THE MALLOW ELECTION.
(From the Dnblin Freeman.)
O'Bbibn, 161 ; Naish, 89. Such is the result of the Mallow election. Never was popular verdict handed down from the jury of public opinion more opportunely, more clearly, or more decisively than that delivered by the electors of Mallow yesterday to the Sheriff and through him to the kingdom. Question could not be put straighter— issue could not be made plainer. Mr. Johnston, said Mr. O'Brien, appeals to you from the steps of the Judicial Bench to give his seat in Parliament to the Solicitor-General. I appeal to yon from the threshold of a prison to bestow it upon m<\ The electors have answered almost by acclamation — We n ject the Government nominee —we cast out the Solicitor-General. We will have the Nationalist. And so at the very time when the Queen's Bench, of which Mr. Johnson is a judge, in Dublin, was sentencing Messrs. Henly, M.P., Davitt and Quinn to find heavy hail for their " good behaviour " or go to jail for six months, the voters of the constituency on the Blackwater were sending the candidate "on the threshold of a prison "as their representative to Parliament. The more one examines the chances of the combatants, the more vivid must be the appreciation of the reeling blow recieved by the Government Mallow has been remarkable in theelections almost of the century for its unfailing fidelity to the Whig or Liberal Party — nay, has been long marked in the Castle books as a safe and secure place for the Castle candidate. Not to go further back than 1865, we may recall how Mallow then, and subsequently in 1868 and 1869, returned the present Master of the Bolls. Afterwards Mallow made itself a stepping stone for Mr. George Waters to the Bench, and, passing by minor appointments, it iB superfluous to mention how in 1880 the constituency sent the present Judge Johnston to Parliament by a thundering majority, which it verified later in the same year when he was appointed Solicitor-General. In point of fact, up to this election Mallow always smiled on a law officer of the Liberals or a budding judge. Yesterday's was one of the largest polls ever recorded in the place. And where was the Solicitor-General? Seventy-two behind the Nationalist candidate in an exhaustive poll of 250. But this is not all. The miserable 89 who voted for Mr. Naish embraced not only all the supporters of the Government that could be mustered — Moriarties and all — but represented, too, the Tory reinforcement (for the unnatural alliance was announced with a flourish of trumpets by the Castle organs), and those persons w>>9 call themselves the friends of law and order, and who are quite willing to aid the Government so long as the Government does their dirty work and allows itself to be made their tools. These reflections add striking significance to M r. O'Brien's victory and to Mr. Naish's defeat. Mr. O'Brien is a native of Mallow, a brilliant Pressman, an ardent patriot, a man who has proven his devotion in the crucible of suffering, and one who will make a worthy member of the Irish Party in the House of Commons. Mr. Naish is personally unobjectionable, but his name had been unpleasantly connected with the raking np of obsolete statutes to use for the restriction of popular liberty. But we do not think, nor will the country judge, that personalities had anything to do with the result. The National triumph is simply the registration by Mallow of the general feeling of Ireland against a system of Government which imprisons the Press and subjects the writers of the public thought to the punishment and company of public malefactors ; which suppresses meetings without a reason ; and which hangs over the heads of the people the threat of suspension of even the shreds or semblance of trial by jury left to them. Mallow could not help but take fire when all the country is ablaze with indignation at the spectacle of respectable gentlemen marched through the Btreets of their native towns in priton dress, and the men best trusted by the people called to give enormous bail for their conduct or go to jail for six months. Mallow in fact, became, as well it might, ashamed of the Liberalism which it had so long upholstered. It has set a good, brave, sterling example to Portarlington, which we fain would hops is ready, anxious to blot out the memory of a black past, by placing itself in line with the country, as Mallow has done at this most critical juncture. We sincerely believe that Portarlington, like many another constituency, only awaits the opportunity and the man to prove itself as genuinely Irish as Mallow has done ; and we hope that we may soon have to say for the borough on the Barrow like cheery words to those which we address to the constituency of the valley of the Blackwater, and which Ireland will to-day echo— 11 Bravo, Mallow." .