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THE GENERAL ELECTIONS., New Zealand Tablet, Volume III, Issue 138, 24 December 1875
THE GENERAL ELECTIONS.
THE POLLING FOE DUNEDIN. The polling for members to represent this city in the General Assembly took place on Monday, and resulted in the return of the three candidates on the Anti-Centralisb ticket, Messrs. Macandrew, Stout and Larnach. From about 10 o'clock there were crowds around the terrace of the Government Buildings and the immediate vicinity ; knots of people collected here and there, discussing the probabilities as to who shouH be returned. During the dinner hour there was quite a rush of voters, and for a couple of hours I afterwards there was an almost continuous stream of them entering- and leaving the polling "booth. The League had numerous cabs and numerous agents : some of its members were on foot and some were flying about in cabs, and specially noticeable during the day for his active movements and determined expression was a Avell-known gentleman, who, at various publics meetings, had announced Ms determination to keep Mr. Reynolds out. Mr. Armstrong had retired from the contest, and a placard posted in a prominent place announced that he had retired in favour of the League, but Mr. Macassey had numerous cabs, and had numbers of friends working vigorously in his favour. Just as the clock struck 4 a cab fulloj voters— one of Mr. Macassey' s— drove up, but then it was too late to record their votes. Shortly after 5, the complete returns were made up, an. adjournment was made from the polling-room to the terrace, and the numbers polled were announced. There was a large crowd — it numbered, perhaps, about 700 persons. Mr. W. P. Street, the Returning Officer, read the numbers as follows : Macandrew ... ... ••- 891 Stout ... ... ... ... 863 Larnach... ... ... ... 843 Reynolds ... ... •■• 476 Macassey ... ... •-• 409 Fish 238 Grant ... ... ... ... 29 Armstrong ... ... ••• 24 Mr. Macandreav, on coming forward, was received with loud cheering. He said he believed the result of this election would reverberate throughout New Zealand ; and he trusted it would be but the first note of the sound of victory which would re-echo throughout the Province and the whole colony within the next fewweeks. He believed they had now elected Mm for the fourth time as the representative of Dunedin in the General Assembly, and he could only say that it would be his most earnest endeavour to act in such a manner as would justify their choice. It was not, however, to a bed of roses he had been returned, and there was a strongfight before them; but he hoped when the fight came they would find him all there. Of course men were very apt to be exultant in. the hour of victory ,• but he thought they ought to be moderate on. an occasion like this, and he would try to moderate his exultation. He had to thank them heartily for the compliment they had paid him. At the same time he might be allowed to sxy that he did not think it was undeserved. There were few men who would, like Mr. Stout and himself, have relinquished comfortable seats and thrown themselves into such a contest. He thought vheir motives in this respect ought to be appreciated. Three cheers were then called for by some one in the crowd, and given with goodwill. Mr. Stout was also received with much cheering. He said he could not find words to thank them for the high position in which they had placed him on the poll. He could only say that when he came forward for Danedin, he did so believing that the people of Dunedin wished to govern themselves, instead of being governed from a distance. And he would tell them that the result of the election to-day was not merely a triumph for Dunedin, but a, triumph for the whole of the Middle Island. This was the first election contest that had yet taken place in the Colony, and its effect would be that the people of the North would see that they could not deprive the people of Otago of real local self-government by any kind of hocus-pocus Abolition Bill. He was sure the newrepresentatives of Dunedin would fight their best for the interests of Otago ; and he had no doubt that when they came before their constituents again they would meet with the same favourable reception. — (Cheers.) Mr Laenach, who was recived with cheering, said that, considering he had to contest this election with veteran politicians who had represented this and other constituencies for many years, he thought his position on the poll was one of which he might bo justly proud. He was not a talking man ; he was a plain business 'mini ; and, having asked their votes, lie was now prepared to go to Wellington and do his duty, and to guard the interests of his constituents. It had been said that his interests were not identical with the public interests ; but he thought the vote the electors had just recorded would contradict that assertion. He felt certain that his election was brought about by the honest hearts and horny hands of toil and industry. In going to "Wellington as their representative lie would simply go to look after their interests. He did not go there to better his own position, but simply to guard the hearth and home which he had established among them. — (Applause.) The Hon. Mr. Reynolds appeared before them for the first time as a defeated candidate for the City of Danedin. He could not say that he did not regret that their connection was thus severed. At the same time, lie would be perfectly sitisfied if the three gentlemen whom they had elected proved themselves to be better representatives than himself. He had to thank those gentlemen who had worked so hard for him, and also those who had voted for him. Although he was not returne las their member, ho could give Ms assurance that having served them so long, he would always take the same interest as hitherto in matters affecting the City of Dunedin. — (Cheers.)
