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THE PERTH ELECTION. -

RETURN OF MR. HORGAN.

The excitement and nnrest which have pervaded the city ever since the contest for tb.91 honor of representing it in the Legisla- tive Council began some twoortbree weeks ago were brought to a close, yesterday, by the return of Mr. Horgan at the head of the poll. The election was, if anything, livelier than any held in Perth before, the only election which, in that respect, might be compared with it being that which was held eleven or twelve years ago, when Dr. Hora contested the seat with Mr. S. H. Parker. It is need- less to say that during the whole polling-time the proceedings outside were carried on with the utmost good bnmour. Few serious distur- bance oecurred to mar the good feeling which reigned on both Bides, and when partisanship manifested itself in the form of caustic raillery, and witticisms flowed with that spiciness of utterance characteristic of a crowd, these little pleasantries were taken in the same good part in which they were de-

livered.

Tne proceedings were opened at ten o'clock in the various polling-places, of which there were three in Perth. The central polling place was the Town Hall, the Returning Officer being Mr. Sheriff Roo, who was as- sisted by his clerk, Mr. A. Woodbridge. The sorntineera were Mr. C. D. Longson for Mr., Burtand Mr. F. O'Callaghan for Mr. Horgan. At the Government Boy's School, Mr, A. W. Glover acted as Deputy Returning Officer, Mr, D. Brennan as scrutineer for Mr. Burt, and Mr. Horgan jdn., far Mr. Horgan} while at the Government Girl's School,' the part of Deputy Returning Officer was filled by Mr. A. Woodbridge, sen., the scrutineers being Mr. F. Collett, sen., for Mr. Burt, and Mr. J. Moffatt for Mr. Horgan. There was also a district polling place at the Canning, for the convenience of the electors resident in that locality. Tile proceedings having been opened in due form, the polling oommenced. About sixty persons were present in the Town Hall at the beginning, and during the whole of the day a etea ly stream of electors flowed into the hall, which was the chief place selected by the working classes fer the recording of their votes, while others, who wished to avoid the crush, availed themselves of the two other polling-place3. Exoept in Howick-street, the- proceedings wore at no time of the day very lively. Voters quietly dropped in by ones and twoes, and, having performed their business, as quietly departed. But from the time the polling commenced, the scene in front of the Town Hall was very animated. Before 10 o'clock, the men mustered up in large num bers,which was greatly increased at raid-day, _when the working-men availed themselves of their dinner hour to do their duty as " free and; independent citizens." As we have already said, 'a good deal of pungent per- sonality was indulged in. Eager and ex ëitod stump orators gathered small knots of listeners around them, and in language breathing the most fervent patriotism descanted upon the qualifications of Mr.

Burt, or Mr. Horgan, as the case might ' j be, and the fitness of their " man " to repre- f

sent the " working-man " in the Legislature, f, The glowing periods of the speakers did not, a however, alwajs produce entire satisfaction. The opposition'would establish itself in the shape of a rival orator, close to the speaker, when tbe amusing spectacle of two men, each trying.to talk the other down, to the 'accom- paniment of the cheers and groans of their listeners, would be witnessed. The noise and din was further augmented by the strains of abraSs band,which paradod the streets in a 'bus, and favoured the crowd with a selection

of popular moodies. Other music there'was,

too, by Bomefconsidered as good as the baud, in the shape 'of Pnnch, the bellman, and a rival professor of campanology, who.howevér, buried their professional rivalries, and with bell andtoHgue invited the public to show'

their'regard for the publie1 weal by 'voting;

for Mr. Horgan. Perhaps one of the most' ludicrous spectacles was that of a black, ^ retriever, which had been decorated with. Mr.'Horgan^ colours, blue and white, the former colour being tied round its neck, and connected by a streamer to a bow of white ribbon fastened to its tail. But, however greatly the exhibition was appreciated by the spectators, the object of their amusement failed to perceive where the joke came in, and made frantic but fruitless efforts to rid himself of his unusual embellishment.

. During the afternoon the streets wore a still gayer appearance. Numbers of persons obtained a half-holiday from their employers, and largely augmented the crowd. There were also many of the fair sex, and scores of juveniles of both sexes, most of the former being dressed in bright holiday attire, and some wearing the colours of the candidates. By five o'clock the fun grew fast and furious, the crowd nearly boiling over with merriment and argumentativene88, which made every knot of persons the centre of dispute, flavoured with a raciness of speech that

was a constant source of merriment. In front of the entrance to the hall several of the candidates' chief supporters ranged them- selves, and fairly beset each elector as he ascended the staircase for his support for their candidate. Amongst the men by the en- trance were all " the ginger-coloured gentle men,"andthefunny,excitablelittlemanwhoon the previous Monday atthe Town Hallmeeting kept the people in roars of langbter over their grotesque extravagance of behaviour. A few yards away a small crow.1 had collected ronnd two brothers, Torkshiremen, one a " Bnrtite " and the otbor á " Horganite," and assisted them in discussing their difference in true Yorkshire dialect. Not far from these, a little excitable man, with a lisp in bia speech, was haranguing Mr. Burt to that gentleman's great amnBement as well as that of the crowd. His address was, however, bronght to an abrupt termination by tne ap- pearance of one of the Yorkshiremen already referred to, who scrambled a handful of small change amongst the youngsters near, and thus produced a regular hubbub, as the boys, and not a few of the adults, pushed and struggled for the coins

