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COLERIDGE ELECTION.

OFFICIAL DECGDABATIOI? OF THE FOLL. The offioial declaration took place yesterday at the Town Hall, Ashburton, which was veil filled. Both Messrs Wright and Hart were present, and Mr Lee, the Returning Officer, after a few remarks, declared the result of the poll as follows: — ' Wright. Hart. Ashburton 156 ... 120 Cherteey „. ... 13 ... 3 Bakaia 53 ... 106 Wakanui ... ... 24 ... 9 Waterton ... ... 13 ... 17 Malvern 138 ... 29 Dunsafidel ... ... , 30 ].. 16 Hororafca ... ... 38 ... 17 Monat Soaaera ... 17 ... 15 Alford Forest .... 3 .... 28 Methven ... „. 2 ... 18 - Totals 487 * 378 The result being' a majority for Mr E. Q. Wright of 109. Mr Wright rose amid loud applause and said the contest had now ended, and, considering the opinions of the candidates were similar, much trouble had been taken by both, and the straggle had been a very severe one. He was glad the electors in the. district were not reduced .to serfdom. He vied these words in consequence of the fact that great efforts had been made by the Bank of New Zealand to return their own candidate, and undue pressure had been brought to bear. Some voters had abstained from voting altogether an consequence of this pressure,- but he hoped in future every independent elector would raise his voice against the arrogance of that institution, which had striven to govern that eleofcion, and he hoped all would agree with him that it was time that an end should be put to such influence. [Applause.] He was happy to say his opponent and himself had never disagreed in a single instance, or had any fll-feeling fox each other. [Cheers.] He could not say so much for the tactics of Borne of Mr Hart's supporters. He had received a letter from Mr Ingstone, at Bakaia, enclosing a circular that had been cent round by certain of Mr Hart's friends at Bakaia, in which the Soman Catholics were warned not to vote for him, because he had turned away a female servant in consequence of her being a Boman Catholic. They had heard his explanation of this and other charges in the Town Hall on Saturday night, and he would new. repeat that he had in his employment Boman Catholics,. Wesieyana, Presbyterians, and members of the Church of England, and he absolutely denied having in any case favored one more than the other. [Applause.! Hβ did not know if say of bis servants were Mormons or tatter Day Saints, but if they were he should never treat them unfairly in consequence. [Laughter and cheers.] The statement in the circular was a wicked and malicious falsehood, and he therefore took this public opportunity of replying to such a fpul Blander. [Appkuge.] He had ia the course of the election been requested to advocate many works. Soma places wanted Court-houses, others railways, and all his constituents wanted the West Coast railway. Hβ would read them a list of the work* he had promised to endeavor to forward. [List read.] JUTow, he hoped they would not expect "mi to get everything done during the present session, for such a thing would be impossible, as he thought the session would be a very short one, and two questions of vital importance to the whole colony would have to be considered at it, vis., the Maori difficulty and the question of finance. [Cheers.] Of course taese msttera were of paramount importance, and-district matters would have to give way to them. If the Be-distribution of Seats Bui did not pass {during the present session,

hethoughttheW the U> grant another member for Oolwid©. ,v? W» very inadequately r ep re« c t4* Wh S* aetteed on going through the district a Jl! mspy who had r.ot registered thoh- Eg Ih» was a great mistake, and he would to the matter himself, and hopod before M * 31et Maroh the gte»t. majority would be .m to exercise their privilege o f oleetin* Vw representative they liked bet. [ApplCfi Hβ moved a vote of tbenke to the lE? ■< Officer snd called for three chcerTfTT- 1 committee, who hud worked verr haJ f* him. [Applaus?.] tord { « Mr Hart seconded the vote of thanki to \1 Lee, and thanked thoeo that had vobS* him Mr Wright had beet, returned bvl block vote at Mulvern. He had been tofi J *e*r.OTemDge ago of this block vote, and informed that if he would accede to csri* : ■conSitione vot«e would be given him B had, however refuaed to pledge bimioif, Z the result had buen as ho sUted. Aa to M* Wright's statement re tho abuse he&nedlvf him by hi. (Mr Hart".) t ho J£ any candidate who had the »upport of Mw " Ashburtou Mail " could hardly comrijjno? anything dove on the opposite side, i CfeoM* and applaußO.] He had been defeated by tS votes of thoeo on tho other eido at thoßakk a majority having b«en favorable to himm the eouthern portion of th<> district, and ftS showed how urgently separation of tk» eleotoral district was required, for had tha district been dbided by the Rikaia and he had etood for the eouthern part, he shooH etill have been their representative. W» begged moit warmly to thank all those wk had voted for him. [Applacse.l

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COLERIDGE ELECTION., Press, Volume XXXII, Issue 4409, 17 September 1879

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COLERIDGE ELECTION. Press, Volume XXXII, Issue 4409, 17 September 1879

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