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The victory achieved by Mr Sligo at the poll yesterday was the cause of much enthusiastic rejoicing m certain quarters throughout the City *?•.! , e newly-elected member has been congratulated on all hands, and both personally and by telegrams and letters received numerous expressions of unstinted satisfaction at his having been elected by so substantial a majority. Telegrams of congratulation were received from all parts of the colony. The Leader of the Opposition (Captain Kussell) wired as follows:—" My sincere congratulations from whole Opposition on your splendid victory. Your name in huge letters already affixed to a seat on our benches." The following expressive message was received from Mr Hugh Cameron, «f Matura: "Dancing with joy |J your,victory; tune, 'The brig o' Perth.'" Mr Scobie Mackenzie wired: "Congratulations all too feeble word to use; you're a brick. Great rejoicing, except in one quarter; tails down there. Kind regards to Mrs Sligo. When are you coming up." Telegrams were also recinved ■ from Mr Asher Cohen (Napier), Mr Calder (Naseby), Dr Fleming (BalcluthaJ, T. Fnngle and Kobert Thomson (Wellington), and many others. Mr Sligo was born in 1832 in the : City of Perth, Scotland, where he began active life by serving a term in the warehouse of one of the principal stationers and booksellers, afterwards serving seven years of indentured apprenticeship ■?i £? e «?°°M>inding and paper-ruling business. At the ftime of the expiry of his apprenticeship the gold discoveries in Australia Had begun to make a noise m. the World, and he determined to try his fortune', in the new Southern lands. In 1853 Mr Migo suled in the Forest Monarch, and reached Melbourne in March,lßs4. After nine years in Victoria he left for New Zealand, arriving at Dunedi n in March, 1863, and went straight to the punstan. where he remained but a short time. After working some years »in Dunedm with Mr A. R. Livingston, he commenced business in George street, where he has • been for the last twenty-six years. Mr Sup;o has been since 1865 an active and energetic n leraber of friendly societies, being chiefly connected with the M.UJ.0.0.F., in which Order in the Otago district he has held all the offices at various .times. In school committee matters he was evijr in the forefront, and evinced a keen interest in all school affairs. The present is the first occasion ou which he has ever sought parliamentary honors, and that he is the selected of the electors ;at the first time of asking is a clear proof of his t<>wnsfolks' appreciation of the manner in which he has performed the duties incumbent upon him as a citizen and business man. Mr Sligo intends to lose no time in taking his seat, and immediately the official declaration of the poll is made he will leave for the seat of Government, probably on Saturday next or Tuesday.

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MR ALEXANDER SLIGO, M.H.R., Evening Star, Issue 10444, 14 October 1897

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MR ALEXANDER SLIGO, M.H.R. Evening Star, Issue 10444, 14 October 1897