THE RIVAL FACTIONS. BOTH SIDES GOING TO WIN. i [Special to tie Stak.J WELLINGTON, December 9. Die organisers of both parties were ap- , preached this morning bv a reporter as to , the prcspccls of the- election. Naturally both aro confident. "From present indications and from advices received from ail i parts of the. Dominion," said Mr James, the Reform oiganiscr, "I am satisfied that the Government are certain to bo returned with an increased majority." On tho other hand Mr Gallichan, the Liberal organisyr, 6 aid: " I never went torward to a light witli such heart. Our friends throughout the country seem most determined to achieve victory, and are working with an energy that has not been experienced by me si nee my connection with tho party. We are looking forward to a handsome victory " SENSATION IN EDEN ELECTORATE. fPKK United Phkss Association.] . AUCKLAND, December 9. A sensation was caused by tho circulation ot documents purporting to disclose an offer made in writing by tho secretary of -Mr C. J. Parr'a committor in tho Eden electorate, to Mr Weelcv Richards, ono of the two Liberal-Labor candidates, of £IOO conditionally on Mr Richards gains to the poll. In to-night's 'Star' Mr Pan- publishes the following advertisement: I am informed that yostc-rdav, while 1 was ab«mt at Cambridge attending the funeral of my sister, Mr C. W. Harris made a signed oii'er to Mx Wesley Richards conditional on his going to the poll. I desire most emphatically to say that this offer was made during my absence from town without mv knowsanction, or authority, i utterly repudiate the transaction, and all or anv coiiiiection with it. Mr C. W. Harris is no longer secretary of my committee. THE PONSONBY MEETING. AN EXPLANATION. [Special ro the Stab.] AUCKLAND, December 9. Entirely misleading rumors are being apparently circulated throughout New Zealand about the incidents at tho Prime Minister's meeting at Ponsonby. A hostile demonstration was certainly made by a crowd of over 1,000 people outside the hall, mainly composed of electors. Many were accompanied by their wives and lady friends, who attended as the result of a public advertisement of tho meeting. Although there was still room for 200 or 300 persons after all tho sympathisers had been accommodated, the doors were kept rigidly closed till the Prime Minister was about to speak, when some 150 were admitted in batches. Naturally, there was an angry demonstration outside, but acts of hooliganism were committed by a very small section of irresponsible youths, and I for which the great body of the rcspecti able electors in the assemblage were en- ! tirely blameless. When Miss Bradney fainted she was in the middle of a swaving multitude, but thero was no intentional rough treatment, as has been suggested. That the engine generating light was tam- ; pered with is utterly unsubstantiated, and I the idea is being scouted by expert in- ! quiries and the police. It is' absurd and unjust to associate either the Liberal or J Labor parties with the incidents of the j evening. It is noteworthy that Mr Glass, | the Prime Minister's opponent in Franklin, I was subjected to very questionable treat- : rnent at Otahuhu last night, when tho | lights were turned out and other acts of rowdyism perpetrated. It would bo equally tenable to accuse Mr Massey and the Reform party of making this disturbance. CHALMKRS. Since last Friday George S. Thomson, iFP.A., :>.£., Labor candidate, has ad- I dressed meetings as under, and received in ! each place a very attentive and sympathetic hearing:—Saturday, at Sandymount j Creamery, Pukehiki Camp, Upper Waititi, and Mount Cargill ; Monday, at ' Mosgiel; yesterday, at Little Sisters of ! tho Poor Home, Ravcushoiune, and Anderson Bay ; and this morning to Port Chalmers water.-'iders. To-night Mr Thomson speaks in Port Chalmers Town Hall at 8 o'clock. With regard to our report of Mr Thomson's speech at Mosgiel, Mr Thomson explains that, probably through his fast speaking, our reporter I has made three small errors. Tho first j is: "As a matter of fact he is opposed to all parties as they stood at present." I His position is that he is not opposed to j the four or five sane Labor members in j Parliament, and would be quite willing .o work with them right through the piece. | The second point is : " He. was disposed j to with Mr Massey that if Sir Joseph Ward got into power the ' Bed Fed?.' would dictate the policy." He stated at bis Mosgiel meeting that sano Labor, and not " Red Feds." would do so, no matter who was returned to power. Then, again, the third point is: " There was quite as much wheat in New Zealand last year as in iormer years." What Mr Thomson did say was that anyone who knows anything at all about the situation knows that for tho last year or two there has not been quite so much wheat grown as in former years, but that ' nevertheless he was satisfied that there is | i still an ample supply of wheat in the Do- j | minion, and thai the Government should j make those who are holding it sell same at 4s 3d per bushel, as Mr Massey pro- ] miscd he would do just after the war broke out. j BRUCE. Mr C. R. Smith addressed the electors j at Stirling last evening, when there | a good attendance. .Mr J. C. Anden-.on i presided. Mr Smith spoke for an hour, and the meeting was very enthusiastic, j On the motion of Mr J. G. "Weir, seconded by Mr W. Smith, a vote ol thanks and i confidence wa~s carried with enthusiasm. ' On the motion of the chairman the whole ' meeting remained to arrange matters with ! a viow to ensuring Mr Smith's return. Mr Smith addressed the electors at Kaitangata at 8.15 p.m. Thero wac an overwhelmim: bouse, presided over by the Mayor (Mr ; Soilness). On tho motion of Mr Donaldeon, seconded by Mr Duncan, a vote of thanks and confidence was carried unanimously. A Wailii ir.essa-o says:—The Hon. W. 11. Hemes add re-sod a" large iiHe;.ing last I night. His speech w;us on the lines of his pievious address and was punctuated with ■■ frequent applause. A vote of thanks to th-3 Minister ami confidence in the Government was carried unanimously. Mr T. H. Dalton, Rcformcandidate for Duncdin South, addressed over 100 electors at the Presbyterian Hall, Marion street, Caversham, last night. ,\lr L. G. Newton was in the chair. The candidate referred to subjects anent which he had not previously spoken. Ho was afforded an excellent hearing, notwithstanding the many interruptions of a small section of the audience. Mr Dalton was accorded a hoarty vote of thanks.
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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15671, 9 December 1914