A LIBERAL WARNING. Already the results of the Liberal victory are so magnificent and the rejection of sham Imperialism so crushing that it will take some weeks before the Liberal party have sobered down. They have already begun to look out for the spoils of victory, and each wing of the party considers itself entitled to the first share of the plunder. It will never do for the Liberals to repeat the mistake of the Highlanders, and fall to quarrelling over the booty before they have made quite sure that the enemy may not rally. Already there are signs of division in the Liberal camp, and there is much need of a Com- mander of such authority that his very presence may awe the mutinous into sub- mission. For this reason it is well that the Midlothian Election is over, and in Mr Gladstone's return nothing to prevent his making his presence felt South of the Tweed. In one respect the Liberals are fortunate. The elections could not come off at a more convenient time for them. The new Parliament cannot settle down to work and the Liberal Ministry after their re-elect- ion settle down into office much sooner than by the middle of May. By that time we shall be over the Whitsun holidays, and the second and shorter portion of the Session is all that remains for the legislation. Under these circumstances no Ministry, though loaded to the muzzle with Liberal measures and sent up to Westminster with a mandat Imperatif from their constituents, can be ex- pected to do much at such a late stage of the Session. Time will be given for public opinion to mature itself on a number of questions of the first importance, but con- cerning which hasty legislation would do more harm than good. Take the Land question for instance, which many ardent liberals put at the very top of the poll. It is not to be settled out of hand by any one sweeping measure. A great many reforms of tenure, some of them involving legal points of a highly technical character, and all affecting that most Conservative of bodies, the family lawyer, will have to be dealt with. Public opinion is in a vague state of invitation with regard to legal obstructiveness, but how to deal with the law of settlement and how to make land as transferable as a chattel is a question which when soberly faced is seen to carry with it more difficul- ties than candidates for Parliamentary honours like to state to their constituents. Or take again the Eastern Question and the task of compelling Turkey to carry out the clauses of the Treaty of Berlin with regard to Greeoe and Armenia, it is easy to see what difficulties the omissions of the Con- servative party have thrown on their suc- cessors in office. This coercion of Turkey is very nearly as idle as to galvanize a corpse. The truth must be faced that the Porte is dead for all purposes of the future, and the only question is how to keep up the sham of the Sultan's suzevainty till we have got something better to put in its place. The Liberals know this, and mean to act on it; but they must do so with discretion: they must take one step at a time, and one only, and they must not needlessly alarm the fears of bondholders, lest there be another anti-Gladstonian reaction. In a word, they must walk warily,—must beware of the sin of presumption, and bear in mind that the day after a victory is the day of real difficulty. Given eight months' compara- tive quiet, we see no reason why the old Liberal coach should not take the road again, and run without another upset for many years to come.
The Parliament whose demise has been t so long prayed for is at last dead, and we may say of it that we shall probably never see its like again, and that we certainly do not want to. Its merits may be summed up in the assertion that it has tried to do less good, and has succeeded in doing more harm, than any previous Parliament during the century. There is not a single act passed during the last six years which stands out so promi- nently as to enable one to recollect it with- out an effort of memory. To think of such measures as the Agricultural Holdings Act, out of which most of the landlords imme- diately contracted themselves or the Arti- sans' Dwellings Act, on the credit of which Mr Cross has lived for several years, but which is an admitted failure; and to compare legislation of this kind with the great works which were done in the days of the Gladstone ministry ought to be sufficient to convince any mind which is open to conviction of the truth of the assertion that the domestic policy of the Government has been an utter failure- if, indeed, such a policy can be said to have existed at all. What they have done in foreign affairs we know but too well. The history of the last six years is a history of crimes, of blunders, of waste, of stupidity, of obstinacy, and of utter recklessness, the like of which no man living has seen before, and the great sense of relief- which the mation manifested when the dissolution was annouuced is alone the most emphatic con- demnation of the Ministry which could be given. Out of the nine Tory seats in Wales seven have been attacked by the Liberals who were represented by 21 members in the late Parliament. The Tory seats undisturbed are those of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, in Denbighshire, and of Lord Emlyn, in Car- marthenshire. It is a remarkable fact that the first-named member, consistent Tory as he is, was nominated by an equal number of Conservatives and Liberals. Sir Watkin is so universally popular among every class in North Wales, and being a harmless sort of a Conservative, his retention of the seat is satisfactory to all. The worthy baronet has kept in check the restless spirit of his younger admirers who would attempt to wrest the second seat from Mr Osborne Morgan, and had it not been for Sir Watkin's strong de- termination the county of Denbigh would have been contested, and assuredly with success to the Liberals. At the last moment it was rumoured that Mr Raikes, the re- jected of Chester, would probably be nomin- ated to oppose Mr Osborne Morgan. This rumour was based upon the supposition that Sir Watkin would no longer protect Mr Morgan, who went to the next county to do all in his power to oust his cousin Mr Charles Wynn. This, however, has proved to be a myth.
