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MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS

Mew Blood Introduced. Mr. Ebbett Mayor of Hastings. Mr. Brown Wins by 3 Votes. Luke Returned for Wellington. The biennial Mayoral elections held yesterday have again brought changes in the civic administration of the towns of Napier and Hastings. Mr. Brown deposes Mr. Hill by the infinitesimal margin of three votes; and, at Hastings, Mr. George Ebbett ousts the sitting Mayor, Mr. H. Lan Simson, by the overwhelming majority of 1298, and substantially beats the other two candidates. At Napier Mr Hill's supporters have not relinquished the hope of yet seeing their candidate top the poll as a result of the official recount which takes place tomorrow. Considerable interest has been taken locally in the elections at Wellington, and general relief is felt that Mr- Luke has again been re-elected, it being feared that, with Mr. Barber splitting the vote, his services to Wellington City might have been lost. In the Wellington City Council election nine of the old Councillors have been re-elected. The new members include four Labourites, Mr. Peter Fraser being one of the number. At Christchurch, Dr. Thacker, M.P., who campaigned on the canal and sports ticket, won the Mayoral chair by a majority of 201, the runner-up being Mr. J. J. Dougal, the Citizens' Association candidate. The Labour candidate, Mr. J. McCoombs, M.P., received small support, and failed to score "half the number of votes polled bv Mr. Dougal.

NAPIER

arc still confident that tfaey have a dh&noa of winning, so that the result is stall in doubt. lin the 1917 contest a mistake was made and Mr. Hill's majority was increased from 298 to 314 in the recount. A recvount in connection with the above will be commenced tomorrow. Messrs Allan Dunn and David Briasco will act as scrutineers for Mr. Henry Hill. It will be wen from the figures .hat fine new candidates have beejn elected to the C'ouncil, the defeated members of the , old council baiing MessrS Mulvanaih, H. W. Thompson Mid R. C. Wright. Hhere is a dead heat for the eleventh place. Messrs Creagf), J. .V. Brown and T. Barker were returned for the Harbour Board, Messrs Creagh and Parker "being sitting members. To the Hospital Board, the sitting members, Messrs F. Mtoeller, A. L. Beattde asnd H. Hill were, returned by substantial majorities.

The nwmieipnl elections were conducted quietly in Napier and everything went off smoothly. The utmost good feeling prevailed, although there was a, good deal of good matured barrack amongst the re spective candidates. The contest for the Mayoralty resulted in a , close finish. The sitting Mayor (Mr. H. Hill) being defeated by the ;narrow margin of three votes. Far Ul3 .Mayoralty some 500 votes more were polled than at the election two years? agio. Even t!he figures on this occasion were below what \va: expected. As a matter of fact mort interest was displayed in the elec tioTi. fior councillors; than far the Mayoralty. When the first figures wer.? ported Mr. J. V. Brown briefly retui-ned thanks for the honour don.: him in one; more selecting him fotihe civic position. Mr. Hill also briefly addressed the crowd presem thanking those who had supportc-i nim, and said that although beatei he was not conquered. At this stage Mr. Brown's majority was 22, but close upon midnight, the tramway office return cams in, and it wa. L found that a. Harbour Board return had been telephoned in error for a Mayoralty return. At first it wathought that Mr. Hi-ll was in, bul another count gave Mr. Brown th> majority by three votes. It is quit ' possible that the figures may yet be alteivd and Mr. Hill's supporters

Both the successful and defeated .-iooincillars addressed tihe crowd. The final returns were posited at one o'clock. Great interest was also taken in the election for the Harbour Board, fl.ospital Roa rd and the shaJf-boliday -ssue, the latter being carried by : large majority.

It was generally thouglht thai Mir. '\ Ashoroft would top the poll and e was heartily congratulated on all ■ ides on the result.

