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LIBERALISM IN THE BARRY DISTRICT.
LIBERALISM IN THE BARRY DISTRICT. MR. ARTHUR WILLIAMS AT BARRY. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. At the Barry Public-hall yesterday evening a large and enthusiastic meeting of Liberals was held under the auspices of the local Liberal Associ- ation for the purpose of hearing Mr. Arthur J, Williams, the genial member for South Glamorgan. Councillor J. C. Meggitt presided, and amongst the others present were Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P.. Rev. J. Honey, Dr. P. J. O'Donnell, Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., and Messrs. W. Llewellyn Williams (South Wale# Star). D. J. Lloyd, W. Crisp. W. Meikle, J. Treharne, J. Bars cow, Holloway. Collyer. J. Thomas, &c., kc. The secretary of the Barry Liberal Association (Mr. 5". W. Taylor) read letters of apology from Mr. Alfred Thomas. M.P., Mr. Bowen Rowlands, M.P.. Mr. S. T. Evans, M.P., Alderman J. Cory, J.P., Mr. Rees Jones, J.P., Dr. Alfred Rees (Cardiff), and others. Mr. Taylor further read the annual report of the local association, which bore splendid testimony to the excellent results of the recent registration work in the district, and which, thanks to to the indefatigable work of Mr. J. A Hughes, the local registration agent, had resulted in a large gain for the Liberals. The committee, he said also urged that the coming County Council election should be fought on purely party lines. (Cheers.) The Chairman, who was loudly applauded, said they were met that night under very encouraging circumstances. The last time they met, viz.—at Holton, it was shortly after the memorable election at South Molton. (Cheers.) But within the last few days they had had a still more memor- able victory in the return of the Radical candi- date for Rossendale. (Loud cheers ) Such a re- sult as that put them in fi-,ste-lass spirits for the eomimr geneial election. (Hear. hear.) With regard to their own member. Mr. Arthur Williams—(cheers) —he had stood for South Glamorgan for not a very large number of years as times went. but he had sat Z, long enough to let the electors know that in Mr. Williams they had a faithful, able, and con- scientious member—(cheers)—who said what he meant and meant what he said. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Williams had proved himself to be faithful to the Liberal party, and he progressed with the times which was a very desirable thing. He hoped that night that they would give their member a most hearty reception, and that when the election arrived they would make the return of their mem- ber an equally sure and triumphant one. (Cheers.) Mr. D. J. Lloyd, in an excellent address, moved the following resolution That this meeting expresses its opinion that the recent Liberal victories, more especially that of Ros- sendale, clearly proves that the present Government does not possess the confidence of the vast majority of the electors, a.nd hereby calls upon them to dissolve the present Parliament and appeal to the country, so that the electors may give effect to their oft-repeated desires, and return in the place of the incompetent ministers now in power the leader of the people, the Right Hon. W. E. Gladstone—(cheers)—and his party to carry the wise and just measures known as the Newcastle programme. -(Loud applause.) Mr. Lloyd, whose remarks were apposite, and to the point, introduced the above resolution in excel- lent terms, and his remarks were well received. He dealt in a closcly-reasoned speech with the points of the Newcastle programme—Free Trade. One Man One Vote, Manhood Suffrage, the Eight Hours Bill. and Land Law Reform. Mr. P. W. Taylor, in seconding the resolution, strongly condemned Mr. Chamberlain, and said that Joseph had sold his birthright for a cup of tea from the duchesses. (Loud laughter.) He took more pleasure in seconding this resolution because the present Government had come into power by means of fraudulent pretences. (Cheers.) Having come into power by means of such false pretences, the people of the country had no conf dence in them. They had been told that Lord Salisbury prided him- self on the firmness of his foreign policy, but he had not come face to face with such a great inter- national crisis as Mr. Gladstone during the time of the Franco-Prussian War. Lord Salisbury's firm- ness had been shown only in small petty wars with uncivilised savages, whilst the great Liberal leader had shown great firmness when the peace of all Europe hung in the balance. (Cheers.) Refer- ring to the Newcastle programme, Mr. Taylor said he fully agreed with the principles of the same, especially as regards the registration ques- tion, but the one man one vote principle as laid down by the Newcastle programme was not in his opinion strong enough. (Hear, hear.) In conclusion he urged all to be ready for the County Council elections which would take place in about a month, and which would be fought on political grounds, and the result would show the pre- sent Tory Government how the electors would vote at the next general election. When that election would take place he fervently hoped that the electors would replace the Tory ministry with a good old Liberal Government. (Loud apalause.) Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., was received with enthusiastic cheering on rising to address the meeting. He said he had great pleasure in sup- porting the resolution which had been so ably moved and seconded. They were now within a very short time of perhaps the most critical con- tested general elections which they would have had during this century. He did not hesitate to say that there had been no occasion in the history of the Liberal party on which so much of that which was momentous would depend as at the next general election. They had passed through six years of strain and trial. They had come to what had been called the parting of the ways between one section of what used to be the Liberal party and another. Up to 1886 there belonged to their party a section which possessed great posses- sions. wealth, and social influence. It was true, and it was the history of party politics in this country, that the tendency had always been. and and now was, for wealth to gravitate to the Tory side but. up to 1883. there were a certain number of men who came by tradition from old wealthy and powerful families who held Liberal principles. The strain of 1886 was too much for them, and if at the time of trial when they were called upon to exercise that confidence and trust in the people, in one nationality which belonged to their great empire, their confidence and trust deserted them-(hear. bear)—and they deserted that great leader who proposed to do justice to Ireland- (cheers)—to his (the speaker's) mind that had been one of the most fortunate events in the his- tory of their party. Those who had left them had, to all intents and purposes, joined the Tory party, but in leaving them, in- stead of weakening the Liberal party, had only strengthened it. (Cheers.) They had gone through a period of strain and trial, as he had said, such as had never been in their history, but it had purified their party and made it stronger, brought all their endurance, stimulated their intelligence, and made them more Radical by far than they ever -were before. So now, in probably less than three months, they would stand face to face with the conscience of the country. The Liberal party would have their opportunity, and he had no doubt or misgiving that they would be re- turned to power with a large majority, and that 120 would be within the mark. (Cheers.) The next Parliament would undoubtedly be the most R-idical which had ever sat at Westminster. They would go back with a much wider pro- gramme, and which it would be the mission of the progressive Liberalism to carry out. His Radicalism had not been very progressive for many years, for he had been waiting for his party to come up to his standard of politics. (Laughter and cheers.) But when he thought of the way in which the Tory party were trying now, as they had always tried to hoodwink the great majority of the people, when he thought of the manner in which they were determined to per- suade the newly-enfranchised people of the demo- cracy that they had been the friends of the people in the past, he did not wonder at their audacity. He thought they might catechise the Tory candi- dates in reference to what had occurred in the past, and what was likely to be done in the future. (Hear, hear.) Tip to 1828, millions of their fellow citizens had no rights as citizens because they were Roman