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THE CITY ELECTION., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
THE CITY ELECTION.
The side room of the Choral Hall proved too small for the crowd who assembled last night for the purpose of making arrangements in connection with Mr Sligo's candidature, and in consequence an adjournment had to he made to the main hall, where some 300 persons of both sexes attended; Mr C. Haynes being voted to the oha'.r.—Mr Sligo, who was well received, said that there was a very general feeling in Dunedin that the Seddou Government had been long enough in power, and that, outside of party, it was desirable in the interest* of the country to about a change in the administration of its affairs.—Mr A, o. Bkqo said that what was wanted at this juncture was a strong candidate, and they had such an one in Mr Sligo. He was not in thorough accord with that gentleman, but they were both unanimous in their opposition to the Government, therefore ho was prepared to sink all minor differences and to give all the support he could to Mr Sligo in this contest.— Dr Stk'House urged that the women, who would be a powerful factor in the decision of this election, should be organised.— Miss Statuam considered that all feelings of a personal nature should be avoided on such occasions. She would not vote for her own father if his views were not satisfactory to herself. Believing in Mr Sligo’s integrity and honesty of purpose, she would do all in her power to secure hi'* return,—Mr J, B. Thomson counselled the avoidance of personalities, and hoped that none of Mr Sligo’s Committee would follow the example of Mr Lee Smith.—Mr Fergus thanked Messrs Be eg and Haynes for the handsome manner in which they had left a clear field for Mr Sligo,—Strong committees were afterwards formed.
There was a weil-attendc-d meeting of the "Workers’ Political Committee last night, Mr Nagle presiding. After constituting themselves a committee to promote Mr Gonrley’s candidature, the following resolutions were carried “That with reference to the misstatement of Mr W. Hutchison, ‘ that the Workers' Political Committee is in no sense representative,’ our reply is that the Committee represent fourteen unions and associations, whose voting power is over 5,000 ” “ That in reference to the deletion of clause 7, which dealt with the Local Option poll, it should be generally known that provision is made in our planks for dealing with temperance and other social problems by means of the referendum.”
There was a large and influential gathering at Mr Hugh Gourley’s Mornington Committee rooms last evening, when those present formed themselves into a committee to secure that gentleman’s return. Every portion of the district was represented, and encouraging reports were_ received as to promised support. The district was divided into wards, and portions allotted to each committeeman to thoroughly canvass. Indignation was expressed at Mr Hutchison’s evident attempt to disintegrate the parly, and all present pledged themselves to leave no stone unturned to defeat his object. Mr S. Poyntz was elected chairman and Mr Farland secretary. An enthusiastic meeting was held last evening in Mr Gourley’a Committee rooms, North-east Valley, when Mr J. E. White was elected chairman and forty names were handed in as a committee to secure Mr Gourley’s return. • There was a large attendance at Mr Gourley’s Central Committee rooms last evening, when reports of a very satisfactory nature were handed in. The Roslyo and West Harbor Commeetings were both well attended, the Committee roll in each place being very large. There was a crowded attendance of Mr Hutchison’s supporters last night, and Mr I. Selby presided.—The Candidate said that his position on this occasion was somewhat unique, and to him rather unaccountable. As regards political principles and political actions he stood precisely where he had always stood. He had not_ a single bit of change to intimate. Looking at the long list of Bills brought in by the Government this session—of course there was not the remotest intention of passing the one-half of them—there was not one of them the principle of which, so far as he could judge from its title, he would not be prepared support. Personally ho had not altered one iota in his relations to the Government j hut it would appear the Government had somewhat changed towards him. It further appeared he was not in touch with a certain section of the electors—a small section, he believed—of those styling themselves Liberals. If he thought for a moment that the Workers’ Political Com mittee represented any considerable number of the large and intelligent workers of the City and suburbs he should feel that tho cause of Labor
was ndfc in a healthy condition; bat he comforted himself by knowing that the Committee, whatever they had been in the past, were not now in any'sense representative. The Committee were like the fly on the wheel; the wheel went steadily round, and the liy fancied it was the motive power. Here was the position. Comparisons were odious* and he disliked making them, but a word or two were absolutely necessary. Both by writing and speaking he had labored for many years in the interests of Labor, and now he was pitted against a gentleman who had never hben in, political life, and who was not conversant with political questions. Mr.Nagle, who appeared to be nominal ’ boss ” for the time being, made out his (Mr Hutchison’s) offence to be his refusal to sign a pledge to withdraw if he were not nominated by tho Committee. He declined to give such a pledge for various good and sufficient reasons, hut chiefly because be knew he would not be nominated.' The thing was all out and dried. There might be two or three simple souls who did hot know it, but the-strings'were pulled and a sham had been gone through. He (Mr Hutchison) was net to be caught in that way. He was not going to hand., oyer-the representation of Dunedin to half a soortfof political workers. He did not give a pledge that he would retire, and therefore failed to comply with rule 6 of the Committee’s constitution. - There was another rule regarding temperance voting, virtually eliminating the temperance plank from their programme, which the members of the Committee .themselves cancelled-in order to suit their candidate, who was the choice of the liquor ring. He believed, however, that only a section of the Committee had been guilty of this misfeasance, and he would be sorry to convey a wrong impression.—Mr D. 0. Cameron said that on polling day Mr Hutchison would receive the confidence and support of the Temperance party and all interested in social reforms; while Mr F. M. Lester pointed out that Mr Hutchison, during ,hia long public career, had' always stood true to the principles on which ho had been returned to Parliament, and wa». therefore, entitled to the fullest support at this juncture.—Similar remarks were made bv other speakers, who condemned the action by which it was sought to entrap Mr Hutchison into retirement in order to afford a clear field for Mr Gourley, who had been selected by the Government some months Ago-—Those present formed themselves into a committee to further Mr Hutchison’s interests and secure his election. Suh-committees were appointed to act at Roslyn, North-east Yallev, and Momington. Mrs Coats was appointed to superintend the ladies’ work. Mr Selby was appointed chairman of committees, and Mr R. Clark general secretary. Over seventy ladies attended at Mr Gourley’s central rooms this afternoon and organised themselves.
THE CITY ELECTION., Issue 10437, 5 October 1897
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