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THE COMTE DE P AllIS.

AN ARMY OF VAGRANTS.

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SWANSEA TRADES COUNCIL.

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SWANSEA TRADES COUNCIL. A BACKWOODS COURT OF JUSTICE. COUNCILLOR MORGAN HOPKINS EXPLAINS HIS POSITION. A DELEGATE SITS UPON THE POST." At eight o'clock on Wednesday night the Swansea Trades Council opened its fort- nightly meeting at the Bird-in-Haad Hotel, High-street, At half-past ten, influenced by the protest of a delegate, the meeting broke up, having passed) wo resolutions, read ever so many sets of minutes, and heard three town councillors talk in the uupreeedentediy short time of two hours and a-half. The first thing noticeable was the absence of the secretary and his correspondence, explained a littie later on the score of overwork. Pending their scribe's arrival the Council determined to resume the hearing of the case of the waggon builders versus Lee. In this, as will be remembered, ex-President Lee was charged with victimising a member of the Waggon Builders' Society—in other words, with boycotting him. The secretary of that society read a record of a minute passed with regard to the affair. It was rather peculiar. Jt read Resolved to summon Brother Lee to attend a meeting to account for the dirty manner in which he boycotted Brother Stewart." A Delegate, referring to this minute and tc the notice afterwards sent by the defendant, remarked that Mr. Lee might have remained a member of their society but for the language used, xvhioh was OOAIlSE AXD BAD verba.1 ly, but ten times worse when seen in writing. The Secretary of the Waggon Builders re- plied to this, and said that Mr. Lee owed 4s. 7d, to the society when the matter first arose, 1\1(.. LBE, in his own defence, retorted that he had refused to pay his contributions until he could see xvhere the money was going, and until the society's accounts xvere put into good condition. The PRESIDENT asked whetherboth parties to the case were content to abide by the deci- sion of the Trades Council. Mr. LBE said he was. The SECRETARY of the xvaggon builders said he could not answer for his society. A nice little row oceurred here. Several delegates springing to their feet, the president started ringing his bell for order. One man expostulated with him for not doing as much by V ice-president Williams, who, also rising, loudly reminded the brother that he had learned the procedure of Trades Councils at meetings whieh the other had never attended. Will you sit down ?" S:1%1g out the presi- dent, No, I will not! replied the Vice-Presi- dent. Oh, all right, then," said the President with his usual affability. Hereupon several delegates called for fair play, and the secretary* of the waggon builders spoke of Mr. Lee's recent remarks as rubbish." Another delegate, siding with the secretary exclaimed, You are not getting fair play!" At this moment Councillor W. H. Spring was announced at the door and a motion was made that he be admitted. A delegate protested, urging that no man not connected with trade matters should be allowed to overhear the discussion. The CHAiRMAif observed You are rather late in your protest." Oh, of course." sarcastically answered the brother, u I always am. Councillor Spring was thereupon invited in, and the meeting seemed all the better for his genial presence. TED IIUBTBY, in a plenitude of. words. next. moved the previous question. His motion was carried by 13 to 1. Permit me to say one word," urged ex- President Lee. The CHAIRMAN refused. "Then I shall make myself heard through the prefis," said Mr. Lee, and fortwith donned his hat and departed. He was followed bv the deputation of waggon-builders. THE FIRST-CLASS ON UN CILLOK. Councillor MOK-JAX HOPKINS was the next to trouble \h'i peace of the nieefcihg. A letter was read out in xvhich he applied for the privilege of personally explaining an incident which, he said, bad given rise to sensational reports in various papers. A Delegate demurred, on the ground that the reports concerned only the councillor himself, but ultimately it was decided that Mr. Hepkins's dignity" being bound up with that of the Trades Council, he should be allowed five minutes in which to orate. Councillor HOPKINS began by asking that the Press would not report his remarks. This demand was strongly deprecated by every- body present, and had the worthy councillor persisted in it, the permission to speak would have been withdrawn from him. Mr. HorKlKs then, in a speech which ex- teuded considerably over the five minutes, and which the ringing of the President's bell failed to curtail, gave his version of the scene in Llandoverv County Court, adding some incisive remarks on the social character of the Registrar. Tire Registrar, he said, is a. gentleman owning lanaed property in the county of Carmarthen -one ef those favoured individuals who manage to secure for themselves all the offices in the county—and who is a perfect God Almighty in thm court. This gentleman's overbearing manner, Mr. Hopkins «dded, aroused his bile; but when the papers said that the Registrar instructed a policeman to arrest him, the papers told a lie. He asked the Council to restore to him their con- fidence. The delegates unanimously ngreed to do this, and much sympathy was expressed with Councillor Hopkins. Ted Humby, descanting on his favou^a subject, said that pressmen were romancers to some extent, though as far as the local press was cotic-rijed-tlie Post Bag included vo --he believed they were animated by pure kindness towards Councillor Hopkins, and had done him a service by bringing this matter forward. A Delegate desired to corroborate fully the statement regarding the registrar of Llan- dovery County Court. He was exactly as de- scribed.Another delegate said he was pre- pared to disbelieve everythingpublished in the Western Mail aDd the Daily Post. Much more was said calculated to restore Councillor Hopkin's equanimity, and briug sweet peace to his soul. MUNICIPAL CANDIDATES. Further test questions for municipal can- didates were then put forward in addition to those of last fortnight:-— 1.—Arc you IN favour of having a committee of the Corporation struck off to deal WITH the foreshore of DIE tmy, aud NUO to inquire into the manorial L IGHTS uovv excreisrd by the Duke of Beaufort ? you in favour of the abolishing of overtime by the C"rp.watiol1 employees A proposal to go 111 for a £ 500 and JE300 (respectively) maximum wage to Corporation officials gave rise to some fine animadversions regarding their alleged incapability, but it xvas lost on being put to the council. xvas lost on being put to the council. By way of conclusion .^addresef son various matters were delivered by Mr. Thos. Davies. of Cardiff, general secretary of the* National Labourers' Union Councillor W. H. Spring, and Councillor Griff Davies, J.P.

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