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THE MAYOR RETURNS THANKS.

Mr Allison appeared before the waitiug crowd at the principal polling-booth when the results were announced, and was received with cheers. He said that he had first to thank those who had voted for him and placed him in the proud position he occupied. Since ht had been connected . with the City Council he had had a very uphill fight, and it was very satisfactory indeed that at last he was absolved in the minds of th© electors of CKristchureh. (Hear, hear, and a voice: "You deserve it.") He had tried to deserve it. and he had found all through his life that if he tried to do right he generally, came out on top, and he thought the result of the election was. merely another indication of the appreciation of the people of a man who was trying to dp right. He was glad that the election had been conducted without the slightest ill-feeling between himself and Mr Loughnan. . There had been no nasty insinuations, and he thought an election could not have been conducted in a better spirit. He was sorry, indeed, that the protection of his own character, which -it was necessary to rejuvenate in the minds of the people of the city, had mad© it necessary for him to come forward again: In addition to that, he wished, ,before leaving office, if possible, to see the canal and electric lighting schemes placed in sucji a position that the people might decide for themselves whether or not they would carry out those works. (Applause.) It had been said that during the past year he had not been brilliant. He did not think he had' been elected because he was brilliant, but he had generally tried to see that whatever he "undertook was on a sound basis. If he had not initiated any new works,, it. would be generally recognised that with the £140,000 for i water-works, £17,000 for electrical plant and the £100,000 of ordinary revenue the electors were being pledged sufficiently for a while. With the canal proposal sufficiently far forward, further expenditure on those works could be carried out, and would be of greater benefit to Christchurch than anything that had been done in the past. He did not intend to make a policy speech^ because policy in municipal affairs was Largely dependent upon the exigencies of the moment. Questions cropped up that could not be foreseen, and those in office took the opportunity. He had taken the opportunity, in connection with the canal scheme. (Applause and uproar.) In reply to' remarks from the crowd, Mr Allison went on to say that he was not ashamed of the part he had taken in connection with the Nimrod, and he thought the people had generally absolved him, or they would have resented his action at the polls. It had been said that he funked the Dreadnought meeting. .At the time he had been very ill, and it had been quite possible that he would never have recovered. He thought the people would recognise that he had good reasons for stopping at home. {Applause.) Ho had never refused to take part in anything to avoid expressing the courage of his convictions. He again thanked the electors for the position they had placed him in, and he was sorry indeed that he had to oppose Councillor Loughnan, who during his past term as Mayor had been most gentlemanly and had given him most reasonable support. When the time came for Mr Loughnan to become Mayor he felt sure that gentleman would uphold the dignity of the office, and that when he had closed his term of office the electors would have no regrets at having placed him there. (Applause.) Three hearty cheers were given for Mr Allison. MR LOUGHNAtf'S SPEECH. Mr Loughnan -was also received with applause. He said that he did not think, at that time of night, that the crowd had come to hear a speech from the defeated candidate. It was his duty to thank those who had been good enough to accord him their help for the generous way in. which they had supported him. Haying . been shown in the most emphatic manner that his views on many subjects were not those that commended themselves to the larg© majority of his fellowcitizens, he was quite content to accept their verdict. He could assure them that their interests would be well conserved and looked after by the gentleman they had chosen to be their Mayor,, Mr Allison had referred to two small matters that had been spoken" of to his apparent discredit. There wa6 hot the slightest reason why any of the ratepayers should not have perfect confidence in him for anything in connection with the Dreadnought meeting. Mr Allison had been at the, point of death when the crowd was expecting him to preside at that meeting. " But Ido not think you want a speech from me," concluded Mr . Loughnan facetiously. "You have had enough of me, and I will content myself with thanking you, and wishing you politically 'good night 3 and 'good-bye.'" ' Three cheers were given for Mr Loughnan.

service as a junior clerk in a Christchurch bank .he entered his father's business of a builder, in which trade he was engaged for fifteen years. In 1879 Mr Allison was appointed clerk and surveyor to the borough of Sydenham, and he held that position until the borough was absorbed in Greater Christchurch. Mr Allison then stood for a 6eat on the City Council as a representative of the Sydenham Ward and was elected. Last year he stood for the mayoralty of Christchurch against the sitting Mayor * Mr G. Payling, and secured election byva majority of 142 on a email poll of 2636 votes. Mr Allison was for some years actively interested in Volunteering and held a commission first, in the Canterbury Rifles and later in the E Battery. He has always taken a keen interest in social and. political questions, especially in those relating to local government. THE ELECTION OF COUNCILLORS. The election of councillors provided much arduous work for the returning- j officer and his staff, and the final results were not available till, about halfpast eleven. The last Central Ward. result, from the Caledonian Hall, arrived at about 11 p.m., and then there was a dreary wait for the final,Sydenham Ward return, from , the- Selwyn Street Oddfellows' Hall, which did not come in till 11.27 p.m. The polling was fairly heavy at every booth, the largest number of votes polled for any one candidate being Dr Thacker's handsome total of 2053. He and Mr J. J. Dougall were the only new candidates returned, the remaining successful candidates for * the A Central Ward being Messrs T. Gapes, W. H. Cooper, H. . B. Sorensen and C. D. Morris, who were all members of the previous Council. The "runner-up" for this ward was Mr E. Smith. ' For. Sydenham Ward, Mr J. Forrester headed the poll with 1320 votes, the other successful candidates being Messrs A. H. Webb. /C. Taylor and G. W. J. Parsons, with Mr A. D. Hart next on the list. For Linwood Ward Mr H. J. Otley polled most heavily, securing 928 votes, the other successful candidate, Mr T. N. Horsley, polling 787. The defeated candidate, Mr J. Wilson, polled 606. For Stf Albans Ward Messrs A. H. Williams 747 and G. Hyde 734, secured seats, Mr A. H. Anderson, the next on thevpoll, being accorded 670 votes. The following are details of the polling :-^ " <■ ■ .

sniff ■I ' . . W2 S 2 g & :pf.r g S2§lBSgS Forrester, g • S SSCSSSS Hart.- ; p - I BSKBBS3 Hunter. ' g SggisS LftfEerty. I SSS^S Millar., g SSmIsP Pareon*. S f K^B^ct Invalid. :

Z%22 f 1111 li' I s " si E 3? 4r|s I. ; •si* p* sj* § w a •" - p p ... ,- B . ....." ■ lIaSSSSS i ßarrelL iI.S"SgSS3 I Baxtram. | 11- g Sllsg I Cooper. | tr 1 II "g iisigi l<&»«. - :; J! fi 82SSg (Holland. a| $ co too os 5« I g|^g| | Morris. SI 8 ii^i§ l Smith ' 21c !^S-aStt llnTalid.

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THE MAYOR RETURNS THANKS., Star, Issue 9529, 29 April 1909

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