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BAY OF ISLANDS PETITION.

HEARING AT KAIKOHE ON FRIDAY. PETITIONERS' ALLEGATIONS. By Telegraph.—Press Association. AUCKLAND. \\ ednesday. The petition of Edward Evans, storekeeper, of Waipapakauri, and of Edward Parsons, mechanic, of Waipuna, against the return of Vernon Herbert Reed as a member of the House of Representatives for the Bay of Islands electoral district, v ill be heard before their Honors Justice Chapman and Justice Hosking at Kaikohe, lteginning on Friday. Sir John Findlay, K.C., and Mr W. P. Endean will appear for the petitioners, and Mr J. R. Reed, K.C., and Mr R. Mc\ eagli on behalf of the respondent. The following ;.re reasons advancer] by the petitioners for the annulment of the election ; ;1 — 1. Your petitioners state that the election was piolden on the tenth day of Deeeml)er, 1914, when Vernon Herbert Reed, of Kawa Kawa, solicitor, and Peter Henry Buck, of Ohaeawai, medical practitioner, and George Wilkinson, of Oruru, farmer, were candidates, and the returning officer has returned the said Vernon Her'iert Reed as being duly elected. 2. And your petitioners say that the said Vernon Herbert Reed, by himself and through his agent, J. C. Johnston, of Kauri, did make an offer or promise to induce the said George Wilkinson to procure the return of the said Vernon Herbert Reed to serve in the House of Representatives, such ofi'er or promise being an appointment to the Legislative Council ( which offer or promise the said Vernon Herbert Reed and the said J. C. Johnston represented to the said George Wilkinson they were authorised by the Government then in office to make), on condition that the said Geo. Wilkinson would retire from the saidelection, and so procure for the said Vernon Herbert Reed the votes, or a substantial number of the votes, which would lie cast for the said George Wilkinson if he went to the poll. 3. And the said Vernon Herbert Reed and his agent, J. C. Johnston, made the further offer or promise to the said George Wilkinson in order to induce him to procure, or endeavour to procure, the return of Vernon Herbert Reed, that if he (Wilkinson) would retire from the election to enable Vernon Herbert Reed to be elected, he the said Vernon Herbert Reed would resign his seat in the House of Representatives at the end of twelve months from the date of his election, and would then u.~e all his influence to have the said George Wilkinson elected in his place. 4. The said Vernon Herbert Reed, by his agent, one J. Jecentho, sen., of Peria, offered and promised the said George Wilkinson to induce him to procure or endeavour to procure the return of Reed, a cheque of an ainount equivalent to all the expenses lie, the said George Wilkinson, had been put to in preparation; for his candidature in the said election and in connection with such candidature, on condition that the said George Wilkinson would retire from the said election for the purposes aforesaid. 5. The said Vernon Herbert Reed offered and promised one Thomas Richards, of Waipapakauri, that he (Reed) would procure him an appointment as a country~postmaster if he, the sard Thomas Richards, and his family voted for him, Vernon Herbert Reed. 6. That the said Vernon Herltert Reed or his agents offered certain persons believed to be Austrians, who had been naturalised in New Zealand, and who were entitled to vote (but whose names your petitioners have not yet been able to ascertain) certain sums of money if the said persons would vote for the said Vernon Herbert Reed.

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BAY OF ISLANDS PETITION., Waikato Times, Volume 84, Issue 13163, 29 April 1915

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BAY OF ISLANDS PETITION. Waikato Times, Volume 84, Issue 13163, 29 April 1915

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