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ENTHUSIASTIC RECEPTION OF THE MARQUIS OF SALISBURY AT MANCHESTER. The Marquis of Salisbury, who has been paying his long-expected visit to Manchester, attended a meeting of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning, and was presented with an address by the chairman. In the course of his reply, his lordship said the question of the appointment of a Minister of Com- merce was occupying the deep attention of Her Majesty's Government. He could not understand why foreign countries should impose heavy protective duties upon imports, and believed that the recent incre:1se in those duties was due to the increase of the gigantic military forces of continential countries, which consti- tuted a permanent drain on the forces of industry, and a permanent danger to the interest of commerce, Canada had adopted a policy in the matter of pro- tective duties which all Englishmen must deeply deplore. He urged them to continue their demand for the abolition of the Indian cotton duties, stating that it was necessary for the people to lay down general principles, and for the Government to apply them according to the necessities of the moment. Lord Salisbury afterwards lunched at the Conservative Club, and in reply to an address presented by the mem- bers, said the work of the Government in dealing with questions of great difficulty had been hampered by an Opposition which had strained and exaggerated the precedents of all previous Oppositions, but their task had been lightened by the loyal and steadfast support they had received. In the evening Lord Salisbury, Mr. Cross, and Colonel Stanley were entertained at a dinner in the Free Trade Hall. The principal sp eech was made by the Foreign Secretary, who said in the present feeling of the country foreign affairs occupied the greatest amount of attention. The Government did not claim anything new in their policy, but they claimed to have followed the tradition which had been handed down to them by a long succession of Governments. In judging of the conduct of the Ministry in regard to the Eastern Question they must look to the danger, and to the materials in the hands of the Government to apply a remedy. The danger was that Russia should threaten the independence of Constantinople or the shores of the Black Sea, or that a Slav State should stretch across from the Black Sea to the Adriatic. The remedy they had applied depended, first, upon the Turk; but if the Turk failed Austria was now advanced to Novi-Bazar, and any advance of Russia beyond the Balkans or beyond the Danube could not now take place unless the resistance of Austria was overcome and what had transpired during the last few weeks justified the belief that if Austria were attacked she would not stand alone. As to Afghanistan, if he could tell them all they would see that the Government had no choice but most un- willingly to pursue the course they had followed. The Marquis of Salisbury opened the Junior Con- servative Club at Manchester, on Saturday, and in the afternoon attended and spoke at a great Conservative meeting in the Pomona Gardens. In connection with the former the noble marquis was presented with an address from the members of the club, of which he has become president, and spoke on the subject of political organization. At the meeting a resolution was passed, giving the Marquis of Salisbury a hearty welcome. In acknowledging the vote, the noble marquis referred to- the subject of foreign policy, and pointed out that, whatever might be said on that topic, it had been more favourable to the prosperity of the country, and had been less likely to produce depression, than that which was followed by the Liberal Government of a quarter of a century ago. An immense number of persons who could not get into where the meeting was held were ad- dressed in the open air by the Marquis of Salisbury. The other speakers at the meetings included Colonel Stanley and Mr. A. Egerton, M.P. On Monday, Lord Salisbury attended the Moss Side Conservative Club at Manchester. He remarked that organizations of that sort did more than anything else to keep the Conservative party together, and produce that balance of opinion among the various members which resulted in concord and harmonious action, and so led to the continued prevalence of Conservatism in the government of the country. His lordship subse- quently drove to London-road station, and left for Lon- don by the ten o'clock express. HOLYHEAD.—Mr. R. Davies, M.P., and Mr. Morgan Lloyd, M.P., were present at a Liberal demonstration at Holyhead on Tuesday night, and spoke in condemnation of the policy of the Government. A vote of confidence was passed in both members, as well as a resolution dis- approving of the fantastic policy of the ministry. MR. RAIKES AND THE ELECTORS OF CHESTER.—Mr. Raikes, M.P., at a meeting of his constituents at Chester, on Monday last, made a speech on the foreign policy of the Government and other subjects. He con- tended that the conduct of the Government had been in every way worthy of the support of the country, and that never since the peace which followed the battle of Waterloo was there a better prospect of peace and a revival of trade and industry than there was at the pre- sent moment. The present depression of trade was merely a rebound of the inflation of trade some ten years ago, which was in a great measure due to the policy of the Government then in office. MR. CHILDERS AND HIS CONSTITUENTS.—Mr. Childers, addressing his constituents at Knottingley, on Monday evening, criticised the recent speeches of Lord Salis- bury. He accused the Government of double-faced- ness in its foreign policy, and suspected that the an- nexation of Afghanistan was contemplated. The exten- sion of household suffrage to the counties, and the abuse known as the sale of Church livings, were reforms which the nation might not expect unless Liberal can- didates were returned at the next election. The right hon. gentleman also referred to the increase of taxation, the growth of the national debt, and the postponement of provision for the yearly deficit. THE COMING ELECTION.—The electoral campaign has now been fairly entered upon, and active measures are being adopted by the leaders of both the great parties in every part of the country. A great Liberal Demon- stration is being arranged for at Leeds on the 14th of November, at which the Duke of Argyll has been asked to preside. The Echo gives currency to the rumour that Lord Carnarvon will follow Lord Derby into the Liberal camp. His lordship's younger brother, the Hon. Auberon Herbert, is well-known as a philosophical Radical of an advanced type. The total abstainers in Midlothian are about to wait upon Mr. Gladstone to as- certain if he will support Sir Wilfred Lawson's local option resolution. REPRESENTATION OF MONTGOMERYSHIRE.—The first of a series of meetings in support of Mr. Stuart Rendel's candidature was held in the schoolroom, Sarn, near Kerry, on Monday evening last. This was the first political meeting ever known to have been held in this village, and it excited a deal of interest. The room f was thronged,and Mr. Stuart Rendel and the gentlemen by whom he was supported were cheered upon entering. The chair was taken by Mr. Edward Davies (son of the hon. member for the Cardigan Boroughs), and there were also on the platform, the Hon. F. S. A. Hanbury Tracy, M.P., Mr. David Davies, M.P., Mr. A. C. Humphreys-Owen, Mr. Richard Williams, Newtown, Mr. James Hall, Newtown, and Mr. Edward Powell, Newtown. Speeches were made by Mr. Hanbury Tracy, Mr. Stuart Rendel, Mr. David Davies Mr. Humphreys Owen, and other gentlemen. A resolution in support of Mr. Stuart Rendel's candidature was carried with but four dissentients.


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