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The last.act in connection with the election of a member for Oamaru in th 9 House of 1 Representatives was performed at 10 o'clock this morning. In the presence of a large number of electors, the Returning Officer (Mr H, W. Robinson) made the official declaration of the poll, as follows : Mr Shrimski 483 Mr Grant 391 Majority for Mr Shrimski 92 He therefore declared Mr Samuel Edward .Shrimski duly elected. Mr Shrimski returned his heartfelt and sincere thanks to the electors for the very high compliment they?had paid him in -electing him for the fourth time as their representative in Parliament. He also thanked his Committee for the energetic manner in which they had worked to secure his return. A great deal had been said against him for having taken the full honorarium of L2lO for the late short session. He had refrained from saying anything about the matter previously, because he had no desire to use it for the purpose of influencing the election in any way. He would now give them briefly the history of the matter. The Government had brought down the full amount, with a recommendation that it should be reduced by one-half. Two members were told off to ascertain the views of members upon the question, and it was found that there was a majority of nine in favor of the full amount. He (Mr Shrimski) had gone to the House with the full intention of voting in favor of the reduction, but duriflg the discussion one member, who had sinc9 been defeated, had become so offensive that he had left the House in disgust. Had he wished to gain popularity, he might have remained in -the House and voted against the full amount, which he knew wa3 bound to be carried. He thought he acted more creditably by refraining from voting. He again thanked the electors for the high compliment they had paid him, and he would assure them that as he had done in the past so would he do in the future, and work for the district and the whole colony. (Applause.) Lord Reidhaven said he was only going to say a few words. He thanked those who had voted for him, and lie assured those who had voted against him that he held them in as high respect and esteem as he had held them previously. As they knew, he had consented to come forward at the solicitation of a "number of friends, and it was because of these and his committee, and not for himself, that he felt sorry for his defeat. He accepted that defeat with the better grace because he had been beaten by so old a member as Mr Shrimski. It was possible that he might, at some future time, again woo the suffrages of the electors. He again thanked those who had voted for him on this occasion. (Applause.) On the call of Mr Shrimski, seconded by Lord Reidhaven, three cheers were given for the Returning Officer. Mr Robinson, in acknowledging the compliment, said that elections were matters of serious importance, and should be conducted with a tender regard for the feelings and opinions of others. The proceedings then terminated.

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DECLARATION OF THE POLL., Oamaru Mail, Volume IV, Issue 1322, 24 July 1884

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DECLARATION OF THE POLL. Oamaru Mail, Volume IV, Issue 1322, 24 July 1884