HASTINGS. Though there was no excitement displayed at yesterday's municipal election, much interest was taken in the proceedings by the public, and the various polling stations were kept steadily busy until closing time. Out of a roil of 4,915, 2,843 registered their votes, as against 2,828, almost the same figures, in 1917. In the Mayoral contest the supporters of Messrs Ebbett and Hart respectively, were equally confident;, and Mr. Simson's party also looked forward, with some hop'e, to victory, but few thought that the popular verdict would be so emphatic, or that Mr. Simson's total would be so small that he only saved his deposit by a vote or two. As the declaration of the Councillors' poll could not be made until after midnight, the public interest centred on the Mayoral results, and large crowds assembled in front of the municipal buildings and the "Tribune" office, where the figures were posted almost as soon as the Returning Officer had made his declaration from the balcony of the municipal buildings, to an assemblage of about, a thousand persons, who cheered Mr. Ebbett's election to the Mayoral chair by 493 votes over Mr. Hart, the next candidate on the poll. Mr. Eibbett, who was received with cheers, thanked the citizens for having done him the honour of electing him to the first position in their gift. He thanked them sincerely and, no matter how long he spoke he could not say more*' than that. He knew he could not please every one, no one could do that, but he could assure them that he would discharge his duty fearlessly and conscientiously, to the extent of his ability. Mr. Hart accepted the verdict of the people. He thanked his supporters and, especially those who worked so hard for him. He concluded bv calling for three cheers for Mr. Ebbett, which were heartily given. Mr. Simsbn also thanked those who voted for him. He always took defeat, as well as victory, gamely, and he would stand again. He had ever done his best for Hastings, as ! far as his poor state of health would '■ allow, and he assured them that, as ; long as things went well for Hasi- ; ings, be would be satisfied, j Mr. Cook also thanked thefee "tfho voted for him, and the proceedings closed with a vote of thanks to the .Returning Officer (Mr. T. Morgan), on the motion of Mr. Ebbett.

THE NEW MAYOR. Mr. Geo. Eibbett, who has bo°n so decisively elected Mayor of Hastings is probably the only man native born who has ever contested the office. Born within a mile of the Hastings Post Office, 47 years ago, there was then no place known as Hastings, and his birth certificate shows he was registered at Napier as having been born at "Karamu." He attended the first public school established in Hastings in 1879, afterwards went to the Napier High

School and entered a lav office in Hastings 30 years ago, and has be»u connected with one ever since. He was formerly a member of the Borough Council, while Messrs W. Y. Dennett, and the late Win. Lane were Mayors, and was present at the meeting which established a Chamber of Commerce in Hastings, and has been a member of the executive ever since, and several times President and Vice-president. He is vice-chairman of the Farmers' Union executive and was' chairman of the Efficiency Board of local trustees during their whole term of office. Ho holds a number of other somi-official positions and is a director of a number of local large and active companies. While being a qualified barrister, and solicitor he is almost equally well-ipiown as a successful farmer and has been farming on his account continuously for the last 20 years, buying and selling all his own stoclc, picking hi® own fat stock, and he is a first grade certificated wool ctasser. Mr Ebbett has never lived out of Hastings and has seen the establishment of every bi;.sines? in the town and of every enterprise in the district, and he was present the day Tomoana was opened.

MR. W. HART. Mr. W. Hart, who is the runner-up for the Mayoraltv, is a native of Sunderland, England, and arrived in New Zealand in December, 18"5, and completed his education at Kaitan gata. He served his appremceship as a compositor at the "Oamaru Mail" offic?. He came to Hastings, and became proprietor of the Hastings "Standard on the Ist May. 1899, and ran" it for about seven j'ears. He held the office of Councillor from 1909 to 1913, and that of Mayor from 1913 to 1917. He was the father of the poultry shows in Hastings, having started the Bastings Poultry Society 19 years ago. He has been an active worker m connection with the Patriotic Soei- ; ety since the war commenced, and is " also a member of the Repatriation Board. He was a member of the Hiawke's Bay Hospital Board for four yearsi besides taking an active part in organisation work in connection with the Red Triangle and Red \ Jersey collections for soldiers' funds.

