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T I M A R U.

(From an occasional Correspondent.) Thb coming election ia the all-absorbing topic just now. There are three candidates for the electorate, namely, Mr Hall Jones (the present member) Sir E. G Kerr and Mr 8. Boreham. Practically there are only two c-mdidates, as it is improbable that Mr Boreham will risk the nomintlion deposit which be would be certain to lose should be choose to go to the poll. Mr-Hall Jones and Mr Kerr have each addressed the electors — Mr Hall-Jones in a very concise and smart address uphfld the actioD of the present Government and explained the details of many of the acts passed daring the last session, lie made a great mistake in veering round on the education question, Many Catholics heartily supported him as a politician, and as he alwajs advocated, both privattly and in public, the justice of their claims in regard to the educa'ion question, he had no small hold on their support. Now, however, be has without any seeming cause or without giving any lucid explanation for his change of front declared himself against aoy grant to Catholic schools, and has thus alienated all Catholic support. This has come as a thunderbolt to many of his Catholic supporters, (and there is no questioning the fact that he had many) who now ctnnot conscientiously support him when he ignores the moral right of their claims — ranges himself to use his own words "shoulder to shoulder" with those members of the House who are determined to preserve the present Bdjcati >n Act in all its entirety. The Citholio elec - ors are surprised at Mr Hill-Jmes' attitude and he cannot blame them if he has voluntarily thrown away their support at the coming plectton. Mr B. G. Kerr addressed the electors on the 16th inst. ani, after a masterly expositun of politics in general, made special reference to the educanon question. Referring to tba Private Schools' Bill introduced by Mr Vincent Pyke, he made a straightforward, manly advoctcy of the Catholic claims. There is not the smallest d >übt that Mr Kerr will receive the Catholic block vota at the next election. At a meetiog held after litst M iss on Sunday last resolutions were proposed eelec'ing Mr Kerr as the m. mber who would rec-ive Catholic support. Messrs Mahoney, Harney, Dural, and the Rev Father Hurlin were the principal speakei?, and without a dissentient voice the candidate mentioned was selected. In this election the Catholis strength will be tested, and the remit will show whether the Catholic vo c can be respected or whether it is strong enough to be the balancing power in an eLction. Catholics are on their meri'p, < n their me tie, and, as thtir pastor declared on Sunday, " the man who would vote against •he dictation of Bishop Morar, or the prelate* and pastors of the Church, is a traitor to bis Church, his pastor 0 , his children and country." Special reference was mi ie to the f male electors, urging tLem to go to the poll. A comaautee was appointed, c insisting of Mesdames Mahoney, M iloney, Casry, Su^rup, Vlulims, and some ten others, who are to look after the newly enfranchised el ctors on the polling daj, and I might aid that tin ia-k could not be pUceJ in be ter handa.

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TIMARU., New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXI, Issue 30, 24 November 1893

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TIMARU. New Zealand Tablet, Volume XXI, Issue 30, 24 November 1893