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TiiJ! polling for the return of a member for the Houso of Representatives for the Grey and 8011. District was held yesterday at tho various polling places appointed within the, district. The principal polling place was at the Institute, and over 2GO electors recorded their votes there. Great excitement prevailed during the day as to IHo issue off the congest, ■ and at half-p».v9t.Jfour^o'clock the excitement grew quite intense, as all tho 'returns' had" By" that time boon received with the exception Inglewood, and there was then so little difference between thp nupibor of votes recorded for each candidate that the poll taken it Inglo'wood must decide the elect}o|i, At about 5 o'clock the state of the poll at Inglewopd was received, and shortly afterwards the' Returning Officer posted-up •■ the following statement of the result of the poll : — ] Skoct. Trirptljlo. Town 173 91 Hua Village... „ .... ,30 15 , Waitara" ... .;; A' 2A '2 U0 „ , m .Inglewood ... / .^i.j.l6 ■, .; ,93 . , ' "Total.;'.',.' ; I.V'ffi " > 289 \\ Majority fofColoiiel Trimblo (58. The annQunceinent was received wit^h prolonged cheering. Captain Skect mounted one of the vehicles, in front of tho Institute, arid, addressed the electors. , , Captain Skeet said : Gentldmen,— l thaiik those electors who have voted for me. I kate ran' the race, and I have been fairly beaten. I have this satisfaction, however, that you have elected a good man to- fill the place, and I am sure that as you have acted so handsomely towards him, he will act as handsomely towards you. . . ■< < ( The cheering was again renewed. Shortly afterwards there was a oall for tho other candidate, when ' ■ Colonel Trimble said that ho had to thank, in the most hearty way, those friends who had placed him, by their suffrages, at thoihead of the poll ; and he hoped that, by a faithful performance of his dtity, ho', would justify their choice. To ; those who opposed him he could billy say that lie te'cogmßwV in their action simply a desire to secure a proper representation of their views j-. and that they were actuateld only liy a, desire for the public good. Notf ' that the "contest was over )\e Wished them> to consider'' that 'he 'saw only pons^uentS/ whoso (intorofljs he, was bound to look to. He'had'hadia.foyv, words of ' Explanation with Mr. Dingle, whose feelings he had quite unintentionally hurt, and they had shaken hands dyer their 'd iff ero'iiccs, and ho wished to act in the same way with all his late' opponents., Now that what ho, had to say could influence no votes ho would restate what he had already said' in his addresses, that he considered the harbour question settled, that <it would not be reopened by him ; but that, if the harbour endowment was endangered, he would join with the 'ether members for the district in defending it-./- Whatever his opinion might be, he considered that a time came for closing controversies; ,that i others work might be attended to. This now work he would earnestly, set do,' and hoped. that his endoarours .would meet with the approbation of his constituents, - - . • Mr. , DiNGHiK called for. three , cheers for Colonel Trimble, which were heartily given. The cheering was again renowed, and the I electors afterwards dispersed.

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THE ELECTIONS. GREY AND BELL ELECTION., Taranaki Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 3222, 9 September 1879

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THE ELECTIONS. GREY AND BELL ELECTION. Taranaki Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 3222, 9 September 1879