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THE BY-ELECTION

j MEETINGS. i —To-night.— Mr C. E. Statham's Committees, Boarci Room, New Zealand Express Company';.' Buildings, Bond street, 3 o'clock. —Monday.Mr ,T. W. Munro, at Caversham Presbyterian Church Hall. MB- J. W. MUNRO AT WORKINGTON. Cr E. Sincork presided over Mr Munro's meeting ot the Presbyterian Church Hall, Mornington. last night. In the course of his address Mr Munro advised his supporters not to go to his opponent's meeting and interrupt, it. Such action would do no harm to Mr Statham, and it would do no eond to those wh j caused the interruption. On the motion of Mr W. E. Cope, it was unanimously resolved : " That this meeting of electors of Dunedin Central extend their sympathy to Mr Munro in being depriw ti of his position as the member for fhq constituency to which he was elected by a majority of tile electors on Decern bet 10, 1914, 'and those present pledge themselves to dn their utmost to secure hi:; return for the second, time as the me:;her for Dunedin Central on February 5 v fill "NOMJN VI lON' Mi H Miwvel 1 fietumiig onicm i icivid the f dim i z nontmt c tnrid for tile .Ounedin Centra, ejection, whin take pi lie . i J.ln »\ " - lame Wnjit "* mn nomunt d n Hem R°ri t' n -. lrs««u i\ 1 , i n t v ( i arl "i i t 1 thailes 1 >k r nimnfd -> Gedd -, 7-" Ii 1 i Ml 1 -, \lien Pie hj ' P t - u i"' D i L on 1 Ilerbeit \\ n i M i - » -> <i Mi, j .Ann Bcrw 1 \\ i t 1 11 -• hr 1 i i ■» dr i i " el i r f)j ret Ct I * ' " i ,i in -. n i i up .11 a 1 1» 1„ " ' I 1 i« tlr tI > ] io[ i i ! ~" 7h 'ii i \molls 1 ■■ i \ n r ''lintu v it 1 -o>d t M cl r '"i 1 T ip ;i ia an 1 nc idn;' be tain tie m-i c iti 1 ill ill r lur- ■» Mi C J '-•■jtn-'u \h) renr -.eir'ed Dt i | edin Centra: in the last Parliament. Ho I v, as again elected last month, hut a- I -> M lot, v -, du t t ]-> efi d bhu d"r l - vl hj iivl lafio tie vrt°s it oi' et th > bro<h 11 has ihiva'rot ' 1 Mgi r 1 th ■• S' t 1 d s ■>! inc; if e'ecli 1 'Wliat vinl Hi" Pi le i Urol ] e.guo do now' Whatever else the league mav do, thev ac not nkelv to lepcat he ta tiis nlnch 11 nde *1 e 'a«t i ght f 1 Dunedin Centr\i unique 1 ad puts 11 lite tountiv tho leaeue fought for its candidates with a, b tterne s whuh the inlip cf Minr gen - ral propaganda had led one to expee*, but their concentrated venom seemed to ha reserved for the devoted head of Mr Statham. Though lie was one- of an overwhelming majority in the late House which had declared against the demands of the league, his opposition had been .specially active, and on the Education. Committee, which devoted an immense amount of time to the subject., had hoe a specially effective. 'Hie faithful were, therefore, roused by th<3 league to a peculiarly savage holy war against ona whom they were pleased to regard as .an arch-opponent. Whatever else the league may do in Dunedin Central now, it is safe to prophesy that they will not, reissue the. ama.zing circular in which they endeavored to ridly the electors! against Mr Statham on the eve of tins last poll. Vet it the "Nino Reasons Why Those Who Wish the Bible hi Schools Should Not Vote for Mr 0. E. Statham" were valid then, they aro equally valid now. But, public opinion, has declared itself quite unmistakably m the interval, with regard, both lo tho general question and to the particular attacks with, which Mr Statham had been specially honored. . . . One of Mr Stathain'ii offences was that "he did his best to kill the Rible-in-Sehools Referendum Bill, asked for by no less than 150,000 electors, in the lace, of the fait that tho Bill is recognised a,s just and reasonable by leaders of his own party, such as Messrs Massey, Alien, Herri".s Rh.odes, and others. 7 ' What do the gentlemen named think now of this invocation of their authority? As to the 150.000 electors, —who were supposed to ne 160,000 in this part of the country—whatever they may have done with tire canon's cards, everybody knows how much they did with the country's ballot papers. Mr Statham had also "personally supported the aiiti-Bible-in-schools .attitude taken up chiefly by I'ornau Catholics and Unitarians."' The "Roman Catholics a.nd Unitarians" proved to have a stronger following in the day of battle than those '" i. - hurdles whose adheivncy number 74 per cent, of tho population." This contemptible .appeal may have, had soma effect on the Dunedin Central electors la.st month : if it were, repeated now, it could only help Mr Statham. He foucbt, a area;, bght !>>r religious liberty while 1 the issue was still in doubt-; and he is i entitled to his reward now the principles ! for which he sta.ud.s aro ra,fiv—-' Evening I Post.'

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THE BY-ELECTION, Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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THE BY-ELECTION Evening Star, Issue 15708, 23 January 1915

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