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TO THE KIHTOP.. Kir. —We Jind some diilirulty in following the reasoning in your article of tho 15th inst. that because we affirm that. Mr Slathaiu is politically circumscribed by tho reactionary paity of which ho is a member fherefore Mr Mumo is eireumeeribed by the "Red Fen." section of the Liberal-Labor party. The icactionary Reform party will prevent, Mr Statin-undoing anything worth while to protect the interests of the people. The party are a brake on progress. The extreme principles of tho "Red Full." section of the LiberalLabor party would at most, act as a. spur to progress. As you are suffering so acutely from "Red Feditis," ymi cannot be expected to correctly dis. riniinate between a. brake on progress and a spur to progress. And as IMr -Munro is pledged to a certain plalfonn ot definite, principles the electors .if Dunedin Central need have no misgiving as to. what he .-tamk for. "The whine about Mr 'Mmrro's legal defeat is, paltry and tiresome." So you say. Von forget that we did not mention the point until you had ] übiishe.d several loading articles.' couched in most hmdatoiy terms, extolling -Mr Statham as "a

true sport" and. a veritable monopolist ot political virtues. And you will lomember that ibis "tn.w sport" took much time to write out. his resignation, which time (vou said' would have been considerably shortened if he had consulted only his own inclination. Alter your several extiavagant elfuMons appeared we considered the time had .arrived ro point out that Mr Miinvn received a majority of the votes cast. Vou admit thai Mr M'.mro received a majority of the votes "re-

corded in a valid manner by the voters." Further, ihc flection petition pi ocOedinus woukl. ecrlaiulv have resulted Ui a now doctiou. and possibly in Mi Munro home; declared l!i" I'l'T 1 : of Ihineiiin Central. 'lhereforo, Mr Suuliain re.dtoird a- foal for winch hks opponent received a, majo litv of the votos " molded in a valid manner bv the votoiw ''--a, scat which ho.. as <i liwvor, knew lio. culd not ho.d a-'ainst lin-> pending oloel ion petition pro ! eroding. That. Mr Kdhor. 'is lin'. a j" whine." H ''s the naked truth, and you I know ,ii.. The statei-uni, of fact oxplodrs j your fanciful picture of tli.- " i rue snort. I Consoquonth you are di^ploaf-ed. I \V> were, 'intcvesk'd in your dcrlaraiinn lihat'vou have not t>,'..!!;■■ ici red your tuip- ! port from the Liberal-La her 'pai ly : simply a. forfeiture, of vour n nfidonee! "\ ou say vou will nol f-.uprorl the Ucionn.. party ; "von are. "• ah.-<dutp]v independent of all ■ political oartio," '\Yc arc -citing on. ; You stand f0... ~!■"!. i.-'ip.ic Vciy well. "S OU ; say Propoi Coral is the i most- impoiiam cud reform, ft !is Uk- nr«l of fho luuir. 'I'll" DppoMlion i partv a'.:o th? r.nlv parly plcd-ed to mvo j tin, 'el<>e!ov< this .leviable reform. \on i oppose the Opposition and support tl'.o I d'ovemiuonf. Mr Mumo's voire and vole 'viill "o for Proportional IVprc-enta.non. '■ Mr Siailiam i* boand hy wiiai his pa-itv think* will host suit Iheir own political lintoicsts. Tlu- Keioini patty proved thai • was. (heir ethical .o.Hndaid when they ret pealed the Second ISaihu and reveilc-d to i the antiquated " fh*t- pa>t the post" sy>- ! inn. 'Hut eveiy vainest proeicsMve will ; ho star] to know you tdili Mipport lhopertional ?,oprosoutnt ; 'in, '-veil it you do opi pr«- UlO oidy paity plcdccd 10 make it law i)'eiilnle : -s vetir ioad.c;a vcill have uolecd : Ihat in vour'lon- reply to our hit or whirl, I - scarcely merits cca-us addition yea ■ oniittwi aev ivUrcitc- m our comment.; "u : i] lt >. p.oiiion of the fiovoi inneii!. \'-ti i ],avc proved thai they are in a 1 only :~f ,v, a iiy 1 lioii-and.s: still, xmi oppose the p r / which mad-' this demon aii" travesty ! V ,e : ,ihlo, end von also ncnosr a. change by ! ' v i,ich ih- paitv v, ith the minority ot : vol<-,: would he hy the party i „j„, roeeired the major,!y of voles at ',!.., K ,c„! -declior. Siill. you :-,:md i-r p.inciph's, and you a.c :,<>\ ' "■■' i l{ o| , | ' ,I 'i.'-'i'i'if > '''l 1 til- DiHicdiu I'oiithal I Commit Uv— 1 am. I etc., .lalltlaty 1/).

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LABOR AND DUNEDIN GENTRAL., Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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LABOR AND DUNEDIN GENTRAL. Issue 15705, 20 January 1915

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