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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[FrOD OtIB PABLIAMENTAnT RePORTEB.J WELLINGTON, September 13. Jottings. As a result of the representations made by Mr Hamlin and Mr Mills the Defence Minister has agreed to arrange for the sale of Martini rifles to volunteer corps, tdeducting the cost from their next capitation payments. Due effect is being given to the promise made in 1886 for the reduction of spercent, from the annual salary of each Civil servant for investment at interest, the accumulation to be paid to the officer on his retirement. On further consideration of the petition of Messrs Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co., for relief from the hardships suffered by them through the imposition of a prohibitive duty on saccharine, the Public Petitions' Committee report that in their opinion the equities of the case will he fully met by the following:—"That if the petitioners will take out of bond the whole of the saccharine, which they are bound by their agreement with the company to purchase during the first year of their engagement the Government should make them an allowance equal in amount to the difference between present and old tariffs." Mr Thompson tried to draw the Government as to whether they will circulate amongst members during the recess their proposed Civil Service Bill. The Premier blandly promised to consider the matter and comply with the request if he found it desirable to do bo. Mr M'Gregor, senior Government whip, was the recipient of a handsome gold watch from the members of the Ministerial party. Iu presenting it, the Premier boro testimony to the great services rendered to the party by the member for Akaroa. The Minister of Lands promises to consider during the recess the proposal made by Mr Valentine for the establishment of a Government brand to distinguish the different qualities of cheese. Re anticipates that the question will be difficult to deal with, but undertakes to look into the legislation of other countries regarding it. Ministers are unable to make any provision this session for the establishment of labor settlements and for enabling the acquisition of small agricultural areas by agricultural laborers. The Premier has, however, promised Major Steward that in the recess he will continue the inquiries already on foot, and, if necessary, make some proposition next session. There is, the Premier says, no power to stop the practice of sending money beyond the colony to the promoters of racing sweeps, as the Government cannot inteicept letters. The Minister of Lands, Mr M'Kenzie, and the Hon. Mr Ballance ore the House's managers on the Revaluation of Land Selectors Bill. A Bill has been prepared with the object of licensing retailers of tobacco and cigars, but it has not been found possible to introduce it this session. The Naval and Military Settlers' and Volunteers' Land Bill passed its second reading in the Council yesterday by 15 to 11. The North Island Trunk Railway Bill has passed. The Ocean Mall Resolution* were debated last night. Mr Saunders's amendment declaring that no bonuses should be paid and that payment for mail matter should be by weight only was negatived by 31 to 20 and the Premier's resolution for a renewal of the 'Frisco and direct services for twelve months was put against Mr Ward's amendment that no further subsidies be granted to the San Francisco service, and was carried by 33 to 21. Members explain their reversal of last session's vote by saying that they were not asked to continue the San Francisco service, but that a bargain for its continuance for twelve months has now been made with New South Wales. Streets on Reclaimed Land. When the Public Works Bill was before the Council a clause was introduced giving authority to harbor boards to expend a portion of their revenue in constructing streets on reclaimed lands. Ministerial Travelling Suspenses.

Between October Ist and December .'list the travelling expenses and allowances drawn by Ministers amounted to L 174 10s, of which Mr Fisher received LIOO. The Old Story.

Otago continues to be the milch cow of the colony. According to a return laid on tho table at Mr Boss's instance, the territorial revenue for the past three years amounted to L 561,063, of which amount the Erovincial district of Otago contributed 298,842. Otago also contributed a great deal more to the revenue under the headings of Customs and Property Tax than any other provincial district in the colony. The End Approaching. The Premier intends proposing that the House shall sit all day to-morrow from eleven o'clock in the forenoon, Tuesday is now generally accepted as prorogation day.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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