MEETINGS THIS EVENING. ■(Unless otherwise mentioned, all meetings 8 o'clock.) Mr J. T. Johnson (Dunedin West), at Burns Hall. Mr G. M. Thomson (Dunedin North), at Barron's Hall (near Gardens). Mr J. W. Munro (Dnnedin Central), at Presbyterian Chnrch, Belleknowes. Mr W. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Schoolhouse, Kuri Bush, at 7 o'clock, and at School Hall. Brighton, at 0.30. Mr T. K. Sidey (Dunedin South), at Presbyterian Church, Concord. Mr G. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Bar racks, Deborah Bay. Mr A. Walker" (Dunedin North), at Schoolroom, Upper Junction. Mr C. E. Statham (Dunedin Central!. at Methodist Chnrch. Belleknowes. Mr W. Downie Stewart (Dunedin West), at Washer's Hall, Koslyn. Mr J. M. Dickson (Chalmers!, at Defence Barracks, Deborah Bay. GREY LYNN AND THE PRIME MINISTER. A large hostile element was present at the Columbia Hall, Grey Lynn, last night, when the Prime Minister delivered a political_ address. Hundreds of people were outside, not being able to gain admission. Several rowdy scenes occurred prior to the commencement of the address, the people outside occasionally endeavoring to force an entrance, and frequent anti-Massey and counter-demonstrations being made." During the opening remarks by the chairman (Mr W. H. Murray) the rowdy section, assisted by those outside the" building, from time to time indulged in cheers for Sir Joseph Ward and Mr John Payne, and hoots for Mr Massey and the Government. These outbursts, however, were drowned in counter-cheering and applause. Commenting on the demonstration by his opponents when he rose to speak, Mr Massey said ha had always noticed, that tho weaker party made the most noise. Someone outside smashed a pane of a window, the glass falling amongst the audience, to the alarm of several women. Then a man tried to force his way through mother window, creating further disturbance.
When the Prime Minister resumed his «eat after a speech lasting two hours the cheering was renewed by the majority of " tha 800 people in the hall, the minority and the hundreds outside making a coun-ter-demonstration, and cheering for Sir J. G. Ward and Mr Payne alternately. A vote of thanks and confidence in Mr Masser and the Reform Government and Mr Murdoch M'Lean (Government candidate for Grey Lynnl. was declared carried amidst loud cheering and a weaker outburst of counter-cheering and boohing. A large hqodlum element made another hostile demonstration around. Mr Massey's motor car as the Prime Minister drove »way, but two or three mounted constables kept the noisy elements under control. OPPOSITION LEADER AT TE KUITT. Sir J. G. Ward addressed some 800 people in the Empress Theatre, Te Kuiti, last night. A vote of thanks and confidence was carried, cheers being given for Bir Joseph Ward and Mr Jennings (Liberal candidate for the electorate), and counter-cheers and hoots for .Air Massey. The Liberal Leader was subsequently entertained at a banquet. CITY CAMPAIGN. Mr G. M. Thomson, Government candidate for Dunedin North, addressed L T pper Junction electors in the Schoolhouse last night. Mr Paisley, chairman of the local School Committee, introduced .Mr Thomson as a gentleman Who possessed the esteem and confidence of the people of the district for his steady advocacy of every good cause. A cordial vote of thanks to the candidate was proposed byMr Hood, seconded by Mr Cleave, and passed unanimously. At a representative meeting of Mr Thomson's committees, held last evening, • at which several ladies were present, very satisfactory reports were presented from all parts of the electorate. Mr C. E. Statham, who seeks re-elec-tion for Dunedin Central, spoke at the Russell Street Mission Hall last evening, his remarks meeting with almost unbroken approval. Mr Mercer submitted a vote of confidence in M'r Statham, but in deference to the wishes of the candidate (who said he looked for an expression of confidence at the ballot bos) altered it to a vote of thanks. Mr John Reid, 8.A., said that though a strong Prohibitionist, after hearing the views of Mr Statham on the licensing question, he was of opinion that it would be a very wron t g thing if the Prohibitionists did not record their votes for that gentleman. Threa cheers for the candidate and a vote of thanks to the chairman (Mr A. Bain) concluded the meeting. At the close of Mr T. K. Sideys meeting at Faulds's Homestead. Green Island Bush, he was unanimously accorded a vote of thanks and confidence.