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The British Columbian, Weekly Edition Nov 25, 1889

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Array British    Columbian.
E X T .R jl\. _
We lay bofore our renders this
morning, in the form of a Columbian "extra,,1 a very full and accurate report of the great public meeting on Saturday niglit, at wliich
both candidates in the present contest and a number of their principal
supportors aired their views, not
without some instruction and edification to the electors and the public
generally, on the chief quostions of
interest in local and provincial politics. Although Tub Columbian is
an evening paper, this is not the
tirst nor second time, as our readers
know, that we havo, at considerable
trouble and expense, issued an extra morning edition when the occasion seemed to demand it. No
explanation or further remark will
he necessary, therefore, on this oo
oasion. In perusing the speeches
following, it will be seen that the
candidates particularly are pretty
well posted on the wants and requirements of this city and district and on provincial questions
generally. Mr. Cunningham's
speech of the two is, if anything,
more exhaustive und practical in its
treatment of details than that of his
opponent. Both will be read with
interest, nnd there are many good
points in the remarks of the otlier
speakers. Read, murk, learn und
inwardly digest, we would say to
the honest and independent elector,
and then go to the polls to day (and
jo early, or you may "get left") and
vote for the best man.
On Saturday Night Largest Ever
Held in the Royal Oity.-Over
Five Hundred Present.
Rn.tiiing Speeches Keep the Electors Interested and Great
Entli'isiasni Prevails.
Both Candidates are Well Received.
Ur. Cunningham Apparently
the Meeting's Favorite.
Truth in its issue of Sunday morning tells its readers to mark their
ballots in this way:
Gordon E. Corbonld.
Thomas Cunningham.
Those who wish to vote for Mr.
Cunningham and do   not   want  to
spoil tlieir ballot, will mark it thus:
Corbould, Gordon K.
(-iiniiinglitiiii, Thos.
Judging trom the apparent senti
ment of the meeting Saturday night,
and from other indications and circumstances, we believe (just as a
niatter of prediction) that a considerable majority of the ballots will he
marked to day according to the
second form above.
Unless we are very muoh mistaken in the intelligence of the
electors, we do not believe that a
single ballot will be marked as Truth
Tke lilniiil, r'» Propeller Shall Oal of
The stoamer Islander, when leaving
Viotoria yosterday morning on her
regular trip to Vancouver, met with
an accident to her propellor shaft whioh
necessitated her putting baok from the
outer wharf, where the aceident ocourred, to her berth in the harbor. Her
passengers were transferred, as soon
as possible, to the steamer Yosemite
and viere brought on here. The regular Atlantio expreu came over here
from Vancouver and awaited the arrival of the steamer, whioh came in
about 5:40 p.m., and the train left for
the east about (i o'olock and went
through without delay. There was
quite a train of can, but they were
not very well filled when the train left
the oity. The Yosemite returns to
Victoria to-day. The damage to the
Islander is not of a very serious nature
and she will resume her regular route
in a day or two.
The public meeting nt the (Mo-fellows' hall on Saturday night, called by
Mr. 0. E. Cnrb'iuld, to ulluvr a proper
ventilation of the political puzzle, and
to express his views mi tlm questions
at issue, as well as to allow Mr. Thus,
Cunningham to do the same, was a
liuyo success so far as numbers were
concerned. Before half-past seven
o'clock the electors hegiiu t*i put in on
appearance, and by 8 o'clock the hall
was crowded. Fifteen minutes later
nil the standing room at the rear of the
hall was occupied aud the doors were
crowded. It was the greatest political
meeting ever held in Westminster, and
it is safe t" say i hat between DOO and
000 people wore present. Thu audience was good-natured, and it was
evident from the start that many were
there to enjoy themselves. The
principal speakers roceived a fair
hearing, but Mr. Cunningham was
apparently the favorite throughout,
although Mr. Corbould and his supporters were also well r ■• eived.
A few minutes after 8 o'olook Mr,
J. 0. Brown mounted the platform
and moved thst Mayor Townsend take
the chair. ThiB was carried amid a
sturm of applause.
Mnyor Townsend then called the
meeting to order and explained that it
hud been oulled by Mr. Corbould to
explain his political views and to give
others a chance to speak on the questions at issue. He asked that a fair
hearing bo uiveu every speaker, aud
then invited Mr. Corbould to address
the moeting.
Mr. Thomas Cunningham was observed in the audience und was invited to tabs a seat on the platform,
which he did amid a perfect storm of
Mr. Corbould then advanced to the
table mid opened the ball. He wns
warmly applauded. He said it gave
him grout pleasure tii see so many
present. He had endeavored to personally canvass all the electors, but as
it wus impossible to visit each one, he
had taken thiB opportunity to address
those whom he hud been unable to
reach. ' Mr. Cunningham had been in
tho field longer, and consequently had
the advantage: but he hoped the electors would take his (Mr. Corbould's)
will for the deed. Thero wus a little
difficulty under the present circumstances for him to address the electors,
as both candidates held the siiino viewa
on mony questions. During the canvass he had not said one word against
Mr. Cunningham, and would not begin
then. As many of the eleetors present had not been at the nominations,
he proposed to give his views on ques
tions in general. The first important
matter was roads and bridges. All
would admit that roads were must im
portant in the development of the district, WestminBter distriot, and the
delta portion thereof in particular,
contained the finest land in the world.
