29 JUNE 1918, Page 3

The by-election in the Clapham Division took place on Friday

week. Mr. H. Greer, the Government candidate, beat the Inde- pendent candidate, Mr. H. H. Beamish, by 4,512 votes to 3,331—a majority of 1,181. Mr. Beamish fought the election under the patronage of Mr. Pemberton Billing and made the Alien question the decisive issue. Mr. Greer thought it necessary to fall in with this appeal to the electors, and received an assurance that the Prime Minister himself would give his special attention to the more drastic treatment of aliens in this country. As we said last week, we have no liking for Hune, and are prepared to find that the Hunnish spirit may be unquenched in the most innocent-looking Hun who has adopted this country as his own. But we cannot seriously believe that in the present critical times it is the duty of the Prime Minister to give his special personal attention to the treatment of aliens.