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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[From Our Parliamentary Reporter,j WELLINGTON, September 13. The Ocean Mall Services. Although the renewal of the San Francisco service for another twelve months has been agreed to, Mr Ward is by no means satisfied with the decision copie to py tbp House last night, and informs me that he hopes to return to the charge next year. “ No surrender ” is evidently the motto of the hon. gentleman as regards subsidies to this mail service. The Division List. Of the numerous divisions taken on Thursday night in reference to the ocean mail service resolutions the most interesting was that on the question of the continuance of the San Francisco subsidy, which was as follows 1 Axes (33).—Messrs Atkinson, Balance, Bruce, Gadman, Dodson, Fergus, Fish, Fraser, Fulton, Goldie, Graham, Hall, Hobbs, Jackson, Kelly, Lawry, Maoarthur, M J. S. M'Kenzie, M'Gregor, Mills, Mitohelson, Moat, Monk, Moss, O’Oonor, O'Rorke, G. F. Richardson, Taipua, Taiwhanga, Tanner, R. Thompson, T. Thompson, Withy. Noes (21).—Messrs Anderson, Barron, Bnchanan, Duncan, Feldwiok, Fitzherbert, Harkness, Hutchison, Humphreys. Izard, Jackson, Jones, T. Mackenzie, J. M'Kenzie, Perceval, Rhodes. Seddon, W. J. Steward, Taylor, Verrall, Walker, Ward. Pairs.— For: Messrs Hodgkinson, Carroll,Ormond, Seymour, Samuel, Smith, Ross, Allen, Grey, Oowan, W. D. Stewart, Whyte, Valentine, Pvko, Russell. Against: Messrs Turnbull, Loughrey, W. P. Reeves, Blake, Lance, J. 0. Brown, Orimmond, Larnacb, Joyce, Newman, Eetr, Fitohott, Parata, R. Reeves, Wilson, After the Battle. The * Evening Post,’ which has all along been an uncompromising opponent of the San Francisco service, says: Premier’s main argument in favor of the subsidy seems to be that it is a little one. We care not much what the amount is ; our objection to' the subsidy is on principle. New Zealand should not in any degree subsidise a foreign service to compete with an English or colonial one. New Zealand should not subsidise a service from which it derives not a tittle of the benefit which another country which refuses to pay anything derives from it. The direct service is capable of supplying all that this colony requires in the way of mail communication, and for commercial reasons the colony ought to concentrate its powers in supporting and encouraging that service. We believe that both America and New South Wales would have entertained a very much higher respect for the business ability of our Legislature had New Zealand been resolute in the determination arrived at last session to leave the future maintenance of the San Francisco service to them. They have, however, once more got on the soft side of New Zealand, and no doubt they will enjoy the joke. We very sincerely deplore the result of last night’s deliberations.” A Saturday Sitting. At a late hour to-night the Premier consulted the House as to its feeling with regard to a Saturday sitting. For his own part, he said, he saw no reason why the Supplementary Estimates should not lie dealt with next morning, and an adjournment then made till tiie evening, when the Appropriation Aet could be passed, thus practically completing the session. In order to test the feeling of members he moved “ That at its rising the House should adjourn till 10.30 next day.”—Mr Ballanoe was of opinion, that the Premier was too sanguine in his anticipations, and doubted whether the Bills on the Order Paper could be passed in th’e time prescribed.—Sir H. Atkinfon re. viewed the Bills to be disposed of, and said

that at any rate he anticipated no difficulty in finishing the business by Monday evening. —The motion for the adjournment till Saturday morning was then carried on the voices. District Railways Tariff. A large deputation, consisting of Messrs Duncan, Walker, T. Mackenzie, Ward, Rhodes, Harkneas, Brown, Turnbull, and Cowan, waited on the Railway Commissioners this morning, and urged the Commissioners to remove the high differential rates now existing on branch lines and district railways. They pointed out that they operated oppressively upon settlers in districts through which such railways ran, and numerous instances of this were recorded. The deputation also urged that Native coal from the mines in each district should as far as possible be used on the railways; that the additional rate charged for grain in bags over four bushels per bag should cease, as it gave a great deal of dissatisfaction all over the colony, A number of matters relating to railway charges and anomalies in the tariff were discussed. The Commissioners promised to weigh the arguments and carefully consider the matters brought before them, and give a written reply. The Native Land Courts Bill, Ministers agreed to strike out the provisions that Commissioners should sit as a “Court of Equity and Good Conscience,” and amended the clause relating to amending of technical defects to such a form as to meet with general approval. The Bill was afterwards recommitted on the Native Minister’s motion, and the clause relating to removal of restrictions was struck out. Bad Tactics. Tho Weatport-Ngakawa Railway Extension Bill was vigorously contested in committee, and after some warm remarks from the Government benches upon the obstruction offered by the Otago members, which was attributed to revenge for Mr O’Conor’s opposition to the Otago Central Railway and his support of the Government on the noconfidence question, the measure was killed by progress being reported. The Premier announced that the work was of such importance that he would have to arrange with a company for the construction of the line. Rushing the Business Through.

