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CANTERBURY.

By the Airedale we have feooived papers from this Province) up to lhe 2nd Instant.

The I.C R.M. Company's Steamer Victory, with the European andColoui.il M.iils, atrived at Lyttelton on the 23rd January* from Mel* bourne via Otago. Yesterday (Jan. 25) at noon the ceremony of electing a member of the House of (.Representatives for the Town of Lyttelton, and another for the Ellesmere district, took place at the Court House in tbis Town. Very few electors of either district were present, and of courso n:» long speeches were niade. Mr. E A. Hargreaves proposed and Mr. C. Fl Beeby seconded Mr. Ciosbie Ward for the town ; aud Mr C . K. Vigers proposed and Mr. A. J. Alport seconded Mr. Thomas Rowley for Ellesmere. Both gentlemen were deolared duly elected and each returned thauks courteously* but iv as few words as possible. A vote of thanks to the Returning Ofiicer, Mr. Gouland, concluded the proceedings. ELECTION — CITY Otf dtaiSTCIIUROH. The election of a member to serve in tbe next General Assembly for the City of Christchurch, took place at the Town.. Hall, ou Thursday, the 3 1st Jan., at uooti. The Returning Officer having read the writ, and initiated the proceedings* ; Mr. John Cracroft Wilson Was proposed by Mr. W. Wilson, and seconded by Mr. W. Thomson, as a lit and proper person to repre* sent the constituency of Christchurch in the House of Representatives. Mr. Moorhouse then proceeded to ask Mr. J. C. Wilson to inform the electors of his views on the four priucipal questions ofthe day, viz : The divisiou of Proviuces } the existing apportionraeutof provincial revenue ; the maintenance of the present price of land iv the province of Canterbury ; and, the native war. In auswer to the first question, Mr. Wilson said that in his opiuion it could ouly he iii a very extreme case that separation would be at all advisable. Touching the second, he. thought tbat uo compact could rightly be brokeunvithout the distinct and clear asseut of ull parties thereto, so that he could not consider il right lo upset the existing amingenieut between llm General and Provincial Governments touching the reveuiies of the latter. As reg.uded any alteration iv tbe price of land iv this province, be could only say that he had himself been a land purchaser to some extent at the present rate, and that any reduction theiein would bo a direct injury to him. On liie questions of tae native war, he thought that the ireaiy of Waitangi, which bad conveyed a . promts c that the' natives should be treated as BriiUh subjects, bud been a mistake* as it was folly to talk or treating as a British subjeot a man, to serve a legal prints on whom it required a larg** imlUairy

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CANTERBURY., Wellington Independent, Volume XVI, Issue 1495, 8 February 1861

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CANTERBURY. Wellington Independent, Volume XVI, Issue 1495, 8 February 1861

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