5 MAY 1866, Page 2

One of the non-voting Conservatives was Mr. C. H. Mills,

the member for Northallerton, who had been declared unseated by a committee on the day of the division, Friday, but the decision had not been reported to the House, so that in strict form, but bad taste, he might have voted. It was clearly right, however, to abstain. Since Friday the relative strength of the Liberals and Conservatives has not been changed. The election of Sir Patrick O'Brien for King's County has been confirmed, and Mr. Pope Hennessy's hopes finally blighted. For Huddersfield Mr. Crosland's election has been confirmed, amidst great cheering. For Banbury, where the petition went on the ground that Mr. Samuelson was an alien, and therefore disqualified, the election of Mr. Samuelson was declared valid. Mr. Samuelson was born in Hamburg, and his father was a native of the celebrated Peters- burg, in Virginia, before which Grant's army sat for so long. Mr. Samuelson gained the day through the evidence of a family Bible, which showed that his grandfather, Mr. Hyman Samuels—the name has only recently been Samuelson—was born in London in 1764. This naturalizes Mr. Samuelson through his grandfather,— the 13th George III., cap. 21, providing that the grandson of a British subject may be naturalized by taking the sacrament in a Protestant place of worship and also the oath of allegiance, -conditions with which Mr. Samuelson had complied. In Helstone there has been a new election, with a curious result,—a tie, 153 for the Liberal, Mr. Campbell, and also 153 for the Conservative, Mr. Brett. On this the Mayor, who had already voted for Mr. Campbell, gave him another casting vote and declared him elected, which is probably a mistake. In• England, says the Morning Post, the practice is for a returning officer to give only one vote, and to return two or more if the numbers for them are equal, leaving it, we suppose, to Parliament to decide on its

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