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EDEN ELECTION.

NOMINATION AT NEWMARKET,

The nomination of members (2) to serve in the Provincial Council for tho electoral district of Eden took place at noon to-day at the Toll-house, Newmarket. There was very little excitement, and in consequence of the wet weather, probably there were very fey persons present. Shortly after the hour named the Returning Officer, R. C. Bastow, Esq. R. M., read the writ and election notice, and called upon any qualified electors to nominate two candidates.

Mr John Lundon proposed Mr Beveridge as a fit and proper person to represent the district, saying he sat with him for the past four years in the Council, and could say that, what ho would not say of any other member, he had voted for the reduction of the salaries of his own constituents—the Goldfields officials. As it was a very wet day, and very few persons were present, he would not trouble them with a long speech. He had much pleasureinprosposing Mr Beveridge as a fib and proper person to represent the district of Eden in the Provincial Council.

Mr J. Dinnison seconded the nomination of Mr Beveridge.

Here there was a considerable pause in the proceedings, and it appeared as if no other candidate was going to be proposed. Several persons asked where Mr Joseph May was, and if anybody was going to propose him. No one came forward, and the Returning Officer asked if no one else was to be proposed. Just then Mr W. T. Buckland rode up on horseback, and was challenged by Mr Lundon and others to come forward.

After some hesitation he said he would stand, but he could not give much time to attend the Council, as he had to go down South very shortly, but if no one else was proposed he would consent to be proposed. Mr Robert Dinnison then briefly proposed Mr Buckland.

Mr W. nomination

F. M. Hamilton seconded the

No other candidate being proposed, the Returning Officer declared Mr Andrew Beveridge and Mr W. T. Buckland duly elected members for the district of Eden in the Provincial Council.

Mr Beveridge, in returning thanks, spoke of his approval of the Education Act with the exception of the rating clause, which required modifying. With regard to licencing laws he was in favour of public-houses being kept open for an hour on Sunday, to enable the poor man to get his beer fresh drawn.

Mr Buckland alluded to his unexpected nomination. He thought provincial institutions were nearly played out. He was in favour of the education tax as it stood, and observed that an income or property tax must soon come. He agreed with Mr Beveridge's views on licensing, and said the opening of public-houses on Sunday was customary in the south without ill effects. In reply to Mr Houltain, Mr Buckland said he would resign if a majority of the electors requested him to do so. He would assist Mr Williamson in carrying out his policy as he had done before. A vote of thanks to the Returning. Officer concluded the business.

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EDEN ELECTION., Auckland Star, Volume IV, Issue 1191, 17 November 1873

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EDEN ELECTION. Auckland Star, Volume IV, Issue 1191, 17 November 1873

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