THE OtWnSRAL ELECTION -0- Returns to date. Liberals 254 ] li&bouf 39 f 367 Nationalists 74 J Pood Taxers 268 Progressive Majority 109 Stilltobedsclarad. 49 Votes against Lords 3,248,690 For the Lords 2,908,285 Majority against 340,405
THE ANSWER. East Denbighshire has spoken and that in no uncertain voice. Mr Hemmerde's triumphant victory is the proper answer to the insolent arrogance and pretensions of the Lords. A majority of 3,544,—the highest on record-shows that the quack nostrums of Mr David Rhys and his pal- I ty have not, and never will shake the sturdy Liberalism of East Denbighshire, It adds all the more to the glorious victory when we remember that Mr Hemmerde only visited his constituency a few days before the eve of the poll. He has done magnificent work in speaking all over the country in helping the weak, and leav- ing his own constituency to the care of his friends here. His confidence was fully justified, and the Tories who thought to to keep him here have been defeated and toiled all along the line. Rhos as usual, polled en masse for him, and the result was received with enthusiastic cheers by the thousands who went down to Wrex- ham on Wednesday. Mr David Rhys fought a hopeless fight from the very commencement, and to talk as he did af- ter the result of the poll, of winning the seat during the next eighteen months is to talk absolute nonsense. But then he must have something to say, and East Denbighshire can afford to laugh at his prophetical utterance.
EAST DENBIGHSHIRE. TORY MEETING ABANDONED AT RHOS. The streets of Rhos on Friday evening last presented a scene which would have struck terror into the heart of the stout- fist Tory. The Public Hall had been en- gaged to hold a meeting in favour of Mr David Rhys, the Conservative candidate, and it was rumoured that Mr Ormsby- Gore, the victorious candidate for the Denbigh boroughs would accompany bim. Mr Gore had aroused the anger of all Rhos LiberaHs by his utterances against Mr Lloyd George, and they wece very desirous that Mr Gore should have an opportunity to apologise. Mr Gore had also said at Wrexham that the peo- ple of West Denbighshire were sick of Sir Herbert Roberts; and another of his speeches was adorned with the sentence H If you stick a red rag oi a wooden doll and ask Rhos people to vote for it, they would do so to a man." These phrases had stuck in the minds of the people, and it was with more thin ordinary idle curi- osity that they looked forward to his com- ing. They wanted to see Mr Rhys very b idly too. Mr Rhys had been going up and down che ti I visioti making capital out of the name of Dr Cynddylan Jones and the people wanted so draw Mr Rhys' attention to the fact that Dr Cynddylan denies the things Mr Rhys, with such gusto, says ribout him. So, on Friday night, a great concourse of people awaited the coming of these two gentlemen. The Public Hall was opened about seven o'clock, and was quickly failed to the doors. Around the building also, a large crowd had gathered, and along the streets a procession of children carried an effigy of Mr Rhys. It was evident that a good deal of excitement was expected, for a large number of people from Cefn and Wrexham were present. Everyone sported his colour, and one looked round to vain for a piece of blue. Eight o' clock came, but there was no I ,.ign of the doming of the Conservatives. Several false alarms were raised, but the booing heard in the distance proved to be the final funeral rites of the maltreated effigy, who ended its short and buffeted existence in a most inglorious death. The waiting crowd in the Public Hall, j having sung and sung again, at last con- verted the meeting into a Liberal one Speeches by several prominent Liberals were given, including a rousing one by the Rev T. A. Thomas, Johnstown. The victory at Wrexham by the Conserva- tives was referred to has having been ac- complished by the aid of the beer barrel, supplemented perhaps by the support of the Anglican church and the canvassing of Father Quinn. Time crept on and still there was no sign of Mr Rhys. The people were un- willing to disperse, and walked about in the hopes that something would happen. When nine o'clock came, however, it was felt that neither Mr Rhys nor Mr Gore would favour Rhos with their presence that evening. So the meeting in the hall terminated with a v *e of confidence Mr Hemmerde. On the following d Jy the Tory pape stated that it was not the intention of M Rhys to hold a meeting at Rhos theu night; that as a matter of fact he was that evening addressing a meeting Chirk. The fact however remains thai the Public Hall was engaged for Mr Rhys for that night. The only intelligent eic- planation offered is that Mr Rhys was stopped on his way from Chirk to Rhos, and advised to abandon the meeting.
