THE GENERAL ELECTIONS.
THE NEW PARLIAMENT. The following arc the dates of nomination and election with results of poll announced bo far : —
* Boturno- unopposed, M Ministerial, O Opposition, D Doubtful THE OHRISTCHURCH ELEOTION. Yesterday a contest of unprecedented keenness took place in the city on the occasion of the trial of strength betwoen the Liberals and Conservatives, as to which party should return two representatives out of the threo to which Christchurcli is at present by law entitled. AU along, the question has beon thus limited to two-thirds of the representation, as neither party put forward moro than two candidates. Tho fifth man was from the first repudiated by both sides, and the result shows that notwithstanding tho recommendation mado on Tuesday night by Sir George Grey, "Send in threo of us," Mr Treadwell was loft out in the cold. From the timo of the opening of the poll, and indeed before that time, there was every indication that the energies of each party were to bo taxed in no small degree, and apparently every cab in the city and many other conveyances wero to be pressed into the service of ono or other side. Tbo Liberals placarded their vehicles with the names of their candidates, "Grey and Andrews," the Conservatives for the most part wero content with labels having the words " Christchurch Election ' printed on them. Somo few of Mr RichardBon's cabs had tbat gentleman's namo upon them, but the namo of Mr Stevens wus conspicuous by its abssnee. The head-quarters of the Liberal Association were tho Committee rooms of Grey and Andrews, whilo tho Conservatives had separato head- quarters for each candidate, thoso of Mr Stevens being the old Oddfellows' Hall, and those of Mr Richardson being a small building in front of the Firo Brigade Station. From theso tbo operations of tho canvassers wero carried on unwoaryingly during tho whole day. Mr Treadwell, who bad no Committee, did not require a Committee room. Ho posted himself during most of the day just in front of tho polling place, where his white hat and bluo veil formed a conspicuous object. Mr Richardson was in and out of his Committee rooms frequently in the course of the day, and appeared to wear an anxious expression of countenance. Mr Stevens visited his friends several times, but seemed to trust a good deal to their efforts in his behalf, a truit which was undoubtedly woll placed. About noon Sir George Grey drove up to his Com-
mittee Rooms in company with the Hon J. T. Fisher, ond Mr Montgomery. On his appearance he was loudly cheered. He went inside, and was cordially greeted there by his friends. Here he was joined by Mr Andrews, who looked in anything bufc robust health. After a short; sojourn, during which he took occasion to thank those who were bestirring themselveß in his behalf, Sir George drove away, having added to his party Mr Andrews. The polling was very steady during the early parfc of the day, when there was but little excitement. There was always a considerable throng aboufc the Oddfellows' Hall, and this increased shortly after noon. At this time, "the dinner hour," several conveyances bearing the Stevens' colours and filled with electors, drove up to the polling place. The occupants, after recording their votes, were driven to Mr Stevens' Committee rooms, whero they gave that candidate three cheers. The crowd becoming more numerous became aleo less orderly, ond some flour throwing was indulged in, but the culprits in several instances were caught in the act and duly taken chargo of by the police, who had mustered in considerable force under the Superintendent and the Inspector. Some amusement was caused by the offers made by a sporting gentleman, in tho correct professional style, to lay 3 to 1 against " Landshark," or 5 to 1 against " Shufller," or to back " Th.c Grey" at 5 to 1 and "Le Plastereur" at 3to 1. He showed the money, but did nofc seem to meet with any takers. Some amusing cartoons were posted on the windows of the rooms, and over the one occupied by the Liberal Committee was a large painting in oil of Bir George's knock down blow to Sir William Fox, which originally came out in the Wellington Punch. The various hoardings and fences in the main Btreets were also liberally " billed " with these cartoons. In the Oddfellows' Hall there were four tables at which the various scrutineers were seated, tho letters of the alphabet; being divided between the four tables, and as these divisions wore conspicuously posted over each table, very little time was lost in obtaining a ballot paper. The pencils placed in the erasing compartments were, however, common r d, with the lead as a hard as a brick. Scratch they would, but mark they would not, and tho exercise of the greatest patience and any amount of wetting were required to allow it to be seen how the elector desired to vote. This delay lost all the time gained by the arrangement of the scrutineers' tables, and the official, whoever he moy bo, who obtained such pencils to obliterate printer's iok had a very poor notion of what was required for the purpose. Betweon the hours of three and four each party seemed to double its efforts, and the polling was very rapid, it being felt on both eides that no vote could be spired. The anticipations of victory wero none the less confidently proclaimed, the Conservatives boasting that of 1600 electors who had promised their votes, 1500 had polled. After the poll had closed there wos somo more flour throwing, and the police experienced some trouble in cho.king it. They themse yes wero made targets of, and afc one time had to draw their truncheons in order to succeed in carrying off a prisoner. As darkness closed in the crowd became very donee, and some roischiivous persons amused themselves by indulging in tho very dangerous pastime of throwing ignited Chinese crackers inlo the street. However, on tho whole, good humour and orderliness prevailed, and the announcement of the result of the day's ballot was waited for with commendable patience. At about 25 minutes past 7 the door of the Oddfellows' Hall was partially opened in order to allow of the unofficial list being posted outside, bub there was immediately such a tremendous pressure from without thafc the Returning Officer deemed it prudent to at once close and secure the door. The crowd, however, had not long to wait, for presently a side window was opened, and the hall-keeper, having thrust his body outside as far as he could without overbalancing himself, announced the fact th. t Sir George Grey headed the poll. The announcement was received with thundering cheors, and some time elapsed before tho rest of the list could be read out. At length silence was procured, and the gross result of the poll was given as follows : — Oddfellows' Syden- Meri" Hall. ham. vale. Total. Sir G. Grey ... 