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Saturday's Declaration.


Saturday's Declaration. Liberal Celebrations. Torch-Light Procession. The declaration of the Borough poll was a declaration in name only. To all intents and purposes the streets were as empty as on an ordinary Saturday afternoon, and the tele- gram posted in the Echo office windows in High-street and West-street shortly before two o'clock was merely inspected by casual passers-by. Nevertheless, the news spread with phenomenal rapidity, and the figures were speedily known throughout the length and breath of the town, with the result that within an hour a crowd of boys was patroll- ing the streets rearing aloft a banner bearing the extent of the Liberal majority, and attracting attention thereto by the persistent ringing ot a hand-bell. Therea! demonstration, in celebration of the dual victory, took place, however, shortly after eight o'clock at night, when a procession of 36 torch bearers and other enthusiasts, paraded the principal thoroughfares, subse- quently forming a ring in the centre of the Square. A considerable number of extra police had been drafted into the town, as a safeguard against any contingency which might arise. These patrolled. the streets in couples, but, fortunately, no occasion for their intervention arose, the whole of the proceedings being characterised by great restraint. As a matter of fact, many prominent Conservative tradesmen had contributed their quota to- wards the expenses of the demonstration, and this fact naturally tended towards the cultiva- tion of a feeling of good-will. On the Square a large crowd had assem- bled beyond the ring of torches, and, it having been decided to hold a brief meeting, Mr 0 D Jones was, on the motion of Mr D Gwion Thomas, seconded by Mr David John, voted to the "chair." They were, he said, called together that night for a double reason they had won two victories in Pembrokeshire-(hear, hear)-the Boroughs election by 705 majority and the County election by 2,844 (cheers). Mr Roch had well deserved what he had had, and more, and the speaker confessed that he was a bit disappointed that he had not had three thousand majorityr It was not the time, that night, for speaking, but for rejoicing, and he therefore requested that the few friends whom he would call upon would be brief in their remarks. Mr D Gwion Thomas-whom the Chair- man described as the real leader of the work- ingmen of Fishguard-said he was sorry that the condition of his voice would not allow him to address them all he wished that it could reach to the outer extremities of that audience. As the Chairman had said, that ,WS aThle l°r,r^0!Png' not for speech-mak- iL eyu j ad one of the best victories that they had ever had in Pembrokeshire. I hey had had ail the forces of Conservatism, landlordism, and capitalism arrayed against them but, despite that fact, they had won a great fight-(Cheers)-and they had got to thank the people who were electors in the county for it. He simply wanted to thank hem for what they had done, and for what they were doing that night by celebrating 2ln',CST' "? ,houSht "i' werf suflcient of the people there to thank them in a more practical way for it. (Cheers). The Chairman having, amidst cheers, an- nounced a number of Liberal victories, called upon Mr A J Hodges, remarking that he was a gentleman who had worked very hard for the Liberal cause during the last few days. Mr Hodges said he was delighted to be there that night. As they were aware, he was not a public speaker, and never had spoken in public, but he was delighted to be on the side of the peopie against the Peers and also delighted at the splendid victories won in the Boroughs and in the County. He only hoped that the Tories had now had sufficient in Pembrokeshire and would never- .1 contest the seats again. (Cheers). The Chairman next called upon Mr W JY Lewis, the Secretary of the Goodwick Liber- al Association, he, speaking in Welsh, asked to- be pardoned for not saying much, as he pre- I a"d not peaking. He reiter^- ated Mr Hodges hope that the Tories would never contest the seat again. (Cheers). At this stage of the proceedings a bonfire was made of the torches in the centre of the ring, but ultimately they were raised aloft again, and Mr Lewis continued his address. Still speaking in the vernacular, he said they had arrayed against them all the forces of darkness, yet Mr Samson, who was a Pem- brokeshire man, had polled two votes less than Mr Lort Williams had done before. Mr-i Roch had served them well during the last eighteen months, and there was no justifica- tion whatever for the Conservatives having opposed him in the present contest. (Cheers). The Chairman, in bringing the meeting to a close, said they had never been disorderly, and he appealed to them now to conduct themselves in such a way that the police force which had been imported into the town should have nothing to do. (Cheers). He thought that Supt. Brinn was very proud of the way in which they had conducted them- selves that night. (Cheers). The assembly having- sung" For he's a, jolly good fellow," gave three cheers apiece- for each of the new members, for the Irish- men who had supported them, and for the: Rev. J Hughes Parry, Rector of Rudbaxton. The Chairman then wished them all' Good night,' remarking that they had had a jolly good day-the best for many a year past.. (Cheers). The meeting then dispersed, the torches; having previously been converted into a bon- fire.

Record Borough Poll.

County Council Election-


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