There was n largo attendance at the Temperance Hall, where nominations were an. nounced to take place. The Registration Officer (Mr S. \ r. Collins) rend the newspaper notification, after which he suggested that proposers and seconders should refrain from addressing the meeting, in order to savo time.
Mr Robert Bartley said that the contest for Auckland North was not so much a question of men as of measures. The member ho intended to propose was one who would give a hearty support to the Atkinson Government. (Disapprobation.) He proposed Mr Joseph Newman as a fit and proper person to represent Auckland North in tho forthcoming Parliament.
Mr James Lye seconded the nomination, He refrained from comment.
Mr J. P. Kino proposed Mr Thomas Thompson as a fit and proper person to represent tho constituency, ffe had known Mr Thompson for more that 20 years. He had held tho position of Councillor and other public positions for over six years in this town, and ho had always been an upright and straightforward man. (Applause. ) He could pledge his wo*l that Mr Thompson was not a strict Greyite, and ho would not follow any man. Mr W. G. Connolly seconded the nomination. He did not know whether Mr Thompson was in favour of Atkinson, Vogel, or Grey, but ho knew one thing—he would have the interests of Auckland at heart. (Hear, hear.) If he was asked to support the progress of Auckland he was sure he would consent.
Mr Newman then addressed the electors. Ho said they had a full opportunity of hearing his say last night and he did not mean to make a lengthy* statement now. All he now wished to say was that he was glad to have an honourable man like Mr Thompson in the field against him, and they would be glad to .hake hands after tho election. .(Hear, hear.) Ho hoped the electors would carry ont the same sentiment, and keep the eamo object in view, viz., tho prosperity of Auckland—tho prosperity of New Zea-; land.
MrTaosirsoN next came forward, and was received with prolonged applause. He agreed with Mr Newman that the contest should be carried out in a friendly manner, and he and Mr Newman would shake hands (A voice: And have a drink) after tho contest had closed. As he intended to address the electors to-morrow evening, he would not say much now. When his name was proposed ho only heard one dissentient voice, and if that gentleman would state his grievance he would endeavour to speak on the subject. He then referred to his connection with the City Council, Inpoliticshesaid ho professed to bo a Liberal, pureandsimple. All matters in tho Liberal interest, whether brought forward by Sir George Grey or anyone else, would receive his hearty support. He pledged himself to follow no man. He; recognised Sir George Grey as the Liberal lender, and he preferred Atkinson to Sir Julius Vogel. Mr J. Bell rose to state his grievance. There were, he said, families who, when the hot weather set in, would be swept away by foyer. (Laughter.) He had a grievance of this kind, and ho mado an appointment with Mr Thompson to discuss the matter, and he ''never saw him yet." "(Up' roar apd yeUs of "Sit down.'1) Hecquld assure them Mr Thompson was one oftlie Tramway Ring Company, and Ll.OOOwas boing spent to cut down Karangnhnpe Road for that Company. Mr Bell retired amidst universal hooting. A show of hand's' was then taken, and resulted :— " " ■ ''" .
Mr Thomas Thompson ... 75 Mr Joseph Newmah "... .;. 14 Mr Newman demanded a poll, and the Returning Officer said it would be held on tho 22nd of-July. ' ' A vote of thank's to the Returning Officer concluded the proceedings.' '' ' '
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CITY NORTH., Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4422, 16 July 1884
CITY NORTH. Auckland Star, Volume XXVI, Issue 4422, 16 July 1884
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