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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[?eom Oto Parliamentary Reporter.!!

WELLINGTON, Jult 23. Dnnedfn Petitions.

Two petitions from Dunedin were presented by Dr Fitcbett to-day. In one Samuel Morrison applied for compensation- for loss of office, from the Prisons Department. The other was. from the undergraduates, praying for representation on the Ot*Ro University Council Carriage of Lime. Mr Crawford Anderson has been interviewing; the Chief Commissioner of Bailways with a view' to getting the Railway Board to take into thei* favorable consideration a reduction in the haulage of lime when required for the purposes of farming. He (Crew attention to the fact that in the event of lime being extensively used by the farmers the small loss that would ensue to the revenue would be abundantly recouped by the batdage of the extra production that would result from the liberal use of lime, and by other indirect causes. Mr M'Eerrow replied that immediately on assuming office he had taken into consideration every reduction of freight which would tend to increase the general wealth of the country, especially as regarded the agricultural interest j in the meantime he eouliE not see his way to recommend any further reductions. Salvationist Prosecutions. The resent prosecutions of members of th» Salvation Army at the handß of the Hasting* police are engaging the attention of the members for Bangitikei and Kumara. Mr Brace to-morrow asks whether the Minister of Justice is aware that there it a rumor in circulation to the effect that two young ladies connected with the Army and recently incarcerated in a Napier piison were confined for a night in the same cell as women placed there on charges of drunkenness, and whether he will cause an inquiry to be made with the view of ascertaining the truth or otherwise of such rumor, with, the object-if it is correct—of preventing the repetition of such practices. Mr Seddon, in pursuance of inquiries initiated by Kim last week, wants to know whether tha by-law passed by the Hastings Borough Council in February last, her/tag for its object the pre vention of Salvationists following their religions practices, has been referred to the Crown law officers ; and, if its operation is legal, will the Minister of Justice introduce a measure re* pealing stfch by-law. The Lelth Taller Boad, Messrs Downte Stewart and James Mills had a long interview with the Government to-day r*. getting a grant towards forming the road from the Leith Valley to Kueekin. After some disousbion the Government promised to give that matter favorable consideration, Our Cadet Service. j The total cost to the colony of training oadeU in the Survey Department during the last two financial yeare has been L 3.915. Two years ago there were twenty-two cadets, of whom threa have left the colony, one is dead, and seveo. have become assistant-surveyors. Artists Ridiculed. A portrait in oil of Sir Wm. Jervois has lately been suspended in the Parliamentary Library. Mr W. P. Beeves called attention to the faofc to-day, and suggested that it was necessary to tpt up some standard as to the merit of pic* ltt*es that weit given a permanent berth in the library. If the library was to be turned into as kind of rival of Madame Tussaud's, it would oease to be used as a place of recreation for members seeking refuge from the stifling atmosphere of the House. The Premier referred the> hon. gentleman to the Library Committee (of which he is a member) for information. Point Resolution Purchase. Sir George Grey was bo earnest in his dertrr that the evidence given before the Point Resolution Land Pnrchase Commission should be printed that he offered to defray the cost of so* doing, in order that no expense might be thrown on the colony. The Printing Committee, however, thought that to accept the offer would establish a bad precedent, and so recommended the House to order the printing of the evidence, which was agreed to this afternoon. Disputed Elections. Singularly enough, though there is ample provision for the keeping of voting papers used in the election of local bodies, the law dees not require that nomination papers should be pteserved. In the case of an election recently disputed on the ground of an informality in nominations, when the papers were required to be produeed they were not forthcoming, and it was found that there had been nothing to prevent their destruction. Mr Rhodes therefore . suggested to the Government to-day that the law should be amended so a* to provide that all nomination papers should be forwarded along with the ballot papers to the nearest Resident Magistrate, and in case of a disputed election be kept until after the inquiry. At the same time he advised that power should b6 given to the Government schoolmasters to take a declaration of the grounds for an election inquiry.—The Colonial Secretary said that both matters required attention, and the Government would consider whether it waß worth while to introduce a Bill specially to deal with them. Hembers as Correspondents. Last evening I indicated that there was a strong feeling that members of the House ought not to aot as newspaper correspondents, and 1 gave reasons for personally reprobating that practice. To-night's' Presp,' in referring to the matter, has the following:—" Tbe Minister of Justice, in the course of the Ward-Christie correspondence discussion, strongly denounced the custom of hon. members aoting as special correspondents of newspapers during the session. The Minister's remarks were principally directed against Mr W. P. Reeves, who It is well known regularly supplies the 'Lyttelton Times' with correspondence, and against a member, who, it is said, was wont to scribble for the 'Otago Daily Times,' until his unblushing laudation of himself, and wholesale mud-bespattering, of the Government and of hon.'members not in accordance with his own views, caused a very desirable change of correspondent for that journal to be brought about. Otago Lakes Scenery* Mr Mills has been pressing on the Government the necessity of placing a sum on the Supplementary Estimates for the formation of a road from Centre Hill to Lakes Manapouriand Te Anau, with a view to rendering those localities easy of access to visitors from Australia and other parts of the colony. The hon. gentleman, as one, who has recently visited inland Otago, declares that the country near Manapouri, both as a place of resort and for residence purposes, has greater advantages thaneven the Wakatipu district, and is of opinion that if the locality is made easy of access it will be largely availed of by tourUt?. The Premier says that the Government are fully alive to the necessity of opening up tbe country near Manapouri, and before the session closes a vote will be asked by the Minister of Lands for that purpose. Mr Downie Stewart has given notice in reference to the awards given by the Melbourne Exhibition to FewZea'and exhibitors, and also in reference to the gold medals to those who received the highest awards. Government Expenditure. A return which was presented to the House to-day shows that the expenditure on the Governor's establishment, Ministers salaries and allowances, and departmental expenses for the year 1888-89 was only L 1,903,313, as against L 2.079.327 in 1887-88. The reductions under different headings were as follows:—Governor's establishment, L 90 3; Ministerial salaries, etc., L 2.750: legislative vote, L 22.481; departmental expenditure, L 129.778. Medical Practitioners Bill. The adjourned debate on this Bill was resumed in the Upper House this afternoon and passed its second reading by 17 to 15. The Hon. Mr M'Lcan presented petitions from 160 medical men in the colony in favor of the measure. Among the signatures wete eighteen from Auckland, twenty from Wellington, fourteen from Cbristchurch, seven from Nelson, nine from New Plymouth, five from Timaru, and balance from Dunedin, where the majority

