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Sib Julius Voqel has, so the cable informs us, decided to spend the rest of this year m England, and as be has already been absent for one cession, purposes resigning his seat for Christchurch North. This is by no means unexpected, indeed we all along deemed it probable that his visit to the Old Country would result m his determining to remain there. He is always full of ideas, and if these are turned into a commercial channel he may at any moment make a great hit and develop into one of London's financial magnates. Besides this he has the pen of a ready writer and if his novel *f The Year Twp Thousand " prove to take the publio taste he will probably follow ifc up by others and if successful may count upon winning not only fame but substantial golden guerdon as the reward of his genius. He is not of the calibre to be pontent to qccupy a subordinate position m anything, and politically, bq far as New Zealand is concerned, there was no chance of his becoming the leader of the House—- at anyrate during the existence of the present Parliament. Changes m the colonies come about so rapidly that it is quite possible that by the time another general election comes round such a change may be wrought m public sentiment that Sir Julius may once more be the man for the hour, ans if so he may again be found occupying a leading position among our statesmen, but until then we think he has chosen wisely m determining to withdraw from New Zealand politics. There is as yet no hint of probable candidates for the seat about to be vacated but it may be expected, we presume, that Mr John Ollivier will offer his services, and not improbably efforts will be made to induce Mr E. Q. Wright and possibly Mr Bolleston to come forward. The electors ought to find no difficulty m finding a suitable man, and it is to be hoped that they will exercise their privilege wisely and well, by returning as their new member a man who will be an acquisition to the House and a credit to Canterbury.

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SIR JULIUS VOGEL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889

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SIR JULIUS VOGEL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2071, 23 February 1889