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MR W. S. ALLEN AT TE AROHA.

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Tβ Aeoha, April 24.,' In the aJdrees whioh be delivered ib;the Public Hall here last night .Mr/Allen: reviewed the whole events in connection' wi h hie candidature 6inoe addressing the electors at Te Aroha twelve months ago.' Then he was comparativeiy a elranger to them, but now, owing- to reoent evente, hej had become well known'throughout the country. His trip to England, his return >o New Zealand on learning of Mb election,; his annoyance that leave of absence had', not been asked on his behalf, and the forfeilnre of his Beat in consequence, were all dwelt upon; then the petition, which he oonsHered quite within the right of Colonel Fr aser,. and the. failure of the petition on each point, excepting that of the appointment of Mr Hammond as paid - agent, an illegal practice.he.was assured few members of (he present House had riot been guilly.orY .Without detract- 1 .ing in any way from. the .'wisdom of the Judges .who tried ihe,case, Ke. Relieved: their decision had been induced more'by: apparentfacts than real 'facie. -Tlib large! amount spentin his. election was utterly unknown to him' iiniil hie arrival in the colony, and he feared this oxpendfture had cost him his -seat and : bis candidature at the present : junoture. ,-Mr Allen then gave his. views__on the .leading: qaeetions as. a"b elector, liSvraga stake in the conntry. He was pleaeod that.-the financial posiiion had improved considerably, and that the present Government claimed a large Rurplus, The indebtedness was excessive in view of the small population, and he was strongly averse to further borrowing, He hoped that the large amount riccruing to the Government through the conversion of old loans, if not used in the reduction of the national debt, would be judiciously expended in reproductive works, of which the; electorate could fairly c'aira a sliare. The railways should remain the property of the State, and be worked for the benefit of .the; seltl^re,. >He : | was in favour of the education system, which, he considered, should remain free, secular, and compulsory., The Government, in view, of the small area of Grown land at their disposal; shonldoon fine the sales; to small holdings, and to bonafido settlers. Hβ disapproved of the policy of tho Government in opposing freehold tenure, and thought that great evils would arise through , ' leases under a per-petual-lease system,' Good nativeJands' should'he; purchased by the Government, and the moneys; invested -on behalf of the natives, 'for their.benefit, bhd the interest [paid them annually, , He'believed in the abolition of, the prdperjy favour of a land'tax, but".be disagreed with Mr,Sed, don that it sh.oa'd be euoh'as'wpnM'breat up all large estates He agreed thafcestates of absentees held for;speculative purposes should softer, 1 but not the estates of those who had exoended large sums in improvements. Such a oourse as, the latter.,would drive capital from the ■They'liad an. army of candidates now'seekinglheir suffrages,' Hh trusted that theman s'eleq'ed would bß.worthy of their.qbbioe.> In conclusion,' Mr Allen averred his strong faith in the future of the colony; At-tlie close of his.address he was loudly applaueed.;/j» r

. Voles of thanks were given to Mr Allen and the chairman. . ■.• ; ..•

' [Though ;we -received ; lira foregoing report.jby .telegraph on Friday night, , we were, unable, pressure on our space, to publish it in Saturday's paper.— Ed,] : ' "■■. ■■■'■■'■ ■■'■'• ' :

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MR W. S. ALLEN AT TE AROHA., Thames Advertiser, Volume XXIV, Issue 6901, 27 April 1891

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MR W. S. ALLEN AT TE AROHA. Thames Advertiser, Volume XXIV, Issue 6901, 27 April 1891

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