*>t tire medical students had signed.—The Hon. Stevens, who was in charge of the Bill, said it 'had not come as a surprise to the medical men, as Dr de Zouche of Dunedin, who had taken an active interest in it, had sent a copy of the Bill to every medical practitioner whose name •appeared en the register of the oolony.—Mr Walker, who had formerly opposed the Bill, intimated that in view of the petitions received ■he withdrew his opposition; but Mr Manell and Mr fcWock spoke against the Bill. - Mr S te vens, ia teply, stated that the Government had only Vvken aotion in the matter in consequence of pressure of what seemed to be a general desire of the profession. Several hon. members intimated their intention of endeavoring to considerably amend the Bill in committee. The Vacant Portfolio.

The Premier informed Mr J. C. Brown this afternoon that, on account of the reduction of the numerical strength of the Houae, the Government had decided to try the experiment of reducing the number of Ministers. Whether the present number will continue had not been definitely determined. As to Mr Brown's suggestion that a Minister of Agriculture should be appointed, the Minister of Lands bad practically filled that office. The Government had taken considerable interest in the encouragement of the farming and dairy industries, and would continue to do so. Criminal Evidence Dili. This private measure, which was introduced into the Lower House by Mr Hutchison and passed through its final stages there last week, has been taken charge of by Dr Pollen in the Council. In oppuaiug it, the Hon. Mr Wilson expressed the opinion that it was going too far in the direction of Continental practice by allowing the cross-examination of prisoners. Speaking of accused persons giving evidence, he said that it was hardly likely that any man on his trial would hesitate to perjure himself, while his wife would do the same; infactitwouldbemonstrousif sheriid not. TheAttorney-General was favorably inclined to the Bill, but he agieedwitb Mr Wilson that measures of this importance should only be introduced by the Government, and not by private members, and that the former should* take the responsibility of them. He thought that the consequence from the operation of the Bill would be rather in the direction of meetiDg the ends of justice. The Bill passed its Becond reading on the voices. Jottings. Mr Scobie Mackenzie wantß telephone communication extended to Hindon, and a weekly train run between Hindon and the Wing>»tui Junction, in view of the increased traffic likely to arise during the Exhibition period. Mr Fish in anxious to know whether the Minister of Works will recommend the Kailway Commissioners to afford protection to the public by the construction of hoarding gates at Kensington railway cresting. Mr Larnach wants a brick firepioof library erected at Parliament Buildings, and is inquiring "whether a sufficient sum of money will be placed on the Supplementary Estimates for the purpose. The recent report of Registrar Mason has induced Mr Fish to give notice of his intention to ask the Premier whether he will instruct the Registrar of Friendly Societies, in publishing his annual report e, in future to define, in the interests of the community generally, tbore societies which are financially sound and those which are not, inasmuch as his reports as at present framed in the ejej of the uniaitiated, condemn all alike. The Medical Practitioner} Bill managed to •UTvive its second reading in the Legislative Council by the narrow majority of 17 to 15. Quite a flood of petitions were this afternoon presented in its favor from medical men in various parts of the colony. The Government havo undertaken to consider the propriety of granting to local bodies the power to prohibit the sowing or planting of gorge upon country road boundaries. The matter was brought under the Premier's notice by Mr T. Mackenzie at the request of the Clutha County Council. The Wellington and Manawatu Company's Drainage Empowering Bill has passed its second reading in the Lower House. Mr W. P. Reeves says that, as it seems probable that the Premier is conducting the public business at the will of the