MR DOUGLAS PENNANT AT BANGOR. The Hon. Douglas Pennant, the Conservative candidate, addressed a crowded meeting on Saturday night last at the Bangor Skating Rink. The meeting was presided over by Major Platt, who was supported by Colonels West, Holt, and Wil- liams, Dr Richards, &c. The candidate, who met with a very cool reception, said that there were already plenty of lawyerajn Parliament, and he hoped Carnarvonshire would not add to the number. With all their abuse of Lord Beaconsfield, he had never been called a fool; and he put it to them, were they going to support that policy which had brought peace to Europe or abandon it for no one knew what, as the Liberals had no policy ? They wanted to turn out the Govern- ment, but what policy had they offer? Mr Gladstone (cheers) when appealed to, was dumb. The continuation in office of a Tory Government was the only thing which could secure peace in Europe (groans). Great things had been expected from Lord Derby, who had gone over to the Liberals, but Lord Derby had done that which no Englishman could forgive-he had deserted his pest in the time of danger. He denied that he had ever been personally averse to the Sunday Closing Bill, and he hoped that this movement, in which thA church and chapel were going hand in hand, was an augury of the removal of religious bitterness and dissensions in Wales (hear, hear). He was in favour of a grant to the University College for Wales, and should support any motion for it. As regarded a handbill which had been circulated about the detention cd shipping at the port, he had been informed by Mr Wyatt that the particular vessel had been detained at the request of the merchant, who wanted two particular kinds of slates; and, referring to another assertion that the trade was being driven away by so many slates being sent by rail, he pointed out that the mer- chants wanted their goods by the quickest despatch. He did not believe that he or the Government would have to bow their heads in the coming storm, the effects of which he awaited with great confidence.—Mr Owen and others spoke, and a vote of support was carried.
MR PENNANT AT LLANDUDNO. Mr Pennant visited Llandudno on Tuesday in company with the young heir of Mostyn and a few others. At seven o'clock a public meeting of electors was held at the Masonic Hall in support of his candidature. Both the Liberal and Conserva- tive supporters were strongly represented at the meeting. Some of the latter had come from long distances to swell their ranks, viz., Llanrwst, Trefriw, Penmachno, and Conway district. Mr Llewelyn Mostyn occupied the chair. Mr Pennant delivered an address, and defended his votes and attendance in Parliament for the last six years, and soliciting the electors to return him again to support the policy of Lord Beacons- field. Dr Nicol, J.P., proposed a vote of confi- dence in the Hon. G. S. Douglas Pennant, a\ d selecting him as a fit and proper person to re- present Carnarvonshire in Parliament. Mr Evans, Brynteg, supported the resolution, amidst signs of disapproval. The chairman called for a show of hands. At this time there was an uneasy feeling amongst the audience. Mr J. W. Rogers, auctioneer, proposed an amendment (which caused great sensation amongst the Conservatives and cheers from the Liberals) selecting Mr Watkin Williams, Q, C., as the most fit and proper person to represent the county of Carnarvon in Parlia- ment. Mr John jJones seconded the amendment., which was carried. The meeting then bruke up amidst the greatest excitement. Mr Pennant left the meeting, a special train being in readiness at the railway station for the junction.
COOL REOEPTION OF MR PENNANT AT PWLLHELI. Mr Douglas Pennant attempted to address a meeting on Wednesday from a platform erected in front of the Whitehall Hotel, Pwllheli. It being market day, the town was full of Lleyn people. Mr Pennant was absolutely refused a hearing, con- tinued cheers for Mr Watkin Williams making it impossible for the solitary reporter behind the speaker to hear. Messrs Nanney, Owen Evans, and other large and influential landowners in Lleyn tried to get a hearing, but failed.