» In Carmarthenshire, the only other un- disturbed Tory seat, the landlord influence is very strong, and the representation has always been Conservative. Mr Powell, a county gentleman of high social standing came out in the Liberal interest and has won a glorious victory, acquiring a majority of 1071 votes over Lord Emlyn, the Conserva- tive member, and thus throwing out Mr John Jones, the former second member. W The representation of Anglesey remains unchanged, Mr Morgan Lloyd having a walk-over in the boroughs, though threat- ened at first with forcible opposition by Mr Fanning Evans. Mr Richard Davies, the county member, retained his seat though his majority had dwindled from 860 votes at the previous contest to 302. The Liberals are unable to account for this but the most probable cause is that extraordinary pres- sure must have been brought to bear upon the tenant farmers by landlords and agents. The result, however, stands out in singular contrast with the uniform successes which have attended the Liberals in all the other .Welsh contests. Whilst the Liberal Imajorities have been multiplied to an ex- traordinary degree in Carnarvonshire, Merionethshire, and Flint district, the surplusage of Liberal strength in Anglesey unhappily is just one-third what it formerly was. It lea-ves, however, sufficient margin to retain the seat; and the 1300 sensible men who voted for Mr Davies will undoubtedly concentrate their strength and organise the party, so that it may again attain its legiti- mate status. +. The severe conflict in the Denbigh boroughs has ended in the return of Sir Robert Cunliffe to fill the seat formerly occupied by Mr Watkin Williams. In 1874, the Liberal majority was 30; Mr Watkin Williams polling 1238, and Mr Kenyon 1208. On that occasion, the Conserva- tives obtained a great majority in Wrexham and Holt, where the electoral body is in a great degree influenced by the beer interest. This was counter-balanced by the Liberal Noncon- formist vote in Denbigh and Ruthin. It had been anticipated the local connection of Sir Robert Cunliffe would have affected the Wrex- ham vote where he is so popular. But, singularly enough, the result of the polling showed the Liberal majority to be exactly one- half what it was in 1874, the Conservative vote being 1409 and the Liberal 1425. So Mr George Kenyon, almost providentially, has not attained the crowning point of his ambition to become an imperial legislator. 4 The Flint Boroughs Election has proved that the Conservatives have little hope to con- vert the constituency from the principles in which they have been represented for fifty years. In 1874 the Conservatives made a dash at the seat, and very nearly obtained it for Captain Rowley Conwy, a milk-and-water kind of politician, who was only four votes below Mr Ellis Eytou. But Sir Robert Cunliffe, the other Liberal candidate, polled over 700 votes, which showed the Liberals were nu- merically double the strength of the Conserva- tives. In 1878, on the death of Mr Eyton, Captain Pennant was brought face to face with Mr John Roberts, who won the seat by a majority of 125. This remarkable progress was believed to be a progress of Conservatism, but it really was not so, for Captain Pennant acquired the additional votes from the pot- house population who aided Mr Eyton to oust Sir Robert Cunliffe. The Tories at first seemed disposed to show the white feather, and it was officially announced Captain Pennant would not contest the seat. The worthy gentleman certainly was not incapacitated to represent his party, and he was too bold a man to feign illness or any other cause for shrinking from the championship. The cause of his sensible decision was obvious but Sir Andrew Walker was to the rescue, and Captain Pennant was once more in the front. If the Tories searched the whole county they could not find a man more able and better suited to fight for them, and his local connections afforded him claims which no one could equal. Mr Pennant is a good and worthy man, but he fought for a bad cause. It had been antci- pated that Toryism had continued to grow uniformly since 1878 as it had between 1874 and 1878, during which period they calculated a gain of some five hundred votes. The logical (?) deductions of a Flintshire paper made out that Mr Pennant must be returned by a majority of some 150 votes; but this stupid had not for a moment considered the great probability of a comparative increase in Liberal strength, and of increased confidence which had been placed in Mr John Roberts during his admirable career in Parliament. The result of the poll, however, placed Mr Roberts 571 above his opponent, who, despite all in- fluences, secured about 100 votes less than he did two years ago. Flintshre Conservatism, nevertheless, dies game ♦ Lord Richard Grosvenor, Mr Bulkeley Hughes, and Mr David Davies were respectively returned without opposition