MR WASON AT KYLE.
[from our own correspondent.]
Mr Wason met the electors of Kyle on Saturday evening. Mr John Lambie was voted to the chair, and in introducing Mr Wason said a report was being busily circulated throughout the district that Mr Wason’s sympathies and interests were entirely opposed to those of the farmers. As he wished to see something like fair play, he wished to deny absolutely the truth of the statement, and to say that of his own knowledge Mr Wason was one of themselves, a “ cockatoo ” pure and simple, and endeavoring like them to knock his living out of the land. For his part he hoped that when the farmers had the opportunity of returning one of their own number to Parliament, they would let lawyers and pressmen seek more congenial constituencies. He begged to introduce Mr Wason. Mr Wason, who was well received, dealt for a considerable time on various
ment, taxation, commission, local govern* ment, etc., and concluded by expressing his willingness to explain further his view in reply to any elector. In reply to Mr Baxter, Mr Wason said he did not think there would be any difficulty in proclaiming the district an agricultural one, and he thought the chairman of the Road Board would be the proper person to convene a meeting of ratepayers to consider the question. In reply to Mr Lambie, Mr Wason said the report of the Native Commission very clearly showed that the natives had not been either properly, or even honestly, in many cases, treated in the past. He disapproved of a war policy, and the .bill, which would have to be paid soon wouldbe a heavy one. Sugar and blankets, generosity and kindness, tempered with firmness, was the only possible native policy. (Loud cheers). . , In reply to Mr Legerwood, Mr Wason-, thought Bible reading in the school-hours, and by the schoolmaster, would very materially strengthen the hands of those who were endeavoring by every' means, direct and indirect, to upset the. tion Act. He thought a fair compromise would be to allow the elder children to, read the Bible either before or after the usual school-hours*
In reply to Mr M'Anulty, Mr Wason pointed out that to increase the duties upon spirits to any great extent, would throw open a great temptation to smuggling and illicit stills. If elected he would certainly, not vote for a distinction being made between a squatters’ dog and those of a farmer.
In reply to Mr Lambie, Mr Wason said that the County Councils of Selwyn and Ashburton were the proper' bodies ■;to move in the matter of abridge over the Rakaia. Government would, doubtless, expect their cordial co-operation before consenting to the work. Ho hoped whoever was returned, a strong effort Would be made in the House to return the 20 per cent, of the Land Fund to the various counties. If it was deemed necessary that, certain industries should receive protect tion, a direct bonus should be given so. that the people might understand exactly what they were paying for the luxury; Protective duties could be of no benefit to the farmer and would seriously hamper his operations by the increased price 1 he would have to pay for his goods. Mr Rogers said that if no other elector had any more questions to ask, he would move a vote of thanks to Mr Wason for his address. Mr Thompson seconded the motion. Mr Mulligan said that after having heard Mr Wason’s address, he had much pleasure in proposing, as an amendment, that a vote of confidence- should be added. t Mr Legerwood seconded the amendment. 4
The chairman then called for a show of hands, and declared the amendments carried. (Loud applause.) Mr Wason, in thanking the electors for the compliment they had paid him, said, he had no personal ambition in the matter and no personal interests to serve. He had been invited to contest the seat by a number of his friends and neighbors, who believed that his views were fairly in accord with the majority of the electors. If elected, the constituency, would have, his best services. He was sure all present would agree with him in hoping the best man would be elected, and also in carrying a vote of thanks to Mr Lambic as chairman of the meeting. The vote of thanks to the chair was carried with acclamation, and the meeting dispersed.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881
MR WASON AT KYLE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 491, 14 November 1881
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