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f CARMARTHENSHIRE ELECTION. THE POLL. The operations at the various polling districts were Carried on with great earnestness on both aides. There was plenty of enthusiasm and excitement, but nothing like violence, excepting at Llanelly, where two gentle- men got roughly handled by the crowd. A detach- ment of police was telegraphed for from Llanelly, and they came up by special train from Swansea, but In- spector Crockford wisely left his men at the station, and went to town, where he found that he owed his visit to public timidity more than anything else and that he was not wanted. Somebody also telegraphed for the military, but this indiscreet act was discovered, and countermanded. The excitement at Carmar- then found vent in various pugilistic encounters, and at night, in firing off squibs, crackers, &c., and drawing blazing tar barrels through the street, at break-neck speed. The arrival of the last batch of figures caused great excitement. DECLARATION OF THE POLL. This ceremony took place on Thursday, at the Town Hall, Llandilo. Mr John Jones, M.P., was dragged into town, attended by an escort of 200 or 300 men, who had joined him on the route. By the time he reached the hall, that place was nearly full, and on appearing on the platform he was cheered with vehemence, a striking contrast to the treatment he received on Saturday, when the crowd hissed and groaned him, and his friends down. Mr Pugh was loudly cheered. Mr Puxley, whose carriage was also drawn into the town, was hissed and cheered, and the electioneering agents were heartily groaned at, and continually reminded of that bugbear, "The screw." Mr Sartoris was not present. It ap- peared that he had mistaken the time appointed for the meeting. The ladies from Pantglas, and Dolaucothy, who were in the hall, were loudly cheered. As our Reporter had to go into the hall early, he could not dis- cover the manner of Mr Pugh's entrance into town. Just about 12 o'clock the Sheriff, C. W. Nevill, Esq., read the figures, of which this is a copy :— Pugh. Jones. Sartoris. Puxley, Liandovery 221 610 373 384 Llandilo 279 768 492 556 Carmarthen 78 248 385 341 St. Clears. 408 239 444 294 Llangendeirne 26 217 198 312 Llanelly. 56 231 693 286 Llansawel 93 346 394 364 Newcastle-Emlyn 178 283 301 291 1340 2942 3280 2828 He then declared Mr Sartoris and Mr John Jones to be duly elected as representatives of this county in Parliament. Mr J. Jones, having been girt with a sword, came forward and thanked the constituency for electing him. He deeply regretted that he had not for a colleague Mr Puxley [uproar, hisses, cheers, and the screw"], whose principles were those which would long predominate in this county [" No," yes," and tumult]. The returns from each district showed that had there been no disunion in the Conservative camp, the battle would have been won [" No," uproar, and Fight fair"]. He lamented the defection of a large number of influential supporters, who seemed to be actuated more by private feeling than by allegiance to their party ["screw," and uproar] but he hoped, to their party di ?erences were removed, they would return to the old standard, and stick to it. [A voice: I hope he will be in again" laugh- ter ;] for unless they sunk minor and personal differences they could never hope to expect success [cheers]. One good way to achieve success was to de- serve it. The elections in this country shewed the Con- servatives need not fear the extension of the suffrage, and it also showed that this Parliament would be much the same as usual in its constitution. Although he had never been opposed to lowering the franchise, he was not enamoured of the late Reform Bill, which gave un- due preponderance to the commercial over the agricul- tural classes [cheers and uproar] He would be true to the principles he had ever proffessed but would not give a blind support to any ministry [cheers]. He would stick to those principles which had placed him in the high position he now occupied, that of representing his native connty, in which he had spent a life time, and where he hoped to end his days. [A row occurred here, and some ruffian shouted out the hope that Mr Jones would not live long," another expressing a wish "that Mr Jones might die to-morrow." This called out a few cries of Shame," and horse laughter] Mr Jones then spoke in Welsh, and was continually interrupted more especially by some fanatic admirer of his own, who continually shrieked at the top of a thin, highly-pitched voice, John Jones of Llandovery for ever." Mr Puxley, who was hissed, groaned at, and cheered, told them that if his throat was not affected they might hoot twice as loud as that, and he would be delighted to hear them (laughter.) He said that he was beaten in very good company, for some of the most eminent men in England were beaten [cheers], including Mill, Bright, who was third on the poll, exactly the pOBitiOl: be [Mr Puxley] occupied here [laughter], and Gladstone, who