The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas, et Prevalebit. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1881. Yesterday’s Contest.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4.30 p. m. j
The battle has been fought and won, and has resulted in a victory for the representative of the farming interest— John Cathcart Wason —by a respectable majority. The satisfaction elicited by the news last night, as soon as all the returns were to hand, appeared to be as hearty as it was general, and everyone seemed to think that as the representative in the House for the important constituency of Wakanui, Mr Wason would be the right man in the right place. We share the public satisfaction in Mr Wason’s success, because we have all along believed in the soundnness of that gentleman’s political platform, and have known that its every plank was thoroughly staunch and reliable, and that though it might not possess so much gilding and paint, to speak metaphorically, as the platform of another candidate, yet it was much more serviceable and calculated to wear far better in the long run. What surprises us is the amount of knowledge displayed in the leading article in, this morning’s issue of the Mail respecting the proceedings of yesterday. On the very best authority we know that the special train which stopped a few minutes on the way yesterday to allow some owners of property to record their votes for Wakanui, where their property is situate, was not employed to convey residents of Christchurch to vote for Mr Wason at Rakaia. As a matter of fact, only eight of those who travelled by the special voted at Rakaia, and how they voted the ballot-box will never reveal. That the Wakanui election was turned by eight votes at Rakaia is altogether I
too thin for the public to swallow. Mr Ivess is, of course, perfectly at liberty to test the validity of yesterday’s election in the Electoral Court ; but, in common decency, he should refrain from abusing his opponent and the officials connected with the polling until the decision of that Court is made known. Mr Ivess’s remarks last night from the balcony of Shearman’s hotel were perhaps not altogether inexcusable. He had been reckoning his chickens before they were hatched, and we all know how annoying it is when we find that that little piece of mental arithmetic has been incorrectly performed.
Our Pigeon Despatches. Everyone seemed surprised yesterday at the rapidity with which The Guardian “ Extra,” with the result of the day’s polling made its appearance. We have to tender our best thanks to Mr S. - Saunders for the valuable assistance rendered us by the loan of his pigeons, which brought in the returns from Seafield and Longbeach so expeditiously.
Wesleyan Church Anniversary.— The Rev. W. E. Gillam, of Christchurch, is announced to preach the anniversary sermons at the Cameron street Wesleyan Church to-morrow morning and evening. Mr Gillam is one of the most popular preachers of the Connexion in Canterbury, and it is expected large congregations will be present in the above church to - morrow. The collection will, we understand, be in aid of the trust fund of the church. On Tuesday next the public tea and meeting will be held, and the members of the cause are energetically at work to make the affair a success. Death of a Well-Known Colonist.— We regret to learn, from a private telegram placed in our hands to-day, of the death of Mr R. Reid, the senior partner in the well-known firm of Reid and Grey, the famous agricultural implement makers. Mr Reid was on his way out to the colony in the Lady Jocelyn, and died at sea on the 15th of October. No further particulars are yet to hand.
Ashburton Horticultural Society.— The postponed meeting of the above will be held on Tuesday evening .next, when the Secretary, Mr S. E. Royntz, will read a paper entitled “ Hints bn the cultivation of pot plants.”
Ashburton Industrial Association.— The monthly meeting of the above takes place on Wednesday evening, the 14th instant, when the question of winding up the concern will be gone into.
The Result of the Polling. —Prom Christchurch we learn that the results of the polling in the several districts were officially declared at noon to-day, and everthing passed off quietly. The report of the declaration for Wakanui will be found in another column.
To Parents, &c. —The parents and ratepayers of Wakanui are referred to an announcement in another column by Mr James McLaughlin.
Tenders.— Mr R. Bird invites tenders for the building of two shops and dwelling houses.
A Cowardly Scoundrel. A man named Sullivan has been arrested near Bantry, charged with putting pins and needles in potatoes with which he was feeding the cattle of a Boycotted farmer.