The-official- declaration of the result.of €h&Sydenham election took place at 1 the '. Oddf efitows' Hall, Sydenliam, at noon to-day. About 150 persons were present. The Returning-Officer (Mr C. Allison) announced the result of the poll to be-as-follows: — E. M. Taylor 766 J. Crewes 392 Majority for Taylor ... 3?4 -He declared Kichaid Moleswotth Taylor.duly elected. The announcement was received "with loud cheers. Mr Taylor, who was received with applause, said that he-had to thank the worting men of Sydenhara, as he bad had to thank them sixteen months ago, for the proud position he occupied. (Applause;) He knew that the moneyed classea of Christchurch came down and voted against him. (Hear, hear. "So they did.") but so long as he had the support of the "black hands" he was sure of success. He would like to mention, in order to show the tacfcic3 pursued against him, that large numbers of objections had been taken to several electors who had resided in. the district for many years. Mr "Whitelaw had lodged 416 objections, come of them against men who had lived in the Borough for twenty yeara. (Applause.) He would not refer further to this, as the election was over. He would not detain them longer, but would cay that when he departed from the principles he had uttered on that platform, he would not trouble any gentleman to contest his scat, but would resign. (Loud applause.) . Mr Ckewes, who was received with applause, said that he was never afraid to come before working men. He had been trained up aa a working mail, and among working men, and all his life had never owed anything to capital. (Applause.) Ho knew that he had taken an unpopular side, bub sometimes a man who whs true to his convictions had to do that, and he felt that the policy of inereaaed taxation wsb not for the benefit of the people. (Applause.) Though defeated he had not been di6graced,andhe wished to warmly thank hi 3 Committee who had worked admirably. It must be remembered that it was the first time the Stout-Vogel policy had been attacked in Sydenham, and the fact that nearly 400 olector3 had voted for him showed that a large proportion of them disagreed with it. (Applause.) Though he had aeon defeated, the policy of the Government had been beaten along the whole line. (Applause.) The head of the Government was down — (Cheers and groans) and their policy defeated. He would not say any more, but would thank those who had supported him. (Applause.) Mr Crewes moved a vote of thank 3to the Returning-Ofßcer. Mr Taylor seconded the motion, paying a high tribute to Mr Allison's impartiality and efficiency. The motion was carried by acclamation, and the gathering dispersed after giving cheers for Mr Taylor.
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Sydenham., Star, Issue 6043, 27 September 1887
Sydenham. Star, Issue 6043, 27 September 1887
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