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The Evening Star FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1914.

The numerous friends of Mr H. E. Moller, the Liberal candidate for Liberal Chalmers, and tho greater

Candidate number of citizens who for Chalmers, for roam- years here noted with increasing apprecia lion hi* thorough, genuine service in the public interest, will regret that an inopportune breakdown of health lias compelled him temporarily to avoid the wear rug rigor of a political campaign, and has necessitated tho placing of a candidate’s onerous duties in a keen doctorate in the hands of a deputy. Those who know him best and are familiar with his principles and temperament reed not ho- reminded that Mr Moller would rather sacrifice his own interests to a serious degree than dis count those of a people to whom ho has pledged his services. It is a fine trait of character, and one that always commands respect and support, but there are occasions and circumstances when and wherein tho strength of a keen, tried servant of th-.-community is to bo considered more than tho political interests of an electorate. Unless there is a certain prospect of a complete restoration of that health and robust fitness which arc so essential in th: equipment of a determined political campaigner of Mr Mollcrh calibre—and, in common with his friends and supporter : whoso sympathy is real and ready wa hops that each a prospect is still before him—Mr Moller should consider seriously tho advisability of surrendering his pledge to contest tho Chalmers .‘•eat. By so doing, lie will conserve his strength for another occasion, when physical vigor, supported by the careful preparation he has assiduously practised in public service of a varied nature, but always with tho same creditable effect, would doubtless carry him on to a wider sphere for serviceable activity. It is always a hateful thing to an enthusiastic and proved fighter in the public interest to bo compelled hy impaired health to “give in.” and even one's most bitter opponents would regret such a necessity; but the security of health, after all. mart be the first duty, if not the whole duty, m every man. And there is no campaigning weakness in surrendering because of broken health. All men admiro what ‘Sir Walter Scott loved best—“ a struggler ’ —but admiration reaches tho highest standard ei finality when a man fights at his true strength. It it 4 stated that Mr Muller’s most intimate friends are more concerned about securing tho restoration of his health than they arc about his political prospects, which, in equal circumstances, arc surely as promising as thoso of his friendly and sympathetic opponent. They probably realise more accurately than their friend, who is the type of man who readily forgets hin own affairs when onco lie ha? undertaken to advance tho interests of the community, tho exacting conditions of a political campaign upon a candidate whose enthusiasm drives him to tho limit of wearing work, and also rccognks that the disadvantages ift contesting au important scut when lacking complete physical vigor could scarcely bo compensated by the beet possible results. If Mr Moller‘a health fc« at all Jeopardised by tho growing strain of a political contest ho need not hesitate about surrendering his present chance of election to Parliament. He will always be welcomed in the field, a-nd the record of his past service on many public bodies will not be forgotten three years hence. As a matter of fact, the present breakdown of his health is the outcome of a lavish expenditure of energy in the public interest, and especially as chair mam of the Harbor Board. The General Election is now within sight, and the most strenuous phases of the political campaign hare yet to bo experienced by all candidates-dasks that cannot be adequately undertaken by. a deputy.

Mr Moller would act wisely In accepting guidance only from Ins niediciil adviser. If retirement from tho contest bo necessary it will not prejudice eligibility and prospects for a future campaign. It is to bo hoped that retirement will rob be necessary, but unless complete vigor tan bo secured tho fight will hardly bo satisfactory either to Mr Moller, who always fights to win, or to tho supporters of Liberalism in Chalmers. Should Mr Moller decide to withdraw from tho contest on account of hulispoeitum the Liberal party ought to mako an effort to secure another standard-bearer. Probably Mr Scollay, the Mayor of Port Chalmers, would undertake (even at short notice) to fight for the Chalmers scat in tho Liberal interest.

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1914., Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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The Evening Star FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1914. Evening Star, Issue 15649, 13 November 1914

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