OFFICIAL DBCLABATIO*. At noon yesterday Mr A, C. Henderson, returning officer for the electoral district, aßcended the hustings at the Courthouse and announced that he had found no errors m the numbers polled as previously aanounced, viz. : — ■ Mr Hatch, 592 ; Mr Feldwick, 435; Mr Lumsden, 163. He therefore declared Mr Joseph Hatch duly elected member for the district. Mr Hatch addressed the small body of electors present. He thanked those who. bad voted for him, and desired that any feeling, other than friendly, that might have been created by the contest should bo forgotten. He hoped to be found doing his duty at all times as their representative. With reference to a rrnnor going about town he wished his friends to make their minds easy. There was nothing about phosphorised oats between him aid the. Government other than ordinary business relations Tiie Government bought poisoned grain from him m the ordinary way of business, and not otherwise. If it had given offence he regretted a remark made by him at the -declaration 'of the poll with reference to Mr Feldwick. He explained that he.felt somewhat nettled at the time by a remark of Mr Feldwick's, who, when he (tha speaker) shook hands with him on the hustings on the poll being declared, And ventured to remark' that the election had been fairly fought, replied that he y hoped a)." He did not think that remark was called for by anything that had occurred during the contest, and on the'spur of the momant he said what he would not otherwise have spoken. Mr Feldwick thanked those who had voted for him for their confidence. With reference to what Mr Hat-h had Baid, it was quite possible that he might have said he " hoped so," but he bad no recollection of the circumstance. However, all that sort of feeling passed away with the occasion. He would again ask for the suffrages of the electors, and he ventured to say would bo successful, A vote of thanks to the Returning Officer closed the proceedings.
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Invercargill Election., Southland Times, Issue 4987, 26 July 1884
Invercargill Election. Southland Times, Issue 4987, 26 July 1884
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