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TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p. m.] The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1881. The Wakanui Seat.

In another week’s time the electors-of Wakanui, who have been so busily engaged of late in passing votes of confidence and thanks to the various candidates for their suffrages, will be called upon to decide in a more definite way upon the, merits of the gentlemen above referred to. The candidates for the Wakanui seat have not yet finished' their, addresses, but the electors have had already- ample opportunities of judging of the merits and demerits of those who seek to become their representatives in: Parliament. ' Mr 1 Wason by his vigorous way of speaking, and 'the frank, straightforward manner in which he has replied to the multitude of questions put to him at. the various centres-at which he has addressed the electors, has won, if report says truly, a large share of the public confidence. This , gentleman has been accused, it is /true, ,by some of being *a .squatter; of. having no sympathy with the working man; of secret sympathy with the large landowners and other ' terrible charges too numerous to particularise. The simple the case—as any unbiassed individual who has. listened, to Mr , Wason’s utterances must admit —are ! that he is quite as much the friend of the working man as some of who are fof ever talking about him, and who merely seek/to make him the political .stalling li'prse to carry them into office. Mr; Wason is not, and never was, as far as .We know, . a runholder. He is merely a farmer, who farms some 3,000 acres at Barr Hill, and whose occupancy of 1 h sll large farm enables him to .employ a considerable, 'amount of ~{gbor, tO'the great/benefit of that ing man to whose ..interests he is accused of 1 being so : selfishly blind. Mr Wason is an honest upright gentleman, who, because, forsooth, he has had the tefndrity .toi denouncb-Communism and the bursting-up of the big estates . by, violent means, is charged with being-a' 'ConsCfvhtiVe/ add having ■ th'e'interests of only. the large .landholders at hegrt. ißut. we. feel sure .that thp electors will/ estimate these charges at their ,true worth. ■ i , J . : )T. [ ' , "Sir C. W., Purnell is .another candidate'who has vetjf'itrdrig fciaftns to the respect, and consj de rati Op of the electors. Mr Purnell is a Liberal, and’ h 1 Liberal in soiqetjhing more than jthe name. He is not, unfortunately/ a ready speaker (sd fat as his mere deli., Very goes that is), but his views are remarkably souri&f- ’and, question, carty' wfeigbt with them. He has beep, well received ‘wherever he lifas

gone, and his views have been listened to, in every instance, with attention. His published political programme, issued with Wednesday’s impression of this journal, is a digest or thume of his speeches delivered throughout the electorate, and presents the reader, in a clear, concise form, with the views of the candidate on all the more important questions at present before the country. Any unprejudiced person who will carefully peruse this programme of Mr Purnell’s must, we feel assured, come to the conclusion that that gentleman is a “ fit and proper person ” to look after their interests at Wellington. Mr Purnell, like Mr Wason, is utterly opposed to violent measures. He believes that certain laws—the laws affecting land more especially—urgently need reforming, but is too keen a politician not to know also that that reform can never be effected successfully without care, thought, and deliberation. To attempt to do all that your ultra “ Liberal ” raves about doing when addressing the electors from the platform would be to do impossibilities. Mr Joseph Ivess as the third candidate for the coveted Seat, and has entered the lists on the Democratic ticket. Like Mr Purnell, Mr Ivess calls himself a “ Liberalbut there is about as much difference between his Liberalism and that of the firstmentioned candidate as between Regent street and the Rangitata Island. Mr Ivess commenced his campaign by refraining to a great extent from enunciating any original views of his own; his idea was to follow in the wake of Mr Wason and endeavor to point out that gentleman’s political shortcomings to the electors. r l hey were not many, but Mr Ivess made the most of them—he was thankful for small mercies. Such a course, we need hardly say, was as unusual as it was unfair. On the land, question. Mr- Ivess comes out particularly strong. Burning with honest indignation at the action of the large landholders he shouts “ Reform ! ” and advocates the “ bursting-up policy ” with tremendous zeal.; “ What ” (in effect) has Mr Ivess said over and over again when addressing the electors of Wakanui, “is the bloated squatter to hold these great blocks of land; ate the great land,companies to monopolise the soil which should be free as the,air to all, the working man and the cockatoo qse : to wander homeless over the country?—never ! never, that is if Mr Joseph Ivess is returned to Parliament!” 1

Ah poof, down-troddeiiworking man, there will be, no redress for. you until Mr Ivess sits as the champion of your liberties in the General Assembly]

One word more and we have done. Electors of Wakanui, you are about to decide in the election of a representative in Parliament a matter of grave importance; and one affecting the welfare not of yourselves alone but of the community at large. : Think twice before you act. Don’t' be led away by party, feeling, but vote for the man who ’ you' honestly believe; will most, ably represent you, no matter what his creed may be. But above all don’t be misled by clap-trap and humbug about “ bursting up,” and the wrongs of the working mah. “Be sure that the politician who is always harping, on the working man,” says “ Poor Richard,” “ has an axe to grind.” The saying is an hackneyed one, but it is so good that it will bear repetition.

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TOWN EDITION. [Issued at 4.30 p. m.] The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1881. The Wakanui Seat., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 507, 2 December 1881

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TOWN EDITION. [Issued at 4.30 p. m.] The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas Et Prevalebit. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1881. The Wakanui Seat. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 507, 2 December 1881

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