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[Prom Olr Parliamentary Reporter,]

WELLINGTON, August 15, A Close Shave after all.

Matters this morning aro in a rather critical state. The Government are still confident that they will carry 4S votes into their lobby, giving their opponents four loss ; while the Opposition say that if they can secure any of the doubtful voles they will manage to oust the Ministry, Mr Monk, under pressure from his constituents, has gone over since yesterday, and will now vote for Mr Moss’s amendment, as will Mr Lance, who, though a strong advocate of the Property Tax, will swallow his principles in order to give a party vote. My own conviction is that the Government will win by a few votes, but that before the session closes they will have to meet a direct no-confidence motion, the Opposition now regarding them as a sinking ship, and hoping by these persistent attacks to force on a dissolution. The TVarU-Clirlslle Committee.

Judge Ward arrives to-morrow, having been summoned to give evidence before the Select Committee of the Council re the Ward - flislop controversy. Mr Filleul (clerk of the Oamarn District Court) and Mr M'Donald (gaoler) will also piobably be summoned. The Latest Lobby Rumor has emanated from the Opposition camp, and it is that, as the price of Mr Downie Stewart’s vote, the Government will give him a seat in the Cabinet during the recess, the intention being to separate the portfolios of Defence and Justice. Of course, the rumor is groundless, and has been set afloat for political objects. Co-operative I'anuln*. Sir R. Stout and 214 other Dunedinites recently petitioned for a block of five or six thousand acres of agricultural land, and a similar amount adjoining cf pastoral land, to be set aside for a special settlement on terms easier than in the Land Act (among other things, interest should be charged at 4 instead of 5 per C3ot.), and without necessary residence restrictions. The Waste Lands Committee to-day reported adversely in that they recommend the petitioners to define the locality required, ask that a sketch map be forwarded, and suggest that application be made under the special settlement clauses of the Land Act. BotU Sides Can’t Win, It is doubtful whether the division will bo taken to-night. Messrs Fish, Buxton, Jones, and Downie Stewart are claimed by both side?. The Minister of Lands is no w replying to Mr Ballance’s strictures on his land administration. A prominent Opposition member informs me that his party have a majority ol three at present, and says the rumor about a Dunedin member being promised a seat in the Cabinet is current, and points to Mr Stewart or Mr Fish, both of whom are maintaining a strict silence as to their votes. I have already expressed my opinion that there is nothing in the rumor. Ministers are still sanguine of a majority of four at least. A Ministerial Counter Piet.

The latest is that Mr Harknesa will move on go’ng into committee that the Property Assessment Act should be amended, thus traversing Mr Moss’s amendment.

Magistrate : “ I thought I told you not to come before me again Prisoner; “ Well, sir, I didn’t want to come. My friend in blue insisted on it.” Magistrate: “ Ten days.” Bishop Temple, of London, relates that when he was once worshipping in an Eastend church, where a hearty musical service ia a distinguishing feature, he joined in the singing to the best of his ability. He has a stentorian voice, and the effect of his efforts on those sitting near him may bo imagined. At the conclusion of tho second verse of the hymn the patience of a working-man on his immediate loft seemed fairly exhausted. Not recognising the dignitary beside him the poor man, in sheer desperation, gave the bishop a sharp dig in the ribs, and the latter, on turning round for an explanation, was thus addressed in subdued, but distinct tones: “ I say, gub’ner, you dry up; you’re spoiling tho whole show.”

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 7986, 15 August 1889

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