Tho poll for tho election of a Mayor for Oamnru took place yesterday, and an unusual amount of interest wa9 excited by tho event — in fucfc moro I linn we ever saw before in Oamaiu. At an early hour the town bad been placarded with the usual invitations to " voto for Shrimski," and " vote for Sumpter," and the betting, which hnd begun at 2 to 1 on Shrimski, gradually fell, till 5 lo 1 was offered on .Suinpter, finding few takers. Cabs, bu«»io3, oxpresse3, and even a bieak-van, were pressed into tho service, placarded in favor of tome one, and some the other of tho candidates, and at all events made a. show of working hard. Ol tho 603 citizens on the roll 450 voted, showing of it«olf the interest, folt in the election. At about fouv o'clock a crowd commenced to Kaiher in front of the Council Chambori, till fully 1000 persons wore assembled. At about five o'clock Cr. Falconer announced that tho state of the poll was Sumpter 267 Shrimski ... ... ... 183 He, therefore, declared Mr George Sumpter duly elected Mayor of Oamaru for the year 1875 6. The announcement was received with loud and prolonged cheering. Mr Sumpter then stood forward and said he thanked th« oitizons for the high honor they had done him in electing him Mayor. He had been beaten last year, and Lo had endeavored to bear his defeat well. He could only hope, now, that ho would bo able to bear his success equally well. He doaired I to record his earnest thanks to tboie gentlemen who had worked hard and well to place him in his present poiition. He had not expected to find himielf elected by to Urge a majority, and he need not »ay how gratified he felt. The term "gentleman" had been freely uved during the contest, and lomi inuendoes ai to the contracted meaning he
was said to apply to the word, bad, he believed, caused him to be beaten laat year, and had also operated to his detriment in the present contest. He did not consider the term applied merely to black-coated men, as a laborer in his working dreia could be a true gentlemen, and many were bo. It simply depended upon conduct. With regard to the reservei, a good deal had been said, but those who had lived in Oamaru so long as he had, knew that he had always striven to have them placed in the hands of the Corporation, for the purposes for which they had been sst aside. Something had been said about the Kifle Range. "Well. It wai given to the Volunteers, and they had spent money on it, and had a right to it. He would not object to its being in the hands of the Corporation, if it was stipulated that the Volunteers should have it so long as there were any of that body in Oamaru. Regarding the tramway, it was a pity that Mr Dunlop had not pub- j lished the reply given by the Council, as well as the application. He could only say that personaliy the matter did uofc much interest him, but he believed it would be for the benefit of the town. He trusted that the citizens would, now that he was elected, give him their cordial support. He would be happy to receive, and give attention to any suggestions which any citizen might make regarding municipal matters, and he hoped that at the conclusion of his term of office they would have the samo confidence in him that they had then. (Cheers). Mr Shrimsti said he heartily thanked thoBe electors who had voted for him. The position of himself and Mr Sumptev vrere the reverse of what they were last year. There lie had given him a disgraceful beating. (Cries of Oh! and "No disgrace.") Well, what he meant to say was that he had beaten Mr Sumpter last year by one more than he (Mr Shriratki) was beaten this. Ho had served the town honestly during his term of office, without fear or favor to any. Regardiug the tramway, since the reply sent by the Council to the projectors a letter had been received from the Minister for Public Works, stating that the General Government would not interfere iu the matter. He might remind the Citizens that it was a serious offence to cut up and damage tho streets. Ho intended to contest the election for Councillor for one or all the Wards, and if returned he would continue to look diligently after the affairs of the town. A vote of thanks to Hie returning officer concluded the proceedingi. The following showB the voting in each Ward :— Sumpter Shrimski Jetty Ward 61 46 Thames Ward ... 58 4A Severn Ward 90 68 High Ward ... ... 58 25
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THE MAYORALTY., North Otago Times, Volume XXI, Issue 1097, 22 July 1875
THE MAYORALTY. North Otago Times, Volume XXI, Issue 1097, 22 July 1875
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