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THE INVERCARGILL CONTEST.

The polling for this seat was chiefly remarkable for the good humor that pervaded the action of the supporters— active and passive — of both candidates. The Btringenl provisions of the recent legislation robbed the event of that excitement that was wont to characterise these proceedings. Judging by former elections, many of those curious to be "in at the death" calculated that about 8 p.m. would bo early enough to visit the Courthouse to hear the result of the poll. On such tho Returning Ofiicer, Mr Henderson, " sprung a mine," when at 7.10 p.m. he appeared on the hustings to announce the result of the poll. Those assembled, although not so . numerous as they would have been later pn, raised a tumultuous cheer. Quiet having been restored, the Returning Ofiicer announced the numbers as — Feldwick, 771; Hatch, 385. The r«sult was received with loud and long-continued cheers, rer ewed when the successful candidate stepped to the front. Mr Feldwick said that he desired to return thanks to the electors for the honorable position in which they had placed him. He felt greatly gratified and obliged by the good feeling exhibited during the contest by his political opponents, and deeply grateful to those who had, in some cases, com* many mi'es to vote for him. (Cheers,) He thanked them on his own behalf and that of the great party in the colony with which he had been connected for years. He hoped that all unpleasantnesses would be forgotten. This was his earnest desire, and he thought that the good-humored sea of faces that ho saw before him was sufficient guarantee for that. (Ch«era.) Mr Hatch was received with mingled expressions of disapprobation and approval, which contiuued during his remarks, making it a difficult matter to | hear him. He was understood to say that on th* present occasion he had very little to say. Ho thanked the electors for the position in which they had placed him, because, if they did not think he was the right man to send to Parliament, they were qhite. justified in placing hiti atthe bottom of the poll. Fe thought Mr Feldwick would joi i with him in saying hfliat the proceedings oh both sides had been fair and above-board, and he felt proud that the election lv 1 been carried out with good humor. They w ore mistaken if they thought he was out of humor with the result of the poll — it would leave hira all the more time for his own affairs. One thing he regretted was a statement made at North Invercargill to the effect that he was to get *£400 or £500 for contesting the election. This he absolutely denied, and thought that Mr Garmson, Mayor of that borough, had gone out of his way to say so. (A voice : Bravo, Hatch.) Mr Hatch's remarks from this point were inaudible. He concluded by moving a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer. This was seconded hy Mr Feldwick, wlio spoke in terms of commendation of Mr Henderson's efforts during the day, and more especially of the rapidity with which the result of the poll had been arrived at. After, further cheering Mr Feldwick was laia hands on, and borne by his supporters shoulder high along Tay street for a considerable distance, thence back to his committee rooms, where a meetitfg was held. Following is an analysis of the numbers polled : — ,

The roll contained nearly 1.800 names, so that two-thirds of the electors went to the poll. Tliis ? in„ the absence of vehicles, and also of 150 electors who could not possibly be present, showed that great interest was taken in 'tho election.

Feldwick. Hatch. Invercareill 592 329 North laveroargill 80 10 Gladstone 5t 27 South Invercargill 48 19

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THE INVERCARGILL CONTEST., Southland Times, Issue 4196, 10 December 1881

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THE INVERCARGILL CONTEST. Southland Times, Issue 4196, 10 December 1881

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