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p,i2 REPRESENTATION OF »2 CARDIFF. $ £ F ELECTION OF A UNIONIST ;"5 CANDIDATE. 'i c considerable political excitement prevailed in on Saturday night npon it becoming W Q that the local Tories and the recalei- i t Liberals had at last fixed upon a(ier» t^didate to represent them in opposi- • i *LBtoSir Edward Reed, and that the man of j ''choice was no other than the Hon._H. R. ^jj ^e present Liberal member for Mid "W" Tha name of Mr Brand, be c„. son of the ex-speaker j(now Viscount 1 L 4ftlPden) was of course familiar to all those who j.it, and it was felt that the local Tories and Unionists had put forth every effort in order ijj. secure the best man available. They, jjSieged, have had no lack of proffering poli- > ak their disposal, but the Liberals have all V adhered to the principle that only candi- [jtiC ji^s °f their own political faith would be accept- pre' b' and that a Tory, however influential, and II **ver strongly opposed to Home Rule, must t C(>unt upon the support of the secessionists. • circumstances of the cohesion between the rfc0" and the Liberal dissentients are now 0* af local history. By previous arrange- 3$f ^?t, the Radical backsliders and a deputation itw't «'^ing to represent the Carditt Conservative S tJ^iation met about a week ago, and the out- tt ^e'r negotiations was the appointment Lik* Committee representative equally of the t|)^ dissidents and the Cardiff Tories, for w purpose of selecting a candidate who I? Able to represent the combined forces. "5 "I ^°'nt committee at once set about in search >i(.^eQt'eman with parliamentary aspirations or 08j tfc#- Parliamentary experience, but for some time a" of ir met with little success. A number ajii j^Mtnes came before them, but most of these tb3 jj. °Q(ted to men of little note, whilst more note- fy* fc*?'oy politicians declined the honour of con- in8* seat- The names of Lord Hartington Sir Henry James were regarded favourably, s both these gentlemen refused to stand, U ? possible candidates brought before the it* A; d parties came from the Liberal Unionist t w^ation of London, who are credited with a itf" v. °Dg desire to stir up a conflict at Cardiff. At a .fating 0n Friday it was finally decided to b* rleet the lion. H. R. Brand to fight the battle in ief» ajjaiust Irish Home Rule, and a communi- W jTllon was despatched to the honorable gentleman iffl /Jf^'sing him of the resolution arrived at. the same time the sub-commiftee of the ^servati ve party were informed of the action itb fc. "cb had beel> taken, and of which they ap- tC4 jJ-°veci. Mr Brand replied in due course, stating ti«S readiness to come dowu to Cardiff and open ? e carnpa;gn. «■} KEKTtNO OF THK TOBT EXKC0TIVI. 9 v meeting n £ the executive committee, which is' t ubers 300. of the Cardiff Conservative to ^"ciation was held at the Conservative Club 1 fc Saturday night, when there was a fairly viperous attendance, amongst those present being § J. T. ]>, Llewelyn, Dr Paine, Mr R. E. ^ncer, Mr Lascelles Carr, Mr Jonas Watsou, d h Lynch Blouse, fcc. The sub-committee r. ].,v'i)g intimated that the choice of the it dissidents had fallen upon Mr H. R. f' tjj several speeches were delivered in which e Conservatives were counselled to give all their it Port to that candidate. Mr J. T. D. Llew- It llYn, In addressing the meeting, said he was in I '):>nds of the, party. In a crisis like this it i a's their duty to place country before party t he was fully prepared to waive his own 1 hart**18 'n favotir the gentleman whose been submitted for their consideration. Mr jj.elyn's speech was listened to with deep ^1 Jftt'on, and undoubtedly contributed to mate- > ''t"y overcome a spirit of opposition that had j "licnced to manifest itself amongst a section of j present, who complained that as the j l{,'iles constituted the majority of anti-Home jh er« in the borough, the joint candidate ought A ^piuinon fairness to be a genuine Conservative, t this view it was urged that the seat is at i lri the possession of Liberals, and that i wn'lst the substitution of one Liberal for another ,.0Vlld leave the Tories in no worse position than [ Present, yet the rejection of Sir Edward Reed the return of Mr Brand would be a distinct ^'ctovy for the Conservatives in so far as Home was concerned. After some fur. trfi th"cussiou, Mr Jonas Watson moved, l(i Mr Spencer seconded, a resolution the effect that the Conservative £ c,nr« of Cardiff would support the Hon. H. R. I.rand. and this proposition having been carried j nl)out coutradicton, a telegram was despatched t'ie lionourable gentleman informing bim of the conclusion arrived at. DISSATISFACTION IN THE TORT BAXKS. Upon the decision of tbe Tory leaders becoming puwn m Conservative circles outside the execu- f'v« committee, considerable dissatisfaction was expressed at the conclusion arrived at. -*• en'jeecl, from the present demeanour of a large ,0*» of the local Tories, there would appear to *Very reason for believing that tha Unionist C^didate will not receive that large measure of r nservative support at the polling booths |>,?n which his political sponsors count. Us aversion to voting for a Liberal is fj t strongly perceptible among Conserva- Churchmen, many of whom assert £ determination to exact ffrom the new candi- the fullest and most explicit exposition of views upon the questions of disestablishment LQ(1 disendowment before they commit themselves j??