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THE BOROUGHS ELECTION.

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THE BOROUGHS ELECTION. No political contest in Wales has been fought with greater determination by Toryism than that in the Montgomery Boroughs on Friday. Every conceivable influence which it could bring to bear on behalf of Colonel Pryce-Jones was visibly employed. From the commencement of the fight his workers fairly threw off their coats to canvass and otherwise promote his can- didature. The thought of a third defeat fired them to the utmost possible effort. Men to whom it was a case of "now or never," laboured like Trojans to remove all doubts of success, and their jubilant confid- ence at the polls on Friday indicated the strenuous character of their campaign. Conscious of the almost desperate efforts of their opponents, the Liberals realised the stiff task which confronted them. The Colonel's personal popularity, and his influence as a big employer of labour were powerful, factors for Tory success. More than that, the very fact of an assured f'e Liberal majority m tile new uovemment told against them, as regards the doubtful voters, who were invited to honour the Colonel since his election would make no material difference in the national result. This personal plea, no doubt, accounted for quite a number of votes cast for the Con- servative candidate. Albeit, Liberals, who worked splendidly, were quietly confident. Unfortunately, polling day opened and closed in a hurricane of wind and rain. A more wretched day has seldom been experienced in the history of the Boroughs' elections, yet the poll was a large one. Both parties were well supplied with motors and vehicles, whose horns continuously pro- claimed the conduct of a memorable battle. The candidates made a round of the Boroughs, and received an ovation from their respective supporters. Both are ex- cellent friends, and whatever the people's verdict, they were happy in the conscious- ness that so far as they were concerned the battle was not a personal one. On the Liberal side it was thought the party would do better on this occasion at Welshpool and Montgomery, and quite as well as last January at Llanidloes, Llan- fyllin, and Machynlleth. The Tories, on the other hand, pinned their faith to Newtown, and gave special attention to Penygloddfa, whose vote, it was thought, went against them at the last election. If they could obtain a majority of votes in Newtown their confidence was complete, and this they de- clared had been accomplished. We are gratified to hear that in all the Boroughs the polling proceeded free from any serious rowdyism, though there were many exciting but bloodless arguments in the neighbourhood of the booths. NEWTOWN. The polling booths at Newtown were located in the Penygloddfa Council School and the New Church-street Council Schools. Prompt to eight o'clock party agents, sport- ing the colours, were on the scene, and at the breakfast hour a large number of work- ing men recorded their votes. Motor cars and carriages soon began to bring in the distant electors, and the youngsters gave spirited play to their party feelings as the blue or red hove in sight. Notwithstanding the constant drenching downpour and the cutting wind, both parties worked with might and main, and sacrificed themselves with a loyalty beyond description. Except- ing a trio of insolent young Tories, who attempted to molest Liberals at the New Church-street booth, the conduct of the ejection was all that could be desired. Quite a feeling of good citizenship pervaded the party workers, and voters experienced not the least inconvenience. Young and old proudly displayed their party colours, and in some individual cases the blue made a brave display. The lady suffragettes were distinguished in white, though this affected neutrality was hardly consistent with their policy of agin the Government." The only street demonstration took the form of a Hue-lettered streamer "Vote for Pryce- Jones," which was suspended from the Elephant Hotel to the Public Hall. Some unruly Liberals hauled it down in the early hours of Friday morning. Re-erected on Friday, the gale once again lowered it, and a succession of failures to fix it permanently led to its abandonment. The superstitiously disposed remarked that it was a bad omen for the Colonel. After the closing of the polls, the streets presented an animated appearance. The Tories loudly asserted their confidence in the morrow, and many bets were effected. MONTGOMERY. Least excitement was experienced at Montgomery, where voting proceeded quietly. Here, however, the Liberals claim to have done substantially better than at last election, and they anticipated the declaration with confidence. MACHYNLLETH. Nearly ,370 electors in this district were pollable, and the exertions of party agents succeeded in bringing tb the booth at the Council school more than four-fifths of them. The earlier part of the day wit- nessed the briskest work. Liberals were at the conclusion delighted with the success of their task, though recognising that their opponents had seldom been so energetic. The day passed off without any exciting incident. LLANFYLLIN. The stormy weather spoiled spectacular in- terest in the election at Llanfyllin, where, however, both parties laboured hard to poll every one on each side, and succeeded in bringing up almost the entire electorate of the district. At the end of the day, Tories and Liberals were satisfied with their work, and the latter expressed the opinion that if the other boroughs had done as