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THE ELECTIONS.

THE HAWEEA SEAT. Those who took a keen interest in the election for the Hawera seat— and they seemed to be many— were up with the lark on Tuesday morning, and one used to coming down town at 9 o'clock could not have failed to notice by the unusual bustle that an important day had opened. The committees of the rival candidates had not left things to take care of themselves on the eventful day ; organisation on each side had been thorough, and each entered into the last phase of the fight with well-defined plans regarding the hurrying of the lazy voter, the wheedling of the chary, and the inspiration of the careless. The result was that throughout the day the voting was steady, and although there were the usual cases of the belated voters— the people who are always late for their breakfast, and invariably miss the train— there was no crush when the hour arrived for the returning officer abd his poll-clerks to take a shorfcj well-earned recess. In the matter .of expiditing voting, vehicles played an important part, and free aW independent, many of whom j do little driving, were rolled gaily along to the polling booths. Goodhumouredly was the contest fought out ; here and there, certainly, a | strong partisan might have been heard airing his views, and occasionally an argument followed, but there was no disagreeable incident to mar the day's proceedings, for which the police were, naturally, duly thankful. Who, after seeing the number of -women who voted on Tuesday, will be audacious enough to say that the fair sex does not take an interest in politics ? Why, they seemed, if anything, more deadly in earnest than the man who fancies that he is the only person capable of casting an intelligent vote, and they turned up to the number of several hundreds, and recorded their votes as if their acquaintance with the ballot-box dated long before New Zealand, as " the most progressive country on the face of the earth," dealt seriously with the problem of " female franchise." It seems beyond doubt that woman suffrage has come to stay, despite those who were wont to say that women should stay at home and cook their hushands' dinners and mend their husbands' shirts. Woman, on short acquaintance, has entered so joyfully into politics that even the most hardhearted could not advocate that she should be shut out again. The next question will be her eligibility for a seat in Parliament. But that by the way. Up to noon on Tuesday the voting had been considerable, but it i was in the afternoon— when business was suspended, and Hawera came out in holiday attire — that things assumed the proper electioneering briskness. The street in front of the principal poliing-booth was where the greatest crowd assembled, although near the Oddfellows' Hall things were also lively. Some drove to Normanby to record their votes, but they were not many. Mr Alfred Trimble, the returning officer, had exercised considerable judgment in his arrange^ ments for the convenience of voters, and deserves great credit for the excellent and orderly manner in which the polling was carried out. At six o'clock the entrance to the Courthouse grounds was closed up, Mr Trimble having had erected a transparency on which to show the returns. The result was that there was no undue crushing when the numbers went up, the public having plenty of room on the roadway. Just before 7 o'clock the crowd, which had taken time to refresh itself, began to assemble, and when the first return came through there was a strong muster. The announcement that -at Okaiawa McGuire had polled 166 to Major's 76 was well received by the McGuireites/ and the hope of the success of their man was intensified when

the Oddfellows' Hall return (Major 266, McGuire 200) was announced, for it was expected that the former's majority at the auxiliary pollings booth would have been much larger. However, the Courthouse figures had yet to come. But that is a different tale. Returns now began to come in quickly, and as McGuire' s majority began to steadily increase, until at one stage it had reached 340, the friends of the sitting member began to grow sanguine. The Majorites shook their heads,, however, and said, " Wait for the central booth numb«re."

