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ANOTHEK ENTHUSIASTIC LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AT THE ALBERT HALL. TOUCHING REFERENCES TO THE LATE MEMBER FOR SWANSEA TOWN. PRACTICAL ADDRESS BY THE NEW CANDIDATE, R. D. BURNIE, ESQ. Despite the sad circumstances which surrounded the meeting in support of the candidature of Mr. R. D. Buruie, who had been selected by the council of the Swansea Liberal Association for the seat rendered vacant by the death of Mr. Dillwyn, the euthusia^m on Monday evening was even greater thau on the occasion of the inaugural meeting of the present campaign held a fortnight ago. The spacious hall was literally packed from the area to the skj-iaking seats in the balcony, and comprised a good sprinkling of the fair sex. Mr. Morgan iu> ton was announced to preside, but nsSirHussey Vivian quite unexpectedly turned up, he. as be subsequently explained, having travelled from London expressly for the purpose of support- ing Mr- Lurnie, the presidency over the vast meeting was by a unanimous re-olution, proposed by Mr. Tutton, entrusted to the worthy baron, t At eight o clock sharp, of what may be termed tho prominent leaders of the meeting, Mr. Morgan Tutton was the first to appear up the "companion way" as it were, on to the platform, followed by Sir Hussey Vivian, R. D. Burnie, E-qâ and a host of other: their appearance being the signal for vociferous cheering, and the very tip-toe of excite- ment. Among those also 011 the platform were Revs-. James Owen, Evan Jenkins, and W. Gibbon Messrs. James Livingston, T. Pniilips, junr., S. P. Wills, W. Morgan, Wni. Harris, W. F. R chards, J.P., Alderman K. Martin, Councillors T. Price, D. Harris, William Davies, GWilym Morgan, David Jones, Griffith D.ivies, Dr. Juhn Evans Mtssrs. Win. Rosser, J.P.. J. L. Owen, Edward Roberts, W. T. Fair, L. Richard Phillips, E. S. Jones, T. W. Williams, W. G. Fuy, M.J. Roche, Win. Howell, Joun Slee, J. W. J one?, J. Holmes, J. L. Vicary, C. H. Perkins, J. Price, Howell Watkins, W. V. Blewett (Mr. Burnie's election a<;erit), and a. deputation representing the Women's Liberal Association. Toe Chairman, havi"g brit-fly referred to his having came frjm London in furtherance of the cause of Liberalism, said he was quite sure the feeling uppermost in the minds of those present was one of retires and deep melancholy, because it was ouly lourteeu days ayo that they gathered t) hail their old and ruueL-esteemed member, the lite Mr. Dillwyn.â(suppressed applause).âThee gathered together theu, in equnl numbers as at that present meeting, to give him Plr: Dillwyn) the most henity welcome, and to assure him that it was their intention to return him ag iiii to Parliamentâ(Cheer.").â He (Sir HucSey) felt ha saw himâbioKeu down undoubtedlyâwith the s ime thoroughness and vigorous spirit as he saw him in the earlier days of his life. Though it was a matter he (Sir Hussey) regretted that the Con. servative party chose to bring forward a young man as a bogU3 candidateâ(laughter)âthan with any hope of bis succeeding in representing this ancient Liberal Borough, he did think they oueht to have been ashamed of themselvesâ(cheers)â and a voice (" We won't forget it, either. ") Of course it was only natural that they should lose their old and esteemed friend, and that being so, it was their duty to look forward and do their beat to sustain the great principles that those who had left this life, held so dear.â(Cheers.)âBut they had a very different battle to fijht. They had no bogus candidate nowâ(laughter).âThey had a real man â(renewed laughter). And it was necessary as a Liberal Party that they should be strong and vigorous and unitedâ(cheers.)âThey had a duty to perform and they must do it.â (Cheers.)âThe gantleman who was to oppose Mr. Burnie was their neighbour and their friend. He was sure they all deeply respected Sir John Llewelyn. He (Sir Hussey) remembered him from the time he was born, and he had a great admirationâhe might almost say a great affection âfor him. But even that did not turn him (Sir Hussey) aside from his Liberal path. (Loud cheers.) Sir John Llewelyn held, unfortunately, different political views, but at the same time it was a fact, and they could not ignore it. (Cheers.) They must face it and do their best to ensure the return of a good and sound Liberal. (Cheers.) Sir HIssey then referred to the time when his father represented Swansea in Parliamentâthe days of good olel Liaeralism-and asked them not to be mis. led and compelled to believe that a man could be a Liberal-Conservative. (Laughter and cheers.) There were only two lobbies in the House of Commons..