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THE EAST DENBIGHSHIRE ELECTION. *+ UNIONIST MEETING AT RUABON. Mr. KENYON'S SERVICES TO WALES. On Tuesday Mr. Kenyon addressed an enthusiastic gathering of Ruabon Unionists in the National Schools. Sir Watkin Williams Wynn who presided, said it had been asked why he had not come forward himself during this vacancy. He could not argue that night with those who made that remark, but he had Very good reasons, the chief of which was that he had not time to attend to the calls of parliamentary life with the large estates that he had to look after and with the other calls Upon his time and attention. Therefore he decided not to become the Unionist candidate, but to heartily support his friend, Mr. Kenyon, whom he had great pleasure in introducing to a fiuabon audience, and whom he did his utmost to persuade to become the candidate. Mr. Kenyon very ably represented the Denbigh Boroughs for ten years, and he hoped that before many weeks he would be the representa- tive for East Denbighshire. (Loud applause.) j^heir candidate was not afraid of speaking in -^rliament when speaking was necessary; on he other hand he was not one of those wind- 80gs who thought they must speak on every object and take up and waste so much of the Ule of the House of Commons. do r. KENYON was glad to say that he had ne something in the past to advance the in- resta of the district which he was now seek- S to represent, and he recalled in this J^nQection his advocacy of the railway for f6xhaiu and Ellesmere, which had been con- ''Ueted, and of the railway from Rhos to )*rexham, about which he still thought it was a. well-conceived line which, had it been carried out, would have proved of very great benefit to he people of the district. (Hear, hear.) He had long taken a great interest in education. •^8 to the primary branch, he had been con- nected with several schools for years, and there had never been the slightest difficulty or the semblance of what was. called the religious grievance. (Applause.) His own belief was that this religious grievance was enormously exaggerated. The religion which Non- conformists and Churchmen practised was similar in its main characteristics, and to the Untutored mind of a child, no one would desire or. a moment to emphasise the differences ^hich existed between these branches of the hristian community. They should rather try i teach the children the value of a godly and o Y life; and he believed Churchmen and OQconformista could work together in the atter of education, preserving their own Vofity and self-respect. As to the Act to help *Untary schools he thought it was just and °derate. Turning to intermediate education, claimed some personal share in effecting the j, e8eut satisfactory position. In 1885, when ° entered Parliament, the subject had been uch talked about, but there was no prospect Bill being carried through in any amount of time. It seemed to him lih ct uPon which Conservatives and Wh'6.^8 well unite, and he framed a Bill WouM did not go as far as some, Ped Place the Principality upon a "Of as compared with the rest but > United Kingdom. It did not pass, Pleas WaS wel* received and it was a great BUaH f°r him to be able subsequently to per- pag8 W. Hart Dyke and Lord Salisbury to jeot measure which was the law on the sub- tbey i vAppiause.) In carrying out the Act pari had the cordial assistance of the Liberal torr He also endeavoured to impress upon the granbrook when he was Lord President of chart ouncil the desirability of granting a !lobl er for the Welsh University, but that 8u»u. did not see his way to accept the uettlon. The Liberal Government subse- ^obert granted the charter. When Mr. Bryn in 8 Proposed a motion against the charter aetv House of Commons and several Con- that i»lVe Members were inclined to support of th tion> be (Mr. Kenyon) spoke in favour ^barter, with the result that Mr. Balfour ^Ppeal leading Conservatives yielded to his firm and the charter was unanimously con- one f by the House. He considered that was fe* si greatest triumphs ever achieved by a IVliai?