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IKE ELi iitSE •'■i i'i TJfl CAKJIAM'IIEj. I; iro'.taiS. NOISY MELTlM* T lL aNELLY Mr. Jofcr. Jones JpLiiui-, Mayor of Sw»n39a, a Liber.11 -Le fur too united borouga3 of Q&xn.%r tea and Li^-m-lly, addressed a crowded meeting cf t'.o ci«otora »t tde lfist- naiued pl-tca on Siturd i> evtiung last. Mr. Samuel liavan occupied the emir, and tatire were alpoootheplbttorm Aieeoi-s. Kctmund M -to wool, Llangennech Park James Buokley, Penyfai aud ,Il. Cast orfod John Bowen, U«.vffair plice W. Bobinson Smuh, Swanse «-; D- C. Edwards, solicitor; Captain Joh>, Williams, Nevr Book; F.A. Yeo, Swansea; Forester, Swansea; E. K. Daniels; William Lewis (Lawys Aran); Joan Powell, Glanmore Foundry; J. tl. Kogera, High. field House; Daniel Davies, Tymaf; Frank Nevill; lkaw Coianick, St. Paul's fown; Owen Thomas, Captain Lowther and U. S. Read. The Chairman briefly introduced Mr. Jenkins, who said the question had been frequently anked -why he oame forward as a candidate for the representation of these boroughs. Was it because Sir. V^illiams was not true to Liberal principles, or because he had no interest or anything in common with the inhabi- tants of this distriot P It was not because he waa not a gentleman in every sense of the word, or because his views were not pretty sound. (Hear, hear.) But Mr. Williams was not elected by the unanimous voice of the ratepayers. (Applause ) He received, as it were, his appointment from the Liberal ABeo- ciation, Now, he (Mr. Jetkins) did not know who was most to blame, Mr. Williams for obtaining the seat in the way ha did, or the principal mem- bers of the Liberal Association for accepting him Uncer such circumatanoes without allowing the general body of the electors to have a voioe in the matter. If Mr. Williams hal won his seat by a fairly contefcted election, and if his appointment had given general satisfaction, ho (the speaker) would not have accept d the call they had given him to bee use their oandidata. But he had taken pai-js to ascertain the feelings cf a very 1 re portion uf the electors, and he found a very large nnni5er of them in favour of his car,did»turo—(" hear, b: ar," Nj, 110," and interruption )—aud th-y had promised him their support, which he had no doubt he should have whi-n the time oatae. (Applause.) At the same 1 ime he mu't. not luee sight of the fact that a large and influential party said that, inasmuch as Mr. Williams was in possession of bis seat, he should be allowed to retain it. Many had written to him to eav that if ha and Mr. Williams were in the fi?-ld uo the sane rime they would support him. They f lankly avowed that they did not approve of the way in which Ylr. Williams was appointed, and that ihey would have selected a representMive wilo had a grearar opportunity of knowiEg them, who baj a closer connection with teem, and who took an inwrest in their Welfare. Hitherto the borough had been repre- sented by members who had more of less interest 111 their property. There was the late Mr. David Morris, head of a well-known aud highly respected banking firm, and who commanded the respect and esteem of all el-testis. Sir John Stepney also had a large interest in the weaLh aud prosperity of the district. Then Mr Charles Ne-nil, although he differed with a g jod many upon important political questions, they knew him, and what he had done for Llanelly, and-he> kne v they could trust him. They knew he wonid represent the commercial intercuts in the House of Commons, and that in doing so he would he representing their interests. Llanelly and Carmarthen—Llanelly especially-depended upon Commerce. They wanted a fair representation of the commercial, manufoteriu, and trading lhterests in the Houae of Commons. Oars was the greatest commercial Cv>untrj i the world, yet Only one-fifth of the members of Parliament repre- dented the commercial interest DJu tJtl"siI it was Cneto the predominance of the military, logal, official, and landed interests in tne Houaa of Com- mons that more than three-fifths of the revenue "as exacted from manufacturers and trades. They were spending upwards 000. uoo a year on our &lmy and IJavy. The electors had it in their power to remedy this state of things, and he hoped thay 1tould exercise that power and obtain a fair repre- nta.tion