MR T. STYLES. Mr. T. B. H. Styles, who again tops the poll in the Council elections was born on the Thames goldfields it>. 1372, being th<? oiily Hon of Mr. E. G. s and the late Mrs. Cecum Styles. He came to Hastings with his father and mother 45 years ago, when the township comprised less than a dozen houses, one hotel aim a shop. He was educated at the Hastings District High School, and afterwards learned thfe _ building trade under his lather's tuition. He has been a member of the Hastings Borough Council far 12 years «®a acted as Deputy-Mayor for eight years. He was the Hastings representative on the Harbour Board tor three years, chairman of the Fire Buard for six years, and a teember of the Hastings District High School Committee for six years.

"WELLINGTON CITY COUNCIL 1 FOUR NEW LABOURITES RETURNED. Wellington City election. The following have been elected in this order subject to a recount: M. Luckie J. Hutchison (secretary oi tne Tramways' Union), J. O. Sharknd, W H. Bennett, A. R. Atkiuson, G. Frost, P. Fraser (M.P. for Wellington Central), J. M. Dale C. H. Chapman, T. Forsyth. \Y. J. Thompson, aiul J . Clover. I Nine of the old members are i-?-1 elected. The new members include, i four Labourites. Messrs Fraser, Chapman, Glover, and Hutchison. OTHER CENTRES. MAYORAL. Wellington.—Luke (sitting Mayor) 7266, Reid (Labour) 6343.. Barber 3615. I Petone.—McEwan (sitting Mayor) 1179, London 1051. Eastbourne.—F. H. Mather 315, P. Levi 206, C. Russell 72. Carterton. —W. Howard Booth 378, D. Reid 164. _ Karori. —B. G. N. Brown 255, v\. Skegg 223. . Gisborne. - Munns 780. Masterton. —W. H. Jackson 1427, Pierce Cotter 597. Stratford. —■ J- W. McMillan (Sitting M-avor) 615, J. W. Boon 594. Hawera.—Dixon 603, McNeil 399; Informal 11. , . i Nelson.—W. W. Snodgrass (sitting Mayor) 1234, W. Lock 1230. Tauranga. — B. Dive 344, ( . L. MacMillau 244. Dargaville.—R. E. Ilornblow defeated A. J. Stall worthy by 241! Blenheim. —Corry (sitting Mayor) defeated A. McCa-llum (ex-Mayor) Christchurch. —Dr. Thaeker, -M-P. (Canal League) 5948, J. J- Dougall (Citizens' Association) 5747, J. McCombs (Labour) 2306. j Palmerston North. —J. A. ->ash 1664, W. Wanganui. —McKay (sitting Mayor) 1792, Sigley 1197. Geraidine. —B. R. McDonald was re-elected. , . New Plymouth.- Burgess (sitting Mayor) 15*57, BlancharU 459. Ingle wood.—Sutherland 194, Buckley 163. Hawera.-—Dixon 603, McNeill 399. Oamaru. — McDiarniid 645, Frith 484. Eltham.—Taylor 290, Crump (sit- . tine Mavor) 217. Waimate.—W. E. Evans 478, Dash (sitting Mayor) 376. Wooiston.—C. Hill 321, D. Rowse 252. G. S. White 301. Miramar. —Stone 699, Townsend (present Mayor) -207.

Westport.—Mr. A. Lever was elected unopposed and enters on the seventh year of office, Dunedin. —Begg 4904. Black 3626, Gilkeson 2699, McDonald 788. Port Chalmers.— Edgar, retiring Mayor, was returned. St. KiVda,~-Stevensor> was elected. Auckland City. - J. 11. Gunsan, returned unopposed. Devonport —H. W. King. Onehunga.—J. Park. Takapuna. —W. B1 oiniiekl. Birkenhead. —J. McPae!. Pukekohe. —H. G." Watson. Eketahuna. —T. Parsons, Paten. — Christiansen 227, Hicks 136. Te Kuiti.—G. P. Finlay. The Saturday half-holiday was carried by a large majority. Whangarei.—John Samuel Dent, re-elected, defeating Donald Alexander McLean by a majority of 100. Foxton —J. t'hrisfcall re-elected unopposed. Whakatane. —F. A. Moore. OTHER ELECTION RESULTS Auckland City.—The electors returned eighteen of the old members, three Labour members and two ladies. Eketahuna. —There was a full polling for the. Council, less than 20 available votes being unrecorded for a council of six. The successful candidates are : Fairbrother, Hutchinson, Olson. Itowdcn, Mead. Harrison, til-cathead ; the two latter tied, and there will have to be a recount.. The poll earned Wednesday halfholiday.

