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DUNEDIN WEST ELECTION.

■ro I'iiE koitor. Sir.—The tatties i/dopted by Mr J. T. Jo!i.".,Ton in Uvs election are, to my mind, somewhat curious, and the electors should know how it is fought to mislead them. In tho first place, on thejicensing que*. lion : At the last election, when speaking at Moegicl, he otr.ted that ho was prepared to eupport the bare majority (vide Press report). Now. notwithstanding the views lie has confided to many electors sinee this campaign started, he suddenly turns

over to tho three-filths majority, no doubt with tho view 0 f securing the trade vote. At tha saino time, he write* to the Xolicense party to say that he ifl quite in sympathy with their inurement; out the letter reached the Xo-license party too late for them to use at their late public meeting. Are these fail - tactics? J'hen, on the Bible-in-schools question, Mr Johnson advocates the- maintenance of our present system oi education. At the sania time, he and his supporters privately state to biding members of the Bible'-in-Schools party that he favors a referendum. Evidently lie is also on this question playing to get. votes; from both sides. At the last flection Mr Johnson declared that he. had no confidence in Sir Joseph Ward, and would vote him out on a noa-confidence motion. Even now ho freely speaks of Sir Joseph Ward m terms that - wotill assuredly lead Sir Ward to disavow his candidature were they publicly made. • How can the electors of DtmtdinWcst have any confidence iu a man whose puhlic and private declarations are at such variance?

The electors of Ouncdin West are to be congratulated in hiving a gentleman of the calibre of Mr Downio Stewart to represent thcui, and, remembering the- splendid public services he has already rendered to this City, 1 feel sure they will de-em it a privilege to roll up on polling day and place him at the head of the poll by a huge majority.—l am, etc., Elector Dij.vedik West. December 7.

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DUNEDIN WEST ELECTION., Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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DUNEDIN WEST ELECTION. Issue 15669, 7 December 1914

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