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The Coming Fight.

HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED.

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HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED. Correspondents in the six towns which consti- tute the Montgomery Boroughs" have sent us aooounts of how the tidings of the retirement of Sir J. D. Rees was received. It will be observed that at least one feeling wa3 general. LLANFYLLIN. The news of Sir John's resignation from the Liberal party did not come as a surprise to local Liberals, and the utmost satisfaction is felt that this step has now been taken. Your readers will recollect that Mr Rees at the last election, when he visited Llanfyllin in support of his candidature, met with rather an hostile reception, and was questioned rather severely upon several of his speeches in the House. It was only by strong pressure put upon them by the local Liberal leaders that several supporters were got to vote for him. It is quite an open secret here that if he had been selected as candidate for the forth- coming election he would not have had the united support of the Liberals, more particularly the members of the Young Liberal League. LLANIDLOES. The news of the resignation of Sir J. D. Rees was greeted with feelings of surprise and satis- faction by the Llanidloes Radicals. Small groups of leading Radicals discussed the matter en the streets, but with smiling and not dis- appointed countenances. The townspeople en- tered heartily into the discussion, and the photos of the Borough Member were immediately -removed from the place of honour in the homes of the people. Interviewed subsequently the chief Radicals expressed their complete satis- faction at the turn of affairs. Sir John did not represent the Llanidloes Radicals. His views were not theirs, and his action did not translate them. They could now, although the time was short, look round for a good man with strong views, who would back up, and not hinder, the action of the party leaders in Parliament. The ehoice of a local man was very much favoured. They felt that the time was too short for a stranger to become acquainted with the electorate, and, moreover, that a strong local man would put the issue beyond doubt. NEWTOWN. There was only one word to describe the faces of the Liberals when they heard of Sir J.D's aarrgnder—beaming. Everyone of the liberal caste, beamed with satisfaction for they foresaw rooks ahead if their present member clung to his ..stituency. Some rather ungenerous remarks were made, but the majority agreed that he had taken the honourable course. Sir John Rees was always admired in the boroughs, and many •f lus greatest admirer* were thoee who boasted 1t\u ribbons at election time, but he was never in the aeoeptable sense of the word—popular. The ceaeral feeling among Liberals at the news of tie ggeession wae-H for this relief, much thanks." Bvflcyone was unprepared for the tidings, but it all the mere aooeptable on that account. A great difficulty has been solved, for the borough member never satisfied the aspirations of Radical asonons in the progressive oamp, and his attitude te Labour and Labour questions has exasperated tke few constituents in the County who have aoeialgtic leanings. MICKYNLLETH. "J. D. Rees has resigned" was the greeting which nearly everybody met with as soon as the news reached the town, and it can be imagined what a shock it was to all whose sympathies are with the present Liberal administration. It came as a shock to put it as mild as possible. Some of the ardent supporters expressed themselves in language which even "Golfers" would shun, at the same time expressing also their regrets in losing a representative of such character and attainments. One well-known magistrate ex- pressed himself as being "flabbergasted" and ethers found words more convincing but less parliamentary. There can be no doubt but that the event has caused much disquietude and the fmture electoral events in the Boroughs are full of possibilities. Liberals and Conservatives alike admire Sir J. D. Rees, both for bis geniality and learning, and what is a loss for the one is a gain for the other, and there can be no question that whatever banner Sir John may adopt, he will be an asset well worth having. WELSHPOOL. H D. J." ON "J. D."—Last Saturday's "Man- chester Guardian" contained the following local interview with regard to the political sensatiou in the Montgomery Boroughs: "Mr. D. J. Jones, leader of the Liberals in the Borough of Welsh- pool, shed some interesting light on the relations of Sir John Rees and the party. I It is a good thing the resignation .has come,' he said. It will pave the way for a united front. Hitherto he had not done anything sufficiently bad to justify us in expelling him. It is always a difficult matter to kick a man out. At the last election we would have liked Mr. Humphreys-Owen to have fought the boroughs, but we could not kick Sir John Rees out. Moreover, I have a letter that I can show you which indicates that if we had not adopted him he would have forced a three-corner contest.' Asked what he thought of the terms of Sir John Rees letter of resignation and his attack on Mr. Lloyd George, Mr. Jones described it as most rep- rehensible, and remarked: When a man allows Mr. Lloyd George to visit the Boroughs, as he did at the last election, and raise that enthusiasm which was just sufficient to get him in, it is any- thing but gratitude to turn upon that gentleman and use such epithets MONTGOMERY. The news of Sir J. D. Rees* letter to Mr Hug Lewis, was received in .the County Tofrn a1 an early hour on Friday morning. Itsreceptionwas one of relief by tbo local Libwrals and of jubilation by the Tories. The latter tp-iing is due to the fact that Sir Jehu has succeeded better at Montgomery than Hay previous Liberal Caodidate. Liberals on the other liand feared that his views en present policies will not be found acceptable to the party in a contest where every effort will be needed and a candidate wholly and sincerely at one with the Government.

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LLANIDLOES.

MOCHDRE.I

The Montgomery Boroughs.

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MACHYNLLETH.

CAERSWS.

WELSHPOOL.

.. Sodden Death at Newtown.

, Mayor's Sanday at Montgomery,

RHAYADER.

NEWTOWN.

LLANERFYL.