11 AUGUST 1855, Page 7


Mr. Laing is Member for Wick. The chairman of his election com- mittee, Mr. David Davidson, has addressed a brief but emphatic letter to Lord Palmerston, to state that the sentiments expressed by Mr. Laing yesterday week are not the sentiments of his constituents, an overwhelm- ing majority of whom-are prepared to make still greater sacrifices to sup- port the Executive in carrying on the war. "We do not view the war as a question of 'counterpoise versus limita- tion,' but as a great contest between civilization and barbarism, and of li- berty against despotism ; and that not only ought her Majesty's Govern- ment to insist on a material guarantee for the future, but for indemnification for the past."

There is a "movement" in Cupar Angus and the neighbourhood by a class of people who have hitherto not been noted for organized agitations —the ploughmen. They seek, by means of conferences with employers and influential persona, to obtain a reduction of their hours of labour.