AMUS­ING GEN­ERAL ELEC­TION IN­CI­DENT

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - ON THE RECORD -

For the first time in the his­to­ryof elec­tions a trac­tion en­gine was em­ployed at Southamp­ton to bring up vot­ers. This novel idea was car­ried out by Mr Wal­ter Jay, farmer and mar­ket-gar­dener, who is an en­thu­si­as­tic Union­ist.

He not only decked en­gine and wag­gon with his party colours, but in­scribed on ev­ery spoke of the wheels the names of the can­di­dates – Mr T Cham­ber­layne and Sir Bar­ring­ton Smeon. Thus ar­rayed, the trac­tion en­gine went all round the sub­urbs, and be­tween three and four o’clock ar­rived at the polling booth with 64 vot­ers.

“Mo­tors for vot­ers” will be a new de­vice for elec­tions.

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