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THE ELECTION OF MAYOR.

The official declaration of the poll was made by Mr E. B. Cargill, the Election Officer, at noon on Saturday, in front of the Fire Brigade premises, Princes' street. There was only a small number of persons present. Mr Cargill declared the numbers polled to be (as we published them on Saturday) William Mason, 495; James Paterson, "398 ; Joseph A. J. Macgri'gor, 88 ; William W. Wilson, 73 ; Robert 11. Forman, 10. He therefore declared Mr William Mason to have been duly elected Mayor of the city of Duuedin.—(A VorcE : Head the protest.) The Mayor-Elect, who was received with applause, said—Gentlemen, I thank you for the honorable position in which you have placed me, as the first Mayor of the city of Dunedin. On Monday last, I was " a stranger " amongst you—at the end of the week, I atn your Chief Magistrate. My duty will now be to watch over your interests, and to do, aa far lies in my power, the best that can be done to promote them. (Hear, hear.) I cannot take action until after the first of next month. On that day, you will be called . upon to elect Councillors; and I hope that you will exercise your franchise so as to return men who will support me in carrying out the onerous duties I shall have to perform. But, although 1 slid! ha*.\j no power before the Ist of Angus v depend ripen it I am not a j man to be idle. I will make myself master of the office of Mayor; I will possess myself of r;!l the information I. po.s ib;y can, relative to the city, its resources and its needs: so as to be prepared, as soon a.s the Council shall meet. Vt proved to the regular businer-i of that body. The probabilities f'.re that if Mr Pater.-on had hf.cn in the field only one wee!: before he was, Mr Paterson would now Lave been your Mayor, instead of m>self. — (Cries of v No, no," and "We won't have that.) He would, and for this reason : If Mr Paterson had come forward, j. should certainly not have thought of opposing him. He is a gentleman in whom I place the greatest confidence, arid for whom I have the greatest respect; and I have no douiit that even upon the present occasion lie would have beaten me—(no, no) — only thnt yon felt that it was n great matter to have Mr Patersou to represent you in th? coming meeting of the Assembly, and thai. lor that reason some of you have refrained from voting. I again thank you for placing me in my present proud position.—(Applause.) " Three cheers for the Mayor-Ekcf," and three for Mr Cargill were called for and given ; and the proceedings were over. A document, of which the following is a copy, was handed to Mr Cargill before his declaration of the poll:— ToK-lw/ir.] iif.wfci Carjfill, Ufq, Prinipnl Presii.iut; '■ "itiifl«r at tnn elta-Ho'i of Muyor ot the Oily ot Ihu.edin, on t.l:« Vl-.t day tf July, ISCS1 SCS '.iv, John AJtx-ij] hr Ew.?n and Willlim Hepburn, of tho i-T-rvir.Cß of Ota^o, merehau'.n. do hereby giv? you luitinothnt —>vc I'rutcst, find that veiutemito ftjn»-iti Rgainsfc ;»a ito <itsj>u.<«. (lie validity of llio return find elccti 'ii of WiMism Mil-op, riiMnyor of the City of DanvMn, on the ibHnn-iitr jrvoutHa, ivtrtiely — Tliit the voicotf (Jhriotoplifr OaMwel), '.';tnncer of' 'in; il.nik 01 Aui-trr.l.-.si.-i, ami tnri vot^s o.l' divti- otiierpew-.Oiis '.vhos'j u-iines <!■> not ripj.-e.-r on tlio .-a.tepweiv Roila which w-vo iit fcrm: in the cii.v <'! j)iiii"iiiii on lh-r 1 dirty-firs', ilay of Mftrch. o-.e t?.c;.i-:i;:'1 t-irht huuurcJ sum! ;.ir.!.',five. v.-.-.-<-t> on >■"• iv/f>ity.fi'!<t 'ii1.; (if July iri't.Mi*', teiKiei, d to nn'i a'-ctp'e'-i by th« prcfliintroft'cer, apro'.ui"' i..i c>n(?uc. tin; tlectba <-,t' Junior ;or Ahe s-".' Cjiy, '.<!(!. iv l);e Hi;:h \V;ml tii.rrr.f; ;--"l til ii Jmu(.'; S'liHv, ff i'urml'n, drill i:;ntniof ", wlni-t1 nanjK <r-ca not uppn-ir oa any <■{ i!ie H:.K-v,n<:r»' 'toli r.f<jru.s;i.;(l, t-iidercil un<; i\> <'oi(!i..i hi-i v:,t." in '.v.'o iliff leaf War'; i-f ;in city, tvr,\rZT] to tlu prtiviaiou of t.i" '' 0f.i.0 iiu»ji"'tp:ii ■. '.'ijjjiii'ioat; Ordinance, 18G5," ;-.. otinn 1!7. Pa^-fl ;it P'H'--:iti afir»s;iid. t'oi'i f.vrnfvfi-st a-.-y if July, 1805. Jno. A. Ewkh, Wji Hei-hukk, J^.ilc-payeiß vlthi.'i the C;ty of Ouui;..;iii. Wo believe that after the declaration, Mr Cargill explained to Mr Eweu (hat it was not within the scope of his duties to take actiou on, or notice of, the document.

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THE ELECTION OF MAYOR., Otago Daily Times, Issue 1120, 24 July 1865

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THE ELECTION OF MAYOR. Otago Daily Times, Issue 1120, 24 July 1865

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