Hawera. Council ; Bone, Cameron, Cumniing, Gormley, Hayton. Lewis. Morrishoy, Osborne, and lie id. Patea. —Councillors Harrison, Bay liss, Cronin, Holt, Lam, Honey field, R&uisbottom, Grainger, Kcnnctt, G. Williams. New Plymouth.-All the Labour candidates for the Borough Council, Hospital, and Harbour Hoards were defeated. Ratling on unimproved value was carried by 780 to 503. The harbour loan of £:iou,(ioo was carried by a huge majority in town and country. Ham iitoti y at urd ay half-holiday was approved by a large majority, the holiday being formerly oil Wednesday. Wanganui. — Complete returns ot (he Mayoral election : C. E. .MfU'kay 1790 Siglev 1-172. Council: T. B. Williams. J. Aitken. J. C. Richardson. C. IT. Burnett, C. J. Sharpp, R. W. Green, A. A. Gower, E. F. Liffitnn, G. Sprisuyns. A.'Thompson. .J. Dou'ildson, W. M. liarhour Board: A. G. T. B. Williams, W. G. Basse tt, L. K. Maekav, S. Holm. V. Meuli. The four first named were sitting members.

Christchurch.—The Lyttelton Har-j i boar Board election resulted in the' return of Dr. Thacker, Hollan i, Sorensen and Kaye for Christchurch, Flood for Lj-ttelton, and Hon. Moore for Kaiapoi and Ratiyiora. One return is still to come fcr Ashburton. Galbraith is returned, but the second seat is doubtful. Auckland City.—Elected : Entrican, Miss Melville, Heather, Bloodworth, Bagnell, E. H. Davis, Holdsworth, Mrs Maguire, Knight. War-; nock, Yerheny, Maekay, Savage, • Burton, Demansey. Baiklon, Paterson, Hall-Skelton, G. Davis, Treve-j thick, and Brinsden. ' Auckland Harbour Board: Alison, Adams, Bond, Carr, Clay, Davis, .Entrican, Hutchinson, Heather, Leyland, MacKenzie, Ttasdaie, Wallace: and Wynyard. j Auckland Hospital Board: Dr. 1 Florence Kellar, Messrs Yerheny, MaeKay, Savage, Knight, in addi-, tion to the six members previously' declared elected. Foxton.— Parkin, Thompson, C'. A. Pearson, Geo. Colev, C. Rand, J. Hannah, Bryant, M. H. Walker, McMurray. There were sixteen nominations, and four out of the five Labour candidates nominated were elected. Whakatane. — Unimproved values: were carried by 163 to 92. The elee- f trie svstem, water supplv and sur- j lace drainage loans, totalling £61,000 ' were defeated, owing to the feeling j that a more comprehensive scheme, j embracing the whole of the district, I would be preferable. i

THE MAYORALTY. i II 107 ,1 II HROWX, J. VIGOR 616 O 245 1 152 05 233 Jl 210 •< £ 224 "a c H 1817 Hill. Henry Informal 590 200 3 Majority 182 202 4 7 for Brown—3. 275 152 2 » 153 1814 > THE BOROUCH COUNCIL. .ll ; i i 1 i t ! 3 Si -A 11 m § < "O 1 14 1 ASHCROFT, P. ,. CREAGH, B. B. WOOD, S. AX DREW , J. B. McGRATH, J. W. THOMSON, J. C. VEXABLES, G. W. HARVEY, W. . . ALDRIDGE, G. . . RliXCIMAX, R. C. KIEL, H. . HILL, W. E. . . Kesfpll, -T. Wright, It. C. Kails, A. . . Atmore, E. Muirauah, E. Harris, J. . . Thompson, H. W. Sinclair, J. Biilcomhe, Mrs. H. Triggs, 1*'. W. Golder, D... Wright. 1'. 800 707 603 591 542 565 545 555 509 493 469 501 399 431 391 407 300 282 2S0 171 187 208 122 153 ; 3 343 327 262 243 227 250 234 210 213 214 164 226 1S1 1/;'. 182 ] 73 137 114 105 87 73 111 55 54 226 191 102 167 192 163 131 160 139 153 160 100 138 114 83 79 9) 1 1 69 33 33 * 79 21 26 338 335 189 157 m in 173 21-4 123 182 186 294 128 122 100 122 130 73 SO 87 52 87 42 tz3 HQ 310 262 254 232 190 237 251 223 159 236 205 182 211 184 122 113 157 147 110 124 100 56 91 61 w 231 207 175 198 189 156 16(5 164 177 134 150 147 118 126 112 98 '93 129 76 91 62 52 76 34 O 83 HC 154 135 126 121 87 13C 152 113 105 128 94 82 71 88 39 78 69 90 55 98 74 21 ' 8 o ir-l 21,02 2167 1771 1709 1679 1659 1620 1598 1516 1481 1424 142t 1412 1244 1051 1048 969 927 768 684 616 579 520 393

