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Historic Campaign Begins in Earnest. North Wales Candidates. Chancellor Praised by his Opponent. II The Liberal Battle Cry Let Wales Lead The political champions in North Wales have entered the lists, and a memorable struggle has commenced in earnest. That the battle will be keenly fought there is every leason to believe but never before, not even in 1906, have the Liberal party thrown themselves into the political combat with so much earnestness, enthusiasm, and confidence. The spirit of 1868 is again abroad in North Wales.. An iKitstanding event in the history of the contest now commeneint7 was the great Carnar- von meeting on Thursday night, when- Mr. Lloyd George delivered one of the most import- ant and impressive speeches of his career. Next in order of importance came the great Liberal demonstration of Friday evening at Col- wyn Bay, when Sir Herbert Roberts delivered a fighting speech which had a most inspiring effect upon his supporters. The contest in West Denbighshire will be one of the most keenly fought in the present elec- tion; but the prospects: that the Liberal Mem- ber will be returned are exceedingly bright. Saturday was another eventful day, when three Conservative candidates were chosen to oppose Liberal Members in Carnarvonshire. Mr. H. C. Vincent, the well-known Bangor solicitor, was chosen to oppose the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the Boroughs Mr. Arthur Hughes is again to oppose Mr. William Jones, M.P., in the Arfon Division, and Mr. C. F. Priestly was selected to fight Mr. Ellis W. Davies m the Eifion Division. On the same day Mr. Herbert Lewis, M.P. (Parliamentary Secretary to. the Local Govern. ment Board) and Mr. J. W. Summers addressed at Flint a meeting of the Liberals of Flint County and' Boroughs. Yesterday (Wednesday), the Arfon Liberal As- sociation) met at Llandudno and adopted Mr. William Jones, M.P., as the Liberal candidate. WEST DENBIGHSHIRE. Sir Herbert Roberts has sat in Parliament as Member for vVest Denbighshire for the unin- terrupted period of nearly eighteen years, and each year has seen some augmentation of the great popularity with which he started what has proved a most, active and useful Parliamentary career. In 1892, standing as a Gladstonian Liberal, he was opposed by Colonel W. Com- wallis West ((Liberal Unionist), whom1 he beat by 4,612 votes to 2,797, receiving a. majority of 1,815. In 1895 he was successful against Captain Edwards, of Denbigh, receiving 4,4-81 votes as against 2,878, a Liberal majority of 1,603. By this time West Denbighshire had come to be re- garded as a Liberal stronghold, with the result that the Conservatives did not deem it prudent to put up a candidate in 1900 or 1906, Sir Her- bert being allowed a walk-over on both occa- sions. Now he is opposed by a working-man .conservative," in the person of Mr Sam Thomp- son, a miner from the Rhondda Valley, who seeks to convert the electorate of the division to Tariff Reform. CARNARVON BOROUGHS. For many and obvious reasons the most in- teresting contest in North Wales will be that in the Carnarvon, Boroughs between the Welsh Chancellor of the Exchequer and his friend and admirer, Mr. H. C. Vincent. Mr. Lloyd George, then known as the young man from Criccieth," was opposed in 1892 by the late Sir J. H. Pules- ton, against whom he gained a majority of 196. In 1895 his opponent was Mr H. J. Ellis Nan- nev, whom he vanquished by a majority of 194. In the following election, that of 1900, he, had a formidable opponent in Colonel Platt, whom be beat b ya majority of 296. Up to now he had met leading Conservative gentlemen belong- ing to the county, but in 1906 the Conservative party brought into the field a Warrington gentle- man, the late Mr. R. A. Nay lor, Liberal Union- ist .and Tariff Reformer, who fared much worse than ihis Welsh predecessors the Liberal major- ity rising to 1,224. In view of the crushing de- feat they then sustained, and having regard to the unique prestige enjoyed by Mr. Lloyd George as a result of his success as President of the Board of Trade and Chancellor of the Ex- chequer, it was anticipated that the Conserva- tives would not bring out a candidate on the present occasion. They have, however, decided to take the plunge, though the speech delivered by Mr. Vincent on Saturday indicates that he entertains very faint hope of success. As to the merits of the rival candidates, Mr Vincent would be the last to invite comparisons. ARVON. Another interesting fight will be that in the Arfon division of Carnarvonshire, which in- cludes Llandudno, Penmaenma wr, Llanfair- fechan, &c. For some years the seat was held by the late Mr. W. Rathbone, of Liverpool, who was returned unopposed in 1892. In 1895 Mr. William Jones was successful with a majority of 1,619, and in 1900 he was allowed a t. walk- over." In the 1906 election he was opposed by Mr. Arthur Hughes, barrister-at-law, a brother of the Rector of Llandudno, whom he van- quished by a handsome maiority of 3,412. Un- deterred by his dismal failure of four years ago, Mr. Arthur Hughes is again in tlie field, and no doubt with equally gratifying prospects of being returned. EIVION This division has long been associated with the name of Mr. J. Bryn Roberts, who captured the seat in 1892 with a majority of 2,594 (or considerably more than the total polled by his opponent), and was returned unopposed in 1895, 1900', and 1906. Subsequent to the lasit election Mr. Bryn Roberts was appointed County Court Judge for the Pontypridd and Rhondda district, and on his resigning the seat his place was taken by a clever young lawyer, Mr Ellis W. Davies, who at the by-election was given an unopposed return. Now he has to fight Mr. Priestley, whose chances of success are not im- proved by the sitting Member's excellent record and personal popularity. MERIONETHSHIRE. Another stronghold