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TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —I understand canvassing has already commenced for this important office, but I hope the citizens will not pledge themselves until they knew what candidates are likely to come forward. Never since Dunedin was incorporated has there been an occasion when, for the credit of the City, and indeed I may say of the colony, a good choice should be made in the selection of a gentleman to fill the mayoral chair. Owing to the Exhibition the duties devolving on tho occupant of this office will be more responsible and onerous than has ever been or probably will be again for many years. During the time our Exhibition will be open we hope to have the City filled with the best people from the other colonies, including the Governors and many illustrious strangers from Europe and America, and our mayor on this occasion at least should, if possible, be one of our leading citizens, a man of means and a gentleman—the latter qualification being absolutely indispensable. i cannot help being astonished at the temerity of those who are now in the field for the coveted honor, and I trust before they commit themselves further in the direction of canvassing they will pause and ask themselves whether they consider they possess the necessary qualifications to fill the office with satisfaction to themselves and honor and credit to this fair City and its inhabitants, Whilst I thus refer to them, I freely admit, knowing them all personally, that they are decent and estimable citizens (far more so than some of tho previous occupants of the mayoral chair, more shame to the electors), and might be suitable on ordinary occasions, but I don’t think they would be quite equal to what would be expected of them at this particular juncture.

You, Mr Editor, made a suggestion the other day that Mr John Roberts, the worthy president of the Exhibition, should be asked to fill the position. This is an excellent idea, and one which I believe, if acted on, would meet the approval of a large majority of the citizens; and I think the present candidates will retire if Mr Roberts consents. If, however, he declines, then I would suggest that Mr James Allen, M.H.R., who has been a councillor for some years, should be requested to come forward for the office. As this is a matter of great importance to the City, I hope this letter will have the effect of arousing the citizens to action.—l am, etc., Burgess. Dunedin, July 30.

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THE CITY MAYORALTY., Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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THE CITY MAYORALTY. Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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