The Ashburton Guardian. Magna et Veritas et Prævalebit. FRIDAY, AUGUST 8, 1890. THE TIMARU ELECTION.
"A prophet is not without honor save in his own country." Theforegoing quotation will apply to politicians as well as to prophets, and Mr J. M. Toomey, of Temuka, realising this, has stepped beyond the borders of his own district, and aspires to represent the electorate of Timaru in the House of Representatives. Mr Toomey is a vigorous writer, an able journalist, a keen debater, and a fearless and persevering advocate of any cause which lie espouses. He takes a keen interest in every public question engaging the attention of the country, and anything appearing over his signature in the metropolitan or country Press in this part of the colony, will always arrest the attention of those who have the welfare of New Zealand at heart. Mr Toomey is therefore wellqualifiedtoseek election to the House, and can certainly not be accused of presumption in doing so. His opinions and views will always command respect and attention, and his return for Timaru would be welcomed by the Liberal party. Mr Aplin, a self-styled working man's candidate, who is also in the field, judged by his recent address, would scarcely make a fitting successor to the late Mr R. Turnbull, or Sir E. Stafford. Mr Aplin appears to have only a superficial knowledge of the i politicial history of the colony, ! and if the election rested between these two candidates Mr Toomey's return would be sure. There are, however, two other candidates in the field. One of these, Mr E. G. Kerr, is also a journalist, not devoid of ability, and on a former occasion, when contesting the seat with the late member, showed that he had a thorough grasp of the political situation, but leaned somewhat towards the party now in power, and whose administration has been anything but satisfactory. Whether Mr Kerr has altered his opinions since then cannot be known until he addresses the electors this evening, but whatever position he may take up, it is between Messrs Kerr and Toomey the contest will lie for the representation of Timaru, should they both go to the poll. Mr Kerr is a local man, well-known and respected, and being the proprietor of the only local paper circulating amongst the electors, has his opponent at a slight advantage, but should he espouse, as he is expected to do, the cause of the present Government, a Liberal constituency like Timaru is very likely to turn its back upon the local man and return an outsider, whose political views are more in accordance with tiie policy advocated by the late highlyrespected representatives.