(cheers)--and there was no lobby between. (Renewed cheers.) He had little doubt that if they returned their good friend, Mr. Burnieâ(load and continued applause)âand himself in his constituency, which he had no doubt about, then both of them would always be in the same lobby. (Cheers.) But, if that constituency retrograded and was benighted enough to return a Tory he (Sir Hussey) would undertake to say that the Tory and himself would never be in the same lobby. (Cheers.) And the result would be that the voice of Swansea would be neutralised, and that she might just as well have no voice at all, because one would be voting against the other. (Cheers.) In conclusion, he appealed to them to make an earnest eadeavour to return a Liberal candidate at the forthcoming election. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Morgan Tutton then proposed "That this meeting is of opinion that Mr. R. D. Burnie is a fit and proper person to represent the Swansea Town Division in Parliament and pledges itself to use every legitimate means to secure his triumphant return at the forrbcoming election." Ho was glad that the choice of candidate had fallen upon one who did not need one word from him to commend to their judgment. (Ap- plause). He had no need to aayjmuch about the other side, but it had occurred to him that the red situation had become somewhat amusing. They had had a young gentleman brought dawn here who had already been referred to, and was one of the past, but they need not trouble much longer about him. (Laughter). I The Rev. James Owen (ex-President of the Baptist Union) seconded, and in the course of a stirring speech, said with reference to the late Mr. Dillwyn, Will you say that throughout the whole of his political life he has been wrong ? (Loud cries of 'No!') Will you insult his memory hy deserting the cause he loved ? (Cries of Never !')" He was a faithful and consistent follower of the Grand Old Statesmanâ(loud applause)âwho with the snows of more than eighty winters upon his head, is going forth again to win the hard fight at Midlothian-(loud cheers)âand to lead the Liberal army to victory. (Cheers.) We know how the Tory candidate for this borough will vote if he is returned we know how Mr. Burnie will vote. (Loud cheers.) His motto and ours is progress. (Cheers.) Ah, words, great thoughts, unflinching faith, have never striven in vain, They won our battles many a time, and so they shall again." (Load cheers.) Mr. F. Cory Yeo supported, and said that one of the great aims of the Liberal Party in the forth- coming contest should be unity of action, though there must necessarily be self-sacrifice, because their party comprised such a great variety of political opinions. (Cheers.) Mr. John Stuart also supported, and said he was proud of the Liberalism aud Radicalism of South Wales, and was heartily glad he was present at that meeting. (Hear, hear.) The resolution was then carried nem. dig., followed by much enthusiasm. Mr. R. D. Burnie. on rising to address the meeting, was unable to commence for several minutes, owing to the repeated cheers, the vast auùience all rising to their feet. Having thanked them for the vote of confidence they had so enthusiastically and unanimously passed, he said be was entirely unable to account for the great and enthusiastic meeting given so favourably towards one who was after all but a small man. (Laughter and cheers.) Referring to the late Mr. Dillwyn, he quoted the words placed upon a wreath at the funeral by the Swansea Women's Liberal Associa- tiou, and which appeared in last week's issue of The Cambrian, commencing with the lineâ Ob, good gray head. which all men knew." Those words he was quite sure were re-echoed in the hearts of all who knew their late member, and he (Mr. Burnie) most earnestly, most sympathetically and most revently repeated them. But the canse had been left behind. The banner that had fallen from the hand of that illustrious and good states- man they would that evening place in his (the speaker's). Heaven help him that he might sustain itâ(loud cheers)âwith that strength, that honesty, that consistency, and if he could dare only to hope that he might do so, greatly should he rejoice that it had fallen to his lot to uplift it. (Cheers.) Mr. Burnie then criticised the election address of Sir John Llewelyn, whom he described as a gentleman of the highest standing, and in dealing with the first item on that address-Homo;) Rule-referred to Mr. Dillon's imprisonment