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PLAIN POLITICS. [BY MAENHIB.] [Note.MMnhlr" alone is responsible for what appears In this column.—Bd ]. Evesham has been rather disagreeable. To some extent Wales has to take the blame for this defeat, as we are told that Disestablishment was the article which stuck most in the gizzard of the electors. But the name of Eveshani seems fatal to the ptogreasive cause. It was here that the foiinder of the House of Commons fell, Simon de Montfort, whose death wa* honoured with the tears of the common people, for whom be had fought. And it is at Evesham again that what may be a fatal blow is given to Lord Roso- bery, the first Premier who has undertaken to relieve us from the bondage of the House of Lords. Unfortunately, Evesham does not stand alone. It comes after Forfar, and after Brigg, and be is no true friend to the Government who glosses over these portents, and prophesies smoothly when thing" are going ill. The truth must be owned, the outlook for the party generally is not so bright as it ought to be. Even in Wales we run the risk of losing more than one constituency, exclusive of Cardiff, where the result wholly deperds upon the candidate selected to fight. To what is all this due? To the presence of too much of that enthusiasm which Lord Rosebery • deprecated in his recent speech ? I must be careful what I write, for I find my remarks have the honour of reproduction in the Tory press? but next Tuesday night I shall be meeting a few friends in a quiet way up in Dowlais, and there I may have an opportunity of expressing my mind on the subject. At present I will only say this-and in addition to being a bard, I claim to be a bit of a prophet—unless some great change comes over the face of things before the general election, the Liberal party will not meet with defeat merely, but with something like destruc- tion. One hint I will envv. The Liberal leaders must be taught, and sharply taught, that the power is in the hand-. he working men. In how many constituencies is ,is realised ? In how many Federa- tion meetings is it perceived ? Speaking in the Drill Hall, Merthyr, on tho day of the glorious victory at the polls, I ventured to warn the working men that few of the glittering promises unfolded in the celebrated Newcastle Programme would be fulfilled. Two and a half years have passed since then. We have got Parish Councils, a measure which doe" not affect many of the colliers, and a democratic Budget, which does not directly affect any working man. We have lost Home Rule and Em- ployers' Liability, and we shall lose Disestablishment, Local Veto, Eight Hours, and One Man One Vote. Payment of Members has been refused by our own leaders. Meanwhile the Government have settled down to the process of steadily knocking their heads against a stone wall, and unless their heads get unex- pectedly broken 111 we interval, l nave no ciouot tney will keep it up for two or three years more. It is Lord Herschell who is responsible for the appointment of an English County Court Judge over the heads of his Welsh brethren on the North Wales Circuit. Ever [since he took office this minister has shown his steady determination to ignore the party which made him Lord Chancellor and gave him a peerage and JS10,000 a year, and to toil for the approval of the Tories. To be a Liberal member ig, I am assured by several of those branded with that stigma, to be completely cut off from aU hope of favour from this magnanimous personage. So much the better, perhaps. It will no longer be charged against lawyers that they have any personal ends to serve by enteriugParliament. Their interest just now is to keep out of it. I cannot say that 1. was surprised by the refusal of Mr. D. A. Thomas to put himself forward for the dangerous honour of fighting in Cardiff. Though this has hitherto proved a safe seat, it is always strongly assailed and has to be defended with vigour. Among the many admirable qualities of Mr. D. A. Thomas, piuidence is not absent, and of course no one can the many admirable qualities of Mr. D. A. Thoma", prudence is not absent, and of course no one can blame him if be declines to leave his comfortablej majority in the hills for the glorious but arduous task of representing the metropolis of Wales. It is a great opportunity, aud the man who has courage to seize it will occupy a commanding position in the future of the Welsli party. For the rest-- There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune Omitted. all the voyage of their life Is found in shaflowet and in miseries." The report of tho interview with myself, which appeared in the Western Mail of Monday, is, to put it mildly, faked. The reporter's notes are