MEETINGS THIS EVENING
Mr T. K. Sidey (Duncdin South), at Town J-lall. South buuedin.
Mr A. Walker (bunedin North), at Gymnasium, Union street.
Mr C. E. Stathani (Duncdin Central), in the Presbyterian Church, Concord. Mr J. T. ".Johnson (Dunedin West), in Washers Hall. Roslyn. Mr 0. o- Thomson (Chalmcis), at Coronation Hall, Raveiis'iK-urne, at 7; awl at Pivsbyterian Hall. Andeison Hay, at 8.30. MrW. Downie Stewart (Dutiediu West), at, uymnatiuiii: Albany street.
Mr '.'. R. Smith (Brnoe), at Church Hall. Stirling, 7; and at Church Hal], Kaitang.ita. d.15. ?ur T. H. Halt on (Duncdin South), at Presbyterian Hall, Caversham. Labor r.-'.llv, Mornington Presbyterian Church Hall.' Mr Johnson":? committee meet at rooms, Stuart street. WHAT IS THE ISSUE'.' PRIME MINISTER, PUTS THE POSITION. A statement reviewing the political character of the parties soliciting the support i>E the electors on Thursday was made last evening by the Prime Minister. He enunciate:! reasons why the people should ensure the maintenance in office of the Reiorni Government, who are firm and five, to art for the good of the whole Dominion, and of the Empire Mr Massey said : " The people's choice of Government has never beei; as important as it is this '■ear, when the whole Empire is engaged in a life-i:id-death, stnigalc with Germany. Matters of domestic politics have to take necessarily a secondary place till the Empire's challenger has been thoroughly connm*r<Ml. Tho peopK* lia.vo to ehooae. between the Reiorm Government and aWard Government, for probably the next three veais, in the ordinary course.
''The first question which thoughtful eleetois have to put lo themselves is : Which will be '.he stronger and more reliable Government, f'om a national and Imperial viewpoint, during this great I crisis? From that viewpoint, can any ad- ' vantage be expected from a change of (lovernmeiij ? What evidence is there on which to base a. hope of any such advantage? What are tlia facts? The truth is that, the Reform Government have conducted the country's business with a ciear mind and a steady purpose ever since tho war began. By the. puparations made in time of pence by the Reform Government, despite pers ; steiit allegations by Opposition journal:- that the objective was a standing army and militarism run mad. New Zealand was able to be the first of the Dominions to s"iid out a hilly-equipped Fxp"dit : or«ry Force of trained men. While 'he Opposition, apparently rariied away hv exeiiement. clamored for a closing of Parliament Buildings, the Government firmlv avoided a pioredurc which woidd surelv have lind a d'sturbing effect op the public mind. The legislation made nc' "s-.-,vy by th" outbreak of war was promptly und^rtak-n, and then the regular s-ss'onal work was resumed. Time Ins Vroved the wisdom of that, course. The Government. h;u» i*'"n abb- to make sat's-fai-torv financial arrangements for the country's iieed,s and the Ministry can f;r'r!v claim that th«-ir methods have inspired in New Zealand a .id abroad. From a defence viewpoint the- i public i-rii.nct possibly expect, any advantnev; from a change of flovnimcn'. On the ciin'vary, there is strong reason for the public to fear :i d'sfinct d bar! van fa ere fiom .'i ehe.P',"\ Indisputable proof has been ?iven thai the Ward party rely on the aid of the Social Democrat-, who are admittedly •R- <l ' Efderaron'st.-, in jolit-i-
efil guise against the Reform Government Mr M'C'omhe (;he Social Democrat mem
her for Lyltelio.i) .*aid at Christ church as fur back as last February that the basis of the bargain b"t\< pen the Ward party and tho .Social Democratic party would he Proportional Representation (a quota of "Red' Federalists in Parliament), and Sir Joseph Ward Jias offered a vague proportional scheme for ilio House of Repre-.-eiitativcs.''
" The second groat question for the electors is: Which will be the better Government for a- domestic policy—the home business for New Zealand? What are the 'acts? The Reform Government came in for a legacy of financial difficulties from the previous Administration and the 'Red' Federationists. The Waihi strike was then in full force. The smallpox epidemic, the transport strike, and other difficulties, for which the Government were not responsible, were crowded into a space of two years, and finally came the war. No Government in this country were evermore severely tested ; but the Administration have come through the ordeal with a credit which is acknowledged by unbiased people here and abroad, fn the Departments of Finance, Lands, Agriculture, the Public Service, social legislation, railways, trade and commerce. Labor, education, and national defence exceedingly important reforms to the whole public have been effected. It is true that additional expenditure has been incurred by the more liberal provision for pensions and by increases of salary for the public service, the railway service, teachers, and police, but this has been effected without a, finale penny of increase in the rate of taxation on the general mass of the public. The only increase has been on the comparatively wealthy classes.
