Yesterday, although the day was cold and bleak, the rain fortunately kept off, the weather on the the whole being favorable for polling, and as soon as the booths were opened the vehicles driven by the supporters of the various candidates began to bring the voters in. The principal polling was done at the Oddfellows' Hall. Steady but quiet voting was also done at all the outlying booths, and in every quarter the utmost good feeling prevailed between the rival candidates and their supporters. Before 6 o'clock the bulk of their supporters had evidently polled, and during the last hour only a few stragglers were brought in. As soon as the poll was closed crowds began to gather in front of the Stab Office, where as a means of affording the public information, a board was placed, on which the results were written as they came, and lighted by an incandescent arc lamp fitted up by the Feilding Gas Co., and the convenience was greatly appreciated. When it was ascertained that Mr I F. Y. Lethbridge had obtained a very | substantial lead and there was no doubt whatever as to the result, that gentleman addressed an immense crowd from Hastie's Hotel balcony. He said be had first of all to thank his committee who had worked so hard to secure his return that day. He also wished to thank those ladies and gentlemen who had turned out to vote for iiim. It had fceen a very fair flgnt, and it was gratifying for him to know that the ! majority of the people had thought fit to put him again into Parliament. (Cheers.) In conclusion he said !he would endeavor to carry out the wishes of the people. The following is the result of the polling: — Leth- Tompbridge. kins. Oddfellows' Hall, Ato L 828 841 Foresters' Hall, Mto Z 265 172 Halcombe 186 116 Glenwood 68 40 Stanway ... ... 62 18 Cheltenham 84 19 Waituna 75 80 j Cunningham's ... 28 11 | Sandon Block ... 48 4 Rewa 29 26 Pahihikura 86 5 Orangipongo... ... 14 14 Kiwitea 52 12 Kimbolton 99 128 Peep-o'-Day ... ... 15 15 Rangiwabia ... ... 99 96 Ruahine 40 19 Kawhatau 24 27 Colyton 64 37 Aratika 87 6 • Nikau 83 17 Pohangina 82 .52 Ashhurst 88 42 Awahou 22 20 Komako 30 6 Apiti 61 96 Umutoi 18 8 Utuwai 15 7 Table Flat 6 10 Coal Creek 14 10 Total 1912 1294 The polling was a record, and Mr Watson, the Returning Officer, and staff are to be congratulated upon the quickness with which the returns were made up and placed be fore the public. The only unpleasant feature of the evening was tbe contemptible and extremely disagreeable practice of throwing rotten eggs among the crowd, which was freely indulged in by some larrikins. We tender our grateful acknowlengments to the staff of the Telegraph Office for their promptness in sending us quick and accurate results of the polling last night.
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Oroua., Feilding Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 126, 26 November 1902
Oroua. Feilding Star, Volume XXIV, Issue 126, 26 November 1902
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