, the usual complimentary speaches and toasts were given, all wishing the young couple much happiness. The 1 bride received a large number of valuable and useful presents from friends. In the evening the party, numbering 50 couple, finished up the proceedings with a dance. - At Gisborne yesterday a bankrupt's book debts were submitted to auction. They were estimated to yield £2525, but " under the hammer " only £2 10s was offered—and the offer was accepted. The difficulty between the Sydney wharf lalx>rers and the Employers' Union has been settled, and a strike thus averted. The conference between the men and the owners yesterday extended over three hours, and the difficulty respecting the adjustment of working hours mulerjthe eight hours system was arranged by nuking the hours movable between six in the morning and six in the evening as. the exigencies of shipping require.

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Parliamentary Gsossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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Parliamentary Gsossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2453, 28 June 1890

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