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THE BARROW ELECTION.

THE PRIMROSE LEAG UE.

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THE PRIMROSE LEAG UE. All members of the Primrose League and our readers in general, will learn with deep regret that Capt. Jones-Parry, the able and indefati- gable agent of that powerful organisation in West Gwalia, has this week relinquished his appointment as such. Capt. Parry espoused the cause of the League in Wales at the time when its objects were but imperfectly under- stood, and interpreted with no small amount of scepticism, if not open hostility by the Conser- vative party itself. Not only had Capt. Parry to cope with this, but the aims of the Primrose League were selfishly and un- generously discarded, under the specious excuse that the success of the League would necessarily prove detrimental to the success of all then existing Conservative organisations. These, with many other objections, Capt Jones Parry, with his uniform affability, his clear understanding and lucid exposition of its principles, and his eloquent address, managed to surmount to such a degree that to-day, the Primrose League is decidedly one of the most powerful, representative, and popular of all nolitical organisations known in om* district: X o — We sincerely congratulate him upon the large measure of success that has crowned his determination to uphold and to assiduously disseminate knowledge of the true principles of the League. This he did not by passionately appealing to the sordid instincts of the credulous, the uninstructed or unidated, but by courting inquiries, arousing the enthusiasm and intensifying the earnestness of his fellow countrymen, by quickening within them the spirit of patriotism, and inculcating a sense and an appreciation of their duties and their privileges as citizens of their vast empire, such as he was well calculated to do. The League was started some seven years ago and then it numbered only ten members. But so rapid has been its growth since, that now it boasts of a membership of over a million. Its habita- tions are. to be met with in every city, town, village and hamlet in the land—some all powerful in their districts, others necessarily iiot so well ofl'. Wherever a branch has been established it has proved a unique success, ever on the increase. This success is not so marked and so satisfactory in those districts where the officers are earless and indifferent, or at any rate not so very active. These, how- ever, are few and are fast diminishing. In Carmarthenshire we have the Emlyn, Carmarthen District, Llanybyther, Llan- dovery, the Picton, St. Clean's and the Neweastle-Emlyn Habitations, all well organised, strong in numbers, and united and Z!5 enthusiastic in their proceedings. Cardigan- shire and Pembrokeshire are well to the fore, while in Glamorganshire the League has been eminently successful. Capt. Jones-Parry, during his four years of office, has travelled and delivered hundreds of addresses in no less than nine counties. It is impossible to gainsay the importance of organisation, and all sensible and well-defined additions should be received and encouraged as the only effective means of furthering those principles they have at heart. Organisations are the vantage ground upon which we disci- pline, fight our battles, and gain our victories. They are the sole means of systematically, and therefore effectively educating the masses, the centre around which politics turn, and the institutions which come into direct and whole- some contact with the constituents at large. The Primrose League was started as an auxiliary to other Conservative organisations —as a means of bringing to bear upon Z3 zn elections the irici-easing and active influence of females, hitherto unjustifiably ignored. We are gratified to note that with the aid of these voluntary bands of canvassers, who also dis- seminate useful literature, the political educa- tion of the electorate has received a marked impetus in the right direction. The Primrose League aims at the maintenance of Religion, the Estates of the Realm, and the Imperial Ascendency of the British Empire, and it may be regarded as the forerunner of complete woman suffrage. It has already accomplished much, is now doing more, and is yet capable of further development. Should its efforts have ceased with its noble and educating influence and power, its rendering narrower and narrower the gulf that unhappily divides various grades of society and prohibits t iat mutual intercourse and confidence between the comparatively affluent and poor, it would have accomplished a noble and lasting work, and would have more than justified its existence.

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