# ___ f , A SECOND BAJLLOT.
The, election of a member to represent Thames in. Parliament took place yesterday, and the details in connection therewith appear in another column:. The result of the first ballot is that Messrs Taylor (who it standing as a Government supporter) amd liUKiaß (who is the Gorarnme-nt candidate) are left in for the second ballot, \A® we pointed out in a previous issue the splitting of the Government Votes was in a sense regr«table, as it somewhat tended to obscure the issue, but one gratifying result is that the electors haVei by au oveirwhelmi'-tßg majority —when, the total nMmibar of votes oast for the dandidatesi standing <as Government supporters is compared with, the number polled byi the Opposition candidates— shown their enitJrte confidence to the Government of to-day. We have accentuated the fact that thie Thames electorate rapports, the Government policy' as again^. tho visionary platform of the Opposition, and the result must be gratifying to all those who have stoutly maintained that tJie present 'Liberal Government 'are do'jng the graaitest possible good to the greatest, number. So far as the Thknies electorate is eoncemed the Votes Ka.v© plainly shown that for the Opposition to gain this se^t the time has not yet arrived 1. Witl! small returns to come, which cannot affect the result, the Government can did'ates' have palledl approximately a majority jof 15001 votes more than tih'o votes oast for the Opposition! candidates. This we confidently anticipated, and accepted as it must be as a general approval fay tihe electorate of the Government's policy is highly gratifying to thiose who support the. prfesenit administration. The election has Ween, fought on oleami and manly lines, aed the candidates—those* in the) Second Ballot and tJhi'os© 1 who are defeated—ar© to be commended for thefr fairness and the sportsmanlike manner in which they have sought the support of the electors. In. the t subsequent Second Ballot, which will taifcel place 1 on Thursday, February 11th, rniuoh interest will, we are sure, be evinced, and it; is a somewhat unique position, to find two Government candidates left to flight out ths final issue alter a " first election in which political interests' were somewhat divided', and in which three Government supporters and two Oppositionists wooed the support of the Thames, electors. Judging by the result of the initial poll—and this is as far as at present- we> deem -Jt incumbent to <?o —the result has been_ _ a justification of tihle Government's policy, aim outspoken, verdict of th<3 people that they .are content with same, and an, intimation that even uridler special circumstances, to which we mfcied mot refer, tout will bet understood a.nd appreciated by all, tha Thames electorate is loyal to the Liberal cause that has done nnich ivo-A will, we are sum rfo more for "'the progress of the district and the encowragemenifc of our mining, agricultural, and 1 industrial interests.
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THAMES BYE-ELECTION., Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10627, 29 January 1909
THAMES BYE-ELECTION. Thames Star, Volume XLV, Issue 10627, 29 January 1909
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