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To the Editoe. Ste, —The discussion at the last meeting of the Borough Council when the tenders for preparing the Bate Roll were considered, and the proceedings of last night’s meeting, when Mr Ivess challenged the Mayor’s statement about his _(Mr Ivess’) consistency of having (1) Expressed his views of being in favor of the Mayor’s movement. (2) Of having stated at Mr Quill’s that “ if elected for the General Assembly, he would endeavor to bring in a Bill in favor of the same,” and should now be voting against it, will go clearly and conclusively to show the utter incapability and unworthiness of Mr Ivess to represent not only such an important and large electoral district as VVakhmn, bat' stay" other constituency for the General Assembly.

Or Ivess is reported to have had said at TO TSKe , Bdfoogh<)otmoil-ineetnig that “both tenders were too ; high.” He would suggest “ that the Town Clerk make out the roll, at an extra premium of say LI 0. As the work would bo simply to copy the previous roll the present tenders were excessive.” Now, as a Borough Councillor of many years’ standing, as a mem- : her of the late Nelson Provincial Council, where, by-the-bye, he did not prove himself such an amiable and wise Soloroan as he reported himself in one of the locals of ’ his : own periodical, The Ashburton Mail, as “in aspiring candidate for the honorable position for a seat in the General ’ Assembly,” he (Mr Ivess) should or ought to know that the duties of a valuator are not simply copying the previous roll, but that the duties, if satisfactorily performed, are much more onerous. The schedule ' of the : Rating Act runs as follows: ‘‘l, A. 8., do solemnly promise and declare that I will faithfully and impartially, and to the best of my skill and judgment, make a true and faithful valuation of the rateable property in the —— - —, in accordance with the provisions of the ’Rating Act.” . , Such is the declaration a valuator has .to make upon oath. But, t© the wouldbe “ Wakanui aspirant ” to the “Champion of Retrenchment,” this is a matter of little or no consideration. As long as the end is gained it is • all • the same. Now, again, at the

public meeting last night, the lie direct waa given to Mr Ivess by Messrs ■ Roberts and Dolman, when he challenged the Mayor’s statement, and the way in which he persisted in trying to shuffle out of it, will jgive all, and especially the Wakanui electors,an idea, and lam glad there is still plenty of time to consider, before the general election comes off, ■ what this man is actually made of. Is it ' possible, that a man who has got the effrontery to stand up at a public meeting and deliberately contradict his own words, . - iff asking to be sent as our member to the ■.£ General Assembly 1 Are we to send such a' man to help make laws for us 1 I sin- : ‘ cerely hope that the electors will consider * twice before sending a man so inconsistent and unworthy, of their confidence to the General Assembly.—l am, etc.. An Elector and Lover of Truth,

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WAKANUI ELECTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881

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WAKANUI ELECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 493, 16 November 1881