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THE ELECTIONS.

DECLARATION OK POLL.

STANTHORPE. Saturday. I

The declaration of tho yon ivas made at the court-house at 11 a.m. yesterday, when Mi. A. II. 10 Kirton was declaied dulv elected iuembei for Carnarvon by a nu joricv of 102.

Mr. Barton thanked the electors for his return, and pledged himself to -┬╗ervo them to the best of lus ability in the coming Parliament. Ho moved a vote of thanks to the tetuming oihcer.

Mr. 1 oxton seiondcd the vote of thanks, and spoke in high teims of the manner in which the returning oilitor bad earned out. lus duties, lie thanked those who liad voted for lum, and suppoitcd lum ior the post twenty-one years. Ile .ittiibiitcd his defeat, not to any persou.il feeling against himself, but to a combination ot circulnBtances over which he had no con- trol. He was pleased to say that there had been less bitterness shown in this clec tion than in any other he had been con- nected with. His gratitude was particu- larly due to the electors ,of Texas for then* loyal support. He hoped to take pare in political life for some years yet, but whether as member for Catnarvon or not he should at all times esteem it a pleasure to plate his services at the refusal of the electors.

Messrs. Methuen have published Miss Emily Gerard's new novel, " The Huron's

Tower."

Mr. Rider Haggard, who fe quite a horti- cultural authority, is writing a series of articles in " The Queen," entitled " A Gar- dener's Year." , Here are a few of his re- marks, selected at random :-" The great curse of |**ird*emng is Names. ... To leam those of Orchids, for instance. 13 more difficult than I found it in my youth to master the dates of a thousand y-cara of English history." " Rose-growing is fun- damentally a matter of suitable soil Clay or stiff loam fchiy must have, to try them, in gravel or hobt sandy lands ia but vexa- tion of spirit.

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