and the Michelstown massacre and the death of John Manderville. They could not forget those events. To some extent Coercion had been stopped by the Conserva- tive party, though for the past six years there had still peen coercion by preventing the expression of straightforward opinions from the platform and the Press. (Cheers.) There had been a Local Govern- ment Bill introduced, that was to put Ireland on equal lines with England, Scotland, and Wales. He gave them one incidentâthe clause relating to the dismissal of the Legislative Council by a judgeâto show there were no equal laws about the Bill, and said it was full of restrictions. Having characte- rised the Union as one of the blackest features in the history of Ireland, he said he had calculated that it had cost this country the enormous sum of £500,000,000, and had brought ruin to Ireland. The-y might think such an expenditure needed explanation, but from the day of the Union to the present time there had been one continual agitation, and the one cry had been "Give us back our Parliament." (Cheers.) Even the police that had been stationed there had cost about £2,000,000 a year, and the expense in connection with the army was very nlUch the same. While the growth of population had been something like 19,000,000, in England, what did they finO. in Ireland? The population of Ireland was then 5,700,000, and if it had grown in the same proportion as England it would have been now something like 18,000,000, but to-day it had gone down to something like 4,000,000. Yet the Tories wanted to tell them that the Union obtained good to Ireland. A few months ago the great cry was the otd "No Popery'' cry. He was not surprised at it coming from the Tory party, because religious discord had been their food for years, but when it came from men who had stood on the Liberal platformâmen who had de- claimed bitterly against religious inequality, he thought it was a cause for much regret. (Cheers.) Adverting to the Ulster Convention, he could quite understand the Duke of Abercarn, who took the chair on tbat occasion, being opposed to Home Rule. On looking up some statistics he found that for the last four or five years he had drawn from the pockets of the people of this country something like £279,000, hard-earned British gold from 23,700 acres of land that was practically not worth one quarter of that amount. He then quoted Mr. Gladstone's remarks with regard to the position of Ulster as compared with the other three divisions of Ireland in the aiatter of assessment of income tax, valuation per head, &c., and then referred to the omission from Sir John Llewelyn's election address of the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the English Church in Wales. It struck him at one time the Press might have lost the copy. (Laughter.) Was it possible that it could have been intentionally left outâthat question of questions which he ventured to say was agitating Wales more than any other question. Why, the play of Hamlet without Hamlet was liOt absolutely in it. (Loud laughter.) Yet they would probably getanexplanation. He (3Ir. Burnie), in his address, put a broad and generous Home Ruie for Ireland, and the Disestablishment and Disendowment of the Church in Wales. (Loud cheers.) He con- tended that the peace of Europe which Sir John's address stated was ùue to Lord Salisbury's fureign policy, was not due to the influence of the Conservatives, but to the ii fl^nce of Rus8i9 Germany, France, and Italy. The people of those countries were beginning to grasp hands with Britis-her", and had emblazoned on their banners Peace and the interests of Labour." In conclu- siori, Mr. Burnie briefly referred to the reforms essential in the existing land laws, and the import- ance of the ternperauce question, while he was strongly in ftvour of the shortening of the hours of labour. With reference to this question he said if he was once satisfied that it would be better to have legislative euactment than the strikes all over the couutry, he would be inclined to say that legislative enactment would be the safest and best they could adopt. (Loud cheers, amid which Mr. Burnie resumed his seat, but again rose and proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman.) Mr. S. P. Wills seconded, and said the words inscribed on the banner which Mr. DiHwyn bad left behind him were "No retreat,"â(cheers) â and concluded by adapting to their late member, Longfellow's well-known line", "Lives of such men all remind us, &c." And if their veteran were present he would addâ Let us then be up