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Wellington Notes.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. (From a Correspondent). The members of the Special Committee, who were appointed by the other members of the House to investigate the grievances of the railway men, and drew up the memorandum presented to the Premier on the subject, were Messrs 11. G. Ed (Christchurch), d. A. Hanan (Invercargill), T. K. Sidey (('aversham), d. T. M. Hornsby ( Wairarapa), and E. Lawry (Auckland)., In Wellington State coal is sold at 29s per ton. The Department uses a large steam waggon for delivering the orders. The Parliamentary library is a very handsome and commodious building. The total number of books in the library is now over 61,000. Ihe legal section is to be silengthentd by the addition of a number of lawbooks selected by Mr Hanan, M.H .R. Mr Wm. Timpany (of Timpany Bros l ., sawmillers), is on a visit to Wellington. Mr Hornsby M.H.R.. was not present at the deputation of members to the Minister of Railways in regard to the claims of the railway men. The Maori representatives (Messrs A. Rata, L.L.8., Hone Hoke, T- Parata. H. Kihau) are members of the English church. Messrs Rata and Tleke are highly educated, and are polished and cultured speakers. The Native Minister (a half-caste) is declared to be-the orator of the House. It is proposed to bring the mechanics and others in the railway workshops of the colony under the Conciliation and Arbitration Court. A vote of the men concerned is to he taken on the question. The proposal is a good one, and will be carried. As there art no outside occupations to correspond * with surlaoanen, guards, engine-drivers, etc.. in, the railway service which would lorm a basis for current wages for the Court to draw comparisons from, it is considered a workable and desirable proposal to bring only mechanics and others employed in the workshops under the Act. The new Opposition paper in Wellington (The Dominion) has not yet made its appearance. Mr Michael PTain. the contractor, is making good progress with the addition to the Parliaments y Build ings. Boot importers and local manufacturers have on view in the Parliamentary Buildings samples of their respective goads, with prices, foi inspection of members. It is said that the question of payment of allowances and travelling expenses to Government servants is to be searching!,y inquired into. Stricter regulations are being urged. The Treasury, or Government Buildings, Wellington, is the hugest wooden structure in the world. Mr Tnder, solicitor, Gore, is at present in Wellington. _ The Land Agents and all other bills (excepting local public measures), fathered by private members, are considered dead for the rest of the session, Government business now taking precedence. Members desiring to ‘give special prominence to any question, grievance or reform, adopt the form. of putting a question on the Order Paper addressed to a Minister from whom a direct reply is elicited. New

members find considerable difficulty in mastering the forms and rides of the idouso. 'They are little usj for three years. Members of Parliament, it is said, each receive on the average SO letters per week from constituents and others. "Lady Wart! gave an “At at Awarua House, to • Members wives on Monday last. The Governor gave a dinner to Members last Saturday night. 'The Quackeries Prevention Bill is being strongly supported -by the medical profession in Wellington. The leading doctors are giving evidence before the Council. A striking case, and one showing' the value to the original holder of a leasehold Government, section, comes from the Aorangi SettlementOne section of this, facing the Ormi a (River, about 150 acres in extent, did not attract a single applicant when balloted for, but subsequently it w a s taken up at about ,12s Od per acre. The holder sold his goodwill the other day at. A 22 per acre. These instances, it. is declared, are typical of the advance in land values in general in the district. Some country newspapers are discussing the conduct of the townsman •(but more particularly the townswoman) who spends his or Iter money in the cities when goods may be obtained. as cheaply at their doors. A Taranaki woman gives an instance of a woman who imported goads from Auckland at 8s Od per yard and which were sold locally at 2s 9d. The largest degree of immunity Maoris, for whom the proportion is about one- in 1400, whereas the New New Zealand-Horn white population ■furnish more than twice that proportion, one in 000. Of that part of the population that came from elsewhere the proportion is one' in 180. Our settlers of English nativity have one insane person in, 110 ; our Scotch settlers one to 128 ; and our Irish, one to OB ; and it is interesting to note that the relatively high rate of insanity among ' those of Irish nativity is borne out by the statistics of the. United States.

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Wellington Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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Wellington Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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