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RADICAL OR ROWDY ? By the time these lines are in the hands of our readers the great bulk of the voters of East Denbighshire will have determined at the polling booths who is to be the member for the division. The contest, so far as the principals are concerned, has been fought out on gentle- manly lines, as was to be expected from the personal characters of Mr. KENYON and Mr. Moss. We wish we could say as much for the rank and file of one party, and that, too, the one which had least excuse for resorting to illegitimate practices, inasmuch as it started with a lead of over 1,700 votes at the last General Election, and could afford on a mere numerical calculation alone to conduct the con- test in a calm and temporate spirit. If Mr. Moss is returned, his friends will make out that this is one more nail in the coffin of the Established Church in Wales, is ene more proof that the Principality is solid for Disestablishment. Mr. Moss, it is true, has made Disestablishment the first and main plank in his platform, but everyone who has watched the progress of events in the con- stituency during the past week knows that Disestablishment has had nothing to do with the issue. Mr. Moss, should he be fortunate enough to be elected, will go to Parliament with the initial 'R' bracketed after his name, but in this case the letter will denote not Radicalism but Ruffianism. His election will signify the triumph of rowdyism over law and order, and he is welcome to whatever consola- tion he may derive from the fact. In three important centres of industry in the division, Rhos, Coedpoeth, and Minera, the Unionist candidate has not been heard, thanks to the reign of terror that has held sway in that excited part of the county. In what way, therefore, can the miners of these districts be said to have given a vote on the issue of Disestablishment, when they have heard only one side of the case ? They know nothing of Mr. KENYON'S programme, for it would be stretching a point in their favour to assume that the men who will not let a candidate speak at his own meetings would take the trouble to read his election address or his speeches else- where. The blackguardly rowdies who have brought lasting disgrace on the name ef Denbighshire have voted for their favourite without knowing the programme of his opponent, and, what is vastly more important, after wilfully preventing a great proportion of the voters who had an open mind on the subject from having an opportunity of judging of the merits of the rival candidates and programmes. We say nothing of the per- sonal insults and injuries inflicted upon defenceless citizens, a point which, we trust, will be subsequently taken up by the police, if it is possible in the presence of such a rowdy population to secure independent evidence to convict. The mere fact that the programme of the Unionist candidate has been wantonly and violently interfered with in three separate districts con- stitutes intimidation of the most flagrant description, and ought to be sufficient to invalidate the election. These electioneering tactics may be good enough for Ireland, but we have been taught to expect better conduct from the strongholds of Dissent in a Welsh border county. 6




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