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By Eleotbio Telegraph.

MX. FKEii) AT LITTLE BIVER. Mr .J. Proo. Llbora! candidate for the Kllnmu'i'u sent, nddresstrl a ineotiog of nlnolorn at hlltlu ttivor un Wednesday night. I liovo n Rood attendance despite the "■••t woathor. Mr Q. Bavolay presided and buofly IntioiUmod tho oft"fiidetp. ■■Mr Free Bftid(hntbo realised that he had % Imrd row to hno in Ellosmere, but the ijlbonUa felt tlmt a light had to be made for .ho nriuoipltis for which the party stood, Ella oimdidAtnre w»« the result of the deoiion of tho Libirftls from all parts of the ildOlouto, and ho felt Bure that he was olng to have tho loyal eupport of the

Elleetnere.;s Liberals, including' the men whose rii.Hi a bed been mentioned in eon nectiori with the seat. Hie opponent in ifae caimai.n was a men for whom he had very great respect, and be h«d no doubt that the fight was going to be fair and above boari'. Hβ would find it neoessary to oritioiee the Government severely, bnt he would have 1.0 hard word to say about Mr Rhodes. '' The Reform Government hud not bren put into office by the people's vote. (Ap., J planse ) The knowledge of thot faot was inspiring to the Liberals, who felt that the electors of New Zealand had no time for £-■ pledge breakers. The Liberal Party bad ?'■ had the confidence o( the majority of the people in 1911, and he did not believe it had lose that confidence. It waa true that the Liberals had lost ground to some extent in 1911. The reason {or that h»1 been twofold, first the gift of the Dreadnought, and secondly Sir Joseph Ward , * baronetcy. The bo"called Reformera bad done their best to make political capital out of those two incidents and thty had succeeded to some extent, but nobody was likely to ' deny now that the Dreadnought gift had been well warranted. The least tbe Reformers could do now was to admit frank' ]y that they made a mistake. (Applaud.) Were they doing that? They were not. Mr Massey had ihown no sense of Britiih i fair play, and the people were not going to I overlook that fact. Sir Joseph Ward bad M supported the great invincible Imperial Fleet, ■ while Mr Maesey and Mr Alien Ca k d about local navies. What would have been ihe value of a looal navy unless the Imperial l ' Fleet bottled up Germany's battleship-! in the L North Sea? How would New Zealand tare ■ ' fared if tho British Fleet bad not been strong r enough 10 do its wek? The Dominion had no use - for a local navy. Its interest demanded British supramacy-at tea, and bis own idea on the sttbject of defence was that Now Zealand should not epend too much money on land forces, and concentrate its efforts in supporting the Navy. Mr Free then criticised the polioy of the MaseeT Gevernroent, dealing aJ length with various points of their admiDillration. In conclusion,' Mr Free said that the Dominion owed a great deal to Sir J. Ward, and ihe people were realising how deeply the Liberal leader had been wronged by an 'utterly unfair campain of abuse and misre. presentation. Hβ believed that tba result of the coming election was going to be the . return Of tbe Liberals to office, and the proi gressive electors of Ellesmere intended to play their part in therstruggle. . . • ■ In course of further remark?, the candi' date said he had. offers from members of the Liberal party to give addressee on hie behalf in the electorate, but he had refused them, but Sir Joseph Ward might give a •peech on his behalf at Akaroa. After answering several questions Mr Fre was acoorded a hearty vbt'i of thanks and confidenoe. without descent. A vote of thanks to the chairman olosed the meetirp.

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ELLESMERE ELECTORATE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3448, 30 October 1914

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ELLESMERE ELECTORATE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIII, Issue 3448, 30 October 1914

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