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WAIMATE.

A large number of persons assembled at the County Counoil Hull at noon on Saturday to hear the Returning Officer's declaration of tho poll for tho eloction of a member for Waimale. After stating the result of the eleotion at eaoh polling booth, the Returning 031 nor said the total result was — Steward, 490 j Manohestcr, 332 ; Bateraan, 47 ) Clement, 41 ( and he therefore declared Mr Steward duly elooted as member for Waimate. Mr Steward .then addressed the meeting, thanking the electors for tha poiition m whioh they had placed him. He said it was not only he that . was rictorious, but the people of the distriot were also victorious. He was much pleased with the honorable position m whioh they had placed him; the Moit'honorabl* position theyoould'

possibly plnco bira m, and be wonM make it bis beat effort nut to betray their truit. H« would serve the district and the country to the brat of his ability, and he hoped he would do so m such s way as not only to satisfy hii lupportori, but also to pain and deservo the unanimous approval of th«ae who roted against him. He bad got a cood majority, not only over one of ■ the candidate! but over the tbreo candidate! together, so that there could be no doubt he was elected by the majority of tbe voters. As to what had been said about hit getting the Tote of the Catholics, he would iask were the; not citizena as others, and had they, not the right to rote for who they pleased ? No doubt if any of the other candidates had got the benefit of the Catholic eupport it would ut be demurred at by tbe candidate recoiling >uch support. He hoped to lervo all equally well, and he again tbanken the meetiug for their enthueiaotic reocption of the declaration of the .Returning Officer and for the support given to him. Mr Manchester fluid he came to perform a oheerful duty— to thank those who were present and: all those not present who supported him m his candidature fur election. He would not apeak so loug or so eloquent aa Mr Steward. They oould all be jubilant when on the winning side, but be confessed he did not feel jubilant. He told them from the first that he came forward at the call of duty, and m response to a somber of eleotora whom he respected, and that he would bow to their deoiiion whaterer way they dcoided, and he would do so now. There had been some banter passing during the contest, but nothing be hoped that would stir up any bad feelings amongst them, and he could not let this opportunity pan without protesting against a one-sided newspaper. Ho had believed the Waimate Times had been changed from its old ways, but he feared such was not the oaie, as shown by the correspondence publisbed m itt columns respecting matters outside politic!, such as every right-feeling man would be ashamed of, and for which he -wished to expreai regret. Ho thanked them for the good support given to him, both m Waimate and other parts of Ihe district. Mr Clement said he too wished to thank those who supported him. He would not be changed by the result of the election m any way, but would try to do wh*t he could m advancing the interests and prosperity of the people m every way. Mr Bateman, though he was requisitioned by 146 gentlomen to stand for the district, quite exonorated those who did not role for him, as not one of them had been pledged to support him. He thanked those who Toted for him, and agreed with Mr Manchester m his remarks as to the conduct of the Woimate newspaper during the late contest. Mr Steward mored a rote of thanks to Mr Tennunt for hit services so Returning Officer, and reminded him of the neceisity of a greater number of polling places tha next time an eleotion would occur. Mr Ten nan t, m acknowledging the vote of thanks, said the polling booths were appointed on bis recommendation, and he Darned tbe booths m the same places as used at last general eleotion so far as the present Waimate district wat part of the then Gladstone district. Three cheera wore given for Mr Steward, the new member, for Mr Manchester, Mr Clement, and Mr Bateman. Cheers were also given for Mr Ton riant, the Returning Officer. Ihe whole proceedings were marked by order and good humor, not an unkindly expression being beard amongst the large number of parson present. (Pbess Absootation Teeeoeam.) Returns from some of the undermentioned districts we published on Saturday, but not as fully as now. There are still some seven or eight not yet completed. WAIRARAPA NORTH. Beetham 671 Ronall 322 BULLER. Mnnro 423 O'Connor ... 415 : NA3KBY. Be Lautour 339 McXenzie 301 WALLACE. Daniels 256 Hir«t ... 255 Mclntoth 217 Kllia ... 164 Hodgkinson 124 Johmtono ... ... ... 15 Butholph. ... 13 EAST 00A9T. MoDonald ■ ... 432 Locke 305 Porter 161 Gunnon 137 WAIKOTJAITI. Green ... ... 233 Thomson ... 118 One return to some, whioh cannot affeot tha result. ■■ OLUTHA. Thompson , 285 Jowett ... ... 227 DUNBTAN. Pyke ... 562 . Fraser ... 448 INVEBOAE.GILL. Feldwiok ... 77L Hatch ... ... 365 MOTUEKA. Hnrtthouse ... ■ 340 Gibbs 257 Hnddlestone ... ... ... 76 WAIPA. Whitaker . ... 432 Jackson 894 Johns „ ... . 237 PIOTON. Connolly 357 Eyei ... ... 311 WAIRAtr. Dodson ... , 650 Seymour „,: ... „. 881 GREYMOUTH. Petrie ... ... 757 Guinness ... 599 Maddon ... ■ ... ... 2 WAIRABAPA SOUTH. Buohanan 436 Bunny 370 Boys ... 199 KTJMARA. Beddon „; ... ... 763 Blake ... 263 FOXTON. Wil«on 815 IrMd ...' ... 242 Buller ... 228 ; Newman ; 197 Ruissll 198 Francis 61 1 WAIPAWA. Binith ... 688 Ormond ... .' 563 WAITEMATA. Hunt ... ' ... ... , ,„ 666 Allison... ... ... ... 826 [raoM ottb own oOßßßßi?oki>Bin>.] WbliLlMoton, Dec. 11. The mult of tke elections m the Wellington provi'nes is that the 'GoYermnent b»v» gained just the one additional seat given to Wellington by the Representation Act of last aciiion. The two former city members, Moitrs Levin and Hutchison — one on each side— are re-elected, but the third sent goei to Mr 0. Johnston, brother of the Vott-master-General. North and South Wairar»pa, Hutt, and Fozton (forronrlj Wellington County) again return Ministerialists, and so does Waitotara (formerly part of Wanganui). Mr Watt, a Ministerialist, lias wrested the other Wanganoi seat , from Mr Bnllunce. Aeainst this must be put the loss of fiaogitikei by Sir William Fox, whole succeiiful rival is an " Independent." However, his leanings are believed t« be Ministerial. I hear Mr Buohanan, the new Wairarapa member, who was at first Massed sb " Independent," is also, a safe^ Ministerialist. The Bet result is tnat Mir JSutekiton, who ii an

