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MR FISH IN EXPLANATION.

TO THE EDITOR.

Sir.,—l cannot imagine that any useful public end can be gained by the insertion in your columns of such letters as that over the signature of “ Elector,” which appeared in your issue of Saturday. The fact remains that, with a full knowledge of all the statements made against mo, the ratepayers first elected mo to a seat in the City Council, and the electors subsequently, by a majority which ranked amongst the largest obtained by any candidate, elected me as a member of the House of Representatives. I think it may therefore fairly be assumed that the majority either did not believe those statements, or believing them in whole or in part, were still prepared to placo their confidence in me. It therefore seems to me that all that should concern the public now is whether since my re-election to either of these positions I have done anything to forfeit the confidence then reposed in me. That I have not done so would appear from th« repeated expressions of confidence bestowed upon me since. This continual mud-throwing and raking up the dead past seem to me to be unfair and un-English, and savors more of persecution than anything else. It may gratify the malignant vindictiveness of some few of my personal enemies to avail themselves of the use of your columns for this delightful purpose ; but I am inclined to think it is not desired by the general public, nor do I think it meets with their approval. This is my last word upon the subject. If it affords yon or my detractors any pleasure to use your columns thus, lot them fire away. It may amuse them and does not hurt me, although it may perhaps detract from my public usefulness. —-I am, etc,, H. S. I’lsu, jun. Dunedin, June 17.

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MR FISH IN EXPLANATION., Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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MR FISH IN EXPLANATION. Issue 7935, 17 June 1889

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