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THE CAMPAIGN IN WELLINGTON., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
THE CAMPAIGN IN WELLINGTON.
[Special to the Stab.] WELLINGTON, November 30, Now that nominations are all in and the decks cleared for action one is able to form some better idea of how things look politically in and around Wellington. The Hon. A. L, Herdman is, bar accidents, safe for Wellington North. In Wellington Central the threatened Labor candidate has climbed J/au, auJ it will be a straight-out go between the Hon. F. M. B. Fisher and Mr Robert Fletcher. It may, of course, be more bravado that has led Mr Fisher to go electioneering as far away as Napier, but for all that he is a very shrewd campaigner, and bis supporters are well organised and enthusiastic. Mr Fletcher, on the other hand, does nob appear bo be making much headway, and the odds at the moment aro slightly against him. There will also bo a straight-out contest between Dr Newman and Mr M'Laron, who is patting up a hard fight, but the men and women who will vote for Dr Newman are not the people who attend meetings or make a fuss. They just vote, and always in the one direction. They constitute a solid wall of support, and are hard to shift. Labor will support “ Dave ” - M'Laren solidly, but it looks as if there are not enough of them to go round. The contest in Wellington South between Mr Hindmarsh, Labor, and Mr J, P. Luke, ex-Liberal member for Wellington and now standing for Reform, is complicated by the intrusion of Mr R. B. Williams, a well-known solicitor, and, though a man of color, one who has for years taken a great interest in local and general politics, and contested unsuccessfully a Wellington suburban seat in the Massey interest, he wants to stand for Mr Massey again, but Mr Massey doesn’t want nim. However, I think Mr Hindmarsh is strong enough to beat the pair of them. In Wellington Suburbs the Reform candidate is chuckling, neither Mr Moore (Labor) nor Mr Fitzgerald (Liberal) will give away. Both will poll heavily, and Mr Wright should win easily. Mr Wilford is still confident of success at the Hntt, but Mr Albert Samuel is making good steady progress, and will at any rate give “ Tom ” a good run for his money. AN UNHAPPY EDEN. THREE-CORNERED CONTEST. AUCKLAND, December 1. Now that the nominations have closed, the hopes of the Liberals who had visions of a straight-out contest in Eden have dwindled almost to zero. The reception accorded to the various candidates justifies the belief that Mr C. J. Parr, Auckland’s assertive Mayor and the chosen of the Government party, would not have by any means a walk-over in Mr John Bollard’s old electorate; but so far as the Opposition vote is concerned, Mr W; R. Tuck, who announces himself as a Radical, an 1 Mr Wesley Richards, who is the representative of the Social Democratic p.irty. are almost equally popular. Both c vigorous and restrained speakers, with a ■■'car-cut policy and an equally pleasing periality. All efforts to cause one of th: r ’ to retire have been in vain, but it is open secret that Mr Tuck, who is a rising young lawyer and a popular speaker in No-license circles, would he the more acceptable candidate from the standpoint of the Liberals. Mr Tuck offered to leave the question for absolute settlement by an arbitrator, but the Social Democratic party would not agree to this course. Their contention is that their candidate was first in the field, and was chosen by a postal plebiscite of 900 members of the Social Democratic party in the Eden electorate. The statement is probably exaggerated, but the electors who limit the significance of the team of the workers stick loyally to Mr Richards. With regard to Mr Parr’s candidature, It may be explained that ho claims to bo a disbeliever in party politics, though he will support the Massey Government against the Ward party. Ho insists that the North Island has been too long neglected, and that it is time that a fair share of the plunder which has been cut up in Wellington for the South should come to Auckland. In other electorates Mr Myers Is regarded as being safe for Auckland East, and Mr Glover for Auckland Central, while Mr Poole is generally expected to win Auckland West back from Mr Bradnoy. Mr H. 0. Tewsley has years of prejudice to overcome in Waitemata, but he is admitted to bo making steady headway. His opponents recognise his offstanding ability, out the party feeling and the big silent vote may carry Mr Harris to success. THE LEADERS ON TOUR. The Prime Minister paid his first visit to Dannevirko last evening, and addressed an overflowing meeting in the Town Hall, the building being crowded half an hour before the meeting started. Mr Massey received a magnificent reception, and was accorded a patient hearing throughout a two hours' speech, in which he dealt with current political questions. A vote of thanks and renewed confidence in Mr Massey and the Ministry was passed by an overwhelming majority. “ Thanks,” said Mr Massey, in replying j “ that will bo the verdict on polling day—a big majority for Reform.” The meeting concluded with hearty cheers for Mr Massey, Sir Joseph Ward delivered an address in Whangarel last evening, and was accorded a unanimous vote of confidence, accompanied by the hope that the Liberal party would be returned to power by a substantial majority. To-night Sir Joseph speaks at Devonport, and to-morrow afternoon he will address the miners at Huntly after they cease work. In the evening the Opposition Leader will address the people of Pukekohe, the centre of the Prime Minister's electorate. THE DUNEDIN SEATS. Mr J. T. Johnson, Liberal candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a crowded and attentive audience, presided over by Mr Edwards, at St. Albans, Kaikorai,' last night. The candidate combated the claim that the Hon. J. A. Millar's committee were working for the other side. He said that'almost tno whole committee were supporting him (Mr Johnson), and resented the jdaim that they were doing otherwise. A vote of thanks and confidence was unanimously passed on the motion of Mr Woods,
Mr 0. E. Statham, who seeks re-election in the Government interest for Dunedin Central, addressed a crowded meeting in tho Presbyterian Church Hall, Kensington, last night. Mr J. J. Marlow occupied tho chair. Mr Statham was subjected to some interjections, but received an excellent hearing, and at tho conclusion of his address received a hearty vote of thanks. Mr W. Downio Stewart, Government candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a crowded and enthusiastic meeting in the Albany Street School Hall last evening. Or J. J. Clark, the chairman, referred to the fact that the candidate's father had at one time represented Dunedin West in Parliament, and to the services the candidate had rendered to the City. At the conclusion of his speech, which was not free from interruptions, Mr Stewart answered a large number of questions,- and was accorded a vote of thanks and confidence on the motion of Mr T. Lee, seconded by Mr G. Grindley. The meeting concluded with three cheers for the candidate. Mr J. W. Munro, who is the LiberalLabor standard-bearer for Dnnedin Central, addressed the employees at the Hillside Workshops at midday yesterday, over 200 workers being present. _ The speaker dealt with the questions of importation of engines and the Regulation of Trade and Commerce Act, also the shortage of wheat and flour. He was accorded a very enthusiastic hearing, and at the conclusion was given three hearty cheers.
THE CAMPAIGN IN WELLINGTON., Issue 15664, 1 December 1914
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