Some doubts_ are now being expressed whether Sir Julius Vogel will obtain a seat in the new Parliament. It has been decided, it seems, and, we presume, with the approval of his colleagues, that Sir Julius Vogel is to be nominated for Wanganui, which now returns two members. For one of the seats Mr Bryce, the present member, it is said, is certain to be returne 1, while for the second, according to the Wellington Evening Post, there will be a contest between Sir Julius and Mr W. H. Watt, who on a former occasion represented the district. The Post alleges that the chances of Sir Julius were excellent when he was first spoken of, but: that now, owing to the injudicious conduct of his friends, he is likely to be defeated. We give the Post's opinion for what it is worth. We expected to learn something about Sir Julius's candidature from the local newspapers, but on referring to our last files from Wanganui we fail to find any notice whatever of the subject. Surely Ministers wi'l make strenuous efforts to get their real chief a,seat -
As yet Otago has returned only one avowed Centralist, and, from all wecan hear, it is,not likely that he will have many companions from this Province who hold the same political views. At Oamaru it is thought that Mr Hislop, who is an Anti-Centralist, will head the poll; and the opinion, we learned yesterday, is growing that Mr Shrimski, who is on the same "ticket," will be returned as the" second member. The fight for second place, it is said, will be between the latter and Mr W. J. Steward, who represented Oamaru in the last Parliament. "
If it has fallen to our lot on the occasion of elections to be cursed with the ravings of such pests as Grant and Lloyd, Wellington can at least boast that, for select Billingsgate at the hustings, she cannot be beaten. At the nomi nation of candidates for Wellington Country District the other day, there were nominated, Mr A de B. Brandon, Mr E. T. Gillon, and Mr J. H. Wallace. After the respective candidates had addressed the electors, Mr Wa"ace intimated that he was ready to answer any questions, whereupon there ensued the following passage at-arms: —
Mr Smith (addressing the assemblage, and pointing to Mr Wallace): I have known.this man for a nuniber of years, and never, yet heard a respectable thing about him.—(Loud laughter.) • • -
Mr Wallace j I challenge you to prove anythiug against me. Mr Smith was understood to say something about Mr Wallace having charged commission a second time on a sale which took place some ten months ago. Mr Wallace denied it, and said Mr Smith had a private grudge. Mi- Smith : You are a liar!—(Laughter.) The Returning Officer pointed out tnat this was not quite proper. Sir Wallace (excitedly): He has made a statement against me, and I challenge him to prove it.
Sir Smith (advancing towards Mr Wallace) I can. You are a liar ! •■■ t '
-Mr Wallace: And were Ito call you a blackguard, I should be telling the truth.
Mr Smith : My character stands higher than yours. Mr Wallace : You can go and do what you like wiih your character. You can go and exercise your vote as you like. I don't respect your vote or you either.
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ELECTION NOTES., Otago Daily Times, Issue 4325, 29 December 1875
ELECTION NOTES. Otago Daily Times, Issue 4325, 29 December 1875
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