* way or the other. Again, it is pointed out ^at while the Tories are invited and expected to Lj^fifice their political principles on the alter of country, the Liberal secessionists appear to iJ*va been animated by no such unselfish spirit. Lj^d they been actuated by a desire simply to **«at Mr Gladstone's Home Rule proposals, they °uld» 't said, seeing that they are in a ■ "lority, have unreservedly cast in their lot with tK C°nservatives, whose position and numbers in borough entitle them on this question to ^ms the lead. THt DKIONIST CANDIDATE. The Hon. Henry Robert Brand, the eldest MB lIf the ex-Speaker (now Viscount Hampden), was ^Heated at Rurby, and served seven years in the midstream Guards, in which regiment be was a I aPtain in 1865. This service stood him in ^d political stead, and be was purveyor General of Ordnance during the two years of Mr Gladstone's administration, jie resides at Hitchen, and s%t for Hertfordshire b°ln IHó8 to 1814, and for Stroud from July to ecember, 1874, in which latter month his was ^"seated on petition, but regained the seat in 80. At the last general election he was turned for the Mid-Gloucester division (which Indudefl Stroud), and at present represents that Constituency, which gave him a majority of 313 ^*er his Conservative opponent, Mr G. Hollowly. "Ir Brand has been twice married, and is novy 44 Pears of age. 9q Saturday the Liberal Executive Council of "lid-Gloucestershire, with five dissentients, passed vote of no confidence in Mr Brand, and decided to bring forward a Gla dstonian candidate. MAGNIFICENT RECEPTION OF SIR E. J. REED. Only a few hours' notice was given on Monday Afternoon that Sir E. J. Reed, M.P., intended to Vrive by the 8.10 p.m. train from London, and tbe Liberal executive were consequently unable to arrange a regular reception. The difficulty was lOived, however, by the spontaneous unanimity »f the Liberals in the borough. Long before the appointed hour hundreds of people congre- gated in the precincts of the station* and "ere swollen by additional arrivals, until finally there could not have been less than 3,000 persons (fathered in the neighbourhood. On the platform in the Great Western Railway Station a number &f local Liberals assembled to meet Sir Edward. Among these were Mr Rees Jones (chairman of the Liberal Association), Dr Edwards, Mr Lewi Williams, Alderman Lewis, Mr John Duncan, Mr W. Sanders. Mr Ramsdale, Mr Bird, Mr F. J. Beavan, Mr R. Davis, Mr G. Evans, Mr E. R. Mcxey, Mr E. Gronow, Mr Hansen (Penartb), Mr R. E. Joaes, Mr J, p. Joces, Mr R. L. Price, and Mr R. N. Hall (the recently appointed Liberal agent). After receiving the congratulations of these gentlemen, Sior E. J. Reed left the station, and proceeded to the Liberal Club, making bis way -with difficulty through the dense crowd, which chutred him incessantly. The aid of several policemen was necessary to enable him to gain the club. Once there, be addressed tbe assembled ekclors from the balcony. In addition to the gentlemen already named, there were here present Mr W. Marychurch and Mr Batchelor. The appearance of Sir Edward was the signal for renewed cheers from the crowd, and for some time he was unable to make himself heard. When at last some degree of silence bad been restored, Sir E. J. RUD, M.P., said :—I will only say a very few words to you at the present moment. In the first place let me congratulate you upon the fact that the Conservative party in Cardiff is worse than dead. (Loud cheers and laughter.) for my part, I have often thought that the time lyoxild come when they would cease to run a Conservative candidate against me, but I never thought the time would come when the Conserva- tive parfcy in Cardiff would run after a Liberal. (Cheers.) However, so it Ï8. My Conservative friends Eay, "Your own party brought Mr Brand h»re." 1 am quite aware who brought (iim to Cardiff, but are five thousand tk>u«irr*tiv*s going to be trailed at the besls of tbe 50 dissentient Liberals? (Lacghtor and cheers.) Another quwtkm I have to ask Î3 this: is the ••ember who WIUI not good enough for the Con- •wvsitivo* of Mid-Gloceeatcrshire {food enough lor tbt Conservatives of Cardiff. (Cheers and One thing t tau myself eay, I never •v»d before a Cardiff audience more confidently f appear befora yon now to contest our nghMuMtt cAuse. (Lond oiMem.) For IOC' years 'wen trying to govern Iroland ia ae- nghMuMtt cAuse. (LoadcaoeM.) For 100 years 'wen trying to govern Iroland ia ae- wrafcoca with tbe existing system, and you all 1 T? Ivavo failed, (flear.