utra Grryite, ig Iho only Opposition candidata returned m the wh^le prjyii.co. He was looked on &9 certain to be ousted, b'Jt his two opponents (Messrs Coffey aud Edwards) loulishly treated the wholo 'onte:t ai lying between thonnelres, and utt-rly i iregarded him, while he was working quietly but vrry as«Huou»ly, and mailing greut capitttl out o£ his Ids. of tho Moyoralty. Had Meisrs Ooffijand Bdwards arranged for one to retire, the practical effect would have been the return of a compact body of Ministerialists for the Wellington province. The contest was rery keen, as aUo m. To Aro, the Hutt and Foxtoo. It was unquestionably thu uncertainty which attached t > the action of Messrs Stafford, .lackeon und Bullur rupeotiftly (<ho otheririie were f .lorilea), vbiuh led many to vole for linear* Johnston, Mason and Wilson as eafu Ministerialists. The *imi mistaku was made, however, m Te Aro as m Wellington, that of fighting a " triangular duel," and it was fully expected Mr Shaw would step m between Mr Johnston and Mr Stafford, as Mr Hutchison did between Messrs Coffey and Sdwarda. Tho party management was thus exceedingly inefficient. It is reported that Mr Baliance's election was lost through the breaking down of a vehicle ro itainiug seven of his supportors who were consequently too late, but the story is not implicitly credited. There are also rumors tbat Mr Fox may be ablo to upset Mr Stevens' return which was by a majority of only two, but this too is looked on as very dubious. The Corrupt Practice! Aot was a complete dead letter, caba and oarriages flying about as freely as ever plaoarded with the candidates' namos, and placed at the disposal of the voters, while eatables and drinkables were accessible to any extent. A good deal of regret is expressed at Mr Bunny'e defeat, aa3oor 50 persons went out by a special train to vote for him, and he is looked on as a valuable old servant of Wellington. There was tremendous eicitomout m the city till the returns from the chief parts of the colony were published. Willis streeet hbb blocked right across by a dense crowd till midnight, the results of each electorate as received being displayed at the Evening Post Office. There were. great demonstrations of a very conflicting nature, as the return of Messrs Hall, Diok, Sir George Grey, Mr Sheehan, and tho dofeats of Messrs Header Wood and Ballance were proclaimed. The namea of Meßara Saunders and WulUs came m for much hooting, both being unpopular here among tho working classes owing to certain apeeohes last session. According to local calculations, the result of the European elections gives the Government 45, and the Opposition 34, and doubtful* 12, but counting the Maori votes, and allowing for the Ministerial leaning of the Independents, it is computed that an early division on a no-oonfidence motion, would show Ministerialists 52, Opposition 42, the Speaker, of course, making up the total of 95.- . (Pbebs Association Tsxboeam.) BAST COAST. Tha official poll was announcd to-day : — McDonald 441 Locke ... 422 Porter 180 Gannon ... ... ... 141 Total polled... ... ... 1184 The candidates returned thanks. WALLACE. Mr Hirst, the Ministerial candidate, has been returned for Wallace, having a majority of one orer Mr Daniel. A scrutiny of the roll showed that thero had been tour double votes, one triple vote, and one case of personation. WESTERN MAOEI DI3TBIOT. The returns are now all m, the result being, Te Wbeoro ... 991 Hamioro Mangarehia... ... 223 Mita Kiaka 140 William Hughes 75 BULLEE. The complete returns from Westport give Munro a majority of 8 over O'Connor. PENINSULA. Tho Secretary reduced Scaton'e majority for the Peninsula seat to 12. (Pbess Association Tblegrah.) Auokhkd, Dec. 13. Tho scrutiny m the Franklyn North election, m the interest of Mr Huckland, did not alter the result, there being two ot a majority for Major Harris. The declaration of the poll for City West, Eden, Parnell and City Eist took place today. In the first three electorates the defeated candidates never appeared. Sir George Grey made a Ungthy speech at the City East declaration, statins thoro irolild probably be found a majority of men m- Parliament liberal. Gentlemen who