Catholics. They could not be members of Parliament. They could not vote for a member of Parliament, and they could not be mayors. or officers in the army. (" Shame.") He should like the Tory candidate to be asked, who gave them freedom from these shameful bonds ? What could the an- swer be but that the freedom came from the action a of the Liberal party. (Applause.) Again, up to 1846 there were laws which put heavy taxes on foreign corn, and thus prevented corn from being- brought into this country, until it had reached such a price as would pay high rents to the land- lords. The effect of this was that the poor had to pay twice, and sometimes three or four times, as much for bread as they would have done if these laws were repealed. Who took these foolish and unjust taxes away, and brought cheap food into the country ? The answer of the Tory candidate would be, "Oh. it was Sir Robert Peel, the Tory Prime Minister, and the Tory party. who repealed the Corn Laws." (Laughter.) But the reply of the Liberal party was that Sir Robert Peel. as Tory Prime Minister, opposed the repeal of the Corn Laws for many years, during which time Richard Cobden, John Bright, and the Free Trade party, were denounced and abused by the Tories. It was only wh ui the Irish potato famine came and starvation swept people away, that Sir Robert Peel changed his views and did he not say when he brought in the Bill which gave the country Free Trade ? The name which ought to be, and will be, associated with the success of these measures is the name of a man who, acting, I believe, from pure and disinterested motives, has advocated their cause with untiring energy and by appeals to reason, expressed by an elo- quence the more to be admired because it was unaffected and unadorned. The name which ought to be asso- ciated with the success of these measures is the name of Richard Cobden. (Cheers.) After further observations about Corn Law reforms. Air. Williams said his opponent should be asked if he would support a Bill which provided that when the House of Commons had passed a measure on the principle of which the opinion of the constituences had been declared at a general election, and when such a measure had been rejected by the Second Chamber, if he would vote for a Bill which would provide, that such a Bill should not be rejected by the House of Lords if passed a second time through the House of Com- mons. (Cheers.) Personally, he (Mr. Williams) did not believed in a Second Chamber. He believed they had reached that stage in the history of the country, and in their political life that the sooner they gave the Hause of Com- mons the sole responsibility of making laws for the improvement of the country and the people the better. (Cheers.) He hoped the catechism which he had in his hand would be used during the time of the general election. (A voice, "have it printed." The hon. member proceeding, said they should ask his opponent whether he would support a bill for doing away with all qualifications which gave a man more than one vote in the councils of the nation. (Cheers. He (the hon. member) was of opinion that every man—every sane man—were he a cobbler or a peer's son, should be certificated that he was a free- born citizen. He was not in a hurry, for he be- lieved they could do a great deal of good work without having manhood suffrage. The next question they should give him would be this "Was he prepared to give them a measure for charging the expenses of registration upon the rates, and to appoint a man to see that the register- ing of votes should be properly carried out, who would also be paid a salary, and would have to pay a penalty if in any way he neglected his duty. (Loud applause.) This was one of the most important points in the new charter. They had lost at the last cleavage almost all the wealth which had before helped the Liberal party by the secession of the great Whig families, but numerically they had an overwhelming majority in their favour if they counted by heads and not by the plurality of votes in favour of fairness and reform. (Loud cheers.) He did not know what truth there might be in the statement that the Tories were making prepara- tions to pay the expenses of their candidates in elections where they had no chance to win, but which they only contested in order to harass and worry the Liberal candidates, Lut if true he be- lieved it was a most unjust and iniquitious thing that the whcle of the country should be startled by this power of money, which would hamper the work of the Liberals by the difficulties and expenses they would have to meet. The time would come when they would have to look for their representatives amongst the hard-handed sons of toil, who had the brainfl and the intellect to manage the affairs of the country but it was not right that these people should have to maintain themselves in Par- liament. Nothing- was more honourable, more creditable, than that such men should be chosen to represent the constituencies and assemble to provide good legislation for the people. (Cheers.) It was their duty also to pay all representatives were they men like Mabon or Mr. Thomas Burt. or even Lord Hartington. (Applause.) Every man who entered Parliament should have a fair wage for a fair day's work. (Loud applause.) Proceeding, the hon. member said that his friend, the Chairman, had said at that hall some time ago that it would be a good thing if they had opposition in this division, for it would bring them together and create a greater earnest- ness amongst them, and he believed that instead of being threatened they should settle the matter by a sharp fight. (Cheers.) He believed a new era in the history of the country was about to begin, for behind the reforms mentioned in the programme there lay great social questions affecting the millions of the of this country, questions which their party had not yet realised. (Hear, hear.) Alluding to the new bill of Mr. Chamberlain which had appeared in that day's papers which would give old people, who from the age of 25 upwards paid to the Govern- ment a sum of £1 a year, a pension of 5s. per week, when they reached the age of 65, that was in his opinion not good enough. (Laughter and cheers.) They would have to get a better remedy than that enable men to live in comfort and self-respect, (Hear, hear.) Perhaps it would not be given to him to see the great blessings which his friends and the people of this country would witness, but when they thought of the great changes which had taken place during the last eight pears, when the enthusiasm of the people increased the energy of Parliament, they had a right tq expect much more. He had tried to serve them faithfully during the time he had been in Parliament, and believed he had succeeded; but they had another mission to perform— namely, to restore the greatest of all statesmen who was waiting for them to bring him back in order that he might accomplish the great mission of his life. (Loud and continued cheer- ing, during which the hon. member resumed his seat.) The resolution was then put, and carried with enthusiasm. Rev. J. Honey, who was applauded, rose to move the following resolution :— That this meeting desires to express its unabated con- fidence in Arthur J. Williams, Esq., the member of Parliament for the southern division of Glamorgan- shire, and pledges itself to support him at the next general election against all comers, and to secure his return by an increased majority. The men, continued the speaker, whom they required were men like Mr. Williams, who lcoked after the interests of the people, and who acted as spokesmen on their behalf. (Cheers.) The Rev. J. H. Stowell, M.A., who also received a very cordial reception, was called upon to second the resolution. He said he was proud that they had such a member for South Glamorgan, and he willingly gave his warm acknowledgment in any vote of confidence concerning him. (Applause.) That was the first time he had heard their member, and he was more than pleased with what he had heard concerning him and what concerned themselves. They should remember that they had as their member a man who was thoroughly in earnest, and who did not take politics as a pastime. (Hear, hear.) He had great pleasure in seconding the resolution. (Applause.) 0 The resolution having been unanimously carried. Mr. Williams briefly responded. Mr. W. Llewellyn Williams (South Wales Star), in a brief speech, moved a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was carried nem. con. The proceedings, which were most enthusiastic throughout—not a dissentient voicc being heard— J then concluded with cheers for Mr. Williams, M.P.
VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE. SEVERN VOLUNTEER DIVISION ROYAL ENGINEERS SUBMARINE MINERS. BARRY DETACHMENT. Drills for week ending 6th February, 1892 :— Monday, 1st February, Wednesday, 3rd February, and Friday, 5th February, at the Barry Market-hall, at 7.45 p.m. On duty for the week-Sapper Thomas. The detachment is to be increased in size, and a limited number of men can be enrolled. The names should be sent into the officer commanding the de- tachment or to any member of the detachment. By Order, J. ARTHUR HUGHES, Lieut. S.B.D.R.E., Commanding Barry Detachment.
MALE VOICE DiXXKI!.—The annual dinner of the Barry Male Voice Party will be held at the Barry Hotel on Monday night. A VESSEL BADLY DAMAGED.—The ship Bidston Hill carried away her moorings in Barry Dock during heavy squall on Wednesday afternoon, and swung broadside to the wall, badly damaging her sternports and rudder. SMOKIXG CONCERT.—At the King William IV. Hotel, Cadoxton, on Wednesday, a successful smoking concert was held in aid of the funds of the Nursing Association. DEATH.—We regret to announce the death of Mr. Edwin Stuart Hutchins, son of Mr. Edwin Hutchins, of the firm of Hutchins and Co.. of Holtor road and Duke-street, Cardiff. after a short illness, at the early age of 18. The deceased was much respected in the whole neighbourhood of Barry Dock. The funeral, which will be public, will start from Holton-road at two o'clock on Monday afternoon.
IVALE OF GLAMORGAN RAILWAY.
VALE OF GLAMORGAN RAILWAY. I WHAT IS THE OBSTACLE ? I' EXORBITANT DEMANDS OF SMALL LAND- LORDS. From time to time we have drawn the attention of our readers to the proposed construction of a railway. reaching from the Great Western Station at Bridgend to Barry, which will be called the Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The construction of this railway is of the most vital importance to the developement, if not to the prosperity, of Barry, and many shrewd observers have said that the future of Barry will never be secure until the construction of this railway will connect it with the almost virgin coalfields of the Ogmore, Garw, and Llynvi valleys. These coalfields are said to be the richest in Wales—far exceeding the enormous mineral resources even of the Rhondda valleys. Messrs. Richard Evans and Forster Brown, who have been employed to enquire into the quantity of mineral wealth which is hidden in these valleys, have computed that they contain 1,500 million tons of coal. Last November notice was given that a Bill would be laid before Parliament, the passing of which would practically mean the transference to the Barry Railway and Docks Company of all the powers and liabilities now vested in the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Company. It then seemed as if the much-desired end would soon be reached. It was reported that, not only had the shares in the new undertaking been avidly taken up, but that the owners of the land over which the railway would pass had consented to part with their land at a reasonable price, and, furthermore, agreed to take a considerable portion of the purchase money in shares. It was necessarily concluded that the work of construction would commence at once, and not only Barry, but the in- terlying district between Barry and Bridgend— which would be for the first time opened up and made easily accessible—were re- joicing at the near prospect of an additional and permanent prosperity. Now, however, we are informed on the best authority that the land- owners refuse to sell the land except on the most exorbitant terms, and that negotiations have, therefore, been for the present broken off. It is much to to be regretted that an undertaking which would add so materially to the prosperity of the district, should be baulked by the greed of a few small landowners. We hope soon to be in a position to inform our readers that better counsels have prevailed, and that the landowners have agreed to part with their land at a more reasonable price.
