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WELLINGTON.

The Supebintenkency. — In our last we gave the majority for Dr. Featherston as 291, since then private accounts have been received from the lower part of Wairarapa, giving a majority of 3. From Castle Point the numbers are 6 for Featherston, and 9 for St. Hill, making a total majority of about 320 for the Doctor— Wellington Independent, July 7. The official declaration of the poll was postponed to the 15th inst , from the non-arrival of official returns from Ahuriri.

The Ambrosine from England which had arrived at Wellington, brought out the Lighthouse for that port. THE DEPUTY-SUPERINTENDENCY QUESTION.

In the Supreme Court at Wellington on the 12th ult., Mr. Justice Gresson gave his decision upon the Deputy-Superintendency question, in which the whole matter was elaborately summed up. He thus concluded :—: — " I am therefore of opinion that the plaintiff, as Speaker of the Provincial Council, is the proper person to perform and exercise the Executive powers of Superintendent, and that he is entitled to the custody of the [Provincial] Seal, the subject of this action." The same day Dr. Featherston gave up possession to the Speaker.

Upon this question the " Lyttelton Times" summarises the conclusions arrived at as follows :—: —

" That when the Provincial Council is dissolved, the Superintendent at the time of dissolution is to hold office uutil the election of his successor ; but that, in the case of a Superintendent's death or resignation, or of the Governor's veto on his election, the office is void, so far as is provided by the Constitution Act.

" That, by the provisions of the DeputySuperintendents' Act, a Superintendent may himself appoint a Deputy during his temporary absence from the Province, and that in case of the death or resignation of the Superintendent during such absence, the Deputy so appointed shall continue in office until the election of the successor ; but that in all cases of vacancy other than those occasioned by temporary absence, the Syeaker of the Provincial Council shall ex officio assume the Government until a Superintendent is appointed."

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WELLINGTON., Otago Witness, Issue 347, 24 July 1858

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