for Flintshire, Carnarvon Boroughs, and the Cardigan Boroughs-seats which any Conservative would have a hopeless chance of securing. It would have been quite as well had the Conservatives of Merionethshire had allowed Mr Samuel Holland, who is in his 77th year, a similar privilege rather than to force a defeat upon Mr Dunlop, who was defeated by 786 votes. This is nearly double the majority which Mr Holland obtained over Colonel Tottenham, the Con- servative candidate in the election which followed the death of Mr David Williams, M.P. To-day will decide a contest which, like Carnarvonshire, is one of the most remarkable in Wales. The representation of Montgomery- shire has, for many years, been held by Mr Charles Wynn, who is a cousin to the worthy baronet of Wynnstay, and in a parliamentary, if no other respect, very like Sir Watkin, a useless member. Here, as in Carnarvonshire, the whole of the landed interest is Conservative, and it is a bold attempt on the part of Mr Stuart Rendel, who came to the county a stranger, to cross swords with Mr Charles Wynn, who has all the power that social posi- tion and wealth can give him. The ability and eloquence of Mr Rendel, however, places Mr Wynn beneath comparison with him in that respect; and he has manfully led the Libel al cause, and aroused such feeling throughout the constituency that the seat of Mr Wynn is tottering. The Liberals have steadily worked, and have every confidence that the polling to- day will result in the downfall of one of the few strong Tory seats in Wales. With the result of the Cardiganshire election, which is considered certain for Mr Pugh, the Liberal candidate, the representation of Wales will probably be constituted by twenty-eight Liberals and two Conservatives. Brecon, the only Tory borough constituency in the last Parliament has already been won by Mr Cyril Flower. Sir Richard Green Price has over- thrown Tory domination in the county of Radnor and Mr William Davies has arrested the seat for Pembrokeshire from the Con- servatives with a majority of about 450. So far as the Principality is concerned, the result has been highly satisfactory to the Liberals; and more than realised the most sanguine expectations. Few changes have taken place in the Liberal constituencies, those in North Wales being the transfer of Mr Watkin Williams from Denbigh boroughs to Carnarvonshire, and the election of Sir Robert Cunliffe to the former seat. ♦ The London press has made several references to Mr Watkin Williams during the past week. Even the Standard on Tuesday stated that the return of Mr Watkin Williams for Carnarvon- shire was a foregone conclusion. The Times of yesterday referring to the Liberal victory remarks that the success of Mr Watkin Williams in Carnarvonshire will retain for the Liberal party the Parliamentary services of a sound and able lawyer, who quitted his former con- stituents in the Denbigh boroughs upon an honest difference of political principle. At the last General Election the Conservative candi- date polled 2750 and the Liberal only 2318 but the figures have been reversed, and Mr Watkin Williams has been returned by a majority ef 3303 against 220G. -6. Captain Pritchard Rayner, the defeated Conservative candidate, came over to Carnarvon on Wednesday morning in panticiation of a triumphant procession in which he would have been a prominent item. Soon after the result, however, he joined the Bangor Tories on their return journey, and regaled them with a speech. Placing his back against the sill of a public house he spoke of the majority as being un- reasonable there was some degree of reason in a majority similar to the one in Anglesey, but to be beaten by over a thousand was monstrous. Speaking of his own candidature in Anglesey he remarked he had a few acres of land in Anglesey, but all Mr Davies' land was on the sea! What a pity Captain h ayner did not utter that expression before the day of polling. ♦—■— Candidates of every shade during the recent contest have baited the constituencies with glowing promises to attend to local and national interests; and by the accession of a Liberal Government there is every reason to believe the rightful interest of "poor little Wales will not be neglected, especially when the Principality has pronounced so empha- tically against a Government which has re- peatedly ignored its appeals. The University College of Wales will now represent its claims, and undoubtedly be rewarded with State aid. The Liberals have always shown sympathy with Wales; and considering the unanimity with which politicians of every shade have pressed the claim for an educational grant, the new ministry will readily remove a real grievance which all Tory Governments have denied. The Sunday Closirg Bill for Wales will now stand a certain chance of becoming law, and the ap- pointment of Welsh bishops made by the Liberals during their former