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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. UESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1909. EDITORIAL JOTTINGS.

Several queries have been addressed to us as to the condition under which a candidate-iorfeits his deposit- at the forthcoming election, and various statements in conmiection therewith have beem put, forward. 'So far only one correspondent has detailed correctly the particular clause of the Aot referring to forfeited deposits. The Aot states thsjt to save his deposit « candidate must jm>ll one-fouritJh of the total number "of votes polled by tlia suoaeaaful ciandiidate>. Whether "successful candidate?' means the candidate polling the highest number of votes in a first, election* which necessitates a; second, ballot being held, or whether it means tihe candidate ultimately successful flit the second ballot is a, moot point. We would take it, However, tlhlat it must mean the first ballot only, for in the second ballot nil the candidates except two are ttorredl from standing and no equitable detail os" to proportion could unidler the altered conditions, ibe obtained.' It might, however, Jiappen> that the candida,te topping th» I>oll at the first •ballot would be .Tefeated ait- the seoond ballot, La which case he oould mot. be* cailefl the sueCiessful candidiafo, a.nd ihen,* v>e pather, the defeated candidates iwould each have to: pall one fourth of the numiber of votes polled by the candidate who was really second on the list at the first poll, to save their deposit®.

In connection with the Thnmes byoelection it is :.n,teileist'ihg to note that seamen have a right in the matter of voting, for Parliamentary candidates ■which no other class of the community possesses, In that they a.re allowed jio vote long before election! day, and if they .choose, before; the candidates are nominated, and even before all are announced. Ttiis is to save them fromi losing; their vote in tho event of their leaving a port before the' eleofcion, and when there is no probability that they will be: able to miaike port again in time to vote in the ordinary way. Absent voters cannot vote "on the Thames bye-electimv for the reason that no pollinig places .■will be open and no officials appointed outside 'of the <|>nrticmla-r district iv which the decterinr Is held, which in this fuse is Thames.

As iimdicatiy© of the activity of the development of the- progress of New Zeafand it. is intercisting to note that the development of ln-"'1 settTemeflt v,-hich is a qtifwtion of vital iniportciiioe, isi proigressinp; miorei t.ha.n satiaIfaetoriliy, amd closer land sett.lemi&nt, nmd Bmnller laoid settlement is mak-

ing rapid strides. Eighty' surveyors ate at. work preparing Crown laauis for settlement, and 13-5,241 acies ii land will bo immediately open for settlement. •#, # * When tihe present Government took office the revenue of the postal and telegiraphic. department amounted 10 atou* £2%i>,000 per amum,. Last quarter the official figure of revenue was £'2;50^8'3i3, and it is estimated thaifc the total revenue for the yeir from: -this source! will be £800,009. And this with penny postage too!

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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. UESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1909. EDITORIAL JOTTINGS., Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10624, 26 January 1909

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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. UESDAY, JANUARY 26, 1909. EDITORIAL JOTTINGS. Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10624, 26 January 1909

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