ON ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS.
TO THE EDITOR.
Sir, —I was rather amused at a letter which appeared iu your Saturday night's i*:uc over the name of N. Sutherland, in which he bewails the fact that 4,065 votes and 2,030 votes went for naught because they were not nailed together. He evidently labors und./r the delusion that had Mr Hutchison stood out of the contest the 2,030 votes polled by him would have gone block to Mr Gourley. Poor misguided man ! Now, sir, the only thing that has diawn me into writing a letter to the Prees is a feeling of kindness and sympathy for N.S. a pure desire to so enlighten him as to_ keep him from worrying over the fact that'his man was beaten, and that badly. A gentleman who acted on Mr Hutchison's committees, canvassing most assiduously from fir3t to last, consequently in a good position to judge, assures me that had Mr Hutchison not contested the election the winning candidate would have got at the very least two-fifths of the galling 2,030. From this it will be seen that the numbers would have stood at: Sligo 5,857 and Gourley 5,283 respectively, which means that Mr Sligo would etill have had a majority of nearly 600 over Mr Gourley. The truth is, sir, that your correspondent tries to console himself by thinking that they were not beaten but only unfortunate in not securing enough votes to head tho poll.—l am, etc.,
True Liberal, Dunedin, October 18.
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ON ELECTION AFTERTHOUGHTS., Evening Star, Issue 10447, 18 October 1897