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tRlMIER AND POLLS. RETRADE ABSOLUTELY SAFE \oie of Great Centres. SlEPY HOLLOWS & TORYISM. rtfrime Minister,' who has hitherto been woo'his old constituents by proxy, arrived persdly amongst them last evening to look aftetie interests of his election. He was gree with every demonstration of attach- metty a great gathering assembled in the Towlall of Leven. Mequith said the issues confronting them werfo serious, they extended over such a wid*nge of the political field, they involved suctave consequences, that Liberals must be pre¡1d to subordinate local and personal consrations to the well being of the country at Le. (Cheers.) The right hon. gentleman proded After a considerable experience of (oral Elections, I am' one of those who thhJthat at this stage of an election it is .desble for prudent people at all events to aveprediction, and even to be chary of very conent comment There jos, therefore, only ondiig I venture to say in regard to the elein in so far as it has already proceeded. Wave had four years' wear and tear of Labi administration, and whenever that hams, whether it be a Liberal or a Conser- vat Government, there is always a certain annt of electoral and inevitable loss. Feature of the Election. tfring that strikes one as the most re- ntable feature of the election as far as it proceeded is that with two or three excep- ti1 such gains as have been scored bv our pical opponents have been mainly in the gjl towns of England. (Cheers.) I notice tø.y that an ingenious commentator in one otur Tory organs here in Scotland uses the ~se, Excellent progress has been made in ^Cathedral cities." (Laughter.) Well, as the Cathedral cities there is no one prouder oiheii as an Englishman than I am. They a owturesque and charming places, but they a n<t precisely the parts of England to go øI. s0 what are the views of the commerce al itdustrial classes in regard to their fiscal stet, or their constitutional duty, and what eild be more remarkable than the verdict gen>y the great centres of industry. That in Jndn is still only partially delivered, and "e atr yet awaiting that of Liverpool, Glasgow, ad Dundee. But look at those that j^ve already recorded .their decision. The! are your great ports — Bristol, (nary. Hull, Hartlepool — all solid c orly solid for Free Trade. (Cheers.) Xool&t the largest in point of capital and etaAoly in point of export trade—look at the git cotton industry—Manchester, Salford, Oidhi. Blackburn, Bolton, almost everyone of tlÇeatcotton towns nearly solid for Free Trad Look at the next in magnitude and valu)f our textile industries, the woollen trad-the West Riding of Yorkshire—Leeds, Bra^d' Halifax, Hnddersfield-absolutcly i TTta.ilous on the side-of Free Trade, and pass froc tese special industries to towns which are gat industrial centres without being dev>tl to one particular trade. Further and gigniftnt instance in the same sense is afforded Wth.-eturns made by places like Leicester, K^wctle, and, here in Scotland, Aberdeen That is m phenomenon! which no gjjbsaent torn of the tide, if there is going-fco he a td of the tide, and no subsequent a^fteon carwpossibly submerge or wipe away. Tariff Reform Killed. Bsh to put it on record at the earliest _o0le moment that I draw from it this Ffcnce—that whatever may happen in the reminder of the elections before us, one thi is absolutely certain that in the new Paaroent which is about to assemble at Wroinster Tariff Reform, in the sense in wh that phrase is tISEJd-that is, the aban- dcient of Free Trade and the substitution f o, of a fiscal system of more or less dis- '(j protection—is a political impossi- fjy. (Loud cheers.) No staisesnMmship4 jj^ver ingenious orhoowever audacious, can afcnpt to construct a tariff in defiance of tb Opiuion of every one of the great indus- tr anc representative centres that 1 have gjjQented to you. • tnportance of the Vote. »pv r^ht hon. gentleman then proceeded to attvwas none the less important and all that the verdict which has been Snere^y tbese great communities should be reZr> Trfe emphatic and more decisive in the were still to take place. The tdustry had not yet made its voice be agricultural industry had still to be railtU the &gri<mltucists and rfoaghmen in and. not least, the fishermen on oofts and the factory workers, and he 4 hem to jive more decisively than thev S e«r done in the past a declaration that £ on the side of Free Trade and popn- iTffoernment. Oheers.) Why was it that ° ~at commmities to which he hadre- the question had been neattf and presented to them returned this tm- ea2L Jhlo and sJTvificant answer ? Why was jqnivocac *3 preat industrial centres the it that rpaTjff Reorm bad been routed ? He rtSaht the first oswer wm to be found in fee tnoag*" by the course of events C°^ TT>erience f the predictions with which SP ^^onners tartcd their campaign seven JTaral ±i^ (Chefs.) They had started their » of predictions manifestly and vhich it had taken only six shatter into a thousand pieces, and years girted in the character of con- th^ f^e Prthets were not the kind of li whom it as desirable to call in to pre- p«*?Pie for the lational welfare when it was ■„ „ serio> condition. vnew tit the Tariff Reformers re- withmdignation the insinuation woulOever tax raw materiaL They thought it w:almost.a reflection upon their th°ugn rmjeytere getting sensitive but they bon?^L1 dr^ to it whether they liked it or W°- TlT did ot dispute their honesty he the; capacity. How could they disputed ^d Mr Chamberlain had 4-, „ soof promissory note that there ioT?n he, in the price of food. They Sit promi^d with thc best intentions in ?2^«n,rld > was not accusing them of bad r buthe'-arned his fellow countrymen bart away the comfort of themselves cjdren simply because two dis- !^dJS ;^cn had assured them Wlth- Sv grods whatever that import duties wv not raise the price. (Cheers.) he First Question. ■a J wagiaked sometimes why he had •JvAd fr1 his election address all refer- rAber of burning questions—for m- edition in England land in Scot- d 0 development of self-government "fV'^dtis answer was a very simple one. fT«tad d<t with these topics in the Albert Ki Tnd'd tried to put in proper relation imftance one to another. His reason them from his address was be- fare was a preliminary question id to be settled before they ^roacfi one of them.It was not ZfihT^ast any use promising electors, or) f the moment speaking as the leader I»eca4 party was not going to promise V~lw>rs,at this election any specific tegishv- r, ir, ,e new Parliament. Ai) to any of those iltterf'he electors knew. tjie Governments lesires, and intentions, and until they Ld 0<rcome the obstacle, the permanent which prevented them, giving effective rn^on to those views and legislative em- ^Sment to those intentions, it was no good bather talking about legislation. He asked Je actors to send him back to Westminster t t,B representative of East Fife charged ires with authority to maintain at all haasu-ds ud gainst all comers our system of Free *aA and to put an end °^.e1f'n be onstifcutional paradox which enajwed a representative assembly to veto and defeat ye rishes of the people. (Loud cheers.) Qrestioned specifically about Home Rule fcAsquith said :—I promise no legislation of -q, kind in the next Parliament until we have gftded our conclusions with the House of Lords, tal have also stated that in my opinion the li>ral party wcxild be perfectly free m the JW Parliament, as it was not m the last, to anfort a measure for giving full self-govern- m<t in purely Irish affairs to Ireland, subject to iie maintenance, absolutely unimpaired, oftesttpremacyofthe Imperial Parliament. (CSers.) Position of Trade Unionism. aestioned next about Trade Union re- wentatives and the Lords' decision, Mr jjuitb said- he was not prepared to give any D)ges upon the subject beyond this that he w prepared to take into careful consideration tJstate of the law as now declared by the Base of Lords, and see whether, and if so, m. ø way, it was capable of amendment. I vote of confidence followed.


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