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GENERAL ELECTION, 1900. TO THE ELECTORS OF THE COUNTY OF FLINT. BROTHER ELECTORS, -Colonel Howard -D has consented to allow himself to be dominated at the pending General Election as Unionist Candidate, in support of the Govern- ment of Lord Salisbury. As you are aware, he is, at present, serving his Queen and country with the Army under Lord Roberts in South Africa, and as the Election will take place somewhat earlier than expected, it is inipossible that he should address you in the Usual manner. However, as we have had recent communication with him, and are well acquainted with his political opinions on all subjects of interest, we are able to speak to you on his behalf. The very gallant fight which he made in the County at the last Election, when the majority of our opponents was reduced by more than a 1000 votes, entitles him to our full confidence as a Candidate, but at the present time lie specially deserves our most active and earnest support. The first and most important question with which the Electors have to deal is the settle- ment of the extremely important portion of our Colonial Empire which lies in South Africa. The War there has now practically come to an end, thanks to the gallant efforts of our Army, and not least to those who like Colonel Howard and so many others from our neighbourhood, have given up the peace and quiet of their home life, to encounter the hardships and dangers of War. Colonel Howard, we know, will heartily support the Government in their declared aim of securing for these countries the following conditions, so completely absent Under Boer rule :— 1.—Equal freedom for all white men. 2.—Justice and equity for the native races. 3. -Security and fair play for trade, mining, t, and agriculture. 4.-Absolute prevention of the recurrence of the troubles of the last year. Military rule must prevail for a time until the passions aroused by the War have subsided, when the same local Government, which prevails in all our Colonies, may be expected to weld the population of these provinces into a loyal, united, and prosperous people. It will be a great advantage to send to Parliament a representative who has studied this difficult problem on the spot, as Colonel Howard has done. Colonel Howard will also warmly support the Government in their general Colonial Policy, which in the past four years has done So much to bind together the mother and daughter countries in bonds of both affection and interest, a policy which has already pro- duced Confederation in Australia, and in Canada an alteration of Tariff in favour of Great Britain, whilst in South Africa it has given Lord Roberts from all parts of the Empire some of the best soldiers that he has had. At the present time we are engaged with the most troublesome and perplexing questions ill China, which will greatly tax the skill and Judgment of our statesmen, who have to exact reparation for evils in the past, and secure Prevention of their recurrence in the future, Maintaining the while an open door for our Commerce. This has to be effected without hreaking-up the Concert of the Powers engaged ith us as Allies, whose aims are not all in a Uniform direction. It is little that individuals can do in this Matter, but it is much that constituencies can 4° towards the promotion of peace and the lriterest of this country. There is during this election, by returning supporters of Lord Salisbury's Government, an opportunity of speaking directly both to the Chinese and to pur Allies, and telling them that Lord Salisbury Is the mouthpiece as well as the guide of a Suited country. Although Colonial and Foreign questions are the most urgent, domestic affairs will have their place, and here it is satisfactory to know that in Colonel Howard we have one who thinks "tir institutions should be improved and not re-made, in fact that he is prepared to act in the spirit which gave to Ireland County ^ouncils, and which has placed 'on the Statute ^ook during the last five years a number of Acts dealing with Education, Local Govern- ment, Artizans' Dwellings, Compensation for "^ccidents, the Protection of Workmen in -lines and Factories, the Safety of Railway ^ervants, and many others, which contrast IaVourably with the absolutely barren efforts of the predecessors of the present Government. In conclusion, we confidently appeal to you, brother Electors, to give, by your votes to Colonel Howard, that support to the Govern- ment, which is so important on the present °ccasion, not merely for the purpose of secur- lng for them a majority in Parliament, but that the Marquis of Salisbury may speak to the Boer, the Chinese, and all the Powers of the world as the trusted leader of a united and JeSolute Country. THE COMMITTEE FOR PROMOTING THE ELECTION OF COLONEL RENRY LLOYD HOWARD T. W. HUGHES, Election Agent, Flint, September, 1900. (108

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