BARRY PAINTERS INTIMIDATION…
BARRY PAINTERS INTIMIDA- TION PROSECUTIONS. ADJOURNED MAGISTERIAL HEARING. At the Barry Dock Pnlice-court vester(lay-befoi Mr. O. H. Jones (chairman), and Major-General Lee— the adjourned ease was heard, in which John William Howells, William Smith, Henry Washer, Edward Jeffries, Henry Hyman. Charles Barrett, six of the Barry painters connected with the rending dispute. were charged with intimidatins: Edward Francis, Sidney Morgan, and Sidney Bishop.—Mr. T. H. Belcher prosecuted, and Mr. J. H. Jones defended.— The principal facts of the case have already appeared in the South Wales Star. On the case being called on, evidence for the defence was given by Frederick Walls, a carpenter, living at Burlington-street, Barry Dock Edmund Greenwood, and Frederick Harris.- Mr. J. H. Jones, addressing the bench, said the twelve witnesses which, as a matter of fact, he had practi- cally to call, had evidence similar to that which had already been given. If their Worships decided that there was a case to to the higher court, he would offer no further evidence, but ask that the remainder of the witnesses should be bound over.—The Bench said they saw no reason tn discriminate between any of the defendants, bnt would bind them over to take their trial at the next assizes to be held at Cardiff, as, if the evidence for the prosecution was to be relied upon, a prima facie case had been made out.—The defendants were allowed out on bail on their own recognisances of £ 20, and one surety each of £ 10.
iBARRY DOCK POLICE COURT.…
iBARRY DOCK POLICE COURT. THURSDAY.—Before Mr. O. H. Jones (in the chair) and General Lee. BIRCHILL AOAIX.—Mr. A. Jackson applied on be- half of Francis J. Greener, a jeweller residing at Vere- street. Cadoxton, for a summons against William Birchill. boarding-house keeper, Cadoxton, for assault. -Complainant, who bore marks about the eyes of having been severely assaulted, stated that the defen- dant came into his shop, and struck him while he was sitting on the chair attending to his work.—The Bench thonght Birchill a bad lot. and ordered a warrant to be issued. EXTENSIOXS.—On the application of Mr. J. A. Davies, Barry Hotel, extension of hours was granted as follows :—Monday, till 12 a.m., on the occasion of the Barry Male Voice Party dinner to 3 a.m on Wed- nesday morning, on the occasion of the annual ball of the Barry Tennis Club. Mr. J. J. Williams, Royal Hotel, Cadoxton, was granted an hour's extonsion on the occasion of the first annual dinner of the local sec- tion of the Typographical Society on Friday week. FIRIXG A GUX OX THE HIGHWAY.—Morris Rugman, a iabouver, was charged with commiting this offence near Weston Farm, on the 16th inst. Sergeant Daniel Phillips proved the case.—Dismissed with a. caution. STEALING WHISKY.—Two boys, named William Collins and Thomas Lloyd, were charged with stealing a pint bottle of whisky, value 2s 6d., belonging to Messrs. R. P. Culley and Co., Barry Dock Hotel. -\Vm. Randell, a haulier, living at Grangetown, Cardiff, said he took a load of whiskey in bottles, flasks, ifcc., and when he got to the hotel, found that one was missing. Ho gave information to the polico. -Dock Canstable Ralfe said at six o'clock on Satur- day evening he arrested the defendants at Barry Dock. On the way to the station Collins said he gave the bottle to a sailor. On being charged they acknowledged having stolen it.-Inspector Rees and Mr. Watkins, of the Barry Dock Hotel, also gavo evidence, the latter stating that the manageress did not wish to press the charge.-The Bench ordered Collins to receive twelve strokes with the birch-rod, and Lloyd six. DETAIXTXG SEAMEN'S CLOTHES.—William Bir- chill, boarding-house keeper, was charged with ille- gally detaining a bag of seamen's clothes, value :M, the property of Robert Brown. Mr. B. G. Davies prosecuted. Prosecutor said that on the 7th of Janu- ary he went to stay at Birchill's house, and after re- maining there a day and a night went to a boarding- house kept by a man named Webb. He had borrowed 2s. from Birchill, and including 2s. 6d. for boarding, he owed him 4s. 6d. Birchill sent for him the next day and threatened such violence that witness proceeded to the railway station and got his bag of clothes, and lodged it with Mr. Birchill until he wa3 able to pay the 4s. 6d. On the 13th inst., he paid Birchill I Os., which more than compensated him for what was owned. Birchill, however, refused to give up the bag of clothes, and it still remained in his possession. Annie Webb corroborated. — For the defence Birchill called a fireman named, Parkthorpe, Mary Thorpe, his housekeeper, and Margaret Birchill. his daughter.—There was practically no defenee, and the Bench fined him f.5 and costs, and if the bag is not handed up the value Y.5 to be handed over. A DISORDERLY ROUGH.—Michael Callaghan, a local rough who has done a term or two for burglaring, was brought up on a warrant on a charge of being drunk and disorderly on the 1st of January.—Polico- constables William Phillips and Roberts proved the case.—Defendant was fined 5s. and costs or seven days
A. LOCAL LIBEL ACTION.
A. LOCAL LIBEL ACTION. We have been informed on the best authority that a certain prominent Barry gentleman is about instituting a libel action against a contemporary, published in the interest of a flourishing society, which for pity's sake we will not at present name, but which we may say has a very limited cir- culation.
LLANHARRAN AND YSTRAD HOUNDS…
LLANHARRAN AND YSTRAD HOUNDS WILL MEET Tuesday, Feb. 2nd Thome Hill Thursday, Feb. 5th Llanharran Village At 10.30 a.m.
NEW CORX STORES.-We are glad to note that a new venture, in the shape of a hay and corn stores, will be opened at Cadoxton on Monday next by Messrs. John E. Levers and Son, from Swansea. These stores will be called the Cadoxton Hotel Stores. PROPOSED QUOIT CLUB.—We understand that a meeting will shortly be held at Crdoxton for the pur- pose of forming a quoit club. The meeting we are informed is to be called by Mr. R. G. Moriis. FIRE.—A fire broke out in a house in the West-end, Cowbridge, about to be occupied by Mr. Charles Davies, about five o'clock last Friday evening. Mrs. Davies had shut up the house, leaving a bed in front of one of the fires airing, which somehow became ignited and set the room in a blaze. Mr. James, builder, who fortunately happened to be coming over Llanblethian-hill, saw smoke issuing from the roof of the house, and, hurrying to the spot, raised an alarm. Willing hands were soon at work with buckets and water, and the fire was eventually got under.
COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS.
