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rUE CONTEST AT OLDHAM.

THE RHONDDA DIVISION.

SIR HUSSEY VIVIAN'S CANDIDATURE.

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"A DIARY OF THE OLADSTONE…

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"A DIARY OF THE OLADSTONE GOVERNMENT." This is the title of an illustrated pamphlet which has just been issued by Messrs. Blackwood and Sons. It records the chief events in the career of the late Government, and supplies telling commen. taries op. each. The illustrations are cleverly drawn and of a highly-amusing character. The following are fair samples of the literary part of the publication:— April 23,1880.—After coquetting with Lords Granville and Hartington, the G.O.M., at the age of seventy, becomes Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Ex- chequer. [In 1873 this Past-his-Prime Minister said, How little real good work any Premier has done after the age of sixty and in 1860 he refused office to Earl liussell, on the ground that Lord John was seventy-iix years old. He himself is seventy-five years of age, and the same G.O.M. who intimated his retirement from the Leadership of the Liberal Party on the 18th of April, 1867; his more iiiial retirement on the 12th of March, 1874; and his most final retirement, after defeat, on the 13th of January, 1875.] 25th.—Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, retired Screw-driver and would-be Prime Minister, condescends to accept the office of President of the Board of Trade, and (in uni- form ") takes the oath of allegiance at Windsor. [This is the same Screw-driver who displayed his allegiance to a monarchy by declaring at Birmingham, on the 13th of June, 1883, "The representatives ot royalty were absent and nobody missed them"; and who also, on the 1st of September, 1873, sneered at Mr. Gl vdstone and his col- leagues for 11 wearing the TVind-vor and described them as leaders without policy and statesmen without principle."] 25th.—Mr. John Bright. retired opposerof the Factory Acts and would-be Jjiciator, is also prevailed oil, for the second time, to accept the office of Chancellor of the Duehyof Lancaster. Salary t2,000 per annum. [This is the same" polite letter-writer who said in the House of Commons on the 25th of June, ,851, that this very office was a SINECURE, used a a means of paying off the supporters of a party. and not. at all necessary." J. B. is the same demagogue to whom Lord Palmerston refused office on the ground that he warred against all classes, and had not a spark of an Englishman's feelings in him."] October to December.—Gladstonian meddling iu Ireland begins to bear its fruit. Murder and outrage rampant. Boycotting inaugurated. Mayo proclaimed by the Lord-Lieutenant. January 6, 1881.—Mr. G. announces preparations for measures for the prompt vindication 01 the Queen's authority in the Transvaal. (22tid March. Great inoial victory. The" prompt vindication" is accomplished by a complete surrender to the Boers. Cost, one million.] [11 The British are not naturally a warlike race," thinks President Kruger. I See saw, Margery Daw-Sell mycountry for a straw, See saw, Margery Daw—Partly collar, mostly jaw. 28th.—The G.O.M. coufesses" We have got before usa state of crime widely extended in Ireland." [OJJ the 31st of March, 1880, the G.O.M. had said of Ireland under Lord Beaeonstield :—" There is an abseuce of crime and outrage and a general sense of comfort and eatisfac- tion such as is unknown in the previous history of the coutitry."] February 2.-Another Coercion Bill for Ireland. [25th October, 1S80, Nlr. Chatnberiain says :—" Coercion with the Tories is a policy. With us it is only a hateful inci- rtent." Since 1830, however, the Liberals have passed thirty-eight. Coercion Bills to the Conservatives' eleven.] September i).—Beginning of the Egyptian muddle. Kise of Arabi and the National party in Bgypt, with the ct,3,, 11 Egypt for the Egyptians." [l4tii September, Lord Granville suggests that" two financial experts be sent to suppress a Military rising of people struggling to be free. 'J [Who said in 1879, "1 am disposed to say of Foreign Affairs their great merit, would be to be never heard of"? The same G.O.M. who has given us little else than Foreign Affairs ever since.] May 15, 1882.