^w words from a man of very little »Vbate ntary influence, (Loud applause.) °f politVer migbt be the result of the election or of tu4' Warfare, he would ever esteem it as *U c0nf greatest honours that he had a hand ^°Untr^Pring these advantages upon his fellow- Yen. (Applause.) The candidate then Cltn8 lth agriculture, and replying to criti- ld th to his own knowledge of the subject, j acres at he had himself farmed 350 was quite willing to produce his Pi"actjc i ^r. Moss, who was said to be a (La^i farmer, would do the same. itb g;er.) He was also ready to compete &0v ^tr. Moss at the next meeting of the th/ Society as to who could shew best pound of home-made butter, 4 the best fruit crops. (Laughter and jTPlause.) The only conditions was pay and (Laughter.) Mr. Konyon then repeated ^Promises at Wrexham as to legislation for qu61Cvltare> and als° again dealt with labour dj8 J°ns» incidentally alluding to the Penrhyn 8etfiU^e» which might, he thought, have been U»aat Jaontbs before, had the men and the to j>er been better advised. If he was returned fllrth laUlnt, .1:.e would ..8:ke. the matter of 8tu(jver legislation on conciliation his serious | wlh a view to produce, if possible, some ingS which might tend to mitigate the suffer- too « be working classes which trade disputes occasioned. (Applause.) He adher <F Mr. Moss to Bay whether or not he Act bis statement that the Compensation h8 °De ^be worst measures that could ^Uultif 6jn Passed. That was not the opinion of l^ittn 8 emPioyed in this country. He ft- ^at be was a convert on the Eight BIll, but he had arrived at his present be c after careful study of the question, and goiuc assure them that there would be no Let the electors shew during this ^cti0ll that independence of judgment and bio^^h he had endeavoured to preserve åa.l1eq bf. and look not at what men were tbat H? wbat men did, and they would *tea^y Unionists party was the party .te8ol'uKrad.Ual progress. (Loud applause.) wh^6^' on a1 iQ support of the candidate was tati 48 ATL M°*'I01:1 ARNOLD, M.P., cOn Vt of Player of labour and the represen- the 8 ItUency a Yorkshire manufacturing his warm approval of 'be lcy i° legislation and administra- Pp68ent Government. rowdyism at RHOS. LYON'S MEETING BROKEN UP *tP KENYON ASSAULTED. i Purr, Howell, M.P., he attended for i?4iencePwh?'k hal1. was Packed by an ftlectora ° J w°uld contain a small minority ;f tbe .s td a great maj°rity of the youth ft all IB rlet, some of them but children, ense < on enjoying themselves at the ° tlle Unionist candidate. The i^Udav ^as early—six o'clock; but as Woj.18 Play-day' with the miners, the doo!*f COnsidered convenient. As soon as f 6,1 8» Were opened a great crowd of young *°Ht armed in and took possession of the -beif pjea^8» and many of them at once lit l^rest^8' anc* 8ettled down to shew a lively >?cal Sj. 111 the proceedings. Meanwhile the h ^yonV6r band had gone down to meet Mr. c an<i through the streets a band of h tln^ri^ an supposed to represent Q,l0?ist candidate, but it would have tKecWl as well for his opponent. The w grQ6 Was viewed with amusement by men» women, and children who ^ate'a fche street corners to witness the can- Hialrrival- Inside the hall an endeavour ,0 to keep a clear space behind the a tho Lab.lo f°r several ladies who ventured buildings but before any of the th^ sPeaker8 put in an appearance, the al n th 8 teserved became more circumscribed. i^fe was a rush on the left, followed ffi*11' on .iately by another forward move- 1,1 were J8 r^bt, and both sides of the plat- an? ^UtQan f\?en. Possession of by young men, a am ii "sing higher and higher until open space was left round the 'Of? le. General conversation was to te animated; calls, loudly re- for \TWe-T? frequently made for « Three Sr BtvJJi °88>' an(i it was evident that, ^i^^oua (j ne°U8ly or otherwise, the almost ^lit^ adetermination was to prevent any- VJs by <I,.8CUs8ion or even an exposition of Mtv/To i 8Peakers. Shortly after six Si I u' Tanyclawdd, took the chair, on hi8 j otham on his right and Mr. a.«6I ^heir entrance being greeted cheers for Mr. Moss. Mr. Taylor, amid a Babel of noise, in which he most ineffectually raised his voice, called upon Mr. Sidebotham, M.P., to address the meeting pending the arrival of Mr. Kenyon. (Loud shouts of Silence,' groans, laughter, and general confusion, in which one or two men in the body of the hall appealed for a fair hearing for the speakers.) Mr. SIDEBOTHAM, who rose amid continued confusion, said he had come among them to say a few words for Mr. Kenyon, a statement which was received with a great deal of groaning. Several persons got up and appealed in Welsh to the audience to give the speaker la hearing. Mr. Sidebotham was then able to proceed for a few moments in silence, in the course of which he said he would not detain them long if they would listen to him. He was afraid he had not understood all that had taken place because he was ignorant of the Welsh language, but those gentlemen who had been speaking to them had been endeavouring, with some success, to restore order in the meeting. In the part of the world where he came from