A week ago we were promised by members of the Government and their whips that the prorogation would take place on or before the 13th inst. “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,” and our hopes are being stretched as the session lengthens. It is now said that the prorogation will take place on Tuesday, and with a view to rushing through the business with as much haste as possible, the House will assemble at eleven o’clock to-morrow forenoon, and on its rising will adjourn till Monday morning. The Council, of course, sits at the same hours to keep level with the business sent up from the Lower House. No doubt there will be a still further slaughter of Government measures before the session closes, Jottings. The amendments made by the House in the Native Lands Frauds Prevention Act Amendment Bill, and in the Ngarara and Waipiro Further Prevention Investigation Bill, have been agreed to by the Council. Members of the Upper Chamber, however, insist on refusing to accept the amendments made by the House in the Selectors’ Land Revaluation Bill. The resolutions agreed to by the Joint Live Stock Committee referring to the branding of sheep have been agreed to by the Council, and referred to the Government with a recommendation that effect be given thereto. Off Home. Signs of the close of the session are afforded by the departure of a number of Southern and Taranaki members to-day, Among those who have returned to their homes are the Hon. Mr Shrimski, Messrs W. P. Reeves, Samuel, Scobie Mackenzie, and Dr Fitchett. The Hon. G. M'Lean, Messrs Withy and Mills leave to-morrow, bpt most of the members are determined to see the session out to the bitter end. A Sliqrt Shrift. Members are decidedly averse to the introduction of measures at the fag end of Hie session. This was made decidedly plain to the Minister of Justice this afternoon, when he moved the second reading of the Public Health Act Amendment Bill, which originated from an agitation about the state of dairies and slaughter-houses about Wellington. The measure, which had been passed by the Council, received a short shrift, and was negatived on the voices. The Licensing Law. The simple object of the Licenses Amendment Bill, which passed its second reading in the House to-day, is to enable married women who hold publicans’ licenses to transfer them. The Appeal Court had decided that married women are ineligible to hold licenses, and therefore present holders cannot transfer them. Native Legislation. Several hours have been occupied to-day with the Native Land Court Act Amendment Bill, and it is surprising to find that in the last days of the session members waste so much time and show so little anxiety to set to their homes. Consideration of the Bill in committee was resumed shortly after three o’clock, and little progress had been made at tfie dinner adjourn: mept, so it came up again in the evening. At the outset Sir G. Grey suggested that the Bill should be withdrawn, as it was improper to proceed with such an important measure so late in the session, but the Native Minister replied that he could not accede to the request, as the Bill was framed in the interests of justice and mercy. A long discussion ensued in reference to the clause validating past transactions, and in the absence of information as to the nature of the transactions to be covered Sir G. Grey moved that progress be reported, Which was lost by 35 to 16. Clause 30, dealing with procedure on the removal of the restrictions, led to a very long discussion, particularly with regard to Sir James Fergussou’s Mongaturi claim; and several motions tabled with a view to killing the Bill were negatived. Ultimately the clause was agreed to, as were all the others proposed by the Native Affairs Committee, with the exception of those relating to Commissioners’ powers. Charitable Aid. The country members had an opportunity when in committee on the Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Act Amendment Bill last night of urging their grievance as to the bracketing of their districts with the cities in charitable aid matters. The object of the Bill was simply to meet a difficulty which has arisen in collecting a levy in the Westland district, but the malcontents said that they would not allow any amendments of the existing system, because that would only tend to delay the general reform which they require. The stoneWalling was carried on till 2.15 a.m., when the Government took a firm stand, expressing their determination to push the Bill through, and thereupon progress was reported by mutual consent in order to give the country members time to think over