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THE MAYORAL ELECTION.

The nomination took place at noon, at the Town Hall. The only candidate was Mr Felix Campbell, who was nominated by Mr R C Forsyth and Mr G W Moss. No other nominee coming forward, Mr Campbell was declared Mayor of Greymouth, evidently to the satisfaction of all present, who signified their appreciation of the result.

About 8 .o'clock in the evening the Town Band turned out in full strength and marched to the residence of Mr Campbell and played a selectiou of music outside, as is customary on every mayoral election. The members of the band and others were invited inside, where hospitality was dispensed in a liberal manner. Mr Campbell addressed a few words to the assemblage. He thanked the members of the band for the compliment they had paid him by turning out and playing at his private residence as an expression of satisfaction at the honor their fellow townsmen had that day conferred on him by allowing him to be returned without opposition. Speaking from a purely personal point of view, lie really had not been actuated by any craving for the honor. Had he consulted only his own inclinations he would not have become a catididate. He did not aspire to the position, and did nothing that was calculated to lead any one to suppose that he coveted the position of being Mayor of Greymouth, But as the citizens took the matter in hand of their own free will, and apparently in a quite spontaneous manner, and paid him the very high compliment of selecting him as the candidate of their choice, he felt that it would not be very becoming on his part to disregard the wishes of his fellow citizens by putting a slight upon them in refusing to allow himself to be nominated. In a matter of that kind lie felt that the most becoming and proper course was to place himself in the hands- of his fellow townsmen and abide the result. He did so, and he was extremely gratified Ito find that the feeling was tolerably unanimous in favor of his election. Having elected him, he could now only say that he had a full appreciation of the high and honorable position ; and he also realised the fact that in order to carry out the various duties and functions pertaining to the office in a manner creditable to the borough, any person occupying the position of Mayor should be prepared to bestow no small amount of his time and attention in order that the multifarious little responsibilities of the office should be properly carried out. It was only left for him to now say that he would endeavor, to the best of his- ability, to justify the confidence of the ratepayers in calling him to the honorable and important office of Mayor of Greymouth. (Loud applause.) After an inter va 1 , duriig which the bandsman an.l o'har guests enjoyed the hospitel-ty of the new mayor, Mr Campbell mad-a a few further

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remarks, whloh were very well received, and the gathering dispersed. The proceedings were well ordered and a good deal quie er than has been the case with previous demonstrations of a similar kind.

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THE MAYORAL ELECTION., Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8089, 20 November 1894

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THE MAYORAL ELECTION. Grey River Argus, Volume XXXVI, Issue 8089, 20 November 1894

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