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LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AT OGrMORE VALLEY. MEETINGS AT TYNEWYDD AND JTANTYMOEL. SPEECHES BY MR. S. T. EVANS, M.P.. AND MAJOR JONES. On Monday last the hon. member for Mid- Glamorgan—Mr. S. T. Evans, M.P.—paid a visit to the Ogmore Valley portion of his constituency. accompanied by Major E. R. Jones, the selected candidate for the Carmarthen boroughs. Their arrival by the one o'clock train was waited by a large and enthusiastic crowd, who completely lined the street, the hon. member being driven to the residence of Dr. J. H. Thomas. The Pontv- cymmer Brass Band led the processionists, and lent a distinct harmony to the enthusiastic cheer- ing as their member drove up. About 2.30 a meeting was held at Bethel Independent Chapel, the sacred edifice being filled to its utmost capacity by a large and enthusiastic audicnce. Dr. D. J. Thomas was voted to the chair, and he was supported on the platform by Messrs. S. T. Evans, M.P., Major Jones, T. W. Job, John Wil- liams. and D. Evans. The Chairman at the outset dwelt upon the satis- faction of meeting their member for the first time since his election. This satisfaction was rendered greater by the successful career he had pursued at St. Stephen's. He read a letter from Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P. for South Glamorgan, expressing his sorrow at not being well enough, although re- covering. to venture there in that weather, owing to the fact that he would be obliged to drive there and back, because he could not wait for a train. He hoped they would have a successful meeting. (Cheers ) Mr. D. Evans proposed the following resolu- tion :— That this meeting expresses its unabated confidence in our illustrious leader—the Right Hon. W. B. Glad- stone—and earnestly pray that his life may be spared to pass the great measures of Home Rule and Dis- establishment. Mr. John Allen seconded in a neat speech. Mr. S. T. Evans, M.P., was called upon to sup- port the same. Ho said they could rjjoice at this season of the year that the clouds which ominously hung over their industry had been removed. (Cheers.) The hon. member then proceeded to give an account of his stewardship. In speaking particularly of labour he said he favoured the for- mation of a labour party, hut he hoped it would be within the fold of Liberalism, as he believed the Liberal party had been to all intents and purposes the labour party of the past. If the Liberal party a.t any time failed to meet the just demands of the labour community he would deem it his duty to desert the Liberal ranks and join hands with the labour party. Referring to free education, he said that the measure was based upon the principle of compulsory education passed in 1870 by the Liberal party. Yv hen the Free Education Bill was brought forward only half the Tory members had the courage to vote on the same—the other half stayed at home—and the Liberal party voted with one voice in favour of the Bill. He commented on the mark of selfishness stamped on every speech delivered by Mr. Chamberlain. In his speech in Cardiganshire recently he used the word I no less than 240 times. (Laughter and applause.) In another speech recently delivered he used it 199 times not quite so many. They were not likely to follow him. (u X 0, no.") They would prefer following the party who could and would grant them the measure of Disestablishment and Disen- dowment for the Principality. If this party would not grant them their measure at the given time, then the time had come when they should put their foot down in the House of Commons, and say We will not vete for the Liberal party unless there is some indication of our measure for Disestablish- ment being brought forward. (Hear, hear.) After dealing with Disestablishment at length, the speaker concluded by saying it was for them to say whether the one who represented them then should do so again or not. If they would so think fit to send him back, he would continue to take an interest and work as a member ought to—for their benefit as well as that of their country. The resolution having been unanimously carried, Mr. John Williams (Xantymoel) moved the next resolution :— That this meeting expresses its hearty thanks to their hon. member for the energetic manner in which he had fulfilled his duties in the last session, especially regarding labour reforms, and pledges itself at the next general election to return him triumphantly. Mr. Evan Griffiths seconded the resolution. Major Jones supported in a very eloquent address, which was enthusiastically received. A vote of thanks was then passed to Major Jones and Dr. Thomas, the former for his attendance and the latter for presiding, terminating the meeting. A brass band awaited the termination of the meeting, and the large concourse filed out and formed themselves into procession. Mr. S. T. Evans and Major Jones were conveyed at the head in a trap, down toTynewydd, at Bethlehem Baptist Chapel another meeting being announced, Mr. W m. Llewellyn presided, and there was a good attend- ance. Mr. Edge moved the first resolution, urging upon the representatives of neighbouring counties to up- hold any measures for the benefit of the working classes. Mr. John Hodgson having seconded, Ma j or Jones supported. He was enthusiastically received. He thought that standing on the thres- hold of another year they may congratulate them- selves upon what on the whole may be designated as a successful year. (Hear, hear.) To the manu- facturer, as well as to the working man, the year had been fairly satisfactory. They knew that according to the teachings of political economists there was a swinging pendulum and return sweep commencing once in every ten years. He was afraid they would have to recognise the fact that the swinging pendulum had commenced to take a backward sweep. Against this, however, the very organisations, for the most part at all events, of skilled workmen, had been able through the wis- dom and discretion of their leaders to stem the movement towards the reduction of wages during the year that had just closed. The only exception to the rule was on the Clyde, where the shipbuilders came out on strike. Officers of the chief engineer- ing and shipbuilding works tendered their services with a view to a settlement of that question, but the Clyde workmen declined to accept their views —declined to accept what was considered a satis- factory settlement of the question, and the men came