ANGLESEY. Saturday being the weekly market at Beaumaris, Mr Richard Davies, the Liberal member, was engaged in actively canvassing the farmers, whilst his opponent, Captain Rayner, was similarly occupied at Holyhead. Mr Davies addressed meetings at Penucheldre, LlanddoLa, and Llan- goed, and was everywhere well received, and there is little doubt, despite the boasting of the other side and the territorial influence which is being brought to bear upon the farmers, that his majority will again be a substantial one. Captain Rayner addressed a meeting at Holyhead. GREAT MEETINGS AT HOLYHEAD. SPEECHES OF MR RICHARD DAVIES, M.P., AND MR OSBORNE MORGAN, M.P. On Wednesday evening a great meeting was held at Holyhead Town Hall, to hear an address from Mr R. Davies, the Liberal candidate. The Rev. W. Llojd presided, and was supported by Messrs Bulkeley Hughes, Osborne Morgan, R. C. Jones, S. Dew, G. D. Dew, Bulkeley Pryce, R. Evans, Captain Hunter, and others. The Chairman, in introducing Mr Davies, said that it was expected from Wales that in the coming contest she would return none but true Liberals who would faithfully reflect the political opinions of her people (cheers). Mr Davies, who was received with great cheer. ing, said that he had now visited nearly every part of Anglesey, and had everywhere been struck with the great spirit of enthusiasm which was manifest. The landlords and their agents were doing their best to quench and throw cold water upon the feeling of the people, but he believes the enthusiasm would intensify until the ashes of Conservatism were thoroughly scattered, and a Conservative candidate would never again dare to essay a contest in Anglesey (loud cheers). The people were beginning to feel that the franchise was a most sacred tru, and that their votes were to be given not to please their landlords, or for individual benefit, but for the interests of the community at large (hear, hear). Much was being done by the other side to try and prove that the ballot was not secret, but the electors might fully rsly upon its abselute secresy, and that no one besides themselves could know how they voted. Captain Pritchard Rayner had presumably come forward as the farmers' friend," but the farmers had by this time discovered that he was no friend of theirs, but that he was put forward as the friend really of the landlords themselves (hear, hear). In a Welsh speech of some length, Mr Davies condemned the gunpowder and glory policy of the Government and their neglect of home legislation, and called upon the electors to again return him by a substantial majority, and show that Wales had had enough of Lord Beaconsfield and his policy, and that she wanted Gladstone— (cheers) -Bright -(cheei s) -and Lord Hartington —(cheers)—back in power (cheers). Mr Bulkeley Hughes, who met with an enthus- iastic reception, proposed a resolution thanking Mr Davies for his past services, and pledging the meeting to support him at the general election. He pointed out that Mr Davies had always stood up in Parliament for the interests of the Princi- pality, and he had no hesitation in saying that he would represent Anglesey in Parliament for many years to come (cheers). Mr Osborne Morgan, who seconded the vote, said that he willingly acceded to the request of Mrs Davies, who was braving the fatigues, he had almost said the dangers, of the election, but happily the Tories of Anglesey did not stone women—(hear, hear)—to assist in her husband's candidature. When he first heard of the candida- ture of Captain Pritchard Rayner, his first difficulty was to believe that it was seriously meant. Many would remember how, twelve years ago, Mr Davies struck the keynote of Liberalism in Wales, and emboldened others to follow through the gap he had created in the strongholds of Conservatism (cheers). Six years rolled on, and a gentleman who had always been associated with a popular and honoured name in Anglesey came forward and challenged the seat, but with what result ? He was beaten into a cocked hat (laughter). And did they think that Captain Pritchard Rayner could ever succeed where Captain Bulkeley had failed ? (hear, hear). The gallant captain, in his address to the electors, had said that he would not enter into the political questions of the day, which was a very wise and prudent resolve on his part, because, when a man had nothing to say, it was best for him to say nothing ("Hear, hear," and laughter). For five years of the time Mr Davies and himself had sat in Parliament, the destinies of th e country had been presided over by a statesman whose name would long live in the memory of and be treasured in the hearts of Welshmen — he meant Mr Gladstone (cheers). Take one measure of Mr Gladstone's Government-the Ballot Bill-which gave pro- tection to the people when voting, and the conduct of those who told them there was no protection or secrecy in the ballot, could only be expressed in a monosyllable of three words—take the measure and place it against all the measures passed by Lord Beaconsfield's Government, the Water Bill thrown in, and they wouldfindit would weigh them alldown. The only two questions the Government had been in earnest about were the Royal Titles Bill and the army and navy cat (" hear, hear," and laughter). Beyond that they had done nothing, and that was why obstruction had flourished. Did the obstruc- tionists ever try to stop any of Mr Gladstone's measures ? Why they might as well have tried to stop a train with cobwebs (cheers). The obstruc- tionists had been the best friends of the Govern- ment, because they had enabled them to put for- ward an excuse for their neglect of legislation at home (cheers). Captain Rayner appealed to the tenant farmers, but what had a Tory Government done for the farmers ? Before getting into power they talked a good deal about the repeal of the malt tax. They had six millions of surplus left by Mr Gladstone at their disposal, but they had not touched the tenant- farmer with their little finger —(cheers)—and he hoped the farmers would con- trast their present position with what it was when Mr Gladstone was in power, for the harvest they were reaping was not the effects of bad weather, but the result of their own felly (cheers). Captain Rayner said that Anglesey was an agricultural county; but was she not also a Nonconformist county-a county which had been termed the most Nonconformist of Nonconformist Wales? (cheers). The present Government had three years ago dis- covered that the exclusion of Nonconformist ministers from the churchyards and the burial of dissenters was, after all, merely a sanitary ques- tion, and the bill they brought forward for the provision of cemeteries would have cost the country at the least £ 2,500,00ft, and at the highest £ 6,000,000 (" shame "). The House of Lords could not stand this, and the bill was dropped like a hot potatoe, and the next time Captain Rayner ad- dressed the electors of Anglesey he hoped they would hear from him what were his views on the Burials Bill (cheers). After referring to the in- creased national expenditure of the Tory Govern- I meut and to the financial reform. eiiojtea by Lir Gladstone, and expressing confidence iu the success of the candidature of Jh Davies. tit., speaker re, sumed his seat amidst loud eluvrin-. Dr Rees, Chester, snpporrea the ■ solir .<>••, which was carried with euttiu-iidsm, "ioU the ceedings terminated with the usual vote of tl.».»tk« to the chairman.
