THE MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS
The subjoined addresses have been issued by the several candidates for civic honours at the ensuing election. The walls have been pretty well placarded with political literature, but of such a mild quality, as yet, that the public have sustained no loss from the obliterating zeal of rival bill-stickers who take particular care to preserve the opposing candidates's address from the effects of the weather, by covering it carefully over with a "broadsheet" of more expansive dimensions. The pyrotechnic display consists of a solitary "squib"--very feeble indeed! In fact, some innocent "Guy", anticipating the annually recurring retribution of the month of November, indulges an inflammatory humour savouring more strongly of whiskey than saltpetre. Scarcely has the sickly flame expired in the damp atmosphere, when the walls become speckled with a second eruption, wherein a "Looker-on" tells the good citizens to open their mouths and shut their eyes and see what fate will send them, promising a couple of "blue lights" that shall effectually illumine the benighted constituency. "Looker-on," however, soon turns out to be an optical delusion. The benighted constituency wait in vain for the comming phenomena, and at length turn contemptuously from anonymous drivellers to the work before them. In Botchergate, Mr. Elsworth present himself to the Burgesses: --
TO THE INDEPENDENT BURGESSES OF BOTCHERGATE WARD,
Gentlemen, -- At the request of several influential Members of your Body I respectfully offer myself as a Candidate for your suffrages at the ensuing Election of Councillors for your populous Ward. I have no politcal creed to lay before you, holding that politics should have no concern with a Municipal Election; but this I will say, I am most desirous of promoting, to the utmost extent of my power, the welfare of Carlisle; and if I should have the honur to be chosen by you, I will honestly and assiduously serve you in the Town Council, and do all that I can to promote the great objects we have in view, namely, the general intersts of the ancient City in which we have the privilege to live.
Gentlement, the cause is not mine, but yours; show by your exertions that you are earnest in your support of it.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your obedient Servant
Carlisle, Oct. 20, 1855
The Burgesses responded to this appeal with a promptitude which is the best assurance of success. The support already offered is sufficient to secure Mr. ELSWORTH's return.
Mr. G. MOUNSEY offers himself for re-election in the following terms. -
TO THE BURGESSES OF BOTCHERGATE WARD.
Gentlemen,--Two candidates having issued addresses, soliciting the honour of representing you in the Town Council, and my name having been given out as offering myself for re-election, it might be deemed discourteous on my part were I not to state to you my intentions.
Therefore, in the first place, thanking you for the confidence you have hitherto reposed in me, I respectfully say that I am quite willing to continue to represent you, should you think me worty of re-election; but that I must decline entering on any canvass, or taking part with any other candidate.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your most obliged and obedient servant,
G. G. MOUNSEY
Carlisle, Oct. 25, 1855
The ward appreciates the abilities of Mr. MOUNSEY, as a member of the council, and the good feeling evinced towards him throughout the constituency is a proof of the confidence reposed in him.
Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH has likewise briefly announced his intention of contesting the ward. Desirous of getting up a little notoriety, by way of puff preliminary, his friends have paraphrased the stale device of "notice to (imaginary) correspondents," and falling foul of fabulous "rumour," attempt to enveigle a few real flesh and blood voters in the shape of a Catholic deputation, to refute calumnies improvised for the occasion, to "assert a distinct denial," and what is still more difficult and terrible, to "dare any one to prove it," Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH speaks:--
TO THE ELECTORS OF BOTCHERGATE WARD.
Gentlement, --A statement having been circulated that, at a recent Vestry Meeting, I voted against the erection of a chapel for the Roman Catholics, at the Cemetery, I beg to give the assertion a disinct denial, and dare any one to prove it. I beg further to state that I am willing to meet a deputation of the Roman Catholics, and to answer any question relative to the matter.
I am, your obedient servant,
Carlisle, Oct. 24, 1855
Verily we think this mountain in labour will bring forth a most ridiculous mus. Mr. HOLLINGSWORTH respect the feelings of the Catholics! Hear it, Cardinal WISEMAN! Far pleasanter would such a confession be to thy ears than the profane language levelled at thy sacred person by thy now would-be disciple, when thy footstep sounded softly in aisles of our venerable Cathedral. Has Mr. H. forgotten the welcome he suggested for the Cardinal when he last visited Carlisle? Can the Catholics forget the indignity offered to the representative of the Pope on that occasion, and have they such an unlimited faith in the miraculous as to believe in so sudden and wonderful a conversion? We suspect not. Much as we may differ on some points with that respectable body, at least we give them credit for sufficient discrimination to appreciate this disinterested manoeuvre at its true value. Troublesome witnesses may remember what Mr. H. has apprently forgotten, and prove that he had not always the respect he now professes for the feelings of the body he so loudly adjures. With this hint we leave him to make his pease as he can, and shall deem him a clever man if by fair language at present he succeeds in redeeming the past.
In Rickergate there will be a close contest. Mr. E. JAMES has issued the following address: --
TO THE INDEPENDENT CITIZENS OF RICKERGATE WARD.
Gentlemen,--Having been solicited by a number of burgesses of your ward to offer myself as a candidate at the ensuing Election of Councillors, in the room of Mr. WRIGHT, who retires, I beg most respectfully to say that if it should be your wish to elect me as one of your representatives in the Town Council, I will endeavour to the utmost of my power to promote your interests, and those of the City generally, in keeping down the expenditure of the public money and our local expenses, which have of late increased to a considerable extent.
I am, Gentlemen,
Your most obedient servant,
55, Scotch Street, Carlisle, Oct. 23, 1855
The general impression in the Ward is that the constituency will place Mr. JAMES in a position to fulfil his promises. Mr. REEVES has again come forward, and Mr. CREIGHTON offers himself for re-election.
In St. Cuthbert's Ward, Caldewgate and St. Mary's the representation is statu quo. We may perhaps, record some change this day week.