The Ashburaton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1888. THE LINCOLN ELECTION.
The electors of Lincoln will evidently have no cause to complain of a dearth of candidates for the seat vacant by the resignation of Mr O'Callaghan, there being apparently a prospect of no less than four soliciting their suffrages. These are — Mr John Ollivier, Mr E. G. Wright, Mr A. Saundere and the Hon W. Eolleston. The first-named has already announced himself and the other three are spoken of by busy-tongued rumor with more or less probability. Each of them has his special recommendations, each will consequently^ doubtless, have hearty supporters, and should they all come to the post a very exciting electoral race may certainly be looked for. Mr Ollivier has a long and honorable record m connection with the Provincial Government and subsequently m the offices of Provincial Auditor and of a Resident Magistracy and being v capital speaker, a genial and estimable man, and a" thorough-going Liberal should make an excellent representative. But Mr Wright, if he should' determine to enter the field, would, we should think, distance him m the race having an equally good record m all respects and having the advantage of previous experience m the House, besides possessing special abilities m connection with railways and public works which render him an unusually desirable addition to the present House. But for that very reason we should regret to see him m the field, because we have always regarded the possibility of his abilities being utilised m a different way — we mean upon the Board of Railway Commissioners with much satisfaction, and his candidature for Lincoln would be equivalent to an announcement that his appointment to the Board is not to be looked for. Mr b'aunders again is a man of ability, though of a different order, his speciality being rather m the direction of hducation, and he would, doubtless, poll a good share of the votes, though, we imagine, his recent espousal of the State control of distilling- strong waters will be likely to set against him the entire temperance vote. Mr Rolleston's past services to the colony are undeniable^ and he is a man whose presence m the House is a distinct gain, but being himself a strong party man he is only sure of the support of that section of the electors who are believers m Major Atkinson and his policy. Should all four go to the poll we should fancy that Mr Ollivier would stand a good chance of success, as ho is, if we mistake not, the only Oppositionist, and the other three being all on the same side would necessarily split up the votes of the Ministerialist section, though it is hard to predict what is likely to happen when there are so many candidates, cave that it is nearly always safe to expect the unexpected.