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MAYORAL ELECTIONS.

ROSLYN. Mr L. Kemnitz, a candidate for the Roslyn mayoralty, addressed a meeting of the electors in that district in the local Council Chambers last evening. Cr Watson was voted to the chair. Mr Kemkitz said he was sure it was not necessary for him to apologise for again coming before them for the position of mayor. He believed in the office being a rolling one, but several ratepayers had forwarded him a petition asking him to contest the seat again, and it was in consequence of th‘ir requisition that ho stood before them once more. It was quite evident to him' from the threat that had been made against him by the secretary of the Roslyn Tramway Company that there were people who were desirous of shelving him so far as municipal affairs were concerned. He had had the • courage ’to express his opinion on pub'ir affairs, and it was on that account that be had been a thorn in the side of the Tramway Company, Therefore, he felt it a pleasure to stand for the position again. So far as his opponent (Mr Scott) was concerned, he wished to let him down as li htly as p ssible. Mr Scott was one of those gentlemen who, in the speaker’s opinion, was inclined to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds. He was not a gentleman with sufficient backbone to occupy the position he was aspiring to. Mr ■ Scott took - the opportunity of writing to the Evening, Star in order to give an account of his conduct in cmnection with the new Eaikorai -Tramway, Company. A 1 though, for the sake of argument, they might assume that Mr Scott had not been an active oppenent of that tramway, he might say that those who were supporting Mr Scott on this occasion were

the bitterest opponents of the: new tramway,- - (Applause.) :He certainly looked with a large amount of suspicion on a person who was brought out under those auspices. The Kaikoral • Tramway Company was a service that'was likely to benefit the district ot Roslyn; it would be the means of bringing the district into direct contact with the City, and of enhancing to a considerable extent the .value of property in the borough. Those were the'reasons why he had taken such an interest in .the new company. He might tell the meetingdihat if Mr Scott were elected to the position of mayor one of the strongest men in the Kilgour stand fo.- the vacancy, Seyeral people .had circulated a statement about the district that he (the speaker) had taken an active interest in the la>t parliamentary-election. Of course he had his own opinion about parliamentary matters, but ho denied enteflbg a single committee room cr taking any active interest in the election whatever. He would have been fully-justified had . he done so, but. hj o though tit only right, seeing that he was mayor of the district,'that he should . not take any , part in'the'election.—(Applause.) It had . also been stated that ho had made many enemies through his action in regard to the loan' poll taken in connection with the Roslyn Tramway Company. He could, however, assure the meeting that so far as that matter was concerned he had nothing at all to do with it, either directly or indirectly. He did not canvass a single vote or' ask anyone to buj - ■ port the question, but left the matter entirely to the ratepayers to decide. A petition was circulated in the district by a ratepayer, hut he had nothing whatever to do with if. At the same time ho was not afraid to express h!s opinion as to the rapidity with which that peti- ; tion went through the Council. The meeting would have seen that a conference of low-1 bodies was held lately in connection with the new Local Government BilL The most objectionable feature in that Bill was the proposal to co-operate boroughs like Roslyn with the City. He opposed that proposal and a number of othermatters in the Bill. They had a very good income in Roslyn, and had managed their affairs successfully, and consequently there was no need, for them to amalgamate with the City; Their population and ratable value were increasing, and instead of them working in the -'direction of-ccntralisa-tion he thought the tendency in-- time to come would be in the other direction. He was strongly opposed fo paying a salary to any .person ; occupying the position of mayor in the Borough of Boslyn. A water scheme was mooted in the Council, and‘a number ot councillors were anxious to have it carried out, but he strongly opposed the scheme. A water scheme was a very good thing, but the first matter that should engage the attention of councillors was the financial aspect of the question. The scheme as submitted was nothing loss than a delusion and a snare.—(Hear, hear.) The drainage scheme we s also mentioned at the meeting of public bodies held under the auspices of the Sanitary Institute, and lie certainly thought that within a few years it would be necessary that some scheme should be devised by which the pollutun of the harbor would be put a stop to. At that meeting of the Sanitary Institute no definite proposals were laid-before the meeting as to the principal cause of the scheme,' and consequently delegates objected to it. He complimented the borough on its financial condition. They bad been making something like progress for a good many years, and had always been careful not to go in for largo expenditure, or for" schemes that were likely to hamper or tie them in any shape tr form. The consequence'‘ was' that their indebtedness was more than covered by the money that was coming in. In spite of the bad times, Roslyn had not only maintained but increased its position.—(Applause.) • He regretted that their charges for charitable aid and the hospital were so large. He thought the time had arrived when-there should-be some change in the surfacing. He was informed that day that one of the surfacemen was actively engaged canvassing the district during working hours. That-was. In his opinion, one of the most detestable things a man In the employ of a corporation could do. There were several men employed by the Council who should make room for working men in the district who were not so well off as themselves. (Applause.) ' Under the present circumstances ho trusted that he would be elected for another terra in order to carry out the policy that had been initiated to a certain extent.—(Applause.) Two questions were put to the candidate, and after being satisfactorily answered Mr Harness moved—"ThatMr Kemnitz was the most fit and proper person to occupy the position of mayor for the ensuing terra.” Mr Sheehan seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.

