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THE ELECTIONS

MEETINGS THIS EVENING. (Unless otherwise mentioned all meetings at 8 p.m.) Mr J." W. Munro (Diuiedin West), at Oddfellows' Hall, Rattray street. Mr a E. Statham (Dunedin Central), at Mission Hall, W-Iker street. Mr Q. M. Thomson (Dunedin North), at Schoolroom, Leith Vallev. Mr T. H. Dalton (Dunedin. South), at Presbyterian nail, Concord. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers), at Public HaU, Sawyers Bay. Mr E. P. Leo (Oamaru), at Flag Swamp. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at school, Higheliff. Mr W. E. J. Maguiro (Danediti West), st Wakari Drill Hall. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Public Hall. Broad Bay (7 p.m.). and at fehoul, North-east Haiber (8.30 p.m.--Mr ,R. Scott (Otago Central), at Homo na}. ITJME MINISTER AT HASTINGS. Tho Hon. W. F. Massey .addressed a. crowded meeting in the Pri ncosa Theatre, Hastings, hist night, «-.ven the stage being packed. The Prime Miiiistov was accorded a great reception. Ho answered what he dci-vnbvd a-3 Opposition misstatements iii:uli- during 'be campaign, particularly in regard U> finance ;iad Government borrowiui. J.'i concluding lii.s addrivis Mr Massey received prolonged applau.-.v. A hearty vote of thanks and i.oulidciiee in the Government and a pledge-of the iißetinjg to do their utmost to .-mae Mr Campbell's return wau urrned by a large majority. An •intendment expressing with the explanations regarding th<- ttoopag-e <»i' -lie I'at-i Coast uiihvay when railways iui. :. -,ng coij.-tiiii U-d in districts lvprosei.te 1 bv Mini-'lers. ;u-.d al.v expressing no icubdcnee in the ' !< w rionoltt was lost, veiy lew v'ding tor it. MINTSTKR OK FINANCK AT NELSON. The Hon. .lames Allen addressed a ciowded niucting at N*4.-.i>u last night in fciippcrt of Mr Field's candidature, lie had a good reception, and a- motion of conlidencu in the Re-funu O-.vernnivia was carried by a. subs-lamial luaj-.iity. '1 li" meeting concluded witli rhe-e.rs for Mr Allen and Mr Atmoro (the Opposition candidate). LIBERAL LEADER AT DEVONPORT. Addressing an audicnuo of 900 at Devon - port last night, Sir Joseph Wa.rd was accorded an enthusiastic re-.vplion. Kejardiug tlio allegation that there was an alliance between the Opposition and the '" Red Teds.," Sir Joseph said that .seven of the latter wcto opposing the Liberals.. '1 belie form orga.ui.-vcr w.is a " Ucd l\d." II? had contested the Inver-.-aigill se:i-t. and expressed advance<l Kadicd views, which were to advanced that tin: Radicals -nouid not have them. N% v li-- u.i.-. c v.jsfng the Weetland wa; with Mr SVxidoii. 'lite •minority might rule in Pocnell a-nd Eden. fcplit votes making a j resent of the soats U> Ref</rm, which was tjcae'.iy what the Uovernnwnt icrnnU-d upon wlwii i»-f«aling the Second Ballot Biil. They sh.-uM appeal to the common n-i.-e of tii.: i-.\.. men in each case where, there a i-pliiting of votes, and have an tiudt-[-standing, to that one would retire, C n ' thus ieavo ;i et-raight-ont issue. Ti.o aiguiin-iir iha' it. would be nnwiso to thange Icucs v.b:!e crossing the strejyn would not go i!-,\vu in {h« mind of any prejudiced p /-son. That i kvas asking tho'people t.-> believe that the [Jovernment of Xow Zc-alanil uerc going to pave a say as to how the war should be! conducted on the Continent, or a.-, w howit was going to end. Th- stream »w not | in New Zealand, Canada, Australia, or youth Africa, but in the ibiti.-h Isies (In the motion of Mr K. Hart lev. .-eoiuk-d bv Mr G. A. Smith, Sir Jcbepli was accordtd a. vote of tiLanks ami c:>niidere<> in him a» Liberal Leader. The ivsoii.uio-i was tanicd unanimously, amidst loud cheering. MTv G. W. RCSSKI.L AT Pf'ißT CHALMERS. \. Mr Russell, deputy leader of the Opposition in the late Parliament, delivered a political address in the Town Hall. Port f.Tialmers, last nia;ht. In the course uf his peech he emphatically denied the existence of any alliance between the "Red jFeds." and the Liberal partv. and scouted the idea of Sir .li-seph Ward agreeing to take the nominal position of Prime Minister. _ Tho Social Democratic, party had nominated some tunc or ton "candidates throughout the country. They were looking to the Opposition, under Sir .Joseph Ward, to oust the present Administration, and to provide a solid Government. To this end he urged all those in the electorate who were opposed to the Massey Government to concentrate their votes'upon the Liberal candidate, Mr Mason, leaving aside all other minor issue.