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MONDAY, FEBRUARY P- 1874.…

THE CARDIGANSHIRE ELECTION-

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THE CARDIGANSHIRE ELECTION- Cardiganshire Squiredem is in arms from the Teifi to the Ystwith, and from the collegiate town of Lampeter to the pleasant seaport of Aberayron. The mustering of their forces proceeds briskly, and tenants are coaxed, urged, and threatened to 0 dO vote for the Tory candidate. Of that candi- date nothing is known politically, save that he is the son of his father, and calltf himself a Libera Conservative. The late Mr. THOMAS LLOYD, 0 Coedmore, was something more Liberal than a Conservative while his son, who up to this time :r has been an unknown and colourless politician) now throws himself into the arms of the Tories. He has no claim, therefore, upon the sympathies of his father's political friends, while his apostacy from the quiet Liberal traditions of his house should earn for him their sternest political oppo- sition. Of Mr. LLOYD personally, nothing is known outside his own tenantry, and that nothing, as we understand, is not specially favourable while his qualifications to represent any constituency are of the very faintest. Indeed, had he possessed the most elementary of the quali- fications which men generally seek for in a member of Parliament, he would never have be- come the dupe of the Cardiganshire Tory Squire- archy and the.Tory nominee ofthe Carlton club- But Cardiganshire Tories, destitute of a competent leader from amongst t!:e devotees of the old super- stition, have flocked in their strength around the Liberal Conservative banner of Mr. THOMAS EDWARD LLOYD, and places in the van of their own host a man to whom they owe no political allegiance and pay no respect. The Liberals will resist this fiercfe Tory onset, with its altered tatics, with the same unflinching resolution, and the same as- surance of victory, as when. they hurled back more disciplined forces and vanquished a better party leader, in the person of Mr. Vaughan, in the contest of 1868. The humiliation, as they deem it, of the Cardiganshire Squirearchy in being re- presented by a Swansea commercial man, has aroused within them a passionate political and personal hate, and the most frantic efforts are being made to defeat the Liberal candidate. But, accord- ing to the most trustworthy reports we receive from thecounty, theJLiberal victory is ensured. Mr. EVAN MATEHEW RICHARDS has proved himself a political enemy to be feared, as well as a foe to be respected, and the numerous small freeholders of Cardigan- shire—Liberal to the backbone—are as indepen- dent of the "lordly houses" as they are indif ferent to clerical threats. The tenants, too, have now a shield and defence which they did not possess in former political contests, and can defy the power of farm bailiffs, stewards, and agents with a jeyous feeling of security. Safe under the protection of the ballot, they will now avenge themselv.06 for the cruel evictions committed by those tyrannous Squires after the election of 18G8. Defeated thoroughly again, as defeated they will be—according to every report we receive from the country from Llandyssil and Cardigan to Aber- ystwith—these "little tyrants of the fields" in Cardiganshire hills and valleys will never risk a future encounter. It should stimulate Cardigan- shire Liberals, therefore, to redoubled and most de- termined effort, when they remember that they are not merely fighting for present victory, but for their future political liberty and quiet. The victory for Liberalism won now, if it be decisive and com- plete, will be like the glorious fight of Worcester to CROMWELL, a ,crowning victory." Teifi side: Toryism will not lift up its head more, and the political freedom of the county will be achieved, The robust Liberalism of Cardiganshire will, we believe, prove as sterling to principle, as undaunted and as unyielding as it did in the bitter conflict of 18G8. It then fought against all odds, not only against the "lordly houses" and the combined and concentrated strength of the squires, but under all the risks and dangers of open voting, and it came out of that fierce struggle victorious. It has now no risks, no future dangers to dread. The Ballot now shields the dependent voter from (Jle evictions and the persecutions of his cowardly foe. The poison fang of Toryism has been ex- tracted by the Ballot, and it can work its mis- chievous will upon dependent tenants no longer. Henceforth every man is independent of every other man in the exercise of his franchise, for no man.can now know how another man votes. Let the voter only keep his own counsel, and no power on earth can detect how he voted. Land- lords and agents, and farm bailiffs .and clergymen, will be all foiled in the attempt. The presiding officer cannot tell, the returning officer is equally ignorant, only let the voter keep his own secret, and no man or body of men can ever discover it. This is conclusively shown in an article on the Ballpt in another column, which we commend to the attention of our readers throughout the South Wales counties. We have the fullest confidence that Cardigan- shire Liberalism will, in the struggle of to-morrow, achieve another glorious victory that it will not prove recreant to the fame and the widespread re- putation it won by its gallant fight in 1868. The sturdy Nonconformist principle is instinct with life and vigour amid those Welsh hills the manly spirit of independence which vindicated itself so triumphantly fiye years ago confronts the foe to- day with the same un quailing courage as then; that love of freedom an.1 that earnest devotion to principle which inspired the Liberal conflict in 1868 burns still with the same pure fire. and shall Cardiganshire Liberals flee before that Tory array which they drove back and scattered so ingloriously five years ago? Let them, and let the Dissenters of Cardiganshire especially, remember the wanton insults and the foul slanders which have been poured upon themselves, and upon their county by the Tory press let it not be forgotten by them that Mr. LLOYD is the nominee of the Carlton Club the elect of Teifi side Toryism, and of the Bute print; let the recollection of the insults and the scandals they have endured from Toryism and the Tory journal nlrve their arm with fuller vigour in the present struggle and in returning Mr. RICHARDS by a decisive majority they will vindicate once more their own independence and the honor of their county.

THE SHELTER OF THE BALLOT.|

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