their position. The Supplementary Estimates. Among the items of special interest to Otago in the Supplementary Estimates are these“ Expense in removing the Agnew family to Naseby, L2O; contribution to assay and metallurgy instructor at Dunedin University, L 20 0; compassionate allowance to Mr W. Halligan, late porter Dunedin railway station, LSO; expenses incurred during the search for Professor Brown, lost in the Otago ranges, LSI; Waikoikoi bridge, L 12 5; RiversdaleSwitzers roads, LSOO ; compassionate allowance to Otago Harbor Board for improvements on land taken for railway purposes, L 4.500 ; salary to the late Dunedin District ■ Government Insurance agent on sick leave, LI 50 ; refund of duty paid by New Zealand Drug Company on cases of eau-de-Cologne, jLI4 ; compassionate allowance to the widow of Kennedy, porter, at Dunback station, L 2 9; do, Coulter, guard, Dunedin station, L 33. The Supplementary Estimates were not circulated till midnight. The amounts of the various votes are as follows; Services chargeable on consolidated fund ordinary revenue account, L 36.523; land fund account, L 6,154; services chargeable on public works fund, L 51.285; unauthorised expenditure account, L 44.246 9s Bd. The principal general items are 'to defray the expenses of the Governor in distinguished

visitors during the Exhibition in Dunedin, Ll,000; advance to Eew Plymouth Harbor Board, to be recouped, I2|9N; supply of materials, etc., for priauu labor on fortifications hitherto charged on loan, L 10,000; intercolonial rifle competition, LI,000; purchase of copyright and stock on band of the ‘ New Zealand Justices of the Peace’ and ‘Reports of Court of Appeal’ by the late Mr Justice Johnston, L 30 0; repairs to the Cook Strait cable, L 92 4; San Francisco mail service, ten voyages, at the rate of LI 1,250 per annum, L 9.326; interprovincial service, L 5.000; refund of duty paid at new tariff rates, L 702; protection of fish and oysters, L 30 0; collecting and preparing mineral exhibits at the Dunedin Exhibition, L 20 0; repairs to Government House at Auckland, LSOO, and to Government House at Wellington, L3OO ; sanitary improvements departmental buildings, L 500; do Parliamentary Buildings, L 250; expenses in detection of sly grogselling, L 20 0; dairy instructor, including travelling expenses, L 400; immigration of separated families and relatives, LI,000; to meet the estimated defalcations of Birrell, employed as bookkeeper by the late DeputyAssignee, Timaru, LI,300; officers commanding volunteer districts, LSOO. September 14, Goldfields and Mines. The Goldfields and Mines Committee report inter alia that a subsidy of £ for £ upon moneys expended by county councils, prospecting associations, or private parties be given by the Government in aid of prospecting for gold, provided that all such shall first be approved by the local authorities, and that the Minister be requested to provide for the same in the Supplementary Estimates; that in the opinion of the Committee the granting of more than one application in any one district to any company for special mineral licenses is detrimental to the mining industry, and that the Minister of Mines be requested to instruct wardens accordingly; that Government subsidise local bodies in sending a representative from Otago, Westland, and the Thames goldfields to take charge of the mineral exhibits at the New Zealand Exhibition, and that the representatives send a report to the local bodies on the exhibits and mining machinery at the Exhibition ,* that a work dealing with elementary questions in geology, mining, etc., be issued for use in public schools in mining districts ; that in order to encourage the introduction of foreign capital, the Government should offer special facilities, by way of freedom from rent and taxation, for a limited period of time, or in such other way, as they may deem desirable. The Committee are of opinion that Government should undertake the smelting and assaying of gold, purchasing when required at their standard value all ingots so smelted and assayed. The Committee recommend that the time for managers to obtain certificates of competency be extended for twelve months, and that in the interim the Government should alter and simplify the system of examination, in order that managers may be classified in accordance with their proficiency. The Committee farther recommend offering a limited number of scholarships for competition among students at the School of Mines, as an incentive to youth in mining districts to qualify for mine managers; and the Committee think that tho evidence given before them by Mr Withy respecting