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WALES AND THE COMING FIGHT. EAST DENBIGHSHIRE. Candidates Mr E. G. Hemmerde (L) Mr David Rhys (C). The campaign has opened in East Denbighshire. Both Mr Hemmerde and Mr Rhys have held meetings in the divi- sion. Wherever he goes Mr Hemmerde is received with great enthusiasm, and nowhere more so than in Rhos. Mr Rhys on the other hand, is having a very mixed reception. In a few of the outly- I ing districts he is hailed with cheers, but in all the popular centres he is severely heckled. He has already addressed two meetings in Rhos, and is to address another very soon. In the meantime we read of Mr Hemmerde fighting the good fight in other parts of the country. His brilliant oratory and forceful personality are being claimed on every hand, and everywhere he goes he touches into life the Liberalism of the district he speaks in. We, in East Denbighshire, however keen may be our desire to hear our mem- ber, should sink our inclinations in that respect, in order to advance the cause. We should with a cheerfel heart strike off the leash, and allow him to rush on the toe. Mr Hemmerde is at his best when he is fighting with his back to the wail, o wheo, with shining sword aloft, he is storming a citadel. In Liberal East Denbighshire he finds there is not much work of the aggressive type to do, ard like the young heroes of old, he must perforce, buckle on his armour and sally out in search of adventure. Presently he will come home covered perhaps with the scars of battle, and then it will be our duty to see that he receives the welcome he deserves In his absence we can, however, amuse ourselves at the futile attempts of Mr Rhys. DENBIGH BOROUGHS Candidates Mr Clement Edwards (L) Hon Ormsby Gore, (C). Up to the last general election the Den- bigh boroughs had nearly always been represented by a Tory. In 1906 the elec- tors returned Mr Clement Edwards with a majority of 573. The new candidate, Mr Ormsby Gore, is the son of Lord Harlech, and stands for everything that tpakes for the perpetuation oi the inter- ests of the landowning aristocracy. Wre<ham, by far the largest of the con- tributory boroughs, is declared to bemore strongly Liberal than it was in 1906. even apart from the popularity of the Budget and the gratitude of the old folks for the granting of pensions. The Liberal party organisation is in an excellent state of efficiency, and the miners have appointed a special committee to assist in Mr .Ed- wards' candidature. Denbigh is espec- ially enthusiastic in its attitude towards I the great Finance Bill because Mr Lloyd George received his political baptism in I that town under the late Mr Thomas Gee. To sum up the general situation, every- I thing points to another Liberal triumph, with a majority approximating the four figures upon which Mr Edwards had set his heart. FLINT BOROUGHS. Candidates Mr J. W. Summers (L) Mr H. A. Tilby (C). There is every probability that in the Flint boroughs, political history will re- peat itself. It is true that for many years past the Liberal majority has never been d very startling one, but it has always been steady and sufficient to prove that the electors are Liberal. At the last elec- tion Mr Idris was ejected by a majority of 376 votes. Mr Tilby, the Conservative candidate, is a retired schoolmaster, and by some of the party he is regarded as possessing high ability. In several dis- tricts however his candidature is not thought to be at ail promising. As a, striking contrast the Liberal party have selected Mr Summers, who has been identified throughout his life with the par- ty, and he is typical of all that qualifies for the best interests of Radicalism. Mr Summers has fjr years occupied the posi- tion of chairman t)f the Flintshire County Council. He is a member of the firm of Messrs Summers and Sons, who employ thousands of men and no one could be more versed or better qualified to speak upon the industrial problems which are before the country. A Free Trader of the first water, his public speeches have been couched in thoughtful and admirable terms. The abolition of the House of Lords' veto is the battle cry in the bor- oughs, and it is being ably sounded by Mr Summers and his party. 