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THE ELECTIONS

MELTINGS THIS EVPJNTNG

Mr C. E. Statham (Dunedin Central), at Princess Theatre.

Mr A. Walker (Dunedin North), at echoohoom, Pint Hill. Mr J. \V. Munro (Dunedin Central), at .St. M-.rk's Hall, Green Island. Mr (!. S. Thomson (Chalmers), at Coronation Had. Mosgiel. Mr W. Downie .Stewart (Dunedin West), at Institute. Roslyu.

Mr T. 11. Daiton (Dunedin South), at Faulds's Homestead, Uracil Island. Bush. Mr G. M. Thomson (Dunedin North.), at Presbyterian Church, Dahnore. Mr J. "M. Dickeon (Chalmcie), at school• house, North-oast Harbor. Mr O. H. Smith (Bruce), at Coronation Hall, Milton. Mr AV. D. Mason (Chalmers), at Presbyterian Sunday School Hall, Andeisou Bay. Mr T. K. S:dey's committees will meet at central rooms,"near Cargill Corner. Mr \\ 1). Mason's committee mid supporters, in room-, at 7.30 p.m. TliL TWO LEADERS. The Prune. Minister adduced a large and "enthusiastic meeting of Clevedon (Auckland! settlers on Saturday night. The address was o'i the lines of. those delivered recently in other part* of the Dominion. A vote of thanks to the. Hon. Mr Mas=cy and confidence in the Government was carried un inimously, the audience, applauding and cheering for a considerable time. Sir Jfj-c-nh Ward addressed a crowded u.ceting in the Masterton Drill Hall on Saturday night. He was accorded a lino leeeption, and at the close of his addrets a vote of thank- was unaniinoiusly passed, coupled with the hope that Sir Joseph Ward would be restored to the position of Prime M'ui.-ter of the; country. Cheers weie given for Sir Joseph and Mr A. W. Hog; (Liberal candidate for the Maetcrton •"■■»«)■ THE CUV CAMPAIGN. Mr A. Waikev, Labor candidate for Dunedin North, delivered a brief address in the open air at Noimauby on Saturday evening l . At the close of his speech he, was accorded a unanimous vote of confidence, accompanied by cheers. A geu.'ral imetmg "of Mr G. M. Thomson's committee wa.s hold on Saturday night. I'herj was a very large attendance, including a number of ladies. Reports of a vety enthusiastic nature were handed in from various parts of the eloctotate. Fi-ril arrangements were made for polling Jay. and the committee disbanded, after three ringing cheers had been given for the candidate. A number of appreciative speeches in connection with the eaiiioaign were made, those present dk-plaving the utmost confidence as to the issue.

Close on 80 members of Mr C. K. StaCham's committees r.feembled in the candidate's committee room in Mans: street for the pmpos-e of discussing various matters iu connection with tha forthcoming poll. Mr S. Dickson presided, and the reports presented by different members were of a most satisfactory nature, avid tho greatest enthusiasm prevailed. Mr Statham anor.'sscd these piv.-amt. i-tnTO-sing his gratitude to thorn for the v.'c.-.t amount of work" thev had done for him. He pointed out. for' tho henelk of those who were not aware, of the fact, tiiat spinsters who w,--r? on the roll last elect .on and who had sine m.i'ri.d were entitled to vole under their m.v.dee names, ami also that, any person who was on ihe roll in any particular electorate and was not donii-i-ilo.' in such -rkctorate now was entitled to vote in that electmato. The chairman evpr,s,sed the op nioii that the candidate wiudd win—a statement, that, was greeted with loud apshiuse and cheering. 'Pic enmmitr-e were, then disbnndeo, che-rrs h>-iug given fo: Mr Statham and the Indie.-. CHALMERS. Mr Dickson. Reform candidate, addiessed a. mooting at Purakanui on Thuibdav ni'dit. Mr Foole presided. On the Hi«iiou"of Mi R. Brand, a hearty vote of thanks to Mr Dickson was unanimously cniried with acclamation. On Friday night Mr Diclwmi addressed a large number of elect ,rs in the Deborah Bay barracks. Mr G- Ma6ou occupied ihe chair. and tho audiem'- o,eluded n good number of ladies. The lai.ilidato received a very attentive, hearing, and was frequently applauded during the eourso of his addree-s. After several "question.', were dealt with Mr I.cdgorwood moved a hearty vote of thnrks to Mr Bh.'kson, which was unanimously carried with much ontlmsiaism. Ab.iut 20 delegates from all part* of the Chalmers e!"ctoiate met at the Librra-I J/eague's rooms in ihe Empire Buildines <m Saturday evening, when encouraging reports wort" received from all quarters as to the progress which the Liberal candidate was making. Mr IV. D. Mason. Libers! candidate for Chalmers. aeidr<!.-i=ed the electors at Mosgiel on Saturday night. He, was accorded a vot" of thanks and oonlidenco. _ THE IdBERAB-EABOU ALLIANCE. Apparently Mr Gillcu. the Labor candidate for Bi'iller. dees not approve of the Liberal-Labor alliance. Speaking at Wcstpnrt, be K.aiel that in general politics Mr Oillcn supported the platform of the Social Democratic party. He would not stand as a candidate, he raid, if by so doing the Reform candidate! would have a better chance of success. On a voto of no-ronlidence in th-» Government, he would vote for Sir /Joseph Ward's party, but bo considered the LiCvrai party as bad as the Reform party. Mr Ma«sey had had the strikers batoned, but Sir J. G. Ward had bad-an attempt made to sell up the Blackhall miners' homes afi-er tho strike there, ,'iixl that was just as bad. Mr Massey's Minister of Marine (Mr Fisher) bad taken advantage of his power to fiuspend the. Shipping and S':'amcn Act, and had place*! the livc-b of the travelling public fn serious danger through, allowing: £hips to be manned by incompetenf men, but it wn.s tho Liberal party which had framed arid passed the Act which gave this power to the Minister, and it would have, taken advantage of this power under similar circru.nistancos. Sir J. G. Ward and his party had to a. man supported Mr Jlaesey's infamors Industrial Disputes Investigation Act. When Prime Minister Sir ,f. (i. Ward had .never done anything for Labor mil 'ss he was force*! to do it by the Labor organisations. Labor should not allow itpelf to be tied to the apron fit-rings of any party, but sboule! run a Labor candidate wherever one had a. ehanc*?.