Mr Hemmerde and Mr Neilson at Johnstown. A Liberal demonstration was held at Johnstown on Saturday evening, when addresses supporting Mr Hemmerde's candidature, were given to a large gath- ering in the Council School. An over- flow meeting was also held in the open air. Mr C. Morgan presided in the Schools, where addresses were given by Mr Hemmerde, Mr Geo T. Davies, and Mr Albert Jones. Mr Neilson, fresh from his victory at Hyde, was given a tremendcus ovation, but his voice was too worn to allow him to make a lengthy address. Stirring addresses were de- livered, the enthusiasm of the audience beiug raised to a very high pitch. Cheers for Mr and Mrs Hemmerde, and Mr and Mrs Neilson terminated one of the most remarkable meetings ever held at Johns town. The Rhos Silver Band, which headed a procession to meet Mr Hemmer- de, deserve special recognition for the helpful service they have rendered the Liberal candidate in this and past elec-1 tions.
LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AT RHOS. Mr Hemmerde's Visit. One of the most extraordinary meetings ever held in Rhos, was that which took place in the Public Hall on the eve of the poll. Long before the meeting was timed I to commence, thehall was besieged by a I crowd, who beat upon the doors, and who swarmed about the building like bees around a queen. To relieve the pressure I in the streets, the doors of the hall were thrown open, and in a few seconds the place was filled to bulging point. There was nearly an hour to wait, and the aud- ience, good-humoured, yet charged with excitement, prepared to enjoy itself. During a temporary lull, Mr Emlyn Griffiths was called-upon to oblige with his by now celebrated solo Has any- I body here seen Dafydd?" The young vocalist struck up, the huge audience heartily joining in the chorus. The chairman of the meeting was Mr J. E. Powell, Wrexham. He was greet- ed with cheers. He said he was glad to come to the hills of Rhos for a renewal of political health. The atmosphere of the hills was always pure and healthy and this was true of Rhos in a political as well as the other sense. Wales was playing a grand part in the present fight. While some of the wobbly English coun- ties were falling, the Welsh constituen- I cies remained true to Liberalism. (Cheers) Let the electors of Rhos then remember their duty. Referring to the recent elec- tion at Wrexham, Mr Powell said they had no idea of the difference between two places. In Wrexham they had to fight against two churches-Atiglican and Cath- olic-and against the influence of the Trade. Wrexham, geographically, was in Wales, but it was not Welsh Wales. By returning a Conservative member it had proved itself out of sympathy wtth the aspirations of Wales. But in East Denbighshire he was glad to think that no such calamity could happen. The men of Rhos stood by Sir G. O. Morgan in the dark days, and it was with the ut- most confidence he appealed to them to stand by Mr Hemmerde. (Cheers). Mr Geo T. Davies, of the Wrexham Cobden Mills then addres ed the meeting. Mr Davies was given a splendid reception, and a burst of applause greeted his few opening sentences when he said he was proud of standing on a Rhos plattorm to denounce snobbery and feudalism. Only that morning, he said, a Shrewsbury Tory had asked him where he was going to speak that night. He replied I am going to speak at Rhos tonight. U What said the Tory, "that's where the people are uncivilised isnt it ? Weil," he replied to the Tory, the people of Rhos are civilised enough to withstand the screw of the landlord--(applause)-and they were civilised enough to scorn all intimidation and terrorism." (Cheers). Giving an instance of the intimidation in agricultural and rural districts, Mr Davies said he had recently made three calls on behalf of Mr Edward Powell in the Os- westry division. In each of the three cases, the men said that they were afraid to vote Liberal. Why ? Oh, the land- lord's daughter had called upon them and told them that if that horrible Budget of that tyrant Mr Lloyd George was to pass, there would be no repairs done, and their rents would be raised. [Shame], Mr Thomas Hughes, Ponkey, proposed and Mr Wr R. Hughes, Rhos, seconded; a resolution pledging the meeting's sup- n:ti); \t"1-;1:e cf I:.1'r It was put to the meeting and carried un-1 2nimot?s!y. Mr Herbert Lewis, the Flintshire heroj was then caught sight of on ihe plat-I form, and straightway the audience broke j into outbursts of cheering. The victor- j ious candidate at once stepped forward and gave a short address. He said that! he owed Mr Hemmerde a hugh debt for I the work he had done for him in Flint- shire. (Cheers], No one could measure the work done for Liberalism by Mr Hem- merde. All over the country he had earn- ed a high reputation as a brilliant speaker and in the House of Commons he had al- ready earned a high place. [Cheers]. Re- ferring to the Budget, Mr Lewis said that in no previous Budget had there been so much humanity. Mr and Mrs Hemmerde were moment- arily expected, and to await their coming, Mr T. Sauvage, Wrexham, filled the breach with a stirring address. The hum of a motor-car outside announced their coming, and after a valiant struggle through the press, they managed at last to find the platform. A perfect furore of applause greeted Mr Hemmerde and his wife. For a few moments the candidate in vain held his hand up for silence. It was a thrilling sight to see the audience rocking and surging with enthusiasm. Then someone struck up the Welsh Na. tional Anthem. This acted like a charm, and soon the audience were soothed to quietness. Mr Hemmerde was in splend- id voice, and the old fighting note that de- lighted his first Rhos audience was again to be heard. He thanked them, he said, for the splendid way in which they had worked for him in his absence. He was proud of their confidence and assured them that as far as in him lay, they would never have cause to regret it. (Cheers]. Mrs Hemmerde made a short speech, ending in a Welsh sentence Diolch yn dda i chwi." (Cheers] Mr Hemmerde then left to address an overflow meeting at Bethlehem School- room. He was seized by a few of the crowd outside the hall, and carried shoul- der high to the schoolroom. At the con- clusion of the meetings a huge procession accompanied the party to the Cross, where Mr Hemmerde had, to again make a short speech. He was quickly hoisted up the Cross lamp, and from that unique plat- form, made his final appeal.
