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THE CITY WARDS.

The official declaration of the results of] the polls for the North-West, North-East, and South-East wards of the City was made at the Council offices by the Returning Officer, Mr G. L. Lee, at noon yesterday, as follows :—

There were present at the declaration! some eighty persons, and the result was? greeted with loud applause. j Mr Cbooxs thanked the ratepayers fori the high position they had placed him in.jj He felt that he would be unable to do» [ honor to that position in the manner that; | the gentleman who had vacated it had-, ■done, but he would do bis best to work withs Ehißfeflow Councillors in the interests of; %he city. He considered that the result of; She election had shown that the presentj Council possessed the confidence of thei Ratepayers. He would endeavor to watch I J>ver the interests of the municipality, and! Iks he bad more time on hand than hej mad when he was in the Council previously,-; ne would be able to look round and seel

Mr hat was required. ■ Mr. KrvEß thanked the electors for the: ■honour they had done him. The fact that: they had placed him at the head of the] [poll assured him that his efforts in theirS, behalf in the past had been recognised, and Jit would be his endeavour to maintaintheir confidence in the future. - Mr Hobbs said that he was Buffering from •such a severe cold that he was unable to speak an address, but he had written one. [(copies of which he distributed amongst those present). It was to the following I 'effect:— j Mr Hobbs, who said he was suffering] from a severe cold, had his address printed 1 ] and distributed. It stated that he had; allowed himself to be nominated to give] upression to the opinions of a section ofj __he ratepayers, who were dissatisfied withs fie action of the Council in three respects J first, with regard to the by-laws; sec fiondly, as to their treatment of the! %ydraulic Power Company respecting al pater supply; and lastly, as to the arj| rangement of the officers of the Citw! Sip-unciL He did not come forward, m| cyose 00-anciHo-c ICiVeir_ on jgersoTrnj^ fox* "f-rvTf*~ gent l *"" a*—* _ -wriier* Ix*3 iaae'SEJ ngm iwiiiiii aj&> -arlixclx Ixe liad en-text»Tn to-vraxtfls X member of the Councfl, the Chairman op thi By-law Committee, had ceased to exist!; asphe latter had made the amende Aonow oB&s. Therefore they had boried the hatchet* aid be (Mr Hobbs) trusted that gentlemaa -vmnld long be spared to work for the goc_fc government ana welfare of the city. Jtdf lesired also to withdraw anything whi<K Sad given offence to the members of t£§ Council or its officers. Now, however, J» trusted that the Council would see tijßt necessity of amending the by-laws andjgjr -re-opening the question of a water supjv Ay allowing private enterprise to deal will. W. This was necessary because twice tfe ■atepayers had refused to vote for a lo_m or a water supply. He would now renr d the question of the ballot which, ant resent conducted, was the greatest tamke coaginable. He had not made a personl anvass, nor had he asked twenty burgesses o vote for him. His opponent, however, Egd hrongh his supporters been most fjnSnstriousin asking nearly every lady am gentleman in the Ward for their votfe. •This he thought should be altered, and jit i should be made penal for any one to agk directly or otherwise for a vote. Every candidate should put his views fully befdge the ratepayers, but not ask for votes. He had had to contend in the election againft a host of the private friends of Mr Kiver, an element which should never be introduced, as a man ought to be elected on the question of his fitness or otherwise for ' public business. *Then he had opponents in large numbers who objected to pay any rates, especiaßy drainage rates, because it was only to the few that the advantages of good sanitary arrangement were apparent. Above all, he had to contend against a Btaff of paid calumniators in the columns of the paper?, whose ability*he was bound to admit, but whose utter disregard of truth they must all deplore. Hf there was anything in his past public career of which he is proud it was his c&neotion with the drainage of the dißtrxK. He fearlessly stated that this was as pfiffect as it could be in a low-lying area. T||e recent heavy rain had shown the surfase drainage to be perfect, because in twenftfour hours all the surface water within tfie reach of the sewers was drained awn. I The Thames Vaßey, in England, with t£s rich cities and boroughs located theiM, I were unable to obviate floods in can of a hoavy rainfall. As to the sewatt Bystem they had sewers capable of carryinw I away the sewage of 90,000 inhabitant* [whereas at present only some 600 h0u361 [were connected. It followed that them \ was not sufficient sewage put into the pipit Ito create a current, hence they had occm |sionaUy a vile stench from the gratingj£ gThey should hot therefore blame the ayfe«em but themselves for not using it. Th» Sronderful decrease in the death rate, ap Shown in the health statistics, was suff£ Kent to prove that hundreds of lives haß ■teen saved, and he felt that he was one - f She benefactors of the human race. Iftl | Recognition of this fact was tardy he hope I Ho live to see it. He was sure the increase I lvalue of property would also ultimate] £ Kustify the expenditure. He concluded h t Saying a tribute to the memory of h i Sofleagues on the Drainage Board-—the lafc gllessrs Andrew Duncan and T. D. JoneH w_t for.their help and support they wouM Sot that day be able to boast of having X -christchurch the best sanitary arrange* Entente in the colonies. They had had M Igood %ht on the most friendly terms, and j jfthey were aB pleased with the result. He* [was he could assure them.

Mr Krvss moved, and Mr Cbookb seconded, a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer, which wss acknowledged. :

MrIiAXBBBT, who had been unable to attend at the declaration of the poll, through indisposition, came a few minutes late, and addressed the ratepayers who were present. He said he felt justly proud of the position which the burgesses had now for the third time t placed him in. Having occupied a seat" in the Councfl for the last four years he naturally felt: somewhat anxious to see that seat] when he vacated it fifled by a better] man than himself, but having been! advised by his friends to come forward! again he consented to do so, and witflj due deference to his co-candidates hi thought the result of the poll had justifies his action. With respect to the election! and its conduct generally it had been 9 i very pleasant and honorable contest ! throughout." There was only one mattel to which he deemed it his data to caß attention, and that was the| somewhat -reprehensible practice of issul ing bogus ballot papers -similar to the! genuine ones, but having certain candij dates' names crossed out with lines, thosel indicating which way the electors shoulcj vote. He had a better opinion of the rate) payers of his ward than to do anything ofj the sort, and he had left the question of, how they should.vote to themselves. He; challenged any one to say that he had* solicited a single vote, and although hehad gone round part of the ward talking to his constrtnents for a few days before his return, he had no paid canvassers or Committee. He again thanked them fort this recurrence of their confidence in him| and -trusted that his actions in the futureC would show that this confidence had no^ been placed in him in Tain. [Cheers.] ;j None? of the other candidates essaying toj address the rjatepayers, the Crowd dis| persed. J

KOBTH-EA8T WARD. Crooks 334 Hosking 251 Majority for Crooks ... 83 SOUTH-BAST WABD. Kiver 751 Hobbs 393 Majority for Kiver ... 358 SOBTH-WEST WABD. Lambert 320 Withers 214 Cass ... 99 Majority for Lambert... 106

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THE CITY WARDS., Press, Volume XXXIX, Issue 5614, 15 September 1883

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THE CITY WARDS. Press, Volume XXXIX, Issue 5614, 15 September 1883

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