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The Marlbough Express Published Every Evening. Monday, December 7, 1896. AFTER THE BATTLE.

The 1896 election figures as one of tbe hardest fought contests m the political annals of the Wairau, and Mr Mills and his supporters may, with reason, be proud of their victory. We have no desire to withhold any of the credit that is due to Mr Mills ; we sincerely congratulate him and wish him the fullest possible measure of success m the occupation of the office entrusted to him. After giving a proper consideration to the latitude allowed m contests of this kind, it can be truthfully said that it was a fair fight, conducted with honor by both parties ; and, although the Express finds itself on the losing side, we would be showing an unworthy spirit if we did not accept the decision of the electors. At the same time, Mr Buick has no cause to be ashamed of his defeat. Results prove that both candidates were equally popular. A majority of fifty odd out of a number of votes totalling over 4000 is a narrow difference, and Mr Buick is quite justified m refusing to accept his defeat as an expression of no-confi-dence. It was " regrettable that two such excellent men should have been brought into conflict ; and even those who supported his opponent will hope to see Mr Buick back again, before long, m the place where he has so creditably distinguished himself. As far as our political views are concerned we are the more reconciled to the return of Mr Mills by a consideration of the nature of the elections throughout the Colony generally. It is apparent that m calibre the new Parliament will be m every respect superior to the last one. As a result of the struggle just ended, the Legislature will be improved by the introduction of more capable talent, and a better and more numerous Opposition, which will supply a much needed check on Mr Seddon's autocratic power. We have not space to-day to comment on the general election, but we will note the welcome gain the Opposition has received by the reentry into political life of Messrs Rolleston, Soobie. McKenzie, ami Cr.

F. Richardson. As representative of the Wairau, Mr Mills will, we feel sure, do all that an energetic member can do to promote the interests of his constituency ; and m this respect we are only too ready to join hands with him and give him all the assistance that lies m our power.

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The Marlbough Express Published Every Evening. Monday, December 7, 1896. AFTER THE BATTLE., Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 285, 7 December 1896

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The Marlbough Express Published Every Evening. Monday, December 7, 1896. AFTER THE BATTLE. Marlborough Express, Volume XXXI, Issue 285, 7 December 1896

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