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u LOCAL GOSSIP. The Dunraven family have for generations been closely connected with politics in South Glamorgan. Mr. Wyndham, of Dunraven Castle. Southerndown, was the principal political personage in the Vale one hundred years ago. He was an advanced agricul- turist. and started a cloth factory at Bridg- end, hoping t-o make the little town a hive of industry. Evans, of Usk, says: "lie would have done so only the people were too indo- lent." Mr. Wyndham's daughter and heiress married Lord Adure, and so the family name became Quin, but the maternal name, Wyndham, is combined with it. This may settle a much-disputed: point as to how Colonel Wyndham-Quin came by the honoured name of Wyndham-Quin. Several months ago we were informed, says the "Daily Mirror," that Lord Wimborne had subscribed £ 250 to the funds of the East Dorset Liberal Association. The mainstay of the Unionists in that part of the country was thus withdrawn from them, and now the news has come of his complete and final con- version to the Liberal cause. With him goes over to the other side an important set of political traditions, the traditions of Wim- borne House, where Tory Democracy, under the brilliant leadership of Lord Randolph Churchill, had its centre and rallying-point some fifteen years ago. It is hard to realise. that Wimborne House is now a Liberal stronghold, for there the most vital part of Conservative policy was for years discussed and formed. But Mr. Winston Churchill, the hope of the house, had been driven into new paths by the fiscal agitation of the Unionists. So now the hope of the house has been followed, so to speak, by the house itself and another landmark is shifted. Lady Wimborne will have a dinner at TV im- borne House for the Liberal party on Friday, February 16th. It will probably be the first big political function of the New Year, and this early announcement, settles the question as to whether or not Lady imborne is to again play a prominent part as a Liberal hostess. In the past, of course, Wimborne House, has been the scene of many notable entertainments. A sister of Lord Randolph Churchill, Lady Wimborne's receptions have always been brilliant. Wimborne House is an old-worid residence in Arlington-street- running through to the Green Park. The entertainment arrangements are splendid. Folding doors ODen from a square inner hall into a very long gallery, lined with pictures and statuary, and then into a staircase hall. The white and gold Louis Seize ballroom, with an elevated place for the orchestra, is very grand, and the reception-rooms, hung in crimson silk and looking through to the Green Park, and the beautiful white marble-lined conservatory, where fountains play, open out of the ballroom. Radnorshire, for which Mr Frank Edwards, brother of Mr. T. Lloyd Edwards has been elected, has had the honour of being repre- sented during the last haif-century by two Cabinet Ministers. Sir George Cornewall Lewis, Bart., of Harptoa Court, succeeded his father, Sir Thomas Frankland Lewis, as member of Radnorshire in 18651 and sat for the division until his death in 1663. He was Chancellor of the Exchequer 1655-58, Home Secretary 1859-61, and Secretary for War 1861-63. Sir George, who, had he survived Lord Palmerston, would very probably have succeeded him as Prime Minister, was re- garded with great confidence by the country as a sound, honest politician and sterling man of business. In 1869 the Marquis of Harting- ton, after being deieaiedi in North Lancashire was returned lor Radnorshire, Mr. Richard Green Price resigning his seat in his favour. While member for Radnor the Marquis of Hartington, who had filled many offices of Cabinet rank in the Liberal Administration of 1874-8U, became leader of the Liberal party in the House of Commons. In 1880 he was elected simultanoolllil.Y for Radnorshire and North-East Lancashire, and preferred to re- turn to his old constituency.

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