TACTFUL MR FISHER
MEETS INTERRUPTIONS GLIBLY AND TAKES REBUFF SMILINGLY. fFhou Onn Special Correspondent.] j WELLINGTON, November 10. j Then* were one or two pleasant inter-1 ! hides at the Hon. F. M. R. Fisher's j j meeting last night. At ono stage the I candidate said that he had boon | taunted with being; a "rainbow"! Minister. That title hud been given to ; ! him by a journalist- after a careful ; survey' of his own rubicund nos*'. j (Laughter.') Me (Mr Fisher) did not | mind the description a hit. So far as j this election was concerned _ j A Voire: You are out. (Great | j laughter.) ! Mr Fisher: All 1 can say i< 1 hat you j have undertaken the task of putting j 'me out boforo. and failed signally. If I [ wero you, i would not prophesy too j readily. | The Voice : You don't hold tho cards; for the* Second Ballot this time. ; Mr Fisher: i will win the first time.; I am going to he opposed in this eon- , test— ; Another Voice: By a <.•;.• fl man. ; (Loud outburst of applause, followed by , a succession of idieors.) Mr Fisher at this point was palpably nonplussed, and ir u.ts some time before he was able to rc-uino. When ho got a chanc:* he remarked: ''lt jr. very invigorating to know that ihere is , going to be such a healthy contest. | You may accept my as.-nranee that wo : will keep you very busy up the straight. ! Rig efforts have been made in Welling- j ton Central to di"; me out. They have ; made n compact—known as the "un-! hi»ly alliance "--that they will put up no' Liberal candidate for Wellington South. Wellington East, Otaki, or Grey, in order to secure a straight-out nm in Central and dig out Fisher. I take ii as a- great compliment that such .stupendous efforts should Im made to gel me out." I Later on an Elector said : " 1 wish to ■ know whether Mr Fisher at any time | made a statement that, being a Lease- ' holder, ho could not on principle accept | a portfolio in a Freehold Cabinet, and if he over denied that statement at Masterton .'" 31 r Fisher: I don't think T ever ! denied it. During my last campaign II made tho statonic-nt that if I was elected I would not accept a sent in a Freehold Cabinet. The Elector: But you denied it at Masterton. Mr Fisher: No. J did not make the statement at the last election : but when I got, into T-he House I found I that in order to retain office all tin* Leaseholders in tho Ward Government had turned Freeholders, and I thought I might just as well be in office with a Freehold Government as sit in Opposition with Freeholders. (Cries of "Oh!") I atn not going to tie. myself doivn to anything again in the same way. 'Die Voice: Wo can't, trust you, then ? Mr Fisher: I am going back without being tied down to any question. lam going to exercise my own free and unfettered judgment. At this point the Chairman intimated that Mr Fisher war, not going to answer any more questions, and Mr W. J. Thompson moved a vote of thanks to tho candidate and confidence in the Massey Government. The motion was not seconded, but a call was given for " Threo cheers for Sir Joseph Ward!" and it was responded to heartily by a large section or tho audience. Mr Fisher: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for your unanimous vote of I confidence. (Laughter.) |
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