At Opunake Major got a majority of twelve, but at Norrnanby, despite rumours to the contrary, McGuire's star was in the ascendancy. Other returns did not very materially alter the position and to the crowd which seemed anxious for something decisive, the Courthouse returns were long in coming. When tney were shown such a shout and a roar went up as proved as conclusively as the figures which was the local favourite; Major 768, McGuire 269. A majority of 500, all but one, for Major. Hats were thrown up, and the crowd shouted itself hoarse. Now the Majorites* breathed freely for their man had turned a virtual 300 minority into a 150 majority. Now, said they McGuire will have to poll very heavily at the remaining country places if he is to go back to Parliament. And he did poll well, but not quite well enough. One return gave aim a lift of 30, another put him 48 more to the good, but eventually he was left in a minority of 32. Before the last two returns were officially announced, it was generally accepted that the fight had gone in favour of the Liberal candidate, although those who wece in favour of Mr. McGuire longingly watched the transparency, hoping against hope that even yet their favourite would uei there. The Maj writes had no doubt on the subject, ho«vever, for a buggy was drawn up in quick time in front of the successful candidate's office, and in response to vociferous calls Mr. Major appeared and with the chairman of his ':nmrmt.tce was hustled into the vehicle. Then willing enthusiasts acted the part of horses for the nonce, and amid huzzahs dragged tli-i vehicle up Princes street. Returning they .topped at Mr t Major's office whore that gtrrf.Jeman delivered a speech. He said the victory .wa9 a m.3ritorjo «s one, in fact one of tha* greatest Liberal v<+ories that had .been recorded in the r-olor.y, for was not this the town in wlich the Premier could not get a hearing?, It would be base ingratitude en his part did he not recognise (o tVe full the manner in which his wupporters had stuck to him. The victory had been won, and he might express the i opinion that it would have been an unfortunate thing for Hawsra lad it not been so. At a later st«iye, Mr. Major, who had in the meantime been cheered continuously, was hurried on the Post Office steps, where he continued his remarks. He said ttat he would do his best for the i..vm in which he was so interested, and would also prove that he was the friend of the small farmers. With him ft would not be a question of town against country, but he would work in the best interests of the district as a whole. If ever he found he had lost the confidence of the electors lie would resign. He would give., them an opportunity by pre-sessional and postsessional speeches of judging of his actions. Mr. Major again, amid cheers, returned thanks. The local option poll caused ;onsiderable interest and there wore many against no license who seemed dubious as to the result. On the other hand the Prohibitionists did not profess to think that they would be successful although they expected to show an increase on the numbers at the last poll. In this anticipation they were cox*rect.

After the excitement had somewhat subsided, the bulk of the crowd dispersed, but a considerable number re. rnained in front of the "Star" Office for some houxa cheering and groaning, as it suited them, the returns from tfie various parta of the colony as they were displayed.

