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[Fbom Cue Paeli amentabv ■ Roomer. ]

WELLINGTON, Octobeb 7.

The Otngo Harbor Board’s Bill,' .. introduced in the House by Mr Jv A., Millar, provides in the preamble; that “wherfias under the Otago Board Lodtas Consolidation' Act the Otago Harbor Board were authorised to borrow any sum not exceeding £699,000, to be applied to paying off motleys raised under Authority of previous loanb.and that the hj dance, not exceeding £150,000, might be applied to thegeneralim'provement of Otago Harbor, and whereas the Beard have borrowed from time to time sunis. amounting .in all to £393.800, and issued debentures in payment thereof, and - various sums have ' been appropriated in repayment 6f the sums authorised under previous :Acts ■ and-ordi-nances, and whereas the Board have, power to borrow further sums to the extent of. £305,200 of the £699,000 fixed by. Act, and whereas; in order to pay off the balances now remaining unpaidj it not be necessary to borrow more, than £293,600, it shall be lawful for the Board from time to time to apply any part of the parts, not exceeding in the whole £11,609, of the moneys which . they are authorised to borrow towards the general improvement of Otago Harbor,” be enacted, etc. 1 Jottings. Mr O’Meara desires the Government to introduce a Bill to enable the Goverhment Advances to Settlers Department to reduce the interest on past and future advances. Major Steward will ask the Minister of Works whether, in any new proposals, consideration will bs given to the extension of the Oamaru-Tokorahi line to. the foot of the pinch on the Livingston road, so as to connect at the crossing of the Macrewhenua River opposite Hutton’s with : the road through Donsey Pass to the Maniototo Plains?

Mr Taylor will ask the Government to lay on the table copies of the correspondence between Mr F. J. Moss, the British Resident at Cook Islands, with Dr Craig as to the prevalence of drunkenness there. Mr E. G. Allen wants an amendment of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act so as to make it conform to the English Act of that name. ' The Defamation BUI introduced' into the Council by Mr Feldwick is identical with that which he passed through the Council in 1896 session, but was dropped in the Lower House. • Disposal of Property by . Will. The Limitation of Power cf Disposition by Will Bill, introduced into the House by Sir R. Stout, provides that after the , Ist of January next no testator may dispose of more than half of hia estate to other persons, corporation, institution, or body than, his widow and children, or children only where there is no surviving widow. One-fourth of all property is to belong to the widow and one-quarter to the children, and one-half to the children where no widow survives. Similar provisions apply to female testators. Where no children survive not more than one-half of the property may be devised to other than the widow or widower. Fraudulent Preference. The Bankruptcy Act Amendment Bill, introduced by Mr Pirani, proposes to extend the definition of fraudulent preference to include cases where the debtor “ knows or ought to know that the effect of payment will be to give the creditor a preference, though he fnay have no actual wish or desire to favor the creditor by giving him such preference. - ’ It is also proposed to put upon the preferential creditor the onus of proving bona fides. Sections 4 and 5 are intended to make plainer the provision in the main Act in regard to the keeping of proper books of accounts, it having been found difficult to determine the extent of a trader’s duty and liability in this respect.

Mr Sillier Elected Speaker. When the roll of the Council was called oyer yesterday afternoon prior to the election of a Speaker it was ascertained that the full strength of the Council was present, with three exceptions. These were Mr Bowen (who had been granted leave of absence' owing to hia being away from the colony), Sir G. Whitmore (also absent from the colony), and Mr Shrimski. The two latter were excused. To suit the convenience of the latter, who was away owing to the Jewish fast day, the Minister of Education moved that the election be deferred till half-past seven ; but Mr Jones raised his voice in protest against the whole Council being inconvenienced for a single member, and so the election was proceeded with. At the first ballot the highest votes were recorded for the following: Millar 29, Bonar 21, Grace IS. At the second ballot Bonar had 33 votes and Miller 27-.-. Between these two the final ballot was taken, no other names being submitted, arid when the count was completed it was found that Mr Miller had polled 21 and Mr Bonar 20; and so the former was re-elected for another term of five years. One informal vote was recorded in the final ballot, and as the member who cast it intended it for Mr Bonar there would have been a tie and a fourth ballot but for this informality. The Government support went to Dr Grace. Mr Shrimski Spcuks His Mind. The Speaker of the Council was presented to the Governor this afternoon. On the Council meeting'afterwards, Mr Shrimski thanked the Minister of Education for endeavoring to have the election postponed so that he might be present, but said that Mr Walker’s good intentions had been frustrated by the illiberal action of one who claimed to be Liberal, meaning Mr Jones. lack of Work. After passing the Imprest Supply Bill on Tuesday the Council will probably adjourn for a fortnight owing to the lack of business. The Addrcss-lu-Bcply Debate should fizzle out to-night. Mr Rollcston and the Premier are understood to be waiting for each other, and possibly neither may speak.

Opposition Caucus. An informal caucus of the Opposition was held this forenoon. The only matter of public interest discussed was the proposed constitution of select committees, and it was decided to resist their being set up unless the personnel were changed. Not “Dumb Dogs.” At the meeting of the Waste Lands Committee of the Legislative Council the Minister of Education proposed Air Kelly as chairman. Mr Shriraski moved as an amendment the substitution of Mr Stevens’s name which was carried. ’ Mr Ward's Position. The feeling is growing stronger daily that Mr Ward will be unable to exercise the privileges of a member of the House, while he is an undischarged bankrupt, and that he will probably apply for his discharge at the November sitting of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Judges. Under the Supreme Court Act Amendment Bill, which the Minister of Education is introducing into the Council, it is provided that the judges of the Supreme Court hereafter appointed shall retire at the age of sixty-five years. The measure farther removes the technicalities regarding the powers and duties of the registrar when acting during the illness or absence of the judge. The Budget Ready. . The Financial-Statement will be delivered either to-morrow or on Tuesday, probably the latter. Congratulating Mr Speaker. The Speaker of the Council announced this afternoon that His Excellency had received him and congratulated him on his re-elec-tion, saying that his previous record was a guarantee that he would uphold the impartiality of the Chair. Ho (Mr Miller) had replied thus: “I thank you for your kind words of encouragement, and I assure your Excellency that I shall do all that in me lies to maintain, with credit to the Council and the colony, the position in which I have been placed.”

More Charges Against the Polices Continuing the Addresa-in-Reply debate thisafternoon, Mr Tanner made} charges against the police at Christchurch of "winking at Sunday trading. He said he had been round the “ pubs ” hitnaelf, and gave his personal experiences.

. Hr Joncs Defends Himself. V , Mr Jones, replying to what Mr Shrimski had stated, said it wtta a great pity that immediately on Mr Speaker’s resumption of' office he should have had to submit loan indecent attack being made: on a member of the Council, He (Mr Jones) did not insist on the election proceeding yesterday •With the view to depriving Mr Shrimski of an opportunity of voting. His objection arose from a matter of conviction, and not from a matter of ill-feeling. Mr Shrimski’s religious duty was no valid reason for an adjournment inconveniencing the whole Council, The matter then dropped.. Local Option In Parliament.

The Council by .23 to 13 pass the Minister’s motion for discontinuing tbs sale of liquor at Bellamy’s on Sunday, but they agreed to act with the House in taking a ballot as to whether the sale of drink should be continued there during the present Parliament.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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