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[From Ooe Pabliamkntaey Repohtke.j

WELLINGTON, August 2, Mine Managers’ Certificates.

The time within which uncertifioated mine managers may qualify for certificates under the Mining Act of 1886 expires in about a fortnight, and there appears to be consternation in all mining districts in consequence. Numerous requests for an extension of the period have been made to the Government, who have under! taken to be guided by the opinions for qualifying of the Goldfields Committee. That body will probably recommend that the time be extended for twelve months, but as it was originally by statute, and therefore cannot be altered by mere regulation, the indulgerce will lake the form of an instruction that no prosecutions of offenders be initiated for twelve months. The Mercer Volunteer Scandal.

Having carefully read through the evidence given before the Court of Inquiry in connection with the volunteer embroglio at Mercer last Easter, the Defence Minister exprt sees_ himself very much surprised and dissatisfied with what is revealed by it. He says that the Court made certain recommendations of a strong nature, which he gives me to understand will be given effect to, as the Defence Department has determined to take a firm stand, with a view to prevent a repetition of any further scandals of this nature.

Accost 3. An Improbable Rumor

has gained currency that Mr Hislop is likely to be called to the Legislative Council and take the Attorney-Generalship.

The Latest Lobby Rumor is that Sir F. Whitaker will receive the vacant Judgeship, Mr His*op taking the AttorneyGeneralship, with a seat in the Legislative Oouncil.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7976, 3 August 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7976, 3 August 1889

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