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POLITICAL GOSSIP.

[From Our Parliamentary Reporter.] ■ WELLINGTON, October 9. The Dunedin Savings Bank.

v The second reading of the Dunedin Savings Bank Winding-up Bill provoked a discussion in the Council yesterday afternoon.—Mr W. H. Reynolds explained that the measure provided for the winding-up of the Bank, the trustees being empowered to hand oyer, the surplus moneys to the Trustees of tne Duaedin Hospital, the present depositors had"the utmost confidence in the institution, which had done much good in the early days.—The Minister of Education expressed , regret that the Local Bills Committee had reported that this Bill was not a local one, as in its essence it- 1 was distinctly a locAl and private Bill. He felt the necessity of some committee considering it, and urged the Council to approach the measure with a great it caution.., All those whose interests Were affected by the Bill should have the right to be Mr Oliver gave the Coimcil an assurance that nothing was hidden. He explained that the Post. Office Savings Bank in Dunedin was creeping in on the business -of the Dunedin Savings Bank, and there was no need for the latter i stitution beihg carried on any further. Arrangements had'been made that any depositor could have his deposit returned if: he made application to do so.—l he measure was also supported by Messrs Bolt, Pinkerton, and Bonar, while Messrs T, Kelly and- Shrunskl thought that other hospitals in Otago besides that in Dunedin should have a share of the surplus funds.—Mr J. Rigg was of opinion that the Bill gave such opportunities for jobbery that it looked like an American Bill. Ho advocated its amendment in committee.—The second reading was affirmed, and the BUI referred to a Select Committee.

Charitable Aid.

bt asking in the Council yesterday whether the Government intended to bring in a Bill this session to amend the Hospital and Charitable iT ■£’ R *°kardson said that at present the subscribers to these institutions were unable to improve the management, and the Government, who gave so much to the institutions, had practically no say in their management. He quoted an instance of cruelty which had occurred in the Wanganui Home to an inmate.— The Minister of Education admitted that there were anomalies under the present Act, but the Government hoped to attack one portion of the question when the new Local Government Bill was brought down. Farther than that he could not promise to go this session. The practices mentioned were well known to the department, and at the proper time he would submit proposals that would remedy the matter complained of. The Supreme Court Bench.

It was understood that when Mr W. E. Edwards was appointed to the vacant Judgeship caused by the late Mr Justice Buckley’s death Mr Tbeo. Cooper, of Auckland, stood the next beat chance of appointment, and that he was promised the first vacancy. Speaking of the Minister of Lands in connection with the Ilotowhenua business last night, Mr J. 'W, Kelly Bald that the man in the street was responsible for the statement tliat after Mr Cooper (who was representing the Government) had apologised for the Hon. John M Kenzie s statements in the Supreme Court he (the Minister) sent for him and said that his name had stood first for a considerable time “» r the. next Judgeship, but now it was off, and that after making such an apology he could not make himself eligible for the position.—The Minister of Lands denied the statement, saying that the hon. gentleman must be drawing on his imagination.

Jottings.

. While formal business was under consideration in the House yesterday afternoon the Hon. W. Kolleston asked when a copy of the despatches to the Governor would be laid on the table, and tne Premier replied on Tuesday night next. 6

Mr Pirani intends to ask tho PostmasterGeneral for particulars of the mails on board the sunken steamer Tasmania, and what the department intends to do concerning them; also if he will consider the advisability of enclosing all mails in waterproof bags t On Tuesday there will be laid on the table several departmental reports, also the report of the Royal Commission on Private Benefit Societies.

• Mr Growther is inquiring if it is a fact that the engineer’ in charge of the Addington Railway Workshops has refused to take on men belonging to unions that have got awards by the Conciliation and Arbitration Courts granting them forty-four hours only per week. Mr Lewis is asking if it is true that the Post-master-General has ordered a new issue of stamps to be printed in England, and if so, why he refused to entertain a proposal that such Btamps,jdionld be produced in the colony. to know whether the Government inteW to appoint any Maoris tb the Legislative Council to fill the vacancies occasioned by the deaths of the late Hon. Wi Tako and the Hon. Major Ropata. Mr M’Gowan has been appointed junior Government whip. Mr Heke’s Native Land Act proposes to appoint Maori judges with powers limited to the original investigation of titles to Native lands and appeals against the deoisons of a Maori judge, or vice versa. The decision of a judge must be supported by the approval of the European assessor.

An amusing phase of yesterday’s discussion on tho Awarua seat was that the Premier had the assurance to claim that he all along wanted the question referred to the judges, but know that if the proposal came from him the Opposition would object to it.

Sugar From Beetroot.

A deputation comprising tho Auckland members of both branches of the Legislature waited on the Premier last night with a request that he would introduce the Beet Sugar Encouragement Bill of the Hon. Mr Ward - in 1895, under which a bonus was to be given; also that machinery for the manufacture of sugar from beetroot should be admitted at the same rate of duty as agricultural machinery—viz., sper cent., instead of 20 per cent, as under the present tariff. Mr Seddon stated in reply that there were better methods of encouraging tho Industry than under the proposed Bill, but the Financial Statement, which would' deal with the matter, was not yet completed. Second Headings Agreed To.

The second reading of the Pharmacy Bill was passed without discussion in the Council yesterday. The measure is practically the same as that which went through the same Chamber last year, but was shelved in the House.

The Council also agreed, without debate, to the second reading of the Medical Practitioners’ Registration Act Amendment Bill. It is largely on the lines of the measure which passed the Council in the last Parliament. The Bill provides that no person can be struck off the roll or be suspended until he is asked in the first place to explain his conduct before a judge. The powers of cancelling a registration hitherto conferred on a registrar are put into the hands of a judge of the Supreme Court.

A Commendable Course.

As the ex-Treasurer is to deliver a political address in Dunedin on the eve of the byeelection there next week the members of the Opposition were anxious that Mr Scobie Mackenzie should go down to lend a hand on the other side, a number of Dunedin electors having urged that course. Mr Mackenzie had his traps packed up, and had taken passage by the Te Anau yesterday, but Mr Sligo expressed his desire to fight the battle alone, declaring that unless he could do so he was unworthy to be member for Dunedin. His independent attitude is much approved of in political circles here, and high hopes of his return are entertained.

The Minister of lauds Goes Home,

As was mentioned in your columns some weeks ago, the Minister of Lands will pay a visit to Scotland next year. He will probably leave about April, and be absent from the colony for six months.

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POLITICAL GOSSIP., Issue 10441, 9 October 1897

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POLITICAL GOSSIP. Issue 10441, 9 October 1897

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