they were very punctual people, and on the stroke of six o'clock he was naturally anxious to get to work. (A Voice: What time do you knock off ?' and laughter.) He came among them almost as a neighbour, as it were. He represented, and had repre- sented for over 11 years, one of the divisions of the neighbouring county of Cheshire. It was a division which very much resembled the division in which he was then speaking. In his consti- tuency he had representatives of both town and country, he had farmers and agricultural labourers and working classes, and a con- siderable number of others, so he claimed that he know something about a con- stituency such as theirs, and he thought he might say a word or two which might be of interest to them. A great uproar here took place in the back part of the hall, and when comparative silence had again been restored Mr. Sidebotham remarked that he knew something about a constituency such as theirs, and he knew something more. He knew some- thing of the gentleman who was appearing before them at the present time as the Con- servative candidate. Mr. Kenyon and he sat together in the House of Commons—(groans)— first when their party was in power, and after- wards when their party was in opposition. At this point several ladies came on to the plat- form and were heartily groaned at, and general confusion again reigned for some time, in the course of which cheers were called and given for Mr. Samuel Moss. Mr. Sidebotham proceeded —Gentlemen, I was saying—(groans)—when I sat in the House of Commons—(cheers for Mr. Moss)—for a considerable number of years— (groans)—that the gentleman—(confusion)— who now appears as the Unionist candidate- (general confusion, especially at the rear of the hall, culminating in Three cheers for Samuel Moss.") Gentlemen, I have no doubt- (confusion)—though you aie opposed to the party to which I belong—(groans)—you will listen (groans) to argument. (" Samuel Moss for ever.") Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon and Sir Watkin Williams Wynn now appeared on the platform, and were received with slight cheers and loud groans and cheers for Mr. Moss, followed by more catcalls and groans. The hall-keeper in vain appealed for order. Mr. Jenkins, Johnstown, who had a seat in front, appealing in Welsh to the audience amid the awful din, said As a member of the Rhos Liberal Association, I beg you will please welcome- (Cries of Silence,' Order,' and Platform.') Going on to the platform, Mr. Jenkins continued: Our cause is good, we are sure to win, giv4 them a hearing. (Hear, hear.) A Voice: We have suffered too much from the Tory party. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Jenkins: Listen to the speeches, and then ask questions when they have done. (Applause.) In the name of Rhos I ask you to give them a hearing. (" Three cheers for Moss," and yells and whistling.) Sir Watkin had taken his place as chairman, and had for half an hour been standing- waiting till the din ceased. A momentary lull occurring, The Chairman: My friends—(groans)—is the Rhos—(confusion)—going to give fair play —(hooting)—or is it to alter its traditions? (Another confused and prolonged roar, amid which were cries of I Silence' and 'Order.') Look here, my man (pointing to a person half- way down the hall), come here. I am not afraid of anybody in the least. (Groans and uproar.) Thomas Jones, lamplighter, then came up to the platform, amid cheers and laughter, and shook hands with the chairman, who then, amid the uproar, managed to make this heard by the front rows Half-a-minute." Silence re- stored. Sir Watkin proceeded: Now look here, I have treated you perfectly fairly. (Hear, hear.) This gentleman was saying something there; I called him here. (Cheers.) Fairplay is a jewel every- where. (Hear, hear.) Whenever I have come to the Rhos I have had fairplay, and I believe I am going to have it to-night. (Cheers and laughter, and renewed groans.) If you want us to shout, I can shout with any lad who comes here. (Cheers, and groans, and cries of Silence' and Order.') But if we have come here to-night to hear politics, then let us have them. (Confusion.) Well, if you want to have a jolly good row let us have it. (Laughter and uproar.) Mr. Edwin Jones, a miner, in his working garb, came forward and took his place beside the chairman who heartily welcomed him. The assistant-Chairman then shouted Silence' and Order.' He asked if the meeting wished him to speak in English or Welsh, and the latter being preferred be urged :-Let the man speak. Do you consider yourselves men P (Uproar and shouts of I Yes.') Then let the