-. It was ridi"culoiis to set up the question of the liensing majority a,i an i.-..-,ue in the election. It was not. The one and only if sue h"foro the people was: Is Mr'Mas-ev to' continue in otlice, or is Sir ,J.,5.-ph Ward to form a strong and stable Government. and carry on tire work of Liberalism as It was prior to the. tnrno-. er in 1912? His i>\vn opinion was that tho country was soundly Liberal, that Sir flos. ph 'W'anl was more popular than, ever l» fore, and that on December 10 the good old Liberal llag would once more v avr over Xew i Zealand. It was unanimously resolved - "That a hearty vote of thanks be accorded Mr Russell for bis address, ami that this j meeting expresses its continued confidence in the Liberal party."' I SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE ' FOR IiCLLEU. A meeting of the Westport branch ot the Social Democratic party carried the following resolution:—"That the branch heartily endorse Mr Hugh Gillen's candidature as a Social Democrat for the Buller seat, and pledge themselves to do all in their power to further his candidature, and. further, that we form ourselves into a committee to further his interests." Mr Gillen, in advertising in a. Westport paper yesterday, says: •• tix to-day's bsuo ot| your paper you will no doubt bo announcing candidates for the Puller election. Amongst those will be found mine. I offer no apology as a laboring man faml one who has done much during my career to assist my comrades in every possible wav) for contesting this election as a. Social Democrat. The position has been forced upon me by people with certain } ■unscrupulous methods of attaining their I end—viz., by circulating slanderous state- j inents concerning me. In :ny opiu.on, tin on* and only reply I can make u to visit every possible centre and denounce my opponent publicly. I ask nil to hear my statcments from the platform, and then judge between my accusers and myself." Mr V. Eraser (national secretary and treasurer of the Social Democratic party) makes tho following statement in connection with the announcement of 3fr Hugh Gillen as a Social Democratic candidate for the Buller electorate:—"Mr Gillen cannot possibly stand for the Duller constituency as a candidate of the Social Democratic party. Ho cannot be regarded as being in any sense of the word a nominee of tho party. Mr Gillen lias not been selected according to the method of eelection adopted by tho annual congress of the party, which met in July last. Mr Gillen's candidature has not been, and cannot now possibly be, endorsed by the National Executive of the Social Democratic party." THE DUNEDIX CAMPAIGN. Mr W r . Downie Stewart, Government candidate for Dunedin West, addressed a meeting of electors in the Arthur Street School Hall last evening. Mr W. EUrugh occupied the chair. On the motion of Captain ijundstrum, secoaded by Mr Smith, the candidate was unanimously accorded a hearty voto of thanks and confide nee. Mr A. Walker, Liberal-Labor candidate for Dunedin North, spoke in Rarron's Hall, North-east Valley, last night. Mr W. Eoberts occupied the chair, and there was a large attendance, about 200 persons 7>eii:g present. Mr Walker was unanimously accorded a vote of thanks and cut^idence. jjlr T. K. Sidey, who seeks re-election for Dunedin South, addressed a meeting in the Coronation Hall, St. Kilda-, last evening. Mr W. T. M'Farlane (Mayor of Ht. Kilda) occupied the chair, aad re-

ferred in complimentary terms to the manner in which Mr Sidsy had discharged his, parliamentary duties. The candidate was accorded a unanimous vote of thanks and confidence, on the motion of Mr M'Callum, seconded by Mr Henderson. Mr C E.. Statham, Government candidate for Dunedin Central, Had every reason to be gratified) with the meetings of his supporters held yesterday. In the afternoon there was a. splendia attendance of lady supporters, who are working energetically t<> ensure the late member's retnrn. In the evening the meeting of combined committees taxed the accommodation of the rooms to tho uttermost. Mr Statham addressed those present, and thanked them for their efforts on his behalf and for their encouragement and support. An enthusiastic meeting broke up with hearty cheers for tho candidate. Mr G. Ml Thomson, Reform candidate tor Dunedin North, addressed a well-at-tended meeting at Pine Hill last evening, Mr A Spoor presiding. Tho meeting unanimously accorded the candidate, a vote of thanks. Mr J. T. dohnson. Liberal candidate for Dunedin West, addressed the Wakari electors in the school hall last