LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Speaker took the chair at 2.30. The Attorney-General took occasion to refer to the death of the late Emperor of Germany, who as a man, a statesman, and a soldior, had endeared himself to the hearts not only of the people of the German Empire, bnt also in the hearts of all British-apoakintr pooplo throughout the world. He moved that it be placed on tho reoords of tho Council tho deep flympatby the members of the Council feel with the Grand Dowager Empress and the Dowager Empress in their reoent great bereavement, and that His Excellenoy the Governor be requested to transmit a cablegram to the Dowager Empress of Germany and the Prime ' Minister of that Empire, embodying the resolution of the Council. The motion was agreed to on the voices. fLeft Bitting.! HOUSH OF REPRESENTATIVES. The Speaker took the ohair at 2 30 p.m. Dr. Newman presented the petition of Wm. J. W. Robinson, praying for redress for certain wrongs in connection with the Wellington Resident Magistrate's Court. Mr. Taylor gave notioe to ask the Government whether they will amend the Publio Health Aot in the direction of defining what aro infectious diseases, and making more stringent the provisions compelling medioal men to report the occurrence of suoh diseases. Mr. Seddon gave notice that he will ask to-morrow as to when the Public Works Statement will be delivered. The Colonial Secretary laid on the table papers connected with the Chinese Conference. Some discussion was raised in reference to the Grey mouth and Westport harbour questions, on the basis of a complaint by Mr. Seddon as to the absenoo of the report of the Engineer -in - Chief from the papers laid on the table in reference to the question. Mr. R. H. Beevea oharged the Government with having acted in a cowardly manner. When ordered by the Speaker to withdraw the term ho said that the Government had shown want of courago in dealing with the matter. Mr. Seddon spoke «t length as to the indignity to whioh the -removed members of the Harbour Boards had been subjeotod. He pointed out that the new Board of offioials were avowedly dummies, acting formally under the direction of the Publio Works- Department. The Minister for Publio Workß admitted that he had had a report from the Engineer, but said that it was confidential, and the Government was not justified in making it public, and, . for his own part, when the time arrived he would not shrink from the responsibility whioh he had undertaken. Most of the West Coast members spoke on the question. [Left sitting.]
Dateotive Benjamin effeoted the arrest this afternoon of a remittance man named Henry Kayll, on a warrant charging him with having stolen between the 14th and 15th inst. a blaoksmith's vioe, belonging to Samuel Sharp. The prosooutor and acoused were lodging in the same house in Molesworthstreet at the time pf the alleged offence. Kay 11 will be brought before the Magistrate's Court to-morrow. It is rumoured that Mr. Kirkpatriok, jam manufacturer, intends to initiate prooeedings for libel against Mr. Hill, of the Pbcenix Jam Faotory, Dunedin. in respeot of certain •tatementt oontained in a letter published in the Dunedin'Star, and circulated amongst members of the House. The half-yearly meeting of the members of the Exoelaior Lodge, A.0.D., took place last evening. The attendance was, exoeedingly large, and, besides members of the lodge, included a great number of visitors from sister local lodges. Tho prinoipal business transacted was the nomination of candidates for office for the ensuing year. The election will take place next Tuesday week. The annoyance to whioh passengers who arrive by late trains are subjeoted to by cabmen and touters, has at length become so unbearable that tho police have been requested by the railway authorities to suppress the nuisance. With that objeot in view a cabman, named Albert Knight, was summoned to appear at the Magistrate's Court this morning,- charged with having committed a breach of the railway by-laws by soliciting custom on the platform of the Wellington and Manawatu railway station. The defendant failed to appear. Mr. Gould, the Wellington stationmaster, gave evidenoe of the nuisance caused by oabmen and others pestering arriving passengers, and said that he had done all within his power to keep the platform dear, but without avail. The Benoh, whioh consisted of Messrs. E. Baker, G. S. Graham, and T. Gale, Justices, inflioted the moderate penalty of 20s, togethor with 9s costs, in the hope that cabmen and others would take warning. A first meeting of creditors in the bankrupt estate of Honry George Beedell, plumber, Wellington, was held to day at the offioe of the Offioial Assignee, who oocupied the ohair. There were present—Messrs. J. E. Hayes. R. Gardner, and J. Ballinger. The bankrupt was also present, and for him Mr. Sayors (Moorhome and Edwards) appeared professionally. The bankrupt stated he was married, and had five children, and had been carrying on business in Wellington for the last two Tears. When commencing business, he had been in partnership with a man named Neno, who subsequently oleared out, taking with him the firm's books and everything else ot value belonging to the partnership. The bankrupt was subjected to a rather severe cross-examination, with a view to show that & house situated in Union-place, off Ghuznee■treet, in which the debtor lives, and which is owned by his wife, was partly paid for by his money. The bankrupt, however, positively denied that he had put any monoy into the house, whioh had been paid for by money borrowed by his wife. Tho meeting dispersed without any decision having 1 been arrived at, the creditors present expressing their diigußt at the disingennonsnesß, as they termed it, displayed by the debtor.