NORTH-EAST VALLEY. Or J. Evans,- who is a candidate for the mayoralty of North-east Valley, addressed a meeting of ratepayers in the Public Hall last night, the Mayor (Mr M'Gregor) presiding. The candidate gave a lengthy address, in the course of which he said that the retiring mayor was one of thebest mayors the borough had had. He was truly a hard-working mayor, and though theyhad crossed swords in the Council Chamber on several occasions he could honestly say that they were now better friends than when he entered the Council. The councillors had worked hanribniously for the benefit of the borough. Atter paying a high compliment to the borough clerk, who was the right man in the right place, he warned the ratepayers against agitators who, by their malice and spite, would* biing the Council’s meetings down to the level of a bear garden; who, not being content with what they could do inside the Council, tried hard to sow the seeds of discontent amongst the ratcpiyers. During the past year the borough had collected all the rates save £lO, some of which was covered by judgments, whilst in years past as much as £SOO and £6OO had been lost through mismanagement and noncollection. The same progress was exhibited in every department A better system of seavengering had been adopted. When he entered the Council in 1893 the revenue from all sources was £1,683 and the expenditure £1,961; in 1894- the figures were £2,042 and £1,655 respectively, so that a deficiency of £274 had been converted into a surplus of £386. That was the first year of the new rdr/ime, and the fact spoke for itself. From that time up to the present the Cauncil had kept well within their income. In 1893 the borough overdraft stood at £1,683; at the end of March, 1897, it was £946, so that in four years it had been reduced by £756. During these four years the Council had been paying their way ss well as decreasing their indebtedness, and that was a thing that the ratepayers ought to be pleased with. It proved that the right men were at the head of affairs, and were watching the interests of the borough as closely as they would their own ; therefore it was the duty of the ratepayer to assist these men to carry out their wo;k, and to put in men who wou'd work with them and not pull against them on every occasion. If they thought he had done his duty, and ho claimed that he had, he asked them to record their- votes in bis favor, and if he felt confident they would not-regret having placed him in the chair. On the motion of Mr G. Caldkr, a vote of full confidence in the candidate was carried.

Mr E. B. Cargill addressed a meeting of ratepayers at Old Knox Church last night, when there were about eighty persons present. Mr O. R. Chapman was voted to the chair. Mr Cargill, in a speech of about half an hour’s duration, went over much the same ground as was covered by him recently at the City Hall, and after he had replied to a few questions Mr John Reid proposed—“ That Mr Cargill is the moat fit and proper person for the office of mayor for the ensuing year.” The motion was seconded by Mr W. Dunn and carried, with one dissentient.

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MAYORAL ELECTIONS., Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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MAYORAL ELECTIONS. Issue 10478, 23 November 1897

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