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MEETINGS TO-NIGHT. Mr G. M. Thomson (Dunedin North), Albany Street School Hall. Mr J. T. Johnson (Dunedin West), Rusaell Street Kail. Mr 0. E. Statham (Dunedin Central), Presbyterian Church Hall, Caversham. Mr T. H. Dalton (Dunedin South), Coronation Hall, St. Kilda. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), Lower Harbor and Deborah Bay. Mr A. Walker (Dunedin North), Phillips's Memorial Hall, Woodhaugh. Mr W. Downie . Stewart (Dunedin West), St. Alban's Hall, Kaikorai. Mr J. W. Munro (Dunedin Central), Oddfellows' Hall, Kensington. Mr T. K. Sidey (Dunedin South), Oddfellows' Hall, Forbury Corner. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), St. Leonards. THE CITY CAMPAIGN. Mr J. T. Johnson, Opposition candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a large and appreciative audience in tho Albany Street School Hall last night. Mr S. S. Myers presided. At the close of Mr Johnson's address several questions wore answered, after which a vote of thanks and confidence was carried unanimously with cheers. The motion was proposed by Mr J. D. Smith, and seconded by Mr J. Prendergast. Mr W. Downie Stewart, Government candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a large meeting of electors in the Wakari Drill Hall last evening. Mr R. Monzies occupied the chair. Mr Stewart touched on the question of the shortage in wheat and flour, and emphasised the wise action of the Government in making largo importations of wheat in order to force local holders to bring their stocks into the market. He pointed out that in Australia the only result of attempts to commandeer wheat had been to check the supply, and that many mills in all the Australian States had closed down. So far New Zealand had fared much better than the Australian States owing to tho action of the Government, and comparatively little unemployment had manifested itself here compared to the widespread unemployment in Australia. A vote of thanks and confidence, proposed by Mr J?. T. Stewart, and seconded by Mr C. Gilray, was carried unanimously. MR ISITT AND PROHIBITION. By allying himself with party politics Mr Leonard Isitt has fallen foul of some of his quondam Prohibition friends. In a letter to yesterday's ' Press' Mr R. L. Helps, Prohibition onraniser for Kaiapoi and Hurunui, says : " I admit that Mr Isitt should have perfect freedom of action, but let it be said to the credit of the late T. E. Taylor that, with all his political genius, he never yielded to tho temptation of linking himself up with any political party. As a movement we owe nothing to political parties. Mr Massey has given us nothing, and though in power for 20 years, tho late Richard Seddon did nothing to our advantage, but successfully inflicted a great injustice upon the Democracy by imposing a 60 per cent, handicap upon all temperance voters. And for what reason ? Let T. E. Taylor answer : ' For tho financial benefit of the Liquor party.' -If I have unfairly criticised Mr Isitt over the notorious Woodend adventure, I will leave it open to him to accept a challenge to come into the Hurunui electorate anc? on oehalf of Prohibition against the candidature of a politician who stands solidly for the 60 per cent, handicap. As organiser I will undertake to see that his meeting is given adequate publicity. If Mr Isitt is not prepared to accept the challenge, I think we can safely leave it to the voting public of New Zealand to say as to whether he stands for party considerations first and Prohibition second, or not. Truly Mr Isitt was right when ho said he j came to trouble Israel, but it has been j to the detriment of Israel, and we are likely to remain in the wilderness until wo can discover some Joshua—as in the I days of Taylor—to lead us across this swollen, passionate, political Jordan." THE CLUTHA SEAT. MR JENKINSON AT CLINTON. Mr J. E. Jenkinson (Liberal candidate) addressed the Clinton electors in the Town | Hall on Tuesday night. Tho chairman (Mr J. C. Borthwick) mentioned that the i candidate had been a member of the Legislative Council for 21 years. j Mr Jenkinson claimed that tho Government had not redeemed the pledges on which they had struggled into offico three years ago. Among their promises was to reduce borrowing. To have done bo would have been disastrous, for in a countrv like New Zealand, whose development had to be provided for, and in in which there were ample aesets and securities, we should po on borrowing, and borrow largely. Borrowed money was necessary to develop the country, and it was madness for the Reform party to say that they would attempt to fitop borrowing or taper it off. Personally ho was not tti favor of reducing borrowing, but favored it for expenditure sanely and judiciously. He disapproved of the proposed expenditure on the Balclutha-Tuapcka Month Railway, which ho characterised as a "freak," and said it was a scandalous suggestion. Water traffic there was cheap, and the district would be better benefited by expenditure in other directions. A war tax should have been struck last session. He recognised that many who were wealthy were not at present contributing their quota to the various funds; consequently from an equality point of view such a tax was desirable. If the Government had been in sympathy with tho working classes their election pledge of a revision of Customs taxation would have been carried out. The price of sugar ought to be controlled, and the Food Commission ought to have dealt with the increased price of sugar. As regards education, some sort of physical