THE WAIRARAPA ELECTION.
Thb declaration of the Poll took place at Greytown on Wednesday last, When Captain Smith was declared duly elected, the number of Vote's being as follows : Smith. Btirlase. GreytOwn.. CO ]fl Masterton ..; 18 4 Fenthcrston ;..;.... 11 ]j Hitnngarau :....... 12 o Otareia ;......... 7 o Wangaimnna II \ Fiat Point 3 0 Castlepoint ..-...-..;. 3 o 125. 41 Our prognostications of a majority of 3 to 1 have boon amply verified -, Mr. Dorlaso hits boon so thoroughly beatoa by the Constitutional caudidme, thut he
has doolarod in a published oddross lo the doctors, that ho will not hereafter voluntarily offor himsolf as a candidate for thoir suffrages. A very wiso and tho only proper dotorminatibn to oomo 10, we rondilv admit-.
In tho address alluded to, Mr. liorlase does not hesitato to snubtion with his name) charges agninst tho Gjvornmont, which if they moan Anything, are charges of a most corrupt character. ' Similar accusations aro mado by tho Spectator on overy defeat which the Rowdies have sustained ; it is the usual mode the old lady has of getting rid 0/ the bilious attacks sho is subject to of lalo, and consequontly nobody takos any notiuo of thorn. When sho understood "that ni " the recent Wuirarapu election, the " Government road men wero told, by " those placed in authority over them, that " their wages would bo rcdiiend from -is. " to 45., unless thoy voted for the (jo- " vornmeut candidate, Ciipliiin Smith," wo cared not to notice it; tho vory vagueness of the accusation proved tlmt it proceeded from Mr. YVakafield's pen. As no charge could bo brought agninst the engineer, paymaster, or overseers, thoy are alj bundled up together in tho convenient phras'o of " those placed in siuthoriiy"—a phrase that cannot' he token hold of as boing applicable to an) one in* particular. Mr. Wnkefiold only " understands" this kind of bribery was practised, he does tint know i I to have been so. When, according to a recent correspondence up pearing in our paper, similar kinds of intimidation, which that individual declared ke had seen, turned oitt to be fiilso, the public will know how little rnliailco is to bo placed on anything that may oome from his p.on.
With Mr. Borlaso tho case is different; ho has tbe reputation of a professional gentleman to maintain, and would not, it is to be presumed, commit to print dogmatic statements without ho was convinced of their truth. It is a matter of vast moment to the electors of the whole Province, that tho following statements of Mr. Borlase should bo clearly proved, for although no corrunt. influonce is, in so many words, assigned, yet the impression left on every one who reads thorn must he that v corrupt influence is intended.
You will perceive, on an analysis of tlio votes comprising the majority, that a large proportion of them is made up by men in the employment of the Government,' and subject to its iullnonee.
The battle has not been fought out, as on former occasions, by the free and unbiassed action of parties opposed to eacli other in politics—but the scale has bseu turned on behalf of the Government, by persons in receipt of Government money. It is easy for Mr. fiorlase to writo " you will perceive by an analysis of the votes, &c," but how are , the electors to psreoivo anything of the kind ? No analysis bus been published by him for their information, and it is farcical in suppose that every elector iv tbo Wav rimipu is going to apply for an inspection of the voting papers. We challenge Mr. Borlase to publish the analysis to which ho refers, and show the public how the corrupt influences,ho leads us to believe were brought to bear, turnod the scale ag.iinst him For the future, ho may rest assured that many ot those in Government employ, who have hitherto boen staunch Radicals, will be so no longer. When they hoar that the Radical loaJor line endeavoured to throw 400 labourers out of work, by his rocent appeal to the Supreme Court for an injunction to stup every farthing of Government expenditure, they will pause cr-o they vote for such onemies to the working classes—such enemies to the whole Province.
If oitr readers will pbni6B again tho quotation from Mr. B )Huse's ' address they will be rewarded with a little acknowledgment that is exceedingly rich. At I lie last election, wo aro told " the battle was fought by the froe and unbiassed nutiou of parties opposed to each oilier in politics ;" on that occasion Mr. Borlase polled precisely the same number of Votes as mi this, ho than standing as an independent Candidate; the Masterton .doctors recording no loss than 20 votes in his favour, the same number as were given to Mr. Carter. No Kadical dared to stand ou that occasion, nor will be likely to do so againi
of liifi trills eliririirlcM , ; lie was a niim ti~~" quired to belciuxvi. to bo thnViWH.lv n L •' r «- ifiid the more inliualu the f^ 0,1 ! Willi him, the more highly *oii) 1 'i'l L Cllm<S hi.A. l-i« (.he Ohainnai,) opportunity Of niuliing lli(!.i»si.>Wes Acim'ii ? Willi l.i.s Excellency wYnild slu.rtl'v V$ 'ft them, in as niiieh as Colonel Mould V ? (lei ! commissioned lo visi'l Wellington /V>r il • c " pose of planning anoihot wi,,* U tl,, fi £• ment House 1.1 driler ii) enable the (i,,von «. exhibit th.il hospitality I'or ,Vl,ich rcM.iarkiil.l6 in this nrtitli. The ui.ist responded U) , t,l Hiiy The in risinrf U\ niinfop )\. n ;. ■ of lliee.-ei.iiw, alluded in itieli,,! ,|, loss which the co.rtmiinitv h.td s.k|. L " day pruvidiisly hy Hie death of A' \ , ll " v ! McDoiial.l, whitsß nianv virtues and w" worth, had s-'aimid for hiirt a pi JICB :,. .! n.ivatu eif,ie.s, and wh.lse J, .?.:r""' lions ontilL'il him t» ho loukud undn L'< of mark Had it l.een ~,WKilileto, W Kilileto litbS poiseil the dinner lor a le« flays jt wiiiild ,"'," hoeii very <!<iii»-eiiial to their *f«!Dlii-..r s ~. 1, , done so, lint as the steamer (}, lm \ w,,nld her departure for Aiollioiinu! to-inrtrnnv ii 1. 1 not l.een pos.silile to do Sl l. 'JTniV (irtuhl ~! allow their old friend Dr. Hvnus t.i leave tl,', without some pul.he niaiiiurstaiiun «f i] lc , peel which they all felt for him. IlUcomS to Wellington as one of the ininistm iif.,i,i Wealthy anil flonri«liin.!r i-olo.iy of Viuioria wis a great event The elFeit: of his visit woiddiirt to add another link 1.1 the iron elniin w ;th whiuh modem enterprise was eiiuirulinir the earth ; to nnite Hi hy means rtf stoanl not 01 ,| v with Au.-itf.dia bin through her will, hotli the old and new world. ; They were all jvhiil tint the Melbourne Government had recognised IM guoßraphical !i:id (Miiunereial ■importance of Wellington, hut they a!i fait that Tor l!ii s t|, o i were largely indel.tod 10 thd fjuest of the even: injf. 'l'hd dilliuuHies of direct Stc'uiii Ooimhil: nicatioii lictwertl thu t.vo e-Vonies hnd always been co..s:d,'red so great thili the mercantile community j f Wellingt-m hail little ko;-.o of being able to SunnoUiit them, but 'the Miiiisir-jr of which Dr. Evans was a member' liail sent him to overcome then! all; hU6 Columbus he had broken their egg aiiil at oned solved their dillleult problem. -» He (the Chilir- ' man) could lidt help passing In rapid revieff tlii! many Services Dr. Avails hdd fiiiidefed the colonists in former days, whdil his powerful voice; atige counsel) anil able poii were con: stantly in reijuUitiom The dilysof trouble lmti now gone by J b.iit while they rejoiced in thd j prosjierity of Now Zealaiul' they cquallv rejoioeil in meeting one who thoug'i he'had largely shared in 'arid greatly suffered from thfc disasters that attended the early colonization of Wellington, had s\> fiif re'eovored as til meet them that night in the lidaoriible aiid responsible capacity of the accredited minister of the most powerful of the Southern Colonies. The toast was then most enthusiastically respondeil to.
