THE SEAMEN’S VOTE.
TO THE EDITOR. Sir.—lt is not often I assume the pantle of tho prchpet, but after reading Jrour analysis in to-night’s ‘ Star ot the noting strength of electors in the various Dunedin constituencies, it looks as if history is repeating itself, and that there has been another wholesale “ slaughter of the innocents. Judging from your figures, which can be taken as reliable, it appears that somewhat over 8,000 persons have been purged out of tho roll by the wonderful system of a “ Reform Government. But tho most _ remarkable feature about the figures is that (>-•> seamen have been dumped on the Dunedin West roll because they did not record their votes at the last election I have before me tho official record ot the seamen’s votes applied for and recorded for Dunedin U est at the last election. The number of seamen s fights issued was 102, and tho mimber pf seamen who voted was G-:>, the balance of 37 being probably away from the Dominion owing to their occupation. The Hon. F. M. B. Fisher uas recently legislated in the direction or depriving the seafarer of his vote, and it may bo interesting to the general public to know that there was the huge number of 70 seamen’s votes recorded in that person’s constituency at the last election. We are getting ‘'Reform,” “Reform ” and “ Reform ” : but what the seaman realises is that lie will soon bo reformed right clean out of the political arena altogether. Is it any wonder that the men, who pay tho biggest death-toll on earth, should try mid do something to shift Mr Fisher, who, by hia actions, has proved himself to be a menace to the travelling public, and also a decided enemy to tho men who go down to the sea in ships?—l am, etc., WILI.IAM BET.CHF.It. November 2-5.
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THE SEAMEN’S VOTE., Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
THE SEAMEN’S VOTE. Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914
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