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THE ELECTIONS

MEETINGS THIS EVENING. Mr C. EL Statham (Dunedin Central), at Presbyterian Church Hall, Mornington. Mr T. K. Sidev (Dunedin South), at Presbyterian Hall, St. Clair. Mr*W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Sawyers Buy; Mr A. Walker (Dunedin North), at Church Hall. Opoho. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Town Hall, Port Chalmers. Mr W. K. .1. Maguire (Dunedin Central). at Oddfellows' Hall, Albany street. .Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at East T^ieri. G. M. Th ‘inson (Dunedin North), *' ’ilmvn Hall. North-east Valley. MINIS'!’Kit OF FINANCE AT wa:kot’aitt. '(he Hon. James Allen spoke at Wairiraaitl iast evening. In introducing him *?e Mayor (Mr G. I- Kerr) remarked that it was some 27 years since they had been addressed by a Minister of the Crown. Mr Allen’s address was on the lines of those delivered by him in the Brute electorate during the past fortnight. Among the subjects touched on were the industrial unrest, advances to settlers. .Ministerial travelling allowances, education, land, cost of living, and laud and naval defence. On the motion of Mr Allcock. .seconded by Mr Gilmour, it was unanimously re»solved :—“That a hearty vote of thanks bo accorded Mr Allen for his address, and a vote of confidence expressed in the Massey Government." NATIVE MINISTER AT ROTORUA. In the course of his election tiimpaign the Hon. W. IT. Hcrries was at Rotorua last evening. The meeting, though not rowdy, was not lacking in more interjections than usually fall to the lum. gentleman's lot in the electorate. In defending the failure of the Government to introduce industrial insurance, he said that events at Home had shown that Mr Lloyd George’s scheme had nut proved all i that it was expected, am) it was wise to wait and see if it was in the real interests of the workers. lie defended Ins railway policy, saying that the expenditure at the terminal ports was not for the benefit of the citv people, hut for that of thn producers, whose produce would ha more expeditiously disposed of. In reply to a question whether it was in the* interests of political morality that members and Ministers should vote for railway lines that passed through their properties. Mr [jerries said he saw no harm in it so long ns it • lid not increase the value of tho property. They knew that a railway did not always increase the value of property. \Vhen asked whether it was right that in such eases members and Ministers should borrow from the Public Trust Office, he said he was not a war* of that being done. It all depended on the eir- ■ umstanecs. A vote of thanks to and confidence in the Government was carrier! ou a show of hands after vociferous affirmative and negative cheers for Mr Kerries and the Massey Government had been given. A ■all for cheers for Sir J. G. Ward met with a mixed reception. THE CITY CA MPAI (; X. Mr W. Downie Stewart, Government candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a very large and enthusiastic meeting of electors in tho W.atari .‘School 1-ist evening. Mr -James Torrance occupied the chair. Mr Stewart dealt with various questions, including finance, the Public .•service, foodstuffs, and the Land gimstion. He also spoke fully ou the evils of party government, advocating the Elective Executive as tending to deprive party government of its worst features. His remarks on this and other questions met with frequent applause. On the motion ot Mr .1. R. Wilson, seconded by Mr it. S. Black, a hearty vote of thanks and confidence in Mr Stewart as a lit and proper person to represent Dunedin West was carried unanimously, accompanied by three cheers lor tho candidate. Mr G. M. Thomson, Government candidate for Dunedin North, met the electors of Maori Hill in the Coronation Hall on Monday night. There was a very good attendance, including a number of ladies. Air P. L. Clark presided. Mr Thomson spoke on the Public Service, the financial position, tho advances in the salaried of the public servants, and some of the reforms made in existing laws and conditions bv Die Government. He also tombated the charges made against the Government in connection with the Tiuntlv disaster and tho Public Trust Office. The candidate received an attentive hearing, and after having answered several questions was accorded, on the motion of Mr D. Leslie, a hearty vote of thanks for his able and instructive address.

BRUCE SEAT. Mr C. R. Smith, tho Liberal <aiuiidale for Brace, addressed the electors of Baldutba North and Bnrnego m the (kid fellows’ Hall, Balclutha, on Saturday evening, there being a large number presi ut, the audience including a fair sprinkling of Indies. Tho Mayor of llahlutha (Mr K. J. Boyd), who presided, said he had known the candidate lor '£6 years. As a schoolmaster Mr Smith had been a great success, also a.; a. fanner, and he ithc sp-akerj was quite satisfied that, hold ing the views lie did, lie wotdd he a sucre - in polities. Mr Smith said it might be thought that ha was a bit venture-re-aie in seeking to capture the Bruce seat, 'nut ho would just like, in answer' to those who held that view, to call to mind the time when Air James Allen stood in a similar position, and opposed Sir Robert Stout for a Dunedin seat. He had seen Mr Allen defeat Sir Robert Stout try a tew votes, and that election brought in a- new Government—fthe Ballanco-Scddon Liberal Administration, who had "brought so many real reforms. After the candidate had answered a number of questions. Mr Alex. Stevenson (Barnego) pro|*osed a voiced thanks to Air Smith for Ids able and statesmanlike address, and also one of confidence in Mm as a fit and proper person to represent Bruce in Parliament. This was seconded by .Mr Adam King (Barnego), and carried by acclamation, without dissent. Air Smith was afterwards entertained at supper by u number of friends. CONTEST IN AND AKOUXI) WELLINGTON'. [SrKCi.ti, to run Star.? WELLINGTON". November 26. The political position, a* for- as Welling. Jin and suburbs ar*» concerned, becomes pily more interesting, and at the same lime discloses a wholesome interest on tho fart of those who chiclly benefit by. or sutler front, the result of an election. Tako Wellington North, to start with. Tho late member (Hon. A, L. Herdman) made a really tirst-clas.- speech at his uponing meeting, which, it is said, was mainly composed of his ladies’ committee. At any rate, over 70 per cent, of those piesent were women, and ho made a speech that puts him w«U into the front rank of politicians and Ministers. On Monday night his opponent opened his campaign iu tho centre of the electorate, and met the Red Feds, in their native lair. Mr Turnhull U an auctioneer, married to n daughter of the late Hon. W. W. Johnson, a wealthy catholic family in the Wellington North electorate, and, judging from his opening speech, he knows precious little about politics, lie told his audience, in effect, that he would improve a.s he went on. He may; he may also "et soma—perhaps quite a lot—of the Catholic votes, though he is not himself a Catholic. Rut Mr Herdman* has the seat secure. That sounds almost like prophecy ; at the veryleast, it is a good tip. There is a good fignt going on in Wellington East between the late member (Dr A K. Newman) and Air David Al'Laren, a former holder of the seat and ari ex-Labor mayor of Wellington. Mr ATLareu’a forces jjre well organised j there are no distnrb•r«g elements. Dr Newman has done nothing during the last three years to in«r»se his mana; be is not even popular his party, and it would not be at all Mfjnising to see Air Al'Luren, with all his dnsefal predictions and whole-souled enthusiasm for reasonable Labor, heading tho poll on December 10. Anyway, that is the outlook si tho present time.

