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Carmarthenshire County Council i lections. CLERICAL ATTACK "ENDS IN A FIASCO. The good people who have been working themselves up into a frantic state of excite- ment with the view of getting rid of the "Radical majority" on the County Council have been doomed to 'bitter disappointment. Against many of the well known Radical leaders they could 'not even find an opponent. Mr John Lloyd was returned unopposed for AbergwLli, and it was found impossible to get anybody to oppose .Mr John Johns in Llangunnock. Of course, the promoters of the recent aigitatioii can shake their heads sagely and IteHus that (they could have done terrible things tin these districts i,f they had only tried. The vitriolic manner in which these two nicmbot-s have been assailed how- ever shows that those who lived in the dis- tricts and who knew the strength of their present representatives thought discretion the better pant of valour. All the virulence of the attack was reserved for Mr H. Jones-Davies, of Glyneiddan, who was opposed in the Llaaiiarthney division. The scurrility of the methods employed nnght. have been obscured in the flash of viotory; but the contemptuous way in which his constituents ignored these and re- turned him by a substantial majority leaves his assaillants in the very unfortunate posi- tion of having cone their very worst—and of having only succeeded in proving their utter impotence. All the war whoops and the brandishing of scalping knaves on the part of the Clerical braves has now turned out to have been mere stage play. The Liberals and the Nonconformists of the division realised the issue at stake. It was a common practice of the Boers in the late war to employ sharpshooters to pick off the officers in the hope that by so doing they would ireduce the British Army to a rabble. -Mr Jones-Davies's pledge hammer blows at Church is m and Toiyism have exas- perated its loaders beyond all endurance; and the lhe of tlu iir whole park of artillery was concentrated on Llanairthney, EO as to drive him out of the County Council. The jealousy 'between the agricultural and in- dustrial classes was worked for all it was worth; the clergy 'made themselves con- spicuous in working for his opponent, and the landed interest was, with one exception, tlurown against him. The jifbes and the snoers of his minor assailants were worthy of Yankee electioneering. However, all s weU that ends well. Mr Davies has the .s;iti,sf ac- tion of knowing that lie can hold his seat against the organised forces of Churehisni, Landlordism, and La bonr:sm-.a peculiar combination! The two former were utterly Indifferent to all considerations except to get Ü Jones Davies out, and they failed! v ft* Mr W. Maboai Davies was defcaited by a narrow majority by Mr Mervyn Peel. He is a decided loss to the County Council. Con- sidering the popularity and the immense local influence of Mr Peel, it speaks well for "iMabon" that the majority wasorot bigger. The fight was a hot one; and Mr D. E. Stephens came all the way from Carmarthen to support Mr Peel. The successful candi- date is a scholar of no mean attainments, and has shown himself so far more conscious of the duties of the landed aristocracy than of their privileges. 