} Woll, wo v?ish ir on'y si*st«m which has not. ftaicd *5* '>* any S(K«. ia th« country or :n any try» tfafct is tba gnaling to patto:* UM ir I.J: f'7 onl, si*st«m which has not. ftaicd *5* '>* any S(K«. ia th« country or :n any try» tfafct is tba gnaling to patto:* UM right to govern itself. (Loud and prolonged cheers.) Those gentlemen who are going to oppose me call themselves Unionists. (Groans.) They are indeed Unionists in this sense, that they call themselves Liberals, and they are going to unite with the Tories in order to coerce Ireland. (Loud groans.) This means hero the unionism of about fifty dissentient Liberals and the whole Tory party in this town. (Groans.) No, not the whole Tory party, because I don't believe the Tories will put up with the arrangement that was adopted last Saturday night. (" Hear*' and cheers,) I have not the best possible opinion of the Tory party in Cardiff—(laughter)—-but I don't believe you will find the great Conservative section in the town draggling at the boots of Mr Brand. t (Laughter and cheers, amidst which a voice cned "Three groans for Ferrier," which were heartily responded to.) I don't for one single moment admit what the Tories state-that the granting of Home Rule will lead to disunion. (Loud cheers.) We have no idea whatever of separating Ireland from England. (Cheers.) All this talk about disunion on their part is a perfect fallacy.and worse than that to any in- structed mind. (Hear.) It is well known and understood that tbe very object of the measure we have been advocating—Home Rule for Ireland—is unity of the empire—is, in fact, to achieve greater unity between Ireland and England than has ever before existed. (Loud cheers.) I must ask you to believe that this talk about separation and disunion is nothing more than the expression of a conspiracy on the part of the aristocracy of this country. (Hear.) They want to try and keep the people from enjoying the right to govern themselves, which every nation should have. (Cheers.) I think it will not do to make a long speech on this occasion. (Loud cries of Go on," and cheers.) 1 am certain of this—that it is understood here as it is under- stood in Edinburgh at tba present moment—(lond and prolonged cheers for Gladstone)—that the real reason for the opposition' is that there is a class in the country who object to any measure for the good of tbej people, and to the people having the right to govern themselves at all. (Groans.) They would like to be always govern- ing other people. Of this I am quite certain, that Mr Brand has made a great mistake in coming to Cardiff. (Loud cheers.) T would like to ask one question. What are his peculiar quali- fications to represent this important commercial borough, and the crowds of working-men in this town ? I don't know them. I hope and believe that we shall find when the polling-day comes that Mr Brand has made the very same mistake which the officers made who represent the Ordnance Department. \Laughter.) I daresay you have heard about the bursting and blowing-up of a good macy guns in the hands of the artillery- men. They tried in some of these guns to unite iron and steel; in other words, to make a combi- nation which nature abhors. (Laughter and cheers.) The consequence is that over and over again the one-half of the gun has blown away from the other half. Tbe same thing will happen in regard to this combination of Mr Brand and the Tories. (Cheers and laughter.) When they try to fire that piece of ordnance on the day of the poll you will find the gun will burst, the Liberal section will fly asunder, and the Tory party will be scattered. (Laughter and cheers.) I don't like to say a single word which can seem to convey any kind of complaint against those friends of mine who have broken from me on this occasion. I have no doubt their intentions are just as good as our own, but when I bear of my friends, Mr Gunn and Dr Wallace, holding these hole-and-corner meetings with some of the most inferior specimens of the Tory party in the town-(loud laughter)-they lose my sympathy. (Cheers.) I rely in this contest, as Mr Gladstone relies, upon the country—(cheers) —upon the people of the town, I don t believe tbat the fight which our opponents will make will cause you any difficulty in returning me success- fully. (Loud cheers, and a voice "No fear.") I have come down in perfect confidence that we shall be as successful this time as before. (Renewed cheering.) I would ask one thing of you. Don't be guided in this great question as to the government of Ireland by any teeling but one of thorough principle. You must remember that there is no alternative. You must either govern Ireland by the measures we propose or by a renewal of those coercion acts which I trust will never again be imposed. (Loud cheers, and a Voice We won't, have you," followed by groans and commotion in that part of the crowd.) That is the voice of a Conservative gentleman. (Laughter and cheers.) It doesn't matter a straw what they say during this election about our not being successful. I have been three times over told I was not going to win, and three times over you have returned me successfully. (Loud and continued cheers.) Why, if the Tories even had a chance of winning this time they could not be proud of their victory. (Hear.) I hope, however, to see them adopt a very modest demeanour, for they are in a position of the greatest possible humiliation, a position which I would