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Mr. W. H. Watt, the new member for Wanganui, is not new to politics^ having been in the Honee fcr a short period some years ago. He was for years a member of the mercantile firm of Watt and Taylor, but some time ago he retired from business and gave place to his son. Mr. Watt is the owner of a considerable amount of property in the town and neighbourhood of Wanganui and is the proprietor of the Westmere t state, tho lake on which he presented to the Borough Council as a water supply for the town. For j this gracious act the townspeople recently { ereoted a memorial fountain in his honour. He goes to Parliament as a strong supporter of the Hall Government. Tfiv. Watt has an intimate knowledge of the requirements of his district, and has ever taken an active part in tho civio affairs of hiß borough, of which he has been a councillor and Mayor. He is a resident of seme 20 years' standing. Mr. Charles J. Johnston, the new member for Te Aro, belongs to a family of politicians, though the present is his first entry into pnblic life. He is the son of the Hon. John Johnston, and brother of the Hon. W. Johnston, Postmaster-General. Born in this city, he was, when a youth, sent Home and entered a large mercantile firm in Wolverhampton, where he acquired a sound knowledge of business pursuits. On returning to his native oity ho became manager ot his father's business, and subsequently joined the establishment as a partner He is known as a thorough business man of large mercantile experience, and was one of the promoters of the New Zealand Shipping Company — a company of which all New Zealanders may well feel proud. As agent for the P. and O. Company's line of steamers he has ever been anxious to establish a line of their boats in New Zealand waters, and there is now some prospect or his efforts being successful. Politic-ally he classes himself as an independent, bat in the existing state of parties he will probably be found giving a loyal support to the present Government. Mr. Henry Dodson, the lately elected member for Blenheim, his resided in the distriot since the year 1857, where he arrived from Nekon, and is brother to tho wellknown Mayor of that City, Mr. J. JR. Dod¦on. Ho has been actively and successfully engaged in business at Blenheim ever since. Soon after ho arrived thero he started a brewory, which he still conducts ; afterwards he commenced business a3 a general com misbion agent, and subsequently became a partner for a few years in the firm of Messrs. Fell Brothers. He was retun ed a 6 first member of the Marlborough Provincial Council, and continued a member during the whole of its existence. At all times Air. Dodson has taken a prominent part in the pnblio affairs of Marlborough— more especially those relating to tho prosperity and advancement of Blenheim. In general politics we believe he may bo classed as one of the Opposition. We are told that Mexican women get to look old at 30. 'lhats just like American women. Jivery American woman who tells you her age is 30 look-i very old. {For further news see page 4.

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NEW FACES IN PARLIAMENT., Evening Post, Volume XXII, Issue 143, 17 December 1881

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NEW FACES IN PARLIAMENT. Evening Post, Volume XXII, Issue 143, 17 December 1881

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