The Ashburton Guardian. Magna Est Veritas. Et Prevalebit. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, 1882. Mr Wason’s Case.
TOWN EDITION. [lssued at 4. 40 p. m. j
We have been patiently waiting ever since Parliament assembled for some one to bring the case of Mr Wason before the House, and move for the reimbursement of that gentleman’s expenses in connection with the Wakanui election petition. Nothing has, however, been done in the matter as yet. The unanimous opinion of the public is that Mr Wason has been very hardly used. His case has been commented on by nearly every newspaper in the colony, and almost invariably has sympathy been expressed for him. He contested the Wakanui election with great spirit, was a highly popular candidate, and would have been acting as the representative for “ the virgin constituency” at the present time had it not been for an unfortunate mistake on the part of one of the Returning Officers. That mistake cost Mr Wason not only his seat but a considerable sum of money to boot, probably from LSOO to Lx,ooo. For the loss of his seat Mr Wason is deserving of sympathy, for he worked hard for it. The loss is not confined to himself j it is one that affects the community, and, in the light of recent events, is to be more than ever deplored. However, the futility of crying over spilt milk is proverbial, and no man is less likely to indulge in that profitless occupation than Mr Wason himself. But to expect him to pay the cost of his own unseating—that unseating being the result of the carelessness of another—is altogether opposed to fair play, and we trust the matter will receive the early attention of the Government. The visit of the members to Christchurch for the Exhibition offers an opportunity too good to be lost for a deputation to wait upon them and urge Mr Wason’s very just claim. The members will probably be pestered with many deputations"duving brief stay in Christ-,
church, but Mr Wason’s case is no trumpery one, and it is to be hoped that some of his many admirers will take it up._