THE ANGLESEY BOROUGHS. Mr Fanning Evans, with some of his Amlwch supporters, drove to Holyhead on Saturday, and was met by numbers of supporters and cheered. He addressed an open-air meeting at three o'clock, when there was a numerous gathering. The chair- man, Mr Joseph Williams, said that Mr Evans would contradict every word v\ hich had been said about his political views at Mr Morgan Lloyd's meeting the previous night. On coming forward, Mr Evans was cheered. He said that in his can- didature in opposition to Mr Lloyd he would do nothing but what was fair between man and man, between Welshman and Welshman. Some people had said that his reception in Holyhead was not real, but he could see that it was real, and from his observation in the county it was his firm belief that the feeling of Anglesey borough electors was that an Anglesey man should represent them. He said he was in favour of Sunday closing. As to the Burials Bill, he was of the same opinion as Lord Hartington, also with regard to the foreign policy of the Government. Upon the disestablishment question he was of the same opinion as Mr Gladstone, and would warmly support any reasonable measure for the further- ance of temperance. It had been said that he was going to split the Liberal interest. He was doing no such thing; and should a Conservative offer himself with such influence as to call for one Liberal to retire, he would stand with Mr Morgan Lloyd with a coin and say heads or tails, and so stand or fall. It had been rumoured by the opposite side that he was coming under false colours. He scouted such an idea. He was a thorough Liberal, and whatever was said to the contrary was false. His flag was the union jack of England, which he had nailed to the mast, and it would not be hauled down whilst there was a shot left in the locker. The opposite party might rail and say what they liked against him. He would not follow them, but would always give them the right hand of friendship. His motto now was No surrender," and he wished it to be clearly understood he wanted no coerced vote nor any great man's influence.- In the evening another meeting was addressed by Mr Evans at the same place, when he emphatically refuted the statements made by Mr Morgan Lloyd's people about him. After the meeting his horses were taken out of his trap, and he was dragged along by willing hands past the railway station. At the same time that Mr Evans held his second meeting, Mr Morgan Lloyd addressed a very large open-air meeting in front of the Marine Hotel, and after the meeting terminated he was dragged through the town in a carriage by a number of suppoiters, who cheered loudly all the way. Several public meetings have been held by both the candidates for the Anglesey boroughs, and much excitement has prevailed everywhere. Mr Morgan Lloyd i3 supported by the Rev Wm. Lloyd, the Independent minister, whilst Mr Fanning Evans is championed by Mr Joseph Williams and Mr Elliott. Mr Morgan Lloyd addressed a meeting of electors at Llangefni on Tuesday. The people of Llangefni had made preparations to give him a splendid reception. He was met at the railway station by a large number of supporters, and a carriage in which he and Mrs Lloyd were was dragged through the streets, the procession being headed by the Llangefni brass band. The school- room in which the meeting was held was crowded in every part with an enthusiastic audience. An attentive hearing was given to a lengthy address of Mr Lloyd. Sir Fanning Evans addressed the electors at the Town Hall, Holyhead, and emphatically refuted the statement which had been made that he was not a Liberal. A resolution pledging the meeting to support his candidature was unanimously passed. A few disturbers in the meeting were ejected. After the meeting Mr Evans was drawn through the streets in a carriage by a large number of his supporters.
DENBIGH BOROUGHS- Sir Robert Cunliffe, Bart., addressed a crowded meeting on Thursday night at Denbigh. Mr. Gold Edwards, chairman of the Liberal Association pres- iding. Sir Robert was accompanied by Lady Cun- liffe, supported by all the local Liberal leaders, and received a mo&t enthusiastic reception, an over- flow meeting having to be held, which was presided over by Mr. Henry Chambres, of Liverpool and Denbigh.—The Chairman said the affection felt for their retiring member would last through life, and he called for cheers for Mr. Williams's bold enter- prise in Carnarvonshire.—Sir Robert affirmed that the Goverment had passed no first-class measures, but had attempted to pass some bad and reactionary ones, like the Endowed School Act. t He supported the Burials Bill, and denounced the attempt of the Goverment to make the burial of dissenters a matter of sanitary leeislation. He exposed the extravagance of the Ministry, which had raised the floating debt from XI,000,000 to over £ 30,000,000. He charged upon the Goverment that by their policy, which had been a mixture of rash- ness and feebleness, they had brought the country to the verge of war, and produced a sense of insecurity which bad prolonged and aggravated the depression of trade. They were constantly involving the country in trouble.—Dr Thomas (Liverpool) and the Rev. Hugh Jones (Chester) also spoke.
MERIONETHSHIRE ELECTION. Public meetings, over which Col. Evans Lloyd, of Moel-y-garnedd, Bala, presided, and several others heartily assisting in the Liberal cause, and the candidature of Samuel Holland, Esq., took place at Corwen and Cynwyd on Monday last. Henry Robertson, Esq., of Pale, Corwen, the Liberal member for Shrewsbury, wrote to the local secretary, Mr Evan James, solicitor, thus:- Pale, Corwen, 20th March, 1880. Dear Sir.—I wish every success to the Liberal cause in Merionethshire; and as the voters have now got the ballot, and no one can tell how they vote, I hope they wi I defeat all solicitations of landlords and agents, and please themselves.— I remain, yours very truly, HEN*HY ROBERTSON.
