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Where are the Boys of the Old Brigade. Conservatism in North Wales is evidently I at a low ebb, judging by the number of "i constituencies in which the Liberal M.P.'s are being allowed a "walk-over." The valiant backers of the House of Lords, having thrown up a challenge to fight, are running away. NO CONTEST IN CARNARVONSHIRE. Wednesday's Manchester Guardian says — The most interesting fact to be recorded concerning the North Wales constituencies to-day is the decision of the Carnarvonshire Unionists not to oppose the return of the Chancellor of the Exchequer or that of either of the county members, Mr. William ¡ Jones and Mr. Ellis Davies. There may be some measure of worldly wisdom in this, for elections cost something and it is not a cheerful thing to incur the cost twice in a twelvemonth without any human probability of success. But there may be in it also some element of grace and good feeling, for in their hearts the Unionists of Carnarvon, on their purely personal side, are probably just as proud as their opponents of being represented by a Welsh Chancellor of the Exchequer and one whose period of office has been so sin- gularly fruitful of large and enduring re- forms. Freed from all anxiety about his own seat, the Chancellor will be at liberty to give his valuable help to the general cause of Liberalism throughout the country and to a few particular colleagues in Wales who may need just one breath of the Chancel- lor's spirit to carry them over the line. Wednesday's "Liverpool Post" says:- We now learn that the question of oppos- I ing Mr. Ellis Davies in the Eifion Division and Mr. William Jones in the Arfon Divi- sion was practically settled on Saturday, that of contesting Mr. Lloyd George's seat in the Boroughs being deferred till yester- day for consideration at a meeitng of the Executive Committee of that particular con- stituency. Alderman Richard Thomas (Carnarvon) presided over a very largely-attended meet- ing representative of the six contributory boroughs. Contrary to a statement publish- ed associating more than one gentleman with the candidature, we are in a position to say that all along there was but one name considered—that of Mr. Vincent, who fought for the seat at the last election. A deputation appointed to interview Mr. Vin- cent reported that, after due consideration, that gentleman was not prepared to accept the invitation extended to him, and conse- quently the meeting resolved that the seat should not be contested. FEELING IN THE CARNARVON BOROUGHS. The- official intimation received in Ban- gor on Tuesday night that there was no contest in the Carnarvon Boroughs was re- ceived with mixed feelings on both sides. There is no doubt at all that many Con- servatives are in favour of the abstention from opposing the Chancellor owing to their recognition of his splendid abilities and achievements, and thpt many of these admirers, had a contest been forced, would have voted for him. It is equally true that the majority of the rank and file of the Conservative party would have preferred a contest, however hopeless, and these openly express regret at the decision of the party leaders, which, however, they loyally ac- cept. The feeling among Liberals is simil- arly divided, and this found vigorous ex- pression at a workers' meeting in course of distributing canvassing books when the authentic news of the decision of the Con- servatives arrived. A brisk discussion took place after the reading of the telegram, and at the end all joined in agreeing to send the following telegram to Mr. Lloyd George —"A large meeting of Bangor Lib- eral workers congratulates the Chancellor on his splendid speech at Mile End, and also upon the prospect of an uncontested return to Parliament." It may be added that this is the first time the Carnarvon Boroughs have been uncon- tested since Mr. Bulkeley Hughes (Liberal) was allowed a walk-over in 1880. It is stated that Mr. Vincent had intimated to the party managers his inability again to be their candidate, owing to the absence of his partner (Mr. Lloyd Carter) in Cairo in search of health. WEST DENBIGHSHIRE. To the disappointment of the Liberal rank and file in the constituency, who have been looking forward to an opportunity of testifying their admiration of Sir Herbert Roberts in a manner even more emphatic than in January last, when they greatly in- creased his majority, there is no prospect of a contest in West Denbighshire. The Conservative leaders in the division are apparently being kept in the dark as to the reason why the chief officers in Lon- don are not ready with a candidate, especi- ally after the boasted determination ex- pressed at the Ea/ton Hall conference to fight every seat in North Wales." It has been known, of course, for some time that