31 AUGUST 1878, Page 1

Mr. Mundella attended a huge meeting in Paradise Square, Shef-

field, on Monday, to give his constituents an account of his conduct during the Session. From 10,000 to 12,000 persons were present. The walls of the town had been covered with placards denouncing him, and calling on the meeting to refuse the usual vote of con- fidence; and a body of young men were present, from among the richest of the community, who seem to have led the faction against him, and who behaved in so scandalous a fashion that the Mayor, who was in the chair, went so far as to name them to the meeting, and to charge them with "unruly conduct." Why did he not commit them ? It is only in the limas of Commons that

naming is so much feared. Mr. Mundella's effort to be beard was a fruitless one. Now and then he was able to say a few sentences to the reporters around him, now, and then to make himself so far audible that he elicited a few cheers or hisses from the body of the meeting, but on the whole, the rowdies succeeded. The vote of confidence was given him by a large majority, but a large minority of Roebuckites, led by the knot we have spoken of, were successful in monopolising with irrational sounds the ears of those who wished to hear Mr. Mundella, and Mr. Mundella had to conclude with assuring his audience that Sheffield should hear him in ward-meetings, where this sort of disturbance could be controlled, if it would not hear him in such a meeting as that. The truth is, that the followers of the new Privy Councillor dislike nothing so much as counsel. "Tear-em's "bark is not only worse than his bite, but is the only impressive thing about him ; and among his copyists, the only. idea is to preoccupy with unmeaning violence the avenues by which sense and reason might otherwise gain access to them.