Tbe election for the town was one of the keenest and most interesting that Invercargill has yet seen. At a very early hour in the morning, even before the opening of the polling placos, the friends of the various candidates had begun their work, and as the day proceeded their energy and anxiety increased. Each candidate had his large circle of frtends, each was, in tho opinion of his zealous supporters, bound to go in, and therefore tbe battle raged all day long vigorously and unceasingly. It was expectod that between at least three of the candidates the contest would be very close, and the result almost came up to expectations Mr Feldwick proved the victor by a majority of 44, and only two votes separated the next candidates on the list, Messrs H. Jaggers and J. Hatch. Of course Mr Feldwick's success surprised those who supported his opponents, but equally of course the success of anyone of the eaid supporters would have surprised the friends of Mr Feldwick. The voting showed that tbe electors of the town are alive to their interests, and duly appreciate the privileges afforded them under the existing franchise. In all 1277 votes were recorded, and taking into consideration the fact that there are many absentees, the number maybe takeD as a fair proportion of the total on the roll, 1981. At the last election, three years ago, 1190 votes were polled, 592 of them beiDg given to the successful candidate, Mr Hatch, and 435 to the gentleman who has dow defeated him and the others, Mr Feldw ck. Shortly before 8 p.m. tho electors began to assemble in front of the Kaprome Court, auxiouß to hear the resnlt and all more or It S3 uncertain as to what it would be. Before tho hour appointed had been reached the crowd had increased largely, and when the Returning Officer appeared upon the hustings Tay street waa blocked right across and fcr a good maDy yards east and west. Tho excitement became quite intense as the time approached at which it was known the poll would be declared and whon Mr Henderson loomed into view with tho all important, document in his hand the immense concourse of people listened for his first word With bsted breath. The Returning Officer commenced by saying lhat it waß almost too dark to read the details but he might say that Mr Feld wick had been returned. (Long contiuii> d cheering.)— Shortly afterwards the details of the polling were announced as follows .— A) . _; _____!_A__i«E Invercargilll 305 290 298 203 56 Eist InvercargHl 34 18 5 13 3 Gladstone 17 4 7 13 G Totals 356 312 310 234 06 Tho various candidates addressed the electors, but their remarks were for the moat part inaudible, and as there was an unsavoury accompaniment of eggs, which were not fresh, tho proceedings were terminated as coon as possible. It is expected, however, that the iiHiuber-elect, aa well as hia opponent*, will havo something to say when the poll is officially declared at noon on Thursday.
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INVERCARGILL., Southland Times, Issue 9633, 27 September 1887
INVERCARGILL. Southland Times, Issue 9633, 27 September 1887
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