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| CHALMERS ELECTORATE. On Saturday evening, at Pnrakanui, Mr George S. Thomson addressed a number of local dairy farmers principally on the lines of land settlement, taxation and elective executive. The candidate received a hearty vote of thanks. Mr D. Young, jun., occupied the chair. Mr J. M. Dickson, the Reform candidate, addressed a meeting in tha Sandymount School house on Saturday night. Mr J. Aitken occupied the chair. The candidate received a very attentive hearing. At flic conclusion of his address several ques. tiojis were satisfactorily answered, ana on the motion of Mr Lamond a vote of thanks to Mr Dickson and an expression of confidence in the Government were carried unanimously. Mr W. D. Mason, the Liberal candidate for Chalmers, addressed a large and enthusiastic meeting of electors at Ravensbourne on Friday night last. Mr Jan. Blackio (mayor) presided, and introduced the candidate in very complimentary terms. Mr Mason spoke for an hour ana a-half, and at the conclusion answered several questions to the evident satisfaction of those present, a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence being carried on the motion of Mr C. George, seconded bv Mr F. Mitchell Mr Mason addressed a further meeting of electors at the Portobollo Public Hall on Saturday' night. Mr D. Seaton presided. The speaker had a good and attentive audience during an address of one hour’s duration, after which questions were invited, those present taking full advantage of tho opportunity', questions and answers taking another hour. Tha main questions referred to Proportional Representation as affected by the country quote, Bible-in-schools, State banking, and taxation of land values, etc. A heartv vote of thanks was extended to the candidate. A CANDIDATE WITHDRAWS. [Per United Press Association. 1 GREYMOUTH, November 23. Mr J. A. Murdoch has withdrawn from the Westland contest. In a letter to the Press ho say-s: After full and careful consideration I have definitely decided not to contest- the Westland «eac. I find that my former active association with and support, of the old Liberal parly |r being used in at, vi.fair manner to prejudice my candidature. In the Hokitika ‘Guardian’ 1 am accused of having been a "lip-loyal” supporter of the Liberals, when no one knows better than the writer that such a statement is unfair and untrue. He knows full well that- in the past my work vas given without either promise or expectation, cither pecuniary or otherwise. Can the Hokitika ‘Guardian’ state the' same? I regret that I have not given this decis'on earlier, but in the present position of international affairs nothing could be more distasteful to me than a bitterly-contested election. Jlv wish was. owing to tho present disturbed slate of things, to contest tho election without the introduction of personalities and mud-clinging. But tha attitude o{ the ‘Guardian’ shows that it and its party have no scruples ; therefore I decline to enter the lists. I have now had 12 years’ continuous, office in public positions in Westland, and instead of attempting to increase such wo’k I intend to reduce it materially—at least, for a time. To this end my resignation of the several offices now held by mo will be published in duo course.

THE ELECTORAL ROLLS. HEAVY SUPPLEMENTARIE3. The supplementary electoral rolls closed on Saturday afternoon, and the various returning officers were busy this morning making up returns. As will be seen from the following comparative table, the supplomcntary rolls are heavier this election than was the case three years ago: —Dunedin Central.— 1914. 3911. Main roll 7,365 8,795 Supplementary 1,868 1,162 —Dunedin North.— Main roll 7,265 9,184 Supplementary 1,921 624 ■—Dunedin South.Main roll 8,150 9.052 Supplementary 1,350 * 790 —Dunedin West.--Main roll 7,700 10,335 Supplementary 1,586* 1,000 “Approximate. The total on the Chalmers roll this year is 7,769, as against 7.548 at the last election. “Our Own” wires from Wellington: It is claimed by the controlling authorities that as a. result of the operation of the enrolment system the Wellington rolls will be cleaner and more complete this year than for many years past. Enrolment pro ceeded steadily up to the last minute on Saturday, and only a few “ missed the bus.” Some didn’t care twopence, and in other cases the authorities were not at all sorry that undesirables had arrived too late. Over 200 electors have obtained seamen’s vote permits in Wellington Central, where a great contest is proceeding between the Hon. F. M. B. Fisher and Mr M’Laren. This will make the contest more than usually interesting, and as a matter of fact considerably reduce* Mr Fisher’s chances.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15657, 23 November 1914

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