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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. WE DNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1909. THING IN GENERAL THE THAMES ELECTION.

IA! iFUNIAIL WORD.

The polling for the election of" a representative im> the House of Parliaaneoat takes place tormorrtHW and .thougjlil there is nob the sarnie intereat displayed as at the geneiral election, when practically two polls are mei^ed, it is "safe to assume that the voting throughout the electorate will te'fairly substantial. For mailer yeara Thames has [returned as its representative a supporter of the present Government, and so universal .is . the local .approval 'of the Government's policy that three candidates are justifying the wisdom and the general .uplifting trendi of. its legislation by seeking the suffrages of the Thames elector®. Mir W. Hi. "Lucas is the selected Government candidate, while IMSessrs E. H. Taylor and T. W. Rhodes, of Ooroinaindel, are standing as Government supporters. Oki the other side, Mr F. H. Haselden, who unsuccessfully contested the Ohinemiuri seait, and who has beem chosen by, the Opposition party as their candidate for the Thames election, ; s contesting £he seat, -while Mr F. Dieeble, who previously stood as an Independent Liberal, is now out as a supporter of >-the A* we mentioned! in a previous article, it is unfortunate for the supporters of the present Government, which has dona a good deal to keep the mining and industrial forces of -this district go-, ing that there is a multiplicity of candidates splitting up the votes <f a 'body that mdght_junder ordinary circumstances, have been solidified and showni Ln unnniistakeafale mannor that the time lias not yet arrived when, the Thames distwtab desires t.. be represenited by an. Opposition cairodidate. (Even under the present conditions we are satisfied; that the people of Thames will not sacrifice their political principles . and that they will to-morrow show that the confidence they reposed in the pre>sent administration, the good feeling that has existed, and does exist, between thia constituency* and the Government, has not been weakened, and that Thames to-day as of yore, 5s a staulnch. (ami logtol ekiettoratet. On this point, however, w© aireconfident. The only disturbing factor is thait the splitting of the Government votes 1 may "be prejudicial to the cause atod to the distract. With the cordial suipiport of the 1 Hon. J. MidGowan in the Legislative -Council, "and the return of the flplectttl Go-vertianeint oam^ didate for Thames, we will be in the) happy and unique, position of prate-

tically having two representatives to watch and guaiixl our interests-*—«md that they uingently require watching and guarding closely no one fwill surely demy. Mr* MoCowan, despite many imoorreot statements, to the contrary —'false assertions made purely for personal or political motives^—is strongly supiporfin'g the candidature of Mir Luoae, and he publicly asks his many friends and. supporters to extend to the candidate .named -the confidence they placed la hkn. This may remove some false impressions that have been formed in this connection. 'Messrs Taylor 1 amidi 'Rhodes are both estimiaible 'genitleimien, amd ana generally held in high, ratipeet, but their entrance into the lists was scarcely opportune and it is possible that ■with the division, of votes thus caused irreparable damage may be done to the Liberal p;>.rty that the district has so long supported, that has ever given an attentive eiar to our requirements—and they have not 'been few ..—and who. will, we hope, continue to' look upon Thames a? an, important district th-it requires .' under . present ciieumstances, special; treatment. As the majority of the candidates hlave said miuoh has beemi v&oine and ' much requires to bej <fonJe. With deep level developmienib required; also, the substantial subsidising of the 1000 ft crosscut, the ope: >■ . .ip of the back country, the reading from Thames v.< Taiirua, the formation of prospecting parties (substantially subsidised by the Govemirnietnit), the opening up <i tihe Pliako and adjoining lands, "the encouragement of local industries — and none twill gainsay tlh'& faiot that tihe Government has rightly done Thames full justice in this respect— it is essential in the interests of the district, that the Thaimra should be repres>entedi by onei who has our best interests' at heart, wlio is up-to-date, and ha® a personal aieauaintance with mining matters, 'anil «an, hold our end up when Thames matters are discussed in tihie house. With regaird to our future 1 representative we think that tihe duty of all true supporters of the present Government is to support the candidature of the mami who has toeem chosen &s the Governimient candidate—Mr Lucas. A! division of interests, tihleT splitting up of votes, will ■blut complicate, matters and embarrass the district, and^niay possibly result am the election ■©? a oa^ndidaite who will mot Ibe in the position to do Thames Ml justice. Mr" Haselden is making a (praiseworthiy fight in the interests ol tih© Opposition, but we tihinik that the poll to-morrow wiil dilslolose to that gentleman that tho Thames -Was still full confidence in the integrity 'and capacity of the Liberal Admamistemtion. As for Mr Deeble, his effort is to 'be commended, but for Mmi the time is not yet. And thus the matter of selecting a candithe people's hands. We hope that after maf&uire consideration ]of the present position 'they will rise to the full appreciation, ol thedir 1 duty and Cast oi vote to-morrow that Tvill advantcie the interests of the Liberal cause, will improve the future prospdots of Thames, and will 3>ei aldceptable to the: Government (to which. We owe much, and expect a goodl deal aniore to assist in adding +o the prosperity of the district and the deveJopmieriit of our local rndustries, deep levels and back country). If we do not it may do us more harm than 'we at present anticipate. Thie GOTeimim.ent has always tretatedl tihie Thames fairly. Let us therefore show oiur appreciation by Votini" 1 for the Governanent candidate, Mir W. iH. Lucas, for division of interest though in. the Government cause, May prove our downfall.

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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1909. THING IN GENERAL THE THAMES ELECTION., Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10625, 27 January 1909

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The Thames Star. Resurrexi. WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 1909. THING IN GENERAL THE THAMES ELECTION. Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10625, 27 January 1909

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