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GENERAL ELECTION, 1910

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Fishguard's Future.

SATURDAY SCENES

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SATURDAY SCENES Outside Echo Offices. Declaration of First Polls. How Ireland Received the News. Scenes unprecedented since the days of the Boer War were witnessed outside our head offices in High-street, Fishguard, on Saturday night, when we were enabled exclusively to announce to the impatient public the result of 69 polls which had taken place that day —the first of the memorable contest now in full swing. Our recently enlarged premises assumed the aspect of a club in which were assembled persons of all ages, every social grade, and ( many divergent forms of political thought, whilst large numbers who were unable 10 obtain admittance had to be content with assembling in the thoroughfare, which was packed with a dense mass of humanity which cheered or groaned lustily according to the manner in which the several results appealed to its corporate view of the situation. The first results were received at about 11.40 and, having been announced to the waiting crowd, were posted in the window, whence they were eagerly copied by the more enthusiastic partisans. Thenceforth tele- gram followed telegram with great rapidity, until by one o'clock no less than 63 results had been made known. It had not been anticipated that, at that hour, any further messages would come through, but during the next hour three sup- plementary wires were received, and even then the number of enthusiasts who made careful note of the figures must have run into at least a couple of score, and it was just on 3.30 on Sunday morning when the crowd left our front shop. Simultaneously with the enthusiasm which prevailed in the front portion of our premises a scene of strenuous activity might have been witnessed at our printing works, where, as fast as the results were received, they were set in triplicate type, and at one o'clock printing operations were commenced. During the ensuing hour no less than 4,500 copies were worked oil, and these were conveyed promptly to the Harbour Station, whence at 2.20 a.m. they were despatched aboard the Rosslare boat en route for the Emerald Isle, the time which had elapsed between the receipt of the first telegram and the sailing of the vessel having been but two hours and forty minutes. The motive actuating this unique journal- istic feat was to enable readers of Lloyd's Weekly News in Ireland to peruse the elec- toral results by seven o'clock on Sunday morning, a feat which would have been im- possible had the printing taken place in London. It speaks volumes for the enter- prise of one of London's greatest newspaper firms that it should have conceived so ingen- ious a project as entrusting the printing of supplements to the Echo," and the fact may be accepted as evidence of the remarkably expeditious manner in which the new port is establishing herself in the public confidence as a starting-point for Ireland, for Lloyds Weekly News," together with its Fishguard- printed supplements, were speedily dissemin- ated from Rosslare throughout the whole of Erin. Furthermore, an additional five hun- dred copies met with a ready sale in Fish- guard and her evirons. o Apropos of Saturday's journalistic "scoop it is interesting to learn—as we do authorit- atively—that 1,500 copies of our" Mauretan- ia Special Edition have been dispatched by the Great Western Railway 'Company to America for distribution.

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HARMONY, PENCAER.

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