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THE CONTEST IN PARNELL.

The issue in Parnell is so well-defined that very little need be said about it. Mr Frank Lawry comes beforo the electors a6 an old colonist and tried member. Speaking of him at the last general elecbion, our morning contemporary, in its issue of December 5, 1890, the day of polling, eaid :— " Taking nexb our neighbour of Parnell. The electors of that borough have before them two gentlemen (Mr Lawry and Mr J. M. Lennox), against neither of whom can any very strong objection be made. It is simply a question of who has the beßb claim, and whose professions on tho whole are the most consistent, practicable, and useful. We prefer Mr Lawry. He cannob be said to have any claim for service on Parnell, but he has beon a member for several years,, and he has the advantage over his opponenb in having a Parliamentary record. Mr Lawry is a popular man in the House, and can gain goodwill for any proposal he makes. In general, h& has been, like Mr Thompson, a supporter of the Governmenb and of careful legislation, but ho has never in any way sacrificed his independence." When this was wribten the "Herald" should have been in no uncertainty aboub Mr Lawry's views, becaute it could hardly have forgotten that Mr Lawry's adventinto public life was as an ardent supporter of Mr J. A. Tole when thab genbloman contested Eden in the Grey interesb againsb Sir Frederick Whitaker. Mr Lawry's leanings have throughout been on the Liberal side in politics, but parties were thrown into such inextricable confusion by the unholy alliance effected under tho Stout-Vogol coalition that, save for the voice of Sir George Grey, a? of one crying iv the wilderness, distinctive Liberalism seemed for a while to be dead in New Zealand. When it re-asserted itself under the leadership of Mr Ballance, Mr Frank Lawry gravitated towards ib as naturally as the steel is drawn towards the magnet. The electors of Parnell are asked to reject Mr Lawry because he has supported the present Government, believing their measures to be tor the good of the people. Well, that is a proposition aboub which there is no ambiguity ab all. Those who bhink the measures of the presenb Government have been pernicious should vote for Mr Allen, and we are very glad thab they have so good a man to vote for. Bub leb the election be decided on that question, and not upon a number of side issues. We are sorry to hear that statements of a false and slanderous character have been industriously circulated about Mr Lawry. We exonerate Mr Allen altogether from sanctioning or sympathising with such tactics, and are confident that he will agree with us in regretting that such contemptible devices have been employed to damage bis opponenb. Mr Lawry is not wealthy ■—he would have been a good deal better off if he had devoted his energies to money-getting instead of to politics, but his reputation as a man and a colonist will stand the strictest ecrutiny. In the last Parliament he was one of the most useful and energetic members. His arduous tramp with the exploration party which travelled from Auckland to Taranaki overland, exemplified the character of the man and his conceptions of his duty as a member. Largely through his exertions, in «o-operation with the Hon. Mr Cadman, the construction of a road connecting the Auckland railway system with Taranaki was undertaken — one of the benefits which the presenb Government has conferred upon Auckland, and which we pleaded for in vain from Ministers bhat preceded them, even when the Treasury waß gorged with borrowed money. The Rotorua railway, which was opened yesterday, is another of the important public works which tho last Governmenb had brought to a standstill while squandering mouey in the South Island, and had resolved to terminate the line aba poiub many miles distant from Rotorua. We cordially solicit the vote 3of Liberal electors in Parnell on behalf of Mr Frank Lawry.

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THE CONTEST IN PARNELL., Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 280, 25 November 1893

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THE CONTEST IN PARNELL. Auckland Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 280, 25 November 1893

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