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THE CITY MAYORALTY., Issue 10454, 26 October 1897
THE CITY MAYORALTY.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir,—Just a few words re the coming election for mayor and the demerits of the four candidates.
Mr Cargill has no claim whatever to the position, either for services rendered or for proved ability municipally; He is simply a respectable, amiable old gentleman, and the son of the first Superintendent of the province. This latter accident is his only recommendation.
The idea of Cr Swan being mayor of the City makes one shiver. Certainly he has been some eight or nine years in the Council, but what has he done there ? He has been a mere tool in other hands. Fancy the Governor visiting us and being received by Cr Swan ! How proud we should be of our mayor !
Cr Hardy, I see in your last issue, is prepared to stand against all comers. His tactics are peculiar.' He is quite prepared to go .to the poll every year, as it costs nothing, hoping that some day he may slip in on the cheap. Let us hope that he may be disappointed. I understand that he is a rigid economist, not likely to lead the Council or himself—specially himself—into extravagant habits. Cr Gore wa3 mayor some twenty years or so ago. He was many years absent from the Council, and has been a comparatively useless member for. the last four or five years ; therefore, on the score of length of service he has no claim ; nor, indeed, on the score of usefulness. He is not a man of conspicuous ability, and certainly not the man for the position of mayor of such a City a3 Dunedin is now.
Of course, all things being equal, a man who baa been a useful member of the Council for many years should be preferred, and lam sure would be. But no suitable man has yet presented himself. All things considered, specially the unfitness of the three councillors who have come forward, I can see no course open to the ratepayers but to elect Mr Cargill. I have arrived at this conclusion with much regret, but cannot see my way to vote for Cr Gore, Cr Hardy, or Cr Swan.—l am, etc., Citizen'. Dunedin, October 26.
10 THE EDITOR. Sir, —At present there are four gentlemen seeking to win the honor of being Dunedin's mayor for the Otago Jubilee year—viz., Messrs Edward Bowes Cargill, James Gore, Henry F. Hardy, and William Swan. The first of these, Mr Cargill, is happy in having had a father who, in, addition to being the first Superintendent of Otago, consistently opposed the introduction of the eight hours' movement into this province. Mr Cargill in the d-ark ages, presumably prior to the advent of " the new iniquity," was for a tmort time on both the Town Board and the City Council. Since that timo, as far as tho general welfare of the public outside the pale of Knox Church has been concerned, he has devoted himself strictly to commercial enterprises, such as the company which took over Cargill, Gibbs's business and the Equitable Insurance Company. Certainly within the last fourteen days he has been very aotive, and has looked up numbera of old friends, Seeing that so many of the ratepayers, know not Mr Cargill, I am afraid the £4OO is not to be his.
Mr James Gore probably bases his claim for Jubjlee honors ou the ground thai;' ha shifted tho Cargill Monument from the Octagon to ' its present position without breaking it. Sixteen years ago he was Mayor of Dunedin, and einee that time—except for a short interval on which he waß on a bed of sickness—he has served the citißsns as either M.H.R. or city councillor. However, I am afraid that, considering he arrived in the colony four years after Mr Cargill, the old-identity element will have none of him.
Mr H. F. Hardy is the oldest identity of the four candidates, having arrived in the colony before Mr E. B. Cargill, and has served in the Council for years. Hi 3 wellknown liberality and pertinacity should easily enable him to head the poll. Mr William Swan, Leith Ward's chosen for nine years, i 3 probably only having a preliminary canter, and in two or three yoars' time may possibly be Mayor of Dunedin. The above opinions, sir, represent fairly well the feelings of the ratepayers in Leith Ward. Dunedin, October 26.
THE CITY MAYORALTY., Issue 10454, 26 October 1897
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