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REPRESENTATION OF THE PEM- BROKE BOROUGHS. The Pembroke parliamentary boroughs, which have lately been the hunting ground of several stray Con- servative candidates, are this week to be treated to another specimen of the genera in the person of Lord Charles Boresford, of bombardment of Alexandria re- nown. We have once or twice wondered whether the expedition which Lord Charles has undertaken this week is in any way connected with that which (accor- ding to society papers) he is about to undertake to South Africa in company with Mr H. Chaplin- whether the one is to give experience for the other. At any rate, if variety is charming, the young lord will have a pleasing intermixture this year-alter. nately hunting Egyptians, voters, and quadrupeds. One would have thought that Lord Charles Beresford would have been more at home on board the Condor, or acting as war correspondent for the Standard, than in drawing a bow at a venture on a political plat. form, or on the floor of the Bouse of Commons. Perhaps, however, it is the "venture" (excuse the pun) of the thing which attracts my lord-the venture of attacking so formidable an opponent as Mr H. G. Allen upon his own ground, as it were, with no other excuse for so doing than that the wire-pullers of the Tory party would like to have a man after their own heart occupying the seat. It needs some temerity to attempt to oust a member against whom there is no complaint either of neglect of duty or of extreme views, and especially so when the attacking party have absolutely no cry, no policy to offer. Whatever else Lord Charles may be, be certainly is venturesome; but it will be somewhat rough upon the noble lord if the exigencies of party warfare should require him to denounce the Government, whose foreign policy (of which he should know more than of any other politi- cal question) afforded the opportunity which secured him his dare-devil reputation. Were it not for the fact that several gentlemen of position-who cannot afford to risk their reputations by assisting to hoax the public—have allowed themselves to be associated in the venture, we should have been inclined to re- gard the whole affair as a huge joke-another youth- ful escapade of the noble lord. There is something so inexpressibly funny in a stranger-even though he be a lord-attempting to wrest a seat from a local man in a Pembrokeshire constituency, above all others. If the borough voters are anything liks those of the county, they want a member whom they have known all their lives-wbo has hob-nobbed with them over pub. lic dinners and at other similar gatherings. Simple politics count for little with Pembroke yeomen, but personal influence, flavoured with politics, can lick creation." Now, apart from politics, a more generally popular member than Mr Allen could not be named. He I,' very nearly connected with the principal fami- lies of Sooth Pembrokeshire and he has a parliamen- tary l rford, for his father represented the boroughs previous to 1832. Mr Allen, too, possesses local knowledge and sympathies which make common cause with the boroughs, and this, taken with the particular I characteristic of Pembrokeshire men to which we have I ref(- e, makes Lord Charles Bcrtsford's candidal are the more inexplicable, except on the hypothesis that it is me rely 8 ;r-K But assuming that the noble lord and his supporters really mean what the programme for this week gives one a right to infer, what are his chances of success? Two only: Division among the Liberals aud discontented dockyard workmen. It is a favourite theory among Tories that if their opponents are given rope enough they will inevitably hang themselves, i.e., fallout by the way and leave the spoil to others. i. e fall out by i he way and ?Z ma d e of one or two A grcrt deal has therefore been made of one or two differences of opinion which have occurred between the sitting member and some of his supporters, and the speedy disintegration of the Liberal party in these boroughs has been prophesied. But if such minute disagreements as these are signs of weakness and approaching dissolution, how about the other side of the picture What of Mr Harben and Mr Pearse and of the old love of the Pembroke Tory party-Sir Thomas Meyriek ? What about those conflicting emotions which were manifested when the eligibility of the landowner, the insurance agent, and the ship- builder for political wedlock with the boroughs was alternately dilated upon ? How about the time when Milford piped the praises of Pearce, and Pem- broke refused to dance ? or when Pembroke mourned for Meyrick, and Milford did not lament ? It is true Mr Harben is said to have retired, but Mr Pearse hp8 not done so, while Sir Thomas has done neither one thing nor the ot her. And now to increase the dis- traction we have a new charmer, with supposed in- fluence with the Admiralty, &c., presented as an eligible partner of the political joys and sorrows of the constituency. The supposed influence of the new candidate iu certain quarters brings us to the second, and by far the most important point in his chances. There is a curious notion abroad that the inhabitants of dockyard towns are always in a con- dstion of chronic discontent with a Liberal adminis- tration. Such Governments are regarded as very economical, and it is but natural to suppose that there are a large number of individuals in Pembroke Dock, as well as everywhere else, who vote the ticket which appears best to serve the interests of No. 1. What, however, are the facts with regard to this point, so far as Pembroke Dockyard is concerned? The Conser- vative Government of 1874 went into power with a large suplus and ample opportunity of favouring the services (army and navy), which are supposed to be the special charge of a Tory administration, and yet at the end of six years, Sir E. J. Reed, M.P., speaking on this very point at