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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS.

. SOUTH WARD. Between 200 and 300 persons collected in front of Messrs - M'Landrese,-Hepburnj—end— Co.'s premises, and waited for, thedeoJftr&tißi* of the poll, which was made sbortlyribefW, seven o dock,, and showed' that Mr Fish had ■-■ been returned by a substantial majority. The returning officer (Mr J. Stone) annonnnfid the result to be— _.. ... H. S. Fish, jun 346 Alexander Cairns ... ... 252

I Majority for Fish ..„ ... 94 Fish, who was reeeived with. eheeoLjptttr he need' not tell them that he was 'deeply grateful, .to the ratepayers of South Ward for- ," the' proud position in which they had ' placed him. He. might, j»y; Jta, had, *ot anticipated defeat, nut at the same'he had not: thought that he should be placed at the head of the poll by such a large majority as he had been through the,kindness «fsis,aKl friends, He had lived amongst his friends of South r Ward for twenty-five yean; his children , had bton born and some of them' buried here; ' and he could not believe, notwithstanding, the calumnies that had been raised" in certain quarters against him, thalTlns friends would desert him in the hour of need.' ■' His'ttrecuction injthat respect had been amply and honorably fulfilled; and'he was deeply they had done for him. The contest meant to him political life or death. If they had rejected IMmibJspolitioal careerwasendedj-butthey had — elected him, and, if God spared his strength and life and health, he would yet rise to positions superior to any that he had ever previously held. —(Cheers.) He believed they would never regret the choice they had' mad%and he hoped' ! that those who had conscientiously voted against > him would in the future see that they had done wrong and that they had voted against the best man. Still he desired to say that he had great respect -for Mr A. Gairna and for •majorHy - - of his Committee, and he thanked his opponent T for the kindly, generous, honorable, and manly { way in which he had contested theelectiou. - Bait* might say a word or. two about one or twpindig :; viduals, but in the hour of victory one shealdfce generous. He thanked the ratepayers inmost recesses of his heart for what Jhey had done. Surely new the persecution h'eliaAbeen.T t subjected to for along time—whether rigwiy or ' wrongly—en the part of some individuals ought to cease. He desired to no man; and, though many nughjfe sjiy„fMngjs r about him deserving hjb'weuld, " as he had done at the hustings, juk _ whether, if he had faults of omisston-and of- f commission, he had not done aome«)pd for.the Oityl That he fordone good for the City wasendorsed by the votes recorded that day. He would do his best in future, not only "for South Ward but for the whole Oity, and the best he could do. Was to advocate a vigorous syßtenrof .. retrenchment, and the keeping down of taxation. He thanked his Committee and his supporters very sincerely for what they had f done for him, and the .confidence, they had * reposed in him. Mr Cairns said he was content to accept the verdict of the ratepayers with good humor. - The seat was entirely within their gift, and in selecting Mr Fish they had relieved him {Mr '" Cairns) of a very iiksome duty. He had proffered bis services, and as they had not beenec- r -~ cepted he could now, without feeling that he had neglected his' duty, go through the world ■'■ without mixing in the turmoil of business. He thanked sincerely his Committee and'Mgsnpi< porters, and expressed the hope that Mr Fish would be spared to carry out all that he had promised. I," HIGH WABD. The result was announced by the returning I officer shortly after seven o'clock, as follows: — John Barron ... ... ... 552 H. F.Hardy ... ... ... 527 Majority for Barron ... ... 