i CLOSED HOURS ON POLLING DAY. Tho legislation as to closing shops, factories, and hotels on election, day is provided in r.ection 123 of the. Legislature Act. 1908, and states that licensed premises .?hail be clcsed as regards sellin.g intoxicating liquors between the hours of neon and 7 in the evening-. Shops and offices covered by the Shopa and Officea Act, ISOB, and its amendments shall close on the polling day from 12 noon, which shall be deemed to be the statutory halfholiday for the week in which it occuns. It is> not necessary for factories to close during any working hours, but employees must have a reasonable opportunity for recording their vote, and no deduction 3hail be made in respect thereof, provided fiuch time does not exceed one working jhour.

A DIVIDED CONTEST

[SrECIAI. TO THE StAH.]

AUCKLAND, December 7. To the great disappointment of all the Liberals in the electorate conoerned and its suburbs, the negotiations to secure a straight-out contest in Eden have failed, and while Mr C. .7. Parr will contest the seat in the Government interest the Opposition votes will be divided between Mr W. R, Tuck (who is announced as a Radical) and Mr Wesley Richards (who is the nominee of the Social Democratic partv). It is understood that Mr Richards himself realises that the favorable reception he has obtained all over the electorate may not be taken as an indication that he ran rely on the majority of the votes. His supporters, however, who chose him on a. plebiscite ainoiig three aspirants for the support of the Social Democratic party, will not hear of his retirement. They feel and assert bitterly that Mr Tuck, whose political creed is practically identical with that of Mr Richards, is in effect ignoring the existence of organised Labor. Mr Richards cannot, it is thought, gain more than a couple of thousand votes at the outside, but this support is more than can be safelv detached from another opponent of the Government candidate, who, despite an assertiveness that does not increase his popularity, is freely given credit for an energetic and useful career m municipal politics. In Auckland City and suburban electorates the general opinion will admit of only one probable change—the loss of City West to the Government partv in Mr Bradnev's defeat by Mr C. 11. Poole, exmember for that district. For the rest. in spito of the unascertainable value of the big silent vote, it is believed by all hut partisans that Mr Massey's mana is still in the ascendant.

The Hon. .Ins. Allen delivered an address at Timarn on Saturday night before an audience of 900 people. The speaker contor.ded that the Reform party had discharged their duties sinc-e they had come into power in a maimer which had earned the confidence of the people, while the reforms they had instituted had met with tho people's appreciation. This being so, he appealed confide.dly to the whole Dominion to support the party again at the polls on Thursday. The Mir.ifter was accorded a hearty vote of thanks, together with a vote of" confidence in the Government, the meeting closing with cheers for Mr Massey. , Mr G. W. Russell addressed three meetings in the Oamaru electorate on Saturday, speaking twice, at Pa-lmerston and later at Waikouaiti. Mr Macpherson. the Liberal member for the seat, attended the, Waikouaiti meeting. On each occasion a veto of thanks was accorded to the speaker, coupled with confidence in Sir Joseph Ward as a fit and suitable leader of the Liberal patty. Mr C. It. Smith, Liberal candidate for Bruce, addressed splendid meetings at Beaumont and Kvans Flat on Thursday •-veiling. He received a veto of thanks and confidence at Beaumont ar.d a. vote of thanks at Evans Flat -confidence la be shown at the ballot-box. Mr Smith also spoke at Waipori Falls at noon on Friday. His speech occupied an hour and a half, and at the conclusion a, hearty vote of thanks was accorded him. confidence ti> be shown at the ballot-box. Mr Smith addressed one of ihe largest political meetings ever held at Waipori on Friday night. The meeting was most cnthijs.in.stie. and a hearty veto of thanks was accordcvl the speaker. Mr Joseph Stephens (Opposition candidate for Wakatipui addressed a good audience at Waikaku on Friday night, and was well received. He said it .should be remembered that he was a resident in the electorate, and a Xew Zealandev. New Z-alanders should get encouragement. If elderly gentlemen representing electorates wore' left till they dropped off. the younger ones would not get the opportunities to which they were entitled. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the speaker, the mover adding that confidence would be better left to the ballot box.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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