training might be desirable in the towns, but not in the country. It had been added to the Syllabus, and the time employed in it should be applied to the teaching of other subjects. He thought that there was an attempt, not to give too much education to a child, but to over-educate it in many respects. The education system could he improved. Ho would make it free from the primary school to the university, and abolish all fees. The paring knito" ousht to be applied to technical education, the cost of which was excessive. A.s for country schools, too much laxity was shown in* the appointment of teachers. Many of the" schools were in the hands of practically inexperienced young men and women, which meant a handicap on the children. Tho Superannuation Fund for public servants wanted revision. The higherpaid men should contribute more to the fund, and the lower-paid men lew;. Participants in the Superannuation • Fund should also be allowed, if they wished, to borrow from it on the security of their j positions, and repay their loans in instal- I ments. In regard to defence, the speaker j declared himself against a local navy, on ■ the ground of its expense, and the reduc- | ticm of the Territorial age from 25 to 21, or even 18. He criticiseo? the administration of Mr Massey and his Cabinet, and j declared that they had shown themselves utterly incapable in many departments. He would support the J.tltcra! party—a I matter of measures, not men. j A vote of thanks and confidence was j adopted. {

CHALMERS. At the meetinec of tho Political Labor Representation Committee, held in the Trades Hall last evening, r, discussion took place on the intrusion of an unofficial Labor candidate- in the Chalmers electorate, and it was resolved that this committee rocommcn.l Mr Mason to t!i■ i favorable consideration of the workers, and- trust that they will return him to Parliament. Mr G. S. Thomson, Labor candidate for Chalmers, addressed a meeting of farmers and others at Otokia on Wednesday afternoon., East Taicri Wednesday ove::in:;r, Henley yesterday afternoon, ami Aihtiton in the evening, and waa we'd rr-e.dv d in each place, despite tiw fart iI;;11 ?.;:■ Thomson had struck theeo idco- ; v.< ih.-> worst possible time—viz., shov day:;. VjThomson will attain speak ;.t 11- .i'?y tomorrow afternoon, and at Kio-i IJindi in the evening. NOMINATIONS. [By Tklegiupji.] Westland.—Mr T. E. Y. Sodden v.-.!--. nominated this morning. THE WESTLAND SEAT. [Pep. Uni-jxd Pmcss Associa-j id--;.J iIOKHJKA, November T>. Mr "Tom" Seddon ci.iitinuo- \v~. \.:y ' successful political lour oi We.-.; land. .\i Kumara last night a wry i---,i!i:i.ti.-.i-:\!e meeting was Ifcld. Mi i'.ooyon, ,i.i'.. un.apied tha chair. The spirit \v;s ;o;. otivcly listened to, and at .it- c'oio qu -■■ tions were asked on the Bi'jie in fc-h'-uls a.i.d an alleged scandal in eomxtth-n tho removal of Gov. turner,t ollivial? from Kumara. When the Reform candidal- 1 was announced the tree'in-.; oj.dcd with great enthusiasm, and with confidence m and cheers f::-r Mr .Soddoti, tho Liberal party, and Sir Joseph Wr.rd. .MINISTER OF MARINE- AT EElLI'i--ING. j [Per UxmcD Association.! FELLDING. November 27. The Hon. E. M. B. 'Fisher (Minister of Marino) addressed a par!: ii hour-a laot night. Ho spoke fur an hour, and was subjected to a good heckling, jio defended the attitude of th.s Vdovormncnt during the strike, lie said they would stop the next strike mn-ii quiwir. The Government's naval policy \', .-•.-: cue flair, one navy. New Zealand v.oidd have "a Bristol cruiser or two here manned by N<sw Zealanden;. .Since M r >:; if.-cv tonis oftice trade and conuuerco had iricrea'scd, and taxation had gone up at a, lesser rate than under .Sir Joseph Ward. Customs taxation had decreased, the Government had increased tku .salaries of Civil servants, police, school teacher 1 ., ami railvouv servants; all receipts from land revenue now go into Land Fund Account for the purchase of estates for c!o.-e settlement. The profits of the tiaio Fire insurance and Public Trio,! Departments had increased under Mr Ma.-s-.'y. He declared that the Government' had no responsibility for the H unity ui.-.a.stef. Ji returned he would endeavor to arrange reciprocal tarilfs with Australia ami Canada. If Sir Joseph Ward weie returned to power ho woti.'d require the support of fcocial Democrats, v.h«>:-e headquarters should Vie Benin. Thtre was, he declared, an alliance between tho Liberals and the lied Feds. At the- oi-clu-jioii of Mr Fisher's address a. \'U e of confidence was carried l>v cbo it l.i.'vo to <>nt< —' - * •» * . Mr N. Francis (Government.) and Mr J. Anstey (Opposition) have b..:i nominated for the Waitaki eeat. Mr Fred IVirani Jt-a-t e.emm; a<idr< sse<i the Wanganui < )e. tors in the V,pm;i House, which v,as fiJi.•.j K, uV i i-me, 1 , icm. Mr Firaiii, who said t!a- CovCi-mrr-i;;. put up a fine record in the ia o oi e.v..'. dillicuities, had an excellent me,-tin.if .e-d was accorded a heart v voto of t;.arm. confidence not being a.skctl im. A Gore mcrsaeo i-ays,: Tlr: J]'o:i. \V. Eraser arrived at Uoio y-it:dav af:.•;•noon, and is touring the so:;!'.<e n' p;. i r :..' the Wakatipti chot< tat . ii-.. ; ,; Mandeville last evemn_ ~;; th : hues, of hL, previous add'.es-e.-. ,-::<! «-.-. >■ :. ,i--.! a unaiiiiiiott? vot" of thmk- -r j ,~■ <j i,._ ~, Mr li. Scott, Uovermmm .as didm.. f .' r the Otago Central ks. cmoame, <■! ■■.. where hie, political me t;i g.i i ;■ iim .a filling week.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15661, 27 November 1914

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