In the United States delta land, in
small parcels brought 9700 per acre,
and he had no doubt but the same
would soon be the caae with our delta
lands. The North Arm road was the
most important at present to West*
minster. When he heard Vanoouver
was moving in the direotion of bridging North Arm he had spoken to
tircminent men and the oity councilors and had urged them
to take aotion.   They had established
a dally steamer service, but that was
uot a road; aud Vancouver now had a
roud and a daily stage service to the
North Arm. If Ihe North Arm road
was built, Westminster would yet be
able to get the lust trade back. Roads
through Maple Ridge, Delta, Surrey
and Langley were also required, and
these should have government assistance. A lot of bridges were also needed, particularly those across the
Fraser to Lulu Island and across Pitt
river, all of whioh should be free trnf
fie bridges. Trade will develop sufficiently to warrant the building of a
bridge across the Fraser, nut as a local
enterprise, but with substantial government assistance. If elected he
would do his best to get a heavy government subsidy fur this bridgo. The
Lulu Island bridge wuuld be built by
Nelson Bennett, aud must be built by
him if he wishes tu obtain the 400 acres
of laud voted him by the city in connection with the Southern Railway.
When this bridge was built it would
throw open tu Westminster the linest
agricultural lands in the oountry. If
elected he would use his best efforts
to have Westminster furnished with a
new court house —one nut unly suitable
fur present requirements, but ample
fur many years tu come.
The redistribution of seats in the
local house was an important matter
that must come before the house at the
next session, and it would greatly depend ou the representative for Westminster if this oity gut her rights.
Victoria is represented by four members, nhile New Westminster has only
one This is nut fair, and tt will be
the duty uf the member elected to see
that when the redistribution of seats
cnnies up that Westminster has representation by population. He thought
the agricultural sooiety wus in a rather
peculiar position at present.
Victoria had determined to have
a Bociety of its own, and had stolen the
provincial name and incorporated. It
would be the duty of the member to
see that the annual government bonus
was uot decreased on account of the
division. He asked Mr. Cunningham
to explain if the society had taken any
Bteps to offset the action of Victoria in
robbing the title ii had adopted
for the new society, ln New West-
minster there waB a great deal of public property, and if elected he would
do his best to have the land deeded to
the eity. He also favored the bonus
ing of all worthy enterprises, but not
experiments, by the  government.
These Mr. Corbould considered all
the particular points, and, if returned
to parliament,, he wuuld du ull in his
power to forward these interests.
He did not expect tu obtain all these
things in ono session, but they cmid
all be got in the course uf several sessions. He was a supporter uf the pros
ent government, and if elected would
be found on thut side' of the house.
Mr. Curbould said it had been spread
abroad that he had property in Vancouver. He had, and wished that he
had been better able a few years ago
to buy land in Vancouver so as to invest more heavily in Westminster nuw
All the money he had made in Vancuuver had been spent in Westminster.
He denied that he owned 100 acres in
Vancouver—ho had only 9 ncres, while
in Westminster he hud 11 acres. It
had also been said that he might pack
up at any moment and leave this
city, and he asked if the electors thought that possible when,
a few years ago, there were no
lawyers in Vanoouver, and great inducements had been held out to him
to settle thore, but he deolined, and
decided to stake his lot with this eity
(app'ause). It had been Baid ho was
the solicitor for the C.P.R. ; this was
not so. Drake & Jackson were the company's solicitors, and he had acted for
them oiivariiiusucca»ions,aiidhad been
paid for his work, He wanted to know
if any other man would not have done
the same. Even Mr. Cunningham, ho
thought, would not decline to sell fruit
to the O.P.R.   (Laughter).