THE WELSH CONTESTS. We do not profess to understand exactly what Lord George Hamilton means by making it hot" for the Liberals during the forthcoming elections. If, however, we were asked to point out what an old sportsman would describe as a particularly "warm corner" for Conservatives, we should select that part of North Wales which Mr Glad- stone probably had most vividly in his mind when, on his recent journey to Scotland, he held up the steadfast loyalty of the Welsh to Liberal principles as an example to the whole of the United Kingdom. Staunchly faithful to its tradi- tions, the Principality is no less staunchly faithful to those who have shown themselves its true friends. If Mr Gladstone, burdened with the weight of a huge national movement, and busy with the plans of his own hand-to hand struggle in Midlothian, can yet find time to drop a word of sympathy and encouragement for his Welsh neighbours whom he has left behind him, the Welshmen, on their side, are not wanting in enthusiasm for the great cause he has at heart. We are not speaking so much of the tumultu- I ous bursts of cheering with which his name is in. variably received at the Liberal meetings, as of 0 i tht, xU'Vuu; 7 ill; ;h the v.'h:ie business of the I elections, and especially those for Carnarvonshire and the Flint our JUghs is being conducted. One "es not g-), perhaps, so far as the Rev. Duncan M'Gregor, who wants to bring in a "Burials i-ii'.l" for the interment of the whole Tory party; ,,i,t tlier,, is eloquent meaning in the refusal of i lie G; aethbrass band to welcome with their ,traiiis the Conservative candidate for Carnaivjnsiiire when he visited Llandudno. It was not thus when Mr Watkin Williams went to the town. On that occasiou they turned out voluntarily, and put themselves at the head of the immense crowd which assembled to meet the Liberal candidate and accompanied him to St. George's Hail. When musio becomes political it is not easy to assign limits to the popular enthusiasm for the cause to which it lends its harmonious aid. The thorough-going Liberalism of the constituencies to which Mr John Roberts and Mr Watkin Williams are appealing is also shown by the presence at their meet-' ings of the chief local authorities. In one place it is the chairman of the commissioners in another it is the chairman of the school board; and in another one of the aldermen, in the absence, through illness, of the mavor. who Dre- side at the meetings which are held to hear addresses from the Liberal candidates. It is substantial signs like these which give reality to the popular enthusiasm which the mere presence of the candidates evokes wherever they go. If, however, the constituencies are of the right metal, not less so are the candidates themselves. Both Mr Watkin Williams and Mr John Roberts are tried men, Liberal to the core. Their principles have been tested not merely in local conflict but in the wider area of parliamentary action; and they have never been found wanting. Of Mr Watkin Williams' services to the cause it is impossible to speak too highly. A Welshman himself, his com- patriots have every reason to be proud of him. He has exceptional aptitudes for the solid work of legislation. As a debator he is ready, earnest, and eloquent. His abilities combined with his experience give him the same weight with the House of Commons which he exercises when addressing a popular audience. The success with which he assaulted and won the Conservative strong hold of Denbigh in 1868 will not readily be forgotten. Nor will it easily pass out from the memories of his countrymen that the qualities by which he attained and has everg since held the seat have always been placed at the service of the Principality. Whatever cause has been upper- most in the minds of Welshmen has invariably found in .1r Watkin Williams an able and con- sistent advocate. In Mr John Roberts, although his length of service has been shorter than that of Mr Watkin Williams, the Principality has an equally sterling, earnest, and able representative of its interests. Although an untried man in parliamentary life at the time he was elected, his qualities both of head and of heart were well known to the constituency who returned him. Much was expected of him, and iu no one parti- cular has the performance fallen short of the promise. Looking through the division lists, we find no two names occurring with greater constancy than those of Mr Watkin Williams and Mr John Roberts and it is needless to say that they have always been on the right side. Whatever other members of the Liberal party may have been allured from by the will o* the wisp policy of Lord Beaconsfield, or whoever elee may have become too weary and hopeless to give expression to his convictions in a useless vote against an overwhelming majority, the candidates for Carnarvonshire and the Flint boroughs were always found amongst the faithful few who had the .courage, so characteristic of their race from which they spring, to boldly give the countenance of their support to a losing cause. Of their strenuous efforts on behalf of universitv education in Wales, of the Burials Bill, or of the many other directions in which they have endeavoured to promote the interests of the Principality, we shall not pause to speak now. A far greater issue is before the country. The one preliminary to every kind of legislation, is to get rid of the one hindrance to all legislation, namely, the present Government Un til Lord Beaconsfield and his colleagues are removed from office there is no hope of carrying Welsh measures of reform, or any other measures that are likely to be of benefit to the people at large, or to any con- siderable section of the people. There is no need to go over again the ground which has been so eloquently gone over already by Mr Watkin Wil- liams and Mr John Roberts at the various meetings they have addressed. Mr Watkin Williams put his finger upon the key of the whole position when he challenged Lord Beaconsfield's dangerous doctrine that the world must be governed by sovereigns and statesmen. It is this systematic ignoring of the representative principle of our British form of government, and an equally sys- tematic and cynical indifference to the rights of the people everywhere, which