regime may now be followed by the appointment of Welsh judges. Wales has chosen representatives who can and will, if necessary, represent these matters clearly in Parliament; but we have consolation that our just demands will be listened to by a ministry which has always been ready to meet legitimate claims. » For the past month, election topics have been of all-absorbing interest; and it is re- freshing to come across a rare item of news outside the pale of politics. The fact has hitherto been almost unobserved that the Prince of Wales will shortly pay a visit to Holyhead to open the new harbour works. It is needless to suggest to the enterprising men of Holyhead that they should be up and doing with the view to give his Royal Highness a right royal reception. Advantage may be taken of the occasion to obtain his Royal Highness' patronage to the National Eistedd- fod of Wales, to be held in this town in August next, or, if the committee possessed the same characteristic enterprise as in 1877, they might go further and invite the Prince to attend the national festival. His Royal Highness has never been invited to a National Eisteddfod, and the gathering this year will assuredly be on such a scale that the attendance of royalty may appropriately be invited. We commend the hint to the Eisteddfod Committee. The Quarter Sessions for the county of Anglesey was held at Beaumaris on Wed- nesday, when the transaction of the county business was deferred until Thursday, the 15th inst. There were five prisoners for trial. The grand jury ignored two bills, and the rest of the cases disposed of were not of any serious character. At the Flint- shire Quarter Sessions, held on Tuesday, a county rate of 1 td and a police rate of g-d 8 in the £ were made. Yesterday, at the Carnarvon Quarter Sessions, the county treasurer made the gratifying announce- ment that no rates were required for the ensuing quarter.
tem-pitbm*. We do not necessarily identify ourselves with the sentiments of our correspondents.
'■HOWWE LOST^ CARNARVONSHIRE." SIR,-I was speaking to a shrewd Conserva- tive elector on the night of the poll and he told me he certainly was not so confident as some of his friends were of Mr Pennant's success. As a reason for his doubts he mentioned that the Conservatives entrusted the canvas to young and inexperienced lawyers and their clerks, who worked for the sake of money, were chaffed by the people, and, might be, com- pletely sold. He said it was different in 1874, when a number of private gentlemen volun- teered their services and did their work well. The result has proved that he was correct. But mark these other causes :— 1. The bulk of the people are Liberal to the core, and when allowed to do so, give free ex- pression to their convictions.. 2. TCey Hie eveiy year getTing more en- lightened by means of the Welsh papers, and have been taught to look with distrust upon the late Government, and heartily detest their foreign policy. 3. The ravings of a small Welsh paper did the party much harm. Things were said therein which the hon. gentleman himself would never have countenanced had he been able to read the vernacular, and several, I know, got disgusted and voted with the Liberals. '4. 'inefcry of the "chapel HCrew is un- founded. People in some chapels were ex- horted to do what was right, and in my hear- ing those who were Conservatives were urged to vote for the Conservative candidate, and those who were Liberals to the Liberal—only to do their duty. Indiscreet enthusiasts no party can control. 5. Mr Pennant's promise to vote for Sunday Closing and Educational Grant to Wales were looked upon as death-bed repentence. Mr IWatkin Williams did what the other only promised to do. With due respect to the Penrhyn family, I contend that they have been grossly deceived by their own friends as to the true state of feeling in this county, with what object it is not my business to enquire. I enclose my card and address.—Yours truly, A MODERATE LIBERAL. April 8, 1880. THE FLINTSHIRE CONTEST. SIR,-Will you permit me through the medium of your valuable paper to congratulate the electors of the Fflint boroughs upon the choice of their representative. First of all, as Liberals, I believe we are greatly indebted to the Conservatives of Flintshire in being the practical means of showing in the truest possible manner the extent to which the services of our worthy and respected member are appreciated by the electors. As the result of the poll on Saturday last shows there was a large number of Liberal electors who did not vote at the previous election-for reasons of their own, which I must admit, were not altogether irrational-being unwilling to record their votes in favour of Mr Roberts, preferred remaining neutral to voting for the Conservative candidate. It will be seen from the result of the contest that Mr Ro- berts polled 403 votes more than on the previous occasion, which is sufficient to show that the hon. gentleman has won for himself the confidence and admiration of the whole of the Liberal constituents, while Mr Pennant lost 43 of the number polled at the previous contest, which, together with Mr Roberts' previous majority of 125 served to make up the handsome majority of 571 over his oppo- nent. It is very gratifying as well to Mr Roberts personally as to the Liberals of Flintshire gener- ally-to Mr Roberts as a recognition of his services and a testimory to his worth, and the Liberals generally as a proof of the exemplary unanimity existing amongst the party in the county, evincing that all little differences can be sunk when they are called upon to decide a great question such as they have dealt with during the past week to their honour.—I remain, yours, &c., FLINTITE. THE REPRESENTATION OF THE COUNTY OF ANGLESEY. SIR,-A letter appeared in your issue of the 3rd instant, the production of one styling himself Progress," whereby he endeavoured to place before the electors of this county certain reasons why they should not vote for Captaia. Pritchard- Rayner in the election which took place last Saturday. I have not come forward to refute any of the arguments used by Progress," as I know the electors of Anglesey took them for what they were worth; and I will thank you, sir, to allow this letter to appear to contradict the statement made by c, Progress" that Captain Pritchard- Rayner is one of the pensioners Progress so much envies. I am in a position to state that "Progress" has been mis-informed, and that Captain Pritchard. Rayner has never received any pension for the services rendered by him to Her Majesty and his country. I should advise "Progrefs," before he ventures to figure in the public press again, to ascertain that the statements which he makes are facts.—Your obedient servant, WILLIAM ROWLANDS PARRY. Menai Bridge, April 7th, 1880.
THE NEW PARLIAMENT. L. O. Elected up to Wednesday evening 342 178 Elected Thursday 10 12 Total 352 190
PARTY GAINS- Conservative Seats won by Liberals 110 Liberal Seats won by Conservatives 23 Net Liberal gain 87
CARNARVON'S NEW MEMBER- The representation of the county of Car- narvon is now held by Mr Watkin Williams, Q.C., who for twelve years has sat for the Denbigh Boroughs, a member whom the Times delights to honour, and of whom the county of Carnarvon might justly feel proud. The hon. gentleman is a fine example of the prominent sons of Wales who attain positions of distinction and stand out in the very front rank of learning ar:d intelligence; Mr Williams is universally regarded as one of the finest lawyers in the English bar, and as one of the soundest politicians in the British Parliament. He is a self-made man, having by dint of perseverance helped himself to the high social and professional position he now occu- -pies. In 1868 Mr Watkin Williams came for- ward, a comparatively unknown man, to con- test the representation of Denbigh, which had always been a Tory stronghold, and the result of that extraordinary conflict was the over- throw of Mr Townshend Mainwaring by a sub- stantial majority. Mr Watkin Williams soon made his mark in the House of Commons, and his advice and judgment were always highly valued. In 1874 he was returned with a nar- row majority over Mr Kenyou. But owing to the restless spirit of a few discontented and rabid Tory teetotallers in Wrexham Mr Watkin Williams declined to be forced to ride the pecu- liar hobby of a handful of bigots, and manfully determined to resign his seat .rather than he would gratify the selfish motives of those few disturbers contrary to his own convictions, and the convictions of the constituency. The hon. gentleman had been solicited to contest several constituencies, but he has preferred a Welsh seat, and Wales may be proud not to have lost his services. He is now the greatest hero of the hour, having carried destruction to two of the old Tory strongholds of North Wales, he must be the terror of the old Conservative party. He is now returned to Parliament as the repre- sentative of the most important constituency in Wales,-a constituency with the views of which lie has always been of peculiar accord and his success is unrivalled in the annals of Welsh political history. The election of Carnarvon- shire will last to prcve not only what is the true feeling of the Welsh people, but will com- memorate a bold fight fought with great "Yigor and courage. The progress of Mr Watkin Williams through the county, coming in as he did at the eleventh hour, finds a parallel only in the struggle in Midlothian, and the Liberal member has fully deserved the reward. Mr Williams' parliamentary experience is a T sufficient earnest for h;s eminent qualification '10 to represent this important county, and the fame he has hitherto acquired may well stimu-j late the pride of the men of Carnarvonshire. <
