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A LOSS FOB LABOR. AND A GAIN~FOR REFORM. [Per United Press Association.] WELLINGTON, December 12. In Wellington East it is understood that Dr Newman is leading by 69 votes. Tho official recount is not yet completed. [The figures given on polling night wove: Mr D. M’Laren (Labor) 3,922; Dr Newman (Government), 3,808.] THE MAORI SEATS. [Per United Press Association.] TAUMARUNUI, December 12. The final results o f tho Western Maori electorate are not expected to be known before Tuesday or Wednesday. AUCKLAND, December 12. With five returns to come, the Northern Maori results are: — Tau Henare (M ) 885 Herai te Paa (O.) 659 Puhipi (0.) 656 Kawiti (O.) 639 Papakura- (O.) .: 351 Te Waka (M.) 205 Ngawaka (0.) ... 163 Her: (G.) 160 WRIT FOR LIBEL. £2,000 DAMAGES CLAIMED. Tho campaign in Napier culminated on the eve of polling day by the issue of a writ for alleged libel, served on the ‘Hawke’s Bay Herald’ at tho instance of Mr J. V. Brown, Liberal candidate, in respect to a letter published that morning over tho signature of ‘‘Herbert Thompson.”" This alleged that Mr Brown had organised a band of hoodlums to disturb the meetings of Mr Venables, Reform candidate. The ‘ Herald ’ was given the option of apologising in the ‘Telegraph,’ so that the apology might reach the electors before the election, but it failed to do so, and thei writ was issued. THE HTJTT SEAT. The final figures for the Hutt seat are: —Wilford (Opposition!, 3,974; Samuel (Government), 3,025.-— Wellington wire.

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THE ELECTIONS, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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THE ELECTIONS Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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