'Mr Delme Davies-Evans was also success- ful m, winning a seat formerly held by a Liberal—but not from the sitting member. It is to be remembered, however, that Mr Davies-Evans emphatically repudiated Tony- ism, land claimed to be an Independent Liberalism. When a Liberal and Noncon- formist leader like Mr H. Jones Thomas, of PNwhos-a supporter of the Lloyd George Policy-saw his way to work for Mr Davies- Evans, it is little wonder that many of the rank and file of the paity were influenced by his example. t Mr Morse, a well known Liberal and Non- conformist lost Laughamo by a majority of two. In. spite of the talk of the "Rate- payers" and "No Politics," the Tories always vote for a Tory candidate on strict party lines in opposition to a large ratepayor when they have a chance ;n a Church strong- hold like Laugharne. The talk of "inde- pendence" is all very well for Nonconformist cenitres. Oh, the cant of it! Mr S. -H. Anthony, a Liberal of a pro- nounced type, has. ousted Mr A. Stephens, in Kidwelly. The fight turned on local issues. Dr Thomas ousted Mr Scourfield in Whit- lamd. This again was a purely local struggle. Dr Thomas presided during the Lloyd George agita/tion at a meeting at Capel -Ian, St. Clears, at which it was resolved to ask the County Council to adopt the N at:«mal Policy This is hardly a Tory victory then, .except Dr Thomas has changed his mind dining the last foiir or five years. *1.;<. Sik Tames Hiils-J oh lies defeated Mi T. Jones in Caio. Line the cases of Mr lee and MT Davies-Evans, this is an instance of the influence of the local landed interest when aroused. Siir James Hills-Johues and Lady Hills-Johnes have legitimately enough gained high esteem hy their acts in reard to vatrious local enterprises—the agricul- j tural show, the village library, and various other things of the kind—and Sir James had the support of several influential gentlemen in the district. When there is no acute political question- on which the electorate has to decide-as in 1904—perspnal con- siderations, of course,^Jhave full play. The moral of the election is that Toryism has a chance when it is represented by a strong local squire candidate. ° Mr T. H. Jones polled an equal number of votes with Mr Barrett in the Llanfihangel- ar-arth division; auid Mr Bairrett retannec his seat by the casting vote of the returning officer. Such a result, of course, is a defeat for the assailant. When a party which makes the .attack with such violence cannot gain a majority of olne it has palpably failed. iI** In Cai-marthen BM-ough the contests were very tame. That between Mr Parke Jones and the Rev A. F. Mills was hardly worthy the name of a fight such was the Jspaiitj between them. The Carmarthen public have at len gth seen a .single combat between Mi J ■ Lewis "and Mr P. R. Lewis, and the f owner was the victor. Carmarthen Borough returns three Liber- als out of four. Well done! There was one spoiled vote in Llanfihangel ar-arth. The voter had marked it on the back at the top, probably being illite-rate, and desirous to vote for the candidate whose name first appeared on the paper. At the meeting of the new County Council on Saturday, there is a good deal of import- ant "business to be done. The Rmdica1 majo- rity is so big that it is not worth while now scrutinising toG' closely the politics o doubtful member. There are eight alder- men to be elected in place of the f,ollow-ilig:- Sir John Williams, The Plas, Llanstephan. Mr John Beavan, Dolfeinog, Llansadwrn. Mr Joseph Joseph, PlasdeHw, Llangennech. Mr Joseph Maybery, Ponanount, Llanelly. Sir LeWIS Morris, Penbryn, Carmarthen. Mr Daniel Stephens, Arlais, Kidwelly. Mr H. J- Thomas, Penrhos-uohaf, Golden lycerfs. UamWy. .¡. .