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[from a correspondent.] Quite an excitement prevailed at Bakaia on Saturday when it was known..

that Mr Wason and some of his supporters intended passing through on theirway home from Ashburton. Sevdpl traps and horsemen went far on the tpld to escort Mr Wason’s party to the t<wm* ship, and soon after quite a cavalcade pi* ceded Mr Wason and his four-in/haud to the Town Hall. ; About fifty persons having assembled in the Town Hall, Mr Mann took the chair, and explained how pleased he was at the result of the strenuous efforts Rakaia had made the previous day to return a representative of the farming interest to Parliament, and called upon Mr Jackson to propose Mr Wason’s health. ,Mr . Jackson said he had now lived thirty-two years, and during that time had gone through many vicissitudes and he could safely say that he never had such truly pleasurable feelings as he had when he learnt the result of the poll on Friday. He had known Mr Wason since he had been in the colony, and he had done much in a private capacity to further settlement and encourage farming in the coiintry, and also he had served the public well during the three years he was in the Houso of Representatives, as all who were then in that House could testify. He would not detain the gentlemen present any longer, but would ask them cordially to drink Mr Wason’s very good health.

After the toast had been drunk in the best of liquor by all present, Mr Wason said he thanked them very heartily for their reception. He thanked those who had voted for him and succeeded. iuL placing him at the head of the poll, at the same time knowing the serious responsibilities they had thrown on Jiis shoulders, which he very fully recognised. His feelings were of a mixed nature. —So4»*dbeen working on the Rakaia for the last twelve years, in one'way and another, and had ever done his, best, , according, to his lights, to further the prosperity of the country, and of the district. He knew he had many friends in the; i district, some very old ones and some of more recent date. If he had; made any personal enemies, either privately or in any public capacity, he regretted the fact, and hoped that those who opposed him on personal grounds would recognise that there were occasions when it was impossible for a man to do his duty without, doing something disagreeable. He was happy to be able to say he had received support from every section of the community, and was glad to think so many in Wakanui .Jiad, acknowledged that Liberal ideas were quite compatible, with the ownership (Loud cheers.) A vote of thanks and three cheers for the Chairman terminated the proceedings. ,

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MR WASON AT RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881

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MR WASON AT RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 506, 12 December 1881