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THE ELECTIONS

.THE EDEN SENSATION. SpeaMttß at Kingßland last night. Mr Parr, the. Government candidate, vigorously repudiated all knowledge of the'offer of £IOO made in his absence by hie-late, secrvtarv, 31* C W. Harris to Mr W«»ley Kichardi if he went to tho poll. Mr Parr said that Mr Harris—who had been foolish, but nothing worss-—had been trapoed into making tho offer, and that the other ride then got it distributed by •wav of a dodger. It wait to be hoped that -the'Vhole matter would be- threshed out in the courts. The people who were paying the cost of the dodgers circulated containing Mr Harris's letter were actuated by r, desire to do him and the Befoim party harm!. There was a scene of enthusiasm at the close of Mr Parr's remarks, lars* numbers making their way to th<* platform and showering congratulations ami M&uranres of support upon the candidate.

THE CfTY CAMPAIGN. Final addresses were delivered last night bv Messrs Statham (Dnnedin Central, at Mcrnington), Dalt-on (Dwrtcdin South, at the South Dunedi:) Town Hall), G. S. Thomson (ChalnwTs, at' Port Chalmers Town Hall). Maguirc (Dnnedin West, at Kcslvn). Dickson (Chalmers, at Mosgiell, and "Mason (Chalmers, at Foresters' Hall, r«.rt Chalmers).

PROMINENT MEN ON THE STUMP. Ihe Prime Minister addressed four meetings in the North Shore snbuxbs in tlw Wnitenwta ebrtorato yesterday afternoon and evening, and was received with unprecedented enthusiasm. He was acenrded practically unanimous votes of thanks, and confidence, Th-e Liberal Leader concluded his election campaign at Core last night, when he spoko to sime 1,500 people in the Dominion Hall. No party leader has ever earned out such a strenuous campaign. Ever sines the close of tho parliamentary session Sir Joseph has been travelling incessantly, often addressing as many as four meetings in a day. At the close of his speech 'last- night. Mr W. Aitkcn moved and Mr Driscoll seconded--" That this gre;tt meeting of electors of Goro and surrounding districts- in the Mataura electorate thank Sir Joseph Ward for his ablo address, congratulate him on the great flight he has put up against tives, express every confidence in him as Leader of the Liberal party, and sincerely hope tha\ as the result of to-morrow's pall the Liberal party, with Sir Joseph Ward in command, will be returned to power. The meeting also thank Mr Mehaffy for his address, and we pledge ourselves to do all in our power to put him at the head of the poll to-morrow." Th« motion was carried unanimously and with the utmost warmth. The final meeting of the campaign and the- finest political fathering ever held in Gere closed with cheers for the Liberal Leader. The Hon. W. 11. Henries (Minister of Railways) addressed a large meeting at Waihi 'last, night. A vote of thanks to the Minister and confidence in the Government was carried unanimously. The Minister of Marine. Hon. F. M. B. Fisher, had a reception in ths Wellington Town Hall lna nisht. Enthusiasm Wa« the keynote of the gathering. A vote of confidence in the Massey Government was carried with overwhelming cheers, artd the audience sang with enthusiasm ' For h*'» a jolly gocd fellow.'

A MODEL CAMPAIGN

[Special to the Star.]

GISBORNE, December 10.

The campaign for tho Bay of Plenty seat has been conducted by Sir Ken Williams on novel lines. This Eeform candidate has discarded extraneous assistance of any kind, having no central committee, and conducting the election purely off his own bat. He~ has refrained from criticism of opponents, and devotes himself purely to constructive statesmanship. Never was an election campaign conducted on more straight-forward and gentlemanly lines. BIBLE-IN-PCHOOLS LEAGUE . METHODS. Yesterday afternoon there was circulated throughout the Dunedin Central electorate a circular reflecting on Mr Statham's "colossal inconsistency" in opposing the Referendum Bill in regard to Bible reading in public schools, while agreeing to the settlement of. the licensing issues by a bare majority. Before the proceedings at Mr Statnam's Mornington meeting began last night, the Rev. Mr Seorgie. Moderator-elect of the Presbyterian General Assembly, having asked the chairman's permission to make a statement, s.-.id that he wished to take the opportunity to state publicly that though he Avas a member of the B'ible-in-Schoals League he disassociated himself entirely from the circular issued that day by the league to tho olectora of Dunedin Central. Speaking apart altogether from party politics, he considered that such an unfair attack upon Mr *?tv tham was entirely unwarranted and unjust. His remarks were received with a tremendous outburst of applause, the audience cheering the reverend gentleman to the echo. ? THE CAMPAIGN OX THE EAST COAST. [Special to thk Star.V CIS BORNE. December 10. The contest for the Gisbornc seat has heen keenly fought. Sir James Carroll has as his opponent a very popular settler and sportsman in Mr Harry Delatour. who has made the pace hot from the start of the campaign. Sir James, however, has never been in. better torm, and his silver-tongued oratory Ins carried many with him who were inclined at the outset to think that after 21 years' representation by one man a change was desirable. Mr Dclatour's pooolo count on a solid country vote for Reform, and state they can safely lose 6CO votes in Gisborne. f am inclined to think, however, that thev have underestimated the strength of the Liberal vote in the 'jointly, and that, a block Labor vote for Sir James Carroll in town will place him at the head of the poll by a substantial majority. The Bay of Plenty seat has also been keenly contested, and as there are a total of CO polling places over a wide area this has involved an immense imotint -if travelling and ialking. Mr W. I) S. MaeDnnald has been so attentive to <!istriet requirements during his te.m that hj? will take some displacement, Irit h>s nr-p-j-icnt. Mr Ken Williams, -s ;i line stanin oi settler, and has maje such a good iinoression that tho election promises in h~ rlo^.

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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Evening Star, Issue 15672, 10 December 1914

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