THE CITY MAYORALTY.
MR Ei B. OARQILL IN THE CHY HALL. Mr E. 8.. Cargil!, one of.the candidates for the Mayoralty.,of the-City, for the forthcoming terra, addressed a meeting of the ratepayers in tho City Hall last night. Mr Thomas Scott occupied tbe'chair, and there were about ZOO ladies and gentlemen present. The Chaibman, in introducing the candidate, s■•id that in Mr Cargill they had a man of undoubted ability—a man who almost since t e bfgitnius < f the province had taken a prominent interest in public affairs. If of late years he had been taking a back scat, it was time he came out again and took part in the affairs of the City of Dunedin. Being the Jubilee yrar of tho province, there wos every reason why ho should do so. It would not only be a mark of honor to Mr Cargill and a recognition of h'u past services to' ehci him raa;or on tbh occasion, but it would-be a maris of the esteem in which one of our oldest citizens was held on. the occasion of the Jubilee of Otago.—(Applause.) Mr Cabgill, who was rectived with loud applause, said that he assumed a largo proportion of those present were favorable to his election, and that a great reany of them had s'gued the requisition which was the cause of hi 3 coming forward as a.candidate. He had had no thought of offering his services, and it came as a complete surprise to h'm when he was informed that a large number of his most influential fellow-citizens had resolved to asfc him to become a candidate for the mayoralty. He, of course, could not but feel that it was a great compliment and honor to him, but he felt, in
being thus requisitioned, a token of kiudly feeling towards himself which he was hardly prepared for. As Mr Scott had said, he (the speaker) had not appeared in public affairs as prominently of late years as he used to do, although he had never ceased to take an interest in many mitters connected with the forward morement of this City and in the development of its industries. He was now connected with many projects valuable to tho City at large. He was aware, also, that in conferring the honor upon him he was taken to represent, in a large degree, his honored father, Captain Cargill, who came out as leader tf the province fifty years ago. Fifty years ago, in March next, t l e -Vm AVycliffe anchored at Port Chalmers, having on board the first snull bedy of setters, headed by Captain Cargill—a man then well advanced in years. A veteran of the wars, who had served und'.r Wellington in a distinguished regiment in India, and afterwards throughout the greater part of the Peninsula war, he was a man who deserved to be well remembered. Ko was a mm of wide experience, solid ability, and possesssd with that high sense of lienor and attention to duty in every respect which characterised those who served under the g'eat ciptain of that lime, and which went a great way to make up the strength with which the military operations if days were carried out.—(Applause.) For the rest, he was a man greatly r spi cted by those with whom he c.une in'contnet. He was a true at;d warm friend, a man of great benevo'ence of character, and in all respects a sitni le-mkded Christian mm of the highest type.—(Applause.) He was sixty-three 3 ears of age when ho landed in Otago. He served the public for thirteen years, anS then, thirty-seven years ago, went to his rest, followed by hi 3 wife fourteen years later. As a
man Captain Cargill was dessrviug of much honor, to be remembered as one who did duty to the community, and who never preferred his o\Tn interests to the interests and welfare of those whom hn was serving. ■ (Applause.) For bim-elf (Mr Cargill) it had been said that he was somewhat of an interloper in being put forward before men who had served f;>r a length of time in the City Council. Well, he sympathised to tome extent with those wl.o were his opponents in this election; but, at the same time, ho could not agree that he had served the public in various ways in a less degree than they had. If it was to be a question of service to the public, he thought ho hid probaby served the public in a3 many capacities, and for as long a time, as any of the other gantlemen wbo were candidates had. He had lived in this City forty, years. He had seen its growth from almost its first beginning, for ten years after its start it was almost in the samo condition as when the first emigrants landed. From the first he took liU part in all that was undertaken to form tho town and briug it to itß present position. He was a member of tho
old Town Board, which existed for yeats before the City Corporation came into existence, and he was a member of the Town Board until he had to retiro because of other engagements preventing him giving th 9 necessary time to ita offaira He was for years a member of the School Board, the High Fohoils Board of Governors, and of the Harbor Board. In the latter body he was until recently chairman of the _ Finanoe Committee, when he was ignominiously turned out by tho present powers without a word of explanation—being gazetted out in, as he thought, a very ut.handsome manner. He was now Vice-Chancellor of the University. He was for yeara in tho Provincial Counoil and for Eome time was Provincial Secretary, and some years ago was also a member of the House of Representat'ves. Twice in later yeara he tried to give hi< services in the latter connection, hut on both occasions he was not eleoted, other men being preferred to him—which, was all right. No argument could be fairly laised against him that he had not conneoted himself with the interests of the town or not interested himself in the public affairs curied on in it —(Applause ) "While speaking on these personal matters, he thought he might say, without being considered egotistical, that he had had a large hand in all the enterprises which had greatly contributed towards the building up of the present prosperity of the City. He was a promoter, subscriber, and director, up to a certain time, of every enterprise of any magnitude started in this City. He was a promoter and director of the old gas company and the same of the water company, both of which had been taken over by the corporat ; on, and by the means of which companies the b ons of water and lighting were obtained for the City. He was one of the original promoters and direc ors of the Union Steam Ship Company, which had brought in a great harvest of wealth to this City and port.