THE EYE OF THE POLL. The campaign, in East Denbighshire was brought to a close on Monday night, when twenty meetings were held in var- ious parts of the, constituency. Thirteen of those gatherings were arranged by the supporters of Mr Hemmerde, and the re- maining seven were organised on behalf of Mr David Rhys. Mr Hemmerde, who was accompanied by Mrs Hemmerde, spoke at half a dozen successful meetings on the eve of the poll. He spoke at an open-air meeting at Isy- coed, and later motored to Holt, where a large gathering was held in the Schools. Mr Hemmerde then went to Rossett, where he gave a stirring address. Mr F. Neilson, M.P., spoke at Gresford, in ad- dition to the candidate, and Sir Herbert Roberts spoke to a crowded meeting at Moss. At Brymbo two successful meet- ings were held under the auspices of the Free Church Council. Rousing meetings were also held at Rhostyllen and Coed- poeth, Mr Francis Neilson being the prin- cipal speaker. A capital meeting was held at Ruabon, Mr J. Herbert Lewis be. ing the speaker. The Cefn Liberals or- ganised a successful demonstration in the Council Schools, where a most enthusias- tic meeting was held. Mr David Rhys brought his campaign to a close 00 Monday night, with a large number of meetings. He spoke at three meetings, and was accompanied on his tour by Mrs Rhys. He first visited Brymbo, and later addressed meetingsi at Rhosymedre and Ruabon, being assist- ed at the latter place by Sir W. W Wynn. On the eve of the poll he received the as- sistance of Sir Foster Cunliffe, who spoke at Isycoed and Rhosnessney.
POLLING DAY SCENES IN RHOS Early on Tuesday the streets of Rhos showed signs of bustling activity. The Hafod miners were not working, and most of them were out early, enjoying their pipe in the morning air. The com- mittee rooms of the Liberal candidate were soon busy, every effort being made to whip up the voters to poll early. The Liberal colour was to be seen wherever one turned and posters were plastered on the walls of a large number of houses. The schoolboys were in their element, parading the streets with an effigy of the Conservative candidate, and singing at the top of their voices. By mid-day a large number of electors had registered their votes at the different polling booths. Rhos and Ponkey were going strong, and Pant was livening up. In the afternoon the traps and other vehicles became busy, rounds of cheers greeting the lame and the halt as they were driven to the poll. Shortly before the closing of the booths 1 Mr. Hemmerde, accompanied by Mrs. j Hemmerde, motored through Rhos, and j at vlii committee rooms. j The Liberal candidate made a trium- phant round of the booths, his appearance ¡ being greeted everywhere with ioud cheers When the polling booths were closed, the people paraded the streets. Market street and Hall street were nearly impass- able owing to the dense crowd. Every- thing, however, was of the most orderly kind, and the extra policemen drafted into the town had no disturbance to quell.
DECLARING THE RESULT. Magnificent Liberal Majority. Mr Hemmerde M.P. Speaks. E. G. Hemmerde (L). 6,865 David Rhys [C]. 3,321 Liberal majority 3»544 After the declaration of the poll at Wrexham, on Wednesday, Mr Hemmer- de spoke from the balcony of the Imperial Hotel and also at the Reform Club, and met with a great reception at both places. He was carried through the main streets of the town, and was enthusiastically cheered. In the course of his remarks he said they had, by that magnificent victory, wiped out the eight in the Denbigh Bor- oughs a hundred times over. He desired most heartily to thank them for that splen- did majority, and for the way they had worked for him in his absence. It was their victory for more than his. They had not only increased the majority-the poll had never been larger. Wales was going to return a majority of votes in the next Parliament of two to one. The ma- jority would be over 100,000 votes (cheers) Their message was one which absolutely insisted that the power of the House of Lords must be broken for ever, The Lords had attempted a revolution, and upon their heads be the penalty. The de- termined effort of Wales—the determined decision of the Welsh nation, was that it would no longer brook the insolent inter- ference of the Lords with its liberties and with its highest aspirations.-[ Cbeers]. They had waited long enough for this chance. The enemy had played into their hands, and the game was now wich them. It wanted, however, determined men to play it out. They must not falter or whittle away their chances now. He had taken a pretty good part on the land ques- tion. He hoped with that majority to take a yet bigger part.-[Cheers] He again thanked them on behalf of his wife and himself for the splendid and enthusi- astic manner in which they had supported the Liberal cause. -[Cheers]. j Mrs Hemmerde also briefly expressed her warm thanks for the great w,)rk they had done during the contest and for such an overwhelming majority. The Unionist candidate (Mr Rhys) Sir W W Wynn, and Sir Foster Cunliffe addressed a large crowd assembled out- side the Conservative Club. Mr Rhys said that although they were beaten they were not disgraced. They had fought a very good fight. He had been fighting in that contest, not Mr Hemmerde-against whom he had noth- ing to urge-but a greater than he, Mr Lloyd George, and it was because of him and his Budget that they stood beaten that day. He intended to come back again, if his supporters would have him, to" fight again and to win within the next 18 months at the latest.—(Cheers.)
