MEETINGS THIS EVENING. Mr T. K. Sidoy (Duuedin South) at South Dunedin Town Hall. Mr G.. M. Thomson (Dunedin North), at Woodhaugh. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Mos•gicl. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Ravensbourne. Mr James M. Dickson (Chalmers), at .Mount Oargill. Garrison Hall.—Labor Rally. CITY CAMPAIGN. Mr G. W. Munro addressed a meeting of Dunedin Central electors in the Mission Hall, Russell street, on Wednesdav night, Mr J. Oliver (vice-president of tiio Dunedin Bakers and Pastrycooks' Union) presiding, and there was a good attendance. Tho candidate was accorded an attentive hearing, and at the conclusion of his address a hearty vote of tluuiks and confidence- was unanimously passed. Mr A. Walker addressed a well-attended meeting of the electors of Dunedin North in the Town Hall, North-east Valley, on Wednesday night. Mr J. Haymes (president of the Political Labor Representation Committee) occupied the chair. The candidate referred to the high price of wheat and flour and other food supplies, and to the benefits of insuring with the State Fire Insurance Department. At the close of his address Mr Walker was accorded a hearty vote of thanks and confidence.
Mr G. M. Thomson, sitting member for Dunedin North, met the electors of Opoho in tho Presbyterian Church Hall last ovening. Mr H. P. Harvey presided over a good attendance, including a number of ladies. In referring to Naval Defence, Mr Thomson said that he approved of tho Dominion contributing to the upkeep of the Imperial Navy, though he could not shut his eves to the excellent work done by the Australian contingent. At the same time, ho did not think that we oiurht to commit ourselves to any definite policy at present. The wholo question was in the melting pot just now. When the present war came to an end, the naval defence of this and every other portion of the Empire would be fully considered, and some definite scheme evolved. Until then we could suspend judgment, and the matter should on no account bo treated as a party question. Mr Thomson received an attentive hearing, and, after he had answered questions on bis attitude on the temperance a.nd Bible-in-!>chools matters, a vote of thanks for his address was passed by acclamation on the motion of Mr Howden. CHALMERS SEAT. Mr Dickson, the Reform candidate, addressed a very enthusiastic meeting at Mosgiel last night. The Mayor (Mr A. F. Quelch) ocupied tho chair, and there were about 200 present, including a number of ladies. The candidate spoke for an hour and a-half, and received a very attentive bearing. Numerous questions wero satisfactorily answered, and a vote of thanks to Mr Dickson and confidence in the Government was carried with only a single dissenting voice. BROOKLYN ELECTORS HAVE A NIGHT OUT. [Sfkcial to tick Stau.} WELLINGTON, November 20. Unusual happenings marked a political meeting at Brooklyn last night. Not only* did a prominent Social Democratic candidate take the chair at a meeting of avowed Reformers, but the candidate frankly admitted that he had somersaulted in a number of his political beliefs. At the conclusion of the meeting the audience passed a vote of confidence in the candidate's political opponent, and broke up after giving cheers for tho same gentleman. The occasion was a meeting held by Mr J. P. Luke, Reform candidate for 'Wellington South. Mr H. Holland, tho Social Democratic candidate for Wellington North, who lives at Brooklyn, was proposed as chairman, and amid applause he took his seat on the platform. Mr Holland said ho hoped his action would not be misunderstood. He had no intention of voting fur Mr Luke. (Laughter.) The candidate was accorded a reasonable hearing. At the conclusion of his speech a member of the audienco rose and read out the report of a speech bv Mr Luke at Maranui on October 31, 1911, in which Mr Luke said: "I pin mv faith to tho Liberal party for what they have done in the past and for what they will do in tho future." The questioner asked the candidate did he deny the utterance. Mr Luke said he did not. The questioner: "Then von have somersaulted?" Mr Lnko admitted having performed that dexterous feat, and added :
" There is a lot of it going on now." He further stated that lib had a strong admiration for the Government because of their actions in regard to the strike. In reply to another question, Mr Luke said ho had somersaulted in the matter of tho Liquor poll. He was formerly in favor of a 55 per cent, majority, but he was now in favor of a- bare majority on both issues.
A Voice: "Ho might somersault into a ' Rod Fed.' next year." (Laughter.) The questioner asked the candidate whether he was trustee of the sick fund of the Wharf Laborers' Union, and, if so, did any money come into the fund? Mr Luke said that ho was a trustee, as he had a right to be, but that he had never seen any money, and did not know if the fund had any. It was not for him to saw
A Voice: "It is a trustee's duty to know about his fund." (Laughter.) At tho conclusion of the question, Mr Marment (of tho Cooks and Stewards' Union) moved—"That Mr Luke be thanked for his address, and that this meeting of electors consider Mr A. H. Hindmarsh, M.P., a fit and proper person to represent the electors in Parliament."
Mr E. J. Jones (late secretary of the Wharf Laborers' Union) moved an amendment—" That the meeting consider Mr J. P. Luke a fit and proper person to represent the electors, and that Mr Luke possesses the confidence of the meeting." A Voice: " Jones is not in the electorate." Mr Jones: ""Yes, I am." Tho amendment was put and lost, only about a third of those present voting for it, and the motion was carried by a largo majority, and the meeting closed with cheers for Sir Hindmarsh. PRIME MINISTER AT KURO\V. The Righ Hon. W. F. Mjissey delivered a political address at Kurow last night tho hall being crowded. Ho received an excellent hearing throughout, though at times ho was subjected to numerous goodhumored interruptions, which he answered in cliaracteiistically courteous manner. Tho speaker dealt at length with the work done by tho Government. The speech occupied two and a-quarter hours. A vote of thanks to Mr for Iris address and of confidence in the Administration was carried almost unanimously amid cheers.
considerable length. A vote of thanks was declared carried, but a small portion nt the back called for cheers for Sir J. G. Ward. Mr E. H. Potter has retired from the Eden contest, with a view to consolidating the Liberal vote. The Social Democrats in Timaru who .support Sir J. G. Ward have decided to stick another candidate than Mr Craigie, who, it is understood, will come out as an Independent.
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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15655, 20 November 1914