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i: GENERAL ELECTION IN G LAMORG ANSHIRE. SOUTH GLAMORGAN DIVISION. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING AT BARRY DOCK. DR. O'DONNELL AND HIS CALUMNIATORS, A SPIRITED AND CRUSHING REJOINDER. At the Puolic-hall. Barry Dock, on Thursday night, July 7, a most enthusiastic Liberal meet- ing was held, with Mr. Harry Inch in the chair. Stirring addresses were delivered by several working men, among whom were Messrs. J. J. Moon, J. McHilI, C. J. Flowers, J. Davies, A. Found. &.c. In the course of the meeting Dr. O'Donnell rose to support a vote of confidence in Mr. Arthur Williams, and alluded to the cowardly and unwarrantable attacks made upon him and the Liberal party in the Jia r ry Dock Kens on the previous night. Dr. O'Donnell explained that, he had stated at a meeting at Barry that, to his personal knowledge, a man had received notice to leave the employ of tha Barry Company subsequently to his being canvassed in the interest of Sir Morgan Morgan. He (Dr. O'Donnell) had not even men- tioned the name of any official, but the name had been mentioned by someone in the meeting. (Hear, hear.) That showed that the facts were known to others besides himself. He (Dr, O'Donnell) had never said that the man could be proved to have been dismissed in conse- quence of his refusal to vote for Sir Morgan Morgan. It was from the very nature of the case incapable of proof. He would simply lay the facts of the case before them, and leave them to judge for themselves. The man Driscoll, who had received notice, was working with another man, and was asked by him to vote for Sir Morgan Morgan. Driscoll's companion had asked several other men in the Company's employ to do the same, and had used a certain official's name in connection with it. A few days after, this man went to work in the official's garden. (Laughter). And a day or two after that the man Driscoll received notice. (A voice, Why didn't they chuck Chick ? and cries of "8hame,") They had been told in Mr. John Robinson's paper that that was a malicious and malignant statement, devoid of a particle of truth." It was said that that the man was dismissed because he was in- competent, and that he had been employed only as a temporary hand. The fact was that he had been in the employ of the Barry Company for 18 months, and that since January of this year his injured hand which,accordingtoMr. John Robinson's organ, made him unable to do the work of an ordinary man, had been well. (Loud cheers.) Mr. Robinson's paper went on to say that Mr. Robinson had not canvassed a single man in the employ of the Barry Company but since he (Dr. O'Donnell) had come into the room that night he had been furnished with the names of several men who could prove it. (Here, amid indescribable enthusiasm, some half a dozen men stood up and said that they could prove it.) Dr. O'Donnell went on to say that he had been accused of being a director of the South Wales Star. (Laughter.) Well, he was not going to deny it. He was proud of his connection with the Smith Wales Star. (Loud cheers.) It was a paper which was fearless in its expression of opinion on current events—(hear, hear)—and was not content with showing its side in politics by publishing anonymous letters in support of one candi- date while professing complete independence. (Loud cheers.) He (Dr. O'Donnell) did not, how- ever, control the policy of the Star. Even that week a leading article ha.d appeared in its columns attacking his attitude on a certain educational • -question. In fact, the editor of -the South Wales Star was not a tool in his hands, as the editor of the Barry Dock News was a puppet in the hands of Mr. John Robinson. (Loud laughter and cheers.) Mr. Henry Davies, in proposing a vote of thanks to the Chairman, gave an account of an interview he had had with Mr. Richard Evans, the general manager of the Barry Company. Mr. Davies had said, at a public meeting held at Barry some time ago, that Mr. John Robinson had been personally canvassing men in the employ of the company, and that had the voting been secret at the last Local Board election, the present chairman of that Board would not occupy the position he did at present. Mr. Evans asked him whether he could prove what he had said, and he had said he could. He was then asked if he could prove that Mr. Robinson had canvassed men at the dock side, and he had said, No, but he could prove that men had been canvassed at their residences." (Loud cheers.) The General Manager then asked if the working men objected to being canvassed, and he said that they did object to being canvassed by those who were in the position of employers. (Cheers.) On being asked as to result of the Local Board election, he had told Mr. Evans that the working men quite understood that it was only fair that the Company should be well represented on the Board, and all they asked was that a man who was in favour of Trades Unionism should be selected to represent the company. (Hear, hear.) In fact, Mr. Robinson had confessed at the interview that he was against Trades Unionism. Thei meeting then broke up. amid great excite- ment. IRISH NATIONAL LEAGUE OF GREAT BRITAIN. [John Mandeville Branch, Barry Dock.] At a meeting of the members of the above Branch, held on Sunday, the following resolution was passed unanimously :— That we hereby congratulate our esteemed member (Mr. A. J. Williams) on his re-election to represent this important constituency, rind we likewise