COUNTY COUNCIL ELECTIONS. MR. CLIFFORD CORY AT YSTRAD. A public meeting of the electors of the Ton section of Ward Xo. 2. Rhondda Valley, was held at the Ton Schoolroom on Tuesday evening to hear the views of Mr. Clifford Cory, who seeks election of the ward on the Glamorgan County Council. The candidate, who was accompanied by Mr. Lewis Williams (Cardiff) and Mr. W. D. Wight, the manager of the Gelli Colliery, was warmly welcomed on his appearance in the room, which, from the outset of the proceedings, was crowded in every corner. Mr. Wm. Royal, collier, was voted to the chair, and, in opening the proceedings, emphatically denied that the Mr. Cory whose candidature they supported was the other Mr. Cory—(laughter)— who was a member of a Conservative club. (Hear hear.) Mr. Clifford Cory was a real Liberal in politics and a thorough Liberal in practice. (Applause.) Mr. George Durnell proposed :— That in the opinion of this meeting the County Council has been of very great benefit to the county generally, and an extension of its powers to enable it to deal with all local questions whatsoever is an ab- solute and crying necessity (Cheers.) The speaker recognised in Mr. Cory a man whom they all could support conscientiously, a man who had their entire confidence, and a man who would be prepared to do his duty and do it honourably. (Applause.) Mr. Lemuel Charles seconded the motion in Welsh, and considered that on that occasion they had been most wise in their selection of a candi- date.—The resolution was further supported in English by Mr. James Pearce, and in Welsh by Mr. Steven Jones. Mr. Clifford Cory. who was cordially received, said that the Local Government Act was, possibly. as much as they could have reasonably expected from a Conservative Government but had the Liberals been in office, there was no doubt but that the measure would have been a far more complete one, and much greater powers conferred upon County Councils. They had had considerable ex- perience in the past of the enormous amount of ex- penditure in time and money which was involved in being obliged to go to London for powers to construct and carry on local enterprises. All matters of this kind could well be left for local authorities, who were thoroughly conversant with the requirements of the district. (Hear. hear.) He saw that Mr. W. J. Parry, an ex-president of the North Wales Quarrymen's Union, in giving evidence before the Royal Commission the other day, advocated handing over to County Councils the control of all Crown lands, and he (the speaker) thoroughly agreed with him. They must not rest satisfied until they got powers for local councils to deal with all local affairs. (Cheers.) Proceed- ing, Mr. Cory expressed the satisfaction he felt at being there that night as the accepted candidate for that ward—accepted, he was given to under- stand, by a very considerable majority. (Cheers.) At the last County Council election, three years ago, he had thought of coming forward, but he had then refused to thrust himself on the constituency because he had been given to understad that they had chosen a candidate whom they wished to elect; but when, on the present occasion, a deputation waited upon him to solicit his candida- ture. he at once placed his services at their dis- posal. (Hear, hear.) He would have a gratifica- tion in representing that ward which he could not have in any other division in the county. He felt that he was more closely allied with them there than with any other body of people in the district, and that their interests were identical. They were linked in many ways together, and ought to tull together as far as possible. (Cheers.) He ihould have great pleasure indeed, if he felt that they reciprocated the regard he fel J for all in that district. They knew how largely the firm he was associated with were interested in that locality. In that ward alone they had paid rates on between fifteen and twenty thousand pounds annually, so that he thought thoy might feel sure that if he was elected to represent them, and if they were interested in keeping the rates down, that he should not be lacking in his endeavour to do that, for his own sake as well as theirs. (Cheers.) If it was the desire of the electors that he should stand, then let who may come to the field against him, he was quite ready to fight him—(cheers) — as, if he put his hand to the plough, he was not one to go back. (Applause.) Let them then be steadfast and stand shoulder to shoulder to- gether, and they would conquer, no matter who came in their way. (Cheers.) The resolution was then put and carried with enthusiasm. Mr. Edwards, schoolmaster, Heolfach, proposed- That having heard Mr. Cory's very able and eloquent address, this meeting is of opinion that he is a proper and fitting candidate for a seat upon the County Council, and we each and all hereby pledge ourselves to use every legitimate means to secure not only his safe but his triumphant return. (Cheers.) Mr. Thomas Llewellyn, Gelli, seconded, and in the course of his remarks asked Mr. Cory whether he had been a member of a Conservative Club.- Mr. Cory answered that he had never been a mem- ber of any such club, and. unless he changed his skin, he was not likely to be one either. Replying to other questions, Mr. Cory declared himself in favour of Disestablishment, Home Rule for Ireland, payment of members, payment of county councillors' expenses, and supported Mr. Alfred Thomas's Bill. Asked whether he was in favour of Mr. Abel Thomas's Bill, making knowledge of Welsh a qualifi- cation for Government appointments in Wales, Mr. Clifford Cory said that he was cer- tainly in favour of a modification of a Bill of that sort, for he believed that while Cardiff and other towns similarly situated, where English was entirely spoken, should be exempted from its pro- visions, a knowledge of Welsh in Government officials in rural districts was most desirable. (Cheers.) Mr. Lewis Williams, chairman of the Cardiff School Board, who was given a cordial reception, said that he had come there to inform them that Mr. Cory was a thorough Liberal-(cheers)-and came from a good Radical stock. (Cheers.) He (the speaker) bad seen the effigies of Mr. Cory's father and grandfather burnt in the streets of Cardiff because of their Liberalism. They had no man in Cardiff who had stood by the masses with greater sympathy and with greater generosity than Mr. John Cory, the father of their candidate— (cheers)-while Mr. Clifford Cory himself had been a consistent Liberal, faithful to his party even under the trying circumstances of 1886. (Cheers.) Proceeding, Mr. Williams gave several instances of the generosity of the Cory family in various directions, and said it was a matter of importance to them as a party that they should endeavour to keep the sons of their wealthy families with them. (Hear, hear.) He believed heartily in direct representation of the working classes, but he be- lieved also that it was important for all classes to be represented, and especially that when young men at the head of large commercial affairs were in sympathy with the people they should keep their hold upon them. (Applause.) The part of the business Mr. Cory was associated with was that having reference to the management of mines, so that he was in direct contact and touch with them in that ward, and. therefore, of all the members of the family he was the best suited to represent a district like that. The Chairman then put the resolution to the meeting, and a very large number of hands were raised. Someone in the audience