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THE PRIMROSE LEAGUE. OUR Tory friends have had another gala day in Rhyl dedicated to St. Primrose. The dames were busy plying the cheering cup, and some local supporters aired their eloquence to the tune of Hule Brittania. The hero of the evening was our quondam friend Mr BARRON, a hired advocate from Manchester, who seemed very much aggrieved at our letting him off so lightly. We feel complimented that he had kept a copy of the Record and Advertiser for twelve months, and then did us the honour of quoting an article,whioh for the sake of the continually increasing number of our readers we reproduce in another column. We have not the pleasure of being personally acquain- ted with Mr BARRON, and know not whether he is a worthy successor of Mr Touchstone, whose escapades are well known to the readers of these columns. We will take it for granted that Mr BARRON is a fairly re- spectable Leaguer, and that as such he is entitled to abuse Mr GLADSTONE, who is the bite noir of the Unionist party. Mr BARRON glories that he is a man and not a sycophant. As appearances indicate that he is a member of the human species we will allow that he may be entitled to be called a man but we will allow him also to wear the title of syco- phant. Oar dictionary tells that a sycophant meant formerly an informer, or false accu- ser,modernly, the term is applied to a "parasite, a mean, or servile flatterer." Mr BARRON accused Mr GLADSTONE indirectly of being a liar. He said irreverently that he only told the truth once a week, when in the language of the Liturgy he confessed his sins to Almighty GOD in Church on the Sunday. If Mr GLADSTONE excels in anything it is in truthfulness and exactitude. A man that dares to accuse him of the contrary is a "sycophant." Mr BARRON is a servile adulator of Lord BEA- CONSFIRLD, whose character is well-known,and to which history will very shortly do full jus- tice, and this also proves him to be a mean and servile flatterer," and therefore a sycophant." It is all very well to challenge anyone to a public discussion upon Home Rule for Ire- land. Let him wait until the Tory party pro- pose a Bill giving Home Rule to Ireland. When there is a scheme before the country which can be discussed we shall be glad to meet lauqTor anyone else of his tribe. The Tory champion was sorry to think that ours was the leading paper" in Rhyl, and denied,our claim to be the best paper." We 'are iSaeh obliged for the gratuitous advertise- ment/which was more effective than a host of sandwich men; not that we should consider by any means these men less respect- able than Mr BARRON. For coarseness and vulgarity the latter is certainly entitled to pre-eminence. At the same time we are quite satisfied with the support given to our paper by the Tory party in Rhyl and neighbourhood. We hope to continue to deserve that support by giving the best reports of meetings, and commenting upon them in a free and inde- pendent spirit. He saya that the Advertiser is unknown to fame-surely he can no longer raise that objection since the famous Mr BARRON has deigned to take notice of it. But who has ever heard of Mr BABRON outside the Prim- rose League, and who would think of attach- ing any importance to the; "hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity ? Our Tory contemporary is welcome tj any lift which Mr BARRON can give him, and of which no doubt he will make liberal use. We prefer the adverse criticism of theBe peripatetic lecturers to any praise or patron- age which they might in their generosity attempt to bestow upon us.


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