THE SELWYN SEAT.
(per press association.)
CHRISTCHUKCH, This Day.
Numerous rumors are afloat concerning the Selwyn seat in the House of First, that Sir John Hall has been requested to obtain leave of absence instead of vacating the Beat, but has declined; that further measure.- are being adopted to induce him to change his mind ; that should he not do so, the prominent Government men will support Mr. E. J. Lee, on whose behalf canvassing is now going on ; that Mr. E. Wakefield, ofTimaru, was asked to come forward as a Government candidate» but declined^ that the Hon. E. Bichardson has been asked to offer himself as an Opposition candidate, and will probably consent.
We remind readers of Messrs. Nolan and Co.'s clearing sale at Mr. Nicholas' farm to-morrow.
The Catholic picnic will take place on Wednesday, in Mr. Sweeney's paddock, (same as last year). All the children are to be on the church ground at 10 o'clock punctually.
Mr. Louis Byrnes, formerly teller in the Wanganui branch of the Bank of Australasia, and lately on relief duty in branches and agencies at Manaia and elsewhere up this coast, has been appointed to Gore, Southland.
In answer to questions, Mishop Moran said he was an independent candidate, and on a no-confidence motion would not vote no matter who was on the Ministerial benches, unless the Government was guilty of some gross dereliction of duty.
The Prefect has ordered the police to expel all Jews residing within St. Petersburgh without official permission. The Senate has also decided that Jews are incapable of holding offi.ee in Bussia.
The Carterton Fire Brigade, who worked so peraeveringly at the late large bush fire near the town, met the other evening, and decided to resign in a body, owing to the public not taking any measures for the permanent and successful working of the brigade.
Jt is a fact not generally known, writqs a London correspondent, that the Suez Canal is not yet completed according to the terms of the concession granted to M. de Lesaeps. It is not nearly wide enough , although the European Powers have agreed to regard it as complete provided 27,000,000 francs be expended upon it during the next 27 years. Even by this arrangement the canal will not be finished till the year 1909. "When this fact is regarded in connection with the promises made by M. do Lesseps in regard to other canals, the reliability of his estimates and undertakings may be estimated.
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