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Parliamentary Gossip.

V ..... ,— [SPECIAL TELEGRAM PROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. ] Wellington, July 3 THE NO-CONFIDENCE MOTION. Perhaps the strangest scene m this strange and uneventful session was enacted this afternoon m the House, when the debate on Mr Ballaneo's want of confidence motion ignominiously collapsed m an instant, like a soap bubble. Mr Kerr resumed the debate early, and after giving vent to his usual platitudes for nearly an hour, to an almost empty House, sat down and was succeeded by Mr Hobbs, who was considered good enough to last till the dinner adjournment. At a quarter to four, however, he began to show unmistakeable signs of distress, perceiving which Mr M'Gregor, the Government whip, rushed into the lobbies for the purpose of finding Mr M'Arthur, who was next on the list on the Government side to speak against the motion. MrMcArthur also, however, was not to be found, at the moment being, as it subsequently turned out, m the tea room of Bellamy's ; and ere he could be whipped up the division bell had sounded. When he and Mr McArthur arrived at the chambers the sand had run out, and the doors were locked against them. Mr Hobbs had suddenly succumbed, and after waiting during an awful pause the Speaker asked if any other member desired to speak. No one replying, Sir Maurice put the question. Then was there hurrying and scurrying on either side of the House, m order to bring m stray sheep ; but on the division bell ringing it was ascertained that no fewer than eighteen foolish virgins had been prevented passing the tellers. Only seventy members' names appear on the division list—thirty-two voting for Mr Ballance's amendment and thirty-eight against—giving Government the narrow majority of six. It was a "snap" division. Mr Ball an cc made sure of victory, laboring fondly under the de lusion that many Government supporters were not m the building. The whips on the both sides bungled terribly. 1 send the names of members absent from the division list who were not paired:— Government supporters absent, not paired—Sir H. Atkinson, Messrs Beetham, Buchanan, Carroll, Fulton, Hamlin, McKenzie, Ormond, Pyke, Menteath and Taipua. Opposition supporters absent, not paired — Messrs Brown, Fisher, Grimmond, W. P. Reeves, Seddon and Taiwhanga. THE JURY BILL. Coroners' juries, and the dozens of good men and true who decide the merits of criminal cases, are not after all w receive any advantage from the Juries Amendment Bill, which reduces the area from which juries may be drawn for the four centres of population to a radius of ten miles (it is now twenty miles), and provides that jurors m civil cases shall receive 10s per diem instead of 10s per case. THE MEMBER FOR DtJNSTAN. Last night Mr Pyke was called to order by the Speaker sevoral times for interrupting Mr W. P. Reeves' speech. The member for Dunstan raised a laugh this afternoon by giving notice of his intention to a:>k the Speaker whether he considers ib disorderly to interject " Hear, hear," or '"No," or " Yea," or ask questions pertinent to the debate, and if not, why was he called to order for exercising his privilege as a representative of the people. ______^_______«_»_.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2457, 3 July 1890