The battle for Dunedin North

A view of North Dunedin from Queens Dr, overlooking Otago Boys' High School. — Otago Witness, 2.5...
A view of North Dunedin from Queens Dr, overlooking Otago Boys' High School. — Otago Witness, 2.5.1922
Mr W. Begg, who is contesting the Dunedin North election in the interests of the Liberal Party, addressed the electors in the North-East Valley Town Hall last evening.As far as he was concerned there were to be no personalities introduced into this campaign (‘‘hear, hear’’) and on the declaration of the poll he desired to be on the same friendly terms with his opponents as existed before.

First and foremost as a Liberal he appeared before them, standing in tho Liberal interests.

The Liberalism he fought for was the gospel of the ordinary man, and stood to prevent all class distinction. It was inclusive and not exclusive.

The Opoho Hall was nearly filled last evening on the occasion of an address by Mr J.W. Munro.

Mr Munro said the three candidates were not standing for three different political parties, so much as for two economic factors, outside Parliament.

There was a struggle going on between the wage-earners and those who had possession of the country — the men who owned wealth and land.

The latter were banded together in associations, and their political interests were identical, and they were trying to keep control of the political machine with the design of keeping what they held.

Mr J.J. Clark addressed the electors at the Coronation Hall, Ravensbourne, last night before one of the largest audiences which had attended any political meeting held in the districts.

Mr Clark, who was received with applause, gave a very forcible and lucid address, touching on the financial position, also education, railway, and other political points, being frequently applauded during the course of his remarks.

Inquiry into German imports

Christchurch: The attitude of the Christchurch importers on the question of the resumption of trade relations between New Zealand and Germany was the subject of an inquiry by a Star representative.

The consensus of opinion was that New Zealand must sooner or later trade again with Germany.

The Order-in-Council of July 29, 1920, which is still in force, forbids the importation of goods manufactured or produced in or exported from Germany, Austria, and Hungary.

If that was revoked and no other restrictions placed in the way of importing German goods, said Mr Wratt, Collector of Customs at Christchurch, German and Austrian goods would be placed on exactly the same footing as American and other foreign goods.

In very special circumstances, said Mr Wratt, permits have been granted by the Minister of Customs allowing the entrance to certain German goods such as drugs, dyes and instruments absolutely essential and unobtainable in England or America.

On the question whether any goods suspected to be of German origin were finding their way into New Zealand at the present time, Mr Wratt said he felt nothing of the sort was taking place.

Sometimes parcels came through the post containing German goods but he had no reason to suspect that any quantity of goods of doubtful origin ever got into the country.

Drink claim disbelieved

“I had only one whisky, and it went to my head,” pleaded an offender for drunkenness when before the Wellington Police Court recently.

“Yes, no doubt, but you had a good many others before it reached there,” was the answer of the Magistrate, Mr F.K. Hunt, SM.



— ODT, 13.6.1922