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THE ELECTIONS

MEETINGS Tins ETENING. Mr W. Downie Stewart (Dunedin Weft), at Burns Hall. Mr T. H. Dalton (Dunedin South), at South Dunedin Town Hall. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Broad Bay Tublic Hall. Mr E. P. Lee (Oamaru). at Moeraki. Hon. J. Allen (Bruce), at- Lawrence. Mr .7. W. Munro (Dunedin Central), at Russell Street Mission Hall. Mr A. Walker (Dunedin North), at Town Hall, North-east Valley. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Sunday School Hall, Anderson Bay. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Fairfield. LIBKHAL LEADER AT BLCIT. [Special io tite Star.] Sir Joseph Ward addressed a large meeting in the Bluff Drill Hall last evening. It was a wild, boisterous, rainy night, but despite this over 600 pecple were present. ! Tho Mayor (Mr W. Hinchey) presided. On j arrival at the hall Sir Joseph received an ovation, and his address, which was a short one, was punctuated with frequent applause. Dealing with the gift Dreadnought, Sir Joseph referred t<> the battleships vk-.it- to New Zealand, and the shabby way the Bluff had been treated. The people in the district were not given .' proper opportunity to see the. ship. They had been given the go-by. However, the gift Dreadnought was in the eyes of thewhole world, and thie country w<'.* th? only portion of the Empire to have a battleship in the firing line in the North Sea. The speaker then briefly criticised tho Minister of Defence in regard to the military training scheme. Prior to last General" Election Mr Allen had visited tho Awarua electorate, and. d-t-spito the factthat he (Sir Joseph Ward) was being at' tacked by his opponent for the seat in regard to military training. Mr Allen had not said one word in regard to tho scheme. "I put tho Act on the Statute Book," said Sir Joseph, "and placed the scheme on.a. proper financial basis, and now Mr Allen was deprecating him in regard to the matter, and he and his party were breaking their necks twisting their tongues, and contorting their bodies with a view to making out and deluding the people iuto the idea that they (the- Tory party) were responsible ior the scheme. Wan that fair play? U was trying to hit a man while ha was down." " Well, I am not down," he added, "I am up ; and you will teo that in December." (Applause.) Dealing with Labor legislation, he declared that the workers had not got the promised "souare deal" from Mr Masscy. What had happened to the Bill giving to women | in woollen factories a 45-liour week? It had been thrown out by the Upper House, which contained 19 "Massey nominees, eeven of whom were rejects. " T believe we are coming back at this election." he added, applause. Thoy would carry out all their pledges. lA Voice: "And a good thing too.") Sir Joseph6aid the scheme would be of great value, and would be a tine incentive to thrift. He propcded to introduce legislation to make it impossible for the executive of a labor union to control the whole of the members. (Applause.) Members of labor unions should have the same _ rights as members of other organisations to control the executive. This would do away with bogus unions and add materially to the peace ar.d prosperity of New Zealand. (Applause.) Proportional Representation would make for a belter public life. The country quota could be. and should be, retained. Under the system there would be no such thine as running additional candidates, such as was the ease. now. to tiike a. IW votes from a man who might be considered t->> have a good chance of winning. At the conclusion of the meeting the chairman, announced, amid applause, that Sir Joseph had handed him a cheque for £IOO for the local relief fund. A vote of thanks and confidence was carried unanimously, ami amidol applause, j The motion, which was submitted by Dr Torrance, expressed appreciation of Sir JosephV action in Parliament dining the wad- crisis, and the hope that the Liberal party, with him at their head, would be returned to office. I The meeting closed with hearty cheers for Sir Jo?eph. and "boohs" for his opponents. PRIME MINISTER AT TEMUKA. The Hon. W. F. Massey delivered a political add res* at. 