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MR. MC'GAUL'S MEETING LAST NIGHT. Last (Thursday) evening the Town Hall was again packed to overflowing, every inch of room being occupied-the occasion being Mr McGaul's first public meeting Mr Oliver Sheppard presided, and on the platform were (besides the candidate) Mr S. H. Stockwood, and a great number of prrminent Conservatives. A tremendous volley of cheering went up as Mr McGaul stepped on to t .be platform. The Chairman, at the outset, moved a vote of con- dolence with Lady Aberdare and family, iind the audience rose with heads uncovered. Proceeding, the Chairman said owing to the action co: Ãi" Radical party the election was to be fought; political lines. The Radical party, in their w.sdom, had decided that the town should be relt by a party politician rather than by a man ⢠lected on his merits. They had thrown down the iraimtlet, the Conservative party had taken it up (clu-ers'. The Chairman acknowledged the handsome ay in which Mr Randall had withdrawn, and said tii >se people who were against the introduction of p ttms should now support Mr McGaul as the bes; candidate (applause). The Chairman eulogised Mr McGaul as a public man, and said he headed (he poll at the recent election, whilst Mr Powell was very good way down (laughter and cheers). Mr Hughes had written to him (the chairman) askii^ h; u to adopt tbe same procedure in the conducting < f1 lie meeting as he (Mr Hughes) had done, but he (th- chairman) thought people should be allowed to "ut questions âproper questionsâwithout having to the trouble of writing them down (cheers). He then called upon MR. McGAUL, who was enthusiastically received. Having divested himself of his overcoat. Mr McGaul said he had never had the pleasure of addressing such a meeting before. (Cheers). He was going to try and hit above the. belt. (Applause). He wished tiiey could have less bickerings and less enmities Why the world political strife shculd be carried to such heights of enmity since he had come to Wales it took the life out of him. (Laughter and cheers). He had got some dear friends among the Radical party at Bridgend. (Hear. hear). But why oould JL not they be at Bridgend the same as they were at Birkenbead ? (Heaf, hear.) Why shonld not he have a right to say that he was a Conservative, aud the Liberals a right to say that they were Liberals ? (Applause). He respected a man who stood by his principles. (Cheers.) Now he was a candidate for the County Council-they understood that. (Loud cheers ) Although be had been relegated to the North Pole he said I shall be at the top of it, and hope to fight by fair means." (Hear, hear). He had been told that he had done nothing for the town. ("Quite right.") Bridgend people were not such fools as that gentleman made out. (Laughter and bear, hear.) He was going to defend himself against some of the most scurrilous remarks that had ever been poured on him since he was a public man. Mr Hughes taunted him with being-he didn't know what. Mr Hughes knew what he was. He had stood by his side at the Local Board, and how could he stand comfortable in the chair when he (Mr McGaul) was so much traduced ? Well, he bore itâhis skin was getting pretty thick. It was very easy to see how he (Mr McGaul) had been approached with regard to the County Council election-they had to wait for some time for an op- portunity of putting the candidate before the electors Some ticie ago he was deputed to go with the Surveyor to Cardiff to see the ttoad Committee to see if they could get any alleviation from the main road charges, and Mr Hughes then said to him You had better go to see what kind of com- mittee it is before you get on the County Council (Applause.) Tbe bill was pulled down by f)3. Lately he asked Mr Hughes, "Are you going to fight this election on party lines r" Mr Hughes replied, I don't know; if we don't, I am hands down for you either on the platform or on committee to fight Mr John Randall." (hear hear). Mr Hughes affected great astonishment that any Nonconformist could be a Conservativeâ but those who said that could not have ever ven- tured co beyond the border." At his Wesleyan Chapel at Birkenhead, there were as many-if not more-Conservatives than Liberals (applause). Even if they were in the minority there they were not persecuted as he had been in his chapel at Bridgend. No Tory will ever go to heaven they seemed to say at Bridgend (laughter). Referring to Mr Powell, the speaker said he did him (Mr McGaul) the honour, on the occasion of the late election to come and stand by him on that platform while he (Mr McGaul) justified his character and conduct ("Right"). That was to his credit (hear hear). Mr Powell and he always treated each other with respect on the Board. Mr Powell said he (Mr McGaul) was Goliath. Well Mr Powell would make a fine little shepherd boy (loud laughter and cheers). He was sorry to see the small bill, for "the hands were the hands of Esau but the voice was Jacob's (laughter). With reference to the "bill"âit was not in Mr Powell to advertise himself in that way. and he gave him credit for saying that he hadn't anything to d« with it (applause). It was bis ardent supporters that did Mr Powell harm (laughter). Dealing with the "Cemetery Roman Catholic incident" Mr McGaul said Mr Powell must have forgotten about that, for the committee met, and selected the site, and why the answer was not sent back to Father Rathe he did not know. He would now refer to Jacob Jenkins (applause). Mr Jenkins said he supported Mr Powell because he (Mr McGaul) had all the honours there were to be had in the town Last year Mr Powell was on the Local Board and the School Board so WtlS he (Mr McGaul). Mr Jenkins did a little bit of advertising for himself by telling them how much wages he paid. It was by him and others like him that the trade of Bridgend was helped (hear hear). Mr Jenkins went from party to party. Mr Jenkins told him be was