of the commercial interests in Parlia- ment. (Upplauee.) Commercial men themselves were not altogether free from blame that Buoh a of things existed. As a rule they devoted themselves so closely to their business that in •heir latter days their general desire was for rest, perhaps when they considered the strain upon the •Acuities of a man of bu^in^sa in these days of Seen competition they could hardly wonder that waa the case. The anger displayed and the **»gU8ge used by eminent Liberals aad prominent Conservatives in speaking of the foreign polisy of the present Government were sucb as to make one weary, and he would not needlessly Occupy their time in disouesing that topic, The other evening, at the annual meeting of the Cambrian Deaf and Dumb institution, at Swansea, the pupils were examined. One of them Ij*swer6d all sor+s of questions about the Afghan "ar, and further expressed his opinion that it was war. He (Mr. Jeukins) merely mentioned *bja to show how familiar all classes were with •Jbat was going on in Afghanistan. He would, erefore, talk about something else. Although ?0st of them acknowledged tha benefits of free since the partial adoption of its principles, Btill imposed and collected taxe* to the extent 4J47,000,000 per annum, which was undoubtedly *lRteat drawback to trade, and ought to be abolished. He had hope that we might be able to S.80 practising strict economy, giving close attention to the State expenditure, and adopting a Policy of peace. (Applause ) This had not been done lately. In looking over the statistical reports he found that our income in 1870 was £75674,000, expenditure leaving a surplus Of In 1873 the income was £77,123,000, and the expenditure .£71000,000, giving another Orpins of over £6,000,000, In 1376 the tables turned. The income was £ 77,178,000, aad ^expenditure £ 80,9i7,000, leaving a deflait of rp»769,000 The accounts up to the 31st of March year gave the income for the previous year as and the expenditure as £ 85,857,000, Showing a deficit of £ 2,759,000. It was quite *ident that this atate of things oould not con- and that we really must adopt a policy of e t'enchment and economy. (Hear, Hear ) If he ™*8 Bent to the House of Commons as the repre- of these boroughs he gave tnem i ja word that a very large portion of time would be devoted to looking into these to COunts. A great number of them were difficult C)11 Understand, and when they came to compare e year's accounts with another there were a teat many discrepancies in them which ought to explained. Having said so muoh for the expenditure he wanted toshow tham th» money was obtained in the year ended «»' 3lat of March last, Tde customs dues yielded and the excise £ 27,186,000. House income tax, post office and telegraphs, ^^oreat on crown lands and miscellaneous made jPjL the remainder. The total inoomo was .J^.OOBjOCO. That money was spent in this way Uav on debt« ^28,644,000; army, £ 18,73i,000; £ 11,962,000; Abyssinian expedition, I Afn« ^» some small aooounts for the war in South totafa' *1.5i,0.000; civil list, £ 1,000,000. The inco was £ 85,000,000, the rest of the 7j jJ16 being disposed of in other wavs. So that thePer cent. of the revenue from all sources for on rtBh** ^ding the 31st of March last was spent bore a verw War" Taxes on trade and the masses waa still a giSat dtJiWrtK"1 toA the whole. There free trade perfect -n? d0D° '7^' rendering amounted to a very ?f cj>lle°tlQ» Mention one anomaW^ Toaid customs dues. In 39 b«oSLCth uloa ° t collected was £ 16,60i! ou&the amount ^26,594, or nearly £ 10.000 more A'10" °°8f deceived. It would occupy time to name all thoae borough of th«lI take two- Aberystwith %would amounted re .e2, Bnd they were collected by a 6taftf officers at a cost ct ^74. At Maldon no ^Qea were collected in IS' °,r and it took Jeven officiala tocoll^t them. e(Laughtet ) Those Sioers were paid £ 81^* v„ j be some B -r d^ri Pav him r?d a ff the dead branch at n*1 lta? He would lop off the u matters and cast it into the fire. These w who paid etiou0!?g t to be explained to the publ:10, £ h heavy taxes towards the government or^ Wit? y* All those officers should bad J iower BaVh.. and a few men appointed at It would be unfair to throw them without some provision, but room 0 J^Saibly be made for them in other