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IN pursuance of Section 76 of "The Elec- . loral Act, 1893," I hereby advertise the names of the several candidates at the Klection of a Member of the Hou&e of Representatives for the Electoral District of City of Wellington, the Poll wherefor is appointed for the 9th day of March, 1898 :— John Duthie Eichard Clement Kirk TV. P. JAMES, Returning Officer. 2nd March, 1898. BY-ELECTION. MR. KIRK (THE GOVERNMENT CANDIDATE) AND THE POLHILL GULLY TRANSACTION, EXTRACTS FROM COMMISSION. rTIHE Commissioners appointed to enquire into this transaction were Messrs. Alfred Saunders (Chairman), T. Kennedy Macdonald, and J. H. Baker, and in their Report, dated 17th May, 1892 (H. 7, 1892), they say :—: — Par. 9.—" The evidence discloses that the " average price of the land bought by Messrs. " Kirk & Atkinson was .£36 9s Id per acre, " and, as it was sold by them to the Govern- " ment at .£Bl per acre, there can be no " doubt of the extremely disadvantageous " character of the agreement entered into " with that firm by the Defence Depart- " ment." Par. 15. — " But, apart from the handsome " profit derived by Messrs. Kirk & Atkinson " as members of the syndicate, and admitting " that the full amount stated by them was " paid to the several vendors, the account " stands thus : — Buying price of 2G acrea " and 25 perches purchased by Messrs. Kirk " and Atkinson, .£953 10s. Selling- price of " 26 acres and 25 perches, sold by Messrs. " Kirk & Atkinson to the Government, " .£2IIS 13s 4d, thus showing that the " Defence Department engaged to pay " Messrs. Kirk <fc Atkinson for the 26 " acres and 25 perches no less than .£1165 " 3s Id more than the sum for which they " purchased it." Par. 9.—" The first letter upon the subject " which we find on record, written by the " Under-Secretary for Defence to Messrs. " Kirk & Atkinson, distinctly included the " condition that the firm should act as agents, " and supplied them with information which " shoxikl have been given only to an agent for " the Government." Mr. Seddon characterised this transaction as a scandalous job. And now he wants the electors to return to Parliament, as the representative of the Empire City, the central figure in the Polhill Gully transaction. WELLINGTON BY-ELECTION. MRM R - J° HN DUTHIE'S CANDIDATURE. PROGRAMME OF MR. JOHN DUTHIE'S MEETINGS :— THURSDAY (THI9 DAY)-At St. Paul'B Schoolroom, Sydney-street, at 8 p.m. Speakers — Dr. Newman and Mr. John Duthie. FRIDAY, 4th March— Willis-street Schoolroom, at 8 p.m. Speakers — Messrs. A. S. Menteath and W. G. Tustin, and Hon. T. W. Hislop. FRIDAY, 4th March— At the Churchroom, Tinakori-road, at 8 p.m. Speaker — Mr. John Duthie. FRIDAY, 4th March— Skating Rink, at 8 p.m. Speakers — Dr. Newman, Mr. A. S. Menteath, Hon. T. W. Hislop, and Mr. John Duthie. SATURDAY, sth March— Skating Rink, at 8 p.m. Speakers — Mr. A. R. Atkinson, Mr. Geo. Hutchison, M.H.R., and Mr. John Duthie. NOTE.— On MONDAY and TUESDAY meetings will be addressed in various parts of the city, of which due notice will be given. Mr. Scobie Mackenzie, M.H.R., will deliver addresses at these meetings. H. J. KEARNEY, Hon. Sec. WELLINGTON BY-ELECTION. MR. JOHN DUTHIE'S CANDIDATURE. MEETING OF LADIES. A MEETING of Ladies working on behalf of Mr. John Duthie will be held at the Central Committee Rooms, Willis-street, TO-MORROW (Friday), sth inst., at 4 p.m. Business important. H. J. KEARNEY, Hon. Sec. VOTE FOR JOHN DUTHIE AND HONEST GOVERNMENT. WELLINGTON CITY ELECTION. EC. KIRK'S CANDIDATURE. Meetings as follows :—: — TO-NIGHT (THURSDAY), 3rd MARCH— Cloke's Hall, Thorndon, 8 o'clock. SpeakersMr. Kirk and Mr. Russell. Choral Hall, Courtenay - place, B' o'clock. {Speakers— Mr. Kirk, Hon. Mr. Carroll, and others. FRIDAY,. 4th MARCH— Stewnrt & Co.'s Yard, Courtenay - place, 12 o'clock. Speaker— Mr. Kirk. Newtown School, S p.m. Speakers — Mr. Kirk and Hon. Mr. Carroll. Tory-street (shop corner Buckle-street), 8 p.m. Speaker— Mr. Kirk. Thntlcori-road (open air), 8 p.m. Speakers — Mr. Kirk, Messrs. Collins and Le Grove. Central Committee Rooms, 17a, Willisstreet, Tailoresses' Meeting, 8.30 p.m. Speaker— Mr. Kirk. SATURDAY, sth MARCH— Opera House. Mass Meeting, 8 p.m Speakers— The Premier, Mr. Kirk, and ;\lr. Qeo. Fisher, M.H.K..

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Page 6 Advertisements Column 4, Evening Post, Volume LV, Issue 52, 3 March 1898

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