It had also been said he had not
done much for Westminster. He did
not blow his own horn muoh, but for
all that had done not a little
for the oity, When the
new Royal Columbian hospital
was decidod oh he had gone to Viotoria with Mr. Keary and searched the
records and found that 6 lots—8 acres
—of the hospital reserve waB still in
theoontrol of the government, He
wrote to the oity oounoil and got that
body to apply to the government for
the land, and a little later the whole 8
aores were conveyed to the oity. Next
spring these lots would be put on the
market, and he   expected   their > sale
wuuld realize $25,000 for the hospital
(applause).     In 1883 Mr.   Corbould
along wiih Hon. E.   Brown,   Seuator
Molunes   and   others  formed a com
pany and tried to  obtain a charter for
the Southern Railway.   This was  de
footed thiough ihe  instrumentality of
the 0. P. R.   In   1885   they   applied
again and were defeated by interested
parties in Victoria.   In 1887 the board
of trade took the matter up  aud  this
effort, to   secure   a charter   waB   successful and the charter was not dissal
lowed.     Mr.   Cantield  undertook   to
build the road but failed, and he (Mr,
Corhould) was one   uf   fourteen men
who had put thoir hands in tlieir pockets and put up §100,000 tu see the enterprise through.    Since than the city
had voted ".150,000 for the building of
the Southern Railway, but the company   w**uld   nut   get   a cent of this
sum—it wuuld be paid tu. Nelsun Bennett, but not until he had fulfilled his
agreements (applause).     He thought
the people of Westminster   owed   the
Southern Railway Company a debt of
gratitude.    Ill all   these   instances he
had been working against theC. P. R.,
and that did nut luuk  like  beinir an
official uf the compnny. Much had been
said   on   the  Greer   mutter,   und he
wuuld ask Mr.   Ounuinuhnm   to say
whether or not he had made any promises to Mr. Greer.   If  he (Mr.   Cunningham), hud made promises,   those
promises were false and he would  explain why.    Some three years ago the
government gave the C. P. R. a crowu
grant uf the land   claimed   by Greer,
and it wuuld be un.-afe for any government tu give a crown grant tu-day and
cancel itto-murruvt and giveittoanother
man.    The guverument. can nut issue
another crown grant forthe matter is nut
iu the hands of the house—itis for the
courts to settle.   If any wrong had
been committed, then the government
did that wrong, but he would uot say
that it did.     Let Greer  attiok   the
party who did him lhe wrong and the
courts wuuld set  it  right.    Mr. Corbould then   rend a paper   whioh had
been handed him by some one, the author of which he  did not   know.   It
contained a question to the effect thnt,
as the provincial legislature  had decided that lawyers should  not be admitted to practice  in   the   province,
without a year's residence in the  first
place, would he  (Mr.   Corbould) endeavor to have an act passed   protecting carpenters and other mechanics in
the same way!   The  reading  of  this
question provoked considerable laughter, and Mr. Corbould   answered   decidedly in the negative and stated, also,
that he was opposed to the act protecting lawyers, and wuuld use his  effort,,
to havo it dune away wilh. (Applause).
During his canvass he  had been well
treated and complained uf but one instance of unfairness, and the man who
had treated him thus when accused of
thu affair had denied it like a coward
This man hnd  beeu   asked  how  he
would voto, and he replied, "Not  for
the man who wronged the orphan nnd
widow." He further said that Corbould
had wronged Mrs. Trew and her child*
| ron.    To disprove this Mr.   Corbould
here read a   note from   Mrs.   Trew,
denying   that she had  suffered any
wrong, but un the contrary expressing
nothing but gratitude to Mr. Corbould
fur the many kindnesses ho had   done
her and her family.   Continuing, Mr.
Corbould said the man who had   maligned him was W, D. Purdy, and Mrs.
Trew's  statement   proved   what his
word was worth (applause).   In  conclusion, Mr.   Corbould   thanked   the
audience for its patient hearing,   and
asked the same for the other speakers.
Whatever the result  of  the  eleotion
wub he   would  abide   by   the result.
(Great applause).
on rising, was greeted with loud and
prolonged oheers. He began by Baying that it was not his intention to
make a long speech, but that it would
take a long time to refute all the
charges that had been made against
him, not so much by Mr Corbould as
by some of his friends. Mr. Corbould
had Btated in his speech that he (Mr.
Cunningham) had been the first in the
field and consequently had had the
beBt opportunity to oanvass the electors. This he emphatically denied.
The firm ot Oorbould, McColl Ss Oompany had been in the field long before
him [laughter and applause]. As soon
as the vacanoy was lniuleMr. Oorbould
had put his junior partner forward.
Then an attempt had been made to
bring out the late lamented Mr. Diokinson. Then, for some mysterious
cause whioh he had never been able to
ascertain, the most worthy man
had been retired and a requisition taken round on behalf of Mr.
Corbould. The three requisitions were
embodied in one as Mr. Corbould's requisition. Mr. Cunningham stated
that he appeared before the electors
without a requisition at all, and he
would never consent to appear before
them in any other way. He would
tell them why. A requisition at best
was a very misleading thine. In
glancing over Mr. Corbould's requisition he found that no less than eight
names upon it were names of persons
not entitled to vote. It was uufair,
it was fraudulent, to advertise a requisition iu the public press containing the
names of a number of men who were
not voters at all. Then election requisitions were a violation of the precious heritage of the ballot. l£.a candidate asked a number of men to put
down their names for him on a requisition and that requisition was published, the object of the ballot was defeated. The ballot waB the poor man's
protection; he was determined to maintain the secrecy of the ballot, and was,
therefore, opposed to requisitions on
principle, and wuuld have nothing to
do with them [applause].
There were some things in connection with this contest, Mr. Cunningham said, that were very hard to understand. Last January he had stood
just where he was then, and had made
pledges with respect to his future actions as a member of the municipal
council. That those pledges had been
fulfilled to the best of his ability, he
could challenge any man to contradict.
At that time when he was a candidate
for the council, many men considered
him a fit and proper person to represent them, and worked hard for his
election, and these same men were now
doing their beBt to make him out a
rascal. He could not understand it.
Some men that were then his friends
were nuw his bitterest opponents.
They had attacked him in the newspapers, and what they could not get in
the papers here they had sent to the
Vanoouver press. It would take him
all night to clear up the charges that
had been made against him. He
would not attempt to do so. He had
been before the electors this year ;
they had his record and he would still
do his best in whatever position he
might be placed (applause). To-day
Mr. Corbould's organ, the Truth, whioh
he did not doubt was a subsidized
organ, had charged him with committing an enormous crime, the crime
of having, seventeen yenrs ago, declared his intention of becoming a
citizen uf the greatest republic the
wurld has ever seen. He hnd done so,
nnd by the advioe of one of the most
loyal of Britons, a resident of the state
uf Oregon, because it was a necessary
pruteotiun to his property at the time.
