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Wednesday Morning. force a passage into Mr. Cobbett's
In consequence of the decided tally-box; but they were contented advantage, which the splitting of with merely making a show of Mr. Cobbett's tallies in favour of their intentions, and withdrew. Mr. Wood, has given, and is The Greens, suspecting that foul likely to secure to the latter, a de-play would be resorted to, were termination was formed, by Cap-on the alert. They soon received tain Barrie's friends last night, an intimation that their adversaand a regular plan was organised, ries had been able to penetrate for the purpose of filling Mr. Cob-into the hustings, no doubt by bett's tally-box this morning with clandestine means-instantly the a party of the Blues. Accord-Greens forced themselves into the ingly, about two hours before the building, declaring their resoluopening of the Court, a detach-tion to die to a man, or get posment of the Barrie-ites were seen session of the box. The latter, it approaching the door which leads should be observed, had amongst to Mr. Cobbett's box. But they them a number of constables, found the space before the door armed with green and white staves, pre-occupied by the more active and being, of course, warmly in and zealous Greens, who showed their interest. They mounted the themselves in too determined an barriers, threw themselves upon attitude to allow their opponents the Blues, who had possession of to hope that a contest would bring the box, and getting amongst them the slightest advantage. The them, succeeded in very nearly Blues despairingly retired. Short-ejecting the whole of them. By ly after, a party with the same this time the Mayor and officers colours, but armed with constables' arrived. His worship seeing a staves, made its appearance before struggle going on, ordered the the door, evidently with the same front of the bustings to be cleared. object as their predecessors, to His directions were instantly
obeyed. The men retired on all Mr. Cobbett's tally box. The sides, ready, as soon as the Mayor different parties mounting bar gave the signal for opening the riers, breaking down bars, dashed bars, to rush to the box. But at each other-staves were seen scarcely had the place been striking each other-with the tu cleared, when Mr. Burchell, an multuous roaring of those strugagent of Captain Barrie's, and gling in front-the shouts of apDeputy Town Clerk, avowedly in violation of the directions of the Mayor, and the fair play which he wished to see take place, de- The hustings presented, altoscended to the front, and lifting up gether, such a scene of alarming: the bar prematurely, exclaimed to confusion, as it is impossible to the Blues, "Now, my lads, in describe. The Greens had rewith you." The friends of the course to an expedient for multiother candidates declared this to plying their constables on the be a scandalous trick,
probation and encouragement from one side, the expressions of rage and disappointment from another.
spot. They broke or cut across
Mr. BURCHELL said, he was their stayes, and thus, in five minutes, doubled their constables. not ashamed to do it. With these they laid about them, and made a fierce effort to regain the box.
The MAYOR. That is not right. Mr. BURCHELL.-I avow it; but when one party has recourse to force, the other must use stratagem.
The Mayor cried out to the constables to do their duty. This
An ELECTOR. And he is Clerk will make void the election.
of the Peace too.
Captain BARRIE-Is it fair that should have two tallies against
Scarcely had the signal been
given by Mr. Burchell to his own me? If I have fair play, I make men, when a tremendous rush, a proposition that will be satisfacfrom all sides took place towards tory to all parties.
The MAYOR. When I came An Elector who had got up on
here this morning, I ordered that all the places should be cleared,
the hustings, was about to address
and the people be admitted as
The MAYOR.-Get down, Sir,
well as they could. This arrange-I don't want any addressing; I ment would have answered, but have had enough of it.
in consequence of something that I shall not speak about now, a scene of riot and confusion has occurred. Now I ask again of the people, will they retire? Let us have peace. (The confusion still continued.)
Mr. Woon's agent. (Addressing himself to Captain Barrie's friends.) If you do not order your men to retire, we will force' every man of you from where you
Dr. CROMPTON, addressing himself to Mr. Hall, a Barrister, said, he was astonished how at man of his character could countenance snch proceedings: (then turning to the Mayor)" Will you not, Mr. Mayor, say something to Mr. Burchell?"
The MAYOR.-I have nothing to say to him.
Dr. CROMPTON.-What? nothing to say to him.
Dr. CROMPTON.-What nothing to say to him, after you saw him lift the bar!
Mr. BURCHELL.Is it fair to use this stratagem, when you have recourse to force?
The MAYOR-It is wrong, but the Court is not open yet: God knows how we shall get onla
Something like order being now restored, for the Greens had got full possession of the disputed
box, the Court was opened by the | pose of advancing to the hastings, Crier. to exercise his right of election,
It should be observed, that when he was refused admittance, and he submitted that this was a violation of the freedom of election, and instant steps should be taken to remove all illegal restraint.
during the whole of this disorder, Mr. Wood remained attentively perusing a law book, as if he
was an indifferent person to every thing that was going on. The
Here several persons in Mr. Cobbett's booth, as well as in Mr. Wood's, stated that if those gen
polling then proceeded, and every moment, the superiority of Mr. Wood over his opponent was becoming more decisive; and Cap-tlemen presented themselves at tain Barrie and his party mani- Mr. Stanley's or Captain Barrie's fested their displeasure in some box, they would readily find advery intemperate remarks by fre-mittance.
quent complaints and remon
The MAYOR.-All I can do is,
strances. At length that candi- what I have been doing, to request
date put in a formal protest against the poll proceeding, when it was
well known that there were two tallies actually for his opponent for every one of his.
Half past One. Mr. P. HORROCKS, accompanied by two friends, appeared in the area in front of the hustings, and, addressing the Mayor in an audi
ble voice, stated that he had presented himself at the door of Mr. Cobbett's tally-box, for the pur
that the constables will do their duty.
Chief Constable. It is impossible for us to do our duty.
The MAYOR.-Then we must have other force. Unless that door (pointing to the door of Mr. Cobbett's booth,) is directly opened, we must send for military force.
Captain BARRIE-It is Mr. Wood's mob that is doing this... Mr. WooD and his friends dis
avowed having any thing to do suspended. The greatest confuwith the mob, and requested that sion reigned throughout the place, that imputation would not be re-recriminations passed mutually bepeated.... tween the friends of the contendCaptain BARRIE-Well then, ing parties, and the tumult in front a mob. of the hustings made it altogether The town bailiff and the Mayor's a scene of unexampled disorder... bailiff were observed to In the midst of the uproar, the round go to the door of Mr. Cobbett's booth, Mayor said in a loud voice, I have had so many addresses made to,
for the purpose of attempting to
effect an entrance for Mr. Hor-me, and the confusion is so great, that it is impossible for us to know what we are doing. I must, there-fore, adjourn the Court till to-. morrow morning, by which time a foree will be provided, quite sufficient to maintain the King's peace.
Mr. FITZ-SIMONS got up in Mr. Cobbett's booth, and said, that it was very well understood, that each candidate should have his booth and his tally box, and that
the voters in the interest of each
should have access to that only, The poll then closed, and the which was appropriated to the Crier adjourned the Court amidst candidate of his choice. Why the most discordant yells of disapshould that compact be violated?probation from the area in front of But if all the other doors were not the hustings.
as freely opened as the Mayor now wished that Mr. Cobbett's should be, then he would hold
this interference of the Mayor to be partial and unwarrantable.
During all this time, or for the greater part of it, the polling was
Mr. Wood's friends look upon the proceedings of this day, as the prelude to complete victory. The military are expected in town every hour.