LESSONS OF THE CARNARVON- SHIRE ELECTION. By a majority of 1097 the electors of Car- narvonshire have chosen Mr Watkin Williams to represent this county in the British Parlia- ment in the place of the Hon. George Pennant, the former member. The contest has been severe and the defeat has been crushing but the victorious party must avoid in the hour of triumph to exult excessively in the grand achievement, or to revert to the ignominy of the defeated foe. rhe battle is done, and though there may be many points in the con- test in which rival parties might be called to book, the result is so astonishing that we should avoid to chuckle over the vanquished or to add to the bitterness of defeat; we elect therefore to delight in a Liberal success rather than to glory in the overthrow of the enemy. The contest had been keenly watched, and antici- pation had pointed to a close, well-matched struggle, but th6 end was astounding to the Conservatives as it was surprising to the Liberals who were almost unable to contain themselves. But still, Carnarvonshire has only acted in harmony with the great wave of political re-action which has reverberated throughout the country, and the election has many parallels in the present juncture. It has for the second time this century elected a Liberal representative, though the majority is out of proportion with the success of 1868. But the solution is clear, and it is use- less to feign surprise at the decision which the county has given. Carnarvon has pronounced in an emphatic manner that it is Liberal at heart, a truism which was self-evident before, and the free, unfettered expresion of Tuesday was only what might be expected from a people so imbued with the spirit of freedom and liberty, and respectful to the rule of progress and order. Christian and Nonconformist Wales is thoroughly Liberal, and on this occasion it has spoken fearlessly upon the main question of the present election. People have advanced in political thought, and have become better able to think and judge for themselves; and availing themselves of the protection of the ballot the constituency has with unmistakeable voice spoken in favour of liberty and progress. It is not a defeat of the son of Lord Penrhyn it is rather a censure upon the vainglorious policy of Lord Beacons- field's ministry, a cause which he has chosen to champion in the opposition to the true senti- ments of Welshmen. It is not manly to add to the gall of defeat which is the lot of the Tories we prefer rather to sympathise with the scion of a noble family, deservedly respected in our midst who had forced upon him such an unhappy position. The con- test has not been a personal one, it has not been a question of paying a tribute to the Penrhyn family or of considering social standing as the primary claim to representa- tion had such been the case, Mr Pennant would have been returned to St. Stephen's by the unanimous vote of the county. But he is a Tory, and the county is thoroughly Liberal. Personal consideration should never stand in the way of political conviction and the electors have, in many instances no doubt, been unwillingly forced to vote against a gentleman universally respected, but representing that side in politics which "does not take" with the people. Mr Pennant and his friends will con- sider this, and see the reversal is not to be con- strued to convey personal disrespect to the House of Penrhyn. But it is remarkable how, after the sanguine hopes and the elaborate calculations of the Conservative party, which all pointed to a success with a good majority, should prove so thoroughly unfounded. We believe Mr Pennant was entirely misled, and his cause has suffered more harm than good at the hands of some of his own sup- porters. With vast pecuniary resources to fight the battle, the election has proved a lucrative business to many, and far too many, and the champion of Toryism was simply deceived by those who stimulated his hopes of success. Up to the last moment even Mr Pennant antici- pated success; but the cause of his defeat is quite clear, and the great and disagreeable surprise is easily explained. The Tories allege that some fifteen hundred voters must have perjured themselves, but a more monstrous libel upon a constituency could not be uttered. The electors have spoken in accordance with their dearest convictions, and the perjuring has been on the side of the Conservatives. Canvas- sing had been pursued to an extraordinary degree, and therein lies the secret of the Tory miscalculations. All the lawyers in the county were engaged, and a numberless staff of some- bodies and nobodies swelled the ranks of persu- asive canvassers who were to convince people of the errors of their ways, and to teach the people the paths of Liberalism led to national ruin and destruction. We do not suppose there are many people in the county who believe the Frasers