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Councillors F. Z. D. Ferriman and J. Watson waitefl upon the Mayor (Mr li. Galbraith) on Saturday and presented a largely-signed requisition asking him to allow himself to be nominated for the Mayoralty for another term.

The wording of the requisition was as follows:—

. "Owing to the war, your duties as chief citizen for the past four years have been exceptionally strenuous, but notwithstanding you have discharged them with credit to yourself and to the entire satisfaction of your fellowtownsmen. We regret the world-wide conflict rendered it impossible for you to proceed with the schemes you had in view for the betterment of the town, but now that peace has come again we would like to see you occupying the Mayoral chair under normal conditions, so as to give you the pleasure and satisfaction of carrying out those municipal improvements you desired to see effected when you first took office."

Mr Ferriman, in addressing the Mayor, stated that the' requisition, which contained 161 signatures, was strongly representative of the business men of the town, who were anxious to see Mr Galbraith accept office for another term. Had they desired to take the list throughout jbhe borough he was confident that a very substantial majority of ratepayers would have appended their names thereto.

The Mayor, in reply, stated that he /was very thankful to those who had signed the requisition. He had, as they already knew, intended to retire, having felt that there were others in the town who were just as worthy of holding the position as he was. Had he studied his own interests he would have adhered to his decision to retire. Mrs Galbraith had not enjoyed the best of health, and that was one reason why he considered he would be better out of office. He had talked the matter over with her and had made up his mind not to accept office again. This latter decision would have relieved her of many of the duties as Mayoress that she was called upon to undertake. However, the war being over, he realised that the multifarious duties during the next two years should be lighter. If for only one. reason he would like to agree to the wish of them who had signed the requisition. When he went into office he had hopes of being able to introduce a better sanitary system for the bortfugh. During the war he felt, with other citizens, that the time was cot opportune to carry out the new system. If he agreed to accept office he trusted that during the next two years this impor- ! taut work would be carried out and also necessary asphalting and improvements to roads. He would now refer the requisition to Mrs Galbraith and announce his decision through the I "Guardian."

Later, Mr Galbraith informed the "Guaruian" that he had decided to agree to the request of the petitioners, and would be a candidate for the Mayoralty.

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THE MAYORALTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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THE MAYORALTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9586, 14 April 1919

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