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EAST GLAMORGAN. MR. ALFRED THOMAS AT CILFYNYDD. A HEARTY RECEPTION. Mr. Alfred Thomas addressed a mass meeting of his electors at Cilfynydd on Saturday afternoon last. The Liberal candidate, with some friends from Pontypridd, drove to Cilfynydd, and they were met on the road by a large number of the Cil- fynydd electors, who formed themselves into an escort and marched with Mr. Thomas through the village, lustily singing election songs to the tunes of "Hen wlad fy Nhadau" and "Men of Harlech." A halt was made and the gathering was addressed from the brake. Mr. Edward Caine presided, and it is estimated that there were fully 400 voters present, in addition to a large number of youths. The Chairman said Mr. Alfred Thomas had done some good work for the labouring classes, to which he (the speaker) was proud to belong. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Thomas had done a lot of good since he had been elected, but he had not done as much as he had intended, but that was not his fault. (Cheers.) Mr. John Kemp first proposed a resolution of confidence in the Liberal party. He said that in Wales that this election would be one of the most important in the records of history. (Hear, hear.) The question which they as Welshmen had been fighting for years to obtain was to the fore, and by to-day the venerable leader of the Liberal party, the Right Hon. William Ewart Gladstone—(loud cheers)—had placed Wales's demand second on his programme. (Applause.) It was the duty of every Liberal to record his vote. (Applause.) Mr. W. Gronow seconded, and said they were in duty bound to support Mr. Alfred Thomas and the Liberal party, for that gentleman had supported the cause of the working men for the past six years. His opponent ought to be ashamed to come forward to seek the suffrages of the working community of East Glamorgan, for not very long ago the party whose cause he championed said they would make the working men graze on the mountain tops—(" Shame ")—and these were the people who now sought their confidence to make their laws but they were not going to have them. (Applause.) The Rev. Michael Williams, who supported, said he was certain they were going to send Mr. Thomas back to Parliament. (Applause.) Re- ferring to Mr. Thomas, the speaker said that he had shown his sympathy with the working classes in a practical way, and had not, after entering Parliament, forgotten those who sent him there. (Applause.) Mr. Lloyd Meyrick, of Cardiff, next spoke. He could not forbear speaking of the work which Mr. Afred Thomas had done for the Welsh people, and there was one question the prominence of which ithey owed entirely to him — (hear, hear)—and he had, therefore, a claim to the gratitude of Wales which no other man could say he had. (Applause.) Their candidate had seen clearly, and with great foresight, that there was a question which must soon be thrashed out, and that was Home Rule for Wales. (Loud and prolonged cheering.) He asked them to return with a large majority not the least devoted of Mr. Gladstone's followers to Parliament in the person of Mr. Alfred Thomas. (Loud applause.) Mr. W. Jones, Gellideg, also supported the re- solution. Dealing with the payment of members he said the Tory party were doing their utmost to keep the working men representatives out of Parliament, but he thought that if the con- stituencies were willing to tax themselves to keep their representatives in the House, they should be allowed to do so. (Applause.) The Conservatives claimed that they had given the country free schools, but this was not the first time that they had stolen Liberal measures. For years past the Liberals had advocated free schools, but the Tory party knew that when the Liberals would grant free schools they would have passed a better Bill than they (the Tories) were pleased to give, and that they would hand the schools over to the popular control. They might depend upon it the Tory party never passed that bill for their ad- vantage, but in the interest of the Church party. In conclusion Mr. Jones said he felt confident that at least 95 per cent. of the electors of Cilfynydd would vote for Mr. Alfred Thomas, (Loud ap- plause and cries of Yes, we will.") Mr. Alfred Thomas, who was received with a ringing cheer, spoke in Welsh and in English in support of the resolution. He was not fighting his opponent in this battle, but fighting for the principle of Liberalism. (Cheers.) They had something worth fighting for. The liberty which they now enjoyed was obtained through fighting. The great question they were fighting for was whether they would be ruled by the voice of the classes or by the masses. (Cries of "By the masses.") The two great questions of the day were those of Home Rule and Disestablishment, and he was glad that the Irish people had received a disestablish- ment of their Church 20 years ago. The Welsh people had deserved it at the same time. He did not want to say anything against the clergy of the Church of England, but he was of opinion that the ministers of all denominations should be placed on the same level. (Hear, hear.) If one minister did more work than another let him be honoured for it; but in any case the matter would now very soon be settled, and he very much regretted that Mr. Dillwyn did not live long enough to see this great thing, for which he had worked so, hard carried into effect. If they honoured that gentle- man's memory they would do all in their power to further the Disestablishment question. He (Mr. Thomas) prophesied six years ago that if the Dis- establishment question was not settled in five years all the Welsh members of Parliament should be kicked out of the House. (Laughter.) But diffi- culties had cropped up, and it did not come to pass. Therefore, he would not prophesy again for fear they would kick him out. (Renewed (Laughter.) He would have wished to see Dises- tablishment as the first plank in the Liberal pro- gramme, but their great leader had willed it otherwise, and it was their duty now to follow" him—(hear, hear)—but if they thought that Dis- establishment did not come forward in the same Parliament as Home Rule for Ireland, they would not vote for either. (Hear, hear.) There were many other questions which could be dealt with, and prominent amongst these was that of Free Education. The Tories claimed that it was their Bill, but he could say that the Tories for genera- tions had fought against this principle and had it not been for the help of the Liberals they would never have carried it; but yet he could not see why public money should be given to voluntary schools. The same principle applied to the Board of Guardians. As the law stood at present, every magistrate was an ex-offick> member of a Board of Guardians, and had a right to vote there, but, although he (Mr. Thomas) was a magistrate, he never attended the meeting of a Board of Guardians, because he felt it was not morally right that he should vote there unless he had been elected by the people. (Ap- plause.) In conclusion, Mr. Thomas asked the audience which they would prefer—the voice of the people or the voice of the classes ? If they wished the former, they would return him, and he would at all times be ready to do all in his power for the furthering of the interests of the working classes. (Loud applause.)—The resolution was then put to the meeting and carried with acclammation. Mr. Thomas Kemp proposed a vote of con- fidence in Mr. Thomas and said that. as Mr. Thomas had done so much for the people in the past, they would do all they could for him in the election, and place him at the head of the poll with a very large majority. (Applause.) Councillor Spickett seconded the motion, and said that as a representative of the working men on the County Council he had great pleasure in doing so. (Applause.) He did not support Mr. Thomas although he was a very great friend of his, but supported the Liberal party, who were represented by Mr. Alfred Thomas. (Cheers.) Councillor H. S. Davies and Mr. John W. John also spoke in the same strain, and the motion was carried amid loud and prolonged cheering. The candidate and his friends were warmly cheered as they departed from Cilfynydd on their way to Llantwit Vardre. MR. ALFRED THOMAS AT YNYSYBWL. The reception given to Mr. Alfred Thomas on Friday night last was one not readily to be for- gotten by those who attended it. Mr. Alfred Thomas, who was accompanied by Messrs. Lewis Williams and Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff Councillors H. S. Davies and W. Spickett, Pentypndd Coun- cillor Thomas, Cardiff, Acc., was met near Glaunant by the Ynysybwl Brass Band and a strong con- tingency of the local Liberals. A procession was formed, and Mr. Thomas was escorted through the street?, and he received a warm reception. The meeting was to have been held at the Board Schools, but, owing to the large numbers outside, it was thought advisable to hold it in the open air on the hillside over-looking the valley. Mr. John Williams, checkweigher, presided, and Mr. David Evans, schoolmaster, commenced the proceedings by singing an election song, the audience joining in the refrain. Amongst those present were :— The Revs. W. B. Jones, Noddfa: R. O. Evans, Tabernacle; and Thomas Evans (Presbyterian); Alderman Gwilym Jones. Councillors H. S. Davies, W. Spickett, — Thomas, Cardiff; Messrs. W. D. Davies, solicitor Lloyd Meyrick, solicitor, Cardiff Lewis Williams, and others. The Chairman having made a few remarks upon the past fidelity of Mr. Alfred Thomas, he called upon that gentleman to address them. Speaking upon Disestablishment, Mr. Thomas said that since that had taken place in Ireland, the members of the Protestant Church had got on better, and had been more peaceful with their Roman Catholic neighbours. (Hear, hear.) He ventured to predict a similar result in Wales. (Cheers.) At the coming Parliament the great question of Ireland would be once and for all settled. The settlement of this matter would inevitably lead to the Disestablishment in Wales and then the burdens of taxation would be con- siderably lightened, when tithes came to be devoted to National uses. (Cheers.) Mr. Lewis Williams, Cardiff, followed in a humourous speech, in which he described Mr. Alfred Thomas as one of the best representatives ever sent from Wales to St. Stephens. (Hear, hear.) Councillors W. Spickett, H. S. Davies. Edward Thomas, Cardiff, and Mr. W. R. Davies, Solicitor, Pontypridd, having spoken, Alderman Gwilym, Jones, Ynysybwl, moved a vote of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas. This was seconded by the Rev. W. B. Jones, Noddfa, in Welsh. Messrs. Lloyd Meyrick, Cardiff, and J. W. John, Pentypridd having addressed the gathering, the motion was carried with acclamation. This terminated the the proceedings, and the assembly having again formed themselves into a procession, headed by the brass band, escorted the candidate and his party through the chief thoroughfares on their way to Pontypridd.


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