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Farmers and Poiltios. I Gloucestershire Union and Mr. Pearoe Ellis's Candidature. A meeting of the executive of the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union was held at Gloucester on Saturday. Mr W Pearce Ellis (Maisemore), who presided, stated that in consequence of his having been adopted as the prospective Liberal candidate for the South Worcestershire (Evesham) Division at the next election, he bad tendered his resignation as chairman of the union. He explained that be was contesting that constituency free of any party or party whip, saying that he was out as an agriculturist and nothing else. The Farmers' Union, however, was run on non-party lines, and since he had been adopted by the Evesham Liberal Association it was only right that he should tender his resignation. Mr Ellis then vacated the chair in favour of Mr Trevethan, the vice-chairman, who expressed his regret that the chairman had felt it necessary to resign. Mr W F Ing said he did not think there was any member of the executive without some party feeling, and, therefore, he did not think it necessary that Mr Ellis should resign the chairmanship. He moved that Mr Ellis should continue in the chair. Mr B Comely, who seconded, remarked that the fact that he did not know until that day which political party Mr Ellis favoured showed how well their chairman had kept politics out of the business of the union. (Hear, hear.) Mr Rymer expressed his disapproval of Mr Ellis having accepted advances to contest the South Worcestershire division. He stated that one of the reasons for the formation of the Farmers' Union was that they did not think the agricultural industry received the fair and proper treatment at the hands of the legislature to which it was entitled. They had accordingly created a body in the House of Commons of eighty-nine members, who were pledged to support the agricultural interests, and those members placed those interests beyond party politics. The union were pledged to support all members and candidates who supported them, and to oppose those who would not help agriculture. As the present member for South Worcester- shire (Mr B M Eyres-Monsell) supported the Farmers' Union, he (Mr Rymer) thought it was undesirable that they should oppose him. (Hear, hear.) In those circumstances he thought it was absolutely necessary for them, as members of the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union, to dissociate themselves and the union from Mr Ellis's action in regard to South Worcestershire. He (Mr Rymer) did not think Mr Ellis should have accepted overtures with a view to opposing Mr Eyres- Monsell during the time of his chairmanship of the Gloucestershire Farmers' Union. Mr Ing enquired if it were material whether Mr Ellis was a Liberal or Socialist. They were not discussing his politics, but the subject of his resignation. Mr Rymer said that immediately they lent themselves to party politics the union would come to the ground. He moved that the union dissociate themselves from Mr Ellis' action. Mr E W Walker, in seconding, said the farmers in the Wincbcombe district were of the opinion that Mr Eyres-Monsell was one of the best friends to agriculture whom they bad in the House of Commons (Hear, hear.) Mr Benjamin Read said none of them regretted more than he did that Mr Ellis should have felt it necessary to oppose one of the best friends agriculture had. (Hear, hear.) He did not think, however, any harm would be done if they could prevail upon Mr Ellis to continue his chairmanship. Mr Ellis said be wanted the question put to the vote. He did not desire the members to study his personal feelings in the least; he wanted them to study the union. With all due deference, however, to Mr Rvmer and Mr Walker, he was not out to fight Mr Eyres-Monsell, but to fight the policy of security of the tenant farmer and everything else appertaining to agricultural interests. (Hear, bear.) The point having been raised that the subject had not been placed on the agenda, its decision was left over until the next meeting of the executive. Mr Ellis presided during the succeeding portion of the meet- ing.

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.PROFITABLE POULTRY CULTURE.

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IACROSS THE TABLE. I

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REVIEWS. I

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