1t FLINTSHIRE. Candidates Mr J. Herbert Lewis (L) Col Lloyd Howard (C), The political history of Flintshire has constituted one long and unbrok o record of staunch Liberalism. Peer n-rame of Mr Herbert Lewis is vener ,d. ami bis kiD. rt tiring and zealous endeavours on behalf 11 of temperance and other social reforms, have won him the highest possible esteem. The electors aie convinced that the hon-i our conferred upon him as the Parlia-I mentary Secretary to the Local Gevern 1 ment Board was deserved and well-earn- ed for his astuteness in the Prriiamentary 1 life of the country. Everything augers well for a victorious campaign the elec- tors are keenly alive respecting the great issues before them. The venomous abuse which has been recently heaped upon their fellow-countryman, Mr Lloyd George, by the Tory emissaries, has kindled a tire of indignation and disgust in the ranks of the County Liberals, and it is asserted that there will be adequate retaliation. ANGLESEY. Candidates: Mr Ellis], Griffith (L) Mr R. O. Roberts (C), Mr Ellis Griffith has for many years represented the constituency in Parlia- ment. He is, next to Mr Lloyd George, the most brilliantly witty ahd effective speaker in the Welsh party. A perfect! example of his ability in this direction was given in his trenchant reply to Mr F. E. Smith, the day following that gentle- man's memorable visit to Carnarvon. Mr R. O. Roberts, the Tory candidate, has nursed the constituency for a considerable time, and cherises hopes of reducing Mr Ellis Griffith's tremendous majority of 2,718 recorded at the last election. These hopes however are not well founded, for so thoroughly has Mr Ellis Griffith edu- bated the electorate on the question ot Tariff Reform, that few of the Anglesey farmers now attach the slightest weight to that nostrum. f ARFON. Candidates Mr William Jones (L) Mr Alfred Hughes (C). Every Welshman knows William Jones" and his bubbling and infectous optimism, his torrential eloquence, and, his unfailing good temper. He has an excellent Parliamentary record, though one which does not come so prominently before the public eye as that of some of his colleagues. A constitution of iron, an exhaustless fund of energy, and a mag- nificent Welsh diction enable him to per- form extraordinary feats of electoral teats with marked success. His constituents almost worship him. The principal land- ed interests in the constituency are those of Mr Assheton-Smith and Lord Penrhyn. in whose quarries between 5 000 and 6.000 men and boys are employed These large landed proprietors, it goes without saying, are out and out Unionists and will throw the weight ot whatever in- fiuence they are possessed into the scale in favour of the Tory candidate. In years gone by the influence of these two houses was a deciding factor. It is not an alto gether negligible quantity in these days. but it is so much diminished by various causes, that it causes the Liberal party very little anxiety^ EIFION. Candidates Mr Ellis W. Davies (L) Mr Lloyd Priestley (C). Mr Ellis Davies literally sank into the seat vacated by his Honour Judge Bryn Roberts. The young Welsh solicitor has done nothing to diminish the confidence then reposed in him by the electors, but, on the contrary, has done a very great deal to strengthen and increase that con- fidence. During his four years tenure of the seat, Mr Ellis Davies, who is a fluent speaker in English and Welsh, has quiet- ly but steadily achieved a position in the House of Commons which always secures for him an attentive hearing. He bases. tablished himself as an authority on the question of the taxation of land values, even in the House of Commons. He is a master of 44 Yr hen iaeth and that fact alone is worth hundreds of votes to him. He is an ardent patriot. In fact it is in this connection alone that Mr Davies ev- er flames up, and when he does his con- stituents flame up with him. There is not a single one of the great questions of the day upon which Mr Ellis Davies is not at the shortest notice ready and wil- ling to meet the doughtiest opponent that mav nresent himself. t n- 01 &" CARNARVON BOROUGHS. Candidates The Right Hon D. Lloyd George (L) Mr Hugh C. Vincent (C). In the Carnarvon boroughs will be fought one of the most important fights in the whole kingdom. The election in fact, will be in a sense in which a general election has seldom, or never been, a per- sonal one. It will be in a very real sense "Lloyd George versus the House of Lords." For the Chancellor there is ev- ery prospect of a sure, certain, and bril- liant victory. For Mr Vincent an equaJly í sure and certain defeat. Nevertheless both sides are working as hard as if the í I result were doubtful. The Chancellor has I put in a lot of effective work, and he is a man who is bound to fire his constituents j with the most burning zeai and enthusi-j asm. In the Chancellor's absence the Liberal workers are preparing for the fight in a calm, cool, and methodical man- er They reaHze that Mr Lloyd George's defeat at the forthsoming election would be a disaster to the Liberal party, and in the opinion of thousands outside his con- stituency y a disaster for the action. This, of course, is due to the fact that his ex- traordinary political succeeses have con- stituted him one of the forem. st leaders of the party, but in a more especial sense, because the election throughout the whole country turns mainly, almost entirely, upon the question of whether his policy or that of others shall be adopted by the nation or not.

EAST DENBIGHSHIRE. -0-

Mr. Rhys at Brynteg.

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