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The scrutiny of the vote resulted in Mr Hislop’s majority being reduced by two. At the official declaration Mr Hislop said that he was very sorry for the trouble to which he had put the electors in bringing about an election; but he was glad that it bad taken place, because many unfounded statements about himself had been industriously circulated, and he was pleased to find that a very substantial majority of the electors bad refused to accept those statements. If the opposition had been strenuous, he was bound to say that never on any previous occasion had his friends exerted themselves more thoroughly in his behalf. If anything were wanting to lead him to exert all bis powers for the good of the district and the whole colony it was to be found in the cordiality with which Ms committee and friends had worked for him, and in which they had shown their determination not to be thwarted in their object by the rumors which had been, without any warrant, spread about hirpself. With reference to those of his old friends who had qpposed him on this occasion, ho would only say that he was sorry that they had accepted those ruqiors as true, Jf they would, now fijiat the excitement was over, set themselves as industriously to work to discover the truth as aorne had been industrious to spread those reports, they would satisfy themselves that those reports were without foundation.

Mr Dunn said he accepted the small difference between the numbers polled by him and hia opponent as evidence that there was nothing very difficult in the position of a member of the House.

Mr Hislop proceeded to Wellington to day to consult with the Premier.

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THE OAMARU ELECTION., Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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THE OAMARU ELECTION. Issue 8029, 4 October 1889

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