render the con- tinuance in office of the present Ministry so peri- lous both to our well-being at home and the bene- ficence of our influence abroad. Lord Beaconsfield looks upon the State as a locomotive, whereof the sovereign is the owner and he the driver, and into which the people are to be shovelled and poure d like coals and water to get up the steam for any enterprise upon which it may please him, and the Sovereign, under his advice, to embark. The one thing to be settled at the forthcoming elections is whether the constituencies of the United Kingdom agree with him in this view of the helplessly passive part they are to play in shaping their own destinies. It is fortunate, as Mr Roberts says, that the issue appears to be narrowed to this point in the coming contests, not only in Wales, but everywhere else; and we trust with him that, notwithstanding the desperate efforts of the Government to the contrary, it will he complicated by no side issues whatever. In this case we have no fear of the result. But whilst thus claiming support for the Liberal candidates in Carnarvonshire and the Flint boroughs, we must not forget that there are other important Welsh constituencies in North Wales from whom much is expected at the present crisis in our national history. The seat for Anglesey, which has never yet been filled by a Conservative, is again assailed. Captain P. Rayner, a Tory of the most pronounced type, opposes the return of Mr Richard Davies, who at the election in 1874 polled two to one ever his then political adversary. It is gratifying to find that the enthusiasm for the old member, who has faithfully discharged his duty as a parliamentary representative, and has been truly loyal to the party whose principles he professes, leaves little doubt of the result. In the Anglesey boroughs we regret to find that a Liberal is opposing a Liberal. Mr Morgan Lloyd, Q.O., the sitting member, is opposed by Mr Fanning Evans, a man of local influence. There is no doubt that if a candidate had been required no better man than Mr Evans could be found, but Mr Morgan Lloyd is in possession of the seat. He has for six years represented and worked hard for the interests of his constituents and it seems rather incongruous that, in the present vital struggle to oust the Tory Government from the power which they have misapplied to the injury of the country, a Liberal as true to his principles as Mr Evans is, should by any act of his, countenance the attempt to breed discord and opposition in the party to which he belongs. We trust that some means will be taken before the day of election to re-unite the party, and not let it be said that in the hour of trial any section of the Liberals of Beaumaris dis- trict proved faithless to the principles they profess, and through personal and petty dissensions allowed a Tory to be, for the first time since the passing of the Reform Act, their misrepresentative in Parliament. In conclusion, we say that much depends upon Wales, for, left to itself, England, chiefly through. its counties, invariably returns a Tory majority, and it is therefore to Wales and the two sister kingdoms that we must look for a continuance in the future of that progressive development in the free institutions and material resources of our common country for which they have done so much. in the past.-Liverpool Mercury.
ful, friends, and p-ofitable to b?th sides. The rii*^1011 tiie couut:ry had been reduced b Mr Udadstone during his administration b many millions of: money. He had taken oil' t ix^ amounting to twelve or thirteen millions iu tiie yar and although lie had done that, such w is his skill in doing, aud such was his management, of theway it was done, that our incom/ instead, of falling off, showed every year an increasing surplus, so that at the end of his administration, While every business in the country was thriving, labourer's wages were high, shop-keepers profits had never known such a state of prosperity previously, professional men could hardly get through their work—everywhere there was thriving prosperity at he end of his administra- tion, and in the last year the income had reached the unexampled position of there being a surplus of SIX millions of money over the expenditure (cheers). Who fought for free trade, he should like? to know ?' ("The Liberals"). Who fought against free trade? (" The Tories"). Let them not forget all these things. Let them not delude themselves With the notion that it was changed. It was sub- dued for a time, it was quieted for a considerable time, but it was now up again, and if they give Lord Beaconsfield another turn of power they would learn the folly of it with a vengeance in this Country (cheers). In contrasting the two Govern- ment, the hon. gentleman said for the first year the Tory Government, with that great surplus in hand, commenced by making a small reduction upon the income tax. Ever since that period what had hap- pened? There had been increased expenditure, Increased taxation, a continuous and perpetual de- ficit upon our balance sheet instead of a surplus, and during this last year, in place of a surplus of SIx millions a year, they had a deficit of eight Millions. The average expenditure, during Mr Gladstone's time was 711 millions a year, the aver- age during Lord Beaconsfield's Administration has been 80^ millions (" Shame "). Now, in addition to that, we have got that floating debt which every Government had to resort to for the convenience of Paying its way for the moment. The floating debt Which Mr Gladstone reduced to a little over four millions stood at that moment by the confession of the Chancellor of the Exchequer at the startling sum of thirty millions of money (''Shame"). These expenses which had been incurred by the Government were expenses which ought to be paid out of the income. They had no right to throw them upon posterity. They ought to piy their way as thev went on (applause). Why was it that during these years commerce was 80 dull ? why was it that trade had so fled, that iu all the industries there was depression, and no life itl anything, or anywhere? Was it want of money? No! There were accumulations of money in this country. Look at the mnds. They were never higher than they were now. It showed