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There is a game of cards, supposed to be of Spanish origin,.which- is-much m vogue upon the diggings, and among sailors and others. It may be played by two, three, four, or six players, and is known as " euchre." Its rules are very simple, the game being easily understood, except when it is like Midshipman 1 Easy's duel, a threet cornered one, when it is known as " cut-throat euchre " because then every player is an Ishmael m that " his hand is against every man, and every mati's hand against him." When there a^e only two players the object of each is of course to score the most tricks, while if there be three it sometimes pays to help one of", one's opponents rather than allow the other to score a euchre. Now, though it may at firsit sight appear that this illustration is a]yropos to nothing m particular, a little reflection will show that it is very apposite to the political struggle m which the Colony is about to engage. In all directions we hear of a 'multiplicity of candidates coming forward, oil the Liberal side especially, and it seems highly probable that lira number of electorates there will be two or three or more Liberal candidates, as against one or two on the opposite side jNow so long as there are two against two, or three against three, so that each side suffers equally from vote-splitting, neither side may be specially harmedi, buc 'where it comes to a case, as we fear it will-in some instances of two or three Liberal candidates as against one Conservative, it becomes "a moral" that the Latter will winj owing to the other side being unable to -exert its full strength m support of any one candidate: In such a case .a true regard for principles should induce those candidates who have the least chance of heading the poll to retire m favor of the strongest man on the same side, so that there may be a fair and simpleissue, placed before the electors. Qf course it will often happen that candidates may take too sanguine a view of ; their own individual chances, and m, such case it might be difficult for the; candidates themselves to determine who should retire, and ,to meet; such' circumstances we suggest the formation m evtry electorate of a representative Liberal Committee, containing members from all parts of the electorato, whose duty it should be to ascertain which of the candidates m that interest has the best chance, and having done so, to endeavour to secure the retirement of all others, so that the fight at the poll may be a fair one, party against party, and man against man! If this advice be not acted upon, then the political game will resolve itself into one of the " cut-throat" description, and the Liberal majorities of several constituencies will find them selves " euchred " at las*.

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CUT-THROAT EUCHRE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890

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CUT-THROAT EUCHRE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2533, 2 October 1890