tender our best thanks to the Liberal and Irish electors for the manner in which they assisted to secure this splen- did victory for the cause of Ireland. POLLING AT BARRY. A pretty heavy poll, all things considered, was made at Barry and Cadoxton. At the two Cadox- ton booths the voting was very slack till about six o'clock when there was a good rush of working men voters. Altogether about 500 polled at Cadoxton, and nearly as many again at Barry. The total number of voters on the register was not quite 1,400, so the proportion, considering the number of people who have left the district, was very fair. Conveyances were many, and the drivers were active but in spite of drivers induce- ments hardly any voters arrived in Tory carriages. The Liberal conveyances were greater favourites, bnt the voters, as a rule, preferred walking. POLLING AT NEWTON NOTTAGE. Voting at the Newton Nottage polling district took place at the Newton Schoolroom on Friday last. Polling proceeded very slowly in the morn- ing, only about 50 having recorded their votes up to mid-day. In the afternoon matters were a little brisker, and about 170 had recorded their votes by five o'clock. After six o'clock polling became pretty brisk, and about 90 recorded their votes from then up to the close of the poll. The poll was a very poor one, only about 260 polling out of a possible 485. Mr. T. J. Hughes (Liberal election agent) visited the Liberal Committee Rooms in the morning for a short time. Mr. W. Bevan acted as polling agent for the Liberals, and Mr. O. J. Brooke for the Con- servatives. while Mr. T. James acted as committee- room clerk. Mr. D. Roderick also did valuable work near the polling-room, taking the names of those who had voted. Traps were in evidence on both sides, the Conservatives having the pull. The Liberals claimed a majority on their district, which would have been much larger had the poll been a fuller one, a great many of the absentees being Liberals. The result of the polling was received at Porth- cawl about 1.0 p.m., when a large crowd had col- lected near the Post-office. The utmost enthusiasm was manifested, and the result eminently satisfac- tory to the majority of those present. LIBERAL REJOICINGS AT BRIDGEND. On Saturday afternoon the reception of the news of the great victory of the Liberal candidate in the South Glamorgan contest, as might be ex- pected, roused the local Liberals to the utmost pitch of enthusiasm, and it was decided to give Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., a hearty public welcome on his return to his native town. Accordingly, about four o'clock, the time when he was expected, a very large crowd assembled at the railway station, and upon the train coming into the station the hon. member was greeted with uproarous cheering. The enthusiasm was such that the horses were taken out of the carriage con- taining the hon. gentleman, Mrs. A. J. Williams, County Councillor T. J. Hughes, Mr. J. Davies, and Mr. D. H. Lloyd, and many vied for the honour of dragging it to the Town-hall. All the way dense crowds were collected, and cheers were repeatedly given for Mr. Arthur Williams, who acknowledged the many greetings which he received by raising his hat. The Radicals, when approaching the Conservative Club, joined in loud cheers, which evoked a few groans from members of the opposite party. Upon arrival in front of the Town-hall a halt was made, and the speeches reported below were delivered. Mr. Arthur J. Williams, M.P., who was received with cheers, again and again renewed, said:— Fellow-townsmen, electors of South Glamorgan, my friends,—It is six years ago since I stood heie addressing you upon my last election. Again, my friends, I have come to you challenged by the Conservative party, who said that you had changed your minds. (*'No fear.") Yesterday the Con- servative paper—the Western Mail—was good enough to devote three little articles in order to prove conclusively that I was to be turned out this morning. (Laughter.) Well, I don't know what the Western Mail will say to-day. (Laughter.) When we take into account all the circumstances of this contest, I think that we have triumphantly vindicated our policy. First of all, we had our polling day, in spite of my protest, and the protest of my agent, put on a Friday, instead of upon a Saturday. I have no hesitation whatever in saying thatil lost at least 300 votes, by its being put upon a day when the working men could not record their votes. (A voice: 500 votes.) My friend says 500 votes. I don't like to overstate matters, but I am not at all sure that he is not right. (Loud cheers.) Again, I can assure you that when I look into all the facts, I consider that this 918 majority—(cheers)—really represents a poll, if it could be fairly taken, of all the men that hold radical opinions in my constituency— who ought to be upon the register, and would very nearly double that. (Hear, hear.) We have a large population at Cadoxton and Barry, who have come there, who would have swelled the register by 500 or 600 more votes, who have not been able to get placed upon the register because the law is so infamously unjust. (Hear, hear.) Scores and scores of them come into the committee rooms and ask whether they have got a vote. They would have a vote in a short time. (Applause.) Then, again, we have another fact which I am sure has hampered our friends in the Vale. We have the hay harvest going on, and another im- portant fact which we must bear in mind is that, through the