-robaWy these will „ot all There are other Richmonds in MEMBERS OF THE NEW COUNCIL. C'RMART 'EN BOROUGH (B-ist. Ward. TJpner Divisw)— *Rov A. Fuller Mil's (R. and Bap.) 2t7 T. Parke Jones (R. and Con.) 7] Majority 175 CARMARTHEN BOROUGH (West. War I, Lower Division) *John Lewis (Rad. and Moth.)..•. •• 161 P. R. Lewis (C. and Ch.). 144 Majority 17 WHITLAND— Rowland L. Thomas (Ind. and Ch.) 226 *J. Seourfield (R. and Cong.) 167 Majority 59 KIDWELLY— I Sam. H. Anthony (Ind. and Non.) 283 Alfred Stephens (Ind. and Ch.) 263 Majority 20 I PEMBRlEY (South)— i George Eynon Bowon (Lnd.) 368 Richard T. Hammond (R.) 296 -Majority 70 LLANARTHNEY— *Henry Jonos Davies (R. and Non.) 331 Dd. Fanr Davids (Ind. (and Noai.) 261 Majority 70 LLANGADOCK— I Mervyn Lloyd Peel (C. and Ch.). 245 *Wmi. Malbon Davies (R. and Non.) 235 Majority 10 BETTWS— T. Morris (Lab. and Bap.) 349 *Wm. Thomas (R. and Bap.) 121 Majority 228 AMMANFORD— Col. Morris (R. and Oh.) 349 D. J. Jollies (R. and Cong.) 281 Majority 68 QU, ARTEII BACH— *W. J. Williams (R. and Con.) 389 Wan. Vaughan (R. and Con.) 277 -Majority 112 CAIO- Lieut.-Gen. Sir James Hills Jdhnes (Ind. and Ch.) 234 *Thomas Francis Jones (R.) 182 Majority 61 LLANEGWAD— D. Davies-Evans (Ind. and Ch.). 266 T. Lowis (R.) 224 Majority 42 LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH— *T. Barrett (R. and Non.). 266 T. R Jones (C. and Ch.) 266 The returning officer gave his casting vote in favour of the sitting member, Mr Thomas Barrett, who was, therefore, declared elec- ted. There was one spoilt vote. LAUGHARNE— W. H. Dempsiter (C. and Ch.) 189 J. D. Mouse (R. and Non.) 187 Majority 2 LLANEDY— J. Llewellyn Thomas (R.) 340 « Griffith V. Davies (R.) 205 Majority 135 LIJANGtENDEIHNE- Rev R. H. Jones (R.) 237 Thomas Davies (Ind.). 175 Majority 62 LLANELLY URBAN— Division III., Ward I.— 11-W. David (L. and Non.). 260 Collwyn Morgan (Labour) [ 58 Majority 102 LLANELLLY RURAL.— Renwick Division.— *David Harity L. and Non.). 199 H. J. Hopkins (L. and Non.). 161 Majority 38 ] UNOPPOSED RETURNS. CARMARTHEN BOROUGH (East Ward, Upper Division)— *T. E. Briigstocke (Ch. and Con.). CARMARTHEN BOROUGH (West, Ward, Upper Diiviirion)- *Rev Professor Jones (Non. and Ind.). CENARTH- *Rev D. D. Walters (R. and Non.). LLANDILO URiBAN- *J. W. Gwynne Hughes (L.). LLANDILO RURAL— L. N. Powell (L. and Cong.). LLANGUNNOR- ".C. E. Morris (Ch. and L.). ST. CLEARS— *Jamcs Phillips (L. and Noil.). LLANSTEPH I XR N *j^hn Johns (L. and Non.). ABERGWILI— XT *John Lloyd, Penybank (L. and Non.). LLANFIHANGEL ABERBYTHICK. xEaii Cawdor (C.). MOTHVEY— *D. Davies (R. and Non.). FERRYSIDE (St. Ishmael's)- *J. Lloyd Thomas (L. and Non.). LL ANGENNEOH— *Thos. Thomas (L. and Non). lJiANNON— *A\illiam Greville (L. and Non.). LIJANBOIDY— *D. Evans (L. and Non). LLANDISSIIilO— 13. John (L. and Non.). LLANGELER- •Col. W P. LI. Lewes (C. and Ch.). PEMBRFJY (North Division)- *Ht,v J. H. Rees (L. and Non.). CONWIL- *Thomas Jones (Non. and L.). RHYDYCYMERAU- *Benj«'imin Evans (L. and Non.). LLANYBYTHER— David Willitaiii6 (Non.). LLANDEBlE- *David iDavies (Non. and L.). LLANELLY URBAN- Division I., Ward I.— *W. Griffiths (Oh. and Con.). Division II., Ward I.— John Simlett (Lab. and Non.). Division IV., Ward II.- *JO'hn Thomas (L. and Non.). Division V., Ward II.— *D. C. Parry (L. and Non.). Div-isioii VI., Ward rl1.- Joseph Roberts (Lab. and Non.). Division VII., Ward III.— *R. A. NeviUe (Ch. and L.). Division VIII., Ward llI.- Joseph Williams (L. and Non.). LLANELLY RURAL— Hengoed Division- W. Ben. Jones (L. and Non.). Westfa and Glyn.— "Rov B. Humphreys (L. and Non.).

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