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[From Odb Parliamentary REPOETkAj

WELLINGTON, September i The Mall Services. .

The following is the amendment Ward intends to propose in connection with the Premier's ocean service resolutions i—- “ (I) That the gross total cost of the conveyance of ocean mails shall not exceed L 20,000 per annum. (2) That, experience having shown that the San Francisco service d oas not meet one of the main objects for w hicb it was originally subsidised—namely, the opening up of trade with Amsrica—but on the contrary has served to develop a formidable competitor in Australian markets against the producers of this colony, it is not desirable that further subsidies should be granted to it, (3) That the Government be authorised to arrange for a fortnightly forty-two fortyfive days’ service by the direct steamers, at a gross cost not exceeding L 20,000 per annum, with no bonuses and no penalties, further than a reasonable rate of fines for late delivery. (4) Tbatfailingsatisfactoryarrangements being made with the direct steamers for a fortnightly service the Government be authorised to arrange with the P. and 0., the Orient, or other lines with which equally favorable arrangements can be made, for a weekly service via Melbourne at a total gross cost (including intercolonial services) of not exceeding L 20,000 per annum. (5) That no service be arranged for a longer period than twelve months.” Legislative Excursion. At the invitation of Mr Mills a number of members and their wives and prominent citizens went on an excursion trip in the Takapuna round the sounds on Saturday night The route was through Tory Channel, Queen Charlotte Sound, to Picton; then up Felorus Sound through the French Pass; thence to Wellington, which was reached at eleven last night after an exceedingly enjoyable trip of twenty-four hours. The weather was beautiful throughout, and one and all agree that a more pleasant trip has never been experienced on the New Zealand coast. The Mall Question is to be considered to-morrow. Mr Ward is sanguine of killing the San Francisco service, and hopes that if future subsidies for all mail contracts are limited to L 20,000 the rate for Home letters will be reduced to one penny. The Oamaru Seat. Mr Jellicoe has placed himself unreservedly in the hands of the Opposition party, and unices they can induce the two local candidates already in the field for Oamaru to withdraw he will not contest the seat. He wishes to fight Mr Hislop singlehanded. Personal. At the dinner to Sir R. Stout on Saturday night politics were eschewed. The members of the Law Society here intend banquetting Mr Bell (Crown Prosecutor) as the outcome of the recent libel action. Jottings. The House is taking a number of small Bills this afternoon* The prorogation is likely to take place on Thursday or Friday. The Premier, in answer to a question, said that Mr Hislop’s resignation as Colonial Secretary would be accepted to-day.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 8007, 9 September 1889

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