going to fight for Mr Randall, then, after Mr Randall had withdrawn he (Mr McGaul) thought he would fight for him. But no, he had gone to the other party, and be was not trusted by that party (cries of shame" and withdraw"). Oh yes, he came to the Conserva- tive Club (laughter). What did Mr Jenkins do for the Union men ? He sacked some of them because they did not belong to the Union (a voice So did you," and cheers). No, he did not (applause). [Mr Lewis Edwards here made a remark]. Mr Edwards (said Mr McGaul) would have the chance of asking him that question (applause). With reference to the charge made by him iq. connection with a cer- tain arbitration, he said the Board paid hi? bill without demur and without taxation (cheers). The right-of-way to the river was there yet, and had been used only last week by the many skaters (hear, hear). So far as losing his seat on the old Board was concerned, he let Lewis, the haulier, have his horse and cart for two days at seven shillings per day. He resigned his seat, and the result was that the electors returned him again with a large majority (cheers). He denied absolutely that he had ever called Mr John Randall a "nin- eoompoop." [Mr Lewis Edwards I heard you.] His word was as good as Mr Edwards' every day (loud cheers) -and he repeated that he had never made use of the term. Mr Bevan said he (the speaker) was not good enough to tie the shoes of Mr Randall. Mr Tom Hughes, on the other hand, said he was fit to fight Mr Randall over the County Council Election (laughter and cheers.) With regard to the old fire engine, he repudiated the state- ment of Mr Bevan that he bad taken it for his own purposes. He hai been accused of for- warding his candidature by giving out relief tickets. He was ashamed that such a question had been imported into the election (cheers). There was no one else in Bridgend with brass on his face to go round and collect tho money he had collected (laughter and cheers). After referring to the great interest he had taken in the Technical Instruction Classes, he said his opponent had taunted him with being unable to talk Welsh. He owned that he could notâneither could County Councillor Tom Hughes (laughter) and surely it was more to the dis- credit of a Welshman that he could not speak the language of his country than it was to an old Scotchman (laughter). In concluding an able and forcible speech, the candidate said that if he had not fulfilled the duties imposed upon him, then it would have been the time to drop him, but seeing that he had faithfully discharged the duties put upon him, why should that debar him from seeking another (chcers). He claimed that he could look after the interests of the town better than could his Radical opponent. Questions being invited, Mr Lewis Edwards asked whether Mr McGaul was in favour of Welsh Disestablishment. Mr McGaul' I hardly know why you should call it Welsh. No (cheers). Mr Perkins asked whether it was not a fact that Mr McGaul had dismissed a trade unionist from his employ for asking a blackleg for his ticket. Mr McGaul: No. It is a pity such a thing is brought up. The man committed an error, and acknowledged it, and has since been reinstated, and has worked for me since. Mr Lewis Edwards Does Mr McGaul still say that he did aot call Mr Randall a nincompoop? Mr McGaul: I did not. My word is better than that of Mr Lewis Edwards (loud cheers). Mr Lewis Edwards: What special services has Mr McGaul rendered the town ? The Chairman I think Mr McGaul has answered that question most thoroughly in his address to- night (cheers). Mr Lewis Edwards Is it a fact tha.t Mr McGaul has been asked to sever his connection with the religious body with which he is now connected ? The Chairman I rule that question out of order. It is a most unfair and impertinent question (loud cheers). Mr McGaul I will answer it. No (cheers). Mr S. H. Stockwood proposed a vote of confidence in Mr McGaul as being the best representative for the town. In doing so, he commented severely on the remarks made at the previous evening's meeting, and a full report of his speech will appear in another form next week. Mr E. Waddington, the Conservative agent for Cardiff, followed with an effective speech, but the late hour at which it was delivered also compels us to bold it over. Mr Lloyd Evans, Conservative agent for Mid- Glamorgan, then addressed the meeting in Welsh, and made a stirring speech in favour of the Grand old man of Bridgend," as he described Mr McGaul. Mr Morgan Stradling proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman for presiding. This was seconded by Mr Goulden and carried unanimously. The Chairman having replied, the meeting terminated with cheers for Mr McGaul. OGMORE. During the past week Mr Nicholl has been prosecuting his candidature with energy, having addressed public meetings at St Brides, Ewenny. Wick, Cornelly, and Lalestou \t meeting Mr H O. Irvine presided, and there wis a good atteudanc-e including Rrv T. Edward- F. C. Williams, Mr Robert J. Lloyd, and Mr W. Hopkin. The candidate dwelt on the extravagant expenditure of the County Council during the past three years, and promised, if elected, to go in for economy. A resolution in support of Mr Nicholl's candidature was moved by Parish Councillor John Hopkin, seconded by Mr Llewellyn Yorath, and carried unanimously. On the following night a meeting was held at Wick. Mr J. J. Evans (Broughton Court), presided, and among those present were Rev G. J. Rosser, Messrs W. Pritchard, Rees Lewis, and Robert J. Lloyd. Mr Nicholl having spoken, a resolution in his favour was Rees Lewis, and Robert J. Lloyd. Mr Nicholl having spoken, a resolution in his favour was moved by Mr Chas. Phillips, seconded by Mr Wm. Howell, and carried. On Monday night Mr Nicholl was at Ewenny, Colonel Turbervill presiding. Tbe usual vote of confidence was carried with only one dissentient. usual vote of confidence was carried with only one dissentient. :10- #