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CAPTAIN PORTER AT FRASERTOWN.

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Wairoa, December 1. Capt. Porter addressed a meeting of electors at Frasertown last nigbt. The meeting, which consisted of about fiffy, was representative of all classes. Mr C. Gray was in the chair. Captain Porter commenced by announcing his intention to support the present Ministry for the reason given at the Clyde meeting. He praised the vigorous action taken by Mr Bryce in dealing with the West Coast difficulty, and detailed the effect on this district of a long continuance or extension of the native difficulty. The proposal to separate the two islands was involved out of that difficulty, and acutated by a spirit of cowardice on the part of the Southern members, who wished to throw the burden of tbe difficulty on the shoulders of the Northerners, and it was the duty of every honest loyal member to oppose that. Captain Porter detailed at length his local government reform proposals, which he laid down in terse vigorous language. He touched on the property tax, which he favored. He supported free trade as opposed to protection, and spoke at length on the waste lands administration question, and the settlement of the lands of the Crown. With reference to the alienation of the public estate, he would not advocate Socialism, Communism, Land Leaguism, or any other ism, but maintained that it was tbe duty of the Government to stay the reckless alienation of the colonial land estate to large speculators and absentees. Captain Porter dealt at great length on the native land question and rating. The difficulty in acquiring native land was so great that a young man commencing to negotiate found himself almost an old one before he got a clear title. In connection with the land question Capt. Porter made a strong attack on Mr Locke and tbe Land Company, pointing out that the former could not go to the House a free man, as both he and Mr McDonald were so deep in the concern that they would undoubtedly support measures favorable to the operations of the company. He (Captain Porter) stood there as tbe only independent candidate before the electorate. (Loud applause.) He complimented Mr McDonald and his supporters, and also Mr Gannon to a certain extent, for his honorable conduct duriug the campaign, but of Mr Locke he could not say the same. He knew not if he (Locke) was aware of his supporters* conduct, and although tbe limit was very extended, Mr Locke's people had gone beyond all bounds. He instanced all the cauards circulated re his retirement; that he had been made a major, and was going to the front; that he was appointed R.M. at Gisborne, and finally that he was laid up with scarlet fever, and had to abandon bis Makaraka meeting, whereas he held it on the day appointed. All these showed that Mr Locke's cause was weak ,• they feared that an honest outspokeu canvas was sending him (Capt. Porter) to the head ot the poll, and they must descend to the low measures when they found nothing in his public addresses to throw dirt upon. (Loud and continued applause.) Captain Porter then touched on the question of the public works indebtedness of the colony, and alluded to Sir John Coode's report on the Wairoa harbor. He conteuded that the district had a fair claim for the erection of harbor works, as it did not participate in the benefits of the large loans raised from time to time. In concluding he reminded the electors that the Government, in voting £22,000 last session for the East Coast, showed a desire to do justice to that district. He therefore hoped they would continue to support tbe Governrneut. He would go to the poll as an independent man, without an axe to grind, as was the case with Mr Locke and Mr M'Donald, and if he did not head the poll be would not be far from it. (Loud Applause.) At the candidates request no vote of confidence was proposed, as such destroyed the value of the ballot, and really meant nothing. A vote of thanks was carried with acclamation. Captain Porter made a strong impression in his favor by his address ; he spoke well, and was applauded to the end. He left for Napier to-day via Mohaka, where he speaks to-night.—(Own correspondent.) Richmond, December 1. At the nomination for the Waimea seat yesterday Shephard and James Crowe Richmond were proposed. r J he show of hands was in favor of Mr Shephard. Westport, December 1. The nominations for the Westport seat were Messrs Eugene O'Connor and John Munro. The show of handa was in favor of the former. Motueka, December 1. For tbe seat Messrs Hurnthouse, Gibbs, and Haddleton, were nominated. The show of banda was in favor of Mr Hurstbourse, Mr Gibbs next. Ruefton, December 1. For the Mangahua seat Messrs T. S. Weston, N. 11. Reeves, and William McLean were nominated. Dunedin, December 1. Messrs W. Fraser and V. Pyke were nominated for Dunstan yesterday. The show ot hands resulted as follows: — Pyke, 16 ; Fraser 9. / For the Dunedin South seat Messrs

