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THE ELECTIONS

FINAL RETURNS. Wnitcmata.—A. Harris (G.), 4.750; H. C*. Tcwsley (0.) ; 3,727. Kaipara.—J. G Coates (G.). 5,540; R. Hoe, 2.557. Bruce.—Hon. J. Allen (G.). 3.098; C. R. Smith (0.), 2,570. The returns not published yesterday were : Glenore—Allen 30, Smith 50; Waipori—Allen, 52, Smith 37. Chitlin.—A. S. .Malcolm (G.), 2,979; J. E. Jenkinson (O.), 1,969. THE AIAORI SEATS. TWO EACH WAY. The ejection? took place ywierday. Tlie returns available last ni<*ht showed that each side was likely to give two votes on a no-confidence issue. NORTHERN DISTRICT. Tan Hehare (Ai ) 846 Binpo Timote Puijii (0.) ... 624 TTeim te Pan (0.) 647 Nan Paraone Kawiti (0.) ... 638 N. H. Papakakura (0.) ... 299 Hcreniai te Waka (O.) ... 186 Anaru Ngawaka (f>.) 149 Paraone Hori (G) 136 Eight returns to come. EASTERN DISTRICT. Hon. A. T. Ngata (0.) ... 4,445 Te Kani Pero (G.) 2,053 Ten returns to come, mostly in the Urewera country. WESTERN DISTRICT. Dr Pomaro (AI.) 2.686 Hema Ropala te Ao (O.) J 1,206 Pepene Eketone (0.) 958 Rangi Alawhete 643 Hori Tiro Pa ora 121 Tuwhaka Rikik: Patona (AI.) 100 Twenty returns to come. SOUTHERN DISTRICT. Toare Parata (O.) 592 leone Matapura Erihana (M.) 177 Hapureta Kore (0.) 151 Two returns to come. THE AUCKLAND CAMPAIGN. CALAI AFTErTtHE STORAI, [From Our Special Correspondent.] AUCKLAND, December 12. The Hon. George Fowlds, again defeated in Grey Lynn by the amazing Air John Payne, this time by 112 votes, takes his reverse with the philosophy of an old campaigner. Regarding his own contest, Mr Fowlds expressed the 'opinion that the Alassey party could never win tho Grey Lynn seat except by a split vote. On this occasion he thought that tho introduction of the # Bible-in-schools controversy had been used to his disadvantage, he having stood out boldly for the maintenance of the present secular system. —Proportional Representation.— It is interesting to note that Air Arthur Myers appears to endorse tho view of tho Hon. G. Fowlds that it might be expedient at the present time to have a measure passed to introduce a system of Proportional Representation. The suggestion is that such a measure could bo made operative within a few months, when there could be another appeal to tho country. Both of the gentlemen referred to hold the opinion that the existing situation is practically a deadlock, and that neither Mr Massey nor Sir Joseph Ward can hope to carry on with the limited majority that, at best, can be hoped for by either leader. —A Quiet Election.— Although it is generally admitted that never before has there been an electioneering campaign in Auckland characterised by so much personal criticism, and even recrimination, in the majority of electorates polling day itself passed off with notable calm. The contrast was remarkable, and the business of voting was carried through in an atmosphere of calm that almost amounted to indifference. The pent-up feelings found full expression in the evening, however, as dense throngs of people assembled before the newspaper offices gave voice to their approval or otherwise. When tho numbers began to go up there was nothing in the nature of personal demonstration, however, except in so far as tho unanimous ovations of the cheering multitudes were tributes to the immense popularity of Mr Arthur Alyers and Air A. E. Glover. These two parliamentarians occupy a unique place in the estimation of Aucklanders, the former by reason of his open-handed generosity and genial good-fellowship, and the latter because of his remarkable faculty of making every man’s interests a matter of intimate personal concern. LABOR COCK-A-HOOP. [SI'ECIAL TO TUB STAR.] WELLINGTON, December 12_ Wellington is jubilant. From wharf to train, from the sidewalk to The counter lunch, the cry goes up every moment “ Fisher is out!” Aly own impression is that neither Air Fletcher nor Labor had the slightest 'premonition that it would, or could, achieve such a notable victory. Nor does it appear at all probable that Mr Fisher, with all his well-known optimism, had tha slightest idea that he was up against it so nard. He made a brave show befor£” the electors on polling night, so did his wife, but his reception was in deadly contrast to his meeting at thq Town Hall on tha eve of the election. Many hundreds of electors thronged around him and his wife while they endeavored to seek the shelter of a tramcar, and on the surface victory was theirs. The finish, when the returns came in to the Ministerial party in thA Post Office Buildings, was .almost pathetic. Like a

