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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 resóluopening 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 hustings 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 párties mounting bargave 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 ap Deputy Town Clerk, avowedly in probation and encouragement from violation of the directions. of the one side, the expressions of rager Mayor, and the fair play which and disappointment from another. '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. spot. They broke or cut across Mr. BURCHELL said, he was their staves, and thus, in five mi
not ashamed to do it.
The MAYOR.—That is not right. Mr. BURCHELL-I avow it; but when one party has recourse to force, the other must use stratagem.
nutes, doubled their constables. With these they laid about them, and made a fierce effort to regain the box.
An ELECTOR. And he is Clerk will make void the election.
The Mayor cried out to the constables to do their duty. This
of the Peace too.
Captain BARRIE.-Is it fair that Scarcely had the signal been I should have two tallies against 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 satisface from all sides took place towardstory to all parties.
The MAYOR.-When I came An Elector who had got up on
the hustings, was about to address the Mayor.
here this morning, I ordered that all the places should be cleared, and the people be admitted as well as they could. This arrange-I don't want any addressing; I ment would have answered, but have had enough of it.
The MAYOR.-Get down, Sir,
in consequence of something that 1 shall not speak about now, a seene 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. Wood'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
Captain BARRIE then rose in a tone of defiance, and said, "Are you the man, do you think, that is able to do it?"
Here one of the constables belonging to the Greens mounted a barrier, and waving his halfstaff, announced with shouting and cheering which were re-echoed by the now vastly increased multitude in the area, that the Blues were giving way.
Dr. CROMPTON, addressing himself to Mr. Hall, a Barrister, said, he was astonished how a 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 on.
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 hustings, to exercise his right of election,
It should be observed, that when he was refused admittance,.. during the whole of this disorder, and he submitted that this was a; Mr. Wood remained attentively violation of the freedom of elec perusing a law book, as if he tion, and instant steps should be, was an indifferent person to every taken to remove all illegal rething that was going on. The polling then proceeded, and every Here several persons in Mr. moment, the superiority of Mr. Cobbett's booth, as well as in Mr., Wood over his opponent was be- Wood's, stated that if those gencoming 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 that the constables will do their. the poll proceeding, when it was duty. 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 audible voice, stated that he had presented himself at the door of Mr. Cobbett's tally-box, for the pur
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 confu-> with 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 contend
Captain BARRIE.-Well then, ing parties, and the tumult in front, a mob. of the hustings made it altogether;
a scene of unexampled disorder.
In the midst of the uproar, the
The town bailiff and the Mayor's bailiff were observed to round go to the door of Mr. Cobbett's booth, Mayor said in a loud voice, I have for the purpose of attempting to had so many addresses made to effect an entrance for Mr. Hor-me, and the confusion is so great, rocks.: that it is impossible for us to know what we are doing. I must, therefore, adjourn the Court till to-, morrow morning, by which time. a force 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 disapprobation from the area in front of the hustings.
should that compact be violated? But if all the other doors were not 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.