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TONDU & ABERKENFIG. I Preliminary Announcement.-Grand Con- cert for Railwaymen's Convalescent Home, Tondu, March 4th. 5194 Railwaymen's Dinner.âThe G.W. Railway- men's (Llynfi and Ogmore District) annual dinner was held at the Llynfi Arms Hotel, Tondu. when a goodly number sat down to do ample justice to the good cheer provided for them by Mrs. E. Hopkins, the genial hostess, who has catered for this feast for a number of years with such marked success, and to the entire satisfaction and apprecia- tion of all assembled. After dinner, the tables were cleared and the company again assembled to spend a few hours socially and convivially. Mr. E. Harrington was voted to the chair. Letters were read from the following gentlemen regretting their inability to attend the social gathering, owing to prior engagements, etc., viz.: Mr. T. J. Hughes, Mr. Edisbury, Mr. W. E. Bradshaw, and others. Mrs. Williams opened the proceed- ings with a selection on the piano, and also very ably accompanied the various vocalists during the entertainment. The usual toasts were drunk with gusto and the following gen- tlemen very admirably rendered songs, duets, recitations, dances, etc., to the great appre- ciation of the entire company: Messrs. J. Bag.?s. B. Stanford, W. Sellwood, W. Davies, A. Lloyd. E. Harrington, D. Williams, J. Woodcock, and several others. A very plea- sant and enjoyable evening was brought to a close, the whole company joining hands and singing Auld Lang Syne" and God save the King." VISIT OF MR. FRED JOWETT, M.P. A Lecture was given by Mr. Fred Jowett. M.P. for the division of Bradford, at the Council Schools, under the auspices of the local branch of the I.L.P., on Monday, the Rev. D. G. Rees, Bridgend, in the chair. The lecturer, who was most enthusiastically received, spoke for over an hour on the Work of the Labour Party in the House of Commons." the burden of the lecture being a vindication of the independent policy of the party in the Commons. He claimed that the policy of independent action had obtained invaluable concessions for the people that would not otherwise have been obtained. He pointed to the history of the Irish party, as an example of what this policy had done for Ireland. Charles Stuart Parnell could not be compared to his predecessor Isaac Butt in scholarship and power as an orator, but Parnell inaugurated the policy of "Ireland," rather than Tory or Liberal, with what im- mense benefit to Ireland they all knew. This, claimed the lecturer, was the only pos- sible policy for a Labour partv. Neither Toryism nor Liberalism, but Labour and the Peonle. As particular instances of the working of this policy, he mentioned the Trades Disputes Bill. Three million per- sons had been thrust into its provisions who were not included in the Bill as first intro- duced. The same Bill, when sent into the House of Lords, brought the peers "on the knee," because they saw that they must not challenge the House of Commons on a meas- ure which had the organised workers behind it. The Workmen's Compensation Bill was another illustration of the wisdom of the in- dependent policy. As first introduced, the shop assistants were not included, but by a series of amendments, introduced mainly by members of the Labour party, each great in- dustry in the country having its representa- tive in the House, was included, and this measure was so altered for the better that it finally passed a completely transformed measure. In connection with this Bill oc- curred the most dramatic incident of the Ses- sion, said the lecturer. A Tory proposed an amendment to include domestic servants, which the Home Secretary opposed. Mr. Keir Hardie appealed to the House on behalf of the amendment, and said I do not belong to the class which employs domestic servants, but I belong to the class from which domestic servants are drawn. I appeal to the House to include this class in the provisions of the Bill." The Prime Minister was seen con- sulting with the Home Secretary, who finally admitted that he could see no harm in the amendment, and would accept it, the turn- ing point in this great concession being un- questionably Hardie's question as to what would the country think of a Tory proposing to include such a large class of workers, while the Liberals were against it? A hearty vote of thanks, proposed by Mr. G. B. Murrey and seconded by Mr. George Myers, was accorded the lecturer.

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