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' To the Emtob. Sie, —Permit me through the medium of your paper to .make' a few remarks in reply 'to- ah anonymous letter which' appears it this morning’s ' 'Mail , written for, or written by; someone; who; signs himself “Elector,” who wishes to acquaint the public "“with w-few facts- relative -to Mr Wason’s meeting at Wakanui on Friday last. Elector’s ” first;'.“fact” is tldpi ■ there were eight-seven present. Whether this ia a fact or nol i am not pteparfed tb as l did not trouble myself to; count, but still • I can say: that the number piresent were f ar in excess of those who attended Mr Ivess’ or Mr Purnell’s meeting, and is a satisfactory evidence of Who is the favorite candidate at Wakanui.

■The “ groupe of boys ” mentioned by Elector ” numbered, I believe, seven, and the ladies numbered three, and the gentlemen from .Ashburton four only, but the latter were all on the Electoral Roll of Wakanni. - ' But, however, to come to the ■ ‘ misnamed confidence motion/’ It is true* -that the vote of thanks 'Was first moved and seconded, 7 and then came the amendment for the vote of confidence ; Mr Barnes Brown then rose and said “that as soon as one or the other of these were disposed oThe had a counter amendment to put. ” Mr Brown was very considerate | in mforihing the meeting of this, his idea | -no; doubt being that many those present would be desirous of seeing’ \dr! knowing what Mr Brown’s amendment: was, and so, refrain from - voting ; on the ' first.amendment or the cbhfiaeiteemotion-1 If so the bait didn’t take, therefore Mr Brown became very wrath, as he appeared! to have been throughout the greater part of the' meeting, his ire being no doubt provoked by a remark made by myself atl the commencement of the meeting. But farther, this übiquitous “ Elector ” tells! "us hd knows of three or four parties who; had an amendment to put to the meeting. Welt, granted this, I suppose that these parties, being no doubt possessed of a greater' modicum of brains than “Electdrj” saw the utter uselessness of putting their amendment after the vote of odhfidehce had been carried by so largo a majority. “ Elector’ 4 theh goes on to tell ns that it was then pat to the meeting whether it should be a vote of thanks or of confidence. Fifteen voted for the original motion and twenty-one for the amendment, hut this was only to test whether the motion or the amendment should be carried. Of course, that , was the only reason, just ■ to. see. which was to be carried, thanks,, or thanks and confidence, as Edgar Allen. Poe would say it was “.only this, and and nothing more. ” Then ‘ * Elector ” proceed s to tell ua “ how the amendment was carried,” and who voted for it. There were, he says, two persons from Ashburton who have nothing to do with Wakanni,; taro of. Mr'.Olephama’s sons and the 'chairman. he inust have a very sharp eye this same elector, for although I was the only person standing at the time, and had every, opportunity of seeing who voted, yet I did not see this, but since the meeting I have found that Mr Cambridge and. three other of the gentlemen from Ashburton who voted for the amendment, are electors of the district. I admit that I

held up my hand, hut it was for the purpose of counting, and I did not count my own hand or vote in the decision, although I had a perfect right to do so had I wished. “ Elector ” goes on to say

that I was regularly in a fog, etc. It ap- : pears to me that “ Elector ” must be in a fog regularly, to judge froin this production of his able pen. Then, he says, Mr Brown’s amendment expressed the opinion of by far the majority of the meeting, ,1 ask “ Elector ” how does he know what Mr Brown’s amendment expressed—has he seen it or did he draft it. It was never laid before the meeting, end as Mr Brown left the meeting Jn.a huff he must have seen it on him since. Isay, “Elector,” if yon are not brown you are green. Then you say that the fifteen who voted a measure of thanks, as a matter of grace and courtesy, were ready to testify that Mr Wason was not a fit and proper person to represent them. I denounce that stateihent as a downright, barefaced, shameless, villanous lie, for the gentleman who moved and seconded the vote of thanks voted for the amendment of ihanks and confidence. With regard to the hisses being directed against Mr - Wason, that is another lie as black as the other, the hisses were directed against Mr . Brown for his unseemly conduct, by which the meeting was' detained about an hour longer than was necessary, and by which he endeavored, without success, to poison the minds of the electors against Mr Wason. Surely'the cause must be: a weak and.bad one which' will’descend ltd’ use such base and contemptible means |to accomplish its ends. Shakespeare has 1 truly said a man may “ smile and smile and be a villan,” The next time “ Elector ” favors the public with the products of his genius, I hope- he will not be ashamed of his name.—l am, etc., Geobqe W. Leadiey, Chairman of Mr Waaon’s Wakanui Meeting. Novembers.

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MR WASON’S WAKANUI MEETING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881

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MR WASON’S WAKANUI MEETING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 10 November 1881

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