Henry Smith Fish and Archibald Hilson Ros?, the late Mayor, were proposed. The show of hands waa in favor of Mr Fisb. For Dnnedin West Messrs Thoma3 Dick, William Downie Stewart, and William Jackson Barry were nominated. The show of hands was in favor of Mr Dick. For Dunedin Central Messrs Bastings, Bracken. Graham, Dickson, and Cargill were nominated. For Dunedin East Messrs C. S. Reeves, M. N. Green, and J. U. Davis were proposed. The show of hands was in favor of Mr Davis. Fort Chalmers, December 1. Mr Macandrew, being the only candidate nominated, was declared duly elected. Wellington, December 1. Messrs W. 11. Levin and Thomas Divan were nominated for Thorndon today. Wanganui, December 1. For the Wanganui seat Messrs John Ballance and William Hogg Watt were nominated. The show of hands was— Ballance, 86; Watt, 45. Mr Watt's candidature was decided upon in the last hour. Invehcahgixl, December 1. Messrs H. Feldwick and J. Hatch were nominated for Invercargill to-day. The show of hands was in favor of the former. Auckland, December 1. At the nomination for Eden Messrs Reader Wood and Tola were proposed. The show of hands was—Tole, 24; Wood, 4. A poll was demanded. Mr Swanson was elected for Newton unopposed. At Parnell the nomination resulted— Moss, 24; Monk, 13. A poll was demanded. Auckland City North—Rees, 50; Garrard, 9 ; Thwaites, 4 ; Peacock, 15. For City West Dr. Wallis, J. M. Dargaville, W. C. Laing, and A. Fleming were proposed. A poll was demanded. For City Bast Sir George Grey and J. M. Clark were proposed. For Manukau, Sir G. M. O'Rorke and Owen M'Gee were nominated. The show of hands was—O'Rorke, 36 ; M'Gee, 6. A poll was demanded. For the Waitemata seat Messrs Hurst and Allison were proposed. The show of hands was 29 for the former, and 25 for the latter. At the nomination for Franklin North Messrs W. F. Buckland, Samuel Luke, Major Harris, and John Gordon were nominated. A poll was demanded. Hamilton, December 1. At the nomination for Waipa Messrs Whitaker, Jackson, Johns, and McMinn were proposed. The latter formally announced his withdrawal from the contest. The show of hands was in favor of Mr Whitaker. Mr Wbyte was returned unopposed for Waikato. Kasebt, December 1. Messrs Cecil Albert De Lautour, and Mackay John Scobie McKenzie were the only two candidates nominated for Mount Ida. The show of hands was in favor of Mr McKenzie. New Plymouth, December 1. At the nomination of candidates today Mr Joseph Colely and Colonel Trimble were proposed. The show of hands was equal, and a poll was demanded. Mataura, December 1. The persons nominated as candidates for this electoral district to-day were J. T. Thomson, Capt. F. W. McKenzie, and George F. Richardson. A show of hands gave Thomson, 3 ; McKenzie, 2 ; Richardson, 5. Mabton, December 1. For the Rangitikei seat to-day Sir W. Fox and Mr John Stevens were nominated. The show of hands was in favor of Mr Stevens. A poll vvas demanded on behalf of Sir \\. Fox. Blenheim, December 1. At the nomination for Wairau to-day Messrs H. Dodson and A. P. Seymour were proposed. The show of hands was in favor of Mr Dodson. THE NOMINATIONS FOR NAPIER. At noon a hustings stage having been erected in front of the entrance to the old Council Chamber, Mr J. T. Tylee read the writ, and called upon the electors to nominate candidates for the representation of Napier in the General Assembly. Mr H. C Robjohne proposed and Mr M. Troy seconded, the nomination of Mr John Buchanan. Mr J. Higgins proposed, and Mr W. Oliver seconded, the nomination of Mr Justin M'Sweeney. Mr H. Monteith proposed, and Mr J. James seconded, the nomination of Mr J. W. M'Dougall. The tbree candidates in the order of their nomination having briefly addressed the electors present, a show of jjhands was called, when it appeared that about 30 were held up for Mr Buchanan, 20 for Mr M'Dougall, and 15 for Mr M'Sweeney. This ended the proceedings.

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CAPTAIN PORTER AT FRASERTOWN., Daily Telegraph, Issue 3250, 1 December 1881

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CAPTAIN PORTER AT FRASERTOWN. Daily Telegraph, Issue 3250, 1 December 1881

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