1129 113 73 1315 S. P. Andrews 1068 108 74 1250 E.C. J.Stevens 1087 74 89 1250 Hon E. Richardson ... 1072 71 84 1227 J. W. Treadwell 469 53 26 548 As Boon as the stato of the poll was announced, tho cry "To Coker's !" was raised, and the crowd at once began to move in the direction of the Hotel at which Sir George is staying. Tho counter cry of " It's a hoax," was raised a moment later, and most of those who had started to cheer Sir George, returned to their old position in front of the Oddfellows' Hall. A good number, however, went on to Mr Coker's, and there called for Sir George Grey, who came to tho door, ani after thanking them fortho honour dono him, said ho would address them presently from the first floor window. Sir Georgo then went upstairs, and spoke to the following effect from au open window : — He thanked them sincerely for having elected him to represent Christchurch in tho new Parliamont, and ho could assure them he would do his utmost to benefit thUfti and New Zealand. The triumph they had gained that day was not only for them, but for their children. Ifc was a greafc battle they had all fought ; ifc was a great victory they had won. (Cheers). He could not thank them enough for having taken the trouble to do this. [A Voice : " No trouble at all."] Many of them must have made great sacrifices. (Voices •. •• No sacrifices at all.") But they might rely upon it he would make sacrifices for them. Good news came from every part. He had just received a telegram from Auckland to say a real working man had been returned there, beating one of the wealthiest men in the place. (Great cheering) Ho was nofc only a working man, bufc he was a very clever man and a good man. He referred to Mr Speight, a leading man amongst the Good Templars. [A voice: " Sling out the beer."] Ho would now bid them all good night. (Great cheering). Dr Turnbull then came forward, and as the medical adviser of Mr Andrews apologised for thafc gentleman's absence. Mr Andrews, he said, was too ill to be present, but lie (Dr Turnbull) could assure them thero was no prouder man in the cifcy that nighfc than Mr Andrews. Dr Turnbull then proceeded to make some genoral remarks on liberal principles, but tho noise was too great for our reporter to hear what was said. Tho crowd then went up town again. Shortly before eight o'clock tho doora of the OJdfollows' Hall were thrown open to admit thoso who dcßired to attend the operatic psrformance. A rush was at once made by the crowd of "free and independents" who still waited aboufc fche building for reasons only known to themselves, and in a few moments the management were able to congratulate themselves upon having a packed house upon the shortest possiblo notice. The audience, however, was not a desirable one, for thoy passed in without going through tho usual process of purohasing tickets. On tho front doors was a notice to tho effect that the freo list was entirely suspended, tho Pross excepted, and ifc is cortain that on tho present occasion tho " press " predominated to an unwelcome extent. Tho Polico came to the rescue, and, by a process which may besfc be described as " shovelling," eventually got the crowd into tho street again. Knragedat being ejected in this way, some of the throng commenced pelting stones, and several policemen were hit, though fortunately no one was seriously hurt. A sort of rough and tumble fight then ensued, and the 33 coustables camo off victorious against a mob of 1500 men. Tho forco was afterwards marched to tho intersection of High and Cashel streets, where they were drawn up in double file in the centre of the road. Their appearance was somewhat unique as they stood in this position. One half of the number were bespattered with flour, and looked as if they had just emerged from a snow storm. A crowd of larrikins pa'hered on either side of them, and cheered their spirits with derisive laughter and other tikena of contempt. While the police wero arresting one rowdy fellow his mates nndeavourod fco rescue him, and pelted the constables with stones. The missiles did the police no harm, but went through two panes of plato gla?s in Mr Lewis' front shop, and thereby did damage to tho extent of £50. Immediately after the election a large number of the members of the Canterbury Liberal Association mot in the reception room of Coker's Hotel, Dr Turnbull, the president, bein'/ in the chair. Tbe loast of the newly elected Liberal members for the city of Chrutchurch — Sir George Groy, M.H.R., and Mr S. P. Andrews, M.H.R.— was drunk with the utmost enthusiasm followed with long con-
tinued ringing cheers. Numerous speeches of a congratulatory character followed, and the President, Wee-Presidents, Hon Secretaries, "Workingj-.oretary, the Scrutineers, the Central Committee, the Volunteer., the Lyttelton Times and >&ar„and' other suitable toasts were drunk and responded to-wi h the utmost harmony and continued cheering- A number of the Association' afterwards visited the residence of Mr Andrew^and manifested their satisfaction nt llia-rc.urn by the most demonstrative cheering. Mr- Andrews convoyed his thanks to the assemblage. Tb© members of the Association thereupon separated with the utmost good humour.
