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The House meb at 2.30 p.m. QUESTIONS. Replying to questions it was stated that the Government recognised the advisability of pushing forward the laying •:•! the proposed Pacific cable, owing to the frequent interruptions of the cables of the Eastern Extension Telegraph Company, and that as soon as satisfactory arrangements could be made the Government would inform the House of them ; that the Government could not introduce the Labor Bills now before the House till considerable progress had been made with the estimates ; that there had been as yet no regular correspondence or negotiations j between the Government and Mr Joubert on the subject of the proposed New Zealand Exhibition m London, and that the idea of holding this exhibition had been abandoned owing to the cost being more than originally estimated; that the Government had tendered no advice to His Excellency on the question of calling any gentleman to the Legislative Council; that the Government did not agree with the desirability of taxing totalisators, as such action would seem to further legalise them ; that the Government could nob yet see their way to impose an export duty on bulk or unsawn kauri timber; that the Government were considering whether they should take steps to amend the law so that half-castes and Maoris could he made legally responsible for the maintenance "of their wives and children m case of desertion ; that provision would be made, as far as possible, for the proper inspection of ships sailing from New Zealand m order to see that they were not badly loaded or overloaded ; that instructions had been issued to Commissioners of Waste Lands Boards to inquire into claims under the Naval and Military Settlers and Volunteers Land Act; that the Bill now before the Legislative Council would provide for making appointments to the Legislative Council for a limited term instead of for life ; that the Government would take every opportunity of instructing the Agent-General to prevent New Zealand frozen meat being sold m England as Home-grown meat, and that they would use every endeavor to prevent fraud of this kind. The House rose at 5.30 p.m. DEATH OF MB TURNBULL. .On the House resuming at 7.30 p.m., Mr Mitchelson said that he deeply regretted to have to inform the House that Mr Turnbull, the member for Timaru, had died that afternoon. He (Mr Mitchelson) proposed, m accordance with the custom on such occasions, and out of respect to Mr Turnbull's memory, to ask the House to adjourn till next day. The deceased gentleman had entered the House m 1879, and had always been a consistent, supporter of the party with which he had been identified. Htis sterling honesty of purpose, and genuine good qualities, had earned for him the esteem of all with whom he had come m contact, and he (Mr Mitchelson) had always found m him a faithful friend, whose advice he had ever been ready to follow. He trusted that the Speaker would convey to Mr Turnbull's family the earnest and hearty sympathy of the House. Mr Ballance seconded the motion for adjournment as an appropriate tribute to one who had occupied so high a place m the regard of honourable members. He desired to say that he had lost an earnest friend, a feeling which was shared by many members of the House. It was well known that Mr Turnbull's geniality of feeling and warmheartedness had endeared him to everybody who knew him. He felt that the colony had lost a conscientious and upright man, whose life was devoted to what he believed to be the right and true course. Mr Turnbull had been m the House for twelve years, and his public and private character would long be remembered with feelings of respect. He desired to express the sympathy of the House with Mr Turnbull's widow m her affliction. Mr Pyke merely wished to say on that sad occasion (for it was a very sad occasion) that he had lost a valued and personal friend m the late member for Timaru. Mr Rhodes said that he had known Mr Turnbull as long as he could recollect, and should like to add his testimony to what had been paid as to the honorable gentleman's kindness of heart and generosity. In his private and public capacity he was esteemed by all classes, and he (Mr Rhodes) had on many occasions been indebted to him for his kindness and courtesy. Mr Walker, as an old member of the Canterbury Provincial Council, of which Mr Turnbull was a valuable member, could not refrain from saying a few words, although he could add nothing to what had been so well said by other speakers. His recollection of the deceased gentlemen went back as far as that of any member of that Chamber, and he had always found him a sterling and upright man, and the supporter of what he considered was rightMajor Steward (Waimate) spoke as one who, too, had had the pleasure of Mr * Turnbull's acquaintance for many years. He said that no member with whom he had been associated had so much combined m himself those sterling qualities which earn the respect and love of those with whom he had come m contact with than the late member for Timaru. He had up to the last few hours taken the most active interest m what was going on m the House, and he had been looking forward to again taking his place amongst them shortly. He (Major Steward) felt convinced that the general feeling would be that no sadder news would be flashed away for some time than would be sent that day. The motion was agreed to, and the House rose at 7.40 p.m.

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890