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Thi<: real contest uf Iho Lyitelton by-election ba a , as we predicted in our last issue, been reserved [or the second ballot, to be held on Tuesday next (Anniversary Day), and it has, as wo predicted, also re3olved itself into a contest between Ibe Red Fed?, or Federation of Labour candidate, Mi' McCombs, and the Reform Party candidate, Mr Miller. As in most byelection contests,-there ig an impor tint question involved, and in the corning election on Tuesday there is but one question, viz , whether the electors of the constituency of Lyttelton are going to confirm the bold attitude tak>-n up by the Federation of Labour in the present industrial strike, which was nothing less than an attempt to strangle the whole transport trade and industrial welfare of the country. For what ? Just to show their omnipotence in controlling the workers of* the whole of the Dominion. The electors will have to decide whether they will support the Bed Feds or the present Government in keeping the ports of the Dominion open and protecting the country against industrial disaster and lawlessness. In this contest it is not a matter of whether Mr McCombs or Mr Miller shall be member for the Electorate of Lyttelton, but whether, a3 we stated above, the Hcd Fids ars going to receive . confi-mation for their extraordinary behaviour, or whether the Government shall be supported for the action they have taken in the strike. Under the cir cumstances a very important duty devolves upon every elector in the Lyttelton Electorate, and we sincerely hope those Peninsula electors who are included among ths 1700 who did not record their votes at the first ballot will not fail to do so at the second ballot on Tuesday, Anyone who holds any stake in the country at all must realise that the Federation of Labour is nothing but an organisation that,6hould sufficient power be given it, will control the whole working classes of New Zealand and use its powers for its own ends re gardless of the industries and trade of the Dominion. The electors of Lyt telton should picture to themselves the state of affairs should the social demo crafcic party ever become strong enough to govern this country. Liberals and Reformers alike should assuredly show their opposition to such a state of things. It appears to us that the final result when looked upon in this light cannot be in doubt for a moment, and we sincerely hope that the electors on this Peninsula will make it their duty to record their votes in favour of the candidate who stands for law and order regardless of political prejudices (In this thGy will not only be just to themselves, but will also the sooner determine the final issuo of the pres enfc strike, which must in the face of the first laws of a civilised country, end in the defeat of the strikers. We would impress upon those who failed to vote oa Tuesday last that their vote is ail important, as if recorded re corded to the full the 1700 non-voters would control the issue of the election. We hope then that every Peninsula elector who possibly can will record bi3 or her vote on Tuesday next, and that in doing so, he or she will con eider well the important issue in volved.

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LYTTELTON BY ELECTION., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913

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LYTTELTON BY ELECTION. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4357, 12 December 1913