The Ashburton Guardian.O Magna Est Veritas Et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, AUGUST 19. 1890. THE TIMARU ELECTION.
The return of Mr Hall-Jones for the Timaru constituency will cause genuine surprise. Mr Jones is a working carpenter and joiner—a working-man m the true sense of the word—who is almost unknown outside of his own district. He is known to most Tiraaru residents as a man of average ability, and one who takes more than a passing interest m Municipal politics. He occupies a seat at the Borough Council table, and is a member of the Levels Road Board. In his capacity as a Municipal politician the new member for Timaru, while not displaying any marked aptitude for a higher political flight, has taken, great pains to thoroughly acquaint himself beforehand with the ins and outs of any subject likely to come up for discussion; and when he has taken up a position he displays much firmness, at times almost verging on stubborness. His utterances, nevertheless, are characterised by shrrwd common-sense, and those who listen to him, however much they may differ with the views expressed, are impressed with the conviction that the speaker believes what he says. The fact of Mr Jones being a working-man has no doubt won for him a block rote from the Trades Unions and laborers m Timaru, and this, combined with a want-of-confi-dence by the electors m the sudden conversion of his strongest opponent to Liberal principles, is, we are inclined to believe, the reason why he has been returned to the House. Being a work-ing-man, his sympathies are with the masses, and this being so, he has, naturally enough, allied himself to the Opposition. By his return the Opposition have, therefore, retained a vote, and the Timaru electors have proved themselves consistent m returning a member to the party to which their late highly-respected member belonged. Mr Jones may not win the laurels that encircled the brow of the late i member for Timaru, but he will, we feel sure, follow m the same footsteps, and if not remarkable for brillancy, will be respected for his political honesty and integrity. The new inamber will only hold the seat until the expiration of the present j Parliament, on the sth of October next, after which date he will be called upon to contest under the new electoral regulations, a larger district; but his ! majority on this occassion has been of such a substantial nature that it may be fairly taken for granted that he will represent Timaru for the ensuing three years. As a working man's candidate, and one who knows something of the class he represents, the new member for Timaru should be able to supply some practical advice to the House when dealing with measures j affecting labour, and his presence m the Hou.se at the juncture, when imj portant labour Bilk are about to be passed into law, will be appreciated by by the labour party. It i.s to be hoped that one of his first steps Avill be to proceed to Wellington at or.cc, and I take part m the deliberations affecting the welfare of trie jiargp section of the 1 population whose interests he lias i pledged himself to represent,