— More blackmail to law-breakers." Arrears of Rent (Ireland) Bill introduced by the G.O.M., who has accepted office under Mr. Parnell. [20th June, 1S83. Air. Parnell acknowledges at Clones, Every line, every word of it (the Arrears Bill) was drafted by me in Kilmainham Gaol."] *1 Th-jre is a useful little rule I hold before my face, No aid of any kind refuse that, keeps you safe in place." .July 11-13.-More Gladstonian "Peace." Alexandria bombarded. English troops not allowed to land. roo We are not at war," but" engaged in a military operation." W. E. G.] Kesult of the bombardment: Massacre of the inhabitants, and destruction of property to the amount of 4i millions-still unpaid; 1,200 English marines allowed to land—without ammunition. 24tli.—The G.O.M. orders Indian troops to Egypt. [In June, 1878, when Lord Beaconslield proposed to bring Indian troops to Malta, Mr. G. said This strange, out- landish project of employing the Indian army in Europe would be a degradation and a swindle perpetrated by a guardian upon his ward."] December 19.—Mr. Chamberlain (with his mouth stopped by office) describes the G.O.M. as the" NOBLKST figure in English political history. [1st September, lti;73. the san;e M>. Chamberlain (not in office), said that, the same Mr. Gladstone "promulgated through the country the MEANEST public document that has ever proceeded from a statesman of the iirst rank."] February 15, 1884.—Kussia grabs Merv, having in February 15 1884.—Kussia grabs Merv, having in previous Gladstonian Administrations grabbed Bokhara (1870) and Khiva (1873). ["Mr. Gladstone, the only foreign statesman whom the Russians regard with con- fidence and esteem."—Madame de Novikoff in Kussia and England."] 28th.-After four years' delay the Franchise becomes a good umbrella to hide foreign muddles. October 30, 1884.—The badger is drawn" over the Birmingham riots, and Caucus Joe proves his case by the forged affidavits of his friends Larry Mack and Charles Smith, who promptly disappear from public view. [" This business will be remembered against Mr. Cham- berlain for some time to come."—The 1 imes. February 20, 1885.] January 26, 1885.-Fall of Knartoum and death of General Gordon, after a siege of 320 days. ["I say we were not too late; and I am entitled to say so!"—Sir W. Verdant Harcourt, Feb. 26.1835.] [" Atlioi-ouglily useful lie."—J. Bright, Oct. 9, 1884.] March 13. The G.O.M. declares that an AGREE- MENT," subsequently an ARRANGEMENT," and more subsequently t SACRKD COVENANT," that there should be no advance into Afghanistan, had been entered into Iwtween England and Russia. [Next day Lord Granville telegraphs to St. Petersburg to ask if anything is known there of the" sacred covenant." Answer 1, No," W. E. G. apologises :—" In a matter which certainly required verification, it was impossible for me from memory TO MARK AN ACCURATE STATEMENT."] April 16.-10 please the lVlLtgs. the G.O.M. imports 4,200 Indian platelayers to construct the Suakim-Berber ltiiilway. (4th ialay, To please the Radicals, the G.O.M. sends them back again, and sells the railway plant for old iron.] 27th.-10re muddle and apology. The Grand Old Government go on their marrowbones to France over the Rosph re Hgyptien iiasco. 30th.—THE GREATEST BUDGRT OF THE CENTURY—100 MILV.IONS to pay for national humiliation and disaster. DEFICIT—15 MILLIONS, of which 23.808,883 is carried forward unpaid to NEXT financial year. [W. E. G. said: Whatever you do. if you wish for honest and sound finance, you must pay your way."—1st Sept., 1884.] [9th July, 1885, Mr. G.'s First Lord of the Admiralty is found out in a small error of £953,000 (on the wrong side) in the amount expended on the NiLvy.) May 11. After many threats to "smash up the Malidi," the order is given to scuttle from the Soudan after 9.000 English soldiers had been killed or invalided, and 60,000 of theeneiny—cost, 10 millions sterling—with no result except that the Liberal colours receive some new inscriptions Alexandria, El-Teb, Tamasi, Tokar. Sinkat, Khartoum." June4.—Mutiny in the Liberal bnmboat over the ques- tion of Irish Coercion. June S.PLICVATIO-In the absence of the crew, the Grand Old Skipper scuttles the ship to prevent Joseph r-cuttling it the next day. Liberal apology by the absen- tees.

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