He had lived iu the state of Oregon
ten years, and had gone no further
than that same declaration, aud
never would (applause). During the
heat of the work at the park and the
other municipal work, last summer,
when he was doing his best in every
way, this question was sprung upon
him, by Alderman Jaques—that high-
toned, honorable man, Alderman
Juques—(laughter and applause). He
did not coincide with some nf Alderman
Jaques' mean dodges, whioh was the
reason of his opposition, Mr, Cunningham stated that he submitted the
question as to hiB declaration to various lawyers and to the attorney-general, andall hud agreed that that declaration did not in the least affect his
standing as a British subject [applause].
It had been insinuated that he had not
discharged hiB duties as chairman of
the park committee to the satisfaction
of the editor of Truth [laughter]. Well,
he had done so to the satisfaction of
the council, at any rate. He was
merely chairman of the park committee, and did not handle any money.
So the charges against him in the park
matter were false and unjust.
As to what measures he wonld support, if eleoted, Mr. Cunningham
called attention to hu published address, in both looal papers. He promised the government a hearty support just as long as they did fairly and
woll by all sections of the province.
He did not think the electors would
ask anything further than that. He
would never promise more whether
they asked it or not. Just as long aa
he was convinoed that the government
were doing right by this oity and distriot, he would support them and no
longer. He would endeavor to convince them when he considered they
were doing wrong.   When tha ques- NEW  WESTMINSTER,  B. 0.,  MONDAY MORNING,  NOVEMRER  25,  1889.
tion of representation oame up, which
it surely would at the next session, he
would do his best for the interests of
this city and distriot. (Applause], He
was happy to state thnt he had no conflicting interests elsewhere nor had any
one connected with him. Everything
he had waB here. If he had more it
would be here also. He considered
this oity the best and safest place for
investment in the province to day. If
* he waB eleoted he Bhould certainly not
do anything to make it less good and
safe. Westminster had been handicapped in the past, as Mr. Corbould
had remarked, and he would do his
best to secure the representation that
we were entitled to. He would also
try and secure a bonus for the railway
and traffic bridge across the Fraser at
this oity. He had brought that matter
before the government last spring
when he was down at the house as a
delegate for the municipal council; he
had then urged that the bridge was a
provincial as well aB a local enterprise,
and the electors cuuld safely trust him
in this matter; he had been there before Mr. Corbould, and was prepared
to urge upon the government the propriety cf granting such a bonus. He
would support most earnestly a trunk
road through Lulu Island. Longheaded old Colonel Moody thirty years
ago or over had looked forward to the
time when this oity would require connection with Lulu Island. One of
the reasons why he (the speaker) sup*
ported the Southern Railway was that
it would, lead tu connection by bridge
and road with Lulu Island and thus
bring the important and increasing
trade of chat rich section to this city;
■o that if he went to the liouse he
should oertainly try to get a road
through Lulu Island to the gulf. [Applause.]
He would firmly advocate the construction and maintaining in propor re
pair of all roads to all the principal
settlements, and wonld urge especially
that the Yale trunk wagon mud be
put in a thorough condition. He had
beeu over every foot of this road, and
he doubted if Mr. Corbould had traversed ten miles of it, aud if that gentleman was sufficiently acquainted with
the roads and the district generally to
be able to say if he gut in the house
what was wanted and what was not
wanted. He would do his very best
to get the government to put the Yale
wagon rood in thuruugh repair aud tu
•onstruot and repair other necessary
roads. Some would say this was only
tlaptrap to oatch votes. He could
show that this was not so. Last year
$197,750 had been expended on roads
in the province. Out of this sum,
Westminster district gut only $21,000,
lhe smallest appropriation of any district in the province. We were entitled to muoh larger expenditures for
roads and bridges in thiB district.
Mr. Cunningham stated that, as
Westminster district was the great
fruit growing distriot of the provinoe,
he wanted to see organized in this com-
munity the first fruit growing and preserving establishment in British Columbia; there would somi be a very
large surplus of fruit for expurt; much
•f this would have to be preserved; a
freat new industry would thus
spring up, and it was reasonable to
ask the government to give us a good
large bonus for the first fruit growing
and preserving establishment in the
Au important matter which con-
.erued every man in the house was the
tnaetnicnt of a reasonably, s ufe, con
stitutionul mechanics' lien law. In
his own experience he had saved thousands of dollars by means of the ex-
•client lien lnw of the state of Oregon,
and, if elected, he would endoavor to
•rocuie the enactment of a lien law
in our legislature modeled on the Oregon law. A good lien law had been a
■ecessity here in the past; it would be
•ven more necessary in the future, as
after the completion of the Southorn
Railway there would be no trouble in
skipping across the line (Laughter aud
applause) The * "right of the road"
was an important matter that
should be settled by legislative enactment. At present there waa
•ndleBS confusion and no little
danger of accidents on acoount of it
being the rule iu some municipalities
•f the province io turn to the right,
and in others to lhe left. Another
necessary measure, for whioh he would
work, was a law to ooinpel eaoh municipality to enroll every qualified voter
within its limits. Where there were
■o organized municipalities the government should provide the machinery
for ensuring the registration of every
qualified voter. [Applause]. When
the question of representation comes
ap we were likely to Buffer in this very
respeot, by not having our full voting
strength enrolled. He would certain
ly do his very best to show the house
the necessity of enacting such a measure as he proposed..
