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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
MEETINGS THIS EVENING. Mr G. M. Thomson (Dunedin North), at Coronation Hall, Mauri Hill. Mr J, W. Munro (Dunedin Central), at Morning ton Presbyterian School Hall. Air J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Higholiff. Mr A. Walker (Duhedin North), at H6w« Street Hall. Mr W. I). Mason (Chalmers), at Coronation Hall, XlosgieL Air J. T. Johnson (Dunedin West), at Wakari Hall. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Ravcnebouine. PRIME MINISTER AT OTAUTAU. The Hon. AY. F. Massey addressed an exceedingly largo audience at Otauteu on Saturday night, the hall, Hio seating acConmuKiation of -which id 600, being quite inadequate for the crowd that mustered. The Prime Minister, in the winse of his address, dealt with land settlement, the shortage of wheal difficulty, finance, the State lire and Public Trust Departments, Defence, and the legislation ol the late Parliament on the lines of speeches delivered by him during the campaign- Jn the conclusion of his address Alt Massey received an ovation, and a vote of thanks in his Administration was carried, the mover expressing the opinion that it was the cleanest and most honorable'the country liad ever liad. The vote was carried wish cheers, £nd a much smaller Intiy of couate-r-chet'ia. * THE ROLLS. Speaking at Spiingston on Saturday night, the Hon. K. H. Rhodes (PostmasterGeneral) said that a good deal had been said by the Opposition, ifo doubt for party purposes, about tho system adopted by the Government in connection witu the preparation of the electoral rolls, out a return which ho had just received showed that in nearly every electorate the numbers on the new rolls were largely in excess of those on the old rolls. Ho found that whereas the Canterbury rolls, as purged, according to law, after the 1911 elections, showed 74,253 electors, the present rolls, up to the 18th inst., -showed 87,528 —an increase of over 17 per cent. On the registrar's - estimates the seven rolls for Auckland and tho adjoining electorates, when complete, will carry about 72,800 names, as compared with 64,051 in 1911. Tho main rolls, as compared with 1911, show a decrease of 7,000, but tho total on the supplementary rolls move than compensate lor that loss. Tho district rolls compare with 1911 as follow :—Auckland Central, a decrease of 1,700; Auckland East, an increase of 400; Auckland West, an increase' of 1,400; Grey Lynn, an increase of 1,750 ; Mamikau, an increase of 2,000; Parnell, an increase of 1,600; Wa.itema.ta, an increase of 1,700: I.don. an increase of 3,000.
At a largely attended meeting of Mr G. XI. Thomson's committee, held in the rooms, Great King street, on Saturday evening, satiefactery reports were received. The eliairntan took the opportunity of bidding farewell to Mr Joint H. Thomson, youngest son of 3ir G. 31. Thomson, who lias been accepted as_ a member of the Expeditionary Force for service abroad, now in training at Trentham. and wished him, on behalf of tlte committee, God-speed. Tito members of the committee congratulated 31r G. 31. Thomson in having a son who was trilling (to help His country in this time of struggle. Mr Thomson thanked the members for their kindly sentiments, and while, he felt* the loss of tho only member of his family at homo, he was proud that his son had the desire to servo ills country, and said that if he himself was younger ho would be also offering. Mr D. H. Guthrie, the Reform candidate for Oroua.. spoke at Feilding on Saturday night. He defended the Government, saying they had made an honest attempt to carry out their policy as enunciated before oomi-ng ir.to office. Laij-J cgstTOgation had taken place under the Liberal Governments, and not tinder the Reform Government. Government Native lands wore being acquired and settled by Europeans. He supported the Government’s naval policy. On the question of Piohibition he favored the 55 per cent, on the national vote and 60 per cent, on local option. 'lho meeting was the liveliest held in Feilding for many years, and the audience were about evenly divided. An amendment against the Government *>n account of the Huntly disaster was declared lo«t. and a motion of confidence in tne candidate and the Reform- party wr.a declared carried. “I have been called a Red Fed.” said Mr T. 31. Wilford at L-owor Hutt on Thursday evening, “but I can assure you that I do not believe in the politics of the Social Democratic nartv.” The Prime Minister will deliver a political address at the Opera-house, Christchurch, to-morrow night.—Christchurch wire. Committee meetings to-night;—Mr W. F. J. Xlaguire’s at Sweetings, Stuart street; 3lr C. E, Slatlir.niV, at rc-rms. Princes street.
THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15657, 23 November 1914
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