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The Star. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1883.

To mobhow the ratepayers of Ohrietohurek will be oalled upon to fill the vaoanoiee that have arisen in the Oity Oounoil. On many former occasions we have pointed ont how important it is to the well-being of the etty that every voter should exeroiie the privilege he possesses, and go to the poll, going ther* with the thought-out conviction that hie vote will be reoorded for the best man. Ohrutohuroh apathy hai often been shown in m striking manner at the various looal eleotiona r oily a comparatively small proportion of tb» ratepayers put themselves to the infinitesimal amount of inoonvenience nooeiiaryi oandi» dates are "ran in" by their personal friende, or by tome email and possibly small-minded clique,-— and then there comee a display of that oharminfly uieleie quality known se •* Wiedom after the event." Of the viewe of some of the candidates nothing it known *- .there has been no convened meeting at whiolt they could itate their opinions upon the few important fueitioni likely to be diieuaeeduring their term of cffioe; and some of them have omitted to publish anything beyond the bald statement that they desiro to be eleoted. One of the exceptions is Mr Fred Hobbs, » Southeast Ward candidate, who contests the seat with the the retiring Councillor, Mr Ever. The only fault we have to find witb the latter gentleman is that nt a member of the Oity Oounoil he is io* retiring. Whilst we entertain the utmost respect for him personally, we believe that Mr Hobbs iathe moat useful man, particularly at the present juncture. Ihe programme he haa put forward indioatea much-needed reforms} and we hope, despite the etrong personal feeling which, hae been manifested, that he will be given the opportunity of potting aome of his ideaa iota definite shape. Of the two North-east Ward candidates, Mr Crooks wai a member of th* Oounoil lome yeara ago, and therefore haa the advantage of a certain amount of knowledge* of the conduct of Munioipal businesi. He is a man who hai earned general respeot by hi* long connection (tome 20 yeara, we believe) with one of the Friendly Booieties, and in varioui other ways • he is quiet and unassuming, and would, we are satisfied, <ot upon hie oenviotiom, whatever they might happen to be. Ihe other candidate, Mr W. H. Hoiking. ' ia a comparatively young man, reputed to be energetic, and a ehrewd man of business. Ih* probability ia that hit line of aotion, if he ia eleoted to the Oounoil, would have aprogree* eive tendenoy. -Tor the Iforth-west Ward there ue thn* candidates, Meisrs I. O.Lambert (the retiring Councillor), Berry Can and GK Withera. Ih* two former have been ao muoh before th* publio aa to render comment unneoeesary. | Ihe third candidate ia an untried man. W* have aeen it objected that beoauie he ie an employe* and not an employer he ought not to eeek eleotion. Oould a more shallow rea* son be eonceiyed f Beoauie Mr Withera ia i an old and honoured servant in one of om* largest mercantile firms • because hit* mental oapaoitiei have rendered him of great value to hii employer!, and beoauie tbe snaviter in nodo hepoiieisn ia not leu apparent than the fortiter in re shown in the disoharge of hii dutiei; because of these thinga he ia a very fit and proper peraon to ■eek eleotion, and beoauie of these thinga he will— if ohoien— probably prove a valuable ■ervant to the ratepayers. In the eouth-west ward there ia no contest j but the ratepayer* of that division have the eatiifaotion of retaining the aervioea of a thoroughly good representative. Ko member of the Counoil haa worked harder than Mr Vinoent, whom Committee work, we have reaaon to know, ha* been not leu appreciated in the Oounoil than outside it. Ihe nominator of one of the candidates, we notioe, has aent a refreshingly straightforward letter to our morning contemporary. W* thoroughly endorse hia idea of the proper mode of conduoting the eleotiona,— -no pereonalitiei; let eaoh party do their beat for their candidate, and, when its all over, shake hands.

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The Star. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1883., Star, Issue 4795, 12 September 1883

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