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WAKANUI ELECTION.

To the Editor. Sir,— The Ashburton election having been decided by the return of Mr E. G. Wright, a supporter of the Hall Government, it becomes the duty of the Wakanui electors to weigh well the claims of the rival candidatesnow seekingtheic suffrages. Assuming, as I think all will admit, that the Ashburton and Wakanui electorates are virtually one,' bound together by indissoluble political ties, having identical interests, to my mind it is quite clear that the elected representative of Wakanui should, for the united interests of the Ashburton County, be a supporter of the Hall Government, otherwise, should any great question arise in Parliament, the farce of two members representing common interests would be found voting in opposite directions, thus virtually disfranchising their electorates. All party opinions should be sunk to obtain the general good. I do not advocate the election of auy blind supporter of the Hall Government ; only of such as would support them where the general good is concerned. Now, Sir, of the three candidates before the Wakanui electors, Mr Wason is undoubtedly the one who would accord the Hall Government a just and reasonable support, without being a blind follower of the same, if we may judge by his addresses. Let us go a little further, and examine the personal qualifications-of the respective candidates, and the first question naturally arises, What stake has Mr Sh-and-So in the country and district that we should elect him as our representative ? Here again Mr Wason stands pre-eminent { a man farming some 3,000 acres of freehold land, having sunk large sums in improving the same, an employer of many r hands, and- consequently a large contributor to the revenue of the country; the founder of a home which could not readily be converted into cash at short notice, even if the owner so desired. Surely it must be admitted! this candidate has a decided Stake in the country, the prosperity or otherwise of which must materially affect him either for weal or woe. Mr Purnell, though undoubtedly possessed of great ability, is nevertheless dependant on his professional business, 1 and should such in the course of events materially diminish, he would ■ naturally have to seek pastures new. The I other candidate, Mr Joseph Iveas, is a rank radical, thoroughly communistic in his ideas, » blind follower (if not of Sir George Grey himself) of all his measures, etc. Mr Ivess’s habits and disposition ate; eminently migratory. Since his first com-; ing to Ashburton he has been constantly oh the move—starting newspapers in all parts i of i the colony—and his actual stake-in the district is nothing. That he is - possessed of i great volubility of speech, all will . admit, but we . doi not want in the. Geheral Assembly 1 men; of his stamp, who >re fond of hearing ! ■>-; t'i ; T.dl mV 'V ■'t - ."l Z. |

the sound of their own voices, the criminate use of which is a sheer waste of

public time, and virtually means increased taxatidhbn all. The scenes that haw been enacted during the last two sessions of Parliament are proof of this, and Mr Ivess’s line of conduct incur own little

Borough Council (though given effect to under the guise of unearthing some fancied howling injustice) naturally warrants us in supposing he would be found pursuing the same course in Parliament if elected. Proof of this may be seen if

wanted in his rampant oration re Borough retrenchment, ending, as all knew it would, in smoke, though himself the presiding genius of the investigating committee. One fact be could have in ten minutes, at any time, by applying; at the Council office: The retam of Mr Ivess asf the representative’ of Wakanul Would also mean the giving him annum as special reporter of his ow n paper • the Mail, through whose columns -Wa—should be regaled with Mr Ivess’s particular ideas of passing eventaf There_lsi ode point which cannot fail to act' disparagingly in Mr Ivess’s favor, namely. We > utter inability to refute : the-. 'yariouafcharges that have been laid against him with any color of truth.. What, I ask, _ do all those letters amount to that appear ' in the Mail of Saturday list 1 : I" s#y ■ simply nothing. Does Mr Ivess think anyone would believe if, in say ten years’ time, ; he was standing for some important [ office in! a .distant part of the colony, andhis then opponent accused him of bb-~ structiveneas or anything_else which took • place now, .that , his present fellow-coun- t cillors, if appealed to by him, would give an unfavorable reply I'~ N6,'srr. Human nature would say, “if~you can do the man no good at least dof 'him' BO r Harm/'and that, 1 sir, I take it, was the feeling. o£ the gentlemen whose letters were so osten-tatiously-displayed . on .Friday, and Satmr-, day. In. my opinion it goes a very way to disprove anything. On the religious question I do not feel inclined to toqchmuch*, - though, knowing Mr Ivess as a Catholic respecting' that body , and the; end and aim of their desire, I cannot conscientiously believe, jshquld the question of DenomihSibrisflfefil) versus arise, that he would be true to his promise to the electors, vagtm as they : doubtedly are; and favoring as he does the Nelson system; for he would ; either be a traitor to his creed'or to thbi electors, and naturally the last-named-would be the sufferer.", There is one 1 other point upon' which I must touch before I conclude, and : that is Mr Ivess the champion of the He stumped the country a few months'ago On -the' cooperative ticket, and gushed' out in his

usual strains, how he was. -going ,to .raise, the poor cookies to prosperity abdaffluence/ Mhny said it was only* dodge, arid so it haaiurndd lTh^ r <g);<j|>erative movement is dead, and so is Mr Ivess’s interest in.it, at least, as far as, the, farjnera ; arje concerned. His point was gamed, dr he thinks sb‘, and now the-farmer-'and cooperation may go to Hong Kong, so long as he gets to Parliament. 1 Again, if Kri‘ was so the friend of the farmer, why did hp not assist the cheese factory system, arid report the meetings of the lecturererjgaged. I, pan tell you, and- deny. it..if. he can. * Because he was not given -an advertisement about it, at an exorbitant price, double what other papers charged - and obtained. This was the action of the farmer's friend. I think from- these facts it: must be patent that Mr Ivess is not a desirable candidate to represent a farming constituency. Self-aggrandisemerit arid boundless ambition are the true sources of this gentleman seeking our suffrages. Then let us all unite )arid J show [that (it least we are not going to be represented by any wandering journalist, puffed up with own importance,'whose-tap of eloquence it turned on (as we know it would bej, would, fall unheeded by hiis fellow , mjenabers,. bringing discredit on our electorate. —I am, etc., AH-EißoxOtS.- .

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WAKANUI ELECTION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 5 December 1881

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WAKANUI ELECTION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 509, 5 December 1881

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