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MR BOWEN ROWLANDS WITH- DRAWS. MR BOWEN ROWLANDS'S withdrawal from the candidature of East Glamorgan cannot take any one by surprise. His first appear- ance in the field was a mistake, if not worse. His prospects, at tho most hopeful period of his candidature, were very poor, and to those who are well acquainted with the constituency it is well known that they did not brighten towards the close. In the significantly undated letter in which he takes leave of his supporters, he gives, as his reason for withdrawing, the appearance of a Tory candidate, but the Tory Candidate could not reach the head of the poll, whether opposed by a divided Liberal party or not. The Eastern Division is too strongly Radical even for Mr BOWEN ROWLANDS, whose poli- tical opinions have. never been sufficiently pronounced for any Radical constituency. His insinuation that Mr ALFRED THOMAS should have shown his loyalty to the Liberal cause by quitting the field is ludicrous enough when one remembers that there was never a doubt as to Mr THOMAS'S prospects. There were some who main- tained that the Association had been wrongly constituted, and that unfair means had been adopted to secure Mr ALFRED THOMAS'S success, but the result has rather proved the contrary. From the first the electors have shown by their enthusiastic reception of Mr THOMAS who was their candidate, and we may with all charity add that, if the popular welcome accorded to Mr THOMAS had been accorded to Mr ROWLANDS, the latter would not have left his opponent in possession of the field. Mr ROWLANDS knows perfectly well that he was not the choice of the Three Hundred. There could not, at any time, be any doubt about that. He was the nominee of a small party evidently bent from the very first upon bringing him out, and when he knew that Mr THOMAS had been selected, his loyalty to the Liberal cause should have restrained him from taking a single step forward. Now, however, he has withdrawn, and we do not wish any bitter memory of the rent to endure. We hope the party will once more unite. The times are serious. Never before was the Liberal party called upon as they are now to band themselves together for their country's well-being. Cordial co-operation, not mere refraining from hostility is imperatively demanded of all the members of the party. We hope the minority will return to the camp, and that the majority will give them a cordial welcome, so that, uniting all their forces, they may not only show the few Tories in the Division how hopeless their contest is, but that they I may also stir one another up to that de- gree of enthusiasm which in these days ia much to be desired. As for Mr BOWEN ROWLANDS he. may comfort Mmeelf with the reflection that his country needs him yet. If he be a sturdy Radical, there are constituencies in Wales in which a thorough-going Radical would receive an ovation. We will venture to say that several of the candidates have been selected by constituencies which would almost certainly have chosen more thorough-going representatives if they had come forward. The representation of Wales will not be, even in the next Parliament, all that it should be, and those men of means and of leisure whose sym- pathies are with the people cannot fail ere long to find that they are wanted in order to strengthen the influence of the true Welsh party in the House of Commons.




ILON DON JLETTiil ----_.--..---