out on strike. He was happy to be in a posi- tion to say, however, that the men having now joined an organisation there was no great danger of anything of that kind taking place in the future. (Hear, hear.) He looked upon organisation of labour as one of" the most potent factors towards bringing about a condition of things where there will be a very even distribution of burdens and benefits of life and of society than we are at present enjoying. (Hear, hear.) No man who contemplates the right condition of things can contemplate a strike without serious misgivings and careful consideration. He was not among those who decried strikes altogether. He thought there were ques- tions worth fighting for. He ageed with the proposition of Mr. Wendell Phillips—" Peace, if possible justice at any price." (Cheers.) In a cause of this kind they must be tacticians. They must not go to war unless they had an equal chance of winning. Strikes against reduction of wages had invariably failed upon a falling market, and it was for this reason they ought to be specially grateful for the very admirable settlement they had secured in connection with the sliding-scale a few days ago. (Cheers.) The great question in organisation of men was to got men of ability, of education, and, above all, men of character. Character, after all. was the proudest possession, though often lost in the race of life., So long as they had at the head of the organisations men of character, they might depend upon it their interest would be safely guarded. Another means towards the elevation of the condition of the working classes was the great machinery of education. They were aware that they at present had free education. Well, unfortunately, in giving free education, seeing that the disestablishment and disendowment was on the threshold, Lord Salis- bury's Government did their best to endow the schools. By granting free education to the people they were opening the professions to the working classes, as well as the middle and the upper classes, by making it possible for the children of the poor to enter the legal, medical, or ministerial professions. They were by that means hastening the period when they would have a greater mea- sure of equality, both sociaFy and otherwise, in this country. The next thing to ameliorate the condition of the people in the country was to rivet the agricultural labour on the land. If there was agricultural depression and at the same time prosperity in the industrial districts, people left the agricultural districts and flocked into towns and colliery districts. If they had a more work- able Allotments Act. so as to give the agricultural labourer some stake in the country, they would confer a benefit upon him and prevent the flood- ing of the labour market and the consequent re- duction in prices. (Cheers.) The life of an agricultural labourer was about the most doleful and uninteresting life they could ever imagine. They wanted to elevate him the same as the other classes of the community. They had had in Wales quite a sprinkling of men in the first rank of the Tory party. They received a visit from Sir Ed- ward Clarke in support of the Unionist candida.- ture of Mr. Gunn. and recently they had a visit from Mr. Joseph Chamberlain, a man who some time ago they were proud to look upon as the champion of the disestablishment and disendow- ment cause in Wales. No man. on contemplation, could examine the recent conduct of Mr. Chamber- lain without being perfectly astounded. He was quite sure that in that place of worship they had not many who visited horse races, but those who by chance may have visited them could have seen on the outskirts of the crowd certain people with tables covered with oilcloth, on which they manipu- lated three cards, This was called the three-card trick," and the manipulators endeavoured to in- duce people to place money on a certain card. Mr. Chamberlain was hanging on the outskirts of the Liberal camp, and he tried his best to win the Welsh people by the three card trick. One card was No Popery," the other card "Peace," and the other Religious equality." But the Welsh people were not a race of gamblers —they were not going to put their money on cards of any kind. much less cards played by Mr. Chamberlain. Mr. Chamberlain came to Wales and tried to thwart the desires of the Irish people by raising up deno- l minational bigotry against the Catholics of Ire- land. That was amongst the most degraded things that any politicians of the first rank could do. That was the Xo Popery card. The next card was in order to secure peace and concord and con- tentment in. Ireland. They must oppose Home Rule, Mr. Chamberlain told them, because, if they gave Home Rule to Ireland, they would be causing a revolution in Ulster. A handful of people, for- sooth. going to raise up in arms against the greatest empire in the world They could not contemplate the third card without coming to the conclusion that Mr. Chamberlain had taken leave of his reason. (Laughter and applause.) He (Mr. Cham- berlain) asked them in this division to turn their backs upon 011^3 of the bravest, one of the ablest, self-reliant, and eloquent members that had ever I been returned from Wales. He asked them to re- turn a Tory into Parliament, and he told them, forsooth, that >vas the way to get Disestablishment and Disendoivment. He presumed Mr. Chamber- lain meant that if they returned him into power, and fought under his flag, they would have Dis- establishment. They were not going to wait so long. They -were going to have religious equality from such self-reliant men as Mr. Sam Evans. Mr. Tom Ellis, and others. (Cheers.) He should not be at all sorry if a very considerable measure of Home Rule were conceded to Wales. One of the things they were entitled to, at all events, was that the people of the country, and especially in essentially Welsh districts, should be tried in their own languages. (Applause.) He then touched upon the Local Option Bill, royalties on minerals. and the payment of members of Parliament, ap- proving of each principle. He concluded by thank- ing- them for the hearty reception he had received. (Cheers.) Councillor John Williams then moved a resolu- tion urging upon those present the necessity of organization now that they were on the eve of a general election. Mr. T. W. Job seconded, and Mr. S. T. Evans having supported the usual votes of thanks ter- minated a very successful meeting.




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