Many new members were added to the Association on Tuesday.
Mr. O'Connell was present ; though a report had been spread in the course of the morning that he had left town for Kerry to see his son Maurice, who was represented as being in a " frightful " state ; the fact being, that Mr. Maurice O'Connell was better, and that his lady had pro.
duced a son and heir. Mr. O'Connell spoke on the subject of the next elections. He said that, except in Dublin, Liberalism was everywhere triumphant— In Carlow county, Kavanagh would be sent to the right about; and Bruen might go to the Zoological Gardens. (Laughter.) Ile had read recently in
the Globe, a statement to the effect that the town of Youghal was to be lost to the Liberals. If so, the fault would be attributable to the Duke of Devon- shire's agent, who at the last election had got all the tenants to vote against his son. And yet that son was returned in spite of him. The petition eousequent
thereupon took WOO/. out of his pocket. He now would tell the Globe, that if a Ponsonby or a Cavendish was brought down to Youghal, he would withdraw
his son at once ; and a Ponsonby or a Cavendish would be returned by a ma- jority of fifty. As to Athlone, Benerenuto Matthew would certainly march. In Sligo town they were perfectly safe, and also in Kinsale. They would
rescue the county of Cork ; and in Drogheda, at once, the Committee Members would be turned out. In Dublin, despite of Conservative exertions, they would succeed by a splendid majority. In Cavan and in Donegal, they would, with a little exertion, succeed; and perhaps they would turn out one Tory from Down. The conduct of the corrupt Dublin Corporation, in their recent most illegal and unwarrantable creation of freemen, had proved to demonstration that there was no sink of iniquity in which it was not possible to find a "lower deep." He would not be six hours in Parliament before he would move for a Committee of
inquiry to take cognizance of these corporators' conduct. To return to Long- ford, Luke White was deserving of the highest national gratitude. It was im- probable that the present Parliament would last for more than six months ; and was it not most praiseworthy disinterestedness in this gentleman to go to the expense of a contested election, with such a prospect of dissolution before him ?
The Tories of Longford had sent one to London to solicit subscriptions from
the Carlton Club. They were not likely, however, to receive much in that quarter. He had been informed by a friend upon whose information he could rely, that Lord Darlington had stated it was highly improbable that the Carlton Club would advance one farthing in the present instance. The late City of Dublin election, said Lord Darlington, cost the Carlton Club no less a sum than FORTY-SIT THOUSAND POUNDS! Not a freeman of several hundreds voted without receiving N. in hand, in virtue of the three pinholes marked in his certificate. It was well known that not one of his voters ever received a peony; and the sole expenses to which he was subjected were those of the petition.
It was resolved to send down six gentlemen to Longford to aid Mr. White's canvassers ; and the meeting then adjourned.
At a meeting of the Trades Union, on Monday, resolutions in favour of vote by Ballot, extension of the Suffrage, Triennial Parliaments, and Peerage Reform, were unanimously adopted. Mr. O'Connell entered the room soon after the brief discussion on the resolutions had been
concluded. He addressed the assembly at length, vindicating his opi- nion on the subject of Poor-laws, and repeating his well-known senti- ment with regard to the resolutions in favour of the further organic changes recommended in the resolutions just passed. Mr. O'Connell also gave his decided opinion, that the new Orange Society set on foot
by Randall Plunket and Mark Beresford was illegal ; and he emphati- cally warned the Liberals against joining any association in which tests of any kind were required, which acted in secret, or by affiliated branches.