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♦ Owing to the Premier's illness he will be unable to visit Christchurch next week. Sir Harry will remain in Nelson till shortly before the Exhibition opening, and then comes direct to Dunedin. The Hon. T. Fergus, accompanied by Messrs Blair, A. D. Bell, and Under-Secre-tary O'Conor, yesterday made a visit of inspection over the Otago Ceneral as far as Sutton. It is anticipated that the line will be opened to Middlemarch about September next.

The Minister of Works was this morning interviewed by Messrs Roberts and Twopeny re Exhibition matters. Mr Fergus, accompanied by Mr Allen, M.H.R., went over the Exhibition this aftemon, In accordance with the promise made last session, the Government will shortly set up a Royal Commission to inquire into the evils of the sweating system. We understand that the Commission will be constituted thuswise: Two gentlemen possessing local knowledge will take evidence in each of the four centres of the colony; the chairman will attend the whole of the sittings, and after the evidence has been completed the nine Commissioners will assemble and prepare a report for submission to the Governor-iu-Council.

The Hon. Mr Fergus, accompanied by General Edwards, leaves for the North on Saturday. The Canterbury volunteers will be reviewed at Hagley Park early on Tuesday ; and on Wednesday the Minister, accompanied by Under-Secretary O'Conor, proceeds to Greymouth to make some investigations in regard to harbor matters there.

During the late Parliamentary session it was announced that the Government would set up a Commission to inquire into the condition of the friendly societies in this colony. We have good reason for stating that several prominent officers belonging to the different organisations have intimated to the Government that the appointment of such a Commission at the present time is premature ; it is, therefore, very doubtful whether any Commission will be appointed. On his return to Danedin about Exhibition time the Minister of Mines intends to pay a visit to Nenthorn and the other Otago goldfields. The West Coast and Auckland mines will also be inspected during this recess.

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POLITICAL CHIT-CHAT., Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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POLITICAL CHIT-CHAT. Issue 8051, 30 October 1889

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