25 Mr Babkon, alluding to the Ratepayers' ' Association, said the most sensible portion of the members had set themselves to make the organisation one for the public good, but-' they had made one mistake. They tad forgotten that the public were not going to ' swallow holus-bolus the candidates they brought forward. He felt grateful for his majority of •twenty-five, and felt also that the Association Which had run such a very close contest with him had evidently some underhand interest at work, because "he really had reason to expect a. far larger majority. However, he was glad to ; ' be returned to the position he had filled during . the last three years. He thought he had done" honestly and fairly by them, and hoped that*fc the end of next term they would be able to say he had done as well as before.. He was glad the contest had occurred, because it proved thattb* 1 ; ratepayers could be stirred up; out, as he said' ~ before, there had been underhand influences- at work to try and put him out. < '. t-' Mr Haedt thanked those electors who had" voted for him. He was defeated by hj very ( - narrow majority, but he was sure that in Mr Barron the ratepayers would have a good Tepre* ". sehtative; He hoped to be Tnore suoceesfuron ■' anotheroocasioni" ••"' .'''"■ . 1 :- ' J ' ' BELL WARD. /< - " ; ;*.?'. An unusually' large crowd congregated iri front of the Town Hall to hear the deolaratipn ' of the poll for .this ward. It was halfjpast ';, seven before the returning officer (Mr win) made his appearance. He announced the ;•; result as follows: ' . . v Mark Sinclair... ... , .i. t682 James Robin ... ... ~, 442 ; Informal ... ... ... B'".'.'.,■ '.''■' Majority for Sinclair ~.,140; Mr Sinclaib, who was warmly received, - thanked the-ratepayers for the confidence they ; had that day reposed in him. The present eontest, be said, was as hard a one as a man could possibly undertake, for the gentleman with . whom be had been competing had- had the ■ > honor of serving, in the City Council fox threes and a>half years, during which time hehadjjadu the opportunity of making, a good reoord,:-: whereas he (the speaker) was comparativolyiD»' knowh._-Qnly the other^vening-fleveral-gentle«— men who had attended his meeting came forward and toldhim they had notknownhimtin : f r now, having madshu acquaintance, they wbuldbe ~ glad to vote for him on the present occasion. He might say he did npt undervalue the Cohfi- r dence, they had placed in him, v had undertaken a most responsible duty, and he J promised that he wquld devote himsejf \to tt. » and ability. He 1 had not wird lo'say against anyone with tiu^ ; contest.:' It had been fought' out faffly, gentlemen opposing' hint .had treated him in a T Mndlt way. To who has worked;,jßoL , heartily on his behalf and to those ' • whohad voted for him lie desired to retujin'hls',, warmest'lhanks. He could command language to enable him.io express now- -; deeply grateful he was to them* anil if ever W' came i bsfore them again to seek a renewal of ' their (confidence he trusted thafluß conduct .would be suelri&at a verdict similar to the pre- ' sent'one would be recofleduftOMirfttor.--(Applause.) vMt; Robin came forward and was received with, some Boating;;-« He said 4hat now he was" atT defeatedicandklate the least they ebuld do'vu to hear him patiently.—(Hear, hear.) >"He might •' tell them that he .took his r defeat as well as it was possible for a man to take a defeat. He did not feel sore about it, but of course he had expected to -be returned; otherwise—be ~ would not have stood. During the time h*-naa > been in the Council he had endeavored as far as , he possibly could to do his duly to the tator payers' generally, and notwithstanding - the Saer - that they had returned Mr Sinclair be 1 «U1 thought that fie had done tW City good-eer- • 'vice.- | He would watch with interest the changes and benefits which SronK be effected in the Council by the intooductkm' of so much new hear.) In Mr ■ Sinclajr he believed they had chosen ft' ver*-' good rnim indeed, and one who would at events give their interests an intelligent eon- '■ sideraiion. ' He r *aanked those gentiemeU *&> t had worked for him very cordwUyj and aw> • -those jeleotOTß'who <had voted for him. He would jako like to say that Mr - tested'the election with perfett fairness>*nd he had not heard a single sentence from his lipt th>theshjijnldnothftvesaid. Hebadtpe*aneff kindlyfeeling to him "ihaejecfc)n.—(AppiftM '•''■'' j por «cn r,,,i . -.^.ic;'''il■:.> <ih ■ *- ; '! -M ''(Tian3!H.3Wykßi),.c:) ,;.,.;.j.Mrr.-.^i h AV<kt 150 ratepayers assembled tor the Albany street Oddfellows' Hall to hear the

