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LIBERAL MEETING AT I BARRY DOCK. 'I CELEBRATION OF MR. A. J. WILLIAMS' RETURN. On Monday evening a well-attended Liberal meeting was held at the Thompson-street Public I Hall Barrv Dock. The occasion of the meeting was to celebrate Mr. A. J. Williams' return as the Radical member for South Glamorgan; to take steps for the better organisation of the Liberal party and, lastly, to use every effort to get Liberal working men to see that their names were entered upon the register. Mr. Alderman Meggitt was voted to the chair, and amongst those also present were Dr. O'Donnell, Dr. Lloyd Edwards, Mr. W. LI. Williams, Mr. J. J. Moon, Mr. Harry Inch, Mr. J. Menaton, Mr. Lover- ing, Mr. Probert, Mr. H. Davies, Mr. Wm. Michael, &c. In his opening address the Chairman congratulated the electors of South Glamorgan on the splendid victory they had achieved. Speaking of the attitude of the Tory par by towards reforms of every kind, the Chairman said that up to the time of the Coercionist Ministry now in office, it was a singular thing that ever since the passing of the Reform Bill in 1832, on every occasion a Tory Government appealed to the country they have been sent about their business, and the appeal ended disastrously for them-not a single instance during the last 60 years had occurrcd where their appeal had met with success, and this general election was another instance. They could con- gratulate themselves upon the return of their member with a large Liberal majority, although that majority was not so large as they had expected to have. He would point out that another general election would take place in a comparatively short period, and, therefore, it behoved them to be on the alert, in order not to be caught napping, because they wished to return Mr. Williams, not by a majority cf nearly one thousand votes, but by a majority of over two thousand. Mr. Williams would not be allowed to have a walk over at tLe next election. It was his opinion that before the passing of the Home Rule Bill was settled they would hwe another heavy fight. Their Unionist friends would fight tooth and nail, although the majority given to Mr. Gladstone was a fair working one, and should Mr. Gladstone be d-ifeatel by the House of Lords, he hoped Mr. Gladstone and his Cabinet would at once set about reforming their registration, bring in a WJl also for one man one vote, and a shorter period for residential claims and then appeal to the country. (Applause.) If the House of Lords tried to set aside the will of the House of Commons there were other steps to be taken they would have another fight before very Ions- and he hoped, for their credit and honour, they would not be behind when the fight came. He trusted they would do their part even better than they did ten days ago. Their object of meeting that night was to offer congratulations to Mr. Williams and the Liberal party, and to con- sider the better organisation of their cause. Their work was scattered over large places somewhat distant one from the other, and they were all new- comers. There was great disappointment ex- perienced ty many when they found their names were not on the register. They all knew the register at present was defective and must be amended, and he hoped they would set about the business in such a satisfactory way that at the next election they would have a better organisation and that they would see that all Liberals qualified were placed on the register. In conclusion, he expressed a hope that they would lose no time in seeing to the registration of their party. (Ap- plMrGF. W. Taylor read the following letter from Mr. A. J. Williams, M.P., regretting his inability to be present 14, Gloucester-row, Weymowth, July 14th, 1892. Dear Mr. Taylor,—I am glad you are Destining yourselves. Tell the friends how sorry I am I shall not be present on Monday. I shall be back by the end of the month like a giant refreshed and hope you will .arrange for a demonstration in the first week m August. Any day except Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday will suit me. We -hall probably stay here until we return. Mrs. Williams and myself are already much better for the change and rest.—Yours very truly, ABTHUK J. WILLIAMS. ^Mr^Harry Inch arose with a considerable amount of pleasure to propose the first resolution. In the first place, he should like to make a few remarks respecting their registration. They had done their work in the district through the hunting up of those persons whose names were not on the register. There were several omitted, and, of course, greatly to their regret, were not able to vote. What made matters worse was that the majority of those who were not able to vote were voters who, if possible, would have recorded their votes for Mr. Williams. There was no mistake that the great political tendency of Barry and district was towards Radicalism, and when the registration was next gone through, they would find their num- bers very considerably augmented. (Applause.) They should all as Radicals take a lively interest in this registration question, and he thought that they could all do a great deal of good by indivi- dually keeping a sharp look out, and by giving every encouragement to those entitled to vote to get them to take sufficient interest to have their names placed on the register, because it would be beneficial to the Liberal party. (Applause.) He also wished to say a few words with regard to the Trades Council and its political influence. It had been said that Trades Councils should not have any political bias, but to his mind this was very wrong, as regarded the requirements of the voters and working men. (Hear, hear.) On one side they had the party of progress and reform en- deavouring to assert the rights they in the Tradej Council were struggling f6r, and he thought it was right they should go with the party. On the other hand by lending their assistance to the Tories they were only running with the enemy. (Ap- plause.) Mr. Inch then mentioned the case of the secretary of the Newcastle Trades' Council, Mr. Harris, who had been invited in his private capacity to speak on behalf of the Liberal candidate for Hull. He did so, and was oalled to account by the Newcastle Trades' Council, the result of it being that he was so disgusted that he refused to attend any more meetings of the Trades' Council. (Hear, hear.) This caused a great many others to join in Mr. Harris's action, and, curiously enough, when the question was brought before the Council the chairman said he had been guilty of the same thing He also said he was prepared to resign his seat. too. (Applause). It stood to common sense that if they were not strong enough to get a labour candidate into Parliament, the most