well, Mr Humphreys-Owen's return was ensured. LLANIDLOES. Wretched weather prevailed throughout the whole of Friday and interfered considerably with the work of the workers in the Liberal interest, the other side not being represented. At 7 o'clock in the morning, despite the heavy downpour, several enthusiastic Liberals were out on the beat" and the band grew in numbers as the day wore on and with frequent changes of garments bravely faced the elements until the poll was closed. The only incident of note was the arrival of the 5-25 train of a couple of blue voters under guard of a Warehouse official. The polling was slow owing to the inclemency of the weather; but with the aid of cars the rate was accelerated. When the poll was closed 464 had recorded their votes. Unionist cars came up to the out-skirts of the town bringing voters from Nevtown but not one entered the town. Several children marched round singing the Land Song," but the rain damped their ardour somewhat. All were glad to hear the town clock strike eight and get away to cheery firesides. On Thursday, a suspicious traveller from Shropshire was observed proceeding from pub to pub, and before the 2 p m. train, was coolly given marching orders and asked to pursue his doubtful occupation in some other pirt of the world. The sympathy card was strongly played by the Colonel and his supporters; his circular letter received on Thursday to the effect that he was not allowed to enter the town, being quite •" below the belt." Notes also were attached to the laundry linen which was sent through post, stating that they were compelled to do so, thinking the laundry car would not be allowed to bring the parcels to the customers. These were designated as mean abominations and quite unworthy of any candidate, and confirmed all Liberals in the opinion that it was sympathy and not principles which was intended to win votes in Llanidloes. ELECTION NOTFS FROM: MACHYNLLEH. A well-attended Liberal meeting was held at the Graig Congregational Schoolroom on Tuesday evening to further the interests of Mr Humphreys- Owen. A strong protest was made against the insult to the town, and especially to the Liberal party, through importing, for a second time within the year, a special police force on the occasion of the holding of a Conservativa meeting. :10 January last a similar extra forc9 of police were dumped upon us, and were kept down in the Police Station-their services not being required —the Deputy-Chief, together with the resident sergeant and a few of his men being sufficient to cope with the needs of the moment. This should have taught the responsible authorities that in repeating the farce of last January the town would thereby be insulted. On this memorable evening again the police saw nothing but a crowd of ardent young Liberals, given naturally to" boo- ing" their opponents, cheering and singing good- humouredly, as well as having a little innocent horse-play. Thus, the importation ofe xtra police was once more proved to be unnecessary. The feeling in the town is such that it is considered that the question should be brought before the Standing Joint Committee. 'L I The Liberal meeting, which was presiaea over by the Rev D. Hughes, was a great success. The Chairman dealt severely with "the weighty!" letter of a Baptist minister, and this was thor- oughly enjoyed by those present. Alderman Morgan Thomas, J.P., Cardiff deliv- ered an excellent speech, the intelligent and appreciative audience being delighted by his telling and enlightening facts. On Wednesday evening, notwithstanding the inclement weather, the Liberal candidate, accom- panied by a number of his supporters, did a large amount canvassing, and had a splendid reception. Thursday evening, on the eve of the pell, another meeting of Mr Humphreys-Owen's sup- porters was held in the Town Hall. The sight from the platform was really inspiring. Mr David Davies, M.P., was announced to take the chair, and his appearance was keenly looked forward to. But as he was engaged in the battle at Llanfyllin, he sent a cheering wire" to the Chairman, which was read amid loud cheers In his absence the chair was taken by Mr T. R. Morgan, J.P., who delivered an inspiring speech. Messrs Ernest Evans, Aberystwyth, Gill Davies, Llandrindod, Herbert Lewis, M.P., and Professor Levi, Aberystwyth, were the speakers for the evening. A featuro of the meeting was a contingent, numbering fifty, of Aberystwyth students, who came up purposely to show their sympathy with Mr Humphreys-Owen and to wish him success. The Polling on on Friday began briskly, and although the wind and rain did great havoc, the voters came in steadily untill the afternoon. The Liberal leaders put in an early appearance and kept on working untill the last man possible was polled, i When the South-Walians came in in the evening, the progressive party was naturally jubilant, and the opposition correspondingly despondent. At the close of the poll, the committee-room was crowded with eager supporters of Mr Humphreys- Owen, anxious to ascertain how matters stood. The list being analysed, it was firmly believed a good days work had been accomplished. During the afternoon, the Liberal Candidate paid us a flying visit, and in spite of the storm, he waslwarmly received. He said that the fight was keenly fought by the other side, and that we had to do everything possible to win. On leav- ing he promised to pay us a visit on the morrow.

THE DECLARATION.

TORY TACTICS AT NEWTOWN.

MACHYNLLETH.

RHAYADER.

LLANWNOG.

WELSHPOOL.

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