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THE LANDLORD SCREW IN CARNARVONSHIRE. Cringing under the fear of defeat the majority of the landlords of this county ;y are putting on every effort to force their tenants to vote in fanour of Mr Pennant. We do not for a moment suppose that that gentleman specially directs that any unjust compulsion should be used; but the way in which his adulators exceed the desired use of their influence in the Tory behalf is likely not only to bring about a well-merited defeat but to expose these respectable law- breakers to the charge of a gross violation of justice. Mr Watkin Williams has carried the whole county by surprise, and he has spoken with such force to vast Audiences that the Tory attempts at oratory have been deluged; the people have been taught to grasp the questions at issue, and to pass their verdict upon the doings of a govern- ment which has set for itself a motto of glory to St. Jingo, on earth war, and ill-will towards men. The sons of Arfon have sufficient intelligence and sympathy to look over the minor considerations of doing a favour to the landlords," and we imagine the historic spirit of freedom and peace which has always teen a characteristic of our hills and vales will instil into them a courage to denounce emphatically the minis- try which has sowed the seeds of/destruction and injustice, and which is guilty of neglect at home and wrongs abroad. The represen- tation of this county had been Conservative for generations prior to 1868, when Mr Jones-Parry attacked the stronghold and carried the seat with a majority of 168. The Tory screw has been in operation since, and Mr Pennant's return in 1874 was undeniably owing to its tyrannical influence. The legal element, which is retained entirely on the side of wealthy Conservatism, goes hand in hand with the landed interest, and this com- bined power is brought to bear heavily on the ordinary tenant voter. As it was the case in the last election these zealous de- votes of the House of Penrhyn go about the country and warn tenants and workmen they must not vote contrary to their land- lords and employers. This is gross intimi- dation in itself, but they do not let matters stop at that point; they tell the innocent farmer that owing toLordPenrhyn's influence in London he can find out how any elector will vote. That is how Mr Pennant was elected in 1874, and that is the way in which he will secure a number of votes at the present election. And still Mr Pennant has the coolness to come forward and address himself to the free and indepen- dent electors of Carnarvonshire," knowing they are not free, and that the most shame- ful tyranny is brought to bear upon them It is said there are scores of farmers in Lleyn who are watched daily by the agents of their landlords, and told that they must not be misled by the Liberals as to the Ballot, that their votes can be found out and that they will be doomed if they do not vote for the Tory candidate. Now it would behove the other side to enquire into these matters, not only to extricate the innocent farmers r who are thoroughly Liberal at heart from the entanglements of these unprincipled flunkeys, but also to bring their scandalous misdeeds to the light of justice. There is not talent enough on the staff of workers to expound and advocate the principles of Toryism, and in the absence of reasoning this screw" is brought into operation. We observe that Mr H. J. Ellis Nanney has in his zeal for the success of Mr Pennant invited his tenantry to Gwynfryn, where Mr Douglas Pennant will be there to address them. This is another form of one of the oppressive wrongs which the Ballot Act was designed to remove, and we are not a little surprised that a man who holds such a high position in the administration of justice in the county should take a step which is in direct contravention to the spirit of electoral I justice. He would scarcely accord a similar favour to Mr Watkin Williams, even if that gentleman desired it, but he must imagine his tenantry are a lot of geese if he believes they can swallow the political small- talk which Mr Pennant will inflict upon them. For a man in Mr Nanney's position it would have been more becoming, and more gratifying to the farmers if he exer- cised his influence to extend their under- standing, and to teach them to think for themselves, and decide for themselves upon the principles of the two men put forward at this election. The electors, however, will not, altogether, be so easily hoodwinked as in 1874, and it is more than probable that Mr Watkin Williams will defeat all these dodges. The Tories are by no means san- guine of success, and this may account for their adopting courses which are neither just nor generous. The Hon. George Pennant must feel acutely from the very unfavourable com- parison he makes with his opponent, for he has to face a man of strong and deep rooted convictions, and who has the full courage of his convictions; he has to face a man who can enter thoroughly into the details on which the whole political fabric is based, whereas Mr Pennant cannot be accused of being an orator, and has not, that we are aware, displayed anything which would indicate that he has ever troubled himself much about politics. He could not attempt to take up any of the numerous subjects on which Mr Watkin Williams has spoken, and he has himself said very little, right or wrong, which would be worth taking up in argu- ment. In Parliament he has been a kind of Conservative dummy who could be reckoned upon to vote whenever required, and the time has come when the electors of Car- narvonshire shall decide whether their voice in the councils of the nation shall be mis- represented by a political nonentity who knows not the sentiments of his constituents nor is bold enough to form any for himself. Did it ever occur to the electors of this im- portant county that their voice was given in approval of the continuation of flogging in the army, against the Burials Bill of Mr Osborne Morgan, in support of the warlike policy of the Government in the East, and in justification of the wars in Afghanistan and in Zululand ? Is the voice of the people of Carnarvonshire favourable to a Government which would encourage slavery, and which would deny to Englishmen their Liberties ? Would the quarrymen of Bethesda and Llanberis conscientiously vote against the county franchise ? Most assuredly not, and with the aid of fearless outspoken men it is certain the county will suffer no longer that its true sentiments shall be misrepresented, notwithstanding the lying perversions of some rabid Conservatives, who go about the country to preach the most senseless trash in the interests-or rather to the detriment of the interests-of the Con servative candidate.