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THE ELECTIONS

MEETINGS THIS EVENING. Mr W. Downie Stewart (Dunedin West),, at Albany Street School. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Otakou School. Mr C. E. Stathara (Dunedin Central), at Presbyterian Sunday School Hall, Kensington. Mr J. T. Johnson (Dunedin West), at St. Albans, Kaikorai. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Anderson Bav Schoolhouse. Mr T. R. Dalton (Dunedin South), at Presbyterian Hall, St. Clair. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Highcliff, 7 p.m., and at Sandyrnount at 8 p.m. Mr R. Scott (Otago Central), at, Woodside. Mr E. P. Lee (Oamaru), at Palmerston. NOMINATIONS. —-Chalmers. John M'Coll Dickson, nominated by ,John M‘D. Stevenson, Frederick A\’. Platts, Charles Richard Gooch, and John M‘ Gregor. —Bruce.— James Allen, nominated by Messrs J. L. Newbigging (farmer, Moneyrnore), David M‘lntosh (mine manager, Lawrence), Thos. Cunningham (miner, Kaitangaia), David Thomson (farmer, Milton), and James Kennard (blacksmith, Milton). Charles Robert Smith, nominated by Messrs James Rutherford (retired farmer, Kaitangata), Donald MTones (miner, Kaitangata), Benjamin Warren Winn (decorator, Lawrence), John M'Crae (merchant tailor, Lawrence).

THE OPPOSITION LEADER'S CAMPAIGN.

[Per United Press Association.] HAMILTON, November 30.

Sir Joseph Ward addressed a very large audience at Hamilton on Saturday afterKG6 n. Tlia greatest onihueiasm prevailed throughout the speech, which was on the lines of tiiat delivered by him at Auckland on Friday. At its conclusion a vote of confidence in the Liberal party was carried amid a great demonstration and with much cheering.

MR SCOTT AT Old TEAM

Mr Robert Scott, Reform candidate for Otago Central, addressed the electors at Woodside at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and at Outram at 8 o'clock the same evening. Mr John Neill (chairman Outram Town Board) presided over the latter meeting, and introduced the candidate. 'The hail would he about half filled with interested electors.

Mr Scott, on rising, was greeted with applause, and he explained that after six years’ representation he again solicited their suffrage for the coming election. Before entering on his speech, he said that all would admit that since the. Government assumed office in July, 1912, they had had a most trying turn 1 , owing to strikes, war, the smalliKix outbreak, etc., but notwithstanding this Mr Massey a ml his party had emerged from the ordeal very creditably. In reference to the proposal to postpone the elections, the Government had insisted that I hese should be held at the usual time. It was most important tha. tho trade routes should bo kept open and internal arrangements go on, and so long as these were right tne war should not bo allowed to interfere with domestic arrangements, in referring to strikes, Mr .Scott detailed the legislation passed by the Massey Government, which, lie was sure, was a great advance on anyihii.g that had ever •ken put on the Statute Book to prevent industrial troubles. The financial position was now more healthy than it liad been for the past four or five years. A comparison of figures, which he quoted, showed there van a. difference i.T qyor two millions less borrowed by the Massey Administration in their term emce titan by the Ward party in an equal period. Under tne present Government Civil servants had benefited by an increase in wages. They had appointed Civil .Service Commissioners, ami the increases in pay to Civil servants amounted to £40,060 in 1912-13 and £51,600 in 1913-14. Post and Telegraph payments and school teachers’ payments had increased likewise siibslanualiy. Thc.-e Commissioners had fixed the minimum wage for married men at £l4O. Air Scott spoke at some length <,n the reform of the Upper House, and detailed the method of appointment thereto until quite recently. All shades of political opinion were represented, which was shown by tho appointment by the Reform party of Hon. J. T. Paul ami Hon. J. Parr (Labor), and Mr Earushaw and .Sir William llall-Jones. This proved that the chr.r.e against the Government of spoils to the victors had no foundation whatever. The Government held that the way to make the country prosperous was to make tin:- people freeholders and settle them on the hind, and, in accordance, with their promise, .they had brought down legislation civinu anyone the right te, have his holding made freehold under certain iv.-siriciions, if lie desired to do so. Native, land la .vs d been loformcd in such a way as to pre• vent speculators from exploit,ng !i><- Natives. Mr Scott dealt at length with the extension of the I’undo.is Act. nff-rrii parlieularly to widows and war veteran-. For women the age limit was now 66 years, instead of 65 years: and pension;; were, provided for widows, with children. It was disci editable that the 1,300 war veterans who lived in New Zealand were not shown this consideration 6-iig ago. While speaking of the Govi-rmm j.i's action in repealing :!'!■■ o;,d Pall.it. 1.,Ba.id that he was oppos .1 to Propo'-Uou.-.l Rc-pro-V'illation, by which the grouping of four or five constim.,... o-• worm; w loss of identity. :I<• favored a t-m - f four year* in Parliament against tie- j r - sent term of three years. Hr was against, religious instruction in the .‘■-talc s'-ho.-is. There was always tlm J tight rf Fiiery, school hours. The Slate- should provide s :eui ir educ and iis- gar, ;,:.d clergymen Irek a "t.'-r the ivbwions ha-lruc. tion. If the lb f. ruidiim Bill cane down ho would vote for tho second residing as confirming the |.-tineiplo < f the tight of the, people to trike a coin on that or any other question ; hut he would vote- against every clause in the proposed Bill, Tn-cause he did not agree with the principle or the provisions made therein, lie was quite in favor of a plebiscite on any large question, and explained the difference between that and the Referendum. Oyi the Licnusin.g Question ha had fulfilled tho pledge made at hint election, but now wished to reduce the majority to the 55-45 quota. The throe-fifths was. he now considered, too groat a handicap. So long as the present law was in operation he would vote in favor of the, 55-45 quota. He would like to do away with T>wd Option, and take a Dominion vote. Tho people must be educated to tempera,nce. Prohibition didn’t prohibit. A charge had been made against tho Massey Government that they 7 were the friends of the land monopolist and squatter ; but a glance at their legislation would show that the small farmer and the workers had been represented as well. A graduated land tax had been imposed In Mr Massev last, vear, and a further increase was proposed in tho future on properties of a certain value. He referred to trie arqnmtmcnt of Mr Hiley as General RaiKvave .Manager a« a wise choice. T »e Hen. Air Mackenzie, in his 1912 J uezut. had emphasised the iinnortanoe oi appcintimr a general manager from abroad. Applications for the position pad -been cahed also in Now r Zealand. It was noi tne Government who appointed tne General Manager. but the gentlemen at Home who had to deal with hi* eelscuon, Mr Snott

