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Mr G. Witty, M.P. for Riccarton, gave an add ret-s at Little River on Tuesday night. Mr J. Coop, chairman of the Wairewa County Council, presided, and there was a good attend ance Mr Witty expressed regrat at the unseemly interruptions tnat took place at Mr Massey's open air meeting on Friday last, and assured bis bearers tbat thosa interruptions did not eman* ate from tbe Liberal Party, Had it not been for tbe disturbances on tbat occasion, which prevented anyone mora than a few feet away from the speaker hearing wbat was being said, tbe resolution tbat was declared to to have been carried would certainly have been defeated by an overwelming majority Tbe speaker dealt at length on questions of land settlement, . and urged bis bearers, who were lease holders, to beware ere they took ad vantage of tbe present facilities for acquiring tbe freehold They were now paying 4J per cent, less one half per cent for prompt pay ment, and tbere was no land tax to pay, which saved them another one half per cent, reducing the amount actually paid to. 3i per cent, terms more favourable than they could poss ibly obtain as freeholders, where the rate of interest would be at least 5 per cent, with land tax in addition. Mr Witty criticised the appointment of a General Manager f>r railways at a salary of £3000 a year, and (be action of the Goverment is goinw nutside the dominion to obtaiu him, «ben there were men in the dominiou cum petent to carry out the duties per. taming to the position and at a very much lower salary. Mr Witty spoke on the lines of his previous speeches, "and was most attentively listened to throughout, many of tbe points made being vociferously applauded. After a number of questions had been asked and answered, the following resolution, moved by James Chap, man, and seconded by Mr M Barclay, Jan., was carried unanimously : » That this meet ing of electors at Little River and surround' ing districts thank Mr Witty for his interest ng address, and records its unabated confidence ip the Liberal Party and in Sir Joseph Ward as its leader." PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL AND LABOUR ASSOCIATION. A branch of the Liberal and Labour Association was formed at Little River at tbe close of Mr Wuty's address last night. Mr S. S. Barclay was appointed secretary, and a strong committee was set up.

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POLITICAL., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4404, 12 June 1914

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POLITICAL. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4404, 12 June 1914

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