Nomi- ElecDistriot. nation, tion. Elected. Avon ... Aug. 28 Sopt. 3W. Bolleston* O Dunedin ... „ „ 2T. Dick n E. Oliver 0 W. D. Stewnri O Invercargill „ IJ. W. Bain O Hangitikei „ S Major Willis 0 Totara ... Aug. 29 „ 10HonW.Gisborne*M Selwyn ... „ „ 5 Hon J. Hall* 0 Lyttelton ... „ „ 4H. Allwright Mataura ... „ „ IJ. Shauks* Cheviot ... „ „ 6 4.. Saunders Hoslya ... „ „ SH. Driver Napier ... „ „ BF. Sutton VV. E. Rußßell East Coast ... „ „ SV. M'Donald H Waikaia ... „ „ BJ.O. Ireland M Grey Valley... „ „ SE. Masters M R. H. J. Reeves M Hokitika ... Aug. 30 „ SE. O. Reii M R. J. Seddon M. Heathcote ... „ „ 8 Hon I. T. Fiahor M Pioton ... „ „ 50. Kenny* 0 Waitakl ... „ „ ST.W. Hislop M S. E. Skriraski M Port Chalmers „ „ 5 Hon J MacandrewM Clive ... „ „ 10 J. Ormond 0 Ermont ... „ 5 Major Atkinson O Taieri ... „ „ 9J. i'ulton O Manawatu ... „ „ 6W. Johnston O Wallace 6 G. Hirst 0 Wellington ... Sept. 1 „ 5 VV. H. Levin M. VT. Hutchison M Nelson ... „ „ 6 &.. Pitt O A. Adams O Riverton „ 6P, K. M'Caughan D Tuapeka ... „ „ 6J. C. Brown M Christchurch „ „ 10 Sir G. Grey M S. P. Andrews M E. C. J. Btoven9 O Wairau ... „ „ Ba. P. Seymour O Caversham ... „ „ 9W. Barron M Maori Diatcts. Northern ... „ „ 8 Eastern ... „ „ 8 Western „ 8 Major TeWheoroM Southern ... „ 8 Tainui Ibaia M Newtown ... „ „ 8 VY. Swanson* M Eden „ 4J. A. Tole M Kaiapoi ... „ „ SC. C. Bowen 0 Akaroa ... „ „ 6W. Montgomery* HI Wairarapa ... „ „ 4G. Beetharu 0 H. Bnnny M Rodney ... „ „ 89. T. George M Nolson Subrbs Sept. 2 „ BA. J. Richmond O Thamos „ 8 Sir G. Grey* M Hon J. Sheehan* M Waikato ... „ „ BJ. B. Whyto M Waitemata ... „ „ 9R, Wood M Bruce ... „ „ 9W. Murray 0 Coleridge „ 15 Tunaru ... „ „ 6R. Turnbull M Wellington Country ... Sept. „ 11 Motuoka ... „ „ JR. Hurathousa* 0 Colliugwood... „ 12 New Plymouth „ „ 6 T.Kelly 0 Auckland W 6Dr Wallis M W. J. Hurst M Buller ... „ „ 9 J.B. Fiahor M Clutha ... „ „ 11 Wauganui ... „ „ SJ. Bryce D J. Balknce M Dunstan ... „ „ 6V. Fyke* O franklin . „ „ 11 Waikouaifi .. „ „ 6G. M'Lean O Geraldine ... Sopt. 4 „ 9E. Wakefleld O Hutt ... „ „ 9 T.Mason 0 Ashloy ... „ 11 Paruell ... „ „ 11 F. J. Moss* li Mount Ida ... „ „ 40. A. DeLautour*M Marsdeu ... „ „ Waipa ... „ 10 F. Whitaker O Auokland East Sept. 5 „ 10 W. J. Speight M Wakatipu ... „ „ Groy and Bell „ | „ 8 Col. Trimblo O Ouehunga ... Sept. 6 „ 9G. M. O'Rorko M Wairaea ... Sept. 8 „ 12 J. Shopherd* D Mongonui and Biy of Islands ... „ 10 J. Lundon M Gladstone ... 11' „ 15
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THE GENERAL ELECTIONS., Star, Issue 3563, 11 September 1879
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