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DIARY OF COMING ENGAGEMENTS.

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EAST DENBIGHSHIRE.

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EAST DENBIGHSHIRE. Speculation is rife as to the shape the impending contest for the vacancy in East Denbighshire, caused by the lamented death of Sir GEORGE OSBORNE MORGAN, will assume. Much will depend on the course pursued by the Radical and Labour parties. Rumour credits the Radicals with a desire to conciliate Labour by offering the candidature to Mr. lOAN T. WILLIAMS, the leader of the local apostles of Labour, but then arises the difficulty-by no means insignificant in a Welsh constituency- that Mr. WILLIAMS has lost prestige of late by having gone into business as a publican. In the eyes of the Welsh Radicals no more unpardonable sin could have been committed, and it is very questionable whether these gentlemen will ever be brought to vote for a man whose hands are stained with the unholy traAc in drink. The Teetotal section will come strongly to the front, and there is just a chance that they may insist upon introducing as their champion, Mr. W. S. CAINS. Another probable candidate on the Radical side is Mr. SAMUEL Moss, our fellow-citizen. Mr. Moss has for a long time past been regarded as an aspirant for Parliamentary honours, and as Mr. Gn's protege he might do worse than begin in East Denbighshire, that is to say if the Labour leaders can be propitiated. We can scarcely believe that the Opposition will be foolhardy enough to hazard a battle with a divided camp. Although Mr. ST. JOHN RAIKES, when he fought Sir GEORGE OSBORNE MORGAN for the seat at the last election, in 1895, was defeated by the sweeping majority of 1784, it is a well-known fact that it was Sir GEORGE'S growing personal popularity rather than any real hold of Radical principles upon the constituency that brought about such a triumphant majority. The Opposition cannot have for- gotten that in 1885 Sir GEORGE had only a majority of 393 over Sir H. W. WYNN, while in thefollowing year his majority had shrunk toa miserable 26. In 1892 the Gladstonian majority had reached 765, but this surely cannot be considered a safe margin to admit of running two candidates on the Radical side. While we await the decision of the Opposition as to the selection of candidates with no little interest, we shall be glad to hear of the early choice of a Unionist nominee. Mr. ST. JOHN RAIKES made a plucky fight at the last General Election against a candidate who had by his long service secured a tenacious hold on the constituency. In the first instance Mr. RAIKES will doubtless be approached now, and if he is willing to offer his services again, he will enter the field under immeasurably more encouraging auspices than were present two years ago, when he was new to the division and to Parliamentary candidature. He is the son of a celebrated Conservative leader, and he is well-known and exceedingly popular in both Denbighshire and Flintshire. Failing Mr. RAIKES, rumour has fixed on Mr. ELDON BANKES as the most likely candidate on the Unionist side. Mr. BANKBS comes of an old Flintshire family, his name is familiar not only in Denbighshire, but through. out the whole northern part of the Principality as one of the most brilliant counsel on the North Wales circuit, and should the choice fall on him, and if he can find time to devote to the duties, he would make a capital fight for the seat. His election as a representative of the Principality would be a most valuable acquisition to the Government, for he is a speaker of consummate address, and a man of brilliant parts.

VOLUNTEERS AS 'SCORCHERS.'

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CHESTER CATHEDRAL.

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