In. Wellington South', Mr A. H. Hindmarsh trill, to use a colloquialism, knock spots off Mr J. P. Luke,' who has cone back on his Liberal principles, and blat- , antly states that ho is only doing what ■ many other men have done. On the other hand, the recognised honesty of principle ; of Mr Hindmarsh, Labor candidate, meets with, much approval, and he has made his ■ position absolutely solid. Ho should beat Air Luke by hundreds of votes. > In Wellington Ithibiirba the position is somewhat more complicated. Mr K. A. i Wright, a local printer, a rabid Prohibitionist, and an ex-inember of the sect, is opposed by Mr J. K. Fitzgerald, Liberal, with a Catholic following, and Mr J. • Moore. Labor candidate. Both of these have had a “go” at thu seat before, and both have failed. Either could win if the other would stand down, but it is doubtful if either will do so. There are unpleasant rumors going a lion t in regard to one of the candidates which may put a different complexion on the situation before the polling day is reached. Mr 'L. M. Milford, who has represented Hutl, where ho was born and bred, for some 15 years, has come up against Mr A. M. .Samuels, whose chief claims to tamo previously ’wore that lie manufactured aerated v.’ate is and was captain of a mounted intantry corps. When his name as Reform candidate was announced, the cognoscente laughed. am told that he is doing real good work. Crowded audiences listen to him for two and two and a-half hours; that he is ousting the redoubtable " Tommy" Troiu some ot his most elaborately-designed trenches: and that, to put it iiuTdly. he has more than a show. "Wc have had enough of Tolmnv : | Id’s have a i hange," is said to he the J cry. From long exnerieiice of the flute j scat, I la iicy Mr Milford knows too much 1 fur his opponent. ; Naturally iutere-t «entres round the { contest for the Mclliugtcn Central scat. Fisher v. FicUh-T. Judging from present appearances, Mr Fletcher, -chairman of the M'elluigton Harbor Board, a plain, outspoken Scot, otic time a wharf laboier, and now head of a, linn, of carriers, no platform speaker, hut with a hcavv punch 1 "} I’"*!' bands, is going to give Mr Fisfier the tunc of hts life. No •dangerous blows have htx-11 scored no far. but here is a, .-igntlicaut fact: Last session Mr Fisher, in hi.s capaitty as .Minister of Marine, introduced and earned a Bill providing that no I seaman could register in any electorate he pleased for voting purposes’ hut must register at the electorate in which was situated the port > at which he last signed bn; in other words, he desired, so his opponents said, to prevent the seamen centralising on Mcllingfon Central, which is a favorite resort for seamen. M’hsn the closed on Saturday it was found that nearly 200 seamen had centralised on MCI lington Central, and it is regarded ;1 s extremely probate-' that each and every one ef thene will be against the Miin-l’er of Marine, who, among other things, did not, : make him.-elf 100 popular with the niari- j nei-s riming Cue strike. Mr Fisher is up against it hard, and "Bob" Vl.'teller mav , win. It is the lugged light sticking out | around here. My personal opinion at the moment is that .Mr Fisher will just s. rtipe j home, chiefly because of (superior machinery and platform excellence. Mr P. C. Webb (Social Democratic candidate tor Drey) addressed a crowded meeting in the Opera-house, (Ireyunnith, last night. His .speech was devoted to an indictment of the Dovernnient for broken pledges, and lie also dealt at length with the Huntly disaster and mining legislation. He criticised the altitude of the local Reform journal towards him. He received a vote of thanks. Mr Jas. T. Hogan, who i epee-sen ted Wanganui in Parliament for six years, and who was defeated In- Mr Witch last election, has announced his candidature for the M'angamu seat as a supporter of the Liberal party. Mr J. U. MunriTs committee meet at rooms. Princes street south, to-night. Mr ,T. W. Munro, Labor candidate for Dunedin Central, addressed a lion t 30 electors of Concord Just evening. The speaker was listened to with attention, and received frequent applause. At the conclusion of the address the speaker was accorded a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence. Mr -1. T. Hogan, who was defeated in 1911 by Mr Mb A. Veileh. will again contest the M'anganui seat.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15659, 25 November 1914

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