Continuing, Mr. Cunningham said
he waa surprised that Mr. Corbould
had dodged a most important quettion.
That was the question of the future
oapital of British Oolumbia. "Let mo
toll you, gentlemen," said Mr. Cunningham, "that this question is nut yet
settled." [Applause], He wan surprised to hear Mr. Corbould say thatone
of the lirst things he would do would
be to urge the government to convey
to this oity all reserves within the city
limits held by the government. He
would not think of such a thing; for,
suppoaing a controversy got up in the
house as to the best site for the oapital,
the argument would be used against
this oity that we had n • grounds reserved for parliament and public buildings. It would be a most dangerous
thing to have the reserves conveyed to
the city until the question uf the future capital is settled.   [Applause],
Mr. Corbould had asked him tonight, the speaker said, whether he
had committed himself to Mr. Greer
or anyone else with respect to the
property claimed by Greer on English
Bay. "Well," said Mr. Cunningham,
"if I haven't, 1 am going to commit
myself nuw." If Mr. Greer or any
other man had a title to a piece uf land in
I his province-—that is, a legal, equitable title—and that could be shown
him to his satisfaction, he would support it with all his might, [Applause],
There was just one rule that he would
try to follow, and that was, "Do unto
others as ye would that ihey should do
to you." If any man, even his bitterest enemy, if Mr. Corhould, Mr Ma
jor, or even "Friday" [laughter] had
an equitable title to a piece uf land,
and wuuld satisfy him uf the faot, he
wuuld suppurt it. If peuple didn't
like that they needn't vute fur him.
That was just as far as he would go in
support of Mr. Greer's claim—nut on
inch farther, not an inch loss.
What steps had he taken to protect
the provincial agricultural society, Mr.
Corbould had asked. Well, he wns
very glad Mr. Corbould h id begun to
take such an interest in thst suciety.
[Laughter], It was certainly about
time, lt wus very remarkable that
when the society was struggling for an
existence Mr. Corhould did not become a member. He had never put
down two bits in aid of it. He, had
preferred to lie back and let nther
people do the work, and ho would
criticise But he could assure Mr.
Corbould that the provincial agricultural suciety wuuld be pruperly prutected.
The new buard uf management had
held a meeting immediately after the
exhibition with the intention uf having
the suciety incorporated, but they
fuund thnt snme uf the bungling lawyers (laughter) whu had drawn up the
act enabling the society to incurpornte,
had drawn it up in such a clumsy way
that il could nut be incorporated as u
provincial society, but only for one
electoral district. Those "smart
"locks" iu Victoria (laughter) had taken
the word "British Columbia," but they
did nut take "provincial" by a guud
deal. Steps were nuw being taken tu
reverse the actiun of Victoria. ThiB
was the provincial agricultural sooiety,
and it was proposed that it should remain bo (applause). Mr. Corbould
need not lose any sleep over that matter (laughter), if he (Mr. Cunningham) went to the house, he would do
Ins best to make both the provincial
agricultural society and the fruit growers' society the successes they should
He now came to the question that
had heen asked Mr. Corbould as to
whether he would advocate protection
to mechanics the same uh tu the lawyers. Mr. Cunningham suid he believed ill protection us far ub possible
for every workingmnn, and the very
best, way tu prutect thein wns to break
up this law combination. He never
did have nny great lovo for lawyers
(laughter) and he thought he would bo
on the right side when that question
came up (applause).
Nearly the last word ill Mr. Corbould's address referred to laws. He
was going to have a law passed su that
the gnvernmcnt cuuld be sued. This
wuuld, nu duubt, mnke business fur
the lawyers. Mr. Cunningham stated
that he believed in administering the
affairs uf the gtivernment bo that they
wuuld not need tu be sued.
Mr. Cunningham then read a question handed tu him by Mr. Alexander
Hnmiltnn, asking if he would advocate
the abolition of personal property and
income taxes aud the placing of the
whole tax upon land according to its
value. Mr. Cunningham answered
that he should be very loth not to tax
income; if a man had his money invested in stocks and bonds he thought
ho should pay his share of taxation.