I "In every department of State the achievement of the, Reform Government marks an improvement'on tho record of their predecessors, and this progress is to be continued on tho lines of the plain plan of common sense, outlined in the Government's unpretentious programme* a few weeks ago. Stability has been assured for [ industries by the check given to the ' Red ' I Federation, and every man has a right to I work in peace, with fair and full opportunity. The, Reform policy is on a basis to ensure a good use of the land, with a, corresponding increase of the national wealth, for the benefit of all classes. In brief, the Reform plan is common-sense government by the cardinal principles of public health, public wealth, and national safety, ensuring good times, good wages, and equal opportunities. ''When voting for any candidate, whatever may be his personal merit.-, each elector has a very grave responsibility to the whole community, for each elector votes for government by cither the Reform party or by the Ward party, which is dependent upon the support of the extreme Socialists. An admission to that effect was made in Wellington on December 2 by ilr H. Holland, who is opposing the Hon. Mr Herdman in Wellington North. New Zealanders can therefore see the extreme importance of the national factor when using their votes. This is not a time /or the personal element to prevail against New Zealand's need—viz.. a Government lirm and free to act for the good of the whole Dominion and the, Empire. The Reform Government have proved their ability in times of great difficulty to legislate and to administer for the benefit of all classes. The Reform party have thoroughly earned the people's confidence."
, SIR JOSEPH WARD AT BALCLUTHA. i On arrival at Balcltitha last evening Sir Joseph Ward was welcomed at the railway station by the Mayor (Mr Boyd), and was . entertained at dinner at Vezey's Hotel. In the evening he addressed a crowded meeting in the Oddfellows' Hall. The building was packed. When Sir Joseph , came forward to speak he was accorded , a reception ipu'te unprecedented in Balelutliu for its enthusiasm. Sir Joseph denied the rumor that had been cir< ulated in the electorate that in llv event of his party coming into office they would not go on with the C'lutha. Valley Railway. Another false rumor was that he was a large holder of wheat. A man in Duneiiin who was said to have made that statement was approached on the matter by his t'the speaker's) lawyer, when he ceiled up and denied he had made any <=uch statement. As a matter of fact he iSir J. O. Ward) had not speculated in a 6ark of wheat, and he had never been a wheat operator in his life. Ho had telegraphed to hiti firm afkitig if they held wheat for anybody, and the reply'he received was that they had purchased 85 tracks of seed wheat for farmers in 12 months. That being the actual position, he invited thcee people who circulated rumors of the kind to crime out in the. open, and if they *,aid he held a single baft of wheat he would fiive them every opportunity to examine his hooks to prove their a.-sertion. It was not plaving the pa me to make statements of that character. As far as he was concerned, he would not allow wheat, speculators to hold wheat at this juncture. Among the misrepresents t ; us made on behalf of the Government as that tliev had increased the pav oi the railway 'workers by £120.000. "As a matter of' fact £IOO.OOO of the increases was authorised by the Ward Government and the, Mackenzie Government before Mr Mnsisey came into office, and the railway men from end to end of New Zealand knew it was so. [A Voice: "Quite right.") Notwithstanding that fact, the Governmeiit sent out a statement to try to delude the raihvay men. In conclusion. Sir Joseph said that it" Clutha bouoied the Liberalri by giving them an adherent in the person of Mr Jenkinson that Gentleman would lie honored by both branches of the i Legislature, and would do his duty not i only to his constituency, but to the country i as a. whole. J On the motion of Mr .1. (". Anderson a! hearty voir, of thanks was tendered to the ] Right Hon. Sir Joseph Ward for his very excellent, instructive, and statesmanlike speech, coupled with the expression of hope that the Liberal party would return, with Sir Joseph as Prime Minister. PRIME MINISTER AT PONSOXRY. The Hon. W. F. Massry spoke in the Windsor Theatre, Pousonby, ia.&t evening to a, crowded audience. Many were unable to gain admittance. The late arrivals maintained a constant stream of interjections, which did not disconcert the speaker, who delivered a. stirring speech. | A variety of incidents, due to the "Red j Fed." element, marked the beginning and j the close of the meeting. Mr Ma-ssey dealt i with various political questions on the lines of previous addresses. A vote of thanks and confidence was. carried by a large majority, with cheers and counter cheers. LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AT WELLINGTON. The Hon. A. L. Herdman met, with a lively reception at the, Wellington Town Hall last night, when he replied to the speech delivered by Sir Joseph Ward on Friday evening. The Attorney-General was frequently counted out, and the meeting was an uproarious one. A motion of thanks to Mr Herdrnan and confidence in the Government was defeated by a .substantial majority, the meeting ending with cheers for Sir Joseph Ward and Mr Fletcher, the Liberal candidate for Wellington Central. THE CITY SEATS. Mr C. E. Statham, Government candidate for Dunedin Central, addressed a very large audience in the Princess Theatre last evening. In introducing the candidate, the Chairman, Cr Marlow, referred to Mr Statham's good record, and said that whatever one's political beliefs mitdit be there was no doubt that the late member for the district was well worthr of their confidence. At the outset
