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IChancellor's ISplendid Triumph.


I Chancellor's Splendid Triumph. IXCREASED MAJORITY FOR MR. LLOYD GEORGE. CARNARVON BOROUGHS TRUE TO THEIR DISTINGUISHED MEMBER. One of the outstanding features of the present General Election is the increased majority by which the brilliant Welsh Chancellor of the Exchequer has been re- turned as representative of the Carnarvon Boroughs. The Chancellor took no part in the con- test until Friday, the eve of the poll, when he delivered a series of addresses, so that his Conservative opponent, Mr. Austin Jones, barrister-at-law, had matters very much his own way. And every advantage was taken of the Liberal Member's absence from the division, the Conservative organ- isation having been brought to a high pitch of perfection in the hope of reducing Mr. George's majority. It is due to Mr. Austin Jones to say that he fought a clean and honourable fight throughout, and that he has created a very favourable impression in the constituency. It is not quite clear why he allowed himself to be led into the unequal fight like a lamb to the slaughter, but as he must have forseen the conse- quences, he has no one but himself to blame. The Liberals were determined to secure an increased majority for their beloved leader this time, and to their credit be it said that they succeeded to a splendid de- gree. But they must not be satisfied with 1,208. POLLING DAY INCIDENTS. Saturday was the polling day in Carnar- von Boroughs. Un/tiil the arrival of many hundreds of jubilant quarrymen in the town late on Saturday afternoon the polling at Carnar- von was one of the most uneventful within memory. Partisans showed their sides by a display of colours, those of the Liberals, of course, greatly predominating, but there was a singular absence of electioneering enthusiasm on both sides. It was also a matter of comment that on the Conserva- tive side there was a lamentable lack of pro- minent workers. Polling took place at the Guildhall and the National Schools. Mr. Lloyd George, who had been in the town overnight as the guest of Mr. Norman Davies, drove in his bedecked motor-car with Mrs. Lloyd George to the National Schools at half-past ten, and was there re- ceived with great heartiness by a strong band of supporters. He afterwards paid a similar visit to the Guildhall, and once again the right hon. gentleman was accord- ed a rousing reception. A few minutes later Mr. Lloyd George was on his wav to Criccieth, where he remained until the evening, returning to Carnarvon. in time for the declaration. Mr. Austin Jones (Mr. George's opponent), accompanied by his agent (Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith), reached the town two hours later from Criccieth, and upon calling at the polling stations was loudly cheered by his supporters. There was nothing unwonted in the ap- pearance of the town until late in the after- noon, when soon after five o'clock the streets underwent a sudden transformation. The incoming trains from rtlhe Llanberis and Nantlle districts poured many thousands of quarrymen into the town, and, forming themselves into procession, they made things rather unpleasant for those who dis- played the Tory colours too prominently. Having in mind the regrettable recurrence of the last polling day in this constituency, the Mayor had caused circulars to be ad- dressed to all the churches and chapels in the district, appealing to their congrega- tions to be of good behaviour on Saturday. The appeal had undoubtedly some effect, though not all that could have been deired. SCENES AT CONWAY AND DEGANWY. The polling at Conway and Deganwy opened briskly, and there was eagerness on the part of mamy stalwart Liberals to be the first to record their vote at Conway for the Chancellor. For the first time the Liberal party were in front on their op- ponents in the supply of vehicles. Through- out the day both parties worked strenuous- ly to get everybody to poll, and in the Lib- eral committee rooms it was announced that every available Liberal voter had polled with the exception of nine, and eight of these were railwaymen working in Ireland. They were expected home on the 7.44 p.m. train on Saturday night, but failed to arrive owing to the work on which they were en- gaged oeing delayed through the wet weather. The men arrived in Holyhead at i a.m. on Sunday, and reached Conway at 7 a.m. greatly disappointed. A motor-car was waiting at the railway station in order to rush the men off to the booths, and their non-appearance was the cause of jubilation amongst a few of the opposition workers. During the (afternoon large numbers of children congregated near the Guildhall, the Liberals on one side and. the Conservatives on the other, and as a gaily decorated car or carriage arrived there was cheering and hooting. Two police officers stood between the parties, although it was not expected that they would cause any disturbance be. vond shouting. After the close of the poll the ballot- boxes were conveyed to Carnarvon by special train. Large crowls of country people in- vaded the town and sang election songs. There was considerable excitement. With a view to possible disorder a number of extra police were drafted into the town. There were several fights, but nothing of a serious nature occurred. The Conservative Club had been closed at 10.45 p.m. As 11.30 p.m. approached a crowd of close upon 2,000 people congregated in Lancaster- square. Telephonic messages arrived that Mr. Lloyd George