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Sir,—Mr Sligo, M.H.R., though opposed by a larger force than his supporters, were able to bring into the field, has yet been able to win the election for the Dunedin Tories. What a humiliating spectaole—--6,095 Liberals beaten by a smaller body of their opponents numbering only 5,045 ! At this rate five staunch Tories are quite as good as six disunited Liberals. . However, the new member represents but a minority of the living electorate of yesterday when all is said and done. The returns show that the Liberals hold the majority, and, if they will only Bink minor differences or side issues and organise as one man in furtherance of the leading principles of their body, they can carry all before them at the next General Election. Organise and keep together. Such is the lesson from last night's defeat.

Mr Hutchison's position is to be regretted. Had his advisers and Mr Gourley's acted, as advised, a week ago, the latter could have headed the poll, and Mr Hutchison would have had the esteem and gratitude of all, besides earning a strong claim for recognition of past services which could not have been ignored. Still the Liberals are better off than they were. They have had shown to them in a capital object lesson that their undoubted majority iu the City can only work effectively when united ; and it is some consolation that Mr Sligo does not supply by a good deal the loss sustained by the Opposition through Mr Fish's death ; and, besides, Mr Sligo approves of a good deal of the Government's legislation, which is a sign that he'll approve of more of it. It is not creditable to Dunedin that nearly 4,000 names were struck off the roll at last election, and now another 3,616 must be erased on this occasion.—l am, etc., N. Sutherland. Dunedin, October 14.

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ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS., Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS. Issue 10446, 16 October 1897

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