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Penarth Election Notes. 1…


Penarth Election Notes. BY THE MAN ON THE SPOT. Concomitant with a General Election comes a cer- tain political latitude in speaking and acting. This latitude, however-at least in Penarth—invariably leads to a license which is most reprehensible when the public speakers are repeatedly and persistently interrupted. Legitimate and natural outlets are afforded us m cheers and counter cheers, and by filially catechising- the speakers, o o o There is no gainsaying the fact that the Conserva- tives by first talcing the field locally, will make a difference to the sitting member's majority. Although the unexpected may and does occur, one may venture to prophesy with safety, that considering the wide and varied area of South Glamorgan, Major Quin will not win his spurs here. 0 0 0 In the 1892 Election the polling strengthof Penarth alone was slightly in favour of the Liberal Candidate. This is on unusually gocd authority, and is further verified by the results of local contests. 0 0 0 Of the three public meetings held 60 far, Mr Carslake Thompson has spoken on each occasion, and has as many times trotted out his bobby horse—the Employ e"s' Liability Bill, This old nag, nearly ridden to death, begins to look very groggy, and would doubtless benefit by being turned out to grass. 0 0 0 Mr Lkwelen Wood's speeches are as a rule caviare to the multitude. He did not arrogate to his party all the virtues, bat urged bis auditors to support a Government which had at heart the welfare of the community at large, and not the late barren one- barren of everything save faddism. o o o Mr Wood was piqued that the eminent Q.C., Mr Carson, was not present, and at the outset of his re- marks said he wished that the meeting should record its displeasure at being convened under false pretences. Mr Carson had been billed to speak there that even- ing, and no business man should shirk such a responsi- bility without assigning a valid reason, which Mr Carson had not done It is in sooth gratifying that Mr Wood had the pluck to publicly bring to book this Q-C. who was that day, as was gleaned from the Echo, acting as counsel in a caus'e celebre, That Mr Carson knew his professional duties would preclude his coming to Penarth, goes, therefore, without say- ing, and he consequently was either guilty of a breach of faith, or unaware the Conservatives had falsely billed him. At any rate we were bilked. 0 0 0 Lord Windsor, who was in fhd House of Lords on Friday night, must have inconvenienced himself in coming to Penarth, for he had to return to London the same night. As usual he proved himself an excellent chaLman, and it is open to doubt whether any other local gentleman, save Mr W. R. Park9r, could have better controlled the meeting. His Lord- ship's speech calls for no particular comment, except that he explained the dirty trick of the Opposition which the Radical Press had made so much of. He said On the vote of Supply by which the Koseberry Government had been defeated, there had been no special whip sent out by the Unionists. It wag known two or three weeks beforehand that the reduction of the Secretary of War's salary would be proposed, and yet the late Government took no pains to keep in office, but when the fa til division took piace, many of them preferred smoking cigars on the terrace of the House of Commons, rather than record their votes at eo critical a juncture. There was not one single point, said Lord Windsor, in the late Radical programme, upon which they had attempted legislation, that they could go to the coun- try and obtain a majority, To please the numerous sections of the disaffected party, they had to resort to log-rolling, and legislative congestion necessarily ensued. In speaking about a prospective measure to alleviate the depression of agriculture in South Wales, a loud laugh came from the vicinity of the end of the ball. Chuck him out! shouted, in despera- tion, a gentleman on the platform. A summary ejectment being inevitable, Lord Windsor, with becoming grace, said I request you to leave that gentleman alone, (cheers) I will make a personal appeal to him." (Renewed cheers.) Continuing, his Lordship expressed himself as pleased that there tfere those in the meeting holding opposite views to him- self, but at the same time diversity of opinion should be respected, and all he asked was for a fair oppor- tunity to be afforded the speakers for an expression of them without being interrupted to such an extent. (Prolonged cheers.) ooo s Mr Wood made a hit, a palpdble hit, when, soon after, in seconding the resolution of confidence in Major Quin, he referred to the boisterous laugh which speaks the vacant mind."