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THE CITY ELECTION.

ME SLIGO EETURNBD. The polling for the election of a member of the House of Representatives in succession to the late Mr H. S. Fish took place yesterday, and the various polling booths throughout tho* City were the scenes of busy throngs of men and women. Of course, the greatest interest centred round the Garrison Hall, and here a large number of people were continually congregated watching the stream of electors passing in the doorway to register their votes. So far aa tho main issue—Opposition or Government—was ooncorned both parties were pretty confident of success. Althoujih thero were three candidates in the field, one of thorn, Mr Hutohison, was never, except perhaps by a few, seriously con. sidered to ha in the running It was matter of doubt, however, whioh of the other two candidates he would the more seriously affect, for It was known that ho would receive a certain portion of the labor vote to the detrl. ment of Mr Gourley'a chances, and It waa also known that the ttmporance people had thrown in their lot with him, and thus diverted many votes which otherwise would have been cast in favor of Mr:-ligo. It was therefore evident that although Mr Hutchison was not a likely winner he to some extent held the key to the position. Whether this was to or not it is, of course, impossible to say, but from the totals the general opinion is that Mr Sligo and Mr Gourley were about equally affected by Mr Hutchison's candidature, 'ihe arrangements at the various polling places were the same as at the General Election, and proved very satisfactory, and the returning officer, Mr James Taylor, is to be complimented on the expediency with which matters were carried through. The polling, for a bye-election, was large, the number voting being 11,1950ut of 14,811name3 on theroll. Within a comparatively short time after the hour at which the poll was closed the returns from some of the smaller booths were made known, these being slightly in favor of Mr Sligo ; and the particu'ars of the voting at other polling piaces, which gave the Opposition candidate a commanding lead, came in quick succession between eight o'clock and 8. SO, at which hour the returning officer wa3 enabled to announce the result of the voting at the Garrison Hall, the figures at tho central polling - place having been made up with remarkable smartness. There then only remained the returns from the High street School and Roslyn, but it was obvious that these could not affect the result. After considerable delay these returns were received, and at 9.10 p.m. the returning officer, from a window in the Garrison Hall, announced to a very large crowd of persons—some thousands of people being assembled in a dense mass across Dowling street the result of the poll aB follows : Alexander Sligo ... ... . 5045 Hugh Gourley 4,065 William Hutchison ... ... 2 030 Informal ... ... ." '55

Mr SliGo, who was received with loud cheering on making his appearance, said : Ladies and gentlemen, electors of Dunedin City,—ln this, the hour of victory, and ot decisive victory at that, one is bound to express his gratification at the honor done him.—(A. Voice: "You can thank Hutchison for that.") One is bound to express his gratitude to those who have united (Prolonged groans and cheers ) All right. (Uproar, and cries of " We don't want you; we

want Gourloy.") It U quite impossible (Sustained uproar.) Why, these are not men—they are only ours who would behave like that. (Uproar.) There are a few bearing the semblance of . men, who are n °t men, who are determined that. I shall not be heard,; and'l shall only content myself with returning ,my very sraoere thanks to those who have .attained for me this victory. I was asked to-day by,a gentleman from the country to deliver a message,. If this immense gathering desires to hear tfiat menage delivered I am hereto deliver it, but before delivering that message I should like to say how pleased lam that my opponents in this contest and myself have had no ill word to say of each other.—(Hear, hear.) I am very gratified, indeed-(VoiOHS: " What about the Government ?" " What about Ward ?") Hold your tongue; you are hot asked to terruption and uproar.) I'll tell you ail about the Government if you listen.''— (Interruption.) The message I Was aßked to deliver by a gentleman from Hyde to-day was this—(cries of Name')—l'll give you. his name; he asked me to give you hjs name; it was Mr A. M. Beer.-(A Voice : " Who is he?') He is a miner at Hyde. He asked me to say this to the assemblage here this evening, whether I was a defeated candidate or a successful candidatehe asked me to say this: That yesterday—(A I Voicb: "Will you swear ?")-Mr Beer will, if you ask him—that yesterday the Government took steps to bring down from Central Ofago every man on the works they could lay their hands on in order ;to vote against me.— (Sustained uproar.) I thank you, ladies and I gentlemen.

Mr UOUBLKY, who was greeted with prolonged cheering, said: Ladies and gentlemen,— I have simply to return my sincere thanks for the way in which my supporters worked to try and return me. However, they were unable to do that on this occasion, but considering that the odda were very great against me I think I have no reason to be disheartened, and perhaps on another occasion I may be able to head the poll.—(Cheers.) I am very happy to say that Mr Sligo and myself have contested this election iu the way in which all elections, in my opinion, should be contested, and, although I am defeated, we shall be as good friends' as ever. I have simply to return my tincere thanks for the way in whioh my supporters worked for me, and on some other occasion perhaps 1 may be more successful. - I thank you again, gentlemen, for your kindness. —(A VoiCK: "You have been sold by the Labor party, and it is a—- shame to them.") I have now to propose a vote of thanks to the returning officer.—(Cheers.) Mr Slig j : I beg to second the vote of thanks to the returning officer which Mr Gourley has just proposed.

There were some cries for " Hutohison," but that gentleman was not present. 'lhe proceedings then terminated, and the vast crowd slowly dispersed in groups. At the Oeneral Election'in December last the voting was: Mackenzie, 7,816; Millar, 6,202; Fish, 6,053 (elected); Pinkerton, 5,689; Hutchison, 4,983; Begg, 4,409; Karnahaw, 2,421; Gore, 1,299; Burton, 374 ; Aston,- 272; Lester, 209; JNicol, 196.

Mr Hutchison's Committee met last night after the declaration of the poll and passed ihe following resolution:—"That this Committee, whilst sincerely regretting the result, of the polling in relation to the various candidates, is of opinion that, in consideration *f the many adverse agencies Mr Hutchieon and his Committee have had to contend against in the present contest, the. 2,030 votes recorded for Mr Hutchison are an evidence that he (Mr Hutchison) has many loyal supporters, and the Committee, whilst sympathising with Mr Hutohison in his present deteat, assure him of their continued support, and that they are unanimously prepared to work for his return upon the next opportunity for his candidature." Votes of thanks were also accorded Mr Isaac Selby (chairman of committee), the ladies who had assisted in the contest, and the secretary.

.. Majority for Sligo ... 980 . The following is an analysis of the voting ■* 1 Ed _- 1 >J 1 o U3 Garrison Hall g' 1608 1641 O tt 561 Walker street 283 246 76 High street School 115 36 27 Mornington Library 122 92 66 Mornington Council Chambers 188 173 127 Kaikorai Valley 56 65 31 Roslyn Council Chambers ... 433 269 116 Maori Hill 86 35 81 Pine Hill ..! 19 25 11 North-east Valley School 225 117 103 North-east Valley Council Chambers 66 97 77 Ravensbourne ] 30 50 10 142 George street School 322 162 Union street School 527 266 244 Albany street School ... ... 185 192 141 Normal School ... 525 251 137 St. Joseph's School 30 203 10 Russell street 224 145 70 Seaman's vote 1 Total 5045 ifflSlRW

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THE CITY ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 10444, 14 October 1897

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THE CITY ELECTION. Evening Star, Issue 10444, 14 October 1897

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