[Applause], He could not agree to
Mr. Hamilton's proposition even to
gain his vote. Mr. Cunningham then
took his seat amid thunders ut ap-
Mr. Corbould next stepped forward to
reply, and said that he was very much
astonished to hear the remarks made by
Mr. Cunningham. As to the mechanics'
lien law he would say that British Columbia goes further to protect mechanics
and all workingmen than any other province in the Dominion. She beats Ontario endways, and neither Oregou nor
Washington are in the competition with
her on this question. Ho was surprised
that Mr. Cunningham did not know this
as well as any man Bhould. He had
listened to Mr. Cunningham's explanations about the Greer oase, and he would
just say that they didn't amount to a
row cf pins. What could Mr, Cunningham do in the legislature in sueh a case f
Nothing. And then about the British
Columbia Agricultural Society, he would
say that he had subscribed just as muoh
towards that institution aa Mr. Cunningham had, and had done so foi years, and
during the tare twelve months he had
subscribed heavily as there had been a
Bpeoial call made.   Then as to the ques
tion of Mr. Hamilton, he thought that of
course everybody could see Mr. Henry
George's single-tax ideas cropping
through. There were very few people
indeed that would not be in favor of the
abolition of taxation. But of course that
oould not be, we must have taxes to support the government, and it is scarcely
fair to ask us to pledge ourselves to help
to do away with taxation as it was
against reason as things were constituted
at present. These he thought were all
the questions advanced hy Mr. Cunningham, and he thought he had effectually
disposed of them [applause],
The chairman said that all speakers
following would be allowed ten minutes
to air their views. A tremendous uproar ensued, and some shouted one name
and some another, until the noiBe was
perfectly appalling. Out of the chaos of
waving arms and bobbing heads, the tall
form of Mr. D. S. Curtis was evolved,
who marched with dignity to the rostrum.
The storm of welcome that greeted this
orator must have been gratifying
to his feelings. Mr. Curtis, when order
had been restored, said he did not believe either of the candidates was able
[laughter, boots and yells], and he was
rot there to lie for either of them, but he
would endeavor to express independent
thoughts to an independent audience.
He hud nothing to sny against Mr. Corbould, as he had always treated him in a
gentlemanly inunner. But there are
more important questions than that for
the ratepayers to decide. Thoy should
select a man who is able to represent
them in the parliament at Viotoria next
session; and he believed Mr. Cunningham
was better able to do so than Mr. Corbould. In spite of Mr. Corbould's assurances aB to what ho had done for the
oity, he believed that Mr. Cunningham
in tho last twelve months had doue more
for Westminster than Mr. Corbould had
ever done since lie lived here. Mr. Cunningham has always shown the deepest
interest in the welfare of this city, and
has ever exerted himself for the benefit
of the ratepayers. He would ask his
hearers to turn to the records of the
board of trade and he would defy
any other member of that body to deny
that Mr. Cunningham had done as much
as any man in it. He was elected to the
city council last year with others to work
in the city's interests, and he has done
so nobly. To his efforts the eity owes
the possession of that land which the
Southern Railway is to receive as a bonus.
Other tilings Mr. Cunningham had done
equally valuable to New Westminster.
Again, had not Mr. Cunningham spent
more than two weeks of his valuable
time in Victoria working night and day
for New Westminster? And what was
his bill for that time spent and labor un
dergone? Sixty dollars [cheers], and
Mr, Corbould's bill on the same oocasion
on the same mission was one thousand two hundred dollars! [Roars
of "Oh! Oh!" stamping and shouting].
But he didn't blame Mr. Corbould a bit
for that. He was a sensible man; he
worked for pay and got it, while we poor
fools slaved all the year round for abuse
[laughter and cheers]. Any man who
has put in twelve months in the city
council has quite euough to be responsible for, and he oan't have very muoh
time to trouble his head about the doings
of the other aldermen. Mr. Cunning*
hnm iB a member of the agricultural association, and he has given ub all ample
proof of his executive ability in that capacity. The prosperity of New Westminster rests mainly on the support of
the farming community. Mr. Cunningham's position in the agricultural society
was exceedingly influential in direoting
that support here, aud ho has used it to
the best of his ability in that direction.
There are only two reasons for Mr. Cor*
bould's candidacy: he is a supporter of
the government, and the government
wants him. . These are strange reasons,
but there is, perhaps, another that is
stronger still, and thnt is that Mr, Corbould is a gentleman [uproar uud sarcastic cries of "Oh, deahl don't ye knaw!"]
The speaker was not there to decide
whether Mr, Corbould was or was not a
gentleman, He had alwayB found hiin
one in his dealings with him; but Mr.
Cunningham was no less a gentleman,
unless a man cannot be a gentleman and
a fruit-grower [laughter]. Again, Mr.
Corbould owns land in Vancouver, and it
must be clear to every thinking person
that it is impossible for u man with di-
vided interests to act in an unbiased
manner. Now, Mr. Cunningham doos
not own land anywhere but iu Westmin*
ster, where all his interests are bound up
[cheers], Mr, Cunningham has been accused of belonging to a ring of Metho-
distB who ran everything to suit them-
selves, both in the counoil and in the
city. He would ask them to listen to
his readiug of the park committee's report that that squeaky organ Truth was
so anxious about. [Mr. Curtis read the
accounts, and the wildest uproar ensued].
Resuming his speech, he said: "The
oounoil is composed of four Methodists,
and—and—well—Jaques is the rest."
[Screams of laughter and uproarous applause]. He then read the accounts of
the board of works, to the great amusement of the audienoe, and Baid he
thought that it completely demolished
the charge against the Cunningham faction. In concluding, he asked the elect*
ors to go to the polls on Monday and
plant their votes solid for Cunningham.
An indesotibable scene of confusion and
disorder, oheers, howls, ear-piercing
whistlea and yells of "Brown," "Kelly,
"Lord," etc., greeted the conclusion of
Mr. Curtis' able oration.
