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To the Editor. Sib, —In Tuesday’s issue of the Mail appears an extract from a letter of the Christchurch correspondent of the Dunedin Saturday Advertiser criticising the several candidates for the ■ Wakanui seat, and prophesying the result of the election. This correspondent who knows so much about our local men, their influence, and their chances, is no doubt the sapient individual who penned the paragraph in the Christchurch Telegraph of September last about the chances of the several candidates for the vacancies in the Borough Council, and no doubt drew his inspiration on the present occasion ,frqm the same source from which he drew it then. On that occasion your readers will recollect the oracle declared that Mr , Harrison hadn’t a ghost of a show, and thatJMr J. Orr had about as much, that thß_ candidates who were almost sure to go m witn Mr Williamson (who was of course a dead certainty) were Messrs Shearman and Bird, the profess of Messrs Ivesa and St, Hill - and on the present occasion the omniscient correspondent is fulsome in his adulation of Mr Ivess. On comparing the above, your readers will not take long to suspect who it wm that inspired the paragraph anA jJhh. latter-;;- Mr Ivess object in republishing tlm; a exsr§ot is to make the Wakanui believe that ho is the only Liberal candidate in the field.

that he only is the. true friend of the fanner, eta, eta I trust, sip, that you ■ -will allow me tj point out to thie Wakanm electors. that Mr Ivess is not the ’only ■ Liberal'candidate in the field, j . Unless I furhave entirely misread his speeches and r: missunderstood their purport, Mx Purnell • • iaj 'l'submit, as true a Liberal as Mr Ivess, if not truer. Let me ask the! Wakanm doctors not to be gulled by the ipsifimts of Mr IveSs (for by republishing the extract he makes Its sentiments his ,p\yn) or of the : inspired correspondept of ..the. Saturday Advertiser. Let them read Mr Purnell’s speeches, and if thqythink fit put him to the test with appropriate quesv tions, and I in my turn will prdphesy that they will find in Mr Purnell a itrupi conscientious, and consistent Liberal, hot one who .denies Sir Geprge Grey ahd all his ..Jworfcs dh one occasion and lauds him on the next.—l am, &0. , A Liberal.

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THE WAKANUI CANDIDATES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881

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THE WAKANUI CANDIDATES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 498, 11 November 1881