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Mr Wason met the electors of Wakanui on Monday evening, at the schoolhouse, Barr Hill.

Mr Mackie occupied the chair. I Mr Wason having reiterated his views ( upon many political matters, went on to I say that a faction had arisen among them I which arrogated to itself the title of 1 “ Liberal.” For his part he was a Liberal { in politics, had always been one, and I hoped always to remain one. Society had I been ably described as froth at the top and dregs at the bottom, and there was much ado to keep the middle sweet and sound. So in politics: they had the great landowners on one side, who in some cases were desirous of legislating for their own benefit, and on the other side they had the Communists, who, taking up the cry that property was a crime, wished to legislate specially against it. True Liberalism was the abolition of all class legislation—a fair field and no favor, to all. Communism was not Liberalism, and was very much more closely allied, in fact, to the rankest Toryism. It was only by the support of some of the very wealthiest men in the colony that Sir George Grey ever succeeded in usurping the reins of Government.

Mr Daly asked a series of questions which caused much laughter. After a few other queries relating to education, railway management, etc., Mr Jackson said that if no other elector wished to ask any questions he desired to move a vote of thanks to Mr Wason and | of confidence in him as a fitting representative for Wakanui, which was the most important agricultural constituency of the most important provincial district oi New Zealand. The speaker went on to allude to Mr Wason’s personal qualifications lor the position; to the esteem in which he was held by those around him; and, above all, to the soundness of his political views. [ Mr Thomas Muland seconded the motion.

Mr Saunders and Mr Irvine wished to add an amendment “ That this meeting pledges itself to do all in its power to return Mr Wason as the Wakanui representative.” The amendment was tacked to the motion, and carried unanimously amid loud acclamation.

Mr Wason thanked the electors for the compliment, and moved a vote of thanks to the Chair.

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MR WASON AT BARR HILL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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MR WASON AT BARR HILL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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