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■ ’ Mr Purnell addressed the Wakanul electors at the Willowby schoolhouse yesterday evening. Some twenty-five or thirty electors were present. Mr T. Ohap- “ man was voted to the chair. The candidate having explained hia views on the chief political topics of the 3 > day, sundry questions were put to him, in reply to two of whicli he said lie wfts )r not in favor of the Government constructing the West Coast railway. It was admitted even by the promoters of the railway—and promoters were always sanguine —that the railway could not be expected to pay; and in the present state of its finances it would be most imprudent for the colony to enter upon such an undertaking, although no doubt the line would *• ultimately have to be made. He thought _ that the procedure of the Supreme Court might be simplified, and he believed such S to be the almost unanimous opinion of the ' legal profession. At the same time ho doubted whether law could be made cheap, ® as lawyers’ charges were but one item in r the cost of a suit. Mr Williams moved and Mr T. Chapman seconded the following resolution:— “ That this meeting thanks Mr Purnell for his address, and having now heard the views of the three candidates, is of opinion that Mr Purnell is the most suitable of the candidates to represent the Wakanui district in the General Assembly.” The Chairman said he fully concurred in the resolution which had just been passed, and animadverted in strong terms upon the attempts which were being made in the district to set class against class. One of the candidates seemed to have ) gone mad with Liberalism. (Great laughter.^ A vote of thanks was given to the Chairman, and the meeting dispersed.

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MR PURNELL AT WILLOWBY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881

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MR PURNELL AT WILLOWBY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 502, 26 November 1881