reproduced as far as they suit thO) Maits purposes, and then his pocket-book is sharply closed. To put me down as saying that tht) prospects of the party in Cardiff were black, simply, is to represent me as saying the exact ieverse of what I did say. If the gentleman who i. called upon me cousults his note-book further, he will find that I expte^sed great hopes that the unity of the party would be restored, repudiated the idea that Toryism in Cardiff had made any progress, explained away our municipal defeats, and foretold a heavy thrashing for Mr. Maclean. The tactics of the Mail are therefore almost as if I had said, The Conservatives will win by no possi- bility," and they had reported me as Haying" The Conservatives will win." Such a trick is unworthy of a high-class journal, and reduces the editor who practises it to the level of the villain in a, story which is now running in the Evtniiin Esprtis. I As a matter of fact, if we can get a sound thorough- I going Radical to fight for us, we shall carry the seat by the biggest majority WI) have had for rears. The strong and justifiable indignation which was at first aroused by the concealment and mystery practised in connection with the letter of resignation, need not interfere with our uniting upon such a candidate as I have described. The friends of Mr. Bird and his Newport-road neighbours are now going about seek- ing to excuse his action, but no cxcuses do away with the fact that it is disagreeable for a member of the J Executive of the Libeml Thousand to learn that his I memljer has resigned through the columns of a Tory newspaper. It is now explained that the so-called deputation to London is not to ask Sir E. J. Reed | to withdraw his resignation, but simply to ask him to couch it in language more fit for publication. Why on earth the rank and file of the party should have been left under a differant impression is a mystery t3 me, except that there are some persons whose souls delight in the importance which they think secrecy ¡ confers upon their doings. Among the fresh names put forward for the vacancy I is that of Mr. Lloyd, proprietor ot the London Ikiibj Chronic.lc, a paper which has within a wonderfully short space of time forced itself into the positijn of tho leading Liberal organ in London. This sur- prising result has been achieved, not by a policy of trimming and caution, of fawning upon tbe official leaders, and parrot-like repetition of the official watchwords, but by one of bold and independent criticism, and uuflincbing advocacy of democratic principles, whether such principles were pationised by the Li tfral leaders or not. I have not the honour of Mr. Lloyd's acquaintance, and tber tfora I cannot say how far his own principles coincide vitli those of his paper. It is often the case that the private views of newspaper proprietors differ wlflelv from those whiab their commercial t interests ron;pet them to advocate in print. This was notably po with the late Mr. Edmund Dwyn Gray, | who reonained on tonus of bitter personal enmity with Mr. Par oell long after the Frccma^s Journal had become that great man's most servile supporter. But if Mi*. Lloyd shares to any considerable extent the spirit; of the Jjoiin Chronicle he will make a very formidable competitor for the vacant seat. It was rather auviwng for the tirst day or two after SirEdwwd Reed's retirement was announced, to find that every person I met took it for granted that I should lie among the candidates for the vacancy. The <tUcstion, Are you coming out?" was put to me t by every othee man I met, in tones of fearful expec- | taucy by the respectable Moderate, and in tones of joyful anticip ation by the wild Democrat. But I was far too wary to commit myself. I could carry the i seat easily einough, but not the party organization. | If the choicis rested with the rauk and file of the I party, perhaps I should have as good a chance of the j] nomination, as some others wLo have been men- "i tioued, but with a select body like the Thousand, I should be aft aid of even such a competitor as Mr. I Alfred Davis 3 of Ilampstead. I The object? <of organization is to secure unity, its I result is gcnenally to place the power in the hands of the middle, a* opposed to the working class. Where I majorities arti narrow, aa ill Cardiff, it may be necessary to sacrifice its wishes to the superior ^persons," but in it constituency like Merthyr I feo?.inclined to say to the tf-Hier. though I fear I shall baire the Editor of the Mtrlhvr Tuna against me, J Don't organize, unless you are pre- pared to jwy alt rho expense yoimclve^, for those who pay tho piper wi 11 be sufe to call for the ttttiu."

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