Postmaster Brown noxt mounted the
rostrum and was given a rousing welcome. He said he thought it waa high
time an independent elector took the
platform, as there had been too muoh
time wasted in useless badinage. He
had supported Mr. Cnrbould throughout
the canvass, and would vote for him on
Monday [cheers and groans]. He supported Mr. Corbould for sevorul reasons;
first, beoause he believed Mr. Corbould
was the better man [cries of "no, no,"
and cheers]. ' He thought him better
qualified for the position than Mr. Cunningham. Those who had come to the
meeting with open minds would agree
with him that Mr. Corbould was the
more suitable man to stand up and rep.
resent the eity on the floor of the house,
Mr. Corhould had told them he would not
blindly support any measure that might
come before the house. He would not
promise to rake iu all the shekels for
New Westminster. He had an intelligent conception of the wants of the electors, and the difference between him and
Mr. Cunningham was that Mr. Corbould
has been studying what he should say to
the house when he went down to Vioto-
ria, while Mr. Cunningham, obviously
enough, has beeu studying what he
could say to you to make you elect him.
The man who goes to the government in
the capacity of a confidential friend is
much more likely to get what his constituents want than a man who says to
the government, "I will support you as
long as you don't offend me or my prejudices; the moment you do that, off goes
my support." He thought Mr. Corbould's canvass had been stralghter and
fairer than Mr. Cunningham's. Mr.
Corbould had not abused Mr. Cunningham, nor had any of his supporters done
so. kr. Cunningham's canvass had been
nothing but a long list of insitittatious
from beginning to end [groans tind shrieks
of disapproval]. But those insinuations,
if examined, would not reflect creditably
on Mr. Cunningham himself. Wheu
Mr. Cunningham is not talking about
himself, he Is always insinuating something wrong about somebody else. Mr.
Cunningham left Westminster during her
dark days and went to the States, but
when prosperity once more began to
shine upon the Royal City, he returned
and now has the audacity to stand up
before you and ask your support as your
representative. Mr. Cunningham snys
he'll do whnt's right in the Greer business, but anybody oould Bay that. It's
a very safe thing to say at auy time. But
the speaker said lie would ask the electors
whom they thought the better man, and
hiin to elect. The man who stood honestly before them on his own merits, or
oue who came forward and told"1'! he
had done this thing and the othet uiing,
Much uf Mr. Browu's address was lost
through the noise made by the audience.
Mr. Joseph Armstrong's appearance on
the stage was hailed with cheers, laughter and applause. He said there had
been nothing spoken before the meeting
but personalities, and that, in his opin-
on, was what the question had come
down to. It was disgraceful that every
election here should be run on this basis.
They knew Mr. Corbould, and they also
knew Mr. Cunningham; antl they also
knew that they would not, as had beeu
charged, sell their birthright for hoodie.
Any man in that audience who believed
such nonsense as that the government
sent up for Mr. Corhould muBt be badly
off. But look at Mr Cunningham. He
makes no such wild and wandering assertions; he brings forward actual things
that he has done to prove to you his deep
interest in the affairs of this eity; he
would defy any one to guinsay the statement that these acts had been beneficial
to the best interests of New Westminster [applause aud cries of "Well done.
Tommy ]. When Lord Stanley was here
who was it that he singled out for special
commendation ? Who was it he spoke
of so highly ? Who but Mr. Thuinas
Cunningham, who has sent the name of
Westminster throughout the length and
breadth of this Dominion along with hia
fruit. This is enterprise, this is energy;
this manner of man it is that nsks you to
let him expend some of that splendid energy in your behalf, in the behalf of Now
Westminster city and district. [Tremendous cheering for soma minutes].
The speaker had known the Hon. John
Robson when he swung an axe to gain a
living, and he was proud to see that gentleman in the position ho held to-day.
He was proud to think that there was no
royal road—no "cIbbs" road—to honor
and honest fame in this British Columbia
of ours. And yet there were servile
slaves who would dare to tell him that
the day had come wheu only a "gentleman" could represent them. [Great
laughter and applause]. A pretty state
of affairs that would be, indeed. A
''gentleman," save the mark ! [Laugh-
tor]. On the Greer question, Mr, Armstrong brought down the house in spite
of the annoying attempts of several ill-
advised persons in the audience to drown
his voice, He said Mr. Greer hnd been
in possession of his little lot and had
kept it four years against the greatest
power in the Dominion of Canada—the
C. P. R. Manfully had he stood up and
defended hiB rights against the onslaught
of the myrmidous of that gigantio power,
and when they took possession of it
when he was over hero at Westminster
oo trial, he went back nnd drove the
creatures of the company off and regained
possession by force of arms of his own
property. And again, on a bleak Do
oember night, he was tamed out with
his little family at his back, and he
shouted to the emissnries of the 0. P. R.
—"Advance one foot further and I shoot."
Ah, gentlemen, that man standing there
bareheaded under the desolate winter
skioa, with Iub shivering little family at
hia back, and thoae who would oust them
out of their comfortable home into the
cold dark night before him, he was, I
say, gentlemen, a grander figure than
William Tell. [Prolonged applause].
Would any man, he asked, blame that
man for defending his family? [Loud
Bhoutsof "Nol" and "'Rah for Joe I"
Here, then, they had a man who would
Btand up in parliament and try to get
that man hia rights. He was opposed oy
a man whom they scarcely knew, and
who was, worso than that, a lawyer.
