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CONDENSED LETTERS., Issue 10442, 11 October 1897
A. Gillfillan says there is only one issue involved in Wednesday's election—vis., Has the time arrived to have done with political alchemists and financial necromancers, or are the people to be duped a little longer ? He contrasts the newlyborn zeal of Mr Gourley re the Otago Central with the persistent advocacy of Mr Sligo. And as to the charge agaiust the latter of want of sympathy with the working classes, he points to his long and active career as a citizen, and says : "He has not identified himself with specious philanthropy nor with the energy-sapping efforts of the hysterical to create artificial environment for any but in all movements calculated to stimulate intelligent independence and effort among the masses, aiding them to rise to higher things, he has ever been a genuine worker." The thoughtful among the community cannot have/ailed to notice that during the continuance in office of the present Administration our politics nave been on the down-grade. " The spoils-to-the-victors system has been adopted; the boss cult and bureaucracy are being assiduously developed, and now in this campaign we are presented with tho vicious sentiment that the Government imprimatur transcends a candidate's personality—vide Mr Gourley at the Political Workers' Committee, who, after pointing out that the coming election is a struggle between the Government and the Opposition, urged that every effort should be made to return the Government candidate, irrespective of his personality.'" The bulk of the electors should, by their votes on Wednesday show that they resent this attempt to introduce Tammany methods here.
No More Bumps" writes: la Christchurch notices are put at the street corners to " Walk to the right." Could not this be done here' " Dunedinite" thinks that the Seddon Government are safe to retain their seats till the expiry of the present Parliament, therefore colonial matters ought not to worry the electors in this bye-election. The education question is perfectly safe, the political trinity being quite agreed on it. As Dunedin will soon have heavy financial troubles in connection with the City Council and Harbor Board to face, the" main question will be which of the three candidates can best lobby for the City arid best obtain our just share of the loaves and fishes." Recollect what Mr Millar was able to do for West Harbor, and don't neutralise his efforts. Expediency, not principle, should guide the electors at this juncture. " Consistency" hopes that the workers of Dun. edin will vote for Mr Hutchison as a protest against tho way he has been treated by the Political Workers' Committee. The " bare majority " plank of tho platform was rejected without reference of tho questions to the unions, without whose cousent no alteration can be made. As the referendum plank is still retained, how can Mr Gourley reconcile his views as to a three-fifths majority with what the referendum is designed to seoure-viz., giving effect to the wishes of lha majority? , ,f S. Poyntz" says that when Mr Gourley stood in 1893 on the Independent ticket, with no Labor vote at his back, he polled nearly as many votes (over 4,000) as Mr Hutchison did in December last with the full strength of the Temperance-Labor-Ministerial vote. That Mr Hutchison has been receding in the estimation of his party is shown by bis position on the poll. In 1890 he occupied second position, in 18M3 he was third, and in 1896 he was defeated. Judged by these facts it- is quite apparent to every impartial student of them which is the stronger candidate. Liberal electors should view the matter from the same standpoint as the Opposition, and cast a purely party vote. "Old Cyclist" urges that a well-established rule of the road is too much neglected by local votaries of the wheel—viz: " When two or more are riding abreast, on meeting another cyclist or vehicle, the rider on the left shall keep his course, while the one or ones on his right drop back into single file." For any rider, especially a novice, it is most unpleasant to be jostled up against a fence or into the gutter. Frequenters of the cycling track and riders in Cumberland street will do well to digest the above rule and remember it. "Resident Leith Ward" asks us to draw attention to the shameful practice of stealing flowers and plants from graves in the Northern Cemetery.
CONDENSED LETTERS., Issue 10442, 11 October 1897
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