THE CHALMERS ELECTION.
Sir, —I was somewhat surprised, on reading a letter signed -'George S. Thomson" iuyour issue of Saturday, to notice a refection oast as to the "treatment be received at my hands as chairman of his meeting at 'Ravcnabourne. I therefor* beg to encroach on your space to reply. In'the first place, I attended _ the- meeting simmv to hear him espound his views, and as AIV Thomson iuxd not arranged for a .-hainiian. 1 reluctantly agreed to preside at. his request, at.d 01". the vote of those present, but before doing 60 I let Mr
Thomson clearly understand that I was ruoporting one of bis opponents, and in order to avoid any misunderstanding also explained this to the meeting, but asked on his behalf a fair and impartial bearing, which I am pleased to state he received. At the conclusion of his address and by his invitation several questions wore asked, and eventually I inquired if any of those present were prepared to move a motion., when Mr Kellett moved one, which I noticed published in a letter by him in your columns. I was, however, forced, whilst Mr Kellett -was speaking, to request Mr Thomson to keep order, and later allowed the candidate to make an explanation, in which he informed the meeting that he had Messrs Breen's and Ilaymcs's authority to state that ths Labor party were not endorsing the candidature of any of tho candidates in Chalmers, and he also intimated that he was not associated with organised Labor, but strictly an Independent. I then suggested and Mr Kellett agreed to withdraw his motion and move one of thanks only. I certainly did not say that what Mr Thomson had stated in regard to the attitude of the Labor party and the Chalmers electorate was correct, a 6 I was not cognisant of their decision at that time, but I have since learned that the Labor party have agreed to support the Liberal nominee, Mr H. E. Holler. I regret that I have felt called upon to enter into a Press controversy, but I don't think Mr Thomson should" have attacked me, after having prevailed upon me to preside, and having moved a vote of thanks to ime for so doing.—l am, etc., Tete Chahuiax. November 12.
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THE CHALMERS ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 15648, 12 November 1914