not fill for any money. (Hear.) Just imagine, 5,000 courageous and boastful Conservatives being dragged at the tail of the 50 Liberal dissentients! (Laughter.) All I ask of you, in conclusion, is—do not let this separation of a few of our friends have any material effect upon this election. (Cheers, and a voice We won't.") They are seeking to keep the yoke of coercion on the necks of the Irish people, and they are making a great mistake. I claim that we are the true Liberals who do not seek that. (Cheers.) Lord Salisbury—•(groans)—basjjbeen trying to persuade people that coercion means only firm government, but what it really means is tbis—the police of Ireland are given the power to enter the bouse of any man at any time of the day or night and enter every room in that house. They can turn ih is wife and children out of their beds. (Loud cries J[of Shame.") The Irish police, in fact, can do whatever they choose, and the policeman can ransack not only the house of the criminal classes, but the house of any Irishman. (Groans.) That. is a state of things which we in this country would never tolerate. (Cheers.) Then we have no right to ask the Irish people to submit to it either. (Great cheering.) In this town we shall do as the Tories of Mid-Gloucestershire have done —tell Mr Brand to go about his business. (Loud cheers.) We are nghtingthisbattleundertbeleader- ship of a maD who has fought a great many battles for the people of this country. (Loud cheers for Gladstone.) Although 77 years of age, he is fighting this great contest—a struggle between tbe people and the upper classes. Let us, then, conclude with Three cheers for the Grand Old Man." This call was heartily responded to, and shortly afterwards thp vast crowd dispersed. Sir Edward was cheered lustily whilst walking to the Royal Hotel, where he is staying. ARRIVAL OF THE HON. H. R. BRAND. The Hon. H. R. Brand arrived at Cardiff by the Irish mail at ten o'clock on Monday night, at which time there was a goodly assembly of persons Up(ln the platforms at tbe Great Western Station. The whole the gentlemen present, however, had not turned out in honour of Mr Brand, for it so happened that Mr A. J. Williams, the member for South Glamorgan, was expected by the same train, and tbe prominentLiberals upon the platform were waiting to see him. Amongst those, however, who assembled to welcome the Unionist candidate for Cardiff were many well-known secessionists, and a few of the leaders of the Tory party. On alighting from a first-class carriage Mr Brand, as soon as be bepame known, met with a volley of cheers, with which, however, was mingled such hearty and determined hissing as plainly showed that a large section of the crowd were influenced as much by a spirit of opposition as the remaining portion were seemingly actuated by an opposite feeling. A vast concourse followed M r Brand to the Roy al Hotel, and assembling in front of that building in St'. Mary-street, cheered and hissed the Unionist candidate upon his leaving his carriage. Amongst those who accompanied Mr Brand to the hotel, or were introduced to him upon bis arrival, there wereMr John Gunn, Mr R.Cory, Dr Wallace, Mr J. B. Ferrier, Mr Lynch-Blosse, Mr G. O. Downing, Mr Jonas Watson, Dr Pame, Mr Geo. David, Mr C. H. Williams, Mr Harry -Cousins, and Mr J. Andrews. In a short'time Mr Brand appeared at the window of the hotel, but the booting and hissing quite drowned the comparatively feeble cheering which greeted him, and for some minutes he was unable to obtain a hearing. It was suggested to the honour- able gentlemen that he should address him- self to the representatives of the press, who stood oear h in), and as it appeared quite hopeless for any voice to make itself heard amongst the vast and turbulent concourse below, Mr BRAND spoke to the reporters as follows:— I have come down to contest this seat, and to test the feeling of the electors of Cardiff, ontbe Irish proposals of the Government, which are contrary to the best interests of the great Liberal party, to which I belong. My crucial objection to this policy is that it places the minority of the people of Ireland, who have always been loyal subjects of her Majesty, under e. yo e of Parliament in Dublin—a yoke k 'S fk detest, and from which they appre- hend the greatest possible dangar. I hope to have many opportunities of further informing you as to my views upon this important question, therefore I will content myself with saying that I don^t be ievo that either you, the people of Cardiff, or the people of England generally will ever consent to a policy which, in my opinion, will inevitably be disastrous to Ireland herself• aDC* which will certainly militate against the supremacy of the united Parliament of the united Great Britain. Mr Brand retired from the balcony amid applaud and counter demonstrations, in the course of which there were cries for J{eed," foUowed by enthusiastic cheering. In response to tlJl8 demonstration Sir Edward Rped appeared at an adjoining window, and met with quite an ovation, which he acknowledged by frequently bowing aùd smiling. Tha, vast con- course. shortly afterwards dispersed.