offi<303* (APPlause) The question of higher education waa one that had been occupying the attention ot fhe Principality for some time past. Mr. Vivian had taken up the matter warmly in the House of commons. He brought in a measure last session order to have higher education in Wales. He *«r. Jenkins) bad no doubt that Mr. Vivian, Resisted by other members, would succeed in ob- taining what he sought by and bye. In saying that of higher eduoation, he did not consider it absolutely necessary that everyone, in order to bis way through the world, should receive higher education. It was a very desirable thing, r*doubtedly. (Bear, hear.) If the theory that ? highly.eduoated people were to be members to arliament should obtain, it would be a fallacy cIa. 880, that Parliament was open to the working when they had advanced their social tti i0. Workmen could not posaibly receive higher class of education. There were ele- sehooJa throughout the country whioh a Died a workman to get some education. To ^60S he had given hia attention for a wSfv He endeavoured to put ele- «dnn«i4-^Ti in tiiV Up by technical education—an bianch of buainess, the uaea of the com- in who « jits destination, and the of people who used it. He had ilso taken actlve,,PftPdalt' be waa a very tobi, ? man indeed and he eaw a great many ?« £ Lm-th0 room 'forked with him man? S&I10 fading room for hi^fton. (Applause.) There wad a friend of the platform (Mr. WilliamB of Wor- MtW ye"3 hl8 janior' ><V9ry motive part h\m 111 thia matter. At Swansea thoy had C in forming a very u^^nl metitution-a ."y- 11 was or.e of the leading institu- the town. Every workman contributed towards it, and couid go into it and Cdn? 't as his own right. That was the kind of o&tion they ought to en'av0UF obtain for Uii* j ffi&s'ies of th>« people s*itn whom they Ht ^5 af>pr day. Th;j> org^t always to aim »on« at, was profitable aru5 useful, and then ta^P^ aud higV r e'j>.to.ktioa were cer- AtJ 0 follow. (Loud eppi-.UHO ) ACjf* ,?• a. Y o, >tr. John Buftbos, Lewya r* W ItobinU'D S. ir.h, •«»<• otcerr Mfor- tim tie m ciii:^ some luter- ption. •fcfii r-E. IT- r nor> ni.jved T'. -t- ^v- mee'jnsr, cf ae uaii6a Da^ugi^oi Cai I: aitV tn and LJa;;< l!y shoul.l be repr<BHnfc* i in Ptwlibment by a Liberal interests'! in the ct aid 7uLltt Mr Jehu J: nei-i Jc !;■? »:• 5 :>r •• pt'i' to repree«j»;t. them, hereby pledge i « jf to auft a"" •^ t»i L c-ene to tecore Li-j rt turn at the rea; 6 eo'. (A'fj|.kut.e.) Mr. I'akiel Tavis eoconded tho motion, Mr. James BuckJjEY, who was several times ir irrupt,a. the following anjcuimaut, That this meeting disapprovoa of the can- didature of Mr. John Jones Jenkins for the representation of the united boroughd of Car- Earthen aiid Li&nelly, and pledges itself to support the present naeoiber at the uext general election." abd applaulie ) He Baid the views of Mr. Williams and Mr. Jenkins on all things concerning the nation were identical, and Mr. Jenkins admitted that Mr. Williams waa a Liberal in every senseof the word, justas he was himself; he did not claim to be a better Liberal than Mr. Williams. It would be a pity to divide such a mass of Liberals. (Hear, hear.) He believed everything that had been said in praise v, r ^iri8i but there was a man in the seat whose every vote had been in consonance with tneir opinions. Then why go and split their large mass of Liberal supporters into two parts and ao weaken it, and let in a Conservative P (A voioe "Because the workmen want a voioe in the matter.) Mr. Buokley went on to reply to an attack made upon him at Mr. Jenkins's last meeting by Mr. Davies, Ty Isha, bnt he was not allowed to proceed. Mr. William THOMAS formally seconded the amendment. Mr. JOHN GRIFFITHS asked why Mr. WilliamB did not try for the Pembroke Boroughs. The Eev. J. JONES wanted to speak in support of the amendment, but was prevented from doing so by the great noise and uproar whioh now prevailed. The amendment was presently put to the meet- ing, and a largo number of hands waa held up in its favour, but on the resolution being put it was seen to be carried by a large majority, where- upon there was great cheering and waving of hatp. The subsequent proceedings were ren- dered unintelligible by the confusion and noise going on amongst the audience, but it was under- stood tha.t Mr. Jenkins moