23 FEBRUARY 1884, Page 3

West Somerset returned on Saturday the Tory candidate, Mr. Elton,

by a majority of 762,—Mr. Elton gaining 3,757 votes, and Lord Kilcoursie, the Liberal candidate, only 2,995. This is a Tory gain on the poll of the last contest, when Mr. Acland received only 219 votes less than Major Vaughan-Lee, who headed the poll. Mr. Acland was, however, a very popular candidate in the county ; and moreover, at bye-elections, the Government seldom get the full support on which, if they are popular, they may count at a general election.