Naturally, during the afternoon, a good deal of speculation was rife, as to the chances of suceess possessed by one or the other of the candidates, and various were the rumours set afoot. At times it was stated that Mr. Burt was ahead of Mr. Horgan, and at others that, " the six hungry families " stood in a position akin to defeat, while.occasionally, judging by the numbers of the'cteclared ad- herents of the candidates who entered the hall, their chances were felt to be so nearly equal, that bets were made and taken npon the small number by which many felt one would outrun the other. When six o'clock, the hour for closing the poll, arrived, the feeling of suspense was very great. It being stated that the result of the voting would not be made known until half past nine, a num- ber of the crowd dispersed to their res- pective homes, but by far the greater number remained in front of the hall, evidently too excited and anxious to leave the street. The next three hours1 were spent by the people in ni filling time as best they might, and the moon being hidden behind the' thick clonds, many of the younger members of the crowd availed them- selves of the opportunity to indulge in a good deal of horse-play, with the almost inevitable result of a scrimmage. Shortly after sine o'oloek, an attempt was made by a number of persons to obtain admission to the hall by the Barraok street entrance. The police who were sta- tioned there remonstrated with, them, stating they had express orders to allow no one up the stairs, and for awhile it seemed as though their expostulations wonld prove effectual. Bat, after some discussion amongst them- selves, and foreseeing that the crush would be very great at the Howick-street entrance, the crowd determined, whether contrary to orders, or not, to obtain admission by the doors facing Barrack street. A few led the way, and, followed by the crowd, gained the lobby, only to be met by a body of police, who requested them to go down. This they refused to do, and con tinned in the lobby, shouting and groaning leudly. Suddenly one of the doors was opened, and they at once availed themselves of the opportunity to literally fight their way

with each other to enter the hall. Once there, they were confronted by the officials, who in- formed them that the counting of "the votes was not yet finished, and persuaded them to withdraw. They went no further than the lobby, however, and for fully half an hour remained there, during which time heated discussions arose between the partizans of

I the. candidates, amid most, deafening cheers |

{and yells.. In the meantime, as tho half- j hour' drew, near, the other lobby | filled .rapidly, and a, smilar scene was en I acted there. When, at last, the doors were

opened, the people crowded in in great num- bers, a pushing, straggling, yelling mass of ! humanity. In the Barrack street lobby the i doors were not opened for some time after

the others, and the cries of the crowd for ad- mission were both'loud and incessant. At last the cheers of those within roused their temper to such a pitch that about fifty of I the foremost forced one-half of a door open, and then as tbey comraened pouring in, both «loots were opened, and the crowd surged-in. Here a new difficulty awaited many, who wished to obtain accommodation on the plat form. The steps were held by the police, who stuck to their posts manfully, and with invincible good humour, while those below tried by sheer force of muscle to dislodge them. A few were allowed by the blue coated guardians to ascend the platform, these being the representatives of the press and Mr. Hensman, but most of those who were so fortunate, had to submit to a good deal of rough handling before they could win their way up, while the proceedings on the floor at times almost degenerated into a free fight. In the body of the hall, the cheering was tumultuous. Even before the nnmbers were read out, it became known that Mr. Horgan ( had, scored a viotory, and the I enthusiasm expressed by one party and the

disgust ' vocalised ' by the other knew scarcely

I any bounds. Some semblance of order j

being at 'last restored, the Beturning Officer |

stepped to the front of the stage, and an | nonnced the following result of the poll :

Burt . 417 Horgan . 420

Informal . 35

. . ; - r . llî

' ' ' ' 'Majority for* Mr. Horgan 3

Mr. ROE therefore declared Mr. Horgan J duly elected, amid the loud cheers and counter- I

cheers of the electors.

Mr. HOBOAN, who was greeted with tumul- tuous appládse said: Gentlemen: This has been a great popular victory (cheers). It is a glorious victory (cheers). This is the first time you have asserted yourselves (cheers) and I hope you will only do it in the future, as you have done it to-day. (Cheers).

Union; is strength, and you have .shown by I your'vOtSng to day what union is. (Cheers). We will do better next timo. (Cheers). I don't value this so much for myself as for the people. (Cheers). I am so tired I will now conclude by moving a vote of thanks to the

Se turning Officer.' (Cheers). ' I

Mr. BOBT, whose appaarace was the signal for a storm of cheers and hisses, and who could not for about a minute gain a hearing,

said, in reply to their cries : Gentlemen-I j take it all in. good part. JE >hopó' I am not j

altogether vanquished although I am defeat- ed, (chews). I wish to say this, g«ntlemen,

I congratulate Mr. Horgan upon his victory I (cheers), and I wish to congratulate you upon j the orderly manner in which you have conducted this election to day (cheers ) Yon will not expect a speech from mo, and Ï will,

therefore second the vote of thanks to the | Returning Officer (cheers.), , , ¡'

Three hearty cheers "wore then given for Mr. Burt, and three moro for Mr. Boe.

Mr.iBdE said be Was much obliged to them for their kindness Although he had only done his duty, he heartily appreciated thoir acknowledgement of it.

Mr. HENSMAN, in response to the loud calls j

made upon him, said : Mon of Perth ! I am proud to be acitizraof Perth to-day (cheers). Yon have fought for a great principle, and yon have been victorious (cheers). I will say no more than this : that this victory, to-day, will go throughout the length and breadth of this colony, and will, show that the time is coming 'when the will of the people will prevail. (Cheers). One word more. You will, I am sure, retire quietly to your homes, and every man who has voted for Mr. Horgan can lay his head upon his pillow and say that he has voted in favor of great Liberal principles (cheers)-and that he has ,done his duty to his country. (Cheers).

This conclnded the proceedings, and the audience at once dispersed. A crowd was formed outside, and preceded by the band marched through the principal thoroughfares of the city, cheering for the greater part of the way, which brought the election to a eloee. "I " . .

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