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THE WELSHPOOL MEETING. Sir Pryce Pryce-Jones, M.P., has received the following letter from Lord Randolph Chueebiil:- "I did not receive your letter of the lOohin sufficient time to send you a reply to be read at your meeting. In my opinion frivolous petitions against members of Parliament returned after a contest should be strongly discourged and repressed by practical means. Under the present law regulating election petitions a depoeic of 41,000 has, I believe, to be made by the petitioner An additional drawback to the presentation of frivolous petitions might be found in the appropria- tion under an order of the judge when a petition is pronounced to have been frivolous and vexatious by the Court, of the original .21,000 to the costs of the trial incurred by the member petitioned against, anti to compel the petitioner so condemned to pay all other expenses and costs as the original XI,000 were insufficient to dafray. Unless some provision of this sort is incorporated in the law, I fear these petitions of a frivolous and vexatious charaoter will increase. Your else was a very hard one, and I express my thorough sympathy with you. The case does not stand alone. The petition presented against Mr Balfoac at Manchester was a monstrous abuse of the right of petition. T am glad that your constituents have taken action tnat shows their sympathy for y u and their resentment for the scurvy conduct of your opponents. However, it must be admitted that there is nothing which the common Radical of these dayr will not do." ANOTHER SALISBURY. Mr W. O'Brien, M.P., telegraphs to the Press Association as follows:—"Lord Salisbury in his letter to Sir Pryce-Jones, complains that his inno- cence cost him £ 5,000' in the matter of n y lib"¡ against him. Let me recall the proceedings of thi" innocent gentleman. While he had me locked up in prison he made a speech accusing me in brutal terms of inciting to murder. Had he stuck to the plain meaning of his words Mr Justice Stephen, who tried the action, declared tht:re must have been a verdict against him, but the noble lord shrank from a plea ot j notification. He fell back upon a technical plea which neither obliged him to apologise nor make good his words, and he went to the jury pleading that he had only meant to accuse me of inciting to boycotting. This adroit lawyer's manoeuvre enabled innocent Lord Salisbury to escape payment of damages to me He tolls us, however, with a groan, that his libellous speech at Watford has cost him ^65.000. It is a smart price to pay for one particular indiscretion, but I cannot think it an excessive penalty for whai most plain people would call a cjwardly libel, f J1- lowed by a shabby skedaddle." WBEY The Belfast Evening Telegraph says: Lord Salisbury sent an interesting communication to a meeting which was held at Welshpool, in order to present Sir Pryce Jones with three silver epergnes in recognition of his services to the Unionist cause. Sir Pryce has certainly been very active in furthering the interests of the Conservative party, and he has suffered a good deal therefore. The ex-Premier said he sympathised with him deeply on the measure which English law metes out to innocsnt men. We trust that when bis lordship again returns to power, it' not sooner, he may initiate legislation which will terminate the un- happy anomaly. NOT WORTII NOTICE. At the Unionist meeting last week at Welshpool, on the occasion of the presentation to Sir PRYCE PRYCE-JONES, M.P., the Maiquis of Londonderry challenged Mr Gladstone to prove how, if the Irish Question blocked the way, be could proceed with other legislation until it was solved. An Oswestry correspondent wrote to Mr Gladstone, enclosing Lord Londonderry's speech and has received the following reply Haw..rden, October 14th, 1893.—Sir,—I am desired by Mr Gladstone to thank you for yonr letter. He does not think it would not be worth hi. while to take up Lord Londonderry's challenge. You might point out thit Parliament this year will be ir Session for something like ten months, a very unusnl effort to ensure some legislative work being done, and one which cjuld not ba repeated.—I am, Sir, your obedimt servant, SPENCER LYTTELTON." OH WHAT A SIR PRYCK !—SIR PRYCE PRYCE- JONES, M.P., for the Montgomery Boroughs, has re- ceived a testimonial from his constituents. That is to say, because ho has been a nice-PRYCE-JONES they have made him a prize-PKYCS-JoNES. Bravo, SL TWICB-PRYCE-JONES !—Punch.







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