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HOW THE TORIES WON. CERTAIN facts have transpired to explain why Liberals failed to hold the Boroughs' seat. Under ordinary circumstances, and in a square fight between party principles, Mr Humphreys-Owen, or any other suitable Liberal candidate, would have wen easily. That is no mere assertipn. It is a state- ment founded upon the unquestionable fact that the constituency is at heart Liberal. Then why have the Liberals lost? There are three outstanding reasons. Other people may multiply them according to their observation or information, but these three reasons are beyond challenge. Firstly, the Conservatives never before made a more desperate effort. They were never so efficiently organised. Seldom, if ever, did the rank and file of the party strive for victory with greater zeal and untiring enthusiasm. An almost unnatural determination seemed to consume them. It was the effort of a desperate party fight- ing for the last time. Upon the doubtful voters they concentrated constant attention, and concerning this part of their propa- ganda, interesting tales will be told in a future history of local electioneering. Secondly, the influential position of the Conservative candidate as a large employer of labour, not only secured the support and active assistance of his own employees-no other candidate could have commanded that invaluable help-but also that of others indirectly industrially related. That cir- cumstance made Colonel Pryce-Jones the only possible champion of Borough Tory- ism. All this is the good fortune of the Conservative party in these Boroughs, and it represented a stiff handicap against Liberalism. But the third reason supplies the truest explanation of the Tory victory. What undoubtedly contributed most to the Conservative success was the number of flabby Liberals who voted for the other side, either out of sympathy for the old member, or for other reasons equally un- worthy their political creed. That fact is established by the confession of some and the perfectly significant attitude of others. The consciousness of a Liberal majority having been already secured in the country lent force to the "sympathetic" plea which formed one of a combination of purely per- sonal appeals, regarding which, also, several stories, unique in the history of political canvassing, may be related. Personal poli- tics are legitimate enough as the resort of a desperate party, but that they should have overcome the allegiance of particular Liberals is a pitiful reflection. Correspond- ents in three of the Boroughs have informed us of Liberals, who, upon their own con- fession, voted Tory out of sympathy." There is no room in Liberalism for men so flabbily principled. Liberalism and Non- conformity do not value such unconscion- able disloyalists. Who 'could imagine a Tory being won over to the other side by a mere personal supplication ? Such political weaklings, it must be sadly admitted, are only to be found among Liberals and Nonconformists. And if in- quiry were made, it would be discovered, as a correspondent remarks in to-day's Express,' that their religion, like their politics, is of a commercial kind." What stood out splendidly in this contest was the manly, dignified, high principled conduct of Mr Humphreys-Owen, who sunk self and all semblance of personal aggran- disement, in the great causes which he so ably advocated. That lofty attitude and fine personal bearing have won him a reputa- tion worthily befitting the son of an honoured sire. To lose in his first effort by but fifty-four votes, and that only after a few brief weeks before the public, against a popular personality and a big employer of labour against all the powerful forces of Toryism organised to their uttermost extent, and against the adverse circumstances created by the political somersault of the late member is by no means discouraging. Should there be yet another contest in these Boroughs ere they are extinguished by an inevitable Redistribution Act, Liberals will gladly take the field again under Mr Hum- phreys-Owen, tin a state of organisation calculated to secure the conditions of a straighter fight. This election has not been without many useful object lessons, and these will not be lost upon the Liberal party.

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