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Parliamentary Gossip.

[BT TELEGRAM FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT. ] Wellington, July 18. The annual defence report shows that the amount spent on harbor defences from March, 1885, to March, 1890, was £405,896, and the total expenditure and liabilities at the 31st March last.were £461 3s sd, £238,000 representing the cost of war material imported from England. The volunteer force comprises 123 corps, 7710 men, of whom there are 4807 men m the Soulh and 2912 m the North Island. In the course of this report on the volunteer system Captain Hume impresses the importance of placing the force under the command of an officer still serving the army, who will be able to devote {ill his time and attention to their training and organisation.- Hu also advocates the "partially paid system." Reporting on his inspection, he comments on the E Battery (Christchurch) and other corps, and of cadet Corps, and places the Wanganui Collegiate School Cadets first, then Wellington College and Canterbury High School. Mr Buchanan is asking Government to appoint an expert to report on the prevalence of lung worm, and other parasites among sheep and cattle.

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2468, 18 July 1890

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