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BRITISH BY-ELECTIONS.

TO THE EDITOR. Sir, —In your inane of the 20th ult. you give amongst the cable news the result of a by-election—supposed to be for the Brixton (Lambeth) division of London, vacant by the death of the late Marquis of Carmarthen—whereby a Mr Morgan, a Home Ruler, was returned by a majority of 1,719 over Mr Drummond (Conservative), and you add: If the seat be correctly given, this result Is “a marked gain to the Gladstonians, and shows that Conservatives, even in London, that hotbed of Toryism, are losing ground.” On the 22nd you again indulge in a joyous outburst on the occasion of Mr Bulnois (Conservative) being returned by a majority of only 493 over the Home Rule candidate —Lord Charles lleresford having had a majority of 1,000 when he contested the seat. In the Sydney 4 Morning Herald ’ of the 20th ult. I find a cable message to the effect that Mr Morgan, a Home Ruler, has been elected by Carmarthenshire West in place of Mr R. H. Powell, a Gladstonian Liberal; that the seat was contested by Mr Drummond, Conservative, who was defeated by 1,719 votes. I confess I fail to see what reason there is for congratulation upon replacing a Glad-stonian-Liberal by a Homo Ruler; indeed, I would be glad to have the difference between the two defined.

The reduced majority for Mr Bulnois was also, to my mind, a thing to be expected considering tho popularity of his predecessor.—l am, etc., Fiat Justitia. Dunedin, August 2.

[VYe had our doubts at the time about the Brixton seat being vacated, and said that if it were correctly named the state of things disclosed, in our opinion, that even in Tory London the Conservatives were losing ground. The facts on which we commented were two elections being held in tho City in a week, in one of which we assumed that the Gladstonians had wrested a seat from the Conservatives, while in the other they had sensibly reduced the previous Conservative majority. But it seems that in regard to the first-mentioned seat the Press Agency misled us. We shall, however, endeavor to show in a future issue that the cause of Home Rule has been steadily gaining ground.— Ed. E.S.]

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BRITISH BY-ELECTIONS., Evening Star, Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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BRITISH BY-ELECTIONS. Evening Star, Issue 7978, 6 August 1889

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