HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.
Yesterday. Aftor somo ratlior warm discussion botwoen Mr. O'CONOR and Mr. LARNACH, tho formor gontloinnu's motion to refov tlio Wostport. Harbour Board Commiutoo'sroiiort back to the Committoo was adjourned, and tho report was ordered to Ho on tho tablo. Mr. SAMUEL, in asking jthoPromier what was intondcd to bo done in regard to tho question ho had raised as to certain seats in tho Legislative Counoil having boon vacatod by absjneo, said ho found he was in error in assuming that the Hon. Mr. Holmes and tho Hon. Dr. Monzios were disqualified. Ho was satis Bed, howoyor, that tho AttornoyGenoral, Sir F. Whitaker, had become disqualified by absonoo for a Bossion without leave Tho PREMIER said the subject was nnder tho consideration of the law officers of the Crown. On tho PREMIER'S motion it was agreed that tho House should meet at 11 o'clock on Saturday. Tho dobato on tho motion to go into Supply was resumed by Mr. KERR, who Btrongly coadomnod tho borrowing proposals of tho Government. Mr. DOWNIE STEWAT and Mr. W. C. BUCHANAN were also opposed to borrowing, and dosired to see reductions inado in tho schedule to tho Loan Act. Mr. MILLS, while not in favour of borrowing if it could bo avoided, hold that intho prosont circumstances of the colony a loan was unavoidable, bnt he thought the sobodulo could bo rodncod by .£250,000, and he, and others acting with him, would endeavonr to effect such a reduction in Committee. Mr. O'CALLAGHAN agreod with Mr. Mills, and would cordially asaiat him to effect tho proposed reductions. The House then went into Committeo of Supply, and rose at 5.30 for tho usual dinner adjournment. Evening Sitting, public works estimates. The Estimates came up for discussion, and class 4, "Roads," was considered. On the items "roads, bridges, and wharyos north of Auckland. 43870," and " road from Christchuroh to Hokitika, ,£6000," a lively discusaiom took place. Mr. BRUCE moved that tho vote for the latter bo reduced by £1000. During tho discussion, Sir JULIU 3 VOGEL roferrod to tho Young New Zealand Party as " a few stnpid boy?," who wasted the time of the sossion in striving to wofk up a ridiculous systorn of rotrenchmont. Ho assorted that tho Opposition was not going to be " usod " by tho " young gentlemen " in question. They wore afforded an opportunity last night of making a reduction of half-a-million, and they refusod to take advantage of it. They would now find that they oonld not work their own sweet wills, and he hoped that they would profit by experience. Mr. MILLS roplied to Sir Julius Vogol, and defondod the young New Zealand party from the attaok made on them. Mr. BRUCE also replied to Sir Julius Vogel, asserting that he (Mr. Bruce) was always prepared to act with perfect independence Mr. SEDDON stated that he intended to vote for evory itoin on the Estimates, and that he would opposo all reductions. Sir GEORGE GREY said he had always supported the vote for the ChristohnrchHokitika road and ho intended to do bo still, as he regarded it as a most important thorougfare. Mr. KERR caused considerable amusement by assuring the Houao that Sir Julius Vogel knew as much about roads as a mule knows about the Shorter Cateohisjn. He complained bitterly that his district was loft out in the cold because he was an opponent of tho Government. Having been pulled tip by the Chairman for wandering from the qnestion, Mr. Kerr moved to report progress in order to give vent to Lis views on road-making. Captain BQSSELL directed attention to the faot that no vote was provided for tho Wood villePalmerston road. The MINISTER, in reply, said that the Government did not oonsider it a matter of necessity. Eventually Mr. Bruce's amendment was withdrawn. Miscellaneous, Roads, and Bridges, .£34,500. — Mr. MENTEATH moved that this amount be reduced by .£1 (ono pound) in order to mark tho opinion of the House that the vote should be discontinued. Mr. E. RICHARDSON twitted Mr. Menteath with never objecting to any voto for Wellington purposes. Mr. MENTEATH rotorted that he never asked anything under this vote. Dr. NEWMAN condemnod tho lato Government for pandering to political influences, and for giving •way to political profligacy. Mr. SEDDON assortod that the momber for Thorndon was continually asking for something for Wellington. Mr. MENTEATH withdrew his r.mendmont, and the vote was carried. Roads and Bridgos Construction Act.