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REMARKABLE REVELATIONS.

PARTY FUNDS AUGMENTED BY

TITLE-HUNTERS

BROKERS, TOUT FOR HONOURS

([Per Press Association—Copyright.)

(Received February 6,. 8.55 a.m.)

LONDON, February 5.

Mr Gibson Bowles (ex-M.P. for King's Lynn), who has sat both with the Liberals and Conservatives, has supplied a candid review of the alleged purchase of titles. •■

He asserts that the Conservatives' fund, which in 1874 totalled £20,000, rose to £80,000 in the 90's, and the Liberal funds, which were very low in 1876, reached £7000 in 1877, and stood at £500,000 in 1901, are now estimated at £4,000,000.

He declares that £50,000 has been paid for a baronetcy and. anything from £150,000 to £4.00,000 for a peerage.

He says that on one occasion ,corres- ■; pondence passed between the party :Whip and a would-be peer, but the latter refused to pay the requiredi contribution for the honour sought,, and J the Whip thereupon wrote expressing a • ! fear that his claim to a peerage would not be considered. The disappointedapplicant, however, threatened to publish the correspondence if his name was not included in. tho next list of honours, and when finally, the list was published his name duly appeared.

Bowles further asserts ■• that citybrokers tout for baronetcy honours, their terms being £4000, with £6000 lodged in the bank if the honour is given, besides 10 per cent, commission for the man who introduces the business.

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REMARKABLE REVELATIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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REMARKABLE REVELATIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914

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