23 FEBRUARY 1884, Page 2

Mr. Henry H. Howorth, writing in the name of the

Man- chester Conservative Association to last Saturday's Times, urges the abolition of the dual control, and the choice of Lord Salisbury as the head of the party. We have discussed the subject elsewhere, but may add here that nothing seems to us more remarkable than this eagerness of the cities for a more violent kind of leadership. City Toryism means, very probably, a far-advanced Jingoism ; but then, it also means a far. advanced democracy,—a very bitter feeling against the terri- torial privileges over which Lord Salisbury casts his shield,—a very bitter feeling against the attempt to raise rents by raising the price of what is produced on the land, as, for instance, meat, —a very bitter feeling, in short, against those very experiments in home legislation which Lord Salisbury and Mr. James Lowther seem most disposed to try. Manchester Toryism had better stick to Sir Stafford Northcote. He may be less exciting, but he will wear better.