that money was stagnant, and peopie did not know What to do with it. It was accumulating in banks, treasurers, and pockets, and people were afraid ot investing it. Why was that ? It was because they had no confidence in the stability of the action and the conduct of the present Government (cheers). He would ask their attention away from these things. In the first place, were they in Carnarvon in favour of equalising the county and the borough franchise? (" Yes.") What on earth was the sense of a man having a vote in a house in Car- narvon, while another man who lives just outside, and had a house and paid rates, had no voice in the government of his country ? Now, the Liberal party, as a whole, are pledged to a measure of that description, and he, for his own part, refers only to his votes upon that subject as having consistently and invariably voted in favour of it (cheers). Then there was the Burials Bill. He need not dwell upon that. The wonder to him was,being himself a Churchman, that the Churchpeople, and above all the parsons, continued to resist it. The bigotry and insensible obstinacy of the men to him was beyond credibility (applause). We were the only country in Europe, he believed, in which such a State of things existed (cheers). We were probably not arrogating too much to ourselves when we say that a more loyal and law-abiding people does not. exist in the British Empire than the people of Wales (cheers). And yet our local interests, when they are presented to the Imperial Legislature, Were not treated with. common justice and atten- tion. But he was bound to tell them, the electors of Carnarvonshire, that they were not frea from responsibility in that matter because when P. matter was brought before the House of Commons for the endowment of the higher education in Wales we had the melancholy and painful reflection cast in our teeth that one of our great constituencies, being the most Nonconformist constituency in the Whole of Noith Wales, was not there to back us up by their vote. Were they not resolved that the interests of Wales in tie matter of higher educa- tion should be listen d to in. the House of Com- mons ? (" Yes.") Then there was one way, and only one way of showing it, and that was by their votes at this election (cheers). Speaking of the disestablishment d disendowment of the Church, he said, for the life of him could he see neither justice, nor reason, nor policy in maintaining that establishment. He would always be in favour of the disestablishment of the Church (cheers). In conclusion, he referred to the outrage at Bethesda, and said that the carriage in which he and his party were seated galloped for about two hundred yards through successive volley of stones ("Shame"). Excited boys were not the delin- quents, but men who had waylaid the party. As the carriage proceeded along, a number of men feU upon its occupants in silence and comparative darkness. One of the mob actually seized him by the coat and endeavoured to pull him out of the. carriage ("Shame"). That was the treatment which he had suffered whilst he was returning from Bethesda, a treatment which the Oonserva- tives had done their utmost to minimise. He gave them his word of honour that this had actually taken place. The Bethesda meeting was a warm and cordial one, and the noble quarrymen had thoroughly respected him. He hoped that all his true supporters would make no attempt at re- taliation, but would endeavour to fight the battle of Liberalism with a cheerful heart and with good humour. They must not be content with onthus- jaim. What would determine the election on tile polling day would not be enthusiasm, cheers and public meeting!, but it would be the steady deter- mination by which the electors would bring up their friends to the poll to record their votes for the Liberal candidate. He believed that the electors of Carnarvonshire would have the satisfaction of taking their part in displacing from power one of the most mischievous Governments that had ever eat in Downing-street and that they would restore Lord Hartington, Mr Gladstone, and Mr Bright to power, and bring back to our beloved country that policy dear to the Liberal cause, which would re- sult in peace, prosperity, and plenty (loud and pro- longed cheers). Mr Hugh Pugh proposed —That this meeting having heard Mr Watkin Williams' statement of his views on the most important questions before the country, approves of him as candidate for the county of Carnarvon, and hereby pledges itself to. use every effort to seeure his return (cheers) He was perfectly sure that the great majority of those present were of the same opinion as their worthy candidate, and he sincerely hoped that thev would, at the polling booths when the day came, record their votes in Mr Williams' favour (loud cheers). He was very pleased to announce that their worthy neighbour Lord Newborough (loud cheers) was a strong supporter of their worthy can- didate (loud and continued applause, and three cheers for Lord Newborough). Dr E. H Ellis, Bangor, who was very warmly re- ceived, said he had great pleasure in seconding the resolution moved by Mr Pugh. He wished to clear the way as to what had lately been said as to Mr Watkin Williams being a stranger (cries of No, no "). He would not have said a word abo,.it this if the Tory paper had not raised the question and made it the subj ect of a chief leading article. Every one of them knew Lord Penrhyn. His lordship was one of the most estimable gentlemen in the county, worthy of emulation by everyone But who were the chief officials of Lord Penrhyn ? (voice, They are Scotchmen "). Yes, he goes to England and Scotland for h;" euiploycs. Who is < olonel West? An Englishman. And who is Mr \V*v.