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THE FINAL TRIUMPH OF THE LIBERALS…

. WHAT RADICAL AUDACITY HAS…

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WHAT RADICAL AUDACITY HAS DONE IN MERIONETHSHIRE. Speaking on the hustings at Harlech in May, 1859, Mr ORMSBY GORE said—"Notwithstanding the audacity of the other side in attempting to send another man to do the duties of my friend in Parliament, I hope to see Mr WYNNE alongside of me yet, and I hope also that he will be returned by a triumphant majority." The hon. gen- tleman's hopes were only partially fulfilled. Mr WYNNE did again sit alongside of Mr ORMSBY GoRE in Parlia- ment, but the majority by which the hon. member for Merionethshire was returned could hardly be ealled triumphant. The number who voted for him was 389, and for Mr DAVID WILLIAMS 351-both together only being a little in excess of the majority by which Mr HOL- LAND is now returned. The liberals, at any rate, refused to have their "audacity" extinguished by thirty-eight votes, and in 1865 again dared to attempt to send another man in the place of Mr WYNNE'S son to represent them in Parlia- ment. Once more they were unsuccessful, but by a slightly diminished majority, the numbers showing 601 for Mr W. R. M. WYNNE and 569 for Mr WILLIAMS; and the "audacity" of the Radicals was not yet cured, for in 1868 their old champion, after considerable difficulty, was per- suaded to enter the field for the third time. Meanwhile the Reform Bill had largely increased the constituency, chiefly in favour of the liberals, and a more detenmned spirit of independence had sprung up amongst the electors. This time, therefore, audacity" triumphed, and Mr WYNNE retired. The absence of a contest prevented the conservatives from knowing the extent of their own defeat and when the lamented decease of Mr WILLIAMSoccasioned a fresh vacancy Colonel TOTTENHAM, in the face of re- peated warnings, was rash-not to say audacious—enough to contest the seat with the liberal candidate. We stated last week, as a mere matter of fact, that Mr HOLLAND would succeed by a very large majority, but the- numbers which werecord to-day have surpassed all our anticipations, and must have crushed completely the hopes of the con- servatives. The gallant colonel is nowhere. In three districts, where the influence of conservative landowners is great, he won a small majority—18 at Corwen, thanks to the indefatigable exertions of the Hon. C. H. WYNN; 15 at Dinas Mawddwy, where Sir EDMUND BUCKLEY resides, though it is fair to remember that the hon. baronet was away and 19 at Towyn, under the shadow of Peniarth. Everywhere else Mr HOLLAND'S majority was immense. Even at Bala, where in 1865 Mr WYNNE polled 117 to Mr WILLIAMS'S 79, Mr HOLLAND'S voters nearly doubled Col. TOTTENIL\.)['S; and at Dolgelley the figures of the previous contest, 98 to 77, were reversed by 172 to 118. At Harlech also the liberals mustered almost twice as many as the conservatives, and at Abercorris more than twice as many, while at Festiniog Mr HOLLAND'S majority was overwhelming. The more closely the num- bers are analysed, the more satisfactory do they appear. Mr HOLLAND'S own district, where his personal influence might be said to have exercised considerable effect on the result, can be omitted from our calculations, and still the liberal majority will be left complete, and sufficiently great to convince the conservatives that the seat is hope- lessly lost. It cannot be forgotten, either, that since 1865 the number of the conservative voters has only in- creased by 362, while that of the liberals has nearly trebled, advancing from 569 to 1,610. And once more, out of a constituency of about 3,000, no less than 2,573 have been polled; so that if all the unrecorded votes were given to Col. TOTTENHAM, Mr HOLLAND would still have a majority of 200 or upwards. Need we say more to convince our conservative friends that Merionethshire must be abandoned to all the evils of radicalism ? We cannot profess to regret that the county has been put to the trouble and expense of a contested election, for the result is worth the cost. We do not anticipate the pleasure of recording another liberal victory like this, be- cause, mostprobably, we shall never report another attempt by the conservatives to wrest the seat from their opponents. Audacity" has finally won the battle, begun under Mr ORMSBY GORE'S severe displeasure and dignified rebuke; and as the hon. gentleman, we understand, was kept away from the dinner of th& Agricultural Chamber at Shrewsbury, on Saturday, by the necessity of attending to his political duties in Merionethshire, he was present, we are glad to think, to witness that final triumph, and to convince himself that the audacity of the liberals must be left for the future to send other gentlemen than the WYNNES or the TOTTENHAMS to discharge the duties which, as he considered, belonged of right to his conser- vative friends. As that amiable, and, we hope, teachable gentleman looks on this picture and on that-the hustings of 1859 and the polling-booths of 1870-he may learn many useful lessons in addition to that of the uselessness of future contests. The little- word which he uttered, no doubt in a moment of political excitement, and which it would be extremely ungenerous to preS3 too harshly against him, might make the text of a very long sermon, if we wanted to preach to conservative landlords. The "audacity" now seems to be on the other side, for the seat which centuries of possession ap- peared to secure to the conservatives, a few short years of determined resistance have handed over as a certain inheritance- to the liberals. It is the landlords now who audaciously attempt to send' other gentlemen to discharge the duties of our lamented friend, Mr WILLIAMS, in Parliament, and their audacity has been punished while- such are the strange perversities of fortune—that of the liberals has been rewarded with the triumphant success for which Mr ORMSBY GORE hoped in vain in 1859. Sad" as it may seem to conservative gentlemen, the people, the farmers and the quarrymen, the profanum vulgus, are bsginning to believe that in the polling booth all men are equal, and that the most uncultivated boor has as much right as Sir WATKIN himself to vote for the candidate of his own choice. The triumph of Mr HOLLAND is one of the greatest political triumphs of the present day, and marks most significantly the progress of liberty, equality, ad-shal1 we make the hated triad complete by adding— fraternity. One of our contemporaries this week inti- mates that radicalism leads to revolution. Our contem- porary knows just as well as we do that now-a-days, whatever may have been tka case in the past, it is the radicals who are most distinguished by their loyal devotion to the throne and the constitution, and that if treason lurks anywhere except amongst the Fenians, it is here and there in Orange lodges, and other conservative strong- holds. But it is quite true that radicalism leads to. revo- lution. In the face of the Merionethshire Election it would be idle to deny it. The revolution, however, is one from political servitude and misrepresentation, to politi- cal liberty and the free exercise of the franchise; from the reign of landlords to the constitutional rule of the majority. The same audacity" which has delivered Merionethshire from the yoke of territorial influence will soon deliver the whole of Wales from, conservative mis- representation, and the electors of the English counties from the fear of calling their political convictions their own.

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