sensible thing they could do was to use the party pledged to the progress they required—(applause)—and go with the tide, and when they were strong enough to run an independent candidate then do it. It was a great mistake to run a candidate without a cer- tainty of success, as it would only result in handing seats over to the lenemy, as had been done in several constituencies lately. He was proud of the splendid achievements of the Welsh constituencies. (Applause). He thought it was a lesson to their English friends to follow suit. (Cheers). In moving the resolution it gave him pleasure, because Mr. Williams was a true Radical and had sufficient sympathy to promulgate and carry on for them those reforms they were stand- ing in need of. Mr. Inch then read his resolution, which was as follows That this meeting of Liberals of the Barry and Cadoxton polling districts of the Southern Division of Glamorganshire desires to offer their heartiest con- gratulations to Arthur J. Williams, Esq., M.P., on hi9 being a^ain returned as its representative with such a handsome majority, and begs to assure him of their further support in maintaining those progressive and Radical measures which he so consistently fostered in his constituency and upheld in Parliament. (Applause.) Mr. J. Moon seconded the resolution, and said he was pleased to hear Mr. Inch's remarks. As a Trades Unionist, he considered the Trades Union was not in a position to carry a Labour candidate, and the best thing they could do was to support Mr. Williams. (Applause.) It therefore, became their duty to do all in their power to improve the registration, so as to give them a larger number of votes than they had last week (Applause.) He trusted the time was not far distant when the registration laws would be very different to what they were at present. (Hear, h<The resolution was put to the meeting and carried without a single dissentient. Mr. W. LI. Williams then proposed:- That this meeting of the Barry and Cadoxton Dis- trict Liberal Association desires to express its great satisfaction at the splendid achievements of the Liberal party during the present General Election, more especially in South Wales, which has resulted m such manifestations of unbounded confidence in our great leader the Right Hon. Wm. Ewart Gladstone, and earnestly hopes that his life will be spared and his pbyaical Itrength maintained to enable him to carry out those great measures of justice to Ireland and social reforms in the United Kingdom, so clearly de- fined in Midlothian; and that a copy of this be for- warded to Mr. Gladstone. (Applause.) No words were needed from him in introducing this resolution to their nodce- especially in Wales. (Applause.) The Welsh people were once very fond of triads —(laughter) and bad returned only three Tory membersior Hslee. (ApplMM.) The wbolt of the Tory membeis for Wales, it use to be said, could drive to St. Stephen's in a hansom, they could soon go on a bicycle. (Laughter.) That day the only Liberal Unionist member had been defeated. That Unionist candidate, Colonel Cornwallis West, had exceptional claims—he was father-in-law of a Prince, and therefore dear to the hearts of Mr. Chamberlain and all his crew. (Laughter.) Colonel Cornwallis West had been defeated by Mr. Herbert Roberts, a young Welsh man, by a grand majority of over two thousand votes. (Applause.) They had sent one Liberal Unionist in the Carmarthen borough about his business. Mr. Chamberlain came down to instruct and convert the Welsh electors to his peculiar creed, and he told the Welsh people that if they wanted those great reforms they had been crying out for tne last 30 or 40 years they should look to the Tory party. He was glad to say that Wales had returned to office men who would do their utmost for them. (Applause.) They knew that the Tory party had been counting upon the life of Mr. Gladstone, on his lack of physical strength to encounter the severe strain of the great work that lay before him. Mr. Gladstone knew the thing before, and had been counting on the insecurity of his life, but from far higher motives. He had been counting his dwindling days to see how much he could accomplish for the welfare and benefit of the working classes of this country; and he (the speaker) sincerely believed that the Providence which had provided the work would also sustain the physical strength to enable Mr. Gladstone to perform it. (Applause.) He had had, unfortu- nately for himself, to read the speeches of Mr. Chamberlain, who said, that not only did Home Rule block the way, but that if the people, in answer to Mr. Gladstone, passed Home Rule. Labour questions, would have to be shelved. He should like to remind them of what Mr. Keir Hardie, the future leader of the Labour party, said on the subject We are all," said Mr. Keir Hardie, convinced Home Rulers, and we must satisfy the aspirations of the Irish people before we can expect any reforms in our own country. Leaving out of ac- count what we owe the Irish members for what they had done for the working men in the House of Commons, we can not possibly hope to pass any Labour legislation without the help ot the Irish electors in this kingdom. The Irish elec- tors are pledged to Home Rule first, and then they were politicians. They must give them Home Rule and then they will work with the working men in order to get social reforms. (Applause.) He believed that the historian of the future would look back on this election of 1892 as the last election fought on the old political lines, and the only two great political reforms they wanted now was Home Rule and Disestablishnment, and on these two issues the last election had been fought. (Ap- plause.) The next election would be fought on the question of the continuance of the House of Lords. If the House of Lords rejected Mr. Gladstone's Home Rule Bill when it is brought before them, then Mr. Gladstone will send up another. If it were rejected, the whole country would rise against this great injustice. It seemed absurd that this ridiculous Chamber, with only about twenty or thirty members who took any interest in its work, should defeat this great measure. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Williams concluded by impressing on the working men the necessity for seeing that their names were entered on the register, and to use the votes in the right way. (Applause.) Mr. H. Davies seconded in a characteristic speech, and the meeting carried the resolution unanimously. The rest of the proceedings of the meeting par- took of a private nature, discussions being invited by the Chairman upon the question of registration and organisation. The proceedings throughout were of a most spirited and harmonious nature.

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