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About the Revival.

MR. THOMAS RICHARDS, M.P.'s…

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MR. THOMAS RICHARDS, M.P.'s EXPECTATIONS. Mr. Thomas Richards, M.P., general secretary of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Miners' Federation, speaking at a miners' meeting at Elim Chapel, Kenfig Hill, on Saturday, said that he had recently been attending the Revival meetings so often that he had had no time for anything beyond the business he was obliged to do. He hoped the miners he was addressing had all been attending the Revival meetings, too. He was thankful for what the newspapers were now doing in reporting the doings of religious people it was making up for the neglect of the past. Formerly religious people might be working day and night, but the newspapers thought it of no interest to the public-not like an International football match. Some newspapers, however, had seen fit to apply the Revival in a certain way to the South Wales Miners' Federation, saying that the Federation would now have a great deal more trouble with non-Unionists. He put it to any religious man in that meeting, did he believe that? ("No.") The people upon whom this Revival had had most influence were in the majority of cases the people who had given the Federation the most trouble with regard to non-Unionism. The man who neglected his Trade Union was the man who neglected his home and his duty towards society, and who thought not whether there was any other existence than the celestial existence which in a great many instances was lived in this world. He held, as a Labour leader, as well as a religious man, that this religious Revival in South Wales would tend to strengthen the trade organisations. He did not know to what denomination the chapel belonged in which the meeting was being held-there were no de- nominations in these days-but he wished to thank the members for lending it for a colliers' meeting. The last time he addressed a meeting of the Kenfig Hill colliers-but not at Kenfig Hillâ the use of a chapel for the meeting was refused. The Diwygiad had done something to change that spirit. If religious people wanted the Labour movement to go in the right direction they must take a hand in it. It was the duty of the church, the disciples of the Founder of Christianity, to take hold of the movement and say, This is the direction in which you should go," and he dare say that if that were done the Federation would make fewer mistakes in the future. There might come a day when we should have unity of purpose, organisation of labour, and the proper distribution of wealth, and then Trade Unionism would be unnecessary, but as long as we had our present economy let them have all the religious enthusiasm possible, and it could not take the place of their Trade Union.

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