asked whether per- mission would be given to move an amendment. The Chairman said that all who opposed were [ at liberty to vote against the resolution. If there f were any who opposed them let them raise their hands. A large number of hands were then raised, and several in the audience cried, Now, Ocean, up with them." At this juncture Mr. William Russ, a miner, came forward and said he had no antagonistic feeling towards Mr. Cory, nor had he any dis- paraging remarks to make. All he had to say was this—that inja district like that they had men to represent them who were equal to any that could be found in the whole world. (Loud cheers.) If he (the speaker) had had £ 50,000 in the bank he reckoned that he could be as generous as Mr. Cory had been described to be. He did not believe Mr. Clifford Cory was comfortable when listening to the flattering remarks made by Mr. Lewis Williams, and he the speaker was sure of this, that statements of that kind as to liberality and generosity should not be allowed to influence one single vote in that room", The speaker referred in terms of praise to the manner in which that district had been represented on the Council by Alderman Jenkins and Councillors Morris and David Thomas, all of whom knew a great deal more about their wants than any man in Cardiff or elsewhere. Councillor D. Thomas was one of themselves, a working man. and represented them faithfully for three years without asking for a single copper at their hands, and they should return such men as these again to represent them. (Loud cheers.) He moved That this meeting has confidence in Alderman Jenkins, Councillor Morris and Councillor Thomas. (Cheers.) Mr. David Thomas, tailor, seconded the motion in Welsh, and pointed out. with reference to Mr. Lewis Williams's remark that he desired to see all classes represented, that Councillor David Thomas was the only working man representative in that district, and yet Mr. Williams and Mr. Cory came there to try and oust him. (Cheers.) The amendment and the original motion were then put to the meeting, and a large number of hands were raised for each.—The Chairman de- clared the original motion carried. On the motion of Mr. Rees, seconded by Mr. Russ (the mover of the amendment), i vote of thanks was passed to Mr. Lewis Williams for his address, and to the chairman.—Mr. Clifford Cory thanked those who had voted in his favour, and thanked also those of his opponents who were present for the very courteous and attentive hear- ing they had extended to him. The proceedings terminated with the singing of Hen Wlad fy Nhadau."
MR. WILLIAM SPICKETT AT RHYDFELEN.
MR. WILLIAM SPICKETT AT RHYDFELEN. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. POWERFUL SPEECHES BY PROMINENT PONTYPRIDDIANS. A meeting of the electors of Rhydfelen was held on Wednesday evening last at Ebenezer Chapel, Rhydfelen, for the purpose of furthering the candi- dature of Mr. William Spiclcett for the coming County Council. The chair was occupied by the Rev. D. G. Evans. The meeting was well attended and was most enthusiastic throughout, the speeches 'lu delivered being most vigorous and powerful. The Chairman, in the course of his opening address, having pointed out the object of the meeting, said they all respected Mr. William Spickett and they intended to win the battle. Mr. Spickett had been appointed as the proper man to fight this battle, and he was sure they were all ready to be faithful to that gentleman. The County Council had become a great political power ir. the country. Some people tried to say that it was not, but its actions in the past proved the contrary. Not only the Council was a great power, but it would be a still greater power soon, and would be able to settle some of the most important questions of the day. With reference to Mr. Spickett, he could say that he was a thorough man. (Cheers.) He was a Nonconformist to the backbone — (hear, hear) — and although he was an influential and prominent townsman. He had not as he throve in the world turned his back on Nonconformist friends as some men they knew had done. He was also a thorough Liberal, and therefore would be just the sort of man to faithfully represent Nonconformists and Liberals, (Loud applause.^ He (the speaker) hoped they would all do their best to return him to the Coun- cil, and he was glad to say that Rhydfelen would be true to its colours, and, in his opinion, would do all in its power to further the Liberal cause. (Loud cheers.) Mr. John Jones, a working man, who spoke in Welsh, referred to the close acquaintance he had had with Mr. Spickett since the Local Board elec- tion. and added that he had every confidence in that gentleman who would make a thorough working-men's representative. With regard to the independent" candidate they had heard so much of, he would say that if once elected he would show that he was independent of all things apper- taining to the welfare of the v.'orking classes. (Laughter and applause.) Mr. Jones then referred to the hard work Mr. Spickett had put in at the last Local Board election, when he spent two whole nights to hunt up the register in order to find if there were any working men who were qualified to sit on the Local Board. Only two such were found, and they did not see their way clear to stand. (Cheers.) Therefore in their ov/n interests it was their duty to return Mr. Spickett with a handsome majority. (Loud applause.) Councillor Roberts, who was well received, said that during his occupancy of the seat he had always recorded his vote on the side of Liberalism, and courted investigation to prove his assertion. Alluding to the assessment of property in the county, he said that when the County Council first looked over the books they found that the properties had been most un- fairly assessed, for while the poor working men's cottages had been assessed to their full value, lands, mansions, and public-houses were wretchedly low rated. (-i Shame.) This was the most glaring scandal and proof of misrule it had ever been his duty to notice. For instance, a castle in the Vale of Glamorgan with 15 acres of land attached was rated at £ 50. ("Shame.") The land was rated at 15s. an acre, whilst the fields of a tenant of the owner of this castle were rated at £ 3. (Hisses.) Some of the most prosperous public- houses in the county were apsei-sed at £10. Speak- ing on behalf of Mr. Spickett, he said that that gentleman, if elected, would not represent his own interest but that of his constituents. And there was plenty of work still to be done on this Assess- ment Committee, which Mr. Spickett would take great pleasure in performing. (Cheers.) He (Mr. Roberts) had known him to be a Liberal and his family were Liberals, and had done yeoman service to further the Liberal cause. (Loud applause.) They might depend upon him to be a man true to his religious, political, moral, and social principles. (Hear, hear.) It was said that this battle was not to be fought on political grounds, but they would find that in the divisions which took place on the council all the Conservatives were on one side, and all the Liberals on the other. In Breconshire tho no politics" cry had blinded the people, and Independents were returned, with the result that the Independents who, in plain language, he would call Tories, were having all their own way, but he was sure that the three years' ex- perienoe the electors had had was sufficient to open their eyes to the responsibility devolv- ing upon them. (Cheers.) He was in favour of the payment of members in order that working men might be enabled to become coun- cillors for it was only fair that a man who lent his brain for the good of his country men should be paid a fair day's wage. (Loud applause.) Again referring to the assessment of the county the speaker said that three years ago Glamorganshire was rated at £ 1.800.000, but through the energy )f Liberal councillors they had increased the rate- tble value by half a million of money, and it was low assessed at £ 2,300,000. (Cheers.) In con- ilusion he fervently hoped that the meeting and ;he ward electors would do all in their power to )lect Mr. Spickett. (Applause.) Rev. D. Evans, in the course of a few remarks, lelivered in Welsh proposed a hearty vote of shanks to Councillor Roberts for his services in ihe past. This was seconded by Mr. J. Hiscocks, supported by Mr. John W. John. and carried un- inimously. Councillor Roberts suitably returned thank?. W Mr. W. Spickett, who on rising received a most flattering reception, said he did not come forward as an 16 independent" condidate, but as a true Liberal. (Hear, hear.) He was, perhaps, more in- dependent after all than his opponent. (Laughter.) He had always been known as a Liberal and supported the platform laid down by the Liberal Federatton, the first plank of which was Home Rule for Ireland," He agreed with Mr. Gladstone's views on the matter. (Loud applause.) With reference to the Disestablish question he might say that the support they would receive from their Irish friends in return for the support they gave them would help the Welsh people to obtain what they desired. (Hear, hear.) When that came about justice would be meted out to the Welsh people for which they had cried in vain for a long time. (Cheers.) As a Noncon- formist he felt deeply on this matter, and would do all in his power to further the cause, for it was a lasting shame that poor farmers were compelled to pay tithes to clergymen whom they did not recognise as their spiritual advises, and a hard ■ ship to Nonconformist ministers who were ex- cluded from positions which were at present avail- only to clergymen. Referring to the division of rates between owners and ratepayers, Mr. Spickett said that inasmuch as the rates of houses occupied by the working classes were so high, their rent. were likewise higher than they ought to be (Hear, hear.) He was in favour of taxing royalties and ground rents, which at present were not rated, for he considered that if the occupiers of houses were rated it was only right that the ground rent which the owner reoeived should also be taxed. (Loud applause.) He was of opinion that a great deal of the work now done by Parliament would soon devolve upon the County Councils who.would afterwards have more power in their hands. In referring to the election which took place in April last, Mr. Spickett said that although he was defeated then he had received "A the support of a greater number of voters than his opponent, and he knew of a case where a father and a son, who had 12 votes each, had given the same to his opponent, and that numbered 24 out of the 37 majority. But, at the same time. he might tell them that he was prouder of the magnificent address he had received from the electors than the successful candidate was of his seat. (Loud cheering.) This election, how- ever, would be by ballot, and would be fought on the one-man-one-vote principle, so that he felt confident that he was going to win. (Loud and continued applause.) He would support the one- man-one-vote principle-(hear, hear)-and would favour the establishment of district councils. (Cheers.) He was also a supporter of free educa- tion, and trusted that it would be made more ex- tensive by keeping a sharp look-out on the rating of land and property. (Applause.) Proceeding. he said he was in favour of giving the councils of Wales Statutory powers on matters relating to Wales, in order that the expenses now incurred by the promoting of Parliamentary Bills for local affairs might be greatly lessened. (Cheers.) He i would also advocate the movements in favour of Welsh-speaking in law courts, and would support Local Option, for he was of the opinion that the inhabitants of a district should have the chief voice in deciding what number of public-houses they required. (Loud applause.) He might, perhaps, not go so far as his friend the Rev. W. I. Morris, but he would, at any rate, say that it was a shame that the granting of licences should be allowed to a magisterial bench, without any regard to the wishes of the people. (Hear, hear.) The old cry that he was young had again been raised, but, in reply to that, he would only say that being young would give him more oppor- tunity to learn than his opponent. (Laughter and applause.) When he had been elected, as he was sure he would be with their support, he would do his utmost to serve them to the best of his ability. (Loud and continued cheers.) Mr. James Hiscocks followed with a Welsh speech, after which the Rev. W. I. Morris referred id complimentary terms to Mr. W. Spickett, and expressed his entire sympathy with his candida- ture. They had heard a great deal about the In- dependent candidate. (Laughter.) He would like to know what his independency meant. A working man asked the question at the meeting convened to select this Independent candidate, what the term meant, and the chairman was unable to say. (Laughter.) Did it mean the representa- tive of independent electors, who were neither Tories nor Liberals, Churchmen nor Nonconfor- mist., If it did he was afraid there were but few of (Cheers.) Would the candidate be inde- pendent of the Established Church He hardly thought so. (Laughter.) Would he be independ- ent of the liquor trame ? Certainly not. (More laughter.) Would he be independent of the Tories (Cries of "No.") It would not be a hard task for Mr. Spickett to defeat such a candi- date. (Loud cheers.) Supposing Mr. Leyshon should be elected, but he feared it would always be a supposition—(laughter)—and a resolution came before the Council calling upon the Government to oppose the Disestablishment of the Church. Would he vote for that ? (Cries of No.") Would he not act a party man if he did not.' (Laughter.) If called upon to vote on the Local Option question, would he favour that ? (" -No, no, no.") Of course not an independent candidate would be an ab- surdity. (Cheers.) The whole affair was only a Tory move to secure certain votes. In conclusion, Mr. Morris urged upon the olectors to support Mr. Spiekett, who, in his opinion, was a thorough working man's candidate. (Loud applause.) Rev. Josiah Roberts then moved the following resolution That this meeting pledges itself to support Mr. Wil- liam Spickett, the Liberal candidate for tie Graig and Treforest ward of the County Council, and that we use our utmost endeavours to return him with a tri- umphant majority. Father Smyth seconded, and, in the course of a witty speech, said that their opponents were ashamed of calling themselves Tories, for patriotic Welshmen like patriotic Irishmen looked upon Toryism as another word for cruelty, and oppres- sion, therefore their opponents hid themselves under a cloak called" Independent." (Laughter and applause.) This contest would result in an easy victory for his friend (Mr. Spickett), if they had no traitors and renegades in the camp. (Cheers.) Mr. W. Davies, Rhydfelen House, having sup- ported the proposition was put to the meeting, and carried unanimously, and with acclamation. Mr. W. Spickett suitably returned thanks. A vote of thanks to the Chairman brought the meeting to an end.
ANNUAL DINNER OF THE BARRY…
ANNUAL DINNER OF THE BARRY CIUCKET CLUB. PRESENTATION TO MR. J. ROBINSON. At the Barry Hotel, Barry, on Wednesday night, the annual dinner of the Barry Dock Cricket Club was held. About 40 members and friends sat down to an excellent repast served by host and hostess Davies. Among3t those present were Mr. John Robinson, pre- sident of the club, took the chair, Captain R. Davies (dockmaster), Dr. Powell, Dr. Livingstone. Mr. R. 0. Jenkins (solicitor), and Messrs. J. J. Hosg>>od, E. J. Roberts, Thomas Lewis (captain), H. Jones (secre- tary). A. W. Cuttrisa, G. H. M. Mitchell (Car- diff), T. Wiison, T. Ward, D. Fisher, W. Nicholls, Allen, D. Jones, J. Beckv.orth, H. Jenkins, H. C. Lewis, A. G. Collins, W. Taylor, C. Read, T. Evans, E. Ryan, W. J. Thomas, D. Williams, J. Clode, A. Rees, J. Lewis, F. Bray, R. Griffiths, G. Rains, E. Summers, A. Bayliss. H. Morgan (South Wale* Star), J. n. Llewellyn (B(i .i-i-y Do' lj yews), Ac., &c. At the conclusion of the dinner, and after the loyal toasts had been honoured in silence (the chair- man, it mAV be mentioned, feelingly alluding to the lamented death of the Duke of Clarence). Captain Davies proposed, in eulogistic terms, the toast, Barry Dock Cricket Club." (Cheers.) He said he had not had the pleasure of seeing the club play often, but he was sure that, although it was comparatively only in its infancy, there was every prospect of its growing to be a very successful one. (Cheers.)— Mr. Thomas Lewis, in responding, said that during the past season the club, out of 15 matches, won 7, lost 4, and 4 were drawn. (Applause.) He had now a duty to perform which gave him very much pleasure. When they came to speak of their president—(cheers) —he was sure that, as a club, they would say that it was impossible for them to get a better gentleman to be at their head. (Applause). The club felt greatly indebted to him for his kindness in the past. He had much pleasure in presenting Mr. Robinson with the photographs of the club, in frame, as a small mark of appreciation of his valuable services to the club. (Loud applause.) — Mr. Lewis then presented the chairman with a handsomely-framed photograph of the members of the first eleven, and which bore the following inscription — li Presented to Mr. John Robinson, M.Inst., C.E., by the members of the First Eleven Barry Dock Cricket Club, 1892. The Chairman, who received an enthusiastic recep- tion, said he begged to thank them for that mark of favour on their part. He was sure he would be very pleased to hang their kind gift in his room, and every time he looked at it, it would afford him pleasure. He would keep it as a memento of some of the happy times they had spent together in Barry. (Applause.) —Mr. A. W. Cuttriss proposed the toast of The Press," and took the opportunity of thanking the local press for the manner in which they had impar- tially reported the matches of the club. (Applause.)— Messrs. J. R. Llewellyn (Barry Dock News) and Herbert Morgan (South Wales Star) briefly returned thanks.- Captain R. Davies gave the "Trade and Commerce of the District." (Applause.) Mr. E. J. Roberts responding.—The Chairman announced that the best batting average had been secured by the captains of the first and second eleven respectively. (Applause.) Bats would be presented them in due course.—Mr. R. O. Jenkins in appropriate terms proposed the health of the chairman, the company honouring tho toast by lustily singing, For he's a jolly good fellow.After the Chairman bad felicitiously responded the proceed- ing concluded with the singing of the National Anthem.—Several songs were also excellently rendered
LLANTWIT-MAJOR. NAUTICAL SUCCESS.—We are pleased to record the success of Mr. W. M. John, of this town, who successfully passed his examination for second mate, which was held at Cardiff last week. Mr. John was coached by Mr. Mills, Roath, Cardin. He is but 20 years of age, and sat for his certificate at the first opportunity offered after serving the required term of service, and together with another gentleman here the only two successful out of twelve candidates. Mr. John sailed from Barry on Wednesday last as mate of the Olive Branch, on which boat he once served before the mast. RENT AUDIT.—Mr. Marty's rent audit was held on Monday last at that gentleman's residence. Messrs. Roberts and Kempthorne represented Mr. Forest, the agent. PORTHCAWL- MUSICAL EXTERTAIXMEXT. A miscellaneous ontertainment was held in Hopkins' Assembly-room on Wednesday evening, January 27th, in connection with the Wesleyan Sunday School. Mr. W. H. Clat- worthy, thp genial postmaster of Porthcawl and superintentendent of the Wesleyan Sunday School presided. The programme was a very varied and inte- resting one, and the items on the whole well rendered. The harp solos by Mr Pugh were decidedly the best thing of the entertainment. His touch is light, yet decided, and his taste very good. The selections by the bind were also good, though rather out of time in the first movement of the first selection. Among the soloists were Misses E. Sampson, L. Harris, and Messrs. Burnell and Hutchinson. There was a large attend- ance, and a good sum must have been realised.
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