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CARNARVON ELECTION, ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION OF MR LOVE JONES-PARRY. THE CONSERVATIVES IN A DILEMMA. The steady growth of Liberalism in Carnar- vonshire has somewhat damped the ardour of the Conservatives, and the leaders of the party are beginning to look upon their chances of storming the opposition stronghold in a hope- less light. They have held several meetings- both formal and informal—since Mr Bulkeley Hughes's death, but so far they have not succeeded in prevailing upon any of the champ- ions of their cause to take up the sword. It is highly probable, therefore, that the struggle- it, it can be called so-will rest between Mr Love Jones-Parry, the choice of the Liberal executive, and Mr Sorton-Parry, who is a kind of self-created political genius. The Con- servatives, having no candidate of their own will, no doubt, extend their sympathy to Mr Sorton-Parry rather than not vote at all. The latter gentleman continues to persist in his in- tention of going to the poll, notwithstanding that he must see his chances of success are as rwnote as they were when he entered the field in 1880. Mr Sorton-Parry's services are not required at the present juncture—he was never invited to contest the vacant seat by the recognized Liberal executive, and it is a pity that he should be imbued with so much egotism and presumption as to thrust himself where he is not wanted. He has probably read of the fable of the crow who for one brief moment paraded himself before his companions in the borrowed splendour of the peacock, and if he will permit us to tell him, he would do well to retire before he is visited with the consequences of his vanity and folly in the same manner as the crow was. If anything were needed to condemn him as an aspirant to political distinction it is his address. In this remarkable manifesto he touches upon the Disestablishment and Disen- dowmentof the Episcopal Church ef Scotland; local option; the amendment of the Burial Laws the assimilation of the county franchise; and farmers' alliances but on such topics as Ireland, the Cloture, and the House of Lords, he maintains a dignified silence. We are almost justified in asking whether Mr Sorton-Parry has any knowledge of these questions ? If he has, why does he keep it all to himself ? Any- how, we would much rather hear his views on Ireland than on the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Episcopal Church of Scotland. There is a striking contrast between the movements of the Conservatives and the Liber- als at the present juncture. The former have done nothing but hold "dark" meetings; the latter, as if by a single word ef command, have drawn out their line of battle, and are in com- J plete preparation for the fight. This is a most satisfactory state of affairs, and shows not only the perfectness of the Liberal organization, but the thorough unanimity which happily exists in the Liberal ranks. On Tuesday afternoon meetings of both parties were held, the Liberals assembling in their old quarters at the Queen's Hotel, and the Conservatives at the Royal Hotel. The result of the deliberations of the Liberal delegates was made public at half-past four. Two names alone were submitted for their decision—Mr Jones-Parry and Mr John Roberts, Bryn Adda, Bangor. Five out of the six contributory boroughs were known to be unanimously in favour of Mr Jones-Parry; Bangor alone, by a majority of nine, having decided upon placing Mr John Roberts as the first candidate for their support, Mr Jones- Parry being second. There were 46 delegates present, all of the boroughs being represented. Mr W. A. Darbishire, the president of the Liberal Association, whose friends have, with a view of avoiding a split in the Liberal ranks, studiously refrained from advancing his claims to the candidature, presided, Mr Pughe-Jones, of Ynysgain, Criccieth, who has also been named ^as a suitable candidate, being amongst those present. The large majority recorded for Mr Jones-Parry on a first ballot satisfied the Bangor delegates that there was little chance of success, and with that loyalty to the party characteristic of their borough, the name of Mr John Roberts was withdrawn, he having pledged himself to abide by the decision of the meeting, and Mr JonesP-arry was unanimously selected as the Liberal candidate for the Carnarvon Boroughs. The Conservative meeting was p. esided over by (Jolonel West, as representing Lord Pen- rhyn's interest. The result of the decision of the Liberal delegates was awaited with con- siderable anxiety, and after it had been declared, the report went forth that the Conservatives, who had hitherto made no secrecy of their de- termination to contest the boroughs, required further time for consideration before introducing their candidate. Whether time will disclose the "candidate" we are not in a position to say at the hour of writing, but it is pretty evident that when the Mayor of Liverpool has to be petitioned to come to the rescue, the local leaders of the Conservative party can have no very high estimation of their chances of success. The selection of Mr Jones-Parry as the Liberal candidate has been received everywhere with manifestations of enthusiasm. He is un- answerably the right man in the right place; he has none of the pretensions of Mr Sorton-Parry about him; be does not resort to placarding egotistical biographical sketches of himself about the various boroughs; he does not profess a knowledge of political questions that he is lamentably unfamiliar with; and finally, he has not co-ne forward like Azriel-the uninvited guest-but nt the bona fide invitation of the executive i the association. The public meeting on Tuesday night, at the Carnarvon Guild Hall, demonstrated beyond the semblance of doubt the popularity of Mr Jones-Parry's candidature. His address was characterized throughout by sound common sense and practical reasoning, and the genuine en- thusiasm with which it was received by the crowded audience is a pretty safe augury of Mr Jones-Parry's triumphant return. The latest phase of the election is a threatened action for libel by Mr Sorton-Parry against Mr Darbishire for charging him with having uttered an "unmitigated falsehood, and against Y Genedl Uymreig and the Liverpool Mercury for having published the said charge. The case will be heard on Mon- day at the Carnarvon Borough Magistrates' Court, and eminent counsel have been engaged on both aidoe. The wnt for the election was received on Wednesday by the returning officer, the Mayor of Carnarvon (Mr G. R. Rees), and he has fixed the 22nd mst. for the nomination, and the 28th for the election.











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