'LVmuka last evening. The building was packid. over 1,000 people being present. The Prime Minister met with an excellent rccrptimi. Longcontinued applause (says an Association message) greeunl him as lie ascended the platform. In his introductory remarks he referred to the death of Lmd Ivoberts, and said tho manner of his death would impree3 upon the British people, the lesson of ins life—that tiie best way to ensure ]jeace was to be prepared for war. Speaking of th© second Expeditionary Forces sent, from New Zealand, Mr Massey said he could give an assurance that the nie-i were well to-day and in good spirits. Dealing with Naval Defence, he emphasised the necessity for New Zealand doing her share in pioriding adequate naval defence in the Pacific, and he urged that Australia. New Zealand, and th" other British dependencies in the Pacificwere under a duty to place a living squadron in the Pacific which would be able to hold its own. Mr Massey replied to Sir J. G. Ward's Wintnn speech, and sketched the future policy of the Government. Ho was accorded a hearty vote of thanks and confidence, in his Administration. CHALMERS. Mr W. D. Mason, the Liberal candidate, addressed a crowded meeting of electors in the Foresters' Hall. Port Chalmers, last night. Tho Mayor (Mr T. Xeollay) presided, and spoke warmly of the ability and honesty of tho candidate. At- the conclusion of Mr Mason's 90-niitiute addiess several questions were answered. On the motion of Mr F. Krvnan. seconded by Mr Robsoti, the following resolution was unanimously carried, with enthusiasm: —"That this meeting of th* electors <>i C'halineis express their .sincere thanks to Mr \V. I>. Matou for his able and iiiteuvuin 1 .; addies~, and also their unbounded confidence- in him as. the mo;it suitable candidal".* l;> represent Chalmers in Parliament." On Monday afternoon Mr G<-oi<-i- S. I Thomson addressed a, meeting of ladies at. Port Chalmers. JHH CK. Tho Hon. Jas. Allen sp.)k ; - at Stirling ea.rly last evening and Mibsei|uently at Kaitangata. At " cualoiwlis'' he dealt mainly with the Waihi strike and the Huntly mining disaster. The Minister said that it was wron? and mean to try to damage members and Ministers by attempting io make capital out of this. The Minister of Mines had not. been notified of the dangeroua state existing at- the Taupiri mines till last Augii-t, and there was amplo provision in th? existiui; laws to compel the owners U> withdraw the men from the* mine if it was found to bo dangeious till effective measures woie taken for the safety ot tin- worker*-. 'Hie H-oii. E. M'Kenzie had said that tho law was not the difficulty, but the formation of a bogus union, and this was admitted by Mr Robertson. A number of question* bearing on the Huntly disaster and the Expeditionary Force wcto put. Mr Cunningham moved a vote of thanks and confidence, and a negative motion of no confidence wa<* also submitted. The voting I -wan tolerably even. OPPOSITION CANDIDATK FOB PARNELL. When Mr Briggs retired h-oni the Parnell contest against Mr J. S. Dickson last week Mr J. J. Sullivan was announced as the Opposition rat-didate. mid opened his campaign. Tho official Lib-eral-Labor organisation, however, refused to accept Mr Sullivan, and nominated Mr J. C. Gleeson to contest tho seat. On Monday night at a large meeting Mr Sullivan said that rather than split the vote he would retire in Mr Gleeson's favor, but the crowd were very insistent that Mr Sullivan should stand. MrGleeson also addressed tho crowd, but was accorded a mixed reception, and it was arranged that Mr Sullivan would announce his decision last puiht,. He met

a, very largo audience, who made » demonstration of approval when he announced that lie would go to the poll. It is understood now that both Mr Sullivan iind Mr Glecson -will contest the scat. Mr Gleeson contested Auckland Central against Mr Glovpt at the last election. HOOTMAKER*' UNION. At a mecti.ig of the Dunedin Operative Bootmaker*.' Union in the Trades Hall lastnight the following icfiolution was carried :---■" That this union recommend their member* to .support tlu- following candidates at the forthcoming General Electj"„ : —•pu!>.ediit Soutli, Mr .Sidey; DtinouTn Ontral, Mr Munro ; Dunedin West, Mi Johnson : Dunedin North. Mr Walker; i halmers. Mr Mason." CHALMERvS. Mr Dickson, the Government candidate, addressed a large and enthusiastic meeting '•it St Leonards lh.st night. Mr Wm. Ihirck'v occuuied the chair, and there were ">ver 70* electors present, including - number of ladies. At tho termination of hi* addicss Mv Dickson satisfactorily •urvwcr<'d several questions. On tho motion <>f Mr P- Ba<dev a hearty vote of thanks ■ ,-uid' confidence "in the Government was canied unanimously. \ me--*in" of Mr Dickson*. Anderson i;av Committee was held last night Over -v3 el-etovs. iiiflttdinrt about a dozen ladies Mti.°iKHl >•'•' Fitzgerald was elerited I haivivu.i and Mr Rcufrce secretary. Ar,anCemeut* were mrde for the carrying out'ol' a syetomati- campaign in the district. Mi; I'T'DDO IMPROVING. [Pki Unl-i=d Press Association.! ! WELLINGTON, November 18. IK- 110-i "'->• Buddo. member for Kaia,,oi 'li !)P made nn ONcellcnt recovery from the' operation lie underwent some weeks ago, and It Is quite possible that he may be able to address hi* constituents before the ehctio.ie. I POSITION TN CHRISTCirriU'H. I [Si-:;ri.