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OXFORD ELECTION COMMISSION.

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OXFORD ELECTION COMMISSION. The report of the Oxford Election Commisl ion en Friday. The Commissioners deal exhaustively with the two elections of 1880, but give first attention to the oonti st which was consequent upon Sir Wil- liam Hal-court being appointed Home Secretary. In that contest Sir William Harcourt was defeated by 54 votes, Mr. A. W. C. Hall being returned by that majority. Mr. Hall's expenses were returned at £3,424 13s. The real expenditure incurred in his behalf was £5,(j(jl. including JB185 19s. for the returning officer. There are also outstanding claims estimated at jEl,896 10s. 4d. Sir William Harcourt's expendi- ture was returned at £3,275 5s., and there are out- standing claims amounting to £607 lls.6d. Upon con- sideration of all the evidence, the commissioners find that corrupt practices were not committed at the elec- tion of 1868 but that corrupt practices did extensively prevail by way of payment of money to voters at the elections in February and March, 1874, and April and May, 1880. The constituency, however, is declared not to be generally corrupt. Messrs.Robert Buckell, John Calcutt, .George William Cooper, Wil- liam Evetts, and Thomas Wells, town councillors, and Mr. John Calcutt and Mr. John Juggins, magis- trates at Oxford, are scheduled as guilty of corrupt practices. About 200 other persons are scheduled in respect of th>i elections of 1880.

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