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■"'■ "'"• * : :'■'; rjlß. J. P." LUKE APPROACHED, ■'.* A PROVISIONAL CONSENT. 'A deputation, representative of tho 'business community of Wellington, 'waited on Mr. J; P. Luko yesterday ■morning in'tho Mayoral'room with the . request that lio should allow himself to :ibo.nominated for a further term of office as. Mayor of "Wellington. : ,Mr. George Shirtcliffo said that the deputation ef citizens had been arranged at very short notice to ask him (Mr. Luke) to allow himself to again be nominated as Mayor of tho City.,-Tho feel- ,; ing 'generally held was that lie had •performed tho duties of the high office . iii an excellent way, throughout a very strenuous year, and he hoped that in tho interests of tho citizens of Wellington generally Mr. 'Luko would allow himself to bo nominated. It may bo to tho detriment of his personal interests but it would certainly bo for the betterment of tho City of Wellington if Mr. Luke acceded to the request. If he did, they pledged themselves to se- . cure his return. (Applause.) Mr. Leigh Hunt, on behalf of the Outside Ratepayers' Association, said that right through the suburbs there had never been a thought that Mr. Luke was not going to stand. Hadthere been there would havo been hundreds of citizens there to-day. He reminded all present that Mr. Luke had .put forward a progressive programme for tho benefit of the city and suburbs, and it was only right that he should, see the'work carried out. Referring to tho strenuous'days of the strike, Mr. 'Hunt said . that in tho critical situation Mr. Luke had shown himself to be ■ a-; strong man, and one wild could hold 1 tho scales of justice evenly. They all knew he had tho interests of the city at heart and would be pleased to learn of his intention to stand for the Mayor- ! alty again. Mr. H. F. Allen, on behalf of the Wellington Provincial Industrial Association, said that 'right through tho strenuous time experienced at the end of last year Mr. Luko had proved himself to bo tho right-man in tho right place. Ho hoped ho would allow himself t<) be nominated, and if so they would pledge themselves to do all in their power to ensure his return. The Mayor in Reply. .:.•' Mr. Luko said that lie had every rea- ■■ sou to feel under a sense, of obligation to' tho deputation, and tendered them his thanks. Ho explained that through ..»• family arrangement ho wa»- not now 'associated with tho active management of his late business, though his and his brother's soas were still connected with it. At 'his time of life, however, ho did not wish to rust out tho remainder of his "(Jays, and ho felt, it due to t'ho community'and, to his family that he should bo - connected with some business that would absorb'his limd.- Hβ had said twelvo 'months ago that no man should consider that ho had a mortgage over the Mayoralty—had said so when his opponent last j'ear had, seemed to resent .him '■•'standing because ho (Mr. M'Earen) had only hold office for one year.; He said . it more emphatically now, but reminded ■ them that tho election of Mayor was now for two years—the annual election was .a'thing of the past.. Ho was distinctly flattered by the presence of so many business men: Ho thanked Mr. Hunt and others for'the referenco made to his ./action during the strike. ' Hα was not going to refer to tho was a '(page, in No.y Zealand's history that ,'i'shoHld, bo wiped out and not even remembered iii the Bomiiiion. '' (Applause) Ho, believed.that things,in Wellington •;wero ort;the turn, and they could look forward ,±0 a period of considerable development;, He .bad given an . of certain public works which he consicl-' ..ered absolutely necessary. . That these ■/had "not' been'-brought forward was no 'fault; of: the' City Engineer!s ' or his. '■ 'Other matters' intervening' had 'taken Jjheir,,.attention away from tho ordinary. ;.work,'otherwise t'he-Jban schedule would ..'•.havo been brought forward, but the en'.igineer. had .„ been, busy getting •out-...the estimates,' as well as preparing' the ordinary estimates for. the . incoming year, which had.made it impossible for him to submit the schedule to the council and the citizens, but tho idea was to carry out a schemo for the improvement and expansion of the city of Wellington. (Applause.) The office of Mayor entailed social obligations .on his wife that were- a considerable tax on her. Mrs. Luke had done more for •Utho people of AVellington than he had ' : ]ast' .year, .and it was her he- had to ! thajik for the position he held to-day. jrWhother it was fair .to ask her to take [lip the onerous duties for another year I was quite another thing. Personally, he'was quito willing to submit the subject for Mrs. Luke's approval. ■ If she ,was prepared to tako on the duties of [the position, he was prepared to carry J.put the duties of Mayor. "If lam •elected," Mr. Luko concluded, "it will -be my endeavour to carry out my duties Jin tho interests of all classes of the fcommunity, and not to' discriminate for • ior against any class or section or indiviidual." (Applause. , )' ' ,' ■ Mr. G.. Shirtcliffe said they would all Tie pleased to hear-that; Mr.- Luke had decided to allow himself to be nominated. They would all be delighted to 'wait upon Mrs. Luko. (Laughter.) Mr. Luke said that that would not Jdo—he was tho top man and the best. ■man yet. He hoped to, be able to give Jim answer in the ccm'rs.a of a day or /two.. (Applause.) '

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