\l. TO TIIK ST.Vif-] CHRI.STCHURCH. November 17. in spite of the dominating interest ot the war. the impending parliamentary' battlo at the polls is .beginning to command a- more generous measure, of public aHenlion. With the opening of this week rfio candidates by one consent havft buckled to their task in desperate fashion. On Mondav evening there were no fewei than 19 political addresses delivered in Christehurch and the immediate surroundin-' district. The attendance at meetings ; was uniformlv good, and those in a position to know predict that the interest already aroused will steadily grow and the coining elections be fully equal to past con-tests in vitality. Of the meetings already held those of Mr Russell (Avon) and Mr Hunter (Christehurch Eastl attract most notice. The fight for Avon promises to bo de-idedlv dramatic. Mr Russell is opposed "by MY U. 0. Sullivan, a promising and sane you ii£ Social Democrat of more than usual ability and personality, whose supporters are keen to see him in Parliament. They were in force at Mr Russell's meeting, and by their interjections showed their hostility to the member, who will require consiimmato tact to militate or prevent the breach from widening. Of Mr Russell's ability there, is no question, but as to his political sincerity "the Democrats evidently feel there is room for doubt. Their determined opposition, therefore, makes the situation interesting, and renders Mr A eland's chance of .-lipping in for the Government nuit-e a reasonable one. Mr Hiram Hunter, the Social Democrat candidate for Christehurch East, made his meeting interesting by his revelation of the bargain which had been in progress between* the Leader of the Opposition and the Labor interests. A compact had been arrived at. lie said, between the two parties to avoid, as far as. possible, the splittin? of votes, but in spite of that the Liberal and Labor Association (a body for which Mr Hunter has nothing but contempt) nominated Dr Thacker for the Christehurch East seat, hence- Mr Hiram Hunter's disgust and outburst. Had the contest been* confined to Mr Davey and Mr Hunter the latter would probably have. won. Dr Thacker's personal popularity may pull him through, or at least seriously prejudice Mr Hunter's chances. No bitter personal feeling or heckling has vet characterised candidates' meetings, "but it will surely com*. THK MUTT CONTEST. [l'k.k United Pm-ss Association.] WELLINGTON. November 18. Mr T. M. Wilfoid, M.P.. opened hi* campaign at Potone He- regret-ted the necessity of making a. political speech in th-.*- midst of th; war. The elections should hive been postponed. New Zealand should have, followed the. lead of Eng-. land and other countries, where. tho Lenders of th-- Opposition had been taken into the confidence of the Government. The candidate referred to the Local Railways Rill as an iniquitous measure. The TluVitly disaster was a preventable aerioent. He- would uphold free secular, and compulsory education. A vote of thanks and HON. W. ERASER AT CROMWELL. [SreciAi. to tite Star.] CROMWELL. November 18. The Hon. W. I'i.-w-it addressed the- elector;, of Cromwell, the Liberal stronghold of the Wakaiipu electorate, last- night. Ho was greeted by at fairly large audience and was well receive*!. Referring to the Otngo Central Railway, Mr Eraser said the Government. had started the line. Fair progress had bwa made. ai:d it was intended to continue- it. He would be proud when he was called tip t>> open th* lino to Cromwell. IT© defended tliy Government's action in holding the election thin, year. Ju defending his partly agaiiwt tho .-vit.ii.-ini.s of the Opposition, he referred to tho troublesome timo hin CoviTimienl liad experienced since attaining office- by means of the- Waihi end wal-ersidn? strikes, and latterly by the calamitous war. Despite this, he gave. proof of prosperity in lite Post Office deposits, which had exceeded the withdrawals by £160,000 jn September. He urged pcopla to maintain confidence- ar.d proceed with renewed vigor and determination. He was opposed to levying a war tax. as suggested by hi*, opponent, contending that in the satisfactory state- of the revenue it was unnecessary. Li support of Government borrowing, the Minister pointed out that of the amount borrowed £10,000,000 was for redeeming debentures of their predecessors' lo.ms, and did not add one- penny to the National Debt. Referring to the workers' homee. he quoted