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CHALMERS. Mr W. D. Mason, the selected Liberal candidate, addressed meetings as widen At Highcliff at 7 p.m. on Monday. Mr Fairbairn, sen., occupied .the chair. There was a good attendance of ladies and gentlemen. A hearty vote of thanks was PfoP 0 by Mr Rutherford, seconded by Mr Jiifihop. and carried by acclamation. Despite the bad weather, a. large num<ber of electors met Mr Mason in the Pukehiki Hall on his arrival at 9.15 p.m. Mr Nyhon presided, and at the conclusion of his address a hearty vote of thanks was accorded the candidate. Mr Ma-son addressed a large meeting at tho Methodist Church, Tainui last *«"?<>• Mr E. H. White' occupied the chair. Tho candidate made special reference to the .supply of foodstuffs and the ineptitude displayed by the Government m dealing with this 'question. At tho conclusion of his address a hearty vote of thanks and confidence was carried unanimously. RATHER THIN. WHY MR MORIARTY RETIRED. [Special to the Stah.] WELLINGTON, December 2. Quito a sensation was caused at the Concert Chamber last night when Mr Moriarty gave a reason for his retirement from the Wellington Central contest, in which only Mr Fisher and Mr Fletcher are left. Mr Moriarty explained that he had not retired from the contest at all. for the reason he had never entered it. '(Laughtor.) On Friday night ho was askod whether he was going to "pull out" the day before the election. He had never been m it, so there was no necessity for him to pull out. Ho was also asked whether he was going to the poll, and had replied emphatically that that was so; be was going there to vote against the Massey Government. (Laughter and applause.*) He had acted with a view to outwitting the other side, so as to have a clear run between the two candidates nominated. The Fisher party had been mor,t anxious to have tho Liberal vote split, and, knowing him to bo a they had fondly supposed that he would go right through to the poll. Nearly every day during the last four weeks people, under the guiso of friendship, had approached him to learn bis intentions. THE PARNELL SEAT. fPsa United Pkess Association.} AUCKLAND, December 2. The statement previously telegraphed that Mr Gleeson, Liberal candidate, had retired in favor of! Mr F. Lawrv in the Parnell electorate is incorrect. The ' Star' says: Mr Gleeson announces that, on our suggestion, and with the approval, of Sir Joseph Ward and the Liberal League, he withdrew voluntarily in favor of Mr Sullivan, who desires this correction, as it may be of some importance- in influencing seamen's votes. Later. Mr F. Lawry ("Liberal) ha.s retired from Parnell contest in Mr .Sullivan's favor. [This meaiyt a straight-out fight between Messrs J. S. Dickson (Government) and J. J. Sullivan (Opposition).]

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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Evening Star, Issue 15665, 2 December 1914