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          Notes on Current Events.
    The proceedings at the annual meeting of
the Whitehaven  Conservative  Association,
which was held on Monday night, were of an
eminently satisfactory character.  Not only
has there been a substantial increase in the
amount of the credit balance, but the Com-
mittee were able to report, as one result of
the attention to the revision of the voters'
lists that there has been a net Unionist gain
of 140 during the year.  Mr. DEES, who pre-
sided, gave expression to the feeling of the
meeting, when he spoke of the highly efficient
manner in which Mr. MOORE has for so long
a period attended to the registration of voters.
It is almost as true now as ever it was that
"the battle of the Constitution must be
fought in the Registration Courts."  For a
quarter of a century Mr. MOORE has been in
the forefront of that battle in Whitehaven,
and no one could have fought the battle
    It will be observed from the full report of
the proceedings at the Conservative Associa-
tion meeting which we give on another page,
that Mr. MOORE, in acknowledging a vote of
thanks, delivered a useful speech, in which
he indicated the need of some reforms in the
Registration Laws.  Amoungst other things
he urged that the residential period should
be reduce to six months.  It is certainly a
hardship that if a man took a house in the
borough on the 16th of July next, he would
not be entitled to vote for a member of Parlia-
ment until after the 1st of January, 1905.
Mr. MOORE also urged that the parliamentary
list should come into force on the same date
as the burgess list--the 1st of November; and
that there should be some modification of the
lodgers' qualification.  Mr. MOORE'S suggestions
are all of a practical character.  To carry them
out would involve no serious difficulty; but no-
thing can be done without an Act of Parliament.
    Mr. DEES, in moving the adoption of the
report, spoke of the excellent position of the
Conservative party in the borough, and ex-
pressed his belief that the great gathering
of Conservative Associations to be held here
in autumn, would help to strengthen the
Conservative cause in the borough and dis-
trict.  Mr. DEES, touching upon general
politics, said there were indications that the
war was drawing to a close.  There are evi-
dently peace negotiations "in the air."  It is
apparently largely a question which party
will make the first distinct move in the di-
rection of re-opening peace negotiations.
It was reported yesterday that Mr. FISCHER,
who represents both the South African States
in Europe, had stated there were in Europe
duly accredited persons authorised to listen
to any reasonable plan, and that the Boer
States were ready even now to become friends
and allies to Great Britain and give guarantees
on the question of the franchise, the treatment
of the natives, and all points in dispute.  The
members of all political parties will hope that
the negotiations will be crowned with success,
and that, as Mr. DEES said on Monday night,
we shall not have the war to talk about, it being
a subject of which we are all sick.