— Under this head the vote, 472,600, was agreed to. Roads to Open up Lands for Sale, 46000, was agreed to. Improvements of Village Settlements, 423,000 Agrood to. Roads on Goldfielda, 431,000. Agreed to. Class 5, Water Races, Middle Island, 412,000. Agreed to. Class 3, Railways Construction. — Foxton New Plymonth, 41200 ; Wollington-Poxton, 4500; Hnrunni (northwards), 4100 ; Springfield Branch, 4000; Lincoln-Little River, 4800. All agreed to. Class 6. — Pm-ohaso of Nativo Lands, 41000. Agreed to. Class 7. — Telegraph Extonsion, 420,100. Agreed to. Class 8, Publio Buildings.— Now Parliamentary Library (in brick), 4100. Agreed to. A spirited disoussion occurred on the vote for departmental bnildings in Auckland. Sir JULIUS VOGEL who was in a joooso humour, expressed the opinion that the destruction by fire of the Wellington Post Office was a merciful dispensation of Providence. When the laughter which this remark created hod subsided, he wont on to explain that owing to reductions on former votes in connection with the building, it was put up in such a rattlo-trap, gingor-broad style that it was in continual danger of tumbling down on the heads of those engaged in the building. He urged the Committee not to go in for a choeseparing vote in connection with the re-erec-tion of the building. A motion to strike the vote out was lost. c item of 4300 for the erection of a Courthonse at Port Chalmers provoked a warm disoussion. Mr. O'CALLAGHAN moved that it be struck out, but on a division bin amendment was lost by 47 to 28. Sir JULIUS VOGEL spoke strongly against the Wellington Contra! Prison being erected on such a magnificent site as that dovotod to it. He said that ho considered it a disgrace to Wellington to have such a building in the finest position in the city. He advocated the stoppogo of the work. Dr. NEWMAN advocated tho speedy completion of the wing of Mount Cook Prison now in course of constrnction. In a few years' time the Government, no doubt, would be happy to hand over tho building as an endowment for the Wellington University. Mr. IZARD supported the yoto as it stood, arguing that every sixpenco of it was required for the building. Tho
PREMIER, giivo n brief bi-tory of the building, and rogrettcd that it had been erected on Mount Cook. Tlic vote JBWUO was reduced by X 5, to mark the disapproval of tho Houpo with the work. Tho Porirua Asjlnm, iUI.OOO, excited a spiritod discussion. Dr. NKWMAN created some amusement by averting that Dr. Grabham was an excellent authority on Asylum buildings "from a lunatic j>oint of view." Mr. ALLEN stron?lv advocated a reduction of tho vote. The COLONIAL SECRKTARY exprcsfed the opinion that tho itoin conld bo reduced by JMOQ. Mr. ALLEN moved that the vote bo reduced by .£IOO. Mr. FISHKII reminded the Cominittoo that Wellington lifid to pruyido Anylum iiucomui'j'Ution for Wii.nif.inui on tlio oik 1 Fi'io nil 1 llawko'.s Uay on the other, 111 1 therefore Porirna, Ao^lum was a noro-nity. Dr. NEWMAN gavo it as his oj.inion that the timo had arrived when harmless lunatics might be boarded out. This raised a laugh, and Dr. Newman went on to explain tint in many Continental countries the experiment had been successfully tried. Mr. Valentino condemned any niggardlinoss in providing suitable accommodation for tho poor creatures confined in asylums. The amendment was lost by 30 to 15. On tho item. Seac'iff Asylum, .£2OOO, coming under tho notico of tho Committeo, Mr. FISH read correspondence from tho architect, Mr. Laweon, relating to tho slipping of the earth upon which the building is erected, the purport of whicn was to show that tho Public Works Department was blamablo for the unsafe state of tho Rtructure. Tho COLONIAL SECRETARY expressed tho opinion that it was a mistako to mako allegations against a PtiMiu Works offioi.il on ex parle ovidence. Dr. KU'CHETT and Mr. J. McKENZIE spoko from oxperienco rogarding tho building. The voto was carried School Buildings, Xlo.ooo.— ln connection with this voto, Mr. JOHN Me IC KN /IE cxprushed a hope that no portion of tho sum would bo spent on tho Oamani Girls' High School. Cla=s !). — Lighthouses, JE-HOO. — Mr. TUKNUULF, coinplitincd of the small charges mndo to the New Zealand Shipping Company and tho Union S S. Company for light dncß. Mr. TAYLOR trcntod the Committee to a few of his funnytamn. Tho voto was agreed to. Hurbour Works, .£SOO. Agreed to. On tho motion of tho MINISTER in charge, progress was reported, and tho Houso rodO at half-past 2.