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THE EDDISBURY SEAT. The decision arrived at on Saturday by the Executive Committee of the Unionist party in Eddisbury to recommend Colonel Cotton- Jodrell, C.B., as the Unionist candidate for the division, when a vacancy arises at the close of the present Parliament, will not only be assented to by the members of the party throughout the constituency, but will be hailed with unanimous enthusiasm. The Executive represent both wings of the Unionist party, the Conservatives and the Liberal Unionists, who, it need hardly be stated, are working now, as heretofore, in complete accord. The Committee and the party are to be congratulated upon the excellence of the choice, tor if Cheshire had been searched throughout, no more acceptable successor to Mr. Henry Tollemache could have been found. Colonel Cotton-Jodrell, with his fifteen years' Parliamentary experience behind him in the representation of the neighbouring division of Wirral, and with his practical knowledge of all agricultural problems, is the very man to carry Eddisbury against all-comers. He was known during his former spell in Parliament, sitting for Wirral from 1885 to 1900, as an eminently useful, practical member, quietly and unostentatiously doing his duty, attentive to the varied wants of his constituency, and resembling Mr. Tollemache in this respect that he did not believe in boring either the House or his constituents with too many long- winded speeches. His knowledge of Army matters will be a valuable recommendation, while his long and intimate acquaintance with the many phases of Cheshire agriculture makes him an ideal representative alike for landlords, farmers and labourers. He is no mere carpet-bag politician who is the farmers' friend" one day, the miners' friend the next and so on, according to the condition of the particular constituency he may be called upon to fight. The gallant Colonel has identified himself with the agri- cultural life of the county for its own sake, and not for electioneering purposes. It is a simple matter for a professional politician to master all the technique of the perennial agricultural problem and then pose as the counsellor and friend of the farmers. No one who knows anything of the working of the agricultural organisations in this county can deny Colonel Cotton-Jodrell's long and loyal service in this field of labour, and probably no better example of his keen interest in the subject could be cited than the experiments which he conducted a year or two ago in the growing of Kansas wheat, at a time when political considerations were doubtless furthest from his thoughts. That the announcement of the Colonel's impending appearance in the arena of Eddis- bury has already struck dismay in the Radical camp we can readily believe, and the gentlemen who were a few days ago loudest in their praise of the newly-found Radical candidate, Mr. Stanley, are now the loudest to bewail their precipitancy. If they had only known that Colonel Cotton-Jodrell was to be the Unionist champion, they would have thought twice before running an unknown and untried politician, and the chances are that they would have allowed the election to pass over without a contest. As matters stand, Mr. Stanley's position is by no means enviable, fighting what is a forlorn hope. Meanwhile, since the seat is going to be contested in the Radical interest, it behoves the Unionist party in the division to put their electioneering machinery in good working order. It is now nearly nine years since the Eddisbury voters had the pleasure of going to the poll in a Parliamentary con- test, and the best of machinery will get rusty through desuetude. Nothing must be left to chance, for the enemy are already hard at work, and although there is no immediate apprehension of a Dissolution, accidents will happen in the best-regulated Sessions.



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