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THE ELECTIONS.

Yesterday was. a day that will figure prominently in the annalsiof this colony. Ifc will ever be remembered as the day on which the first elections took place under the Triennial Parliaments Act,- and-in one day. Throughout -"the colony the excitement appears to have been intense. In this district, despite "the extraordinary stringency of the Corrupt Practices Prevention Act, times were pretty lively. During the course of the day, in Oamaru, vehicles of every description plied in the iqtere3t of Mr. Hasss'l, one of which for some time, displayed the British ensign. Here and there might be' seen a few individuals upon whom the 3un had exercised a remarkable influence, but until night no horseplay was indulged' in. Mr. S. Smith, who had a large following, took very good care that the proceedings should not be characterised by dulness. In the evening, he with two or three of his colleagues, who looked as though they had just emerged from a snow storm,-mounted the steps in front of the Courthouse, and harangued the crowd who had assembled to hear the result declared. From this rostrum Mr. Smith delivered a political address, whilst one J of his henchmen acted a» chairman and enforced silence interspersed with flour. Ever and anon the mass would be broken by the incursions of dispensers of raw custard and incipient poultry. Just as a group .would be intently perusing our extras, which we issued every few minutes as the returns came to hand, a wellmatured egg would soil the bulletin, and cause some amount of sputtering. If the missle happened to break on one's garments and be followed by a paper bag of mill Bcrapings, the case was even worse. The result, which was a foregone conclusion from the first, although it was felt that the contest would be a close one, was made known shortly after 9 o'clock. The ReturningOfficerthensaid he would now announce the state of the poll as far as he was able to ascertain at present. Of course 48 hours would have to elapse before he would declare it officially, but should the crowd not keep order he would not announce it at all that evening. He then read the following numbers Shrimski. Hassell. North School ... ... 31 13 South School ... ... 40 23 Courthouse 325 303

396 339 Majority for Shrimski ... 57 There were 19 informal votes.

Mr. Shrimski then came forward and said he felt proud of the position in which the electors had placed him. He was proceeding to make some further remarks when he was hustled off the steps, and received some very rough treatment, which, however, Mr. Shrimski took in very good part, considering that not a few " rather stale" eggs were flying around. The crowd dispersed after the declaration, and squads of over-grown lads paraded the town singing ribald songs. If they had gone no further in their wantonness, nobody would have had much, if any, cause for complaint, as most people are reasonable enough to allow very considerable latitude during election times. But they actually entered houses, terrified females, and broke windows, Unfortunately, so far at least as we are aware, not one of the delinquents could be identified, otherwise these effervescent and thoughtless youths would have been taught that, in having their sport, they must not act brutally, and must have some consideration for the property and feelings of others. WAITAKI. The following are the complete returns for the above-mentioned district• Duncan. Reid. Pukeuri ... ... ... 64 P Kakanui ... ... 20 13 Reidston ~. ... 14 20 Cave Valley,., ... 13 23 Landon ... ... ... 35 56 Papakaio ... 23 6 South Oamaru Township ... 45. 26 Duntroon ... ... ... 8 Livingstone ; ... 35 13 Ngapara 30 58 Awamoko 13 19 Kurow ... 17 9 Omarama Run 14 21 Teaneraki 24 58 368- 339 839 Majority for Duncan 29 MOERAKX The returns for this district are as follow: M'Kenzie. Williams. Murcott. Palmerston... 217 48 13 Maheno ... 49 12 8 Otepopo ... '' 60 8 12 Dunback ... 57 10 3 Green Valley 36 4 3 Hampden ... 41 5 80 Shag Point... 4 86 3 464 173 122 173 . Majority for M'Kenzie ~. 201. There were three informal votes. The majority for M'Kenzie over Williams was 291; over Murcoifc," 342. Mr. M'Kenzie returned thanks for J the large majority he had obtained,.and trusted their confidence would not-Be misplaced ; and although they ni4gtit.be overjoyed at.the reßult, be