and doing, &c." (Loud cheers.) Mr. James Livingston supported, and in a few spirited remarks appealed to the electors to stand by Mr. Burnie and return him as the member for the Swansea Town Division, (Cheers.) The proceedings then terminated, with three cheers for Mr. Burnie. THE ST. THOMAS WARD. On Tuesday evening Mr. Burnie addressed another enthusiastic meeting of his supporters in the Fabians Bay Congregational Chapel, St. Thomas. Mr. Richard Harris, shipwright, presided, and there were also present supporting the candi- date, Mr W. V. Blewitt, election agent Dr. Wm. Morgan, Mr. R. L. Sails, and Councillor Thomas Price. Mr. Banfield, waggon builder, moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Burnie, and Mr. Croaker, Swansea Trades Couneil, seconded. Mr. John Stuart and M. L. Sails supported the resolution, which was carried unanimously. Mr. Burnie, who was very cordially received, said that for twelve years he had agitated for the freeing of the bridge tolls, and had it not been for him that would not have been free to-day. (Cheers). Having briefly dealt with the Disestablishment, Mr. Burnie said he des red to do justice to all classes, and that was why, as a good Radical, he supported the proposal that the control of the liquor traffic should be placed in the hands of the people, whose wishes on the Sunday Closing and other ques- tions could be then carried out in any special locality. (Hear, hear). He would most strenu- ously oppose any proposal for compensation, and when he had been asked that day to sign a memorial in its favour, submitted by the Licensed Victuallers' Association, he bad refused. (Loud cheers.) He was in favour of the payment of members, which he had advocated many years ago, before ever dream- ing of becoming a member of Parliament, for it was absurd to give working men votes and then confine them in their choice of candidates to half-a-dozen rich men, who could not sympathise with their wants. (Cheers). Votes of thanks and cheers for Mr. Burnie tormi- nated the proceedings. MEETING AT CWMBWRLA. An enthusiastic open-air meeting of the sup- porters of Mr. R. R. D. Burnie was held at Cwmbwrla on Wednesday. It was intended to hold the meeting in Libanus chapel, which, how- ever, was not considered large enough for so enormous a gathering, and an improvised platform was erected opposite. Mr. Burnie and his party were met by the Swansea. United Fife Band and a large procession. The chair was taken by the Rev. David Jones, and amongst those present were Aldermen F. Rocke. and Richard Martin, BirohgTove Councillors Morgan Tutton, Gwilym Morgan, J. Hopkin John Revs. J. Phillips, and Beynon Davies, Briton Ferry; .'Messrs. S. P. Wills, David Griffiths, W. V. Blewitt, Dr. John Evans, &c. The Chairman addressed the meeting in Welsh. Mr. Burnie was enthusiastically received. He said that he had just received a telegram from Llandyssil, informing him that three men had been sent to prison for attending tithe sales. That proved that the day for Disestablishment had come. (Applause.) 'He had received letters from Mr. S. T. Evans, of Neath Mr. J. Lloyd Morgan, the member for West Carmarthenshire, and others, hoping that he would be their col- league. His earnest desire had always been to see labour a dignity, and not to see it, more than he could possibly help, a drudgery, and that could be done by sending to Parliament men who were in sympathy with labour. j The Chairman said they fully expected Dr. Enoch Davies there that evening from Cardigan, but he was detained in connection with the trial to which Mr. Burnie had referred. A telegram had been received by Dr. Evans, saying that the case was not yet over and he could not possibly leave them. Mr. David Griffiths then proposed the follow- ing resolution, both in English and Welsh :â Having heard the address of Mr. R. D, Burnie, and being satisfied with his views and promises respecting the different subjects contained in the programme of the Liberal party, this meeting pledges itself to use every legitimate means to secure his triumphant return as the Member of Parliament for the ancient borough of Swansea." (Applause.) Mr. David Evans seconded, and it was suppor- ted by Dr. John Evans, Councillors Morgan Tutton, and J. Hopkin John, Aldermen F. Rocke, and Richard Martin. Mr. S. P. Wills also ad- ) dressed the meeting. On the resolution being put to the meeting it was carried unanimously. The meeting termina- ted soon after 10 o'clock, the audience singing For he's a jolly good fellow.


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