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THE CITY ELECIION., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897
THE CITY ELECIION.
There was an enthusiastic and crowded j meeting of Mr Gourley's supporters on \ Saturday night. Mr Nagle, who presided, said that the opinion had been expressed outside that the Political Workers' Committee should have sent two names down to the unions instead of selecting a candidate as they had done. Clause 6 of the constitution of the Workers' Committee provided that "all nominees shall give a written pledge to the Committee that they will support their platform, and if not finally selected they will retire and support and work for the selected candidates." So far as this clause was concerned there was only one candidate who complied with this condition: that wa3 Mr Gourley, who was elected unanimously. He (the speaker) had waited upon Mr Hutchison two or three times, but that gentleman had distinctly declined to sign any pledge, and resolved to "go on his own." He hoped those present and the whole of the Liberal party iu Dunedin would work together heartily and place Mr Gourley at the head of the poll.—(Applause.) :
Mr Gourley said he was prepared to support the Government to the utmost, because he felt certain that their legislation had been for the benefit of the colony. He contended that the Right Hon. Mr Seddou's labor legislation had improved the social position of the workers without injuring the employers. The labor laws had done great good to all classes, and the Hon. J. M'KeDzie's land laws had placed many happy homes on the land. He would impress upon them the necessity of fighting to a finish. It would be a contest between the Government and the Opposition, and every man who had the welfare of the country at heart should put his shoulder to the wheel and work enthusiastically to return the Government candidate irrespective of his personality. Every effort would be made by the Opposition to defeat him, but they must remember that the Opposition represented the upper ten, not the workers. If they lost the day it would mean that the Government had lost all hold on Dunedin, and a great deal depended upon the result of thi3 election. He would ask them to compare the state of the labor market with what it was seven years ago, and even three years ago. During the past winter there had been very little (if any) complaint from the unemployed, and the whole colony was in a prosperous condition. The battle was their own fight, and he considered that if properly supported he had a better chance than anyone else in the. field. He promised that if returned he would endeavor to do his duty and loyally support the cause of labor.—(Applause.) Mr A. Lee Smith said he was present to show the candidate that he was heart and soul with him and the party. His (Mr Smith's) name had been mentioned as a candidate. He might say numbers of persons had asked him to stand, several uuions had offered to nominate him, and Mr Gourley had offered to retire in his favor. He, however, considered Mr Gourley had the best chance of winning, and he had no hesitation in recommending him to the Labor party. He urged the workers to be true to the cause of the Liberal party and to work hard in support of a Government who had done so much for the workers. They would have to enlist the sympathies of their " sisters, cousins, and aunts " and work with every nerve to defeat the mean methods of the Opposition. He felt convinced that the mass of the people were in favor of the progressive policy of the Seddon Government, and hoped that the workers of Dunedin would do their level best to uphold the credit of Dunedin. It was resolved " that those presbnt form themselves into a committee to secure the
return to Parliament of Mr Gourley." and sub-committees were appointed for the North Dunedin, Roslyn, Mornington, North-east Valley, Maori Hill, West Harbor, and Pine Hill subdivisions of the electorate. A small Executive was appointed to watch proceedings, and the meeting broke up with cheers for the candidate and the Premier.
THE CITY ELECIION., Issue 10436, 4 October 1897
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