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COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTION. JkLWYNPIA AND TREALAW DIVISION. THE CANDIDATURE OF MESSRS. R. LEWIS AND W. WILLIAMS. SPEECH BY MR D. A. THOMAS, M.P. A public meeting, in support of the candidature of Mr R. Lewis and Mr W. Williams, Tonypandy, for the No. 3 (or Llwynpia and Trealaw) ward, was held at Soar Chapel, Clydach Vale, on Thursday evening, the 27th ult., when the chair was occupied by the Rev. T. Williams, who, in opening the meeting, said that Messrs Lewis and Williams were the two Liberal candidates, who were nomi- nated by the Liberal Asscciation, and selected by a properly convened public meeting afterwards held. These gentlemen had undertaken to fight the battle of Liberalism, and were supported by the great strength of the Liberal party. This meeting had been called in order that the electors might be enlightened upon the duties devolving upon 1Ilem. as well as upon the candidates, between this and the election day. Once the people had had explained to them the facts bearing upon the elec- tion they would not be afraid to trust the people, ar.d act conscientiously and rightly. (Applause.) Mr John Benjamin proposed a resolution ex- pressing approval of the Liberal candidates (Messrs Lewis and Williams), and pledging the- meeting to use every legitimate means to secure their triumphant return. Mr Thomas Lacey seconded, and remarked that they as workmen fully concurred with the Tory cry of selecting the best men. The only matter for remark was that it was very strange that the Tories could not find the best men any- where except in their own ranks. (Laugh ter.) They ,(the workmen) on the other hand, and the Liberals of the district, were firmly of opinion that Messrs. Lewis and Williams were the best men. (Cheers.) The Chairman said he had very great pleasure to call upon the principal speaker of the evening, a gentleman to whose presence they had been looking forward with considerable interest, to ad- dress the meeting. (Applause, t Mr D. A. Thomas, M.P., (whose rising was a signal for further cheering), said he was not there at all in his capacity as member of parliament, but simply as an elector in this ward, to address his fellow-electors. (Applause.) He observed in the Queen's speech, which was delivered on the pre- -vious Monday, that they as members of parlia- ment were advised to go down, as far as he could understand it, and take an interest in the matter of these elections. It was the last paragraph in the speech, and the ol, ly one reallv relating to home matters. Now he believed that he was abo ut as loyal a subject as they made them—(laughter)— but having regard to the fact that the speech was not her Majesty's own speech, but one prepared for her by her Majesty's present advisers, the Tory government, he had no intention to carry out this by taking part in the County Council Elec- tions. (Renewed laughter.) He had not inter- fered in his own division (the division which he represented in parliament), and he did not intend to interfere in these local matters. He thought he had a very good warning before him in the po- sition which a leading statesman in Glamorgan- shire had taken lately, very much the position of a man who had interfered in a quarrel between husband and wife, and who, therefore, had quar- relled with both. (Laughter.) He noticed that the Interference by the statesman in question had drawn forth a leading article, not only in the South Wales Daily News, but in the Western Mail as well. He, however, was present that evening in his cwn right to take part in this contest, and to take part in it on strictly political grounds. He knew Mr Hood, the other candidate, very well, and were it not for political considerations, he would have been the man he should have voted for, because he had known Mr Hood longer than the Liberal candidates. He did most strongly believe that these contests should be fought °on party lines. (Applause.) He thought every true Liberal should sink nearly all personal qualifica- tions, and vote for the Liberal candidate not only tions, and vote for the Liberal candidate not only here, but everywhere else. He thought it right to say that he was not present at that meet- ing in antagonism to Mr Hood, but simply because he understood he was a Tory, and he did not trust Tories. It was their own fault, not his. (Ap- plause and laughter.) He would like to pay his tribute to the magistrates who had carried on the business of the county in the past. He was not one of those who had ran' down the magistrates. He had seen that one of the localmagistrates there thought that the P(ntypridd bench. were blockheads. (Applause and laughter.) He did not know them there, but he believed that the magistrates of Glamorganshire had adminis- tered the business of the county well and economi- cally, and he did not think it could be adminis- tered more economically by the County Council, yet he believed that it would be far more in keep- ing with the spirit of the times that the County Government should be administered by properly elected representatives of the people. (Applause.) Nor did he think that they had in Glamorganshire but very little complaint to make with regard to the appointment of magistrates. Thev had in the lord lieutenant (Mr Talbot) a Liberal "in politics, net perhaps so advanced as he (the speaker) con- sidered himself to be, but he considered that Mr Taibct had always been earnestly endeavouring to appo'nt the best men as magistrates. They had not nad their share of magistrates from the north- ern or most populous part of the county, perhaps, but he thought that was the fault of the system. Seme complaint had been made in other places that the lord lieutenant had almost exclusively Felected men from one party. He believed there was cne county in Wales where there was not one liberal or Nonconformist member on the bench. He did not know whether that was strictly so or not, but he believed there were very few Liberals on the bench in some counties. He believed also that the division of Glamorganshire for electoral purposes connected with the county council had Qn the whole been very fair, although the Ebondda Valley had not had its due share; but in Monmouthshire there had been gross abuses in the divisicn, for instance, the division in which he lived had only 2,000 inhabitants, and yet had a councillor, while some divisior s had 8,000 popula- tion, with only one councillor to represent them. There had been a far more equitable division in Glamorganshire, although as he had said they had seme cause to ccmplain in the Rhondda Valley. They were entitled to two more members, and more in Merthyr and Aberdare. A great deal had been said and written as to whether these contests should be conducted on political lines at all, and the ostensible objection of those who opposed party lines was that it was necessary that magistrates should have seats on the county council, in order that there should be some sort of continuity be- tween the county business of the past and the fu- ture. He himself should like to see such men as Mr Dillwyn Llewelyn and Mr Rhys on the coun- cil, but he would say let them be there not as councillors but as aldft-men. (Applause.) There "fcere

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