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WELLINGTON, 11 June 1869
[VBOM OUB OWN CORBBBPOUDBNT.] 7 Thursday, June 10. Neably fill the southern members arrived oh Tuesday ; the remainder will arrive in a few Jays. After consultation, it was arranged that Mr. Fox should table a decisive motion. Accordingly he gave notice yesterday, for Tuesday next — "That this House has no confidence in the present Government." On wJji,Qh Mr Stafford stated that he had intended to ; g?ve notice of resolutions embodying the ;pMive policy of the Government, but could nol how do so until the position of the ministry with the House and the country was ascertained. . -;; In consequence of the papers re M'Lean, laid ori the table, containing scarcely any of- the correspondence between Mr. M.'Lean and, the Government, Mr. Owen moved yesterday for the whole correspondence, and complained of the mode of his dismissal, &c v ||l;Mr.; Stafford made a very lame reply, ija^ibuting the fact of the Gazette notice freachjhg the* Herald before the despatch idjidMr. M'Lean, to delay in the sailing of Itffitieamer/;."' ; ■.;■- , ;> . '. |^M&Belj( : < expressed regret at the un,of the explanation orBBfef^4|^p^%f tfeiat, . cluVing. the whole ;3^em|ler^|iS|re^nstance in which a public'; bJHcial '-.of standing similar to Mr. M'Lean'^; had been dismissed as he had been. •Mr. Ormond, in reply to Mr. Stafford, pointed out that courtesy ought to have given Mr. M'Lean the opportunity of resigning. To-day, Mr. Reynolds' Ballot Bill will be read a first time ; and a Representation Amendment Bill be introduced. • Numerous motions for papers have been made, bearing on the want of confidence motion. The news of the surprise of Colonel St. John's party, when communicated to the House this evening, created a very painful anxiety. A petition from the orphan lad, James Wilson, has been presented, praying that the circumstances in which he has been left an orphan and destitute, may be taken into consideration. The petitioner met with much sympathy. The opposition count upon a large majority. The nomination for Provincial Council for the city takes place this day. There are three candidates. The polling for seven members takes place to-morrow. Mr. Cracroft Wilson had a meeting of representatives to-day, to afford explanations relative to Goorkbas. A great many of both sides attended.
Induction op Revd. A. Shepherd. — The Induction of the Revd. A. Shepherd to the pastoral charge of Meanee, Havelock, &c, -will (D.V.) take place in the Church at Meanee next; Sunday at 3 p.m. The Native to whose mysterious disappearance we referred in our last, has been found dead. He and the horse he rode were both discovered on Tuesday last in the morass near Pakowhai usually called the Waitangi swamp, both covered with mud froga_ head to foot and quite dead. "TtnfTwler TiM~evUentty~gDTr oui-^£_ui« way, into the depths of the swamp, and, together with the animal he rode, been suffocated. The Revision Court, presided over by G. A. Oliver, Esq., sat at Waipawa on the 3rd inst., West Clive on the sth, and Napier yesterday. Mr. Carlyon appeared in support of most of the objections, all of which, with one or two exceptions, were sustained by the court. A Very Serious Casualty is reported from Taupo, no fewer than nine troopers having been killed. The semi-official account does not say how many were in the party, or whether any escaped, but the assumption is, from strangers having reported the occurrence, that the party was annihilated. The Dinner to Colonel Whitmore was not, we are informed, a political demonstration, men of all shades of opinion having been present. Mr. Rhodes occupied the chair, and Mr. A'Deane the vice, and no political question was touched upon. The allusion in our last to this affair was not, it would seem, fairly justified by the facts. Of these, however, we knew nothing ; and when we remembered the character of the speeches at the last " nonpolitical" dinner given to Colonel Whitmore, including virulent attacks on the press, and the political use that was made of the demonstration, we jumped at the ■ conclusion that something of the same kind was intended in this case. We are assured that it was not so, that it was simply a compliment to Colonel Whitmore as an officer lately in the field. We have no wish to detract from Colonel Whitmore's merits as a soldier ; he has many qualities which we have seen wanting in others. But we cannot forget that this gallant officer is also a politician, and has gone to take his seat in the Legislative Council, there, without doubt, to use whatever influence circumstances may givc-him-in~sup— port of the ministry now in power. The Provincial Solicitobship.— lt is currently rumoured that J. N. Wilson, Esq., has resigned his appointment of Provincial Solicitor, and that his resignation has been accepted. Artesian Well, Spit. — Lnsfc evening the rods had reached the great depth of • 221 feet, still in firm clay, slightly mixed with shingle. The Spit. — The name of the Spit, so far as regards the Post office there, has been changed to Port Ahuriri. It will also, after Ist July next, be an office for the exchange of separate mails &c, and also an office for the transaction of money order and savings bank business. Appointments. — The following are gazetted : — ln the Wairoa (Ilawke's Bay) Rifle Volunteers — John Jude Taylor to be captain ; date of commission Ist May, 1869. Alexander Gethin to be ensign; date of commission Ist May, 1869. — In the Napier Militia — Charles Alexander Humfrey to be captain ; date of commission 24th April, 1869. Henry de Lisle Tupper to be ensign ; date of commission 19th May, 1869. — The resignation of Captain Donald Golan has been accepted. Parliamentary Debates. — We have ;o acknowledge receipt of No. 1 of the jresent series of Parliamentary reports.
WELLINGTON, 11 June 1869
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