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FIT FOR THE FRAY.

UNITED PARTY LEADER.

"TOO OLD," SAT OPPONENTS.

SIR JOSEPH'S EMPHATIC REPLY.

"On the day when I feel that I am too old for my task, I shall knock off at once, but in the meantime X am alive and well, and very fit for the political fight,",declared the United leader, Right Hon. Sir Joseph Ward, in his speech at the railway station this morning. "Political opponents have been saying things about me. They have said something to which J don't subscribe—that I am too old. (Laughter.) Only the other day the Minister of Agriculture made a speech somewhere in the Interior, when he was good enough to tell his audience | that I was too old to lead a party.

"I don't want to be rude to the Minister," continued Sir Joseph, "but I'm afraid he is too young. He wants maturing. (Laughter and applause.) Perhaps he wants pickling! It may be that he wants something to preserve his experience! "I want to say that I want no such adventitious aids myself. What would the late Mr. Massey have said had his political opponents gone about saying that he was too old for his office? And can it be said that when Gladstone took office for the fourth time, at the great age of 82, that he was too old? (Applause.) There is Lord Melford, over 84. They were not too old, nor am L During the campaign opponents will learn that I am very much alive and very well." (Renewed applause.)

AUCKLAND EAST.

MR. LEE'S CAMPAIGN.

Mr. J. A. Lee, M.P. for Auckland East, addressed a largely-attended meeting of friends and supporters at St. Andrew's Hall, Symonds Street, last evening, when the occasion was taken to congratulate him on the manner in which he had represented the electorate during the past three years. A vote of confidence in the candidate, and also in the Labour party, was also passed. Mr. Lee will officially open his campaign at Newmarket on Tuesday, October 23. To-morrow he will journey to Ostend and Onetangi in furtherance of his candidature.

MR. MONTGOMERXE AT WAIHL

(By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.)

WATTTT, this day.

Mr. J. S. Montgomerie, Labour candidate for the Thames seat, addressed a well-attended meeting in the Miners' Union Hall last night. The Mayor presided.

The candidate asserted that there was a feeling of confidence in the electorate that the Thames seat would be won for Labour. He reviewed the policy of the Labour party, and charged the Reform Government with piling up the public debt and increasing the rates of interest and advances to settlers. The Labour party would make accident insurance a State monopoly, with a view to paying full compensation. He denounced the system "of relief works as a deliberate attempt to get behind the Arbitration Court, and said it constituted a veiled attack on wages.

Referring to the mining industry, the candidate said the Labour party would encourage prospecting. The real issue at this election was between Reform and Labour only. After answering several questions a vote of thanks and confidence in the candidate, proposed by Mr. A. E. Robinson, was carried unanimously.

CHRISTCHURCH SEATS.

(By Telegraph.—Press Association.) CHRISTCHURCH, this day. Mr. H. H. Holland, announced as the Reform candidate for Avon, has withdrawn, and Mr. F. B. Hughes, who contested Christchurch South in 1914, has accepted the Reform nomination. Mr. E. H. Andrews will stand for Christchurch North as the United party candidate.

Mr. C. S. McCully, a prominent member of the Rugby Union and of the Drainage Board, will contest the Christchurch South seat as a United party candidate.

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FIT FOR THE FRAY., Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 245, 16 October 1928

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FIT FOR THE FRAY. Auckland Star, Volume LIX, Issue 245, 16 October 1928

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