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Mr Saunders had a most enthusiastic reception at Rakaia last night, and was heard for two hours with the most earnest attention. The chair was occupied by E. S. Coster, Esq. In his address, Mr Saunders said that as both candidates were now definitely decided on, and both had publicly expressed their views, it became his duty to point out the difference between them, and to give his reasons for differing from his opponent. Mr Ivess had not adopted this course, but, after heaping every description of coarse abuse and misrepresentation on him in his own paper, which no one ever replied to or noticed, he was now repeating in every district, more or less accurately and completely, a speech which had been printed in the Mail, and, taking care not to bring one of his baseless accusations on the public platform in the presence of friends and foes. This was unfair to him and the Wakanui electors. What Mr Ivess had said in his paper he ought to say on the public platform in the presence of friends and opponents, and let the electors see who was telling the truth, and who could and who could not defend the statements they made. Mr Ivess would not be able to get his editor to speak for him in the House, as he had done at the nomination, and the electors were entitled to see if Mr Ivess could place his own views intelligently before them, and successfully refute or criticise those from which he differed. This was the kind of work their member would require to do if he was to be any good to them, and not merely slander his opponent in his own paper. In reply to questions, Mr Saunders said that no one was better aware of the un-

truthful nature of some newspaper reports than one of his questioners, who worked for Mr Ivess on the Mail. Eor instance, Mr Groumbie Brown could not only manipulate groans and cheei'S and speeches to the satisfaction of himself and his employer, but could entirely transform even the physical features of a country. Some time ago ho reported the existence of an enormous swamp in the lino of the Parihaka road, and had insisted on it with so much pertinacity that the Opposition members of the House sent Mr Hamlin up there to find it, but he had to return without being able to find oven a spring to justify Mr Groumbie Brown’s assertions. So it was with the groans in the gallery, which Mr Turnbull had truthfully described, bub Mr Brown > still insisted upon making them so loud as I to ring in our ears for a twelve mouth, i [Mr Stringer (Mr Ivess’ reporter) hero t asked Mr Saunders how it was that the Wellington and other papers confirmed Mr Groumbie Brown s 5 report ?] Mr Saunders said that no one ' knew better than Mr Stringer that Mr - Brown’s report was not true, and that 3 some unscrupulous newspaper writers take up any sensational story, however baseless. As a specimen of the reliability of , Wellington papers ho might state that on one occasion, when a vote of confidence P debate was going on, a Wellington paper Y reported Mr Macandrew as having made 3- a speech, “not eloquent, but bristling ) with facts, and exceedingly damaging to s the Government,” when the truth was that Mr Macandrew had never spoken a word of any kind. * Mr Broadbelt proposed—” That of the *• two candidates before the electors of s Wakanui Mr Saunders is the most suite able, and thh meeting pledges itself to l- promote his return.” He said, even if there had been any comparison in the n capabilities and fitness of the two candidates who had addressed them, Mr Ivess’s conduct in slandering Mr Saunders in the Mail would quite decide him to vote against him. Mr Dent seconded the resolution, and in doing so said that ho had known Mr Saunders a long time, and had always known him to take a lively interest in all matters that would tend to benefit the working men and the country at large. His acquaintance with him had extended 1- over a period of twenty years, part of 3 which time he was Superintendent of 1 Nelson Province, and he was always spoken of in terms of the highest praise e by the diggers, the working men, and a people generally. Ho was sure that, if “ returned to Parliament, he would leave ® no stone unturned to forward the interest of the district he represented. The resolution was put, and carried i. unanimously, amidst loud cheers. A vote of thanks to the chair concluded the proceedings, which were altogether of a very animated though unanimous character.

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MR SAUNDERS AT RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 661, 13 June 1882

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MR SAUNDERS AT RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 661, 13 June 1882

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