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The Retubning Opficeb said that the numbers polled for the various candidates were as follows : — Shaw 205 Button 193 Prosser 130 He had now to declare William Shaw, Esq., duly elected Mayor of Hokitika for the ensuing twelvemonths. Mv Shaw was loudly called for, and, at length, Mr Pbossee came forward and said that he had just been informed that, through the sudden illness of Mrs Shaw, the worthy Mayor elect was prevented from coming to thauk them. However, he Mr Prosser had great pleasure in returning thanks on Mr Shaw's behalf, and he did so most cordially, because that gentleman's election was the triumph of a principle. (Cheers.) In conclusion, he (Mr Prosser) would state that had he thought Mr Shaw so popular as that day's proceedings had proved him to be, lie (Mr Prosser) Avould not have come forward. (Cheers). Mr Button, who was louJly cheered, said that he was, much obliged to the citizens for the position in which they had placed him on the poll, for if he had had only twelve more votes it would have been a tic. However, he would hope for better luck next time. As, however, he was not at the head of tho poll, he very much regretted that Mr Prosser was not second on the poll instead of himself. (Cheers ) The crowd now commenced cheering vociferously, and loud cries of '■' Shaw ! Shaw !" announced tho approach of the Mayor elect, who shortly ascended tho platform. Mr SnAW said that he must apologise to them for not being present earlier, but the fact was that' ere long thoy would, according to the old established English custom, have to present a silver cradle to him, and thus the little stranger who was shortly to be introduced into tho world would, like his friend Mv Button, bo cradled in Municipal institutions. (Loud cheers.) Ho felt* peculiarly gratified afc being placed in the proud position in which the votes of his fellow-citizens had placed him, because ifc was a full answer to all the calumnious charges which had been made against him. He had taken but little trouble to answer those charges, but his fellow citizens had done ifc for~him. (Cheers). In conclusion, he would again thank them most hoartily, and could assure them that ho would do his utmost to promote the welfare and prosperity of the town of Hokitika. (Cheers). Mr Pbosseb, who was loudly cheered, said that he had to return his hearty thanks to those citizens who had voted for him. (Cheers). He congratulated them upon Mr Shaw's return, Decanse it wjs the triumph of a principle. (Cheers). He (Mr Prosser) had taken no acting part to get himself elected, ho had not even been reported, but that was no fault of the .W"£ST Coast Times, for on two occasions a reporter from that journal had accompanied him to places whore he expected to hold meetings, but which meetings had not taken place. He would again thank them most heartily for their support. (Cheers). On the motion of Mr Prosser, three hearty cheers were given for the retiring Mayor, Mr J. A. Bonar. Mr Bonab said that during the twelvemonths ho had held office, he had endeavored earnestly to do his duty, and lie was happy to find that his efforts had been duly appreciated by his fellowcitizens. (Loud cheers.) He had now only to retire from oflico and give place to his worthy friend Mr Mayor Shaw. (Loud and prolonged cheering.) The proceedings then terminated.

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OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL., West Coast Times, Issue 648, 22 October 1867

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OFFICIAL DECLARATION OF THE POLL. West Coast Times, Issue 648, 22 October 1867