The Shannon Ward contest showcases extraordinary activity, particularly among the Labor Party candidates. Resolutions in favor of Leahy have been adopted by the Typographical Society, which he presides over, and the Institute, whose members also support labor candidates. Leahy’s supporters believe he will be an honest, sensible, and dedicated councilor, voicing the legitimate claims of labor without wastefully spending ratepayers’ money. Many think if Mr Hanley, known for his municipal work experience, would retire, a straight issue could arise between friends and opponents of the recently-run Labor Party. In the Dock Ward, Hanley might have a chance to oppose cliquism and emerge victorious.
Northants Evening Telegraph – Saturday 05 January 1901