there was a disposition to give the candidate anything but a lair hearing, but, thr pleasant manner in which he parried interruptions pained the sympathy of thr audience, and Mr Statha'm was a-ecorded a good hearing for a spirited address extending over an hour and a-hnlf. His speech was in the main a scathing criticism of the statements contained "in the manifesto issued on Saturday- last by the Liberal League. A large number of questions were asked, "and answered with i haraeteristh- straightforwardness. Mr Robertson then moved tfiaii Air Stat bam be given ti beam- vote of thanks for his able address, the Chairman announcing thai, in accordance with the principle he had adopted (luring his election campaign, Mi iStatham did not ask for a. vol.? of confidence—that could bo. given on election day. The. motion was received with cheers and counter cheers, the Chairman declaring: u to be carried. A section of th* audience then sang ■ For he's a jolly good fellow.' whil<» another section responded with cheers for Mr Munro.
Mr .I'. W. Munro, Labor candidate for Dunedin Central, addressed a large and attentive audience at Green Island last night. He dealt very fullv with th« Government from .% 'democratic stand point. After several questions Had been the following resolution, moved by Mr .Berry, was carried unanimously amidst much applause :—" That this meeting of Green island electors accord their best thanks to Mr Munro for hi* very able and thoughtful address, and having heard the two candidates, the. mooting are of the opinion that Mr Munro is the most suitable representative for Dunedin Central, and would urge all pre sent, to supper*-- and further his candidature, ob Thursday."
The capacity 'of Mr SjHoy's Contrai Committee rooms w;:s taxed to its utmo.it last evening, when Mr Sidev met his rammitteett for the Last time 'before the. election. A number of rjursiions were discu.s«ed. anrl final .nn-an-cments v.-<?re m.-irU for the election. Every confidence- was expressed at tlw restdt,' and the greatest en th us iasm pre va i! ed . Mr 0. M. Thomson. Reform candidate for Dune-din North, addressed an enthusiastic audience at Dalmorc last night in support of his candidature. At the conclusion of his speech the candidate wa.s loudly applauded, and on a motion of confidence in him and the Government being- carried without dissent, those present three heartv cheers for the candidate.
Mr A. Walker, Labor candidate for Dnncdin North, addressed a. meeting in the Pine Hill Schoolhotise last evening, when there, were about. ,",0 persons pre sent. Mr A. Hell occupied the chair. The .meeting unanimously tendered the candidate a vote of thanks. Messrs J. T. Paul and ]I. D. Bedford addressed the Roslyn Woollen Mill workers at midday yesterday on behalf of the Labor candidate* for liuuodin North and Dll nod in Central. .Mr Paul traversed the whole matter in regard to the local members' action."! on the Woollen Mill Workers Pill, brouglrt down by Mr Wilford. and urged The female workers to support the Labor candidates, .so that their interests would be best served. Mr Bcdford spoke of the urgent need for tlir* Government to take, control of the whole of the Workers' ('ompen.s.it ion and In suranee, and mentioned that the legal fraternity were called upon much too often to fight private companies for compensation for an injured worker. He made; the .statement that these companies endea voi'cd to kep flown the payment t<> the injured worker. M)• Bedford also mentioned that Proportional Represent a-- f tion siioiibl be immediately brought int<i existence. At the conclusion both gent!' men were knidiy applauded, and three hearty cheers were given for Labor.
Mr Dalton. accompanied by a member of his committee, drove u> Green Island Bush yesterday and called on most of the electors in the afternoon, being- cordially leceivcd everywhere. Ho subsequently addressed fonr 25 electors at Fauld's Homestead. :i\n\ pave an interesting address on the main political topics. A motion of thanks to Mr IJalton and en fidencc in the. Ma.ssev Administration was moved by Mr R. Thompson, seconded by Mr Crawford, jun.. and carried unani mouslv.
The pros-p-rct. of the Wakatipn seat -go ing in the Hon. W. Eraser's' favor ;m exceedingly bright. Mr Eraser v.-il! pre bably be returned with the btrgist majo ritv he has ever had.—Own co>-rc-si>oiid' , n'.
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