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that he saw a juryman shaking his head, but he (Curran) could assure his Honor that there was nothing in it. But to let off this borrowed joke Mr O’Reily had fone out of his way that night to say that e (Mr Hughes) had shaken his head when, as a matter of fact, he _ had done nothing of the kind. Mr O’Reilly would never be returned for Wakanui, and in coming forward he was merely trying to draw a red herring across the trail of the electors. Mr Hughes, after some further remarks in a similar strain, descended from the platform amidst tremendous uproar. Mr O’Reilly said he was quite ready to answer any questions, but he could see no question—it might be his natural dullness —in what the last speaker had said. Mr Williams wanted an explanation about the LSO. Mr O’Reilly: (to Mr Williams) “ I shall call upon you on Monday morning, and trouble you for the name of your informant. He shall answer to me for this—if necessary in the Christchurch Supreme Court. !(Renewed uproar.] Mr Williams: ‘‘ You ask for my informant’s name, Mr O’Reilly, but it is not onev man hut so many who have said it that it would take me a week to tell you all theifihames. ” [Yells. J Mr O’Reilly: “ 1 don’t care how many your informants may be,' sir, but they are all wilful and malicious liars.” A voice: “ Williams is on Ivessa committee.” [Prolonged yells.] Mr O’Reilly here said “ Good night, and retired amidati renewed uproar, which continued for some minutes.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 21 November 1881

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 497, 21 November 1881

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