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HACKNEY ELECTION. The short but sharp electoral campaign which hu been conducted in Hackney by the rival candidate* for the seat rendered vacant by the death of Mr. Fawcct: concluded on Wednesday, when active can- Vitssing and the practical work of the succeeded to the wordy warfare which had hitherto characterised the contest. The interest taken in the election was considerable, and strenuous efforta were made by both parties to bring voters tu the poll. It was the first election in the borough since the extension of the hours of rtnllinc. The voting, which opened at 8 o'clock in the morning, was continued until the same hour at night. Fat the convenience of the 48,000 electors, no fewer than 20 polling stations were provided in various parts of the wide constituency,including eight in what is termed the Hackney home distriot, eight in Shoreditch, and four at Bethnal Green. Perhaps it was due to this decentralising system—or more pro- bably in consequence of the severe curtailment or expenditure by the Corrupt Practices Act—that a re- markable absence of excitement was observable during the greater part of the day. Indeed, there was little outward and visible sign of a stir- ring Parliamentary struggle. The hiring of hackney coaches being prohibited, valuable aid was contri- buted on both sides by zealous volunteers, who placed their private carriages at the disposal of the com- mittees for the purpose of conveying voters to the poll. Amongst those who sent conveyances for the use of the supporters of the Conservative cause were the Marchioness of Salisbury, the Duke of Northumberland, the Hon. Tatton Egerton. and the En. Mrs. Leigh, whilst the Liberals were simiisrly assisted by lr. Arnold Morley, Mr. Samuel Mon- tague, Dr. Phillimore, Mr. E. X. Buxton, and others. I At the close of the poll the ballot- boxes were con- veyed to the Hackney Town Hall. Considerable, delay occurred before a coencement was male' with the counting, it being fully 11 o'clock before ballot boxes were opened. A very larre but orderly "J crowd collected outside the hall and cheered "d hooted prominent supporters of both candidates with evident impartiality. The result was officially declared at 4.20 on Thurs- day morning as follows :— Professor Stuart (L) 14,540 MacAlister (C) 8,543' Majority 5,907 lr. James Stuart, M.A., Professor of Mechanic and Applied Mechanics in the University of CL, bridge, who thus succeeds to the seat held by Pie- fesbor Fav. cett since April. 1874, is the eldest i the late Mr. Joseph Gordon totuart, of Laigoi. Eifeshire, by his marriage with Catharine, aaugl. of Mr. David Booth, of Newburgh. in that coui and he was born in the yearly. Mr. Stuart reeer d his early education under private tutors at and at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and afterwards graduated at Trinity College. Cambric. taking his Bachelor's degree in and proceed1'- 1SGP, having aire dy been elected to tne Fellowship. He has held his professorship in the F versitj since 1875. Professor Stuart contested CHUI- bridge University in 1882, on the retirement of Mr. alpoie, when he was defeated by Mr. H. C. Raikes. toe Conservative candidate, by an overwhelming ,a- jf-rlty the number of votes polled beirz—for Mr. Kaikes 3,491, and for Professor Stuart Pro- fessor Stuart, who now enters Parliament for the first time. is the 119th new member returned to St. Stephen's since the last general election. His retvrn on the present occasion makes no difference in toe balance of parties in the House of Commons, Mr. Fawcett having been a Liberal.



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