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MR. ALLEX UPWARD AT DOWLAIS.

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MR. ALLEX UPWARD AT DOWLAIS. A public meeting in support of the Cyinru Fydd Movement was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Dow- lais, on Tuesday evening, under the auspices of the local branch of the recently formed league, for the ) purpose of hearing an address by Mr. Allen Upward, Cardiff, on the House of Lords and Labour questions. Mr. William Morgan, J.P., Pant, occupied the chair, and there was only a moderate attendance. The first business of the meeting was to pass a vote of condolence with the family of the late Councillor Thomas Joues in their sad bereavement; particulars of this part of the meeting will be fouud in another column.—The Chairman said that he was pleased to bs there that evening to preside at a meeting to be addressed by Mr. Allen Upward. When Mr. Upward was at Dowlais on a previous occasion, he (Mr. Morgan) had been asked to preside at his meeting, but he felt he was not then in a jxjsition to do so. But things had changed since then and he welcomed Mr. Upward to Dowlais as a vigorous upholder of Liberal principles. Mr. Upward, who was received with great applause, said the House of Lords was no abstruse part of the constitution, but was merely 500 privi- leged gentlemen who stood on exactly the same foot- ingas the Taff Vale Company or the Ancient Order ofbunaloes (laughter). The House of Lords was not a second chamber at all; it was known in constitu- tional law as two estates of the realm, the lords spiritual and the lords temporal. That fact was recognised at the present day, for every Act of Parliament began with reference to them. The House of Lords Was not chosen as a check upon the House of Commons it was only after a civil war that the House of Commons was enabled to gain its pre- sent position. In other countries the principles of class legislators was, he believed, unknown (applause). The House of Lords was in no sense at all a cheek upon the House of Commons it was merely a check upon tho Liberal Party. When the Conservatives got into power the House of Lords forgot that it was a checking chamber. It went to sleep and did not throw out bills; it threw out leform bills, but had passed Mr. Disraeli's; it had passed the Tory Factory Act, but had rejected the Liberal Employers' Liabi- lity. And yet Conservative speakers went about the country pretending to be friends of the working classes. The House of Lords has never done any good, and by its present constitution it never could do good work. It was more easy to get into tho House of Lords than into :the House of Commous. To be a member of the House of Commons one had to find out a constituency, and perhaps when he found out a constituency that he liked, he found that it had a member already (loud laughter), and he often had to wait for years and years before getting elected. But to get into the House of Lords it was only neces- sary to be born (laughter). He (Mr. Upward) had far more respect for a working man who earned his daily bread than for all the lazy parasitic dukes in the country. The late Marquis of Aylesbury was not good enough to bet, but htj w;is good enough to make laws for the country ho had been expelled from the turf, but ho could not be expelled from tho House of Lords (shame). Another lord was still alive, and I whoso name he would not, therefore, mention, was convicted of an assault upou a servant girl, and was --cut to Newgate, whore ho could not, of course, vote foratimo. Thauks to the American heiress and the English ballot girl tho peerage was becoming more democratic (laughter), old tiWIk the Lords, had certain important duties to perform now those duties had passed away, and it was only the privi- I' leges that belonged to them that still remained. Turning to labour questions, the speaker said he never I' attacked the principle of the Sliding-scale. If it were possible to get a scale that would be fair to the men as well as to the masters, he would support it. Sir William Thomas Lewis and those who were ciphers to him had ground down the workmen, and made the Sliding-scale such as no self-respecting man j would work under it. There were men ou the Cardiff Exchange who would gladly falsify the accounts any day if by doing so they could cheat the poor colliers (shame). The commercial morality of the Cardiff Docks was notorious throughout the country, and until a rigid system of inspectorship were instituted no fair play could l» ensured to the working men. Colliery proprietors were not philan- thropists when it came to division of profits they struck the hardest bargains they could for their own 1 sakes. He hoped all working men would insist upon" a minimum standard, below which wages should not I go (hear, hear). If the speculator on the Cardiff Exchange knew that there was such a minimum he would not be inclined to enter into contracts which would not pay him. There was such a thing as cut- throat competition, and it was the duty of the workers to see that they did not suffer by it. The working men could only gain their ends by union, and he was in favour of compulsory Trades Unionism. He himself was a member of a compulsory Trades Union, namely, tho Bar, and if the principle was good for the word- ing lawyers, it was also good for the working colliers. Professional men enjoyed those privileges, and it was imperative that the working men should enjoy them too. They might depend upon it that unless it were made impossible for anyone but Trades Union men to work with them they would never get their rights out of colliery owners. Votes of thanks to the speaker and the chairman concluded the meeting.

THE DOWLAIS EXCELSIOR MINSTRELS.

TREDEGAR MYSTERY.

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