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On the Eve of the Battle.

Chance 3of the Various Contestants.

(Special to Heeald.) Dunedin, November 27. The elections are now in everybody's mouth, and, despite the strictness of the law concerning betting, one hears constantly j of hats having been wagered on the results. Two tickets have practically been put forward for the Oity, though Mr Fish is urging his friends to give him plumpers, and both sides are atraming every nerve to win. The Liberal Labour candidates have specially been particularly industrious, holding meetings every night of the week, but the effect of this incessant flood of talk has been to show that Mr Earnshaw's opinions are widoly different from the other two gentlemen with whom he is associated, particularly co in regard to future leadership. Messrs Hutchison, Pinkerton, and Earnsbaw comprise the Ministerial Liberal Labour ticket, while on the other hand the electors can choose between Messrs Fish, Gourlay, Gore, and Haynes. The eighth candidate is Mr Nicoi, a newspaper vendor, but his candidature is regarded as a huge -joke. The Labour people claim, and rightly I think, to be the best organised party, and they are sanguine of again sweeping the board aa they did in 1890. That contingency, however, I do not regard as likely. Mr Fish is an adept at electioneering, and aB he will have the Catholic vote in addition to the support of the liquor party and the Conservatives he must poll heavily. The temperance bodies are all supporting the Labour-Liberal candidates, and will carry with them a large proportion of the female votes. My opinion, however, is that Messrs Pinkorton and Fish will be returned, with Messrs Karnshaw, G-ourley, or Hutchison as third man. Mr G-ourley has secured a block vote of the Banevolent Institution inmates, some 200 odd strong, wuioh may se»ute him a place when the numbers are shown, Mr J. A. Millar, of maritime strike fame, will probably defeat B. Gallen for the Fort Chalmers seat. Mr Allen will, however, be strongly supported by the Union Company and by the female vote for Caversham. A close fight is expected between Messrs Barron trod Morrison ; but for Mr Munro'e persistency in going to the poll Mr Barron'e election would ba assured. As it is, he may get home. Mr Green, a former representative, ii sure of election for Waikouaiti. Mr Bruce, who is a young man with undaunted cheek, has been posed as the accepted Ministerial candidate, but at the eleventh hour, oi rather at half-past eleven, Mr Thomson, the third candidate, has rather unkindly published a telegram from the Premier showing that he was the Simon Pure from the Government stable. Attention in this part, however, centres in the Waihemo electorate, in which the two Mao are flighting a battle royal, the women especially displaying a keen interest in the campaign, and floral tributes are nightly offered to the two Bichmonds, nor is it an uncommon occurrence for the burly farmers to unyoke the horses of their favoured candidate, and to draw the carriage containing their favoured candidate through the streets to the meeting home. For the Taieri, Mr Carncross is opposed by Mr 1. M. Buckland, a former member for Waikouaiti. The latter will hare strong support from the ladies and the anti-liquor party, and it will take Carnoroes all his time to retain tho seat. I fear he will go under, though his supporters are sanguine that he will have a couple of hundred to spare. Scobie's marob through mid Otago is said to have been an unparalled electioneering success. When the numbers go up late tomorrow night, however, I fancy that the Hon. John will come out on top. Californian Thistle Mackenzie is certain to defeat Mr Braigh for the Clutha. The " genial " Vinient Pyke will probably be returned for Tuapeka. The issue for Wakatipu will be narrowed down to the Hon. Mr Lirnach and Mr W. Fr&sor, a looal ex-squatter aud Chairman of the Vincent County Council. Mr Larnach c&rrios my vote. Waitaki will be represented by Major Steward, Speaker of tho late Parliament, and Oamaru is likely to remain true to Mr Duncan, the late men-bsr, though in the multiplicity of candidates there is considerable risk to the late member's prospects. (Per United Press Association.) Wblmnqton, Novomber 27. Mr Wilford, the Government candidate for the suburbs seat, intends to take legal action against the persons who hive boen circulating certain statements reflecting on him. The open air temperance meeting on Saturday night was the scene of some rowdyism. J£ggs were thrown and speakers several times thrown from the platform. In consequence, a sort of Vigilance Committee has been organised by the Trades Council and the Liberal Convention for their open air meeting to-night, and the 1 services of the police also invoked. The Premier was to have addressed a meeting here to-night, at which it was currently reported ha would name the Government candidates for Wellington. In consequence of the exertions at the Christchurch meeting Mr Saddon's throat became inflamed, and the doctors advised him not to risk any further strain on it. He will, however, speak at Wilford's meeting at Petone if recovered.

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On the Eve of the Battle., Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8336, 27 November 1893

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On the Eve of the Battle. Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8336, 27 November 1893

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