night. In answer to one question which dealt with the oroetion of an infection* disease hospital at Wakari, tho candidate expressed himselj' as entirely, against the proposal on account of its close proximity to a large settled area. A hearty vote of thanks and confidence was pa*»ed, on the motion of Mr Shannon, seconded by Mr tVeed. Tho chair was occupied by Mr J. Torrance. The Labor candidate for Dunedin Central. Mr J. W. Munro, addressed the workers of tho Standard Boot Factory and surrounding foundries at midday yesterday, and, notwithstanding the adverse climatie conditions, ho had a : meeting of about 90 workers. At the close of his address three hearty cheers were given the candidate. In the evening Mr Munro addressed the electors in. the Caversham Presbyterian Church Hall. A vote of thanks was passed. TOTING BY TROOPERS. The polling for parliamentary candidal s and on the licensing issues took pla-o ye.-ti>iilav at the Trentham military camp, special onioers of tho Electoral Department siipc-rvising the voting. •ALL ELECTION SPEECHES SHOULD BE SHORT." j [S FECIAL 'XO -nn-; Stak.j WELLINGTON, December 2. T'or brevity it '-ould be dillicult to better the addresses of Mr W. EI. Turnhull. Liberal candidate for Wellington North. Mr Tjjrnbull, who apologises for the fact that he is "' new to the game," cannot understand the ways of manycandidates. In that he is not exceptional. ! •'.Tin touching on a lot of subjects." he said last night, " but Mr Massey and ■Sir Joseph Ward do that, so I suppose I ought to." After half an hour's speaking he commenced his peroration, or rather the plain matter-of-tact statement which fills its place. Some surprise in the audience caused him to turn to bis ehau-miui : '• How have I been spoakt ing':" A member of the audience told him it was only half-past eight. " Well, t think all rlrction speeches should be .-hort." was the rejoinder. Though Mr Turnbull could never be called eloquent, his brevity is of the typo that at times is akin to humor. Rut Mr Turnbull in Parliament would be an indifferent workman on a stonewall. He has not yet learned to garnish nothing with other nothings, and make a model election speech. .MR CRAIGIE "MAKES GOOD." [FnuM Qvb. Special ConitEsro.vDENT.] TIMARU. December 1. The meeting with which Mr James Cniigio opened his election campaign in Timaru last night was a remarkable one. The theatre was filled with an audienco of at least 1,500 persons, and they sat and stood patiently throughout a meeting lasting nearly three hours. The candidate's address occupied more than two hours, and he answered a very large number of questions before receiving a vote of thanks and confidence. This was -carvied by a tremendous majority, the few '"noes" comprising a little knot of ardent Reformers. The meeting was most orderly, interruptions being infrequent and never sustained. Mr Craigio's first care was to defino his position. "I stand here " he said. "What as?" shouted n voire. " On the same political platform as T .-tuod on three years ago," replied the speaker amid loud applause. " I have not broken one pledge. I have stuck to my principles. I am here to-night as a man -who has no broken pledges to apologise for." (Applanse.) He might define the leading planks in his platform in this way : No State lands fitoidd be sold—(applause)—the aholition of party Government: the Elective Executive: the reform of the Upper House by putting it out of existence; increase of the Graduated Land Tax in order to tiring about subdivision and stop reaggregation. Thesp were the principal planks of his platform three years ago. and they v.ere the principal planks "now. (Applause.) Mr Craigie went on to review the perforniatues of the past Parliament. lie described the last election as a dirty election, saying that Sir Joseph Ward had been more slandered and maligned than any other man ever had been in this country. He complimented the Liberal Ministers on the fact that their successors b;n:l not been able to unearth scandals when they got ac-ess to the pigeon-holes. The Government, he said, were doing just what the Reformers had blamed the Liberals for having done, and he mentioned the Royd Garlick appointment and the offer of a seat in the* Council to Mr Wilkinson as instances of political graft. He charged the Government with failure to reduce borrowing and to curtail expenditure, and made fun of the three attempts of Mr Allen and Mr Fisher to reduce taxation on incomes of £7OO a year, on packing cases, and on champagne for the Governor. Mr Craigie discussed