Rhos and the Newspapers. SCANDALOUS UNTRUTHS. The good name of Rhos has in the past been slandered more than once in the daily newspapers. Ridiculous and un- truthful reports, under such headings as HOOLIGANS AT RHOS ROWDY RHOS MINERS. MUD THROWING AT RHOS have periodically appeared, and strangers reading these unfounded charges, have come to regard Rhos as a most fearful place. Rhos people rightfully resent such rid- iculous fables. The frigid and calculated lies circulated about the place in the newspapers and in the mouths of people, have not the slightest foundation. The latest example of this absurd sland- ering appeared in the Tory Press this week. One newspaper said that the Rhos rowdies on polling day repeated the conduct of Carnarvon roughs, who were cowardly enough to attack even ladies who wore the colour of the Unionist can- didate. The same paper went on to say | that a car, containing the acting Sheriff j for the County (Mr Robertson) and Major I Leadbetter, the Chief Constable, was pelted with mud as it passed through the streets of Rhos. We need hardly say that there is not the slightest truth in this statement. In the place the streets of Rhos were frozen hard, and it was 'impossible' to scrape a handful of mud. In the second j place, Sheriff Robertson speaking at the I declaration of the poll at Wrexham, said he had seen the report of mud throwing' in the newspapers, and he took that op* portuiiky f publicly -I=uy:ng strte* ment. Rhos, he said, was one ot the most orderly places he had driven through on polling day. We might here mention that mant Wrexham people when speaking of Rhos,, give full play to their imagination. For instance On Wednesday week, a proceso- sion of rowdy youths marching up and down the streets of Wrexham, were pointed out as being" Hooligans front Rhos." Not one of the youths in ques-e tion were from Rhos, but were all delect- able Wrexham) sports." It is high time these untruthful reports' came to an end. For the most part they aie concocted by prejudiced outsiders,
Rhos Young Liberal League. The rooms of the Young Liberal League were well attended during the week, when the results of the different- elections were announced each evening, The progress of the parties was eagerly" watched, and the majorities of the suo cessful candidates were carefully com- pared. With the exception of the Den- bigh boroughs and Radnorshire, WaleS" has returned either Liberal or Labour candidates with largely increased major- ities, and the announcement of the Welsft" results at the Young League rooms were" joyfully received.
RHOS. HILL STREET LITERARY SOCIETY.—A" very interesting debate took place on Thursday evening in connection with the: above society. Should the Parliament-, ary Franchise be extended to Women Miss D Clowes opened the debate in the affirmative and brought forwrrd some e.,¡' cellent arguments. The negative side war taken up and very ably put forward by" Mrs Eben Pritchard. The leaders were' strongly supported by Mrs W R Hughee" and Mr R A Jones for the affirmative, and Miss Connard and Mr E Emlyn Jones for" the negative. The chairman (Rev a; Williams) had to exercise his authority in calling several militant suffragettes in thCf audience to order. Upon a vote beinB taken the women had a splendid majority. SMART CAPTURE —An unknown marf attempted an assault upon a female on theT Wrexham road, a week last Saturday' night. On the following Monday a des- cription of the man was issued, and 00 the Wednesday, Acting-Sergt Harris, sefe* ing a stranger on the streets of Rhos who answered to the descriptian of the wanted man, apprehended him and took him into custody. The man has been formally charged. Acting Sergt Harris is to ffc congratulated on his smart capture. ADMIRING THE SUNSET COMET.-The new daylight comet was plainly to be sees Olil Tuesday evening. A large number of people parading along Hall street, were struck with the unique spectacle, and watched it sink in the western sky about half-past seven. The Comet's tail could1 be seen quite plainly, shooting upwards and inclining towards the planet Venus#* which for some weeks now has been the most brilliant spectacle of our wiuter sky The nucleus of the comet appeared about, the size of an orange.*
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