country party, a more humiliating position was never occupied by Ministers since constitutional government was known. The ' Evening Post' says that Ministers will be guilty of a mon«trous abuse of patronage if they appoint Mr O'Conor as Assistant AuditorGeneral It favors the appointment of Mr Gavin, Secretary to the Treasury. The Public Petitions (M to Z) Committee, reporting upon a petition for the repeal of the Contazious Diseases Act, state that as a Bill dealing with tho subject matter of the petition is now before the Hous3 they have no recommendation to make. The Bankruptcy Act Amendment Bill, which was alluded to in the Governor's Speech, has been prepared, but as it needs very careful revision the Minuter of Justice does not expect to be ready to introduce it until the end of next week. The Defence Minister says that every facility will be afforded members of lifla clubi when travelling on railways to and from shooting competitions, and in other directions. An Imprest Supply Bill for L2oo,ooohas been passed through all its stages. The Committoe to whom the Ward-Christie correspondence has bten referred before summoning witnesses have decided to obtain His Honor's notes and copies of any evidence in possession of the Court; also any information the Deputy-Assignee at Oamaru may havo. Jult 24. Ministerial Defections.

Although several town members who formally supported the Government have expressed their preparedness to vote for a no-con-fidence motion, a few have formally signified their severance of allegiance. Mr Fish wrote to tbe Premier last night intimating that while prepared to support most of their measures he would be compelled in consequence of their attitude over tbe representation question, to vote against them if a direct issue were tabled. Mr Withy personally informed the Premier that he must go into active opposition, as he objected to being kicked from pillar to post; while Mr Goldie made a somewhat similar utatement to the Ministerial whips. Mr Allen has communicated his decision to the Cabinet in writing. He informs me that his allegiance was shaken last session, when they pressed on the House their Protectionist policy, and it has been made no firmer by disclosures in this year's Estimates, which, to his mind, show the beginning of a return to extravagance. But the Representation Bill, in the face of the measure they passed in 1887 reducing the number of members without increasing the quota, is, to his mind, a departure from their policy, and a departure in regard to which he cannot follow them into the lobbies; hence they must not count on him as a Government supporter any linger. Mr T. Thompson, another staunch Ministerialist, will in future be a free lance. Mr Barron has also broken completely away from the Government, and would support a no-confidence m< tion. Stonewalling Threatened. At a meeting of the city and suburban members, held this forenoon, a resolution was arrived at and signed by all present to the effect that on constitutional grounds it was desirable that they should use all legitimate and constitutional means to delay the passage of the Representation Bill, in order that the constituencies may have an opportunity of understanding the measure. This, of course, means a determination to stonewall at every stage. Preparations for a Stonewall. Latest. The town members have appointed a subcommittee who will arrange a plan of campaign and tell off members to remain in the Honse while the others take a rest. Books will be provided for making quotations from at length, and on the motion tbat the Speaker do leave the chair, to go into committee, the stonewall will begin. Members are preparing for an all-night sitting. Licensing Election?. In the Council the second reading of the Triennial Licensing Committee Bill pasied without amendment. The Exhibition Licensing: Ml!. The Standing Orders were suspended, and it was agreed to allow the Duned'n Exhibition Bill to be proceeded with as a publio measure. The local option clause will be expunged in committee.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Evening Star, Issue 7967, 24 July 1889

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