man speak. (Hear, hear.) The Chairman, the turbulence having momen- tarily subsided, said :—Gentlemen—(uproar)— are we going to have a meeting—(confusion)— or are we going to play the fool. (More shout- ing.) Are we to play the fool ? If you wish— (uproar)—1 am quite ready to take anybody here at any game. (Cheers, laughter, and renewed turbulence.) The lamplighter once more essayed to be peacemaker. Let them have ten minutes," he pleaded in the vernacular. They know that Kenyon won't get in." The appeal, however, was lost, attention being diverted to one of the upper windows, at which appeared a man who had climbed on an adjoin- ing roof, but he speedily disappeared. The Chairman again essayed to speak. Now lads, look here, try and be quiet for a quarter of an hour. (Some uproar.) I won't waste your time—(' cheers for Moss')—you shall hear Mr. Kenyon instead of me. (Hear, hear.) You know me, you know where I come from. (Cheers.) Some of you come to me when you are in trouble. (Hear, hear.) I never turn a deaf ear to any friend who comes to me in real trouble. (Cheers.) I come here to the Rhos to-night to renew old friendships—(hear, hear) ,-and not to fight or quarrel with anybody. (Cheers and slight disturbance.) Are we te cease being friends P Am I to understand that in the six years since I last addressed an audience here, Rhos has altered. (" No.") No, I cannot believe it. (Cheers.) I have always been accorded a fair hearing, and I ask you as men, not as children, to give fairplay. You can vote as you like on the polling day. (Cheers.) No one can interfere with your vote. (Cheers.) I ask you —(cries of Order," and slight uproar)—simply to give us a fair hearing, just as you would give an opponent fairplay if a football team came to Rhos. (Cheers and renewed uproar.) Do you want it said that no stranger can come into the Rhos ? ("No.") Well then, lads, fairplay. We may not agree, but that is no reason why we should not be friends. (Hear, hear.) Let us have a few moments and give a quiet hearing to Mr. Kenyon—(renewed disorder)—just as Ruabon, Wrexham, or any other place will listen to Mr. Moss if he goes there. (Cheers.) My friends-for I do call you friends—(" Of course and laughter)—you may stop the meet- ing here, but I tell you I can stop a meeting somewhere else. (Uproar.) We all have our chance, some here, some there; but we don't want to quarrel with anybody. (Hear, hear.) Isn't it better to be friends all round ? (Uproar, "Silence," "Order," and "Three cheers for Moss.") Be quite quiet. Sit down, lads, and be as quiet as possible. (Uproar.) A voice trom the rear of the hall: Where can you stop any meeting ? The Chairman Never mind where. (Dis- order.) Don't you dare anybody. ("No," Shame," and a general hubbub.) Another voice One question-Are you Lord Salisbury's follower ? The Chairman: I most decidedly am. (Up- roar.) .„ The voice: Then we will not have you. (Loud cheers and groans, continued for several I must say this, then, and I, am sorry to say it-if the Rhos does not wish to have me, then I will never help the Rhos. (Hear, hear, and uproar.) The Rev. Robt. Jones, a Calvinistic Metho- dist minister in Rhos, then came to the platform and offered to get a hearing for the Unionists. He seemed greatly distressed at the scene. The Chairman concluded amid continued uproar: I honour you for saying straight out you disagree with us and won't have our man, but you ought to give him a hearing, and not try to get rid of him in this way. The Rev. Robt. Jones, speaking amid great interruption, principally from the back of the hall: Dear friends and fellow-electors, remember the honour of the neighbourhood—(uproar) —give me a hearing of two minutes—(con- fusion)—I am one of you—(more disturbance, in the course of which the rev. gentleman sat down, being unable to complete his appeal for silence.) Mr. Thomas Jones, the lamplighter, also made another unsuccessful appeal on behalf of the promoters of the meeting. Mr. Daniel Davies then ascended the plat- form, and amid a great uproar said Let's treat them respectfully—(uproar),—we respect everybody, but we don't respect everybody's policy. (Confusion.) I should like every man to speak to-night, and to have perfect fair play. (Cheers and uproar.) Sir Watkin That is all we ask for. Mr. Kenyon, rising amid a perfect storm of groans, said People of Rhos, Sir Watkin is a bad man to follow when he gets on a good horse. (Laughter and uproar.) He, cannot help giving one a gallop, and he has given me a gallop to-night. I am going to briefly tell you why I think you had better vote for me- (groans)—first of all, as one