Da. Evans roso amid Imul applause. 116 looked upon the pre ent Hssonlblage as one of many gratifying occasions at which lie had hail the pleasure u> assist. He woulil not indulge' in conijiliineiHs hut at unco touch 0:1 the <>liject of his visit, v matter which must be of 110 small importance to the mercantile gentlemen before , l\im, and to tlio eimiiiii.-ruial interests of this Province. Still he could i.ot help contrasting die present with the pa«t, when lie shy before 1 liiii) some who were grdwing grey; whom he rs:neiniief'--d nearly twi'iitv years' air,), untorin!; upon the Colonisation of these islands with ail the vigour and enthusiasm of yo-nii. Manydark days had hoen experienced during that interval) hut perseverance had turned tlio ones cloudy prospects of No* /- -alaiid into llm.sd bright Ones which aie no,v ImiWe her. The present condition rtf Wellington was tlie fiuii of the iiidiJniitable courage with which every obstacle hiid Decn uiet and overcome. Those obstacles bad however caused the departure of niai:y whose loss tlioy coiild ill spare, lie was pained in locking roiiiid the rciom at the cim: soiousness tlf the absc'otico of ninny a well remembered fade; but that pain was somewhat lessened, by the presence of others whose glory it was to hive been not only the pilgrim fallier.-? of this Province but the p'uHe'ors of New Zealand colonisation. He rejoiced to see that the same spirit which had distinguished then , , iii their battle A)r liberal institutions still existed anw.ig them, If tliut spirit becauir: less indomitable, loss imitating, the institutions that had been gniiitod them would prove a curse. With all the drawbacks that Wellington hud mot with—-drawbacks which none (it .tlie other Provinces had encountered iii anytliiilg like the same degree—'he .Was surprised at thii progress that had beoii made, a progress :11l the' tnoifi striking- to one like himself, whii Itilow well tin; wasting effects of the long and Weary stfiiifg'leji they had alike taken a part iin Tlie (Jdrerhment, which he represented, saw tbo advantage of cultivating a commercial intercourse with New Zealand, arid they were desirous of (loini? so at oncei and were prepared to find a lsirg(i portion of Die pecuniary nleiiils iicc'csiary to that cud. It was obvioils that Wellington irtust be tile cdnll'c of the tfilrte, rtiul the port ((/ which the iUtention of the Victorian Oorernnientnliist continue 10 be dii'ecited. He believed that tliis was so purely a niattor ahoiit which there coiild lie no two opinions, thiil he" had little fear of parly politics disturbing the ai;rangeiiientn for fldc'iiriilg steam oiiiiiiriuuic-r tion between Jfelbdtinie And VV"ellington, now" proposed to lie jointly concluded by their respective governments, ft was unnecessary to dilate upon the Advantages llml would accrue* I from the connection j its effects would sootl I become apparent not Only in ihd fmy nf convenience to Irade, but in enabling' the 'denizen* of Australia to avail themselves of the salubrious clmi.ite, aud, ultimately; by shdwinglhiU the! geographical position itnd noble harbour of Wellington entitled her to those local advantages wliicli they declared themselves entitled to. Of tlio future he need not further speak) hut would in diankiug them for tlie response they Had given to the l Wast proposed by tin: Chuinrian, express liis hope that ho iiiight yet see till) Province of Wellington take thot position which tlie spirit and energy of lier, .people entitled her. Tlio spdech; of which, the above is a nJefe oiitiiile, was given with all the Dot* tor's well known humour,, and was heartily U|lplaiifled throughout. ' . ' "' • After a short interval, Dr. Evans ro'sii, fliirt with a few introductory words, begged, to propose the lualtli of the Supeiintcrineilt. •Hβ could not rcfrafil Oli, lbs present oecdsion, pci ,£ llaps the* only oiid tbilt iiiight lie ilffordod hilii) of bsarisigr witness to the able, p'owiirfiil, and cnoriretiu eiiaraclor of liis Honßr. It,would h« neodiess to repeat what m» patent to Hie greater part ol the gontle:neii jiresnnt. I" reviewing llio' eilrljr. careef of Mis Honor, Ins c'easclesV- efforts in erideavoilKilg to procure IVei: institutions; bis untiring energy in the' piUmotioil Of the w"ell being of Wollington he (Or. Kvans] con.siilcrcd it an honor to claim siicli a mini "!•" •11 friend. In looking bnck to the darty days of tbfJ colony, he could almost contrast it with l« antediluvian condition of oiir globe j as by i* course of well-directed labors/and succuediug
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THE WAIRARAPA ELECTION., Wellington Independent, Volume X, Issue 1313, 25 September 1858
THE WAIRARAPA ELECTION. Wellington Independent, Volume X, Issue 1313, 25 September 1858
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