good sport “Dahn ’’ kept, not a stiff, but a smiling upper lip, but the Chief wore a furrow-on his brow as the signs of tho times accumulated, and when 38 all was announced at 1 a.m. there wasn’t a smilq to spare. THE MINISTRY CRITICISED BY AN OLD CAMPAIGNER. [Special to; the Stak.] WELLINGTON, December 12. I had an interesting talk to-day with an l Old Campaigner, who went a little way into tho depths of things. ‘‘As a. matter of fact,” he said, “the trouble, as most troubles do, began at the top. Mr Massey is no real leader; that Is to say, he cannot lead a company of individualists, and tho Ministry, as at present composed, are a 'company of individualists. * His chief adviser is the Hon. H. D. Bell, Leader of tho Legislative Council, an astute lawyer, but an inexperienced politician, who imagined that legal knowledge and smartness are superior to the common or garden-book political acumen of the average worldly-wise member. Air Bell is also a Tory by birth and training. 'Jinn Air Massey bad Mr He»dinan, a capable lawyer, a wide-awake politician, and a frank and open friend or opponent, but a lawyer all tho same, with the lawyer’s lack of frankness, and hard bitten with Conservatism. Air. Jas. Allen is fashioned somewhat on the same lines. Ho, and only lie, knew what was right, and that everything that Sir Joseph Ward had done was wrong. Now, one-eyed politicians arc seldom permanent. Mr William Fraser is getting too old. He lacks flexibility, and is getting into the sere and yellow leaf, both iu point of age and political wisdom. He repels rather_ than endeavors to ingratiate. Air Merries is slow, and is getting slower every day, and may also be described as a spent force, with, however, all the remains of a strong and independent mind. Then there is Air Fisher—what shall I say of him? Well, lie’s wild politically, hilarious, freouently irresponsible, recognising no authority, clever to a degree; but in no way conciliatory, always running amok where wiser heads would have suggested calmer talk and lees bitterness; riding ?or a fall for himself and tho Government all the time, it hen the dower brain of Mr Massey would have inevitably have suggested “ Go slow; if you can’t make friends, don’t make enemies.’ ” “ All these diverse elements made up a strong Ministry on paper, but they were under no control. Each one could and did eay what he liked and do what he bleed, and was answerable to no one but himself. Thor© was no one on top who was sufficiently strong to chide, or restrict, or order. Tt amounts almost to a paradox to say that if the Government fall it will be because they were too strong.” That is Ih© way this Old Campaigner put it, and he contends that the truth of his argument is evidenced by the lamentable collapse of Mr Alaesey’s political aspirations. DUNEDIN CENTRAL. The Returning Officer was engaged till midnight yesterday with an exhaustive scrutiny of the rolls, and completed this portion of his duties this forenoon. Mr AJaxwell then began tho official count, and this will include’' the Expeditionary Force and seamen’s votes. It will be Monday afternoon before an announcement is made as to the result of the election. In the new House there arc two I'ields, two Rhodes, and two Dicksons, but only a solitary Thomson, a single Bollard, and one Smith. No less than five of the members elected to the new Parliament to replace those who sat in 1911-14 arc native-born. They are Alessrs Parr, Talbot, Downia Stewart, Wright, and Alunro. The three last-named were bom in this City. Yesterday wo showed the stale of parties on present figures to be : Ministerial 38, Opposition 31, 1-abor 7, Mr Veitch was included in the Opposition list, whereas he should have been numbered among the Labor section, making Opposition 30 and Labor 8.

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THE ELECTIONS, Evening Star, Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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