who lives near you, cares for you, has watched over you in years past, and who is prepared to do his best for you in the future. (Uproar and interrup- tion.) When you wanted the Rhos railway- (confusion)-who was the man who came to your assistance ? (Groans.) Was it Mr. Samuel Moss ? ("Yes," laughter, and confusion.) Who was it then? ("Osborne Morgan," and more confusion.) Who was it that came to your assistance ? Who went to that meeting at Wrexham and pleaded your cause? Who took up your case in the House of Commons ? (" Osborne Morgan," and uproar.) Who did his best—(great confusion). Why it was I who did it—(interruption),—and if Sir Osborne Morgan had been alive now he would have told you the same thing. (More interruption.) He and I stopped there upon the floor of the House of Commons. the only two Welsh members who dared to do it, to advocate the claims of the Rhos to have that Railway. (Great confusion.) We were opposed by all sorts of people, the Great Western Railway and various other people- (uproar)—but we did our best for you, and if you still want the railway I will try to do it again for you. (Cheers and uproar.) Now, another point is, do you care for good schools ? Who was the person who got these good schools for you in this immediate district ? Great con- fusion followed, in the course of which a large section of the audience commenced to sing a Radical electioneering song to the tune Tramp, tramp, the boys are marching.' Mr. Kenyon: Johnny comes marching home. (Laughter, ironical cheers, and a continuance of the uproar.) When you have quite done with that music I will go on again. (Renewed dis- turbance.) Have you not got a good school down at Ruabon ? Have you not got a good school down at Llangollen ? Have you not got a good school down at Wrexham ? Who was it that got these intermediate schools for you ? (Uproar.) Who was it worked tooth and nail to get them for you ? (Continued confusion.) Why, it was 1. (Ironical cheers.) You cannot deny that, however much you try—(uproar)— you can look in the records of the House of Commons; you can ask any Liberal member-I don't care which-who it was that got that measure passed through the House of Commons, and they will all tell you it was I. (Cheers and counter- cheers and general confusion.) There is a bit of a record for you, but perhaps you want something more? (Laughter and uproar.) How about the eight hours' day in mines ? How about old age pensions, and better dwellings for the working-classes ? Where are you going to get those from ? (A Voice: "Off Samuel Moss," laughter and interruption.) Are you going to the Liberal party, which is in a minority, to try and get these measures, or to a Conservative Government, which has the large majority of 140, and which can carry them if they choose ? Whatever you may do at this election won't make the Liberal minority into a majority. ( Voice "Keep your hair on," and great uproar.) If you want these measures passed—an eight hours' day for miners, old age pensions, and artisans' dwellings-you must support the Conservative Government which is in power now by ireturning me. (Laughter, cheers, and counter-cheers.) Some of you will say you want disestablishment. (Loud cries of Yes.") I am coming to that. Are you going to put disestablishment in the balance- ("Yes")—against the Eight Hours' Bill and the other Bills I have mentioned ? (Uproar and resumption of singing.) A very appropriate song, but that does not answer the argument. (More interruption and singing.) You can't get disestablishment for a very long time to come, however much you may wish it. Very well, put that on one side. (Confusion.) Then look on the other side for a moment, and return the man for those other measures I have told you of, and which are of so much importance to you-more so than disestablishment. (Great uproar.) Now, one other word. What have you got to-day ? What is the latest news to-day ? That Lord Salisbury has concluded terms of peace between Turkey and Greece. (Confusion and whistling, which was indulged in with great vigour.) Mr. Kenyon tried for several minutes to con- tinue his speech, but his remarks were utterly inaudible owing to the din and confusion. When his observations next caught on the ears of the pressmen he was saying :—What I have said you can verify for yourselves. If you have read this morning's papers you will see that what I have said is perfectly true. (More uproar followed, which rendered it absolutely impossible to hear any but most disjointed remarks.) Now put that in your pipes and smoke it. (Laughter and confusion.)' People say that I have changed