Election Notices. GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE ' HOKITIKA DISTRICT. /"^ ENTLEMEN,— At the request of \JC many influential and well-known electors of the district, I came forward to solicit your suffrages at the forthcoming election to fill the seat in the House of Representatives lately vacated by Mr Button, . ' I am aware that there h&S been some objection raised to my candidature on the double gfotind of my being flew to politics and a stranger to your district* Uut if I have not the advantage of experience, at least I am free from connection with the party which has so long ruled the Oniony, and as a new political era dawns for New Zealand, it is perhaps not altogether disadvantageous that it should be to some extent inaugurated by new men. If lam a stranger to your district, and you nevertheless do me the honor to elect me, you place me under the greater obligation, and have a right therefore to expect me to be the more zealous and the more devoted to the duties you wish me to perform. My views upon the prominent political questions of the day I shall soon have an opportunity of explaining to you* personally* but I may state that I am a Liberal in politics. I hold that in this country Which none of us have inherited except to the extent we have inherited the rights of Britons, there are not, and should not, be allowed to be vested lights antagonistic to the interests of the people, such as exist in the Old Country. The land of New Zealand should be open to the people of New Zealand, and if in the past its distribution has not been judicious, it is the more incumbent on the Government to take care that it is more fully apportioned in the future. Therefore, I am in favor of a liberal land law, taking away nothing that he legally possesses from any man, but enabling the poor and the industrious to acquire it equally with the rich. 1 favor the extension of the principle of the 6ale of land on deferred piyments, in reasonable blocks, and I hold that all public land should be sold in such moderate sized parcels as to make it pi'actidally impossible for speculators to absorb it in vast estates. I consider that all dealing with land should be in broad daylight and no hole and corner work permitted, by which any man, however influential, can obtain any advantage over the public. Moreover, I feel strongly that the great burdens incurred by the Colony on Public Works* should, to a large extent, be boroe by the properties Which have acquired much additional value by their construction. Therefore I shall support the proposals of the present Government to impose a just and reasonable property tax, estimated according to classification, but not burdening the improvements effected by the industrious. I consider that every man not criminal and British by birthright or naturalization, has a right to found a claim to the exercise of the franchise, upon the fact of his having crossed the ocean to make this the country of bis adoption, and still more so if he is a born New Zealander. The former class are men who have shewn by the fact of their emigration, that they are men of enterprise and spirit, and in the education the Colony has given, and will give, to the young, we have the beat guarantee that they will wisely use the privileges we give them. The education of the rising generation becomes the more important when it is regarded as the safeguard to the proper use of the electoral papers. Therefore, I consider, that the State should spare no effort to make the education of this Colony the very best possible, free and open to all. As all contribute to the funds from which its cost is defrayed, all have a right to share its advantages. I shall not add more at present, except that 1 am a firm supporter of the present Government, and shall do my utmost to retain them in office. I am, Yours &c , SEYMOUR THORNId GEORGE. Wellington, June 13, 1878. Tp THE ELECTORS OF THE HOKITIKA DiSTBiCT. a ENKLEMEN,— Having reconsidered tmT advisability of ray coming forward as a Candidate for this District, I have come tv the conclusion that under the present circumstances it is wise for me to retire. Trusting you will justify my withdrawal at this stage, and tuanking those friends - who intended to support me, Yours Respectfully, ANDREW CUMMING, Notices. HOKITIKA GYMNASTIC CLASSES. FOR' GENTLEMEN. TUESDAY and FRIDAY, from 8 to , 9.30 p.m. Fees, per Quarter, £1 Is, FOR BOYS. MONDAY and THURSDAY, from 5 to G p.m. Fees, per Quarter, lGs. Fees payable in advance. For further particulars, apply to OSCAR DAVID, Swan Hotel. MONSIEUR OSCAR DAVID GIVES LESSONS in FRENCH and GERMAN. For further particular,, please apply SWAN HOTEL. WE direct special attention to our STOCK of BLANKETS and FLANNELS—the Prices will be found Very Moderate. J. NICHOLSON & CO., Dbaters. R~ ~G~R EEN W O O D DENTIST, Tainui-street, opposite the Post Office, Greymouth. Dentistry in all its branches.
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Page 3 Advertisements Column 4, West Coast Times, Issue 2876, 21 June 1878
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