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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889
[From Our Parliamentary Reporter. ] WELLINGTON, September 2. Legislative ICanquet. Some thirty-five gentlemen, including the members of the Ministry, were present at the banquet given by the Legislative Councillors to His Excellency on Saturday night. ine chair was occupied by Sir W. Fitzherbert (Speaker), and the vice-chair by Captain Baillie (Chairman of Committees), who during the evening proposed and seconded respectively His Excellency's health. Earl Onslow, in responding, made a very able speech, in the course of which he expressed his warm appreciation of the sympathy shown with him and Lady Onslow during the recent illness of Lord Cranley, and expressed in telegrams received from all parts of the colony. He looked upon these expressions, not merely as being made toward him as a parent, but as indicating the feeling of the people for Her Majesty's representative. He should take care that his appreciation of this sincere sympathy should be shown on the records of the Executive Council. A Busy Week. The coming week promises to be a very busy one, and the probabilities are that the House will hold five afternoon and five night sittings. Local Bills will occupy the whole of this afternoon, and progress will tonight and to-morrow be made with the North Island Railway Trunk Line Application Bill acd other small measures on the Order Paper. The Libel Bill is virtually abandoned. Wednesday will, in all likelihood, be devoted to the Estimates, and when the railway vote is reached a discussion extending over several hours is certain to crop up over the appointment of the Railway Commissioners. When the Bill authorising the Government to appoint a Board was passed, it was distinctly stipulated that an expert should be imported from England or America as Chief Commissioner, and that the constitution of the other members should make it free from political influence, and both these conditions having been disregarded will subject the Government to some hard knockp. There are also the Native Bills and Public Works Estimates to be considered, and the Ward-Hiialop matter is certain to again crop up, bo that the idea of proroguing on Saturday next, which many hon. members entertained, is altogether out of the question. Lord Cranley. Lord Cranley having had a relapse, the Governor left for Nelson this afternoon. The Warrt-lilslop Incident. The Ward-Hislop Committee of the Council moet again to-day, in the hope of being able to draw up a report, but with the diversity of feeling existing among the Committee that task will not bo an easy one. I hear that the Colonial Secretary forwarded to them a letter in which he states that he had given evidence on the aaburance of members of the Committee that the inquiry was to be an exhaustive one into the whole matter, and he now protested that the inquiry had not been exhaustive, and complains that he was prevented from giving evidence which he considers material to the inquiry. Mr Hislop also points out that though Christie was really a party to tho inquiry he was not heard. Personal. The Hon. Robert Campbell, who was attacked with hemorrhage of the liver on Saturday afternoon is a little better to-day, but will be confined to the house for several days. Charitable Aid. Wairarapa, in common with several other parts of the colony, desires separation in charitable aid matters from the neighboring districts to which it is attached. In one of the counties the Council have exhausted their rating power for this year, and their solicitor advises councillors that they must either pay personally the levy of the central body or go to gaol. A deputation waited upon the Premier to-day to state that they they had refused to pay the money as a protest against the present system, and they now wished to know whether he could assise them. Sir H. A. Atkinson could only offer them cold comfort, stating that as the House disapproved of the Government Bill giving each local body charge of its own poor, ho could do nothing this session, fie also stated that there was a strong feeling in the House against reducing tha size of districts.
POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8001, 2 September 1889
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