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THE GENERAL ELECTION. » THE VACANT OTAKI SEAL Speculation is already ripe as to who will fill the vacant Otaki seat. It is certain that Mr. C. B. Morison, who was defeated by the late Mr. Field in last Wednesday's poll, will -come out again, ai.d Mr. T. K. Macdonald has been asked to run in the Liberal interest. Mr. E. G. Jellicoe has been mentioned as ;i third uindidate, but he will not enter the contest except for certain contingencies. Mr. W. H. Field, brother of the lote member, is likely to Ibe asked to como out. If he consents, he will in all probability receive the weight of Government influence. No definite announcement is likely to be made by any of the prospective candidates until after the funeral of the late member. It is stated also that Mr. T. Dw\m, the President of the Eighty Club, will in all probability contest the Otaki seat in the Government interest. In the case of the death of a member, the Act provides that the speaker -Jiall issue his tom-ant to the Clerk if Writs forthwith, directing: him to issue a writ 10 feiipply the vacancy. On receipt of the warrant the Clerk of Writs must cause a writ to be issued to the Returning Officer of the district in which the vacancy has occurred, and it is made returnable within twenty-one days. It may not be generally known that Mr. Scobie Mackenzie, during the last four years, has fought four elections and won one. At Waihemo, he was defeated in 1893 ; at Tuapeka, in 1894 ; at Dunedin, in 1899. At the 1896 election in Dunedin he was returned at the head of the poll by a very large majority. Such are the vicissitudes of an erstwhile popular politician, i Mr. James. Allen, Avho won the Bruce seat, delivered 27 speeches during the campaign. According lo a Palmerston paper, rumours are current that Mr. W. T. Wood, who was defeated by Mr. Pirani, is to be elevated to the Legislative Council. As showing that even Mr. Scddon himself had no idea of the Government going ■ with such an overwhelming majority, says the Hawkes Bay Herald, it may be mentioned that in the course of a, conversation with the Premier before leaving Wellington, Captain Russell said to him, "Well, I'm going to beat you' this time." "No, I don't think so," replied Mr. Seddon, "but it's going to be a close shave." Out of respect for the memory of the late Mr. H. A. Field, M.H.R., the meeting of Mr. C. B. Morison's late committee, which was to have been held at, Lowci: Hutt this evening, is cancelled. Mr. D. B. Duncan is the only Wellington candidate to forfeit his nomination lee of £10. Mr. William Earnshaw has declared his election expenses to havo amounted to £47 15s, he having spent £11 10s in printing, £21 16s 6d in advertising, £13 11s in hire of halls, and 17s 6d in petty expenses. The receipts were nil. The of comparing the rolls used at* the various City booths will be completed to-night, and the Returning Officer hopes to declare the official result of the poll to-morrow. \

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SECOND EDITION., Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 140, 11 December 1899

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SECOND EDITION. Evening Post, Volume LVIII, Issue 140, 11 December 1899