— ♦ — [FROM OUR OWN COBBESBONOZNT.I WELLINGTON, Oct. 3. SONNYSIDE- ASTIiUBT -V?OBK-. A return obtained on Mr Jenkinson's motion was laid on the table of the Council j this afternoon, showing the aotual cost of : s the new water-closets and baths at- Sunny- } I Bide Asylum. The actual coat of material ] was £293 9a, labour £24,T2& lid, number ! 'of men employed 17. Particulars of theI men employed on co-operative works are I given as follows :— Two carpenters worked j 13| weeks each and- earned 4521 a 10£ d per I week each, two bricklayers worked 7 5-12: j weeks each and earned £2 7a I'£d ! per week each, two plasterers worked ! 6 1-24 weeks each and earned £2 143 SfjcU ! per week each, one stonemason worked 2 9-16 weeks and earaed. JB2 18a 6si per week. Particulars of the men employed on day labour are as follow:— One labourer worked' ft 17-24 weeks and earned £2 2* per week, one laboures worked 5-12 week and' earned £2i 2s per week, one bricklayer worked & 1-1$ weeks and earned £2 8s per week,. 1 bricklayer worked £-12 week- and earned £2 14s per week, 1 painter worked 3$ weeka and earned- £2 83 per week, one plumber, 9| weaks, £3 per week* one plumber, 8$ weeks; £2 143 psr week; three plumbers earned at the rate of £2 143 per week ; one stonemason worked 1$ weeks and earned £3 per week. THE trNDESIRA-EIiE IMMIGRANTS BILL. This measure is denounced by the Posit SB "the worst Bill of the session, 1 * and one that " should be killed witliout ceremony." Special exception is taken to the provisions regarding tourists and contract workmen.. 818 B. SUGXIT'B CBABaES.. No indication has yet been given that the Government intends to grant a Commission of Inquiry into Sir B. Sfcout'a allegations against the Christchurch Branch of tha Railway Servants* Union. According to the Post Ministers are averse to an inquiry because they fear that Sir R. Stout'B assertions are literally true. It adds : " The existence of the black list is ' beyond doubt. A member of the Legislai ture waa concerned in its compilation and. 1 revision. There is Btrong reason to believo i that at least one of the Railway Commj3---1 sionera was aware of its existence and |ts ■ contents. The Chief Commissioner's reply , to the inquiries made on the subject by 1 the Government waa a particularly | 1 ' guarded one, rather denying that the, > ' Commissioners had been infl.a^nced by i\»y > i suggestion of tho kiud, &&d assetU&g tM .
they were all uo aware of the existence of Bueh a list. Any inquiry on oath would probibly lead to some strange revelations." CHABGEB AGAINST A SOLICITOR. m A return has just been presented bearing on the charges made in the House against a solicitor of Rangiorn. Tbia shows that summonses were issued from the Rangiora Magistrate's Court by Mr Cttthro as follows: — At the instance of John Dowdle agaiDsfc Thomas B. Dillon, for £12 6a; at the instance of Robert iMeher, against the same defendant, for £2 8s 10di This information docs not bear out the statement that the solicitor had purchased these debts. It should be added, in justice to Mr Cathro, that within a few days after the matter was ventilated in the House he forwarded to Mr J. W. Kelly, M.H.8.. the moneyß whioh he held as Dillon's solicitor. The incident has thus had a satisfactory ending. COST OP LICENSING ELECTIONS. On the motion of Mr Hall a return hae been laid on the table of the House showing the total coat of the recent licensing elections, and the cost in each district. This shows that the total cost was .£6948 83 lOd. The electorate in which the expenses were highest was Westland, ■where the cost was £240 10.=?, and the next highest wa3 Rangitata, with .£234 19a 2d. The four principal cities stand in the following order : — Dunedin .£209 33 Q<\, Wellington £182 2s 7d, Auckland £181 7s 3d, Christchutch £150 3s 7d. The amount? in the different electorates of Canterbury were as follow :— Avon £73 2s, Lyttelton £61 10 a 6d, Riccarton £75 2s lid, Selwyn £63 2s 9d, Ellesmere £75, Ashburton £94 7s Bd, Pareora £88 17a 9d, Timaru £99 3s 2d, Waitaki, £131 75, Kaiapoi £65 10s 7d, Ashley £129 7s 43. A note to the laet entry states that a further 6um of £16 5s 9d is etill disputed by the County Council a 8 being excessive. WHITEBAIT FISHING IN THE ABHLEY BIVEB. Mr Buddo is to ask the Minister of Marine to-morrow if bis attention has been called to the complaints of fUhermen engaged in fishing for whitebait in the Ashley River, against tne recent Order in Council making the use of sot nets for the capture of whitebait illegal, and what stepp, if any, he intends to take to modify this order. BANKING. Rumour is still bußy with the names of the probable and possible president of the Bank of New Zealand. Sir Julius Yogel and Mr Walter Johnston are both men- ; tioned, but there is not, I believe, any j ground for associatiug their names with i the position. A more likely report is that which alleges that Mr James Coates, the general manager of the National Bank, has been offered and is expected tc accept the appointment. I The official announcement of what has been done will probably be made on Friday. A strong impression still prevails that the proposa's for the amalgamation of the Colonial Bank and the B-mk of New Zealand have not been finally abandoned, but that they will be resumed during the recess.