There was too much lawyerism in this
city; they had the run of nearly everything, and no doubt had big pickings in
that $20,000 Coquitlam water worka
money; but what could they expect 1 He
didn't care whether the government, the
C. P. R, or Mayor Oppenheimer liked
liis remarks about tho Greer business,
nor the lawyers about the Coquitlam
business. These were his sentiments,
and he would now give somebody else a
chance to speak, first asking them to go
to the polls on Monday and plant their
votes for Cunningham and home.
The most uproarious'scenes ocourred
when Mr. Armstrong conoludod his remarks, and Mr. Lord responded to the
cull for another speaker. He said things
seemed to be turned inaide out. He
would have liked to Bee a representative
sent by acclamation, but ho saw there
were two candidates in the field. He
would say right there that ho wos for
Mr. Corbould [cheers], Mr. Corhould
had not made so many promises aa Mr.
Cunningham. The latter gentleman had
promised everything. He had known
Mr. Cunningham for 28 years and Mr.
Corbould for 12 years, yet he could not
conscientiously vote for Mr. Cunningham as the better man.
Mr. G. A. Kelly spoke next, and his
remarks were mainly an attack on the
Cunningham family, during which he
was repeatedly requested by the audience to eome to the point. Mr. D. S,
Curtis also came in for a share of comment from the speaker. He aaid Mr.
Cunningham did not know how to express himself in language that educated
persons cuuld understand, but anybody
could understand Mr. Corbould. Hi
said the great question would be the redistribution of seats, and that should bt
keenly looked after by the member for
Senator Mclnnes next spoke; he regretted the grossly personal character
of all the arguments and thought it mere
wasted time. The most important question, of course, would be the redistribution of seats, as that would fix the representation for the next five years and
at that period we shall in all probability
have a population of 15,000. It is almost impossible to take away the number
of representatives from a district onco it
has a certain number. Victoria has
four members for one thousand voters
while we huvo only one for more than
that number of voters, Wo ought to
have at least the same number of representatives ns Victoria. As to Vancouver all the C. P. R. employes were down
as voters on her list whioh swelled It to
about two thousand. He would do all
in his power to have four representatives
in tho Dominion parliament from the
mainland and two from the island.
There were two men before them for
election to-night, one of them was a
very gootl man, the other waa a better;
he would vote for the better man.
At the conclusion of Senator Molnnes'
remarks the audience dispersed witlr.
cheers for the two candidates.
A Talk to Ibe Rleelora.
Editor Columiiian—Sir:—I ohscrva
that your valuable columns have of late
been pretty well occupied by persons
airing their opinions re the present election—I would thank you to also grant
me Bpaco for a few remarks.
Apropos, I would like to ask how Mr.
Corbould, being the C.P.R. lawyer, cal
conscientiously seek election as our representative? Unprejudiced citizens well
know how the C.P.R. havo acted aud
feel toward New Westminster. Can lie
act faithfully and honestly by both?
Again, has Mr, Corbould ever interested himself hore for the publio benefit, or
made nny personal sacrifice for the good
of our city?
Has he not taxed our city council .well
for all he has evor done for them?
Citizens, I assert (and Mr. Corbould
cannot deny) that he has over 100 acres
in Vancouver, aud in tho uentre of ths
C.P.R. grunt, viz: lot 472, group 1, aud
does he not also own the greater part of
lots 391 and 392, group 1, 319 acres,
three milos from Vancouver?
Voters, ask how Messrs. Major, Scoullar, Leamy and others are in the lnnd
line, and arc they not well healed with
Vancouver property? and are they not
Mr. Corbould's supporters?
Is it not significant that Mr. Corbould
who has resided hereover nine years, and
haa never taken public intereat or Bought
publio oilice in our oity before, ia suddenly aeized with tho impulse and asks our
suffrages (snerifiuing himself for the doar
people)? Can it be possiblo that ho or
some of his aides-de-camp want any more
charters similar to the Coquitlam scheme
(for which our city had to pay them
$-20,(10(1), or probably a monopoly of
street and other railway charter grants?
Mr, Corbould cannot explain away
the assertions I have made (lawyer
though he be). He surely cannot consider the electors of New Westminster
gifted with such great oredulity; if bo, he
overtaxes our gullibility.
Wore our citizens satisfied and had
they all their wants attended to by the
last lawyer M.P.P.?
The electors have only two candidates
to select from, and on noxt Monday must
return either Mr. Corbould or Mr. Cunningham as the 'city's representative.
Speaking for myself, I am not (to use tht
expression) stuok on either, but allow me
to Bay that Mr. T. Cunningham has heretofore occupied publio office, and has the
welfare of the city at heart (in a great
measure Is due liim the oredit of making
the exhibition a success). All his, and
in fact I may Bay all the Cunninghams'
interests and proporty aro here with us,
and if (as Mr. Corbould's supporters
suggest) Mr. T, Cunningham wants to
get there to grind his tomahawk, citizens
we may rest assured that while he will
ho grinding for himself he will grind for
New Westminster.
In oonoluaion, if Vancouver wants re-
K mentation in the local parliament, let
er prooure it,   I say Now Westminater
Bhould tako tho procedenoe.
Thanking you, Mr, Editor, for your
kind Indulgence,
Yours sincerely,


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