The following are the detailed re- [ suits: — . HAWERA. Major McGuire Hawera (Courthouse) ... 768 269 Hawera (Oddfellows' Hall) 266 . 200 Normanby 123 146 Pihauia 54 67 Opunake 176 164 Auroa 43 49 Awatuna..'. ... . ... 12 94 Fraser Road 5 40 Kaponga 20 60 Kapuni 35 72 Manaia 219 179 JYlangatoki 62 177 '• Matapu 40 78 Mereuaere 81 29 Moko'n 11 18 Okai.-.a, 76 166 Oionui 53 58 Otak-ho 57 73 Rmrlea 118 118 To Kiri 33 69 Te Roti 38 76 Wha-eroa Road ... 9 15 Kahuißoad 7 12 Totals 2256/ 2219 Major returned by a majority of 36 PATE A. Symes Haselden Alton 31 57 Bird Road 21 27 Cnrdiff 18 54 Eitbaui 822 276 Brewer Road 26 8 Huiroa 25 0 Mcremere ... ... 10 0 Mangawhero ... ... 17 16 , Palmer Road 24 68 Tahore Road 6 7 Totutawa 25 20 Huiakama 23 19 \ Hurleyvillo 28 30 ' Kohuratihi 16 4 Kukaramea 19 57 1 Kohi 27 47 ' Mauutahi 31 29 Mctnohaki 33 - 43 Moki Road 14 4 MHngiininn s 20 29 Mabenßoud 80 8 , Ngairc- 96 144 ! Pohokura 11 18 P*«ea 263 158 Rawhitiroa Road ... 31 34 S ratford 801 396 Straihmore 37 43 Toko : 189 80 Trthoia 14 2 I Whar.gtunomonft ... 89 19 ... ... 14 4 Whenuokura- 15 62 Wnvirley 165 259 Wnitotara 80 43 WhHk«mara 23 17 Wha:eroa Rftfti % ... — 13 2784 2341 EGMONT. Jenningß Leech Wai ara 276 123 U.uti 30 29 Strat'ord 24 50 Pembroke Road ... 9 31 Huiiangi ... ... 5 35 Tikorangi 21 100 Waiongona 10 3 TaiiM 98 27 Awakino 21 27 Ka-ini'.ta 21 67 Ca.dff 6 9 Inglewood 331 428 Tongaporutu (nos th side) 14 1 Ongarue 86 31 L pp«rton 39 64 Ta.aa 14 71 Mokau 39 3 S n-ry Hill ... .... 28 14 Urenui 59 45 S anley Road 27 40 Midhiwt 169 201 Mangapuhi ... „. 12 17 Onaero 8 20 Te Kuiti 58 41 Tuf-inaka 28 6 Durhnm Road 25 21 Pnrihaka 129. 31 Tuumnrunui ... ... 40 20 Poro otaroa 25 30 Norfolk Road 19 20 Wortley Road 2 82 Pukearuhe ... ... 2 8 Okoke 6 8 Purangi 6 26 Matau 2 41 Waitara Road 8 25 Mokau -Green-way 's Mill 3 0 Latest figures : - Leech 1773, Jennings 1755, with three returns to come in. NEW PLYMOUTH. Smith Okty Drill Hall 1230 618 Crocker's 296 206 South Road 148 72 Total 1669 896 Fiizroy 114 115 Westown 49 J5 Frankley Road 30 70 Upp' r Carrington Rond 10 78 Mangorfi 34 80 Lower Kent Road ... 21 70 Egmont Village ... 55 156 Bell Block 37 60 Epmont Eoad 29, 24 Ki. g and Upland Roads 27 24 Oiuata 75 71 Koru 14 35 Oakura 24 59 Ta'araimaka 29 38 Okato 52 97 Puniho 32 16 Wan-a 17 84 Pungarebu 39 26 Rahotu 62 96 Total 2419 2105 Majority 314 AUCKLAND. Bay of I-lands — *R M. Houston (G) 1402 A. G. 0. Glass (0) 926 Kaipara — A. 0. Harding-(O, FU) ... 1063 J. S' all worthy (G) 782 G. L. Pcacocke(G) 698 H. P. Bassett (G) 492 0- Ntwman (G) 243 Madden — Mander, I 1936 Thompson 1898 Waitemata — Alison, I 2196 Hatfield 1531 Eden— -J. Bollard (0) 2510 P. E. Oheal (G) 998 Auckland City — Three seats *J H. Witheford (G) 7828 F. E. BaumelG 7511 A. Kidd (I) 5819 • W. Richardson (P) 4828 *W. J. Napier (G) 4232 A. Ropsor (L) 3321 R. French (I) 3053 J. H, Hannan (G) 2028 J. Faweus (L) BRS A. P. Bradley, O 218 H. N. Simson, G • — Grey Lynn— *G. Fowlds, G 2102 T. T. Maaefield, I 1987 Pornsll — i *F. Lawry, G 1989 1 J. M. Shern, IG 1871 Manuk&u — M. M. Kirkbride, O 2304 *Sir G. M. O'Rorke, G ... 2127 Franklin — *W. F. Maasey O A. R. Harris G Massey election certain. Thames — McGowau 2417 Lucas 1565 Isitt 35 Ohinemuri — E. G. B. Moas, IG 1454 *J. Palmer, G 1132 H. Poland, G ■ ... 936 Waikato — *F. W.Lang, O 2248 H. J. Greenslade, G 2004 Bay of Plenty— *W. H. Henries, O 2047 D.Lundon, G 1188 Rev. C. Jordan, G 424 John E. Taylor, G 889 Waiapu — -Hon. J. Carroll (G) 319S Rev. F. W. Isitt (P) 1589 HAWKE'S BAY. Hawke's Bay — *Sir R. W. RusselJ, (0) ... 2247 Rev. F. W. laitt (P) 872 Five small returns to come. Napier — *A. L. D. Fraser (G) 2736 R, J. Eamesv(lLl 1249 Waipawa — *C. Hall (G) 2558 J. Taylor (O) 1021 "WELLINGTON. Rangitikei — A. E. Remingfcou, G 1289 W. J. Bircb, O 1098 M. J. Reardon, L and L ... 522 R. E. Hornblow, L, FU ... 344 James Smith, I 69 Oroua — *F. Y. Lethbridge (O) ... 1803 A. H. Tompkins (G) 1264 Wanganui — *A. D. Willis (G| 2863 J. W. Baker{ 0) 1425 P. Lundon (IG)* 596 Monawatu — J.Vile(IG) 1692 *J. Stevene lG) 1515 Palmerston — '. W. T. Wood, G 2227 ' T. R. Hodder, 10 1895 ■ H. T. Mansoa, G 511

