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Gorresponfcence. LIBERALISM THE ENEMY OF THI- WORK 1NG CLASSES. Sn; Forward says I throw up the sponge, and "Unionist" says 1 "run away when tackled." Not a bit of it, gentlemen. I took up one point in Forward's" letter, and showed the absurdity and dishonestyofthetactica adopted by him. I pointed out that that the palaver of Tory smoking orators about trade, especially about local industry, is only an electioneering dodge, deliberately got up to bam- boozle the electors. The said Tory orators know very well that they are telling lies. But a Tory will in vent and circulate any amount of lies to eaten a vote. I profoundly admire the candour of Mr. Bertie Lewis and his pluck (for pluck it is, considering the tricks played by some of his more servile supporters) in saying that trade is not influenced by party govern- ment. Would that all the Tories of Merthyr Boroughs were blessed with the same spirit of honesty and rectitude As I have said, Itookuponepoint in Forward's" effusions, and set forth my view on that matter. To that view 1 adhere. When the full bearings of the subject wore exjiounded by me, "Forward" seemed ashamed of his doctrine, and he wobbled hither and thither, toning down his former utterances, and shifting his ground considerably. He is a clever writer, but he labours under the delusion that vehement abuse serves instead of argument. His letters, are as vulgar and truculent as they are long-winded. He tacks a nickname on his op|>onenr, and thinks he thereby demolishes his logic. 1 enjoy a bit of an argument now and then, but not with an adversary who, for lack of aignnienr, calls rue bad names, dances around me like a wild Indian, flourishes his tomahawk over my head, and shrieks and his-es like a possessed tom-cat. Pity Forward could not speak like a gentleman to gentlemen. I hope, Mr. Editor, he enjoys the figures you gave him last week. Never was a man so unmercifully trounced. 1 had quite forgotten that your space will be very precious this week, for is not "Unionist" going to send you las "programme?" This document will take up, I fear, quite a number of your columns. What will the "pro- gramme" be like, I wonder ? It is expected with breathless anxiety. How many of your readers, after perusing it, will feel DISGUSTED. PROGRESSIVE'S" letter unavoidably held over till next week, owing to pressure on our space.—ED. MR. BRACK EXPLAINS. Silt,—In your report of the Colliers' Conference, published in your last week's issue, I find that a Ply- mouth delegate reported that he asked Mr. Dau l Morgan and myself whether W6 were prepared to support the Merthyr men in getting a district of their own, and that both of us replied we were not. As this is absolutely incorrect, I sbonld liko to put the Plymouth delegate right, ior both Mr Morgan and myself stated that if the men in the Merthyr Valley wanted an association distinct and separate from the Aberdare Association, they should take a ballot, and if it was carried by a majority of the men in the valley to have an organisation for the Merthyr Valley District, and semrate from everyone else, we would advise the Amalgamated Society to recognise it as a branch in the same manner as any other organ- isation connected with that body would be. In fact, so much do I want to see the men in the Merthyr Valley organised, that I advised our two lodges there to cease their connection with our association, aud join hands with the majority, whether they joined the Aberdare Association, or formed a district of their own and as this was the reply I made to the ques- tion put to me at the hall the first Monday in January I hope the Plymouth delegate, the next time he asks questions, will be a little moie careful as to the answers. When he rants about the press taking 110 notice of poor workmen's questions, he is simply talking nonsense that does not requ re replying to.— Faithfully yours, W. BRACE. Newport, Mon.








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