pointed out the necessity of laying down loop lines, and having better facilities for handling the produce of the country. The traffic was very congested in Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. There was no use extending the lines in the country until the difficulty had been overcome at the ports of shipment. After enumerating the planks of the Government for the future, Mr Soott denied that there had been any bungling in connection with the Expeditionary' Forces. ,In conclusion, iMr Scott said that if the Liberal party got back to power there would at once have to be a coalition between them and the. Social Democratic party and the “Red Feds.’ If the electors were agreed that the Massey Government had done well in their short period of office, then they would know how to vote. Mr Scott was frequently applauded throughout his address.

At the conclusion of the address a vote of thanks and confidence was carried, on the motion of Mr J. W. Blair and’Mr J. Walker.

HON. GEORGE POWLDS QUESTIONED.

When question time arrived at a recent meeting of Mr G. Fowlds in Grey Lynn (reports the ‘Star’), the candidate was asked on what grounds he called himself “t!ie only selected Labor candidate for Grey Lynn." In reply, Mr Fowlds stated that he was nominated by the United Labor parly, and he was not aware that any other candidate had been nominated by a Labor organisation. The Questioner: Mr Payne has been nominated by the Social Democratic party. If that is proved to you, will you give up your claim to be called the onlv selected Labor candidate?

Mr Fowlds: Certainly I trill. The Questioner: Do you think the United Labor party had any right to nominate you for this seat? So far as I know there aro only eight or nine members of the party in Grey Lynn. Mr Foivlds; The party had a. perfect ngiit lo nominate *ne. L'be candidate was further asked whether, ho did not, after inn defeat three years ago, state that ‘'a ware of mental aberration ” had passed over the people of Grey Lynn, and whether he would either withdraw it or apologise to the electors before proceeding with his campaign. ‘ Mr Fowlds: id yon will look up “aberration ” in the dictionary you will see that it means “'wandering.” lam still of opinion that the electors were wandering mentally when they rejected me. In ireply to another questioner, Mr Fowlds said that he was guilty of no breach of faith with his constituents in leaving the Cabinet. He did not leave tha Liberal party by so doing. The candidate also denied that he left the Cabinet because it was a sinking ship. Had he known that trouble was ahead ho would never have done so. .At the time tie left his colleagues expected to retain ;:H the seats they held, and to win two fr ;u “ Reform.” PRACTICE AND PRECEPT. When in Parliament some tears ago Mr Fieri Pirani was known to his fellowmembers as "the ferret,” owing to his penchant for unearthing unsavory matters. Apparentlv his long period of abstention from political life has not whetted his ap|vthe for keen criticism and the desire for disclosures. He Ins just begun hie campaign for the Wanganui scat, which had been delayed for some weeks owing to a motor accident, and, speaking at the Opera House on Friday (according to the ‘ Press’s* special), Mr Pirani mentioned that rgi.-is-pit.mi to Parliament not many miles a«;u, who had condemned monop.olies and speculation in land, was himself a shareholder in throe land companies. Of this fact bo possessed proof. The point went home, and Mr Pirani was evidently to 1-t it rest at that. The audience, however, would not allow him to proceed, and persisted in calling upon him lo produce tho proof of his assertion, and give the: name of the candidate lie had referred to.

