THE CITY ELECTION.
[ TO THE EDITOR. j Flß,—Tn his address to the cleotorß at tho 1 City Hall Mr Gourley said that he was re- : quested by the Workers' Political Committee to ! allow himself to be nominated by that body, I and no doubt ho makes the statement in good | faith; yet it is a fact that no proposal regarding.such a request was ever brought before the Workers' Political Committee for their conI sideration, and if such a request were ever m»de : to him it muit have emanated simply from : those who made it and not ofno:ally from the workers' delegates.—l am, etc , Gnostic. Dnneain, October 9. TO THE EDITOR. Sin,—Political feeling is changing. Three days ago the - poll would have been—Sligo 1, Gourley 2, Hutchison" 3 To-day it would be— Hutchison 1, Sligo 2, Gourley 3. The love of British fair play is aroused. IJvery meeting Mr Gourley holds before tho eleotion will weaken his chances rather than " tc - Wicked Willy. Dunedin, October 7. to the editor. Sir, —Asec'ion of Liberals are calling out for Mr Hutchison to retire, and leave the present a straight-out fight between Messrs Sligo and Gourley. Why they should ask Mr Hutchison to retire I do not know. Every consideration justifies his candidature. He is an old and faithful representative, he was the Government candidate last year, and he is respected and fully trusted by tho eleotors Moreover, I have to point out to those who are so clamoring that suck action by Mr Hutchhon would in no way benefit Mr Gourley, as, in case of suoh retirement, the temperance and democratic workers would give their support almost to a man to Mr Sligo. They do not tri «b those who are running Mr Gourley.—l am, etc, Kaiapoi. Dunedin, October 9. TO THE KDITOB. Sir,—Some years ago in an article in the Star referring to Mr W. Hutchison you said that " Mr Hutchison was always in the wrong, but that he never went back from bis word, but could be thoroughly depended upon to keep hi 3 promises," or words to that effect. I thought that Mr Hutchison was always on the right side, and voted for him accordingly, and have never regretted doing so. Mr Hutchison, whether holding right views or not, can always bo de-. pended upon keeping hi 3 word, and I should be glad to see him returned again.—l am, etc , Christohurch. Dunedin, October 9. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—l am one of the unfortunates who have locked for elevation through the admini-tration of labor by the present Government, but after twenty years' residence in Dunedin I am compelled to leave my wife and family and seek woik from the opponents of a Labor Government Ido not blamo either the Liberals or the Conservatives, but I blamo the working classes, whom the Gove hment have befooled to believe that the drink traffic and labor can go hand in hand to a prosperous issue.—l am, etc., A. Wickland. Fairlie, October 9. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Whose candidate is Mr Gourley? He disclaims connection with the Government, and he is not run by the unions—at least, as a member of tho Bootmakers' Union, I cm say that his candidature has never been before them, and there has been no opportunity for the unions to meet and d'scuss the selection. It is therefore the Workers' Political Committee who, without consulting thoso they represent, have, brought out Mr Gour'ey, and in so doiog have acted in tiie most shameless way. The result will be flat Mr Sligo will go in first, Mr Hutcb'son second, and: Mr Gourley won't get over the last hurdlts. Ihe action of the Workers' Political Committee will lose the seat for the Government.—l am, etc., _ ■ Spmt Kip. Dunedin, October 10. TO THE EDITOR. Sib,—Why. does Mr Gourley not retire, if he is a true Liberal, in favor of Mr Hutchison, our old member I It is quite evident to anyone who has attended the three principal meetings that the latter is the only candidate who has any show against Mr Sligo. Notwithstanding the efforts made by a few of Mr Hutchison's enemies to discredit him, he will at 11 have a big majority of the labor vote It is quite evident, by the very large and enthusiastic meeting Mr Hutchison had on Friday night, that the Labor party are etill with him, and that they have not forgotton past services. —I am, etc , ' . . A Vote fob Hutchison. Dunedin, October 11. TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—As a number of electors are desirous of knowing Mr Gourley's real position on the education question I append an extract from an address given by him in South Dunedin on October 10, 1893, when he stood as a candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives in the Conservative interest:—" Although," he said, "I am a great admirer of and firm believer in the pre cnt education st stem, at the same time I am aware of the fact that a very large number of our fellow colonista.are debarred, by conscientious scruples, from taking advantage of our primary school system, and that thore is so far no way out o£ their difficulty. They have made enormous sacrifices for the-sake of their faith, and if any means can be adopted by which their burdens can be relieved by the State I shall certainly assist them or any other private schools on one condition, and that is that thpir schools come up to the standard of examination required in our public schools, and that the Government instruct their inspectors to that effect; and I honestly believe that the granting of relief in the above direction would in no way injure or impair the efficiency of our public school system."—l am, etc , A Lady Elector. Dunedin, October 9. TO the editor. Sir, —Mr Sligo having been charged through your correspondence columns with having set his face against such reasonable reforms as the weekly halt-holiday, early closing, etc., I think it due to Mr Sligo, with your permission, to state my experience as an employe' of his. From 1875, When as a boy I entered his employment, ill I left in 1888, forty-eight hours constituted a week's work, and I always enjoyed the Saturday half-boliday. I further found Mr Sligo more scrupulous in the observance of reasonable shop hours and public holidays than others who have in late years taken to social reform and other abstract subjects, possibly from their failure to deal successfully with the more •practical matters of business.—l am, etc., R. M'Lellan. Dunedin, October 8. to the editor. Sir,—Kindly allow me space for a reply to Mr Poyntz, the point of whose correspondence is that the upholding of party is of more importance than the upholding of purity. Surely if Mr Poyntz were at all anxious.about winning thepresent contestin behalf of "true" Liberalism he could not consistently support Mr Gourley. Mr Poyntz has the magnanimity to suggest that Mr W. Hutchison "should retire in favor of Mr Gourley." No, Mr Poyntz; the bait of a " quick acknowledgment on a future occasion " should disgust the main body of Dunedin workers. I don't wish to point to Mr Poyntz as wishing for any such an appointment—l am, etc., St. Crispin. Dunedin, October 8.
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THE CITY ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 10442, 11 October 1897