hoped that they could not allow their feelings to carry them too far; for although his opponents were defeated, they were not to be despised. Mr. Murcott also returned thanks to those electors who had voted for him. He attributed his defeat to his protective policy, but he intended to come forward again at the first opportunity, when he, had no doubt he would stand in a different position. Mr. Williams did not put in an appearance. OTHER RETURNS. The returns from other parts of the Colony are not complete. In following list the places where the returns are incomplete are denoted by an asterisk (*): — AUCKLAND. Bay of Islands—Hobbs, 525; Lundon 294. Marsden Michelson, -245; Alderton, 223. * Rodney—Seymour George, 332; Shepherd, ISO; Farnall, 2. * ■ Waitemata— Hurst, 421; Alison, 177. Auckland North—Peacock 346 ; Bees, 330 ; Garrard, 4. Auckland West—Dargaville, 253; Fleming, 201 ; Dr. Wallis, 119. Auckland East—Sir G. Grey, 339; Clarke, 315. Newton—Swanson unopposed. Parnell—Moss, 300; Monk, 174. Eden—Tole, 441; Wood, 167. Manukau—Sir G. M. O'Rorke, 377 J M'Gee, 157. Franklyn North—Harris, 320 ; Buckland, 302 ; Luke, 183; Gordon, 8. * Franklyn South—Hamlin, 192; Lawry, 157. * Coromandel—Cadman, 374; Brodie, 281: Mackay, 240. * Thames—Sheehan, 546 ; Speight, 529. Waikato—Whyte unopposed. Waipa—Whitaker, 432; Jackson, 394 ; Johns, 237. Tauranga—Stewart, 267 J Morris, 229 ; Kelly, ISI. * East Coast—M'Donald, 403 ; Locke, 376 5 Porter, 151; Gannon, 121. * HAWKE'd BAY. Hawke's Bay—Sutton, 327 ; Russell, 233.* Napier—Buchanan, 489; M'Dougall, 187 ; M'Sweeney, 114. Waipawa—Smith, SSB ; Ormond, 563. TARANAKI. New Plymouth—-T. Kelly, 328; Major Brown, 179- * Taranaki-—Colonel Trimble, 120; Closeby, 21. * Egmont—Major Atkinson, 737; Hutchison, 400. * WELLINGTON'. Rangifcikei—Steven, 491; Sir W. Fo'x, 459. Manawatu—W. Johnston, returned unopposed. Waitotara Bryce, returned unopposed. Wanganui—Watt, 397 ; Ballance, Foxton—Wilson, 315 ; Izard, 242 ; Buller, 228; Russell, 193 ; Newman, 197 ; Francis, 61. * Hutt—Jackson, 348 ; Mason, 300; Marks, 50; Sinclair, 14. Wairarapa North—Beetham, SSB; Renall, 340. * Wairarapa South—Buchanan, 436; Bunny, 370; Boys, 119. Thorndon.(oity)—Levin, 772; Dwan, 228., Te Aro (city)—C. Johnston, 397; Shaw, 332 • Stafford, 321. Wellington South Hutchinson, 471; Coffey, 390; Edwards, 257 ; Hendry, 14. MARLBOROUGH. Picton—Connolly, 357 ; Eyes, 311. - Wairau—Dodson, 550; Seymour, 381. Cheviot—M'llwraith, 359; Saunders, 339;Fendall, 112. NEIiSON. Nelson City—Levistam, returned unop- : posed. Motueka—No returns received. Waimea—Shephard, 359 ; Richmond, 190. Buller—O'Connor, 302; Munro, 399. * Inangahua—Weston, 739 ; Reeves, 516 ; . M'Lean, 39. . •WESTLAND. Grey mouth—Petrie, 757 ; Guinness, 599 : Madden, 2. Kumara—Seddon, 763 ; Blake, 623. Hokitika—FitzGerald, 576; Reid, 414. * CANTERBURY. Ashley—Pearson, 446 ; Guild, 230; Dickson, 182.; Cunningham, 112; Paterson, 19. Kaiapoi—Wilson, 638 ; Lee, 426. Avon—Rolleston, returned unopposed. St. Albans—Brown, 218; Wilson, 168; O'Neill, 85. Stanmore—Pilliett, 383 ; Cowlishaw, 362; Flesher, 301 ; Clephane, 0. Sydenham—White, 663; Clark, 163 ; Tread well, 111; Andrew, 70. Christchurch North—Thomson, 577 5 Andrews, 466. Christchurch South —Holmea, 673 ; Anderson, 560. Heathcote—Williams, 232 ; Hornbrook, 158; Fisher, 113. Lyttelton—Allwright, 259; Webb, 256; Richardson, 248. Akaroa Montgomery, returned unopposed. Lincoln O'Callaghan, 196; Perryman, 110. Selwyn—Hall, 467 ; Lockhead, 169. Coleridge—M'Millan, 177; Enys, 65; Jebson, 60. Ashburton—Wright, returned unopposed. Wakanui—Wason, 445 ; Ivess, 435; Purnell, 74. Geraldine Postlethwaite, 518 ; Wakefield, 483 ; 'Hayhurst, 63. Timaru—Turnbull, 413; Gibson, 150; Partridge, 77. Gladstone—Sutter, 302 ; Fisher, 251; Anderson, 76; Newton, 11. Waimate Steward, 490; Manchester, 332 ; Bateman, 47 ; Clement, 41. OTAGO. Waitaki—Duncan, 378 ; Reid, 329. Oamaru—Shrimski, 398 ; Hassell, 339Moeraki—M'Kenzie, 463 ; Williams, Mureott, 122. Wajkouaiti—=Green, 233; Thompson, 116.* Port Chalmers—Macandrew, returned unopposed. Roslyn Bathgate, 341; Scott, 327 ; Hodgkinson, 241. Dunedin West—Dick, 459 ; Stewart, 451. Dunedin East—Green, 487; Davis, 470. Dunedin Central—Bracken, 340; Cargill, 320 ; Bastings, 263 ; Dickgon, 76; Graham, 43 Dunedin South—Fish, 565 ; Ross, 283. Peninsular—Seaton, 298 ; Cutten, 284 ; Donnelly, 203 ; Lewis, 54. Caversham—Barron, returned unopposed. Taieri Fulton, returned unopposed. Mount Ida—De Lautour, 330 ; Mackenzie, 301. Dunstan —Pyke, 573; Fraser, 439. Bruce—Rutherford, 551; Murray, 401; Adam, 164. Tuapeka—J. C. Brown, 482; G. F. C. Browne, 444. Clutha—Jowitt, 187 ; Thomson, 174. * Mataura—M-Ken?ie } 200; Richardson, I§3; Thomson, 104. Awanja-rrJoyce, 526 ; Bain, 249; Smith, 104; Kinross, 48. * InveroargiU—Feldwick, 771; Hatch, 385. Wakatipu—Fergus, 402; Thomson, 377 ; M'Bride, 36. Hokonui—Driver, 524; Cowan, 283; Fain, 92. Wallace —Returns not sent. MAORI MEMBERS. Northern—Mohi Tawhaia, 596 ; "Taiawhanga, 381; Rewiti, 24. Eastern —Tomoana, 818; Rodgers, 783; Wi Pin, 546; Ngata, 187. Further returns to come. r Western—Te Wheoro, 817 5 Maagahfo, %\lHughes, ?2; Southern —Taiaroa, returned unopposed,

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THE ELECTIONS., Oamaru Mail, Volume IV, Issue 1322, 10 December 1881

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