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Considerable interest was displayed in the election of the chief magistrate of the borough yesterday, and the town assumed quite a bnsy appearance for the time beiug, knots of citizens being busy J during the whole of tbe day discussing tbe chances of tbe two candidates. One vehicle was employed by Mr. Major, well placarded, and placards "Vote for Maior" were -posted about tbe town, but beyond this nothing, was done by tbe candidates but steady, bard, personal canvassing. Mr. Furlong was the general favorite in the betting, and it was asserted tbat ab one time of the day he had polled four times as many votes as his opponents, but as tbe ballot box is dumb, nothing can be said on bis point. As tbe hoar tor closing tbe poll arrived, a large clnster of ratepayers congratulated outside the municipal offices where they were kept amused till the declaration of the result by tbe vagaries of a gentleman who had evidently bowed low at' the shrine of Bacchus, and was very happy in consequence. Frum tbe result it will be seen that the number of votes was considerably in excess of those polled in any previous year, which shows tbat the ratepayers value their privileges. Shortly after six tbe returning officer, Mr. Wanklyn, came out, and declared tbe result of the poll as follows :—: — Votes. William Joseph Furlong ... 116 Charles Edwin Major ... 62 Majority for Furlong . . 54 He therefore declared Mr. Furlong duly elected. Mr. Furlong tendered the ratepayers bis hearty thanks for returning him to the bead of the poll. During the election he had kept very silent, and be was not on this occasion going to depart from the rule he had followed. He had left himself to be judged by his past, and not by anything he could say on the platform ; and he hoped that at tbe end of the twelve months during which he should sit as their mayor he should be equally as worthy of their confidence as now. Mr. Major thanked those ratepayers who had voted for him. He was defeated, but not conquered. He had been indefatigable to secure votes, and had received large promises of support which, if they had been carried out, would have put him at the head of tbe poll — not at the bottom. He thought it would be an appropriate occasion to say that be thought it would be better for ratepayers not to promise to vote for a man wheu they did not intend to, as it led tbe candidate astray. He trusted tbat on some future occassiou he might be Mayor. Mr. Furlong then moved a vote of thanks to the retnrning officer, which was camedj and the proceedings closed. IUNITED PEESS ASSOCIATION.) '' WELLINGTON. November 27. Mr. Fisher, the present Mayor, was returned by a majority of 171 over Mr. Petberick. New Plymouth — J. Paul beat J. Davidsop' by 156 ; tbe numbers polled being 213 as against 57. W,anganni — Mr. Spurdle was elected by 200^V:9r bis opponent (Mr. Nathan). Pa|sa, — Mr. R. A. Adams was elected by a (arg^ majority. Martou — Lloyd Jones. Dunedin-^Scoolkr, 575 ; Barnes, 515 ; Invercavgill — Geo. Troggatt. Oamaru— John Falconer. ! ! Bluff— J. G. Ward. Ashhartoo — Rnaolpb 3?mulandey. Wanganui — bpurdle. Blenheim — Henderson. Ross — Malfroy. Tauranga — Thomas Wrigley.

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MAYORAL ELECTIONS., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume V, Issue 964, 27 November 1884

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MAYORAL ELECTIONS. Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume V, Issue 964, 27 November 1884