of Liberalism, in which the quarrymen have always taken a leading part. This was the division which started the dar- ling of Wales," the late Tom Ellis, upon what proved such a brilliant career. The late Mr. T. E. Ellis, M.P., was returned, by a majority of 3,238 in 1892 and of 2,941 in 1895, and on his death, four years liater, Mr. Owen M. Edwards was returned unopposed. Sir A. Osmond Wil- liams, the next Liberal candidate, was given an unopposed return in 1900 and 1906. As Sir Os- mond Williams is retiring from Parliamentary life, his place is now being taken by Mr. Haydn Jones, who has rendered such valiant service to the twin causes of Labour and National Educa- tion. ANGLESEY. Greaft interest is centred in the contest in mis island constituency because of the rare oratorical gifts of the sitting Member, Mr. Ellis J. Griffith. The island was for some years represented by the late Mr. T. P. Lewis (father of Mr. Henry Lewis, Bangor), who in 1892 was returned by the very large majority of 1,718. Mr Ellis Gn_«lth was the candidate in 1895, and had a majority of 1,027, being allowed a walk over in 1900. At the last election he had a strong opponent in Mr. C. F. Priestly, whom he beat to the tune of 2,528. The figures of 1906 are very mteresting:-Griffiths (L.), 5,166; Priestly r Llberal majority, 2,528. Mr. Ellis -nOW by another Welsh bar- nstt, but his supporters anticipate that 1910 will teN the same story as 1906. THE CHANCELLOR'S BATTLE CRY. LET WALES LEAD THE VAN." A Welsh newspaper publishes a message from Mr. Lloyd George to his fellow countrymen in- tended for the election war cry. The following is a translation — We are on the eve of the most important battle for the British and Irish democracy since ,the days of the Reform Bill, and unquestion- ably the most important Wales has ever seen. The House of Lords blocks every pathway be- tween Wales and its national aspirations— religious liberty, control of the people's schools, temperance, Land reform, and local self-govern- ment. The Lords obstruct every legislative pro- posal deemed by Welsh reformers to be essen- tial for the country's progress. Every true Welshman should arm and fight with all his forefathers' spirit. Let Wales lead the van." MR. LLO 1D GEORGE'S OPPONENT. A Bangor correspondent writes:- Mr. Hugh Corbett Vincent, M.A., who was on Saturday at Carnarvon adopted as the Con- servativiC candidate for the Carnarvon Boroughs, in opposition to Mr. D. Lloyd George, M.P., is a well-known and popular figure in the bor- oughs, particularly at Bangor and Carnarvon. Like Mr Lloyd George, he is a solicitor by pro- fession, the firm of Lloyd Carter, Vincent, and Trevor, being probably one of the best known in North' Wales. Mr. Vincent is a son of a former Vicar of Car- narvon and grandson of the late Dean Vincent, of Bangor, and is, as may be imagined, a strong champion of the Church in Wales. He has done good service both in the Press and on the plat- form to the cause of the Established Church and his decision; to come forward at this junc- ture is motived largely by the belief that a strong and concerted attack is contemplated in the no distant future by the Welsh Liberal party on the Church in Wales. Though an excellent debater, Mr. Vincent's platform style—devoid as it is of the ordinary tricks of rhatoric-an scarcely be described as being of the "popular order. His. appeals are more to the intellect than to the emotions of his hearers. Nevertheless, he is an attractive and convincing speaker, free from mere windy and meaningless rhetoric. Mr. Vincent is, as our readers are aware, Mayor of Bangor, this being his .second year in succession to occupy the Mayoral chair. In point of ability and tact, firmness and discretion —qualities which have invar-iably marked his conduct of the busiess of the Bangor City Coun- cilMr. Vincent is accounted one of the most efficient and successful Mayors since in the incorporation of the city. As a member of the Carnarvonshire County Council, of which as the leader of the small band of Conservatives on that body, he has done yeoman service to his party, Mr. Vincent is well known. A plucky and determined fighter and first-class debater, Mr. Vincent is one of the most valued and efficient members of the County Council. Fittingly enough, he represnts on the Bangor City Council and the Carnarvonshire County Council the East Ward of Bangor, an essentially working cliass locality in which, in common with the whole of the city of Bangor, he is justly held in high esteem and regard. In point of personal qualities Mr. Vincent is witn- out question the strongest candidate which the Conservative party in the Boroughs could select to oppose the formidable fighter and successful politician and Minister, Mr. David Lloyd George. The two candidates, besides being members -of the same. profession, are warm per- sonal fiiends, and it may be confidently antici- pated that so far as the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer and) his Conservative opponents are concerned the contest in the Carnarvon Boroughs, which is now to open in sheer earnest, will not be marked by those regrettable and unseemly personalities which unfortunately mar too many Parliamentary elections now- adays. The Conservative organisation in the Boroughs is reported to be in a satisfactory state of efficiency, whilst the mere question of finance will cause no anxiety to the supporters of the Conservative candidate. It is likely that the question of Tariff Reform, as a remedy for un. employment, will figure largely in the coming contest locally, both parties agreeing that the problem of unemployment is the greatest social tragedy of the age.

Carnarvon Unionists.


Mrs. Lloyd George at Conway.



---Arfon Liberal Association.

Mr. Sam Thompson at Glan Conway.

Mr. Vinceat at Conway.

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Carnarvon Unionists.