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LANDORE AND DISTRICT JUNIOR LI RAL ASSOCIATION. BANQUET.—LAST NIGHT. A banquet was held in connection with tbe newly-formed Landore and District Junior Liberal Association at the Mackworth Hotel last (Thursday) evening. Mr. Arthur Loveil presided, and there were also present Messrs. J. Aeron Thomas, M.P., D. Lleufer Thomas, B.A., J. H. Morgan, M.A., J. E. Johnes, D. Hughes, D. Richards, D. Lewis, Aubrey Roberts, Wm. Llewellyn, John Evans, W. H. Lott, T. J, Hughes, B. G. Rees, S. Thomas, D. Whitts Davies, D. L. Gethinsr, Brin Freeman, Joseph R. Williams, J. E. Gething, (hon. secretary), Robert Hughes, John Lewis, Richard Davies, Harry John, David Johns, Harry Griffiths, Thomas Jones, David Thomas, Wm. Jones, J. Eynon, Daniel Powell, A. Roberts, Thomas M. Thomas, Thomas J. Hughes, John Walter, James Lovell; E. Lovell, W. J. Williams, John Mort, David Davies, B. Richards, J. J. Davies, W. G. Lloyd, L. Demery, D. Mort, Itbel Daniel. Thomas Poley, Henry Allen, A. H Brenchley, Rev. John Williams, H. Davies, — Ellis, W. Harries, and L. Phillips. After the usual loyal toast, and a song by Mr. Henry Davies, Mr. D. Gething submitted The Force,- Spiritual and Temporal." He alluded to the bravery of our troops and sailors, and said that Tommy Atkins and the Lr, :J_- ixa,uuy iuan were unequalled for facing fire and for charging the enemy victoriously at the- point of the bayonet. Mr. Robert Hughes sane a song, which was loudly applauded. ° The Rev, Jno. Williams (Old Siloh), in response, said they all felt proud of the military achievements which marked the campaign in South Africa, but he could not clp expressing the hope that the time was not far distant when our Emoire would agair enjoy perfect peace and quietness. (Hear hear). He believed it was the duty of the Christian minister to go into the world of pontics if it was his duty to go into any other sphere but the one in which he was immediately and vitally connected. They might talk a great deal and boast them- selves upon having such splendid forces as those in South Africa and other parts of the Empire, but depend upon it, if our Empire was to =tand the strain and stress of the coming century they would have to re- soit to other than physical forces. (Hear, hear.) At present they were demanding that our political life should be purer, but they could not hope to purify the political atmos- phere unless they brought into it other than material forces. The Empire had beer- built up by means of moral and spiritual forces it rested upon those forces, and if it was to last this must over be its founHa- tion. (Applause.) None could accuse him of preaching party politics from the pulpit. He preached Liberalism as he conceived it- the religion of Christ practically applied to the common everv-day life of 'the people. (Applause.) 1 After a song by Mr. Jno. Lewis. Mr. David Hughes gave -The Landore and District Liberal Association," in II capital speech. i^aiiri^a'i{. IN. R€PP°nding, expressed bis belief that the Association was destined to fig-ure largely in the political life of the Landore District. The way the project hall caught on had exceeded the hopes of the most sanguine of its promoters. (Hear. bear.) Mr. Jas. Eynon and Mr. Beni Rees responded The former concluded his- re- marks with the following original lines Should you meet a fellow Liberal Who is sorry, sad and sore. And who despairs of ever seeing The good old times of yore "he:i our party under Gladstone, Held the reins with steadv hand, And cur country was respited By all powers on sea and land Tell him not to faint-or waver In the faith he holds so dear Help him on by act and precept, leach him not to fret or fear. It our leader's gone and left us, We can still obey his Laws And by following in his footsteps, We will glorify his cause. Mr. Lleufer Thomas followed with an able address, in the course of which he said the faet that there were slight differences, of opinion to be found ir. the ranks of the Liberal party was no sign that the party was in a moribund state. On the ccntrarv a, aithy S2Srl- (Hear, hear.) In the course of a few words of good advice to the Si, a, V-f Landore and district, ho W? w grieH thing t? reaJise was that they had not only to regard things from the point of view of expediency, but to. form their political faith by going back to those bed- rock principles of true Liberalism. Mr. J Atron Thomas, M.P., was cordiallv received on rising to address the gathering After expressing the pleasure it afforded him to be present that evening, he said a week's experience of Parliamentary affairs had ^n Partv irVDth^Whe an Opposition arty in the House. There were only two partie3 in the Estate-Cone the party- who be lieved m going forward, and the non-pro- gressives who stood still in order to tab wL T° classes that were alreadv privi- + i- I°Pc!lmg upon what the 'Libei-1 had done for the country, he said tlic-v might well tee! proud of the Free Press -nd many other reforms. But who wafthl m' n Pies- ^Ve In!!1 ?leanS of the free the iUiln* Tw man that ?ave them -he Ha Jo i. Act, fjjat opened the Universities 2 fnand, Mr. Lleufer Thoma* \erf\ wh'j had thus been enabled obtain distinctions ? Who was the man waV^1re/?°nslbl<? for a]1 this ? Why Gladstone, of cc urse— (applause) tiV' man who, born in a Tory cradle was con" verted into one of the greaS leaders tl^ ^,ei V Pa £ ty had ever hal (Renewed ap- Plause,) Passing on to refer to the war in South Africa the hon. member for the Gowei Irvision said perhaps they noticed that he voted with the small minoritv of seven or eight against the granting of £ 16.000,000 for continuing the war. He did not vote that way without a great deal of deliberation rr without listening to the arguments of the other Bide as well as those of Mr. Leonard Courtney, Mr John Morley. and Sir William Harcourt. (Hear, hear. He voted again-1 the Governments proposal, not because he thought his vote would have any eifect in stopping the voting away of so vast a sum but simply on principle. (Hear, hear.) He was a lover of his country, and he was de- lighted to have the honour and privilege of belonging to the greatest Empire the sun nil twV'boi»e, uP°n >ut notwithstanding all that, he wished to give fair plav and jus- tice to aJ other nations. (Applause.) The J2ie ;:Pirifc the discussions of the Torv party, in tact Lord Salisbury had made the remark, that they were not seeking to gain new countries they were simply going to give fair play to white men in South Afriea. He was not going to denounce or say any- weHg aS\fn^h °Ur sol(.Hers—they had done 1 ? j the same time, don't let us re- joice and talk too much of the great thincs 200 000 V "8"" C -V Present we had over 2u0,000 mcTi m South Africa, whereas the 20 fiOff C°T>, not llumber 111 ore than 17,000 te- rn i, TheNre «;as nothing to boast of there. (Heai. h( ar.) He was strongly of the opinion that when our flag was hoisted at Pretoria the time had arrived for magnanimity on cur part. (Hear, hear.) We should then 1iCvnie i0" t€rms- and the terrible war would have been ended. He believed like t""c?to0Vx€r: i<: was not to our advan- = f«JL and stamp out those little nation- f, a,u' prevent them from becoming lirotoe,f8! hful citizens of the British Em- pire. (Applause.) Other speeches followed.


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