had been put down on the list ns Ministerialists had sent him telegrams of an opposite character. : Ho regretted the defeat of Mesßrs DeLautour, J. TV jfisher and J. Ballance. He thought a clean sweep should be made of the Ministry before the country could prosper or justice be done the people. Mr J. MT. Clarke bitterly referred to attempted personal insolence to himself at the close of the poll by a. section of Sir George Grey's followors, but acquitted Sir George Grey of. sanctioning or approving it. MAsTHBTOir, Dec. 13. The declaration of tbq poll for North Wairarapa had to be postponed to-day till noon to-morrow, m comeqnence of double voting, a number of eleotors having voted for their candidate m the country and then ridden into town, where they voted again. The double votes must have been numerous, as the Beturning Officer has been at work from daylight comparing the rolls, detecting them, and examining the voting papers. The announcement from the hustings has created a great senaation. New Plymouth, Deo. 13. The Eeturning Officer to-day officially declared the result of the polling for the town of New Plymouth. The numbers were: — Kelly, 328; Brown, 179. Mr Kelly was the only candidate present. WAKaANui, Deo. 13. At the official declaration of the poll to-day there was no alteration m the return, Mr Watts being elected by a majority of 4, Hamilton, Dec.' 13. The official declaration' of the poll for the Waipa took place to-day. The Eeturning Officer declared the majority m favor of Mr Whitaker to be 38. All the candidates were present, and acknowledged their indebtedness to their supporters. '"' .. Foxtok, Deo. 13. The official declaration of tbe poll was as follows :— WiUon, 379 ; Izard,243; Eusaell, 227 j Buller, 212 ; Newman, 199 j France, 62. Wellington, Dec. 13. The complete returns for the Taurariga eleotoral diltriot give Captain Morrison a majority of ten over Mr G. V; Stewart. Considerable excitement was caused m Wellington to-day by the announcement that the Returning Officer for Thorndon (Mr Hay) had commenced proceedings against the Hon. 0. J. Phararyn, M.L.0., for porsonation at the late election. Mr Pharazyn, it is alleged, voted twice— namely, at cauh of two booths m the Thorndon district — -which, under tha 27'h olauae, is treated as perionation. Tbe penalty is imprisonment for any term not exceeding two years, with or without bard labor; there i* no option of imposing a fine. Humors are freely circulated of breaohes of tbe Corrupt Praotices Aot having been committed during the election m this city, and one of the candidates for Te Aro announces his intention of petitioning against the return of Mr 0. Johnston far th*t seat. The following it the official declaration for the Moeraki district, giving Mr McKenzie a majority of 299, instead of 291, as previously stated :-McKonzie, 4fM ; Williams, 165 ; Murcott, 130. iHTBStOABGILL, Deo. 13. The declaration Of the poll (or Wallace was postponed yesterday. The scrutiny was apparently m favor oE Hirnt (Ministerial), Daniel (Opposition) being put second by one vote. Evidence has been produced to-day that parties are supposed' to have votod twice on the qualification ef really distinct persons, and twice on one roll. Masterton, Deo.. 14. The official declaration of the poll of Wairarapa North gives Mr Beethnm » majority of 319. Prosecutions for impersonations will be taken. .Wellington, Deo. 14. It is understood that seVaral charges of

allegi'd impßreonation will be instituted' by the Keturuing OlDcerfor South Wellington. .-.-'■ Dtucsdix, De 0.14. 14; ■ !. The polling. at Dunstan g.4vo tit Pjrk«63p and lli .firmer 482. , .. . , : ,>.,,: Intkkoahoill Dec. 14.. The Returning Officer ' fur Wallace, mfter seteral ioruiiniea of the returm, ha» finally doclared Mr Dauiel (Oppoiition) eleot«d by a majority of one. The Returning. Offic»r'» uclion and decision havo caused considerable comment, and it IB probable Mr Hiritjth* defeated candidate, will lake the matter into the Electoral Courts.

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WAIMATE., Timaru Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 2269, 29 December 1881

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