13 NOVEMBER 1869, Page 3

The working men's candidate for Southwark has not yet been

determined upon. Mr. Allan, the Secretary to the Amalgamated Engineers' Society, has, as we understand, declined to stand, and at present the most likely candidate seems to be Mr. Odger. If he should stand, as his principles are, on the whole, thoroughly Liberal, we should hope no middle-class candidate would offer to contest the borough with him. The last session sufficiently showed how very much Parliament needs the aid of experienced and able men of the working-class, and it will be a fatal thing for the middle-class if it comes to be believed that they will not tolerate any mouthpiece taken from amongst a leas wealthy section of society. That is the sort of belief which in time generates violent social rancours, and, in the end, hate of the comfortable classes.