bad been weIPbeaten, and joy go with him [uproar]. They all consoled themselves with this- That bad luck cannot be prevented, For fortune hath smiles and hath frowns, But he's the best off that's contented, When he meets with the up s and the down s." [Cheers and laughter.] Judging by this election, no doubt the county was Conservative to the backbone [laughter and uproar.] They had had a most unfor- tunate split in the party [hear, hear.] It would ill- become him to add one drop to the feelings, which must be sufficiently unpleasant, of the gentleman to whom he alluded, and for whom he entertained great personal respect; but it must be a melancholy thing for any one, however influential or excellent, to set himself against the whole of that party, to which he had ever given alle- giance [hear, hear.] However, the only effect was that he [Mr Puxley] was sacrificed, and the mistake would never be committed again [cheers and laughter.] The registration was not what it should be 500 or 600 more Conservative voters ought to have been on the register. More than all, he deplored the side which the Protestants had taken here. He expected to have all the Dissenting ministers on his side [laughter], but be did not blame them, but their leader, Mr Gladstone, who had been the means of changing the peace and the quiet, Christian, charitable feeling of the country to rancour and ill-feeling [hisses and uproar.] The Re- form Bill took the last cry out of the mouths of the Liberals, and they knew not where to look but Car- dinal Manning said, Thou shalt not surely die try the Church of Ireland" [laughter, and groans, and bisses]. Englishmen knew nothing about Ireland, only what they learned from demagogues in the House of Commons. If the Liberals wished to do justice to Ireland, they should have been content to "level up." although he liked neither levelling up nor levelling down. The difference between levelling up and levelling down was the difference between charity and robbery [laughter.] Although the State held the property of the church in trust, it had no right to dispose of that property no more than a trustee, who held a ward's money in trust, had a right to spend it (loud cheers.) He believed this Parliament would be very short-lived, because, when they came to divide the spoil, the vaunted Liberal majority would vanish [uproar, and cheers.] He hoped, very shortly, to stand before them again—[cheers]—anc^ he also hoped Mr Sartoris would enjoy his short-lived honours, for as sure as he stood I there, he firmly believed that a Liberal would never again be returned for this county [laughter, and uproar.] He concluded by thanking his numerous supporters who had fought so manfully for him. Mr Johnes, and Mr AbAdam. who entered the meet- ing at this point, were loudly cheered. Mr Johnes explained the absence of Mr Sartoris who had mistaken the hour of meeting, and who, he could assure them, would not offer them the slightest disrespect [loud cheers.] Mr Pugh, whose welcome was more demonstrative than ordinary, said there was not one particle of despair in their cheers and he felt that though defeated they were not dejected (cheers). If for a moment they wore cast down, they would never despair for a generous and noble spirit lived, and would still live in the breast of this great constituency. The fire in the caverns of Etna concealed, Still mantles unseen in its secret recess; Till at length in a flame of luxuriance revealed; No torrent shall quench it, no bounds shall repress." (Loud cheers). No blame rested on his friends, and his canvassing had been literally nothing. He hoped soon to see the day when canvassing would be abolished (prolonged cheering). He had nothing to regret, and if the last four months had to come over again he should do very much as he had done. He had refused to pledge himself, although he knew that if he had pledged him- self against Mr Gladstone's policy, he could have had on his side that powerful interest which was now ranged against him (groans). No word of expostula- tion should, however, come from him. He hoped to see the people taken into the confidence of the rulers, anitoseo, also, affairs administered in a liberal and progressive spirit. It would have been better never to have given the vote than to give it and then prevent the voters from using it as they liked (loud cheers). He hoped our rulers would be wise in time for from the most extended suffrage they had nothing to fear. If he were to persist in mentioning all his friends the sun would go down upon them but he thanked them collectively, and said their kindness would be for ever engraven on his heart. A vote of thanks was passed to the Sheriff, who re- sponded, remarking that the absence of Mr Sartoris was as much regretted by him as he felt it must be by them. He complimented them on the fact that though the election proceedings had been somewhat noisy, no acts of violence had been resorted to (cheers).




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