THE JOURNAL AND THE KENDAL ELECTION.
Our cotemporary in "making the most" of the result of the Kendal election -- affects to admit our position that the franchise of that town is "in the hands of the middle classes" -- in order that it may contend that by them, MR. WARBURTON, the corruptionist and Freetrader, has been returned to parliament.
As usual, the "Journal" perverts the truth before it attempts to draw an inference.
Our cotemporary knows that the "middle classes" who polled, and those who did not vote at all, were in favour of the election of MR. BENTINCK; while the manufacturers and the small shopkeepers - with whom their operatives deal, and whose shops are in fact, truck-shops, in their way, supported "the man of no principle".
At Kendal, as elsewhere, the middle classes despise the League - and distrust the millocrats; and we think it no small proof of their zeal, that one hundred and nineteen should have proved this by their votes at the late election.
By the way, we may notice that the "Journal" bears an involuntary testimony to the falsehoods of the mayor of Kendal. That worthy stated that "a band of hired ruffians had been brought into the town for the purpose of intimidating the electors, and disturbing the peace of the borough".
The "Journal" thus corroborates our denial of this contemptible mendacity on the part of the Whig-Radical mayor.
It says: --- "Although there was a good deal of excitement in the town, and a great number of strangers present from the country, attending the Martinmas fair, there was no kind of disturbance or ill-feeling on either side, until just after the close of the poll, when a slight quarrel arose amongst some parties near the booths, and sticks were applied pretty freely at the heads of each other. Who began the quarrel we could not ascertain, nor was it of much consequence, for it was over in a few minutes."
We need scarcely say that if "the slight quarrel" had originated with the Conservative party, or had in any way been caused by their "hired ruffians", the "Journal" could readily have ascertained the fact, and would have had a great deal to say about it; but the fact is "the slight quarrel" was a chance one, likely enough to have taken place on a fair day in Kendal, even if there were no election.
This "R. WILSON, Esq., mayor" must have known when he made his calumnious and malignant statement; and even the "Journal" does not think it worth while to back him out in his falsehood.