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TO ADVERTISERS. <0 ..- - -_J.




I THE NORTH WALES TEMPERANCE ELECTORAL ASSOCIATION. WE have received from the Secretary of a So- ciety calling itself The North Wales Temperance Electoral Association," over two columns of re- print from the Alliance NetCs, which we are modestly asked to reproduce in the North Wales Chronicle. We respectfully decline the honour- in the first place because we disagree with the principles which appear to animate and guide this immaculate Society and secondly, because we consider our columns to be far betteroccupicd. This excerpt from the columns of out teetotal contemporary bears the heading Results of the Elections," and it professes to treat of the recent contests in Anglesea, Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, Merioneth, and Montgomery. The whole pre- sumption throughout is that in every case, or nearly so, the elections have been swayed, if not actually decided, by the influence of the North Wales Temperance Association, and that electors have given up their own political convictions, with the sole purpose to secure the return of advocates of teetotalers and their precious Per- missive Bill. Thus we find for the first time that the cause of Mr Wynne's retirement from Merio- nethshire was not, as he himself stated, that he found the verdict of the electors to be against him and his opinions upon the Irish Church question, but that his opponent had promised to support the Permissive Bill, whereas he would only vote for a committee to thoroughly inves- tigate the present law as regards the sale of in- toxicating liquors," and consequently "could not hope to succeed." In Montgomery Mr Tracy (who was returned unopposed) is willing to support the Plrmissive Bill so far that it should be referred to a select committee," and the friends of temperance are advised therefore to teach'' Mr Tracy the merits (the italics are not our own) of the Bill. We shall be curious to know when Mr Tracy commences his scholastic duties. In Carnarvon Major Pennant "treated our question and applications with silent contempt," and it is no wonder, then, that Captain Jones- Parry having replied courteously and favour- ably" (!) and being, "although unpledged to the Permissive Bill, in agreement with the principle," was "returned with a majority of 148." Mr Bulkeley Hughes, too, was pledged to support the Permissive Bill, while Mr Wynn only was "favourable to the principle," and, ergo, the itpermissive" candidate was returned over his opponent by 550 votes. Mark that, ye candidates who like Temperance, but decline to go in for the whole hog The contest in Denbighshire seems to have been made the point of concentration for the ef- forts of the Electoral Association, which has, it appears, its head quarters in the county town. Their efforts, however, were, they acknowledge, far from satisfactory. Col. Biddulph point blank refused an interview with the Chairman of our Executive, or any further correspondence." The opinions of Mr Osborne Morgan, on the other hand, "being such as justified every exer- tion being made to secure his return, action was at once taken." Need the result be stated ? In seven days from his candidature Mr Morgan was returned as one of the trusted representatives of the most important county of North Wales," notwithstanding that the proposer of Col. Bid- dulph (P. H. Cliambres Esq) did all that he could as a personal friend" to secure the gallant officer upon the side of Temperance. Too late, Colonel Biddulph Your latest opinions, like your general conduct, came too late, and you have only yourself to thank for the result," for had you "listened to wise counsel, it would have been otherwise." Think of that, Col. Biddulph, and repent that you had not placed yourself at the disposal of the "North Wales Temperance Elec toral Association," and like Mr Osborne Morgan^ "owe your election in a great measure to its good offices." Poor Mr Mainwaring You too were sacrificed at the shrine of Temperance, although there certainly seems to have been some labour required in bringing your opponent over to the cause. The electors of North Wales will perhaps be surprised to hear that the results of the recent controversy have been so materially brought about at the dictation, and by the influence, of the North Wales Ttmperance Electoral Asso- ciation." Individually we certainly were ignorant of the loadstone that was attracting the magnet, while we fondly believed that the battle was being fought upon the question of the Irish Church. But then we were not members of this important association, and not in their secrets. Seriously, we protest against this presumption of a compara. tively small number of individuals banding them- selves together, claiming to wield a huge power, and compelling every candidate for Parliament to bow his knee in allegiance to it and we are even more sorry, advocates of real temperance though we are, to find many in their eagerness to obtain a seat in the Legislature, only too williug to truckle to a tyranny which will take a high place amongst the "screws" in use at the present day. It requires but little discrimination to discern that the real object of the association is a political one, and that its weight has been thrown into the ultra-Radical scale. It is true that Sir Watkin Wynn is judiciously thrown in on the other side, but it is only to cover the real design and we arc certainly astonished beyond measure that any person of sense and understanding can be hood- winked in the matter. If the members of the association would take our advice, they would at any rate devote their talent and exertions to some better and more worthy objedfc than in perpetrating such a vile and abominable pun as the following :— Thoy may not shine and gUtter iu the nun. but it ia only because they are themselves true and noble tons, ever singing, &c., &c."


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