figures to show that his naity's policy had far and away exceeded that "of the Liberals. The Advances to Set-tit.is Department was never sounder than today. Tliey had been a-ble to ineroaso ihe limit from £SOO to £7OO, and .he Treasurer hop-sd to raise it to £I,OOO. Ke further pointed out that his party, drring T-heir term, had acquired 193,000 an-es for land settlement, against 58,000 by his prcdeeefsors in their last two years of office. In reference to the- freehold, he inst-a-ueed tho Government's attitude in aviving facilities for acquiring the freehold of Crown and settlement land, and said it was not impossible that special legislation might be enacted to deal similarly wdi cudiwmciit lands and invest the proc-.-.vis in suburban lands. He Bevcr.-iy (or.d-.ain-fed tho unjust charges made against !h3 Gove.rnincnL in connwtiort wiUi tho Han'iy disaster, detailing the t'epi- ■■man-.'-, attitude in the whole matter. In concluding, Mr Eraser referred :jenorally to tne political situation, and argued tlr.it when the party tvero accused of not- donj certain thin-gs it must bo remembered that they had been only a short timo '.n o.'lice, and had the rig'ht, to ask for .ime in ord-.r to give fulfilment to ;.ll tho T»romi.«s. No questions were asked, and th* Minister was accorded a vote- •■( thank« ard confidence, many, iio«evvr, ehaining ficm jytiiU£.

THE MAORI SEATS. Following are the official candidates for the Reform party in the Maori elector-ates-—Northern " Maori, Biapo Tomati Puliihi (Leopold County); Western Maori, Dr Pomare (sitlirs- member); Eastern Maori, Heketia ')> Kani Pere: Southern Maori. Teone Mahapura Erehana (J. N. Ellison). At the J aft elections Mr Busby wa><; second to Dr Rangihiroa- in a field of 11. candidate*. There are 16 candidates this vear for (his seat.

Jlr Anderson, member for Mat aura, addressed a largv< meeting of the elector? last cvenintr. He outlined what the Government hnd don?, and he approved of the naval policy. 11? would support any division in favor of Proportional Representation, au increased graduatcdland tax, a mi'iiimini wage for workers. 55 per cent, or the bare majority on the licensing L-sue. He considered "that the Nelson svstem would berve all purposes of religious', education. A vote of thanks and confidence was cr.iried. with forne dissent. Dr Thacker. Opposition candidate for Christehurch East, opened his campaign last night. He declared himself an out-and-out supporter of Sir Joseph Ward and the Liberal policy. He was opposed to a referendum on the Bible in schools, and he favored tho three-fifths majority on the Licensing question. He contended that the Government had failed to keep their election promises. In opening his campaign for Palmerston last night Mr D. Buick, M.P., dealt principally with the beneficial measures instituted" by the Reform Government, who, he claimed, would go back again to complete their programme, which had been interrupted owing to the war. Mr Buick havinir answered a large number of questions, a vote of thanks and confidence was carried. Mr M. J. Miller, the Reform candidate for Lyttelton, opened his campaign at Cashmere. Ho commended the action of the Government in offering the Expeditionary I'orce to the Imperial authorities, and supported a local uivy. recent events having shown the advantage of that policy. He contended that the Government had carried out their pledges well, and that the reforms instituted were all for the benefit of the country. Mr F. 11. Smith, silting member for Waitaki, who is now contesting Timaru in the Reform interest, addressed his first meeting last evening in the local Theatre Royal, which was well filled. The Mayor occupied the chair. Mr Smith had not a good reception, being continually interrupted by a section of the audience. Ho dealt with a few leading political points, and justified the Government's action regarding the. strike. He condemned persons for making political capita! out of the Huntly disaster, for which the Government, were in no way responsible. He would uphold the three-fifths majority and would oppose the Bible in schools. Many questions were .asked amid much disorder, a deputation from the Waitaki Prohibitionists challenged him for breaking a pledge not to oppose a reduction in the licensing majority, but Mr Smith stoutly denied piving a pledge, and the meeting would not hear the deputation in reply. A vote, of thanks and confidence was proposed and seconded, but owing to the disorder was not put.

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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15653, 18 November 1914

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