[ Pahiatua— 1 *J. O'Meara (G) 1874 S. Bolton (Oi 1139 Gould 290 < Master) on — *A. W.Hogg, G 2858 . J. C. Cooper, O 1502 Wairarapa — I W. C. Buchanan, O 2049 *J. T. M. Hornsby, G ... 1983 i OtnKt — *W. H. Field (G) 2014 Rev. F. W. Isiit(P) 493 Hutt*T. M. Wilfurd, G 2115 j F. Pirani, O 1673 J, K. Collier, I 90 New.own W. H. P. B.rbsr (G) ... 1884 T. W. Hialop (O) 1359 C. M. Luke (Q) 1019 Dr. Chappie (IG) 1017 W. G. Tustin (Oi 159 Wellington Cvv — J. G. W Aitkeu |O) 7781 J. Duthic (O 6878 *G. Fisher (G) 6639 P. J. O'Regan G) 6293 *A. R. Atk nson (O) 6078 Be. FindlHy (G) 4732 J. GodberiG) .1433 E. G. Jellicoe {i) 1869 Maclaren (I) 999 NELSON AND MARLBOROUGH. NoUon City — *J. Graham, G 2051 F. Atrnore, G and P 1598 Jessie Piper, IP 512 THE WEST COABT. , Motueki — , ' *JR. McK'm zie, G 1736 F. W. Isitt, P 308 , Buller— , *J. Colvin, G 3340 ; Rev. F. W. Isitt, P 767 HokitiUa — I -Rigbt Hon. R. J. Seddon (G) 2860 , Key. P. W. Is.tt (Pj 287 Geey — j *A. R. Guinness (G) 2640 j R*v. F. W. Isitt (P) 581 CANTERBURY. Kaiapoi — J *J. Buddo'G) 2554 A. D. Ha«s*ll (IG) 1302 Courier.ay — | *C. Lewis, O 1535 J. Rennie, G 1184 J. Barrett, G 401 Avon — *W. W. Tanner (G) 1603 F. L. Brunt (G) 1632 A. Lougbrey (I) 879 Mytrs 37 Wairau — *Hon. C. H. Mill?, G ... 2258 ] J. Duncan, I 1908 Christchurch - T. E. Taylor, I 8175 *H. G. Ell, I 7812 T. H. Davey, G r 6323 *W. W. Collins. G ... ' ... 5974 *G. J. Smith, I 5967 A. H. Turnbull, G 4646 , C. T»ylor, L 4467 Charles Allison, G 1532 B. Baynes, L ... * 185 Ellesmere— *R. H. Rhodes (0) 1688 C R. Thompson (P) 1166 Selwyn — Hardy, O 1567 Ivess 919 Wilson 521 Riconrton — *G. W. Resell, IG 1775 G. Witty, G 1481 1 Lyiteiton — *G. Laurenson, G 3041 W. Rollitt, G 869 Ashburton — *J. M'Lachlan (G) 1996 J. Studholme, jun. (O) ... 1537 W. Brock (G) 732 A.Ayer (G) ... 60 Geraldine — +F. R. Flatman G ... ... 2275 W. Maslm 1303 Timaru — *Ho-i W. Hnll-Jones G ... 3045 F. H. Smith O 1394 Rev F. W. Isitt P 348 Uurunui — A. W. Rutherford (Gj ... 1577 H. F. Recce *O) 880 *R. Meredith (I) 838 G. W. Forbes (G) 216 G. Pully (G) 68 Chalmers — . *E. G. Allen (G) 2605 " John Wbito (O) 2006 I OTAGO. Dunedia Ciiy — H. D. Bedford, OP 10,060 *J. A. Millar, G 9850 *J. V. Arnold, G 8360 A. R. Barclay, G ... ... 7304 R. Chisbolm, IG 4600 Caversham— *T. K. Sidey (G) 2987 W. Earnshaw (10) 2491 Taieri — D. Reid, jun., O 1474 J. J. Ramsay, IG 1129 A. Marshall, G 576 C. Samson, G 406 J. Wr.ght. 1G 127 Waitaki— .*Hon W. J. Steward. G ... 1978 John Cauopbtil, I 1395 Oatnaru — *r. Y. Duucan, G 2143 J. M. Brown, IL 1261 McPherson, G ... ... 817 Crawford, 0 134 Mount Ida — A. L. Herdman. O 1664 John Ewing, G , 1585 Waikouaiti — - : T. Mackenzie, IL 2500 Rev. F. W. Is tt. P 750 Bruce— * James Allen, 0 2405 J. A. Scott, G ... ... 1292 Clutha — *J. W. Thomson.O 1656 JobnO'Neil I I W. Quin .... G j Tuapeka— *J. Bennet (G) 1864 ) R. Gilkison (10) 1798 I Wakatipu — j *W. Fraser, O 1943 I R. B. Ross, G 1499 j A. Murdoch, O 315 James Kelly, G 65 j Mataura - j *R. McNab, G 2290 I. W. Raymond, O 1899 j Invercargill — L *J. A. Hauan (G) 3320 D. Whyte (P) 186 ) Awarua— j *SirJ. G. Ward G 2792 Whyte 915 [ Wallace - *M. G.lfedder G 2856 ) J. C. Thomson... 1599 I :;: Suinlf»6t Parliament; G., Govern- ; ment supporter ; 0., Oppohitiou ; I , Independent ; I.G , Independent, with Go- [ verutnent tendencies ; I 0., Independent, I with Opposition tendencies ; L. Labour ; ; P., Prohibition. I ___

