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DUNEDIN CENTRAL ELECTION

The lb'V. R. Wood wrote the i<:lh>win;_to our morniu •; ccut<-mporary this week :-■ Sir, —On my Teturii trom Wellington two days ayo 1 le'arned that some friends and a lair number of foes of liible in schools we!- annoyed at the policy <u the league a: the recent elections. Tho policy iu

(|Ursii<-n was framed by the. Dominion Kxecutive alter hilly eonsultins: provimi.-u committees, and was largely the w<irk of provincial coirmiiltivs. I la- I )iuii)ilili I eMtral (.'ommiUee, for example, several mouths before the ehetion unanimously declared that no was worthy «.f . oiiiidi-nre who would deny the refcren- ■ I -in!. and it iv:if a.-, reed to oiye members of the league not to vote lot- such a candidate, fllis policy was arlnpu.il f..r the whole Dominion by the Dominion Kxecutive. Duuediii ('outre also look tin; lead ill framing the ministers' manifesto, '.vli'ch wsj signed by over SCO. ami in whieii it was declared that th'-se- who signed the manifesto had resolved at the election to vote only for candidate* who supported ia? referendum, atid to put ihis iiucst.'ou v. f .>re persons or parties, mid members ■:? tho Iciiailo were exhortcr! to ou tl:<-

la tlie recent election it was the business of tliOi Dominion Kxecutive. through (.'anon Garland, to apply the policy of the. leayue thus agreed upon to the r!:vtorates the Dominion. In the electorates connected with Dunediu as a centre, during the week p receding the election, about 70.0G0 tracts were circulated by po.it to member.-', of the league, explaining Ihe pel icy of the league. As regards Duuedin Central electorate about 6,0C0 tracts were circulated by jiost anionic members of the It-ague, which expmuulej the policy of the lcajao. and the members were exhorted not to vote for the carid'date who in Parliament had opposed th<> referendum as a principle, and had stoutly opposed the special referendum asked for by the Bible-in-Schook League. Xothiuy; was said in favor of tht* other candidate who accented the principle of the referendum, and whose position war, simihr to that of tho Reform candidate for the Otayo Central electorate*, for whom ma/iv members of tha league, votod. One of tae tracts circulated solely by post to member? of the le-ague. was written by m» in my own time, and printed by m« at mv own expanse, and on my own responsibility. It waa written by ma at a time when it was tco late to submit it to the Dominion Executive, which i* responsible for aIL tha literature- circulated by the league- that bears tho league's imprint. What wo* done by tha Dominion ilxectt- j tive, and by me, was with the view of ', making known to members of the league ! tha league's auction policy that " no can- i didate wa« worthy of confidence" who wouhl deny the people the refeiendum. -■ 1 am, etc, Rosest WonoDecember 24, '

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DUNEDIN CENTRAL ELECTION, Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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DUNEDIN CENTRAL ELECTION Evening Star, Issue 15689, 31 December 1914

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