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NAPIER, June 20.

The ‘ Telegraph,’ referring to the Governor’s speech, says; “If the promised reforms in tho Civil Service and electoral matters be carried out the session will not bo a barren one.” On the proposal to classify the Civil servants, it says : “We hope a step further may be taken, and that political patronage may be at the same time abolished and a Civil Service Board appointed, and promotion from one class to another at least be recommended, if not made." WELLINGTON, J«ne 21. Patea Kilwinning, 536, S.C., has joined the Grand Lodge movement. This completes the roll of Scotch lodges in the North Island, tho whole of them (sixteen) having decided in favor of a Grand Lodge. INVERCARGILL, June 20. A crowded house listened to the Rev. F. W. Isitt’s lecture on ‘ Gladstone, the Greatest of Living Scotchmen.’ The actions of the Liberal statesman were eloquently vindicated, and the reasons which led to bis retirement held to be creditable to him. In a brilliant peroration the lecturer declared that his name would be written by the muse of history far higher than that of any other statesman of this century.

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SPECIAL TELEGRAMS., Issue 7939, 21 June 1889

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SPECIAL TELEGRAMS. Issue 7939, 21 June 1889

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