Pembroke Dock, in April, 1880, was able to say On a recent occasion, when we had to review six years' naval administration by the Tory party, it was my duty to rise in my place (in the House of Commons) and complain most seriously of the course they had pursued I found it necessary to point out the fact, which is din- cernable and ought to be deemed discreditable in any Government, namely, that after six long years, when they had the whole of Her Majesty's dockyards in their bands to administer, they have never turned out of them a single ironclad of their own construction-of their own initiation They have completed a few which their predecessors began that is a thing that anybody could have done and more than that, a thing that nobody could well have helped doing. I venture to say that what the Government ha nt done in six years in the royal dock- yards no Government whatever could have been so imbecile as not to do." Let anyone who knows anything on the subject com- pare this crushing statement of c. masterly inactivity with the activity and energy which had been displayed at Pembroke Dockyard, for instance, during the pmt three years, and especially at the present time, and he i ill bound t? admit that Sir Edward Kee l prophesied truly, when forecasting on the same occasion uhe resultf of the advent of a Liberal Government, he said I believe the shipbuilding in the Royal dockyards will be pushed forward, j»nd, is more important for the country, that its navv v.—Ill be rapidly strengthened by the addition of new vessels Now, Mr Allen is not only an earnest supporter of the Government which have more than fulfilled this prophecv, but he 1". moreover, an advocate of this particular part of heir administration for speaking on Aop'u^t 27, 1S79, he declared that in our navy, and not in our army, the future power of England most lie, and added a hope that shipiz would abound, and our navy long flourish the first in the world to maintain, as it had done for apes, the glory and dignity of the British nation." Mr Alien was only a candidate when he made use of these words, but we are bold to say that all his acts since he has been elected have been consistent with the expecta- tions which his constituents would be justified in forming of his conduct in this particular. > Lord Charles Beresford, who, in response to a requisition signed by representatives of several Conservative Associations which exist in the Pembroke Boroughs, has consented to contest the seat in the Conservative interest at the next general election or vacancy, on Monday night addressed, at the Assembly-room, Pembroke, the first of the series of meetings of Conservative electors which are announced to be held at the five contributory towns of this constituency It its stated that the requisition represents the unanimous feeling of the Conservative party in the boroughs, and that all chances of a split in trie party has now passed away. Be that as it may. thofo who were charged with the duty ot drawing up the -Iacarde summoning the meetings were careful to nay ilAuL Lord Charles would address the Conservative electors, and presuioa b'.y the Con- "El'Vi1tives t'le"t,or", mone. A good deal ot liveliness | anticipatory on the meeting waa observable in Pembroke streets on Mcndny e vening, and they did their best to increase the excitement. A considerable time before the proceedings commenced a large j cumber of persons, principally working men, found their way to tbe Assembly-roem, which was very dimly lighted. The crowd was all exceedingly livelv one. and when Lord Charles Beresford and his i friends appeired, l,e was received with an ovation of cheers, and cries of Woli doui, Condor," "Bravo, Cond and to on. Lurd Ber«d<ml. ;L iiii opeuiug ronaarki. eaid ;'l¡élt when he first received a letter asking him to becomo a candidate for the Pembroke boroughs, he demurred for some time, because he thought that a local gentleman could better represent their interests, for their interests were conflicting, or rather of a varied character but, looking at the letter again, he saw its representative character, and decided to come there. In his remarks that night he wanted to be calm and dispassionate he did not believe in abuse, either of person or party. It was to be deplored that the greatest orator of the day, Mr John Bright, used his grand gift of language to abuse the House of Lords. He thought he might use his command of language to better purpose. He (Lord Beresford) believed in fair and honest criticism and he thought that many thing,, which the Government had done during the past four years bad not been done in the right way. The Government was an extraordinary one, because its measure- and policy were not what they were taught to regard as Liberal s and Liberal doctrines. He then dealt at length with the Irish questions and said t fcf- Government was to biame for encouraging agitat. >n, and bringing about the state of affairs which made necessary that most violent coercive measures the Prevention of Crimes Act. The Transvaal and Egyptian questions came under review. With refereince to India, he apprehended a white mutiny il the present measures were forced on and as regarded Mr Shaw, the French would not have dared to offer a German or American the insult they put upon him; Dealing with finance questions, Lord Beresford said it was curious that whilst Tories were always twitted with extravagance, the Liberal Government spent more than the Conservative Government did. Alderman George moved a vote of confidence in Lord Beresford, seconded by Mr Saurin, spoken to by Mr C. E. G. Philipps, and carried with acclamation. A vote of thanks to the chairman concluded the proceedings. Lord Charles Beresford visited Tenby on Tuesday, and in the evening addressed a crowded meeting of the electors at the Assembly-rooms. The chair was occupied by Captain Brook.



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