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On Friday evening Mr 0. F. Clothier had a crowded meeting at Hawarden, many being unable to get seats, and at the close he was accorded a vote of ('hanks and confidence. On Saturday he addressed a meeting in the Baleaim schoolroom, Mr J. Fitapatrick presiding. Mr C. E. Derrett proposed, and Mr J. Simpson seconded, a vote of thanks and confidence, which w._> carried with one cr two dis-M-'iitients. Mr Rutherford mot a fair audience in tho schcolroom, Baleaim, on Friday night, Mr J. Fitzpatrick in the chair. On the motion of Mr Dion, seconded by Mr Fii_gerald, Mr Rutherford was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for his add re_s. Mr Rutheiford, in answer to an enquiry at Baloairn, i-tated that he would support the Government with a Cabinot as, at present constructed, but would exercise lus own discretion in tho event of a reconstructed JlinLstry. Thero were men to whom lobby rumour occasionally allotted portfolios in a reconstructed Cabinet tha.. lie did not approve of. If these men were included ho would tak© up an independent attitude. Ho, however, did not anticipate any (rouble in this connection. He would approvo of Messrs McNab and Ban mc being allotted portfolios. Mr 0. F. Clothier's visit to the northern part of the Huruuiii electorate was not without oxciting incidents. He met with a bad plip on the Hundaleo road, and there was some delay in unyoking his horse and lifting the vehicle over tho obstruction. At the Waiau River, which was in flocd, th© current ran into the vehicle, and tho horso was nearly swimming in this treachoroua liver. At Mackenzie the candidate encountered a terrific storm of rain and wind, and had to give up the attempt t© cross the swollen Greta Creek. Tho cordial reception- given to Mr Clothier, however, fully compensated for theso comparatively trifling inconveniences.

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HURUNUI., Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12367, 5 December 1905

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HURUNUI. Press, Volume LXII, Issue 12367, 5 December 1905