-jitt? An Irishman, Lnt he !loud laughter). Aud who is Mr Smith, Tyiiu*vydd ? A Scotchman! (laughter). The Tories should not ask why they had invited a stranger-the. had plenty of them al- ready in Wales. They in Carnarvonshire need not have gone so far as Lord Penrhyn for men. They only went to the next county, and there they had a Welshman than whom they could not get his better (loud applause). If there were anyone in Carnarvonshire that should not speak on this, Mr Pennant was that man. Who ever saw the face of Mr Pennant, he should like to know, from the last election till now, unless it was at shooting time ? (loud laughter). The meeting was also addressed in support of the resolution by the Revs Joseph Jones, Menai Bridge, and Evan Jones, Moriah, Carnarvon. The resolution having been put to the meeting, and unanimously carried, Mr W. Bulkeley Hughes, M.P., was then called upon to address the meeting, and was received with great enthusiasm. He said he would only say a few words upon that glorious occasion. They had come there to support one of the most talented Welshmen in the kingdom, and he (the speaker) came there as an old elector t > support him, and to show them that he had Welsh blood in him (cheers). Referring to the Hon. Mr Pennant, he said it had been well said that they had been indebted to his father for many privileges which they had received at his hands, He had been their representative in the House of Commons for many years, and had served them better than his son had done (cheers). But he hoped they would soon have a better one in Mr Watkin Williams (loud cheers). He would not go over the portion that Mr Watkin Williams had stated, but would endorse all that had been said. He hoped the dav would soon come when they would return Mr Watkin Williams as their representative to Par- liament (applause). Though a deal had been dene in speeches, let it not rest there, but let them go to the poll and do their duty like Welshmen (cheers). Mr John Davies (Gwyncddon) then proposed a resolution to the effect that that meeting, having heard the address of Mr W. Bulkelcy Hughes, M P., it expresses its unabated confidence in him as their representative in Parliament. The proposition was seconded by the Rev. J. Alun Roberts, in a telling Welsh speech, in which he warned them against being misled by the promises of the Tories, for by their works ye shall know them" (hear, hear). Mr John Evans, Cae Lienor, also supported the resolution, and referred to the fact that it had been said that Mr W. Bulkeley Hughes', great sin was that he was too old. But he would show them that Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, Bart., M. P., had, during the present Parliament attended 51 divisions, that the Hon. Mr Pennant, their present member for the county, had made 275 attendances, but that Mr Bulkeley Hughes, notwithstanding his advanced age, had attended 313 divisions (loud cheers) Mr W. Bulkeley Hughes, on rising, was again loudly cheered. He said if ever he ought to feel proud, it was on that occasion. He had, as had been told them that evening, represented those boroughs for 37 years, almost successively • applause.) He had had many a struggle, and he had been successful in all but one--(hear, hear)— when his seat was taken through Conservative influence, but eventually the gentleman had the honesty to retire in his favour, and in 1868 he was again returned. It might be a fault that he was was too old—(" No! ")—but he could not give up his seat, and he did not intend to (applause). He would stick to his colours while he was able (cheers). He thanked them for having placed so much confidence in him, and for electing him so often as their representative (loud cheers). Mr Watkin Williams (who spoke in Welsh) had great pleasure in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding at that meeting. Mr W. Bulkeley Hughes seconded the pro- position, also in Welsh, and said he was sure if Mrs Watkin Williams could speak to them in their native tongue she would do so, but he would ask them to give her "three times three." She was like every good wife,, following her husband wherever he went (loud laughter). He hoped she would follow him to the poll, and that his name would be placed at the head (cheers). The Chairman having acknowledged the thanks for presiding, one of the largest and most enthusiastic political assemblages which ever met together in the Principality was brought to a close. MR WATKIN WILLIAMS AT BETHEL. On Tuesday evening Mr Watkin Williams pro- ceeded from Portdinorwic, amid the greatest enthusiasm. The chair was taken by the Rev R. W. Griffith, Independent minister, Bethel, and after warning the electors to stand firm in the great political contest, he called upon The Rev Evan Jones, Carnarvon, to propose the following resolution:—" That this meeting being perfectly convinced [of the close connection existing between the prosperity of religion and a wise and just Government, think it necessary to protest against the foreign policy of the present advisers of her Majesty, and consider it a duty on every true subj ect and Christian, to support the return of a Parliament opposed to unjustified wars, and in favour of temperance, religious equality, and national retrenchment. And after hearing Mr Watkin Williams, the Liberal candidate's strong and expressive address, wish to congratulate him upon his visit to Carnarvonshire, and also wish him success at the coming contest, and we sincerely offer our most assiduous support in our power to return the honourable member to represent Carnarvonshire in Parliament." In a Jengthy speech he urged the electors to be punctual at the booth and vote for Mr Watkin Williams (cheers). Mr W. J. Williams, accountant, tamarvun, seconded the resolution, which was also supporte1 by the Rev Isaiah Jones, Rhiwlas, and carried with acclamation. Mr Watkin Williams, who was greatly cheered, said that they must not forget that he was as much of a Welshman as any present (cheers). He had come there that evening to place before them a very momentous question, a question which is being discussed by all in this great country at present, and, indeed, it was the most im- portant question that had been placed before them for a long, long time. That question was, whether they would return Lord Beaconsfield again into power, or Gladstone and Bright ("Gladstone and Bright.") He should like to call their attention for a few minutes to the great question which had to be decided by the electors of this country. No one now living could remember a more impor- tant crisis than the present. The issue of this deadly struggle now raging between the two great parties would be either for or against civil and religious liberties; the rights and liberties of a free and independent