Mr. Sam Thompson, whose can- didature had such a bracing effect upon the Liberalism of the constituency a year ago, would not come forward again. By the way, what about the rumour that Mr. Thompson was to be adopted by a certain English division? We understand that, despite the absence of an opponent up to date, Sir Herbert will carry out his intention of addressing a meeting at Abergele on Friday evening. DENBIGH BOROUGHS. I There will be a stiff fight in Denbigh Boroughs, and Mr. Ormsby-Gore will ex- perience considerable difficulty in retaining those eight votes. Mr. Caradoc Rees is making a most favourable impression at each of his meetings, and his prospects are described as being exceedingly bright. It is greatly to be hoped that the constituency will once more prove its loyalty to the Lib- eral flag and wipe out the reproach of the last mishap. EAST DENBIGH. Needless to say, the decision of Mr. Hem- merde to fight the breezy admiral at Ports- mouth has given rise to very mixed feelings in East Denbigh. The Liberals here are very proud of their brilliant Member, and are sorry to part with him. At the same time they admire his pluck and self-sacri- fice in sacrificing a safe seat in order to do battle in a division where his services are so greatly needed. Mr. Alfred Hood, sugar-refiner, Rossett, was adopted Conservative candidate for East Denbigh at Wrexham on Wednesday afternoon. ANGLESEY. Political feeling in the island is running high. It is taken for granted that Mr. R. O. Roberts, despite the trouncing he ex- perienced a year ago, will again tempt Fate by opoosing Mr. Ellis Griffith. The K.C.'s supporters are not dismayed. They rather fancy their Member will again scrape through with a narrow majority of three figures! MERIONETHSHIRE. In the division which had the honour of being represented by the late Tom Ellis there appears to be no reason for supposing that Mr. Haydn Jones, M.P., will not be re-elected. On the contrary. At the same tbrie, it mttst be admitted that the Tariff Reformers have been paying special atten- tion to this county since January. It is possible that at a meeting called for to- day (Thursday), at which Lord Harlech (father of Mr. Ormsby Gore) will preside, a Conservative candidate may be selected. If so, the fight will be an interesting one. FLINTSHIRE. NO OPPONENT FOR MR HERBERT LEWIS. One of the features of the election in Flintshire is the interest taken in politics by women. Both the present representatives Mr. J. Herbert Lewis and Mr. J. W. Sum- mers, are fortunate in possessing wives who are enthusiastic workers in the Liberal cause, and at the last election both Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Summers strove most en- ergetically for the success of their husbands. Chiefly through their influence, prosperous and enthusiastic branches of the Women's Liberal Association have (been formed at Mold, Flint, Holywell, Rhyl, and in other parts of the county, and the assistance given by members of these associations is now a principal factor in Flintshire Liberal successes. Both the ladies mentioned are good platform speakers and take a keen interest in the social side of politics. Up to Tuesday- evening there was no public indication of any movement on the part of the Conservatives towards securing a candidate to oppose Mr. Lewis, whose splendid work at the Local Government Board is acknowledged by all parties. Mr. Herbert Lewis has represented either Flint Boroughs or county for some twenty years, and is one of the oldest of the Welsh members in point of length of service. His majority at the last election was upwards of 2,000, when he defeated Colonel Howard. There is some talk of Mr. Austen Jones, the son of the Rector of Hope, coming forward in the Conservative interest. Colonel Howard, who has had such dis- couraging experiences at county elections, is now seeking to oust Mr. Summers in the Boroughs. A hopeless task! Mr. J. W. Summers, the sitting member for the Flint Boroughs, secured a majority of 427 at the election in January last, and it is confidently believed that he will easily hold the seat against Colonel Howard. Mr. Summers is the head of the great firm of ironmasters, Messrs. John Summers and Son, of Shotton and Stalybridge, and was for some years chaiiman of the Flintshire County Council. He is very popular throughout the county. MONTGOMERYSHIRE. NO OPPOSITION TO MR. DAVID DAVIES. Mr. John Lomax, the chairman of the Montgomeryshire Conservative Association, hai, informed a correspondent that if Mr. David Davies, M.P., again stands for the county he will not be opposed. His posi- tion is considered impregnable. In Montgomery Boroughs there will be a keen contest between Mr. A. E. Humphreys Owen (son of a former Liberal Member) and Col. Pryce Jones.

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