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Ur. E. E. Micholls tlie Adopted…

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Ur. E. E. Micholls tlie Adopted Candidate. The Unionist campaign in the Boroughs had an enthusiastic send-off at the Tredegar Hall, Newport, on Tuesday evening, when, at a densely- packed meeting, presided over by Viscount Tredegar, Mr E. E. Micholls, who had been formally adopted earlier in the evening by the Conservative and Unionist Association to champion the cause in the coming Election, delivered a well-considered and fighting speech. Mr T. B. R. Wilson, chairman of the Association, presided at the first meeting, and, in moving the adoption of Mr Micholls, said he was confident that they would carry him to the top of the poll (Hear, hear). Mr E. W. Earle Marsh, in seconding, said that Mr Micholls had lived among them for a long time, and they had had plenty of opportunities of judging his abilities as a statesman, a worker, and a gentleman. Mr F. E. Burpitt, Mr Thomas Parry, and Mr John Murray, as an Irish Catholic, supported, the last-named gentleman expressing his great pleasure in doing so because Mr Micholls was a supporter of the rights of parents in the matter of religious education. The resolution was unanimously and enthu- siastically adopted. After thanking the Association for their kindness Mr Micholls said that the two chief planks in his platform were that children should receive religious instruction in accordance with the wishes of their parents, and fiacal reform. At 8 o'clock the public meeting commenced, when, amongst those who supported Viscount Tredegar on the platform, were Sir Joseph Lawrence, M.P., Mr, Mrs, and Miss Micholls, Mr T. B. R. Wilson, Mr J. Moxon (election agent), Mr J. T. Hughes (Conservative agent), Col Clifford Phillips, Mr E. W. Earle Marsh, Mr H. Duckham, Mr Edward Phillips, Mr L. H. Hornby. &c. THE NOBLE CHAIRMAN was vociferously cheered when he rose and an- nounced that the Association had just unanimously adopted Mr Micholls as their candidate. He remembered a great many members of Parliament, but he was not going to take them further back than Mr Crawshay Bailey—(hear, hear)—who was a member of a remarkable family which had done so much to create the coal and iron trade of the district, and the pioneer of that great business in which so many were now engaged in that district. A former member, Dr Rutherfoord Harris-(applause)-was qualified by Colonial experience to be of great service to that county and to England generally. They all regretted that owing to pressure of business SIR JOSEPH LAWRENCE had been compelled to give up the position he had so worthily occupied. There were many Liberals, he believed, who, if Sir Joseph had decided to stand again, would have been disinclined to vote against him. Mr Augustine Birrell, now Minister of Education, described the life of a candidate for Parliament as an intoxicating life. He did not know whether Mr Micholls had had that ex- perience or not. (Laughter). Mr Micholls had mixed amongst the constituency for two years, had participated in commercial and religious move- ments, and in pastimes and sports. In fact, he believed that he had even opened a bazaar. (Laughter). He now called upon him to address that meeting. lifE. MICHOLLS, who met with a hearty reception, said he recog- nised to the full the responsibility he was under- taking, but he was somewhat encouraged by the knowledge that he was endeavouring to promote the cause and uphold the great principles of the party, remembering the words of their great leader, Mr Balfour-noud cheers)—at Leeds the other day, that after the last ten years of the Conserva- tive and Unionist party's continuous term of olfice it could look back with feelings of pride on its work. He (the speaker) had belonged all his life to that great party. His vote in 1868 was given to one of the greatest statesmen this country ever produced, Lord Beaconsfield. (Cheers). Thirty years ago he heard Lord Beaconsfield inveigh against the Little Englanders-they then went by the name of "The Manchester School." On that occasion LORD BEACONSFIELD SAID. If England wishes to preserve her PIP,,CE among the nations, if she wishes to maintain her supre- macy, if she does not wish her power to dwindle like Holland, Spain, and Venice, she must weld together by ties of sympathy and links of mutual advantage all the portions of our world-en circling Empire." (Cheers). Mr Balfour had followed in Lord Beaconsfield footsteps. (Hear, hear). If only for that treaty between us and our brave little ally, Japan, of last September, for which we had to thank Mr Balfour, his name would be written in large characters in the history of our country. It was a master-stroke of consummate statecraft. It safeguarded our great interests in. the Far East, and in the future would be found to be of great assistance to our commerce, particu- larly with China. They had also in Mr Chamber- lain—(loud cheers)—another statesman who bad taken his inspiration from the words of that great statesman, Lord Beaconsfield. Had he not proved a true "missionary of Empire "-nay, more, as everyone must admit, had he not been the greatest Colonial Minister of modern times ? (Renewed cheers). But what interested them more particu- larly now lay in the future. There was now a Radical Government in power, and he asked them. [Continued on Page 8].

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