[fbom our own correspondent.] June 11, 1866. Nominations, pollings, election dinners, husting speeches, public meetings, and all the details of sharp election contests must form the main part of ray letter to day. Indeed for a long time past there has been nothing done, spoken, or thought of m
Christchurch, which has not had reference m some way or other to electioneering, till at length the public are completely tired of the subject, and I am sure your readers must be as sick of reading as I am of writing about it. On Wednesday last, the nomination of candidates for the representation of the town of Lyttelton, m the Provincial Council, took place at the Town Hall, Lyttelton. There were five aspirants for the honour, namely^ Messrs. H. P. Murray Aynsley, Hargreaves, Buchanan, Davis, and Bradwell. The poll took place on Thursday, with the following result : — D. Davis, 148 ; E. A. Hargraves,
136 ; H. P. Murray- Aynsley, 135 ; B. Buchanan, 119; A. T. W. "Bradwell, 91. The four first gentlemen -were declared to be duly elected. On Fridaj' the nomination of candidates for the representation of the city of Christchurch, m the Provincial Council, took place. Seven gentlemen, — Messrs. H. Wynn Williams, W. Wilson, Hawkes, (one of the old members) Luck, Garrick, and Andrews came forward. This contest has excited some considerable interest, from the peculiar circumstances under which three of the candidates have been figuring before the public for several months past. I need scarcety ask if you remember the Dirt and Darkness Club alias the Christchurch Ratepayers' Mutual Protection Society — you must have lately been tired of hearing the name — Well, Mr. Wynn Williams has been the main-spring which has caused this Society to become a nuisance to Christchurch, while one of his rivals for honors, Mr. Luck, was the chairman of the City Council, whose legal stains he % (Mr- Williams) has called m question. This caused a pleasant little excitement m the contest and I may conclude that Christcurch by electing the former gentleman and rejecting the latter has decided emphatically m favor of Dirt and Darkness — and they have it. A third candidate for Christchurch was Mr. Andrews who came forward as the representative of the working classes and advocated the sale of waste lands on deterred pajTnents and one or two other clap-trap schemes. He is a plasterer by trade, and had he been elected might have been seen trowel m hand patting his mortar m the morning, and m the afternoon sitting m the Council Chamber of the province, — perhaps your readers will say " and why not V Certainly there is no reason why this should not be the case if the man has intelligence enough for the trust, and is so far m easy circumstances as to be able to neglect his business during the session of the Council. But this is not the case, and one is apt to remember that men have agitated questions at home till tbej' obtained a seat m Parliament, and then made themselves disagreable by factious opposition, till tlioy received g-ood billets to quiet them. Such a game might possibly be played out here, but it cannot be carried on with benefit to the Province. Another of the candidates was Mr. F. J Garrick a solicitor of considerable eminence m Christchurch. His name reminds me of little story which is current respecting his partner Mr. Cowlishaw. Ido not vouch for its truth, but it is worth telling. During the contest for the Superin tendency, the former gentleman was a supporter of Mr. Moorhouse. while the latter was a member of Mr. Lance's committee (a judicous division, by-the-bve, of the interests of the firm.) On the polling day Mr. Cowlishaw went, report says, at about two o'clock, to Mr. Lance's committee rooms and m answer to an enquiry, was told his side was already beaten. He then walked down the street and meeting Mr. Moorhouse congratulated him and said, " Well old fellow if I have not voted for you, I have not voted against you." Judicious again, I call that, if true. The polling for the members for Christchurch, took place on Saturday, with the following results : — Garrick, 506 ; Hawkes, 484 ; Williams, 440 ; Wilson, 375; Luck, 357; Andrews, 335 ; Wakefield, 39. The first four gentlemen were therefore elected. On Tuesday evening a public dinner was given to Mr. Moorhouse m the New Town Hall. About three hundred people sat down to it. Several speeches were made, and the affair was kept up till a late, or rather, early hour, when several of the company on their way home made the streets resound with their hopes that the new Superintendent was " long to reign over us," m a way which seemed proof, positive, that they, at least were happy, and glorious." On Saturday evening a magnificent banquet was given m the Town Hall by the members of the Masonic body to the Hon. Watts Russell, Deputy Grand Master, who is about to go to England. For a long time a museum m Christchurch has been talked of; and at length the Government have invited tenders for the erection of a building-, 50 feet by HO feet, fire and damp proof, according to plans prepared by the Provincial Engineer. If the cost is much or little, there are many people here who think that m the present state of the finances of the province, such an expenditure will simply be an unnecessary extravagance. In theatrical gossip I have little to impart. The Theatre Royal is just living, the company and their performances being barely mediocre. An improvement is promised early next month, when - Miss Flora Anstead, Mr. and Mrs, Holland, Tom Faivcett, and several others, are advertised " to arrive."
A Superintendent for Life. — Mr. Bonny placed the following on the motion and order paper of the Wellington Council for Wednesday last:— "That, m the opinion of this Council, the present system of Provincial Government is % delusion, and ought to be abolished. That this Council is- of opinion that his Honour, LE. Featheraton, Esq^t should be made Superintendent for life. That application should be made to the General Assembly to obtain an Act to carry the above objects into effect, and to give permission to the said _L E. Featherston to do as such Suj»erintendent m all respects as he pleases, and to spend the Provincial revenue m whatever manner he may think ri^lit."
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CHRISTCHURCH, Timaru Herald, Volume V, Issue 110, 16 June 1866
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