An event whioh exoited some interest took place at St. Mary's Cathedral this morning, when Mr. George Thomas White, of Christchurch, was united in marriage to Miss Ellen Amelia Kennedy, niece of Mr, Martin Kennedy, of the Bruuner Coal Company. The ceremony was performed by tho Very Rev. Father M'Namara, in the presence of a large number of friend*. The bride was given away by her" uncle. Misa Nellie tiasquoine was bridesmaid, nnd Mr. Gasquoine aoted as best man, both being cousins of the bride. Tbo bride wore rich claret , merveillenx satin, with white Maltese lace a' d orange blossoms, cream lace/ bonnet und orange blonsoma. She also wore a handsome gift of the bridegroom, viz., a bracelet, brooch, and earrings set in pearls in form of lilliea of the valley. The bridesmaid wore a Kold bangle bracelet, the gift of the bridegroom. Tho bridesmaid wore goblin blue, with cream merveilleux, cream loco bonnet, nnd jessamine. No fewer than fonr petitions for divorce are to be heard on Saturday next. The first case to be taken will be one in whioh Fanny Ingram Wilkinson prays for a dissolution of hor marriage with Ernest Calvert Wilkinson, on the grounds of desertion and adultery. The parties were married at St. Peter'i, Te Aro, on sth April, 1879, and it is alleged that the husband deserted the petitioner and her two ohildren in December, 1883, and subsequently committed adultery with Nelly Collins and Ethel Grey in Auckland. Mr. Jelliooe is for the petitioner. There is no defence. Another suit is that of Soufflot v. Soufflot, a petition of the wife, who alleges cruelty and adultery on the part of her husband. The parties belong to Wanganni. Petitioner's counsel is Mr. Jellicoe. No defence has been filed. The case of Moeller v. Moeller is a petition by tho wife, the grounds being desertion and adultery. Mr. Jellicoe is acting for the petitioner. The respondent will not be represented. In the oase of Fry v. Fry, the parties in which belong to the Wairarapa, the husband iB petitioning for a dissolution of connubial tics on the ground of his wife's alleged adultery. No defence has been filed. Mr. Jellicoe will appear for the petitioner. The case of Barrington v. Barrington, a petition by the husband, has been settled. Mr. Jellicoe was for the petitioner, and Mr. Skerrett for tho respondent. The choral practice for the Caledonian Sooiety's concert takes place to-morrow (Thursday) evening, in St. John's Schoolroom, commencing at o'olook. The salary of Miss Heath, Dispenser at the Hospital, has been inoreued from £45 to .£6O per annnm, aa a. reward for her success at the reoent examinations conducted by the Pharmacy Board of New Zealand. As many persons wore unable, through the boisterous weather of last Friday evening, to attend the musical entertainment that was given in the Marist Brothers' School, the choir of St. Mary of Angels' have, by speoial request, decided to repeat the entertainment, with attractive additions, on Friday next. Tiokota for last Friday's entertainment will be available for admission to this entertainment. Attention is directed to various properties advertised by Messrs. T. Kennedy Mttedonsld & Co., to be gold at auction on Friday next. It wIU be seen that the township of B&llance, in the MastertonMangahoe special settlement, is included in the list; land under the Bating Act, &o. In order to meet the convenience of buyers in tho Wuirarapa diutrict wishing to attend the sale, it will commence at 2 o'clock p.m. "Scott's Emulsion o» Fore Cod Litre Oil with Hypophosphites," is prescribed by physicians all over the world. It is a remarkable remedy for consumption, sorofnla, and wasting diseases, and very palatable. Read the following : — "I have much pleasure in stating that I have tried ' Scott's Evulsion ' in a case of impoverished blood, with scrofulous disease, and found it to be a very efficient preparation, It was taken without the least difficulty." A. Tbhpli Perkins, 22, Lordship Fork, Stoke Newington, N. England. All Chemist* idl Urge tud sjiall sizes, 4a 6d and 2s 6d. For contttnuuum of readvng matter see fourth page.