14 AUGUST 1880, Page 3

Yesterday week, Lord Claud J. Hamilton was elected for Liverpool,

by a majority of 1,901, the numbers being, for Lord Cland, 21,019 votes, against 19,118 given for Mr. Plimsoll. The majority is actually less, but relatively rather greater than the majority in February, when a much larger number of votes was recorded on each aide, the total vote being nearly 50,000 in February, and not much over 40,000 last week. Considering, however, that the Irish party advised its supporters not to vote for Mr. Plimsoll because he would not give the requisite Home- Tule pledges, the vote which he polled was a very strong one. The remarkable feature of the election was that Lord Sandon used the occasion to express once more his profound admiration for Lord Beaconsfield's foreign policy, which he persisted in thinking that the men of Liverpool extremely value. He also submitted it as his opinion that the timidity of the present Government in India had produced a great disaster. That is as if an incendiary, after setting a house on fire, should complain that the timidity of the owner in not promptly extinguishing his torch had pro- duced a great disaster. Lord Sandon's political effrontery is really almost worthy to be called a very bad copy of Lord Beaconsfield's.