NAPIER HARBOUR BOARD. v - J J! CREAGH, B. B. 713 BROWN, J. V. .. 661 PARKER, T. .. 702 McGrath. W. J. . j 532 Smith, G. G. .. 493 Informal ' . . 52 334 288 295 209 223 8 1 p 2or 176 169 183 140 r. i ■ 341 241 165 239 196 >i > II 3'03 236 279 195 221 73 \ oo 226 231 188 180 125 16 II 157 135 157 106 109 11 1 H 2281 1968 1955 1644 1507 165 HOSPITAL AND CHARITABLE AID BOARD. MOELLER, F. .. 913 IiEATTIE, A. L. . - 809 HILL, H. .. 779 Halcombe, Mrs. H. 304 Harris. J 258 Informal . . 36 5 369 354. 330 123 116 •S 1. 1! 272 263 235 6S 39 S f'4 £a 502 376 426 242 173 8 CS is • s 8 ££ HC 343 302 310 187 121 9 S ■si 1 < QQ 262 2J2 232 110 102 171 155 154 113 74 11 3 o 2832 2501 2466 1147 883 80 SATURDAY HALF-HOLIDAY. i a Cfi a j "2 1 U 1 II as OO i- 1 ; Wednesday ■ ■ 328 0 §5 ,1? SATURDAY 8vl 3. J 233 164 Majority for Saturday— 11 131 346 1567. DO 109 256 ir 53 201 1 877 2444

THE MAYORALTY. EBBETT, G. Hart, W. . . . • # Simson, H. J an Cook, F. Informal j? 96 74 15 97 4 e cj 0 . lis CLffl 282 21G 63 4fi 4 * ib 1! oil 434 336 43 89 9 (sr. =5 - T3 -O Oh? 289 156 19 16 2 e 3 to M . • S 55 O s® 286 156 34 15 1 SJ ■ -Sna 3 0 o« 100 56 15 9 1 i H 148? 994 189 152 21 216 611 861 482 492 181 2843 Majority for Ebbett —493. THE BOROUCH COUNCIL. STYLES, T. B. H. BEAMISH, N. H. TIPPING, C. J. DAVIS, D. E. WHITE. VV. ■ HAMILTON, A. \V. DONOVAN, T. fowler, l. w. O'NEILL, JAMES Hay, R. E Rosenberg, A. Downing, T. Roche, M. Informal ® . 13 .. 140 . . 146 . . 142 . 141 .. 157 . 120 129 106 . . 30 114 til 65 70 3 s © • fcW , 432 39D 369 353 37 i 331 395 295 268 28U 22! 218 209 14 n M "= J ta C3 ~ UK 587 580 505 513 510 481 438 447 415 391 333 308 218 2H 53 3&1 344 368 357 285 329 264 226 291 2)3 170 12) 129 3 U) . 5=1 & "a O SM 351 347 319 335 298 315 ->~2 246 271 215 187 HW 115 8 Road. "3 "0 frn: 2019 1937 1888 1813 1734 1697 1581 1425 1419 1346 1032 940 ■ 787 60

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