people-who have been and still are despised and ignored by the man who has been ruling the country for the last seven years. He could not help thinking that they had had enough of Lord Beaconsfield. For how many years had they been fighting for the liberation of religion from the fetters of that odious union with the state, and for equalisation of all the different sects and creeds in this country P Did they re- member the time when no perpon would be allowed to hold an office under the Government of their own country, nor be allowed to partake of privi- leges in our great institutions of learning-the time when even the ratepayers in our towns were not allowed to elect persons to manage their affairs for them, without their being members of the Church of England? ("Shame.") Who gave us free trade'? But they recollected the fight they had to make for all the reforms and improvements that have been brought about for generations and generations. The old Tory spirit remained the same now as formerly. Give Lord Beaconsfield a chance, and they would have a full taste of what he had in store for them. He (Mr Williams) was proud to have the chance of standing side by side with his fellow-countrymen to fight the great power of the house of Penrhyn, anci the domineer- ing policy of Lord Beaconsfield. He knew they had strong and rich opponents, and that he was but a poor individual himself; but he was proud to see his own countryman coming forward and standing by him to fight in the interest of the great cause. If they would stand by him he would stand by them and, should he be sent to represent them in Parliament, the consciousness that they had had a hard fight for it would give him more strength to spealt and act for them in the great councils of the nation (hear, hear, and cheers). He desired to ask them in Wales whether they did not desire to look out for their own inter- ests-not personal interest, but national—whether they did not desire to receive a different treatment from the Government to what they had received at the hands of Lord Beaconsfield's Government? Sad they no improvements and reforms in view that they should like to see being carried out in Wales ? Because they stand up for what they con- sider their rights and liberties, though they do it in a manner which he (Mr Williams) would abomin- ate. They send men up to the House of Commons as their representatives who must and will be listened to, though often to the obstruction of the House. Why were we, in Wales, who hold our be- loved Sovereign in as high a respect as any people in this great country, and are as loyal as any within the boundary of the British Empire, so much neglected and forgotten ? We had applied for a Government endowment towards our Univer- sity College in Aberystwith-a decent and a reasonable request; but what had been the result ? They laughed at us, sneered at us, and they do did not pay any attention to us. But he must ask them whether they were certain that they themselves were not to be blamed for this. Was it not upon their own shoulders ? We would scorn to adopt the measures which the Irish had adopted to claim their rights. There was another way to compel them to give us our rights, attend to the policy. If people wanted their rights they must stand up for them themselve3. He listened with regret to the account given by his friend Mr W. J. Williams at that meeting of the ravages committed by rabbits on the property of the farmers in this district. He might state that some three weeks or a month ago he voted for the total abolition of the game laws (applause). They were destructive to the farmers, whose property were destroyed by creatures that were reared on the land for the sake of rendering some favoured few pleasure. The law authorizing persons to place distress for rent on the poor farmers also ought to be abolished. The Sunday Closing measure also was another bill that ought to be passed. He had voted for the bill (which is now law) for Ireland, and he would take part, and had taken part, with Mr John Roberts' bill for Wales. As to the Ballot, the Tories were taking much trouble to assert that it was not secret. Why? What was their reason for asserting such a thing. Were they afraid of the results of the election, and did they want to impress upon the minds of the voters that they could be found out ? It looked like it. Mr Williams said that before he would close his address he would ask them all not to be over- confident as to the result of this election. Hard battles and grand armies had' been lost before this through over-confidence He exhorted them to work, and work with a will. They could not spare a single vote in this county at present. If they should send a Tory as their re- presentative to Parliament, they must not talk about their rights and bewail their inability to get proper attention paid to them. People would only point to Carnarvonshire and say that it was the stronghold of Toryism and that the people of Carnarvonshire did not want any reforms and im- provements. Was it not perfectly anomalous that a county full of Nonconformists should send up to Parliament as the representative of their wishes and views a man who was an enemy to their dear- est wishes for improvement and reform; a man who upheld the principles of a Government so op- posed to civil and religious liberty as the Govern- ment that was just passing away was ? They would be proud to win the battle, and he would be still more proud to be able to present himself at Parlia- ment, and tell them there that he had been sent by Carnarvonshire to speak out for the rights, civil and religious, of the constituents, and that the voice of Carnarvonshire was "down with the Tory Government and Lord Beaconsfield" (hear, hear, and cheers). He hoped they would all do their duty conscientiously at the coming election day, and that they would do their share to send up a Government that would bring with it peace, pros- perity, and plenty (loud and continued applause). Addresses were subsequently delivered by Mr W. D. Prichard (Ebenezer), Mr Hugh Pugh, Car- narvon, Mr T. J. Williams, the Rev Rees Jones, &c., and the meeting terminated. On Wednesday evening Mr Watkin Williams held a meeting at Llanrug, where there was a large attendance. +.