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I EAST GLAMORGAN. —.— LIBERAL MEETING AT LL ANT WIT .V ARDRE. A public meeting in support of the candidature of Mr. Alfred Thomas was held in the Board Schools, Llantwit Vardre, on Monday evening last under the presidency of Mr. William Williams, Tydraw, who opened the proceedings with a brief speech, in which he dwelt on the difficulties he and others had undergone in days gone by when open voting was in vogue. He pointed with pride to the solid phalanx of Liberal members sent from South Wales in the past, and elicited cheers by referring to the names of prominent North Walian members such as Lloyd George and Tom Ellis. He said that he had not the slightest doubt that Wales would be equally strongly re- presented at the next Parliament, but it behoved them in East Glamorgan to do their utmost to keep up the majority and increase it as much as possible. (Cheers.) Rev. E. Rees proposed a vote of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas, the Liberal caudidate, and asked the meeting to pledge itself to return him with a large majority.—Mr. T. Roblin seconded. Councillor Morgan Morgan in supporting it, said it afforded him much pleasure to support the resolution because he was a Llantwit boy—(cheers) —and because he cousidered Mr. Alfred Thomas was one admirable representative who had made for himself an honoured name amongst Welsh Parliamentary representatives by the advanced stand he had taken upon Welsh questions, and especially by his efforts to formulate in the National Institutions Bill a measure of Home Rule for Wales which had met with the approval of every member of the Welsh party. (Loud applause.) He pointed out that the difference between the candidates before the constituency was this that in the one they had a gentleman who had served faithfully and well, and with great ability ever since he had been returned, while the other was a young gentleman who simply appeared before them as the son of his father. (Laughter.) He was sure that the electors of Llantwit were not prepared to vote for that young man untried as he was. (Hear, hear.) Clever Mr. Lewis might be. His father was particularly cever. Sir William Thomas Lewis was a very clever man, in- deed, and they in Cardiff recognised his cleverness, for acting as the agent of the Marquis of Bute, he had given to the town of Cardiff, amongst other things, a gift of a park. which would cost the Cor- poration £ 100.000 to put in order—a considerable sum more than the value of the land itself. —(laughter and applause)—and what was that done for ? It was done in order to improve the landlord's property. The park was laid out at the cost of the ratepayers of Cardiff, and would involve them in an expem-e of about £ 100.000 for the pur- pose of putting into the landlord's pockets enor- mous sums of money in the shape of ground rents for the adjacent property. He then dwelt upon the necessity of taxing royalties and ground rents, and proceeded to deal with the Irish question, Home Rule, he said, being the only solution of the Irish difficulty. (Applause.) Mr. J. H. Jones, solicitor, Cardiff, followed, and in the course of an eloquent address siid that he was there as a young man to make a special appeal to the young men of Llantwit Vardre, because there was a new spirit—a young spirit—rising, a young national party was being formed and coming to the front, consisting of young men of Wales who were dissatisfied with the quiet way in which affairs were going on, and they had banded themselves together into a driver of the political mule— (great laughter)—and they were prodding him up, and were determined that he would go in the future very much faster than he had in the past. (Laughter.) In East Glamorgan he did not regard the fight as serious in fact, the Tories themselves did not regard it as a serious one. It was only that Sir William Thomas Lewis was going to give his boy a little political education, for Sir William was most anxious to get a seat himself, for he fought the Merthyr Boroughs vigorously, and was vigorously defeated. (Laughter.) If Sir William had thought there was the slightest chance of winning this seat in East Glamorgan, he would have sent his son out of the way long ago and gone in for it himself. There was no man who, by his ex- perience and great ability, had fought so strenu- ously against the working man of this district as Sir William Thomas Lewis, and were they going to return to Parliament, instead of Mr. Alfred Thomas, the son of this same Sir William Thomas Lewis? (Cries of No.") Whatever were they going to do with Mr. Bertie Lewis ? (A Voice Send him back to school.") He hoped they would give him such a thrashing, politically, that he would not trouble the con- stituency in the future. The country did not expect a simple win, but they were looking at the majorities. Merthyr had led the way with 9.644. (Cheers). Swansea had followed with 