CITY COUNCIL ELECTION.
The polling for the seats vacated by Messrs Anderson, Pratt and Jameson, took place yesterday at the City Council Chambers, between the hours of eight a.m. and four p.m. There was considerable excitement during the day, and the conveyances of the various candidates were plying busily throughout the city. A large crowd was assembled round the polling place during the day, and soon after the poll was closed it increased very considerably. The state of the poll was not declared till after seven o'clock, but, notwithstanding the late hour and the drizzling rain which fell, a large crowd perßeveringly remained to hear the result. The usual good-humored fun inseparable from elections in general prevailed, but nothing worse than soiled coats was the result. About half-past seven his Worship the Mayob announced, amidst great cheering, the result of the poll as follows :— Jenkins ... ... ... 557 Ick ... ... ... 528 Williams ... ... ... 458 Sheath ... ... ... 374 Crooks 309 Caygill 230 His Wobship declared the first three to be duly elected. He stated that Messrs Jenkins and Ick would fill the places vacated by Messrs Anderson and Pratt, and that Mr Williams would occupy that vacated by Mr Jameson. [Cheers.] He was sorry that they had been kept so long waiting, but when they considered that since the poll closed he had called over no fewer than 2456 names, they would see that he had not been idle meanwhile. [Cheers.]
Mr Jenkins, on coming forward to address the assemblage, was received with loud and continued cheering. He said that as the hour was so late he would simply return his thanks to them for placing him at the head of the poll, and that he would try to do hia duty to the citizens at large. [Cheers.*] Mr Ick was also received with loud cheering. He said he felt very highly the favor the citizens of Christchurch had conferred upon him by returning him as one of their representatives in the City Council, and more especially considering thefact that he was comparatively a stranger amongst them, f Cheers.] He begged to thank them for the honor conferred upon him, and to congratulate everyoue present on the good order and good humor that had prevailed during the day. He would endeavor to favor their interests in every possible way. [Cheers.] Mr Williams on mounting the extemporised rostrum was received with a round of cheers. He begged to thank them for the position in which they had placed him that day. [Cheers.] He promised to do his best for the benefit of the city at large, aud they might rest assured that his vote would always be given in the interests of the citizens. [Cheers, and a voice, " Three cheers for Williams."]
Mr Crooks, amidst cheers and cries of " Where's the little cabbage," also spoke a few words, thanking the electors who had voted for him, and declaring that he would come forward again on the next occasion to solicit their votes.
The other two candidates did not address the assembly.
A hearty vote of thanks to the returning officer for his arduous services closed the proceedings.
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CITY COUNCIL ELECTION., Press, Volume XX, Issue 2951, 17 October 1872
CITY COUNCIL ELECTION. Press, Volume XX, Issue 2951, 17 October 1872
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