my mind upon this. (Interruption.) What do I care what they say ? There is not a man in this room who has not changed his mind 150 times over on some subject or the other. If a man changes his mind for good and sufficient reasons you ought to esteem that man and honour him. (Another scene of confusion followed and entirely drowned the candidate's voice.) Mr. Kenyon, however, pluckily endeavoured to make himself heard, but with very little success, and he con- cluded amid a terrible uproar by asking them to use their judgment as sensible men, and to vute on the day of election according to their convictions. Mr. Kenyon then resumed his seat, but almost immediately afterwards came to the front of the platform again, and in stentorian tones, which could be heard all over the hall, not- withstanding the confusion, inquired if anybody would like to ask him any questions, but none were put. Mr. Daniel Davies, collier, then ascended the platform and essayed to speak, but the audience refused to listen to him. Mr. Kenyon once more rose, and, remarking that he had had his say, thanked his audience for the kindly bearing they had given him." A general movement, which threatened to overwhelm the Press table, then occurred in the direction of the platform; while upon it, in close proximity to the candidate, one man vigorously elbowed for room) and the crowd with whom he was dealing, swayed ominously to and fro. Mr. Kenyon was then understood to ask for thanks to the chairman, but none heeded the request, for the crowd pressed on, their pace being accelerated as they noticed the speakers leaving by the platform door. STREET RUFFIANISM. Some had a frightful struggle to get out of the hall, only to find themselves in a long narrow passage, where the pressure was renewed. It is believed that several were knocked down and trampled upon,. but it was impossible to gain any particulars. A few extra police had been brought to the place in view of distur- bances, but they could do little or nothing beyond escort Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon to their carriage amid a shower of stones. Mr. Fincham, the Primrose League secretary for North Wales, was struck over the head with a stick, the blow cutting, the crown of his felt hat; Mr. Boydell, a Conserva- tive, from Rossett, was struck in the eye with a rotten apple, and also on the right of the f6re- head with a stone. A police officer endeavoured to protect Mrs. Kenyon, and got a blow fromf-a stone between the shoulders, while several 1 others including a pressman, were also caught by the missiles. After Mt's. Kenyon had-,reach-ed the brake which was to convey her husband and herself to another meeting, she was hit on the shoulder with a stone, but fortunately the blow was not very heavy, and she made light of the affair. Hooting in the most excited manner, and occasionally cheering for Mr. Moss, these were the good-nights' of the Rhos Radicals to their visitors. MR. KENYON ON HIS RECEPTION. A Unionist meeting was afterwards held at Rhostyllen, a village about two miles from Wrexham. Mr. P. Yorke presided, and on the platform were Mr. Griffith-Boscawen, M.P., and Colonel Eyre, C.B. Mr. Kenyon said they had just come from a very musical meeting. (Laughter.) The Rhos people, whatever other qualities they had, were extremely fond of music, especially that of the sound of their own voice. (Laughter.) He had no objection to that. It was small blame for anyone with a good tenor voice to shout Moss for ever' or I Kenyon for ever.' The only diffi- culty was that it also made the candidate shout. (Laughter.) Mr. Kenyon then proceeded to place his views before the meeting, and in deal- ing with the eight hours question said that his opinions were changed by reading carefully about two years ago Mr. Lecky's book on Democracy and Liberty.' He then felt that if he ever again became a candidate for Parlia— ment-which at that time seemed very im- probable-he would be obliged to announce his conversion to the principle of the eight hours measure. He had done so. (Applause.) He had been held up to ridicule for that fact, but he would have been far more worthy of ridicule had he refused to have given expression and effect to his more matured judgment on the subject. A vote of confidence was passed in the candidate. ISSUE OF THE WRIT. The High Sheriff of Denbighshire on Friday received the Speaker's writ for filling up the East Denbigh vacancy, and has fixed the nomination for Friday next, and the polling for Tuesday, the 28th inst. The campaign will now proceed vigorously.

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