Mr W. W. Co-lins will give his first _d_r_3s to the ejectors of (-hrislchurch, in the T__tm-treet Hall, to-night,
Mi W. W. Ta__aer will address the «__cta__ at the Phillipstown schoolroom to3_Jgh__ ____ other candidates speaking to-night are—Mr A___c__ at Hororata, Mr Russell at St. Aborts, Mr Rolleston at Halswell, Mr S_o__n _A ____r______d__ Mr Montgomery __idd__ig____ Mr Boddo at West Oxford, Rev. ill Hoare at Sydenham. Mr B_ Moore addressed the electors at Kaiapoi on Wednesday night, and received a vote of than _s and confidence. A report appears elsewhere. A rumour was current in the city yesterday that Mr J. S. Evison, one of the candidates for a Christchurch seat, intended to withdraw from the contest in favour of some other candidate. Oar reporter interviewed Mr Evison on the matter, and that gentleman stated that the rumour was entirely without foundation, and further that he intended to go to the poll against all comers. Mr M. Davie will address the electors of Christchurch at the Tuam street Hall on Tuesday next, at 8 p.m. Mr JT. L. Wilson will address the Avon electors at the Druids' Hall, Ohoka, on Monday evening next. Mr Boag addresses the electors at the Spreydon schoolroom on Monday next. Mr Geo. J. Smith will address the electors at the Tuam street Hail on Monday next and at the Sydenham Oddfellows' Hall on Wednesday. A meeting of his friends and supporters in Sydenham will be held, as announced elsewhere, to-night.
A general meeting of Mr Russell's Committee will be held in the Blue Ribbon Hall to-morrow night. A meeting of the Licensed Victuallers and other members of the trade was held at Hobbs' Buildings yesterday afternoon. There was a large attendance, Mr E. Hiorns in the chair. The following resolution was unanimously adopted "That this meeting pledges itself individually and collectively to sink all personal and other differences, and loyally support the three candidates that may be selected by this meeting, or at any adjournment thereof, to represent the trade interests at the forthcoming general election, in order that a solid block vote may be given by the trade." The electoral committee presented their report, and after it had been considered it waa unanimously resolved to support Mecs_3 Reeves, Hoban, and Collins at the forthcoming elections. Several gentlemen present stated that if they consulted t heir own personal feelings iv the matter they would not support those selected, but, recognising the absolute necessity for united action, they would support the three selected in- the interests of the trade. It was also resolved unanimously that the members of the trade in each ward form themselves into a Committee to act v. ich the Committees of the candidates selected. After the transaction of some routine business the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the Chairman, all present expressing themselves unanimously in favour of working for the three selected candidates.
Mr E. O. J. Funston, one of the candidates for Christchurch, gave an address in the Oddfellows' Hall last evening on "Social Reform," being intended as a reply to the address recently given by Sir Robert Stout. There were about three hundred persons present, mostly young men bent on having a little fun. The candidate, who had no Chairman, spoke for a little over an hour, to an accompaniment of noises and interruptions of all kinds, and not a sentence of his address could be he heard in any part of the ball. Some diversion was caused at one stage of the proceedings by Mr Funston stating that a man in the audience had been paid £1 per night to interrupt meetings, but had been bought over by another candidate, who was giviug him £2 per night. The person referred to denied this and stated that one of the candidates was going to pay the £10 deposit for Mr Funston in order that he might run and split the votes. The meeting broke up without any motion being passed. The friends and supporters of Mr W. W. Collins met last night in the Knightstown Library, St. Albans. There was a very full meeting,- Mr 8,-Bull being in the Chair. After Mr Collins had given his views as to past legislation and the questions likely to occupy the attention of Parliament in the near future, a number of questions were satisfactorily answered, and a numerous and influential Committee was appointed to secure the return of Mr Collins. A vote of thanks and confidence was carried almost unanimously. A meeting of Mr Eden George's friends and supporters met at the Oddfellows' Hall, Selwyn street, Addington, last night, when an amount of business was transacted and a large Committee formed to support his candidature, Mr J. S. Waite being voted to the Chairmanship. On Saturday evening Mr Wason addressed the electorsin the Lauriston schoolroom. Thero was a full house, and Mr Dent occupied the chair. Mr Wason, who was very well received, spoke for an hour and a Half, and was frequently applauded. In answering questions, he said he was not in favour of taxing bachelors, he thought the fairest way would be to tax the maidens, who generally managed to marry their choice. Hotels were for the public convenience, especially in the country; in large towns the number might be. reduced, but compensation should be paid. Mr Johnston moved a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Wason I for his address and confidence in him as a I representative. Mr Maidens seconded the motion. An amendment of thanks only was moved and seconded. On beiDg put to the meeting the amendment was lost and the motion carried almost unanimously. After the meeting a number of ladies and gentlemen stayed behind and formed a Committee to work in Mr Wason's interest. Mr Johnston was elected Chairman of Committee.
There are 4530 on the new main roll for the Ashburton electorate and 560 on the supplementary roll. The main roll for Rangitata contains 3530 and the supplementary roll 368 names.
Mr T. H. Anson addressed the electors of Selwyn in the Templeton Schoolroom on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance, including several ladies. Mr Samuel Bailey was in the chair. Mr Anson received an attentive hearing and received a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence. Mr G. W. Russell addressed a large meeting of lady electors at the Oddfellows' Hall, Addington, yesterday afternoon, Mrs Munnings being voted to "the chair. The candidate spoke for nearly an hour on political questions of special interest to women, and women's sphere in politics, and after answering a number of questions was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, moved by Mrs Ross, and seconded by Mrs Doig.
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