THROUGH THE ARCHIVES: From the News Letter of October 1900
Mr Hustler Hopkins of Darlington, the Unionist candidate for Bishop Auckland Division (County Durham) had received a letter from Lord Londonderry (written before the dissolution of Parliament), who, in wishing him every success, says: “The main issue on which the election should be fought is to my mind a very simple one. Does the country desire the present Government (who are held responsible for the war now happily drawing to a close) to decide the terms to the future administration of South Africa, or does it prefer to leave it to a party which includes such men as Dr Clark and Mr Lebouchere? I think Mr E R Turton puts the matter in a nutshell when he states: ‘It is absolutely essential at this crisis in our national history that we should have in office a strong Government with a Ministry pledged to a strong Imperial policy.’ This view I believe represents the feeling of the country. . . There seems to be a very general desire amongst the Radical party to obscure the question of Home Rule in the all important question of the war; but I trust that you and other Unionist candidates in County Durham will not permit such a state of affairs to exist, but draw prominent attention to the fact that, no matter how anxious Radical candidates may be to shuffle off the Home Rule coil if Home Rule had depended on their individual votes it would be now the law of Ireland, with the result that Ireland would be in a state of ruin, perhaps civil war, and her affairs controlled by men who are accused of making’’treasonable speeches’, and who are responsible for the plan of campaign and the misery it entailed.”
Bubonic plague in Glasgow
Although there has been no new cases of the plague in Glasgow or district since 20th September, those in the hospital had “developed an unexpected amount of mortality”. Two more deaths were reported on Saturday, September 29, 1900. One of the dead “was a patient recognised as suffering from the disease”. The numbers remaining in hospital were reported as: Plague, 21 cases, and suspected plague, 2. The number of “contacts” under observation in the “reception-houses” was reported to be down to 25.