Mr. Macasset said that although his position on the poll might be attributed to the action taken by Messrs. Macandrew, Stout, and Larnach in coming forward at the last moment, he was none the less grateful to the 400 and odd gentlemen who had voted for him. He felt he was under the deepest obligations to them and to the committee -who so strenuously worked for kirn, and wholly disregarded the senseless clamour which one section of the community endeavored to raise against him. It was one of the characteristics of all their previous election contests in I>unedin J that no one ever succeeded in dragging them into sectarian animosity and religious bigotry. Whatever might be the resxilfc of the friendly contests, he would ask them to make it their duty not to allow sectarian animosity and religions bigotry to form part of their election struggles. — (Applause.) He might tell them us a matter of fact, that the statements regarding himself which, were published in the ' Evening Star' were absolutely and totally without foundation. Prom the commencement of his candidature for Dunediii he had not solicited a single vote, and he denied that there was any understanding "between himself and the Roman Catholic Church that its members should vote for him. He might tell them, further, that he had not received the slightest indication from the Roman Catholic clergy as to the way in which they desired the members of their Church to vote 5 and he had not even spoken to them, or had any communication with them, directly or indirectly. At the same time, he believed that his relations with his fellow-co\intrymen in this city and Province were of such a character that if upon any occasion they could do him a good they would willingly do it, and ho would do the same for them tomorrow. (Applause.) Whatever difference of opinion might exist between the choßen candidates and himself, he thought Duuedin wa3 to be congratulated upon having chosen three such men . Of course, if they had chosen himself, he would regard tlieir choice as equally commendable. (Laughter.) It was said of a lad at college, who time after time went up to compete for a prize and failed on each occasion, that at lfliist he wbb a boy of very great courage. He thought the samo compliment might be paid to himself, as he had now addressed the electors four ox* five times as a defeated candidate. Like a man wooing the young ladies — although often rejected, he might sooner or later find a constituency which would bee something even in him to admire, and make him happy with its confidence. (Applause.) Ho lived in hopes that that day was not very far distant, and he believed that so fur from those who now opposed him regretting such an occurrence, they would only be too glad to see oue of tliciv oldest citizens placed in Parliament, where, he could assure them, ho would always do his best to see the interests of Duuedin advrnccd. On the last occasion, when he addressed the elector* ol Duuedin from the hustings— -about fire years ago — he occupii d the same position as an unsuccessful candidate ; but- Mr Roynolds was successful. He told Mr Reynolds, after the poll was declared, that he was glad to see him returned. The reply of lhat gentleman was just, perhaps, but it win not generous. He said : "It U through your own fault that you were not returned ; and it serves you right." Five years have elapsed since then, but now bis hon. friend, William Hunter Reynolds, stood upon the same footing as himself. (Laughter and applause.) He did not glory in that fact, although he believed it had the effect of putting him into a more philosophical mood than he might have been otLerwiie. 33ut what he was £;oing to say was that, although Mr Reynolds, 'or the first time, was now a defeated candidate, he believed he waexpressing the feelings of all the electors when he said that Mr Reynolds'a defeat was owing more to political tban to persynal reasons. He believed it would take a long time to efface from the recollection of the people of J) uni-dln Mr Reynolds' s many kindly qualities, and Ihe public services he had rendered to the Province of Otago, and the city of Dunedin. (Cheers.) Mr Fish remarked that there could not be the s 7 ightest doubt that the ticket had succeeded to the utmost extent ; and if the effect were so, ho hoped it would show his friend Mr. Stout that there wus some good in tickets in the future. A ticket had carried before, and on this occasion it had succeeded admirably. He might s.iy for himself that he had not expected, in the presence of such large talent, to be returned himself. On some other occasion he might present himself before them under, to use Mt Macaseey's expression, happier auppices, and he hoped that the result would be different. There were about 3300 electors on the roll for Dunedin, so only about one-half or lesa rated yesterday.
THE GENERAL ELECTIONS., New Zealand Tablet, Volume III, Issue 138, 24 December 1875
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