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STATE OF THE POLL. DECLARATION BY THE RETURNING OFFICER.

The Returning Officer, pursuant to advertisement, declared, from the hustings, on Saturday, at 12 o'clock, the state of the poll for the Superintendency, and for the Provincial* Council and House of Representatives in the Northern Division. The following were the numbers declared :—: —

Majority for J.L.Campbell.Esq. 98. The announcement was received with three enthusiastic cheers.

PROVINCIAL COUNCIL. s Northern Dinision. Dignan 405 A. O'Neill 371 A. K. Taylor .... 315 May 31* Daldy 287 Hill „...'. 274 Ponpvan 246 Ormsby 66

Metm. Dignaa, A. O'Neffl, A. K. Taylor, and Joseph May, were therefore declared to be duly elected.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY. Northern Division. Henderson 363 Lee 294 FoTsaith 292 May 213 Messrs. Henderson and Lee were therefore declared duly elected. J. L. Campbell, Esq., then came forward, and addressed the electors. He was followed by the other successful candidates, and by Mr. Forsaith, one of the unsuccessful. Mr. Schulte appeared on behalf of Mr. May, who was unavoidably absent. A rote of thanks having been proposed to the Returning Officer, the meeting separated, the whole business not having occupied more than half an hour.

A HOPE is beginning to Tjc expressed, in certain quarters, that steps may be taken "for the resuscitation of that most most useful though unpret entious body — the City Council." We very much doubt the existence of any general wish to that effect. The numerously signed petition on this subject, which was presented, during the 3rd Session, to the Provincial Council, would lead us to believe that a City Council was not in favour even then j and we feel assured that it is even less so now. Many of those who formerly thought it a useful piece of machinery have now awakened to a sense of its cumbersomeness, and its expense. Every one perceives that the loss of the Council has been gain of certain improvements to the City, — that if the £2000, for instance, voted to the City Councillor general purposes had been expended by that body, £1000 would have gone in salaries, leaving only one other thousand for the works As it is, under the management of the Board of Works, fcbe city gains the benefit of the whole sum appropriated, without deduction. This is a practical argument, which ne«ds no further observation. It is possible, however, that the citizens may wish for persons who would devote their attention exclusively to the city, notwithstanding the additional expense that must thereby be incurred. In this ease city commissioners, chosen from among those who may be deemed especially qualified for the duties which would devolve upon them, would doubtless carry out the work with more accuracy, punctuality, and economy, than a City Council. We believe, indeed, that this opinion has been steadily gaining ground for some while past. We believe that the town is too youug for the para phernalia of corporations. Still, should a strong feeling be manifested in favour of a corporation, we cannot doubt that the Superintendent will readily endeavour to obtain its institution, — this time in legal form, and through the proper authority, j One great objection would be removed, were it specially enacted that no member of such body should derive any profit, directly or indirectly, i from his office. The following clause, which we find on the draft of the Lyttleton Corporation Hill, might be most advantageously adopted here : — ■34. It shall not be lawful for any member of the Town Council, so long as he shall continue in office, to receive or take, directly or indirectly, any salary, fees, or emolument, of any kind whatsoever, in virtue of any bye-law, minute, or resolution of the Town Council, or to make any contract for the supply of goods to the use of the Town Council, and every contract so made contrary to the provisions of this clause, shall be absolutely null and void : and any person who shall offend against the provisions of tliis clause, shall be liable to a penalty of not more than £00, nor less than £10, to he recovered in a summary way upon the information of any burgess of the s>did town and suburbs of Lyttleton. For it is above all things necessary to make sure that those who present themselves for election J should be impelled thereto by motives of public spirit alone — by the simple desire of devoting a portion of their time and labour to the benefit of their fellow-citizens. They should be relieved from the most distant possibility of interested motives, whether justly or unjustly, being imputed to them. And, so far from their being allowed the unlimited control over large sums of money, as heretofore, — let it be not forgotten, that to the present day we are without the means of examining the accounts of the defunct City Council — we believe that they would stand higher in public estimation, were they even debarred from the opportunity of patronage.

We take the first opportunity of correcting an error which found its way into the last number of the 'Southern dross.' It was there stated, with reference to the late election, that the Sappers and Miners were marched down to the poll. For "Sappers and Miners," "Artillery" should have been written. We believe that the voters of the former body took little or no part m the election, and that the officer in command of that force disapproves of military interference in matters which exclusively concern the colonists themselves. He is at all events one of the few who have not actively bestirred themselves in suppor t of the Old Official party.

J City Suburbs Northern Division . Southern Division . Pensioner Settlements Bay of Islands J. J L. Campl 455 85 250 244 205 77 bell F. Whita* 413 46 254 14ft 339 35 ken 1325 1227

SuPERINTENDENCY.

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STATE OF THE POLL. DECLARATION BY THE RETURNING OFFICER., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XXI, Issue 874, 13 November 1855

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