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THE BARROW ELECTION. Unquestionably the leading and all- absorbing topic in the political world during the last few days has been the Barrow election, rendered necessary by the acceptance of the Chiltern Hundreds by Mr W. S. Caine, the Unionist member for the division. The Poll took place on Wednesday last, and the result, as reported in our columns, was declared late that night. That the Unionist party has lost one of its seats we do not think anybody will seriously care to deny,, but we confess ourselves utterly unable to see any legitimate cause for the wild exultation indulged in by the Gladstonians, over what they have temporarily gained through the misfortune of their opponents, unless it be that they are thankful for so small a mercy as a false victory. We contend that Barrow to-day, to all intents and purposes, is as decisively Unionist as it was in the General Election of 1886. That the contending forces were moved in the direction of Home Rule and anti- Home Rule is sufficiently established by the fact that Mr Gladstone himself urged in his letter all his followers at Barrow to support Mr Duncan's candidature, while Mr Caine, to the last, refused to be baited by the Home ¡ Rulers, aud in answer to the various questions put to him by wire, by letter, and by depu- tations, emphatically declined to espouse their cause, and went before the electors as in 1886, a supporter of the Union between Great Britain and Ireland. Mr Wainwright fought as an out and out Conservative, and secured no less than 1,862 votes, which, added to the 1,280. recorded in favour of the Liberal Unionist candidate, shows a force of 3,142 in favour of the Union, or a majority of 1,148 over the successful Gladstonian candidate. We do not affect surprise at the result of this election. It is generally the case that when one party, however strong and however positive its majority may be in a particular district, has the ill fortune of being divided in its sympathies and in its actions, the minority succeed in snatching a victory. Of such a nature was the accident at Barrow on Wed- nesday last. We C( nfklently believe that when the next gene-Mi election comes, the voice of Bai i-ow wil o ace mo *e be h<»ard in the councils of the nation ranged on the side of the Union.


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