result. The general impression seemed to be that Mr Left Smith would be retnrned, but nte large majority caused Burprise. At seven o clock the returning officer (Mr J. Holman) announced the state of the poll as iollows : A. Lee Smith... ... - 471 J.Xtolvin 243 0. K. Chapman 175 Informal votes ... .... 5 Majority for A. Lee Smith ... 228 ' Mr Lee Smith did not put in an appearance until the greater part of the orowd had dispersed,'and Mr I: Isaacs on his behalf explained that he was not present because he had been given to understand that the poll would not be deolared until 7.30 p.m. He (Mr Isaacs) thanked those who had voted for Mr Lee Smith. Mr Cotvn* said he took his defeat as a man should, but trusted that on some other occasion when he proffered his services the ratepayers would do better for Um.—(Applftuse.) Mr CHAPMAN was very sorry that hevras at the bottom of the poll; he had expected to be second at any rate. However, he thanked those who ba<f worked and votedforhim. He was very-tired, and not prepared mst then to make a «peech.-(ARATKPATgR: Better luck next tlme.Y He thought that J to come forward twice was quite .enough. .. - t Before the whole of thoße present had left Mr Surra put in an appearance, afid said: I appear before yott as your representative in the City Council; and it now only remains forme to thank all those gentlemen who have supported, me, and more particularly my com. mittee, who have so loyally stood by me during'my canvass. I shall prooeed to my duties with a firm determination to carry out the professions I have so freely given utterance to. And-with regard to those who have given then- support to the losing candidates, I trust they will haveno reason to regret that they have not been successful when next I appear before them to give an account of my stewardship. Gentlemen, what shall I say to the clique who have chosen to traduce my character in the way they have 1 I will say this r 1 if they are so concerned and regardful of the integrity, the independence, and the dignity of their representatives, they will in future tako care lest they blight the growth and development of those virtues by offering to candidates such insults as theyhave offered to me, and for whioh thereis no justification. However, I h»™_?l re, £ y ' forgiven them, and will now leave thentt© the tender mercies of their own consciences. Gentlemen, good night, —' i, ■ SOUTH DTJNEDIN. The polling in this Borough resulted as follows : NORTH WABD. J.OhetwiA : I°JJ. Worthington ... ■•• *1 Mr Ohetmn was declared elected. SOUTH WARD. ', C. Marlow ... ... - 62 D. Jones ... ••• ••■ . 6Z Mr Marlow was elected by the casting vote of the returning officer. ST. KILDA. PABK WABD. W. Allan .... 57 J. 0. Brown 22 Mr Allan was declared duly elected. ROSLYN. SUNNYSEDE WARD. G. B; Lindsay ... ... ... 64 Charles Fountain ... ... 44 Informal ... ... •••' 3 Mr; Lindsay waa declared eleoted. LINDEN WARD. A. Ferry ..; ... ••• 75 Alexander Fleming ... ... 56 Informal ' ... ... ,«• Mr Ferry, was declared duly elected. NORTH-EAST VALLEY. BAST WABD. William Black ...128 J. E. White 49 Mr Black was declared duly elected, WEST HARBOR. SAWYERS' BAY WABD. Augustus William Maurais ... 12 Robert Millar ... ... ... 8 Mr Maurais returned thanks, and said he would do his best for the Borough, and pay particular attention to the main road. PORT CHALMERS. Captain Veal, the retiring councillor, was opposed by Mr David Millar, who is an old municipal war-horse. The voting was— David Millar ... ... ... 43 John Veal ... H Majority for Millar ... ... 32 BALCLUTHA. SOOTH WABD. Mackenzie ... ... ••• 69 Sargood ... ... ••■ 23 BAST WABD. Thomson ... ••• 20 Blackwood ... ... ••• 16 At Christchuroh the two retiring councillors (Messrs H. Crooks and C. M. Gray) were defeated.

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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS., Evening Star, Issue 7004, 10 September 1886

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