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THE ELECTION.

The nomination of candidates for the seat in the House of Representatives rendered vacant by the resignation of Mr ® Shrimski, took place at noon to-day at the Courthouse, in the presence of a large * number of electors. The proceedings were of a very quiet and orderly character, only lasting about fifteen minutes. The Returning Officer (Mr H. W. e Robinson, R.M.,) having made the usual s announcement of authority to hold the election, called for nominations. I Mr John Currie said he had much a pleasure in proposing Mr Francis William II Ogilvie Grant (Lord Reidhaven) as a fit 1 and proper person to represent Oamaru in the House of Representatives. 1 Mr Edward Loft seconded the nominaj tion. j Mr Henry Aitken said he had much pleasure in.proposing Mr Thomas William t Hislop as a fit and proper person to reel present Oamaru. It was unnecessary for t him to say anything in favor of the candidate, who was well and favorably known f to the great bulk of the electors. Mr a Hislop had resided in the town for J thirteen years, and during the whole ? of that time he had taken an active _ part in all public matters. He had ever j been on the side of progress and settlement, often, he had no doubt, to the de--3 fcriment of his own pocket. If they a returned Mr Hislop as their repre3enta--1 tive he was sure he would serve them / well, and he hoped they would put him in - by an overwhelming majority. 9 Mr Moir, in seconding the * nomination, said he did not think they ® could do better than elect Mr Hislop as thsir representative. ® A show of hands was taken, and der clared to be in favor of Mr Hislop. j Lord Reidhaven demanded a poll; i which the Returning Officer announced . would be held on the 20th instant. Both candidates briefly addressed the - electors. i Lord Reidhaven said that he had but 1 one or two words to say on the present " occasion. Although the show of hands f was not ii his favor ha desired that his , supporters would keep in good as | he intended to do. It frequently occurred , that a show of hands was reversed at the poll, and he believed that it would be so f in connection with the present election, s He believed that he would go in this time; Last time he was but » he felt sure that he was'notmistaken - now. He hoped that his friends would r rally round him and return him, and he J was sure that if they did they would not [ regret their action. Mr Hislop said that he did not intend making many remarks, as he purposed ' addressing a meeting on Friday night in [ the Public Hall. Ho hoped then to be . able to give a full statement of his views i upon all the leading political questions. I" He would not speculate as to the probable outcome of the election. He felt conr fident that the electorate would not prove ■ fickle, but that the outcome of the poll ' would be an emphatic endorsement of the result of the show of hands. It was not necessary for him now to enunciate his general views upon political questions, for they were well aware of the opinions he had held previously. Those views he held now, and he hoped always to hold. As his proposer had said, he had for'years taken an active interest in ail public matters, and shortly after his arrival in the town he had allied himself with the party then fighting against a monopoly of the land. Although th 6 position of that , question had . been slightly altered, there was much to be done before it was properly and finally settled. The land settlement question was one in which ha had always taken the deepest interest, and he had therefore made special reference to it. There were other question of almost equal importance in which the people : should take an active interest, and unless they did so they would find that others, who looked at matters from their own | selfish points of view, would reap advan- i tages at the expense of the public. In reference to tae statements which had been made by canvassers upon the other ! side, and which had been repeated to < him, that he was only going into Parlia- ! ment to serve his own interest, he asked i his supporters not to pay any heed to 1 snch statements. Similar things had been < said of him on the first occasion of his being ] a candidate. They had proved untrue } then, and the electors on his again coming 1 before them marked their sense of his conduct by again electing him by even a larger majority. If he were returned on t this eccasion, as he confidently believed i he would be, he was quite sure that the c public would have as little reason as j formerly to regret their, actioij. A vote of thanks to the Returning 1 Officer, proposed by Mr Hislop and 1 seconded by Lord Reidhaven, terminated i the proceedings.- s

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THE ELECTION., Oamaru Mail, Volume IX, Issue 2901, 13 May 1885

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THE ELECTION. Oamaru Mail, Volume IX, Issue 2901, 13 May 1885

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