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MEETING OF ELECTORS.

tf, a . rea P° n£e *o an advertisement calling we electors together for the purpose of se- * cindidate to represent Oamara in "e House of Representatives the Mhen- ? B Hall was well filled last night. lu the "senceof the Mavor, Mr G. Jones, seir., *M voted to the chair. The Chairman explained that they had ~" to select a fit and proper person to represent Camaru in Parliament a person wno would act in the Liberal interest. It m„ *L it the basine ' is of tho-e present to «. j j name 3 of mea wh O could be deiatnerT n P° n t0 faithfully represent the conMr Neil Flaming said that, as Lord Reidnw\ W " DOt P resent a? the mee in*, it „U ** V\ nmea that be.did not c;ass himtt!j? a V be:al ' ud thar - h * was not the 71lS S £ ■■'\ to re P««™t them.-iA voice : •VJ? . K .^" haT£B could not ne here, as he Kwll'"' bcen motioned, and he iX "?' th t meßtin 8 wm'd-lkc that I twion" ° mike a ita • ment aa t0 !lia in " j n«r^.r islß? s ", d that what " c would !o de-1 the electors intended lo ! of thf2f b >" a lar S e number teZ g h u er " not Wa business en- - v honght the >- would, Ind the&? ""*& I™ t0 offer Um elf t0 eUcton he would do so. He would not

state t-ien what his political opinions were s he thought that he should t e given time for mature consider.-tion. The Chairman thought that, before proceeding further, seme person should bo pro-po-jfd as a candidate. Afrer a prolonged •aiiac, and there Vein:: no response to his

'Ugg'.-atioa, th<; Chairman said ho thought th't in order to bring matters to ahead, ; ome • lector hould repose that Mr Hiflop should he asked to offer limself.

"Mr Fleming (ifier a other long spoil of silence) said that t e 'neeting appearc d to he aQ aii'ir«' mee i g, and he would break the silt nee, as the spirit had moved iim. He thought that some suppor'T cf Lord Beidh=ven should have been present to lay his views before the mestin?. It devolved upon him to move that v r Bielop Bhould be asked to co:.te3t t:e Oamaru seat in the Liberal interest. F!e had known Mr Bisl/ip for la years, and, although he was one of the most obstreperous and cantankerous fellows he had ever known, he w?s goovl man. K's heart was better than his head, and his head was good enough. Good as Mr thrimski was as a representative-good enough to he rewarded by translation t:> the Council—Mr Hislop would be better. The only fault he had to find with Mr iiislop was tha"; he once represented them and resigced. But it wai utid' rstnod that Mr Hislop had urgent private reasons for the a- option of such a course. He now felt, however, that he was in a position to serve them, and he (Mr Fleming) did not think they would find an abler representative if they searched from the time at which he was speaking till the same time next year. Mr Hislop had been tried, and, having become matured in age and experience, he wou'd bs a bet'er iran than ever in a representative ca- acity. .£ll things considered, he was sure that the town would be well represented by Mr Hislop. Be therefore proposed that Mr Hislop be chosen as the Liberal candidate to represent Oamaru in the House of Representatives. Mr J. Crr seconded the proposition.

Mr Powell said that he had taken a lively interest in politics, especially on the Liberal side. He had been told that, as ord Beidhaven was out for the seat, th?re was no I ecessity fo- any other candidate. But, ho rever good Lord Re dhaven might be, he would be all the better for opposition. It would be like furbishing up a piece of steel —the more it wos rubbed the brighter it would shine. He was not acquainted with Mr H-'s!op ; but, having heard Mr Fleming's eulogism of that gentleman, he felt that he knew him intimately. He felt that whoever was selected—whether Lord Reidhaven or Mr Hislop—he wou d do his duty. Tho Chairman said that, in putting the proposition, he would ask everyone present to vote either on one side or the other, and thus show that they were capable of thinking and acting for themselves. ftlr Fleming's proposition was then carried, about three-fourths of those present holding up their hands for it, and no one voting against it.

Mr Hislop said that he had promised at the outset that he would do whnt the electors wished, and he now placed himself in their hands. He thanked Mr Fleming and the Chairman for what iheyhad said about him. He did not profess to be an adept in politics, but, such as he was, he was at their disposal He had endeavored to gain knowledge on political matters, and he would be hippy if he were placed in a position in [ which he could utilise that knowledge for the benefit of his c nstituency. He was sent as a young man to Parliament, and any laches of whiah he may have been guilty then were charitably attributed to hi 3 youth and inexperience. Such an excuse ceuld not be urged if he re-entered Parliament, and he would endeavor to show that he had profited with the experience of years. He would take advantage of the few weeks which were at his disposal to prepare to ennnciato his views on the difficult questions with wh ch Parliament would have to deal questions which had exercised the minds of the greatest politicians of the age, for it would be impossible for anyone, without a careful consideration of such grave subjects, .to indicate the course he would be prepared to pursue. This constituency had always favored Liberal politicians, and he had evor been in accord with the majority in this respect. They might rely that the side he would take would be opposed to cl»ss legislation, and jealous of the general welfare of the people. He would shortly express himself more demritely and fully. (Applause.) A vote of to the chair closed the proceedings.

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MEETING OF ELECTORS., Oamaru Mail, Volume IX, Issue 2874, 11 April 1885

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MEETING OF ELECTORS. Oamaru Mail, Volume IX, Issue 2874, 11 April 1885

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