— (Applause.) That company brought credit not only to this City, but to the whole of New Zealand, although it had been the fa-hion of some foolish people to characterise it as a monopoly which ought to be put down and opposed by something brought in in its stead. He had also been the same with the Weitport and Greymouth Coal Companies, which had been the means of developing such great wealth on the west coast of this island ; of the Mosgiel Woollen Company, the National Insurance Company, and also of tffe poor Colonial Bank. He was one of the early promoters of that Bank, joining with others to accompli*h something which was thought to ba of great value at that time—to provide a counterpoise against the growing influence of Auckland, which was threatening to swallow up the South with the Bank of New Zealand. Although the poor old Bank fell on evil times of late years it did great service in the past, and deserved well at the hands of those who have anything to do with the commerce of this City. It f< 11 on evil days, but that was after he had ceased to have anything to do with its management, and he was not going to say anything about that now. What he had said was sufficient to show that he was no stranger to the public affairs of the City. Now, it had been said that the mayor should be elected from the city councillors. If tint was alwajs intended to bo the case, the election of mayor would not be referred to tho citizens at large at all, but would be performed by the Council itself. By relegating the choice to the citizens it was clearly indicated that the mayor should be selected from the citizens at largf.—(Applause.) He did not wish to dispute the claims to consideration of the se who were opposed to him. He had not come forward on the top of any controversy on which they were on the other side. It was more of a personal and hi- torical matter, and he had been asked to come forward by men who had so great weight in the City, and who were so representative that he could not doubt that their expressed wish would be listened to by a large majority of the citizens. He did not wish to say one word of di-paragement of the other candidates, nor of the Council itself. But there were three opponents. They could not all get in, and ho had put to them whether it would not be far wiser for them to retire now and let bim (Mr (Cargill) walk in.-(Laughter.) He took it that the other candidates would be more displeased to Bee a brother councillor get in than to see him (Mr Cargill) get in. The municipal administration of this City, in
the past, reflected the utmost credit upon thosfl whohave had charge of its affairs, and he £a\€l credit to the Council for the good work accorjs« | plished ia the past. The future duties of tl e • Council must lie very much in the same liner; . ; The Ci \y must be. well" lighted and waterer 1 , l and other things will have to be considered/' . which cannot put cut of sight. One great ' thing, which would have to be dealt with, was the drainage of the City. It would». have to be 'overcome before many yeais were parsed. It was; perhaps, a g?od thing" that the City had not been too hasty in this matter, for better information is now proout* able, aud better advioe on the subject is -to le obtained now than was the case some yeiis ago. But the time is now dtawing near when it will bo wise and right to lake up tlttt matter and deal with it in the interests of tl O ex:striic.* of the City, The duties of tie Coui.cil were tuch as called for the best mm being.elected to jv-vanA.he ptesumed that thav. hail been done ia the past—ami the com* cillors should be. encouraged in their worl. The/works of the Council. were domiuatt d to a large extent by the state of the City finsnee, and all that he hid said with regard to tl e duties of the Council was to Beo to it that tie City did not lag' behind in the race of citie?. It was, on the other hand, the duty of tl e Council to see that the ficanco3 were so nmsag> d as to pres3 as lightly as possible upon ths cit - zens ; that the taxation should be no more thin was absolutely necessary than for the purposes for which it was raised. We have a heavy del t on the City, and are paying a higher rate tf interest than we ought to pay in view of tl e rates obtainable on securities n< t so good as the rate 8 of the City. t would have to be taken into considerati n how we can get the benefit of the cheap money, on some well-devised scheme; Immediately prior to the last election a scheme was devisi d by Mr Ksh-(ajp!ause)-with a great deal .f ability. _ That scheme appeared to him (Kr Cargill) and_ to many others to have a great de-1 of merit in it, but it was put on one side ard postponed. It was not for him to exprees i n opinion on that matter. He was not going to raise any questions or discuss any matter that might require controversy. He referred <o it as a subject which would have to le discussed, and one which required tie best men available to deal with it in the b-st interests of the City. In conclusioi, air Cargill said he hoped, if elected, to be able to act in harmony aud good feeling with all those connected with the Council, and that Lo would count on getting their utmost sympathy ■ ami support and forbearasce in undertaking a business which, to a largo extent, was new to him. lie felt doubly grateful to those who had conferred the present honor upon him, and if elected ha would go to the mayor's chair with a strong desire to forward the duties in a manner which w,uld not discredit the citizens' choice in the election, and with a firm resolve to do .his very best in the u=e of such abilities as it had • pleased Ocd to give him.- (Loud applause.) An opportunity was given for questions to be put to the candidate, but, none being asked, DrETENitousE moved-" That Mr Cargill ia the most fit and proper person to be mayor on the forthcoming occasion." He did not know with whom the idea of nominating Mr Cargill f. r the mayoralty origi ated, but it waa a very baj py idea, and ono for which the citizens ought to le grateful, for it gave them an opportunity int only of pajing a graceful compliment to 11 r Cargill, but of showing the esteem in which the oiiginal founder of the province was held. Tie objections urged against Mr. (~argilTs electicn were, to say the least, very trivial, and had been fully answered by Mr.'Catgill. He did not come before them as an untried man, who had held aloof from the duties of citizenship. He was one of the veterans of Dunedin—a man who in the early yews of the City had borno the heat and burden of the day, aud who all along had,on some, way- or other, shown a kciiv. iuwrott in everything connected with the advancement and welfare of 'the community. He trusted that those p-esent would leave the hall determined not only to vote for Mr Cargill themselves, but to do all in their power for him batween then and polling day.—(Applause, and Voices "Why?"). Mr J. T. Macserkas seconded the motion, which, on a show of hands being taken, waa carried unanimously. Mr Cargill thanked the audience for the hearty vote accorded him. He trusted it was a, fair indication of the minds of the citizens at large, and that they would be enabled to carry through their wishes.in a way that would bo satisfactory to themselves, and to himßelf, (Applause.) The meeting terminated with the customary compliment to the ohairman.
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THE CITY MAYORALTY., Evening Star, Issue 10472, 16 November 1897
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