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Mr Robert McNab passed through Ashburton by tho first express this morning on his way to Gore. Mr W- S. Maslin has announced his candidature for the Ashburton seat at the coining election in the >. Liberal interest. . ..,■-. Mr" .William Scott, .employers' repre- i sen ta live on the Arbitration Court, i passed ' through Ashburton by the second northward express yesterday.

Tho names of Mr George Sheat (Dunsandcl) and Mr F. Paw son (Meth J yen) are mentioned as probable Reform candidates for .Selwyn, but nothing has been settled up to the present (says the " Lyttolton Times "). Mr J. D. Hall's name has also been mentioned, but it is understood that Mr Hall contemplates a lengthy absence from the Dominion, and will not be a candidate for any seat.

The following pithy summing up of New Zealand's Prime Minister, as published in the " Daily Mail ", Year Book for 1914,'wi1l be read with interest by friends and opponents alike: —"Massoy, Hon. William Ferguson, Prime Minister of New Zealand, aged 57, is an Irishman, who went to New Zealand 42 yearfe ago; is a typical ' settler,' who from small beginnings has acquired a modoht competency. Among other experiences of a varied life, he ' followed on the plough ' for two years as a farm-hand on the well-known ' Long.beach' Estate in Canterbury. Is now the. owner of a successful dairy, farm in north. of Auckland. Entered Parliament,. 1894, and became Leader of the Opposition, 1903, and Prime Minister, 1912. ; Is not distinguished for tactics, nor. even for tact; but shrewd commpnsense,-a happy gift of speech, and an unblemished honour make him a worthy successor to the Fitgeralds, Rollestonsv^ and Atkinsons who guided the colony's' affairs in past days." .

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PERSONAL., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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PERSONAL. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914

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