LOCAL OPTION. C. R. P.

OTHER PLACES. C. B. P.

Waikouaiti— Reduction is carried, but figures are not available. Wakaiipu— The no licensing proposals were carried. Awarua— Prohibition is apparently carried. Selwyn.- Licensing — Reduction carried by a large majority. Licensing — Reduction carried in Avon, and continuance in Riccarton and Kaiapoi. Patea— Thir.een local option rbturna to come in. Result, so far: Coniinuance 1618, reduction 1514, no license 1850.

Otaki 1317 939 1082 Gre.vmouth ... 1660 1860 1461 Fahi.it ua ... 1421 1124 1625 Hay of Islands ... 1560 514 761 Waitemata ... 1735 1431 1409 Eden 1759 1718 1648 Auckland City ... 7270 6667 6420 Grey Lynn ... 1826 2148 2168 Parnell 2119 1535 1432 Ohinemuri ... Continuance carried Bay of Plenty ... 1200 926 1803 Waiapu 2295 1970 2568 Napier 1747 2079 1987 Oroua 1446 1011 1861 Wanganui ... 2408 1880 2262 VVaipawa ... 1802 1230 1579 New Plymouth... 2291 1898 1548 Palmers ton ... 2800 1423 1097 Masterton ... 1968 1394 1937 Newtown ... 1873 2768 8001 Wellington City 6708 7313 7480 Nelson 2406 521 1291 Buller 2881 1026 1812 i Westland ... 2038 770 854 Ly Melton ... 1784 922 2024 Christchurch City 7887 7475 7878 Asbburfon ... 1742 2504 2883 Timara ... 2173 2483 2684 Otago 1465 1669 1888 Oamaru 1800 2144 2458 Chalmers ... 1675 2122 2768 Reduction carried, and probably prohibition. Dunedin City ... 7229 8925 8497 Caversham ... 2895 2860 2936 Bruce 1468 2099 2293 Mataura 1818 2045 2444 Inveroargill ... 2140 2844 2071 Wallace"... ... 1188 1200 1507 Thames — Reduction will probably be carried. ( r t S t 0 i £ o ii ti a

Hawera 750 Normanby 106 Pihnma 71 Opunake 162 Auroa 40 Awatuna 44 Fraaer Boad 13 Kabui Boad 9 Kaponga 108 Manaia 243 Mangatoki 92 Matapu... 84 Merpinere 29 Mokoia ... ... ... 15 Okaiawa 102 Oaonui 69 Otakebo 51 Riverlea 82 Te Boti 68 Whareroa Koad ... 13 609 117 21 118 25 43 20 8 79 102 101 67 24 7 94 19 41 B5 50 0 703 148 88 152 44 58 24 10 110 146 137 73 28 8 122 39 68 43 89 9

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THE ELECTIONS., Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume XLII, Issue 7614, 26 November 1902

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