“Do you really want the name?'' Mr T’irani asked, and in response to calls in Ike affirmative lie said : ‘‘ ill on you shall have it.. Here it is.’’

Mr rirani, quoting from ihe ‘Mercantile Dazette.’ then read: “ Otamakea Lands, Ltd. : W. A. Vcitch. 500 shares; Komihi Fruit Land Development, Ltd. : W. A. Vcitch. 500 shares; Pahi Fruit Lands. Ltd. :W. A. Vcitch, 500 shares. ’’ As set out in each of these notifications, the ohject of the gentlemen trim have subscribed, their names as .shareholders is to “purchase. lease, exchange, and deal in lamds." The point was, of course, that though ''l - Vcitch (who represented Wanganui in the late Parliament as a Labor mender) prefers.s on principle to denounce land speculation. he holds 1,500 shares m companics promoted for ihe avowed purpose of land speculation.

The TTon. IV. Fraser addressed the Waikaka electors of the Wakatipn constituency on Saturday night. The motion of thanks and confidence was met by an amendment thanking Mr Fraser for his address, but stating that the meeting had no confidence in the ("lovernment of which be is a member. The amendment was lost by a very large majority, and the motion carried with cheers as opposed to a slight counterdemonstration from the back of the hall. The secretary of the Bootmakers’ Union at Wellington denies ihe accuracy of the statement that, the union decided to support the Hon. F. M. F>. Fisher for Wellington Central, He says that the union have not discussed the political situation.

The Prime Minister addressed a record meeting at Waverley (Taranaki) on Saturday night, and was accorded with practical unanimity a resolution expressing l-.e.-si appreciation of the actions of the ■'u.vernmeni in handling the various crises that have arisen during their term of office, and of confidence in their ndminis1. .as it;.

Tiif Otago Freezing, Chemical Manure, Tannery. Soapworkers. and Allied Trades’ Til ion "resolved at a meeting on Friday last —“ That nil members of this union pledge them selves to support the selected Labor candidates. Messrs Walker and Jhairn, at the General Election, and to do their best to secure their return to Parliament."

Mr George. S. Thomson, Labor candidate for Chalmers, has since Wednesday last addressed the following meetings—namely: Wednesday, at Otokia and Ricearton; Thursday, at Henley and A Hanlon; Friday, at .St. Leonards and Sawyers Bay; and Saturday, at Henley. Kuri Bush, and Brighton—and in each place, after receiving an attentive hearing, was thanked for the. able manner in which he explained his position. This afternoon he was to speak at Taiaroa Head.

Op Wednesday evening last Mr R. Scott add: eased a meeting in the Alexandra Town Hall, the mayor of the borough presiding. On the whole the candidate met with a good reception, though at times the pioceedings ■were lively, and there were ninny good-humored interjections. At punction time there was some heckling, especially in regard to the disposal of the Chiusrama runs, and the favoritism shown to one Press representative cm the occasion of the despatch of the Expeditionary TV.ice to Samoa. On the chairman calling for the usual motion, one of thanks was proposed, ‘and was met with an amendment of confidence in -Sir J. G. Ward as liberal Leader. At this stage the proceedings were decidedly mixed, and the chairman called for a division, but apparently the meeting did not grasp what was going on- The mayor, however, declared the motion carried, but his decision did not seem to give satisfaction to a section of tho audience, who contented themselves with giving cheers for the Opposition candidate, and were answered by hearty cheers for Mr Massey.—Own correspondent*

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15663, 30 November 1914

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