The Evening Star THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14, 1897.
The result of the bye-election for the City The may t)e considered gratifying Election. fr . ora more than one point of view. Though there were three candidates, the contest was in reality a set-to between the Ministerial and the Opposition party. The former had the forces of presumably powerful organisations, which afl'ect to control the Labor vote, at their back, and every exertion was made by the Government to secure the seat. The candidate selected was a deservedly popular man, swaving considerable personal influence, at the present time Mayor of the City and chairman of the Harbor Board, positions the holding of which demonstrates the confidence and esteem of his fellow-citizens. Had Mr Gourley stood on his own merits, prepared to give a general support to the Ministry, he would not, we believe, have experienced so signal a defeat as he did. It is not, in fact, Mr Gourley, but the Labor - Ministerial nominee, who was pledged to the Socialistic Radical programme of the Workers' Political Committee, who has been beaten. The return of Mr Sligo is an object lesson which it will be. well for the Prime Minister to take to heart. It is also a very practical protest against the olass domination which at one time there was reason to fear had been permanently established in Dunedin. xhe neck of this was broken at the General Election, and the result of the polls yesterday indicates that the constituency recognises its independence, and will not tolerate being represented in Parliament by subservient Government partisans and caucus delegates. Those who ran Mr Gourley and did their best to get him returned are now taking comfort to their souls in that the defeat has been owing to the candidature of Mr Hutchison, who, it is asserted, divided the Labor vote. As a matter of fact, it is well known that he diverted a very small proportion of the voters supposed to be at the commaud of the Workers' Political Committee. The support which he obtained was principally from the extreme social reform sections, who presumably gave him a block vote, and very probably the scurvy manner in which he had been treated induced a few of the workers to give him a helping hand. Those who watched events about the polling booths and committee rooms yesterday could not be in doubt as to the solidity of the Labor vote. If Mr Hutchison had not been in tho field Mr Gourley would not, it is sufficiently evident, have secured the major portion of the votes recorded for the first-mentioned gentleman, most of which would have gone in all probability to Mr Sligo. Mr Gourley, if he is a sensible man, will accept the position kindly. He has the consolation of knowing that every exertion was made on his behalf, and that his Committee were conspicuously energetic, and did not lose, there is reasou to believe, a single vote that was to be had. There is one point to which we refer with reluctance, although feeling it to be our duty to do so as a warning note to candidates in the future. Mr Gourley. sacrificed the substance for the shadow when he truckled with the education question in order to secure that phantasm of the imagination the Catholic "block vote." There is no such thing in reality, and members of that community voted largely yesterday according to their political proclivities. To use a French proverbialism, "The game is not worth the candle !"
Our remarks on the election would be manifestly incomplete if we did not offer cordial congratulations to Mr Alexander Sligo, M.H.R., on the attainment of the high and honorable position of a member for the City of Dunedin in vthe House of Representatives. We feel confident that tho_ honorable gentleman will fulfil the anticipations of his personal and political friends, and show himself in every way worthy of the confidence, reposed in him. He goes to Wellington as the representative of the entire community, not of those only by whose votes he was returned, and he has, we are sure, now that the contest is over, the good wishes of all his fellow citizens.
The Right Hon. the Premier, on learning the result of the City plpc.Hnn, wired l aa t night to gentlemen iu Duueuiu :—«« With two Liberals standing, as against only ore Conservative, I am not surprised at the result. Our friends have fought a good battle. Better luck next time. 1 shall look forward with hope yet to see my friend Mr Gourley a member of tho House of Representatives." r
Andrew Sharpe, formerly of Waipori, was to-day charged at Lawrence with issuing a valueless cheque. The accused was remanded. The.JVlanapouri sails from "Port Chalmeia for Melbourne on arrival of 2.30 p.m: train on 17th inst, instead of at 5 p.m. from Dun. edin as hitherto advertised. Beef made a sharp rise at Burnsid* yesterday, prioes towards the olose of the sale going up all round, and reaohingin the case of two bullocks £lO 12i 6d eaoh. Invercarglll ratepayers met in public on Tuesday evening, and, after a lively discus, sion, carried a motion endorsing the recommendation of the Council to raise a loan of £5,000. The Rev. Mr Brook, of Holy Innocents' Anglican Church, Woodhaugh, is preparing a choir of about sixty voices for the production of' The Messiah' at All Saints' Church during Christmastide. Our Lawrence correspondent wires:—A rumor is in circulation that the Hon. Mr Larnach is shortly to retire from the representation of Tuapeka, and seek the seclusion of the Legislative Council. Mr Lee Smith is named as Mr Larnach'a probable successor. Yesterday was observed as a strict holiday, but the wintry weather spoiled all the picnics and outings, and half the population spent their Labor Day in a quiet rest by the fireside. The only important fixtures that went on were the Labor Day sjjorts and the railway excursion to Hyde. About 130 persons went on the railway trip. The anniversary of the King street Congregational Sunday School was celebrated on Sunday. The morning service was conducted by the Rev. \V. M. Fell, and the Rev. G. Heighway conducted the afternoon and evening services. Special hymns and anthems rendered at each service by the singing class and choir, under the baton of Mr J. Abernethy. The public meeting to welcome the Rev. G. Heighway takes place this evening. Thesile of work in aid of the. Ladies' Guild of St. Martin's Church, North-east "Valley, was continued last evening. The proceedings included a variety concert, under the supervision of Mr Towsey. Songs were sung by Mrs Strain, Miss Drake, Messrs Sinclair, Boyd, Towsey, and Irvine; a pianoforte duet was given by Mrs M'Cartie and Mr Towsey ; Mr Kerr played a mandoline solo ; Miss I). Towsey gave a recitation; while Misses Boyd and Scales danced a very pretty skirt dance, which was much appreciated. The sale of work will be continued to-night.
Beceived: The Government railway time-tab'e for October.
A meeting of the Labor Day Committee will be held on Friday evening.
Mr W. Hutchison issues an address to City electors in another column.
The Otago Central line extension from Hyde to Kokonga will be opened for geneial traffic on the 18th inst.
The sacred cantata ' Daniel' is to be repeated In the Kaikorai Presbyterian Church to-morrow evening. A programme of quartets and solos will also be sung. The organ recital at North Dunedin Church is to be given to-morrow evening. Messrs D. Cooke, W. E. Taylor, and A. W. Lilly will play selections, and a number of sacred pieces will be suDg. It has been decided by the Otago Cheps Club to hold an invitation chess match, similar to the one which waß bo successful last year, on the 27th of this month, and all chess players who wish to take part are invited to send in their name 3 at once to the hon. seoretary, Mr A. ft. Barclay, No. 1 Bond street. Intending players will please intimate whether they reside north or south.
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