was elected, but no offi- cial figures were received. The vast crowd were kept in ignorance of the result until the arrival of the telegram which would convey the exact figures. This came a few minutes after midnight, and the message was read by Mr. T. C. Lewis from the steps of the police station. Before reading out the figures he made a strong appeal to the crowd to be orderly, and to quietly go hornet ■mtter- tlio result "was madip known. I he figures were read as follows Lloyd George 3,112 Austin Jones 1,904 Majority 1,208 -1 ineae was a iremenaous cneer when it was found that the Chancellor had incas- ed his majority by 130 votes, he at thiat time being the only Cabinet Minister who had increased his majority during this elec- tion. The crowd commenced to disperse, and bands of young men formed processions around the town singing election songs. Afterwiards a very large crowd visited the Liberal Club expecting results of other elec- tions. From somewhere there was a fusil- ade of stones in the back of the club, and one of the missies broke a window in the Town Hall. Those inside were becoming furious, but they became pacified when the I police were told of the incident and had made an investigation. There were several fights during the evening, but the police easily coped with the disturbers of the peace. During the evening rockets and fireworks .were let off at Conway and Deganwy. Early on Monday morning Mr. J. P. Griffiths, the president of the local Liberal Association, sent the following telegram to the Right Hon D. Lloyd George at Cric- ci-eth Conway Liberals send hearty congratulations on splendid victory." COUNTING THE VOTES. By special arrangements made by the re- turning officer the ballot-boxes from the outlying boroughs were brought to Carnar- von by half-past nine o'clock, and the counting of the votes proceeded forthwith. Mr. Lloyd Geoige reached the counting- room an hour later. The declaration took place at a quarter pasft eleven, and for three-quarters of an hour before that the street on both sides of the Guildhall arch- way was packed with a surging crowd. When the Mayor appeared on the bal- cony, the hubbub below was so great that his repeated attempts to make known the figures were ineffectual. They were: Lloyd George 3,112 Austin Jones 1,904 Liberal majority 1,20s fr. Lloyd George moved a vote of thanks to the returning offiter for the very efficient manner in which the election had been con- ducted. He also expressed his appreciation of the good temper shown in the contest, and of the honourable manner in which his opponent had carried on the campaign. (Cheers.) Mr. W. Lloyd Griffith, the Conservative agent, seconded the vote of thanks. MR. LLOYD GEORGE ON THE VICTORY. It had been arranged that Mr. Lloyd George should after the declaration address his supporters in Castle-square, and on ar- rival the right hon. gentleman's car was quickly surrounded by a vast cheering crowd whose enthusiasm made it quite impossible for Mr. George to deliver more than a few fragmentary words of thanks. My dear fellow-countrymen, said Mr. Lloyd' George, after The Land of my Fathers" had been sung, twenty years ago I was thanking you for giving me a majority of 18, but the times have improved wonderfully since then, for to-night the majority has reached 1,208." (Loud cheers.) He went on to say that he was proud to have taken a part once more in the great fight in a righteous cause to which their dear nation had already contributed so much. Wales had proved true to the ban- ner of liberty—(cheers),—and in a few months more he would see the old enemy of democratic freedom laid prostrate. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Herbert Lewis, M.P., and Mr. E. W. Davies, M.P., who accompanied Mr. Lloyd George, also added a few congratulations to the men of the Carnarvon Boroughs, and subsequently the newly-eleoted member, now lookng back upon his seventh contest, drove back to Criccieth amidst tremendous cheer- ing. SCENES AT CRICCIETH. Criccieth Town Hall was densely packed on Saturday night with an excited and ex- pectant audience, awaiting the result of the poll. Good cheer was maintained by an entertainment consisting of songs, recita- tions, and gramophone selections, and when the Chancellor's magnificent victory was announced the audience burst out into tre- mendous enthusiasm. The meeting formed into a procession, which marched to Bryn- awelon, the Chancellor's residence, to await the return of the victorious member. They congregated on the lawn and sang election songs with real Celtic fervour. Little Megan, the Chancellor's daughter, who had gone to bed, got up and waved her hand at tb- crowd as it shouted wildly, Lloyd George for ever." At tw') o'clock in the morning the Chan- cellor returned by motor from Carnarvon, accompanied by Mrs. Lloyd George and Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P., and was greeted at Brynawelon by Sir Frank Edwards, M.P., who literally jumped in ecstatic delight at the triumphant issue of the fight. The crowd gave a most rousing ovation, and sang the National Anthem. In a short address from the doorstep the Chancellor thanked his neighbours for their unflinching loyalty to him, and for the hand- some majority which had been accorded him. The crowd then gave the Chancellor three rousing cheers and bade him good night. The singing of election stanzas continued until nearly three o'clock.


Love's Farewell.


Abergele Sparks.

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