* Mr J. W. Munro. Labor candidate for Dunedin Central, addressed the workers of the Bnrnside Freezing Works and Chemical Works yesterday at midday, over 80 -workers being present. He urged his hearers to secure the return of a strong Labor party, in order to allow provision to be made for State control of the necessaries of life. At the conclusion of the meeting Mr Munro was assured of the support of the workers present. B&r 0. R. Smith, Opposition candidate ; for Bruce, addressed a meeting at Rongahere at 6.30 on Tuesday evening, and was accorded a vote of thanks. He subsequently spokaat Tuapeka Mouth, where another vote of thanks and confidence was carried. On Wednesday, at 6.30, Mr t Smith addressed an enthusiastic audience at Tuapeka West. Mr Smith had also an excellent meeting at Tuapeka Flat at 8 o'clock, and he received a hearty vote of thanks and confidence. PROSPECTS IN TARANAKI. The campaign throughout this district continues t*» drag its weary way in a laost •aa&djereatk© manner. One thing is vwy &M?: whatever the final result mav be, > tnera can be no doubt but thaU the Reform party have lost ground since last election. Since I wrote last week Mr .Massey has visited us and made two speeches. This was taken as a sign of ■ weakness, as Taranaki is supposed to be a Government stronghold, and no member of tha Opposition had visited the district t* attack tha party in power. Now it is at&ttd that the Hon. Mr Fisher is to follow Ws chief. Mtc Massey r»&4 a very mixed reception at ffawera. Perhaps he was taken by surprise, having expected something better, or it may nave been lack of judgment, or, like the children at play* he may have been "only pretending." You never know what & poli- * tfcel leader hasin.
seemed to- lose- his temper, and that did not improve his meeting, though if he wished to harden up his farmer supporters, it is possible that he accomplished that purpose. Last Sunday Dean Tower, in the local Roman Catholic Church, referred to Mr Massey's speech in unmistakable terms. He "said:
I have never tried to influence a vote. either directly or indirectly, during tlu 1-w. 27 years in New Zealand. )i have taken no part in politics, except to vote according to the dictates of my tonscience, and to urge the same course on niy_ parishioners. lint now, as th-3 senior chaplain in this town, and jealous m it-i honor I t'.x'l constrained tor the moment to abandon my retirement, and to state that, in my opinion, the speaker of Friday nigbt was mainly, if not entirely, responsible-for the "discreditable incidents of the meeting. Indeed, dining the whole course of his speech ! could not help asking myself if he ha it not como with the direct intention of provoking a viot. Only Almighty God knows how near r,c were to this at the moment when a compact body of young farmers in the centre of the iiall set up a roar of triumphant hate in response to Mr Massey's heartless jeers that the farmers had doift the frightening la.->t year, and would do it again. His idea of a righting speech seemed to he one m which he could Hurl insults indiscriminately. T -would respectfully suggest that at all future meetings the Mayor should keep one ear for the speaker, ;'uui by rtrm ruling protect the. burgesses, whom he represents, from being insulted by speakers who come from without, and I would suggest to the speaker of Friday night that smart and insulting repartee is neither wit nor wisdom, and that an exercise of Hippancv, which may be tolerated in ah underling, degrades an official in whom we expect to find dignity and self-restraint. 1 would urge my friends, the working men. to possess their souls in patience mider every provocation. Their dav is com ing, please God, by a bloodless revolu-
tion—in other countries, perhaps, by a' bloody one—but when it does come* no
one, I am convinced, will have more reason to rejoice than the farmer. This is why I am also convinced that he is an enemy of his country, and of his kind, who would travel from electorate to electorate, stirring up strife between the farmer and his brother, the working
man. In spite of the above lashing, however, and other attempts to make this a fight on Town v. Country lines, or on The Bible-in-schools quest urn. of even on Prohibition, I venture to predict that the tight here, will be on personal and partv lines.
It is very difficult, at this date (quite a week from the election) to «ive a. reliable forecast, more especially- as the candidates for the Taranak*i seat luive not spoken in the main centre vet. [am satisfied, however, that the sitting member for Patea will have a very hard' run for it, though I expect him—to use sporting phraseology—to beat the Opposition candidate by a neck. The Government will also retain the Kgrnont seat, with Mr Wilkinson. Stratford will be won wit'i ease by Mr .J. B. Hine, who has made his name a household word over the Hino charges. Besides, he is looked upon an a nicer able gentleman, who has an interest in the district, while his opponent, Mr Hawkins, who is much the better platform man, is not a " local," and was not considered a great success when in Parliament for another district.' A change comes ov.er the scene, however, when I go as far north as Taumarunui. Here I expect the Government to sustain defeat at the hands of the old member. Mr W. T. Jennings. The Taranaki seat should bo retained by the sitting member, though the Opposition profess to be v'erv sanguine of winning it. New Plymouth, December 5. .
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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914