the talk over loan transactions, and -claimed that Sir Joseph Ward, Mr Myers, and Mr Allen had all done the best they could in raising loans for the Dominion. Ministers had to bo guided by the same principles as business men, and no Minister could alter the London money market to suit his own requirements. Mr Craipie justified his support "f the District Railways Bill, on which he voted with the Ctovernment, as a scheme that - he had always advocated. He also justified his vote in favor of the Railways Improvement Authorisation Bill, saying that Timaru's need of improved railway station facilities was urgent, and other centres were in a similar position. The candidate recounted his efforts to secure proper recognition of the freehold, saying that the freehold Land Acts would not put one settler on the land, and that ths breaking of the 33 years' renewable lease was most immoral. Ho advocated very earnestly the nse of the Graduated Tax as tho only efficient weapon against land monopoly and aggregation, mentioning the amendments which he moved on the Government's Bill with a view to securing the institution of a penal tax. Mr Craigie spoke at some length regarding the Bank of New Zealand. He said it was not right that the bank should be making big profits out of the energy of the people of New Zealand, and it was not right that the Government of a democratic country should be associated with an institution that was taking so much from the people. It was time for the bank to reduce the rates of discount and interest. "If," added Mr Craigie, "Sir Joseph Ward goes back, and I believe he will—(loud applause)—l hope he will go right into the question of whether the bankshould be run by the State. The State Fire Insurance Department snggestod what a State bank could do. That department had lowered premiums in New Zealand, and a State bank would cause all the banks to lower interest. If I am returned to Parliament, as I believe I .will be—(loud applause)—l will do all I can to secure a thorough review of the Bank of New Zealand's position." The candidate expressed his pleasure at the improvement of the status of teachers under the new Education Act, and promised to do all he could for the retention of the South Canterbury Kduca-

Hon Board, expressing himself emphatically against centralisation. Ho mentioned the question of Naval Defence, declaring his faith in the one Imperial Navy. He referred to the lack of a substitute for the Second Ballot, and urged the abolition of the Upper House. After speaking in favor of Proportional Representation, and twitting Mr Allen over the state of the State Advances account, Mr Oraigie went on to tho Bible in schools. He promised to vote in favor of a referendum, though he wanted the issues separated. He wanted people to say whether tho Bible should be read in the schools. Why should tho children be robbed of their heritage? The Biblo was the grandest history and the grandest literature. Why should they not read it as a text book in the schools? Mr Craigie added that in all the jangle and wrangle of the election fight ho had heard no statesmanlike utterance coming from the Leader of tho Government and his colleagues. What they wanted was a policy that would ensure the progress of the Dominion. They wanted to make tho land more productive in order to find employment for moro people. Mr C. R. Smith addressed the Bruce electors at Awamangu and Pukcawa on Saturday evening, and received a splendid hearing in both places, a. voto of thanks and confidence being accorded him at the conclusion of both meetings. Mr Smith spoke at Waitahuna West on Monday afternoon, n.nd at Greenfield and Clydevale in tho evening. A voto of thanks was accorded him at each place. Mr .7. A. Hanan (Opposition candidate for Invcreargill) addressed the electors at North luvercargill last evening. llr twitted the Government with living on the reputation of tho Liberals, and'said that the Reform party had shuffled on the lluntly disaster. He foreshadowed a return of the Liberals, with progressive legislation, at the polls. He received a vote of thanks and confidence and the expression of the sincere hope that the Liberals would be returned. In the list of Mr Dalton's nominators appearing in our Monday's issun Harris Moss should have been Alico M. Moss, and James Hollow inadvertently appeared in place of Ann Jane Hollow." The mistakes were, due to taking the names on the telephone.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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