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Wellington Notes.

PERSONAL AND OTHERWISE. (From a Correspondent). The Factory Act, which contains certain proposals relative to the half-holiday question, is being considered by the Labour Bills Committee. It is said of “ those in the know” that the Ministers’ proposals .•will not meet with much favour at the hands of some of the committees, who support a compulsory Saturday half-holiday. It is considered a certainty that all the members . of the House other than city representatives .will support the Bill, which means that it will be canned by a substantial majority. The compulsory Saturday has no chance of being carried. There are two public swimming baths in Wellington, and they are largely patronised, especially in the mornings. The names of those who are appointed dairy inspectors will shortly be announced. The Wellington printers, bookbinders, and box-makers exjjress themselves as well-pleased with the new tariff as affecting their work. The Committees belonging to the Lower House sit at 10 in the morning and adjourn at 1 p-in. The House sits at 2.30 in the afternoon, and adjourns at half-past five, resuming at 7.30 in the evening. The House has, so far this session, on the average, been sitting till one in the morning. There are six galleries in the House of Representatives. The public gallery, t 0 which an admission ticket is not necessary, holds about 100 each of the other galleries, excepting the ladies’ gallery (which seats nearly. 100). accommodates about 30. In the Upper House few members have a better knowledge of Parliamentary procedure, or are given more local Bills to put through that chamber than the Hon. Colonel Feldwick. Of the new Ministers, the Hon. Geo. Fowdds belongs to the Congregational Church, the Hon. J. A. Millar to the English, and the Hon. R. McNab to the Presbyterian. In order to raise the educational status of the service the Minister for Lands and some of the Ministers for other departments, in the matter of appointments, give preference to those lads for cadetship who have passed the junior civil service. Considering the greatly increased facilisies for higher education, this is a step which is considered warranted. There are thirty hands employed in the Government audit office. Wednesday is observed as the halfholiday in Wellington. A large number of chemists, drapers, arid jew’ellers close on Saturday afternoon. The great mental strain, close com finement, and exacting duties of his responsible position as Premier are beginning to tell on Sir Joseph Ward.

The newly-appointed staff on the '‘Dominion,” Wellington’s new paper, has been busily employed in getting material ready for the first issue. The high salaries paid by this paper

to the members of the literary stall has had the effect of raising the salaries in other newspaper offices and improving- the position of the jourhalistic profession, which has been for some time, considering the nature of the work, the worst paid in the colony.^ The introduction of new blood in the Upper House has had the effect of putting more li!b into, and raising the tone of, the discussions of that Chamber. Some of the new Councillors are distinct acquisitions, their educational attainment, wide reading, culture, and personal worth are making their influence felt in the work done by that much-abusod body. Most of the menpbers of the House of Keprerentatives" take up their residence in close vicinity to Parliament House, the late hours of closing making this a necessity. Mr Robert Wade, son of Mr Wade, solicitor, of your town, who was in Western Australia 'and South Africa for some time, was in Wellington last week. He has obtained a position under the Public Works Department.

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Wellington Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907

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Wellington Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907

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