THE Marlborough Express PUBLISHED EVERY EVENING. SATUEDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1881.
We have to congratulate the electors of the Wairau district upon yesterday's polling, which resulted m the I return of Mr Henry Dodson by a majority of 169. The announcement of the, state of the poll m Blenheim was received with deafening cheers, which plainly showed the delight and' satisfaction felt bythepeo^e at the auccess of the Liberal party. Mr Dodson's return is the inauguration of an era bright with prosperity for this district. It is only too well known that their has long existed amongst us a state of affairs inimical to the best interests of the vast majority of the people. It has now been shown that once the power was given to the people it would be worthily used, and yesterday proved conclusively that they were true to themselves. We must also congratulate Mr Dodson upon the manly and straightforward way m which he conducted the contest. We wish we could extend our congratulations on this point to the rejected candidate, Mr Seymour, but we cannot. Let anyone read the "Marlborough Times" for the last three months, and say if Mr Seymoub fought fairly. The vileßt insinuations were made against Mr Dodson and his utterances were scandalously distorted by that journal. Public opinion as to our contemporary, is pretty decided and well known, but we feel bound to say it stands pre-eminent m its notoriety amongst Colonialjournals. As to Mr Seymour's canvassers little need be said. Following the lead of the " Times" they indulged m personalities and misrepresentations to the utmost. Instead of fighting openly and manfully they struck below the belt, and stabbed behind the back. Mr Seymour's bad taste m holding a meeting on Thursday evening, when bis opponent was absent, met with dniversal condemnation, and it did him, much harm. The persons who suggested the idea of so doing to Mr Seymour will learn a lesson they much needed, namely, that fair play, like honesty, is the best policy. Our space does not allow of our at present dealing with the matter so fully as we would wish. In conclusion, we would again congratulate the people upon the intelligent and wise manner m which they have exercised the franchise, by returning so triumphantly Mr Henry Dodson.
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THE Marlborough Express PUBLISHED EVERY EVENING. SATUEDAY, DECEMBER 10,1881.,
Marlborough Express, Volume XVI, Issue 288, 10 December 1881