length and breadth of this large constituency — (cheers were called for Arthur J. Williams, M.P., a call which was heartily responded to) — when the polling day comes we find that the Tories have a lot of empty carriages—(laughter)—and we, the Radicals, find in almost every large polling district that we have nothing to carry the aged, or the infirm, or the poor. that go to the poll. Well, this is a great difficulty with us as to the largeness of our poll, and we cannot contend against it except in the only way, as I said at Cardiff, when the squire and the parson go and take the labourer to the poll, whether he wishes it or not, to vote, as I hope he will, for the man he believes in. (Ap- plause.) There is one other thing I want to touch upon. For three years my opponent has been engaged in endeavouring to undermine the confi- dence of my people in me. (" He can't do it," and cheers.) I don't care for honest opposition, but I have never canvassed a man for his vote in my life, and I think it is deplorable to see a candi- date going about in the Vale accompanied by the parson aud the squire, and going about in the Rhondda accompanied by the agent. (Hisses.) This is not fairi influence—(hear, hear) —and I can only say, in addition to saying that this is deplor- able, that the people who ha\ e pivileges—the land- lords, the squires, and the large capitalists—who try to influence theii men in this way, must not be surprised if the men rebel and resist, and when they have the power use their power unflinchingly. They will then only have themselves to thank for the revolution which they are causing by en- deavouring to tamper with the wishes of the people. (Applause.) And now, my friends, I want to thank the men who have stood side by side with me, and who have worked for me I want to thank the voluntary workers—the poor collier, the labourer, and the farmer—who have come for- ward and given their time without reward in order to return the man in whom they believe to Parlia- ment. (Loud cheers.) All honour to them for their devotion—not to my humble person, but to the great cause which we all have at heart. (Three cheers were again called for Mr. Williams, and heartily given.) We are going to win. (Cheers.) We have won eight seats to-day. No losses to-day, but eight seats gained, equal to six- teen on a division. (Cheers.) I have always maintained that we shall have a working majority. They tried to show that they (the Gladstonians) would not be able to use it. Wait a few months and see—(applause)—whether this great hero, who will come back, I believe, to power within a few weeks—(applause)—will allow an obstructive minority in the House of Commons to resist the will of the people. (Loud cheers.) Mr. County Councillor T. J. Hughes said he was sorry he could not speak loudly as his throat had nearly given way. They had fought a grand battle and won a grand victory. (Loud cheers.) Never had the enemy fought so hard as that time, and another thing, they had not fought fairly. He went into a booth yesterday—he would not say where it was, but it was not many miles from there.—He found in a colliery district the colliery pay clerk acting as the Tory persona- tion agent. Some of the men unfortunately, perhaps, could not write, and had to give the name of the candidate they wished to vote for—and there was the man present from whom they re- ceived their wages. (Groans.) They had had the parsons against them, and the Primrose Leaguers —(Laughter)—against them. They had had the colliery managers, and the renegade Liberals against them. They had had two or three of them in Bridgend, but he thought he could count the whole of them on his fingers, and they had done their little most, and their little worst. (Laughter.) However, they (the Liberals) could afford to be generous to their opponents. (Cheers.) He was proud of South Glamorgan, and he was proud of Bridgend. (Applause.) Mr. Davis said after the eloquent speeches they had heard he would not detain them. He con- gratulated them most heartily on the triumph that they had won. (Cheers.) Reference had been made to the work of the Primrose Leaguers, and he would remind them that they had had the assistance of the Bridgend Liberal Women's Association. (Cheers.) He most heartily con- gratulated Mr. Williams on the manner in which he had championed the Liberal cause. (Loud cheers.) Three cheers having been given for Mrs. Williams. Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., who was again greeted with ringing cheers, said One word before I go. I want to heartily echo what my friend, Mr. Davis, said about the efforts of the ladies. (Applause.) We are deeply indebted to the Women's Liberal Association. (Cheers.) I do not think that the devices of the Primrose Leaguers—(laughter)— will be of much avail during the next few years, if we support the Women's Liberal Association. (Hear, hear.) I want, on behalf of my wife, who, unfortunately, has been prevented by illness and indisposition—much to her regret— from taking part in the efforts of the Liberal Women's Association, of which she has the honour to be the president—(cheers)—to express her deep regret that she was prevented from doing so, and to express our grateful recognition of their efforts in the cause of Liberalism. (Loud applause.) Mr. Williams, M.P., then called for three cheers for Mr. Gladstone, and these having been given with much heartiness, the hon. member drove home, receiving an ovation in all the streets as the carriage passed.