the development of our goldfields, and by Mr R. F. Luka respecting the treatment of refractory ores, should receive tho serious attention of Government without delay. In their opinion the system adopted by some companies in demanding exorbitant percentages from tributers in lieu of fully manning bold, ings which can be worked without pumping machinery is detrimental to the mining interests, and should be discouraged by Government. The Committee further recommend that Government be requested to prepare regulations for mining under foreshores, and make them as liberal as possible, as a large capital is required to develop this class of mining. Western Australia. On the House meeting at 10.30 tho Speaker read a letter from the Speaker of the Legislative Council of Western Australia thanking the Parliaments of New Zealand and colonies for their efforts ip obtaining responsible government for that colony. On the Premier’s motion, a resolution was passed acknowledging the Speaker’s letter, and expressing the hope that responsible government would be granted tp Western Australia at next session of the Imperial Parliament. The Hospitals and Charitable Institutions Bill, to which considerable opposition was shown last night, was passed to-day without amendment except that the short title was altered to “The Requisition Validation Bill” to enable local bodies to make amended requisition in certain cases. The measure was read a third time and passed. Mr Fisher Justified. Comment having been made on the fact that while the whole Ministerial travelling expenses between October 1 and December 3 last amounted to L 174, Mr Fisher alone drew LIOO, the ex-Minister of Education to-day moved the adjournment of the House in order to explain the matter. He said that he tad hitherto given Mr Monk, who moved for the return, credit for a chivalrous disposition, but it was plain he had been qs a piece of clay in the hands of some designing person. With that distinguishing smallness which, with one or two honorable exceptions! was the characteristic of Auckland members, Mr Goldie had had the temerity to tell him yesterday in an offensive way that he had gone to see the Melbourne Cup at the expense of the public. His visit to Melbourne really was occasioned by the receipt of a circular from the Victorian Government asking him to attend the educational exposition held in connection with the Melbourne Exhibition, 'The knowledge he gained from fhat trip was afterwards incorporated in his Public Schools Bill, which he could say without egotism embodied as complete a public school system as could possibly be placed on paper. Mr Monk denied any intention of desiring to reflect on Mr Fisher, and said he had moved for the return because it had been stated that a friend of his in the Ministry had gone to Melbourne at the public expense to see the Melbourne Cup, and knowing that was not the case be had wished to set the public mind at rest. If Mr Fisher wished to get on he must give other members credit for acting from right motives, ’

Mr Fisher said he would accept Mr Monk’s explanation—that he had no intention of reflecting particularly and personally on him, and was sorry tfaat'at the last stage of the session he had to raise each an important subject, but it had been provoked by Mr Goldie’s taunt. ' Mr Macandrew’s Daughters. By an understanding between Messrs Larnach and Mills, it has been arranged that, on going into Committee of Supply, the former shall move that, in the opinion of the House, it is desirable that the sum of L 2,000 should be voted for the daughters of the late Mr Maoaridrew. ’ 1 The Rating Act, to provide that school properties within boroughs not carried on for gain or profit shall be exempt from rated, was under review this morning. The Premier intimated his intention of moving in committee for the reintroduction of a clause exempting friendly societies’ lodge rooms, which clause had been struck out by the Council. Mr Fish moved that the second reading of the Bill take place that day fortnight. It was stated that the municipal councils of Dunedin and Christchurch had passed resolutions adverse to the Bill, Strong Opposition was shown to thfe measure, it being stated that it was in thfe direction of deriominationalism. The second reading was eventually carried by 33 to 29. Military Settlers. In the Council the Naval and Military Settlers Bill passed its final stages without amendment.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 8012, 14 September 1889

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 8012, 14 September 1889

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