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THE SOUTH GLAMORGAN CONSTITUENCY, MR. ARTHUR WILLIAMS. M.P.. AXD MABOX, M.P., AT PEXYGRAIG. A meeting -.vas held at the Tai Schoolroom, Penygraig, on Tuesday evening last, under the auspices of the Dinas and Williamstown Liberal Association. The principal speakers were Mr. A. J. William, M.P., and Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P. Dr. H. X. Davies, Porth, presided. Mr, W. Phillips proposed the following resolu- tion That this meeting ex presses its unwavering loyalty to the great leader of the Liberal party,-Mr. William Ewart Gladstone, and its confidence that at the next general election he will be returned to power with such a ma- jority as will enable him to carry oat the wise and just reforms embodied in the Newcastle programme. Mr. Charles Cole seconded the resolution, and said it was not likely that Mr. Gladstone would live many years longer, but he hoped he would be spared long enough to carry out the great reforms in the programme referred to. (Cheers.) Mr. Arthur J. Williams. M.P., supported the resolution, and commenced his speech by saying he had come amongst them at a stage in the history of this Par- liament, probably the most dramatic that would ever be known. He came to support the resolution, which said that they. as Weteh people, were waiting with confidence for the moment— which could not be long deferred—the' moment when justice would be meted out by the conscience of the country, and the great man should be re- turned. the resolution said, by a majority, but he said, with Rossendale ringing in his ears, by an overwhelming majority. (Loud, cheers.) He thought they would do him the credit of admitting that he was perfectly frank and outspoken when occasion required, and he could assure them that he did not flatter his constituents when he said that whatever might be the defects of the Liberals of South Glamorgan and the Rhondda Valley, he thought they might claim that they had fought 1 0 t out their political opinions and had worked out their political salvation just as they had worked out their spiritual salvation, by their-own efforts. It was a source of pride and satisfaction to him that he represented a constituency of which so large a part was composed of working colliers. (Cheers.) He always felt when he came to addrest; a meeting of that sort a little diffident, because he knew there were few of the burning political questions of the day on which he could say much that was new to them, for the very good reason that they, like himself, had thought out the matters. It seemed to him like coming to con- vert the converted when he came to address a meeting in the Rhondda Valley. (Cheers.) He thanked them for having assembled in such large numbers that evening for it was doing him the greatest kindness to give him the right hand of fellowship, and to encourage him in the performance of his representative duties. (Applause.) Proceeding. Mr. Williams spoke in favour of the payment of members. They had to fight the brutal power of money in their future political contests, and it was necessary to en- deavour to meet that by placing the expenses of election contests on the rates, and thus affording able working men an opportunity of getting into the House of Commons. (Loud applause.) Wher- ever wealth might be intelligence must always remain in the Liberal camp. (Hear, hear.) The Liberal party had conquered the kingdom for for the democracy not by money bags, not by acres, not by parsonic and squirearchical in- fluence. not by Established Churches, but by the force of intellect permeating the masses. (Loud cheers.) He felt proud that he had inherited the truths which had built up this grand, this noble, this eternal powerful good in their land. (Applause.) The hon. member then went on to deal with electoral reforms, and put forward an eloquent plea in favour of one man ) one vote." He then dwelt with the House of Lords. whose constant refusal to carry out the wishes of the people had brought them into disrepute. He did not believe in any second chamber. (Loud ap- plause.) They were a drag upon the wheel of legislation. (Hear, hear.) The history of the House of Lords was an ignoble history. (Cheers.) The country would not stand being threatened by the House of Lords, and if that chamber came into real conflict with the country, its days would be numbered. (Hear, hear.) The wretched Govern- ment of broken pledges and coercive laws which was now in power laid claim to having passed a large number of measures which aimed at better- ing the condition of the people, and among them was the Coal Mines' Regulation Act. But did the Mines' Regulation Act come from the brain of Mr. Henry Matthews No. It was taken out of a pigeon-hole in the Home Office. Who put it there ? Mr. Broadhurst. (Applause.) Then. again, there was free education. But what effect would the free education measure given them by the Tory Government have ? This free education was formed to establish the Church schools for ever. It was given in order that. by the assis- tance of the rates of the Church schools, might flourish and continue to prosely- tise children. (Applause and cries of "flhame.") He then dealt with the question of Disestablish- ment, and hoped they would be able to effect this reform with out any unfair compromise. (Cheers.) In conclusion he remarked that he considered it to be the greatest privelege of his life to represent so important a constituency as that of South Glamorganshire, and he assured them that if they did him the honour to elect him for the third time he would not betray his trust. (Loud and pro- longed cheering.) Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., in the course of an eloquent Welsh speech, said that when the Liberal party were returned to power the claims of Ireland as a nation would have to be dealt with. as also the question of granting to Wales local self-government. (Applause.) The Disestablish- ment of the Church was ripe for legislation, and he looked forward to the result of the campaign recently commenced with the greatest confidence. He then proceeded to urge upon the meeting the importance of electing men imbued with Liberal and true Radical principles as members of the County Council. (Loud applause.) Mr. Moses Moses proposed and Mr. William James seconded a resolution expressing the confi- dence of the meeting in Mr. Arthur Williams, M.P., and pledging itself to use every legitimate "I Iz, means to secure his return to Parliament at the next election. Mr. A. J. Williams, in returning thanks, said he had corresponded with Mr. Lambert, the manager of the Great Western Railway Company with re- gard to the running of passenger trains on the Ely Railway in order to prove that he had not neglected the claims of his constituents. He had also presented a petition of the inhabitants in 1888, and had followed the question up until now, but had not been able to succeed. He was of opinion that railways ought to be under State control, and thought that the House of Commons should take up the matter of the Great Western Railway monopolies and legislate upon the ques- tion. (Loud applause.)