and Humphreyses were well able to expound political principle, and would become converts to the persuasions as readily as tbofe gentlemen themselves have become converts in a religious sense; but what could be expected from the enormous staff of lawyers and legal sprouts who over-ran the county to turn the electors to the fold of Conservatism ? Could anything be so silly as to repose faith in the flourishing reports of a band of raw young lads, Dot knowing Welsh, and but very little English, I who were deputed to canvass the mass of electors ? The perj uring has not been on the side of the electors, for it is known that parties were named as having promised faithfully to vote for Mr Pen- nant, whereas they had never been waited upon And even if they had been waited upon, in many cases the solicitation would tead greatly to strengthen the electors in a creed quite con- trary to that of the nanTassBr^r Ami t.Viprg nr^ many other causes which might be named; the subsidised Tory press has greatly injured the prospects of Mr Pennant; he had been led to suppose the powers of journalism were dis- creetly and wisely handled in his favour but the senseless trash inflicted upon the electors, and the throwing of the foulest mud imaginable at the Liberal side, caused people to view with contempt the ridiculous ravings of these organs. Anything more unreasonable and disgraceful has never disgraced the Welsh press, and the dirty references to the Liberal candidate are unworthy of notice. Mr Pennant might well cry to be saved from his friends, who now in- vent all sorts of theories to account for the de- feat. To talk of the chapel screw is monstrous, and we cannot believe Mr Pennant, who knows not much about chapels or their influences, could be led to believe such an unfounded statement. The Newborough episode, in which we do not rejoice, cannot be construed to have effected an undue influence upon the election and we deprecate the introduction of personal feeling on this account into the pale of politics. There is at all times a latitude al- lowed in electioneering time, and both sides are prone to indulge in excesses. Buton the whole the present contest has been waged with tolerably good feeling, the rowdyism at Bethesda and Llandinorwig, and the impetuous and certainly not discreet conduct of a few Liberals at Bethel being the most prominent items which stood out as deserving condemnation. But now the veil must be drawn over the whole, the contest is over, and the order of things is changed. It must be said of Mr Pennant he has throughout acted with every courtesy, and kept clear of personal matters; he has not laid himself open to the charge of taking undue ad- vantage in any case, but has acted with fairness and generosity,for which he deserves the highest credit. The result is a Liberal victory, which the true instincts of the constituency clearly indicated; and the enormity of the Tory defeat is easily accounted for by the deception in the Tory camp which cannot be too strongly con- demned.
DECLARATIONS OF THE POLLING. ANGLESEY (1) I Former Representation, Liberal. R. DAYIES L 1394 CAPT. RAYNER 0 1085 Liberal majority 302 BRECKNOCKSHIRE 1). Former representation, 1 Liberal. W. Fuller Maitland L Isla Hon. A. J. Morgan C 1550 Liberal majority 260 BRECON (1). (Former representation, 1 Conservative) Mr Cyril Flower L 438 Mr Gwynne Holford C 379 Liberal Majority 59 One Liberal gain. CARMARTHENSHIRE. Former representation, 2 Conservatives. W.R.H.Powell. L 4,101 Viscounti Emlyn C 3,030 John Jones C 2,712 1 Liberal gain. j CARDIFF. Former representation Liberal Reed l 3831 Guest. c 3483 Liberal majority 34S CARMARTHEN (1). Former representation, Liberal. Benjamin Thomas William L 1935 John Jones Jenkins L 1825 DENBIGH. Former representation Liberal. Sir Robert Cunliffe L 1424 Hon. G. T. Kenyon C 1409 Liberal majority l5- FLINT DISTRICT (1). Former Representation, Liberal. J. ROBERTS L 2039 CAPT PENNANT C 1468 Liberal maj ority 571 j MERIONETHSHIRE (1). Former representation, Liberal. Holland. L 1,860 Dunlop 0 1,074 Liberal majority 786 MERTHYR TYDVIL (2). Former Representation, 2 Liberals. C. H. James. L 803 H. Richard L 752# W. T. Lewis I 444* MONTGOMERY BOROUGHS. Former representation, Liberal. Hon. F. Hanbury-Tracy L 157* Jones C 121J Liberal majority 361 RADNORSHIRE. Former representation, Conservative. Sir RICHARD GREEN PRICE L lW tt. B. MYNORS C sOtl Liberal majority 331 1 Liberal gain. WEST CHESHIRE (2). Sir P. de M. G. Egerton C 471 Hon. W. E. Tollemache C 463. Major C. West L 400^ Mr Crompton L 37^
MENAI BRIDGE. On Monday, Mrs MeteyaH, 5. terrace, was fined X5 and costs for assaulting he ward, Florence Redding, a girl nged eight yea^l Evidence in support of the charge was given Dr Prydderch and other witnesses, and tDo" bench regretted their inability to impose a furtM; penalty upon the defendant, for whom Mr S. P", Dew appeared. I