5,000. (Cheers). The Rhondda were Liberals to the core. (Great cheering). And were they in East Glamorgan going to be behind ? (Cries of No.") Then he urged upon them to poll every man of them, and return Mr. Alfred Thomas with the great majority he deserved. (Loud applause.) Rev. W. Lewis supported in an amusing Welsh speech, and concluded by saying that the Ponty- pridd ministers had been blamed for not meeting the Irish ministers who came to Pontypridd the other day. But he asked if it was brotherly on the part of Presbyterians, if they wished to meet the Pontypridd ministers, to send an invitation through the Tory agent. (Cries oi" No.") He did not care whether individuals made speeches such as thatdelivered atGlyntaff, so long as people backed up the action of the Pontypridd ministers. (Cheers.) The Irish Presbyterians threatened civil war, but he was certain that no single man of them would be there. (Laughter.) It had been said that if they got Home Rule it would be by trampling upon the bodies of Irish- men. He was certain that the bodies of these rev. gentlemen would not be trampled upon because they would not be there. (Applause and laughter.) But this battle was not fought on the Home Rule question only, for Mr. Herbert Lewis definitely stated that he would-not vote for Disestablishment. Was there one Nonconformist in East Glamorgan who would vote for him ? (Cries of "No.") Mr. Lewis would not vote for Local Option was there a temperance man in East Glamorgan who would vote for him (Cries of "No, no.") Mr. Herbert Lewis had said he would not vote for the Eight Hours Bill; was there a collier in East Glamor- gan who would vote for him I (' No, no.") t:I The vote was then put to the meeting, and carried with acclamation. Mr. W. R. Davies, Pontypridd, in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman, reminded the audience that Mr. Herbert Lewis seemed to have forgotten his lesson at Treharris when Some one in the gallery told him Ask your dada Bertie." (Loud laughter.) Rev. E. Reece seconded the vote of thanks, which was carried, and the meeting terminated. THE CANDIDATURE OF MR. HERBERT C. LEWIS. WARM MEETING AT YNYSYBWL. On Tuesday evening a meeting was held at the Trerobart Board Schools in support of the candi- dature of the Liberal Unionist, Mr. Herbert C. Lewis. The schoolroom was filled to its utmost capacity by a very enthusiastic Radical assembly, who manifested their feelings at intervals through- out the meeting. Mr. W. Jenkins, J.P., Ystradfechan House, Treorky, presided in a very able manner. and to whose tact it was due that the proceedings terminated without any disorder. In opening the meeting the chairman said, It was not for him to say which side to vote, he would leave that to them after they had given attention to what each side had to say. Therefore he asked those present to give the speakers a fair hearing. It was an- nounced that the Candidate would address them, but he had just received information that owing to the other meetings Mr. Herbert Lewis had to attend that evening it was practically impossible for him (Mr. Lewis) to be present. They had with them though two gentlemen who would speak, Rev. J. Donaldson, Presbyterian minister. Belfast, and Mr. J. F. M'Clune, Pontypridd, and before resuming his seat he called upon Mr. M'Clune to address them. (Hear, hear). Mr. M'Clune, in a lengthy speech, dwelt upon the policy of the Unionist Government, and pro- ceeded to compare it with that of the Gladstonian Government of 1880-85. when he was assailed with cries of Sit down Mike," .1 Time's up," and dis- order. The chairman here appealed to them to keep arder, and asked the person who interrupted to be pointed out, when some one from the opposition side of the room named a collier, this led to great disorder, and the chairman asked the accused. to stop to the front, this he did amidst great cheering. On being allowed an opportunity to refute the accusation, order was restored, and the Rev. J. Donaldson (Belfast) was asked to address them. He said he represented a Church which to a man were ardent supporters of Mr. Gladstone—(cheers) —until he brought forward his Home Rule Bill. Home Rule, he said, meant Home Rule and the dominion of the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church. (Interruptions). Several questions were put to Mr. Donaldson which were more or less answered. One person wanted to know, If the Protestants of Ulster were so much opposed to Home Rule where had he (Mr. Donaldson), and the other rev. gentlemen been until now on the eve of the general election ? to which he replied, He was sorry to say at home." (Laughter and applause.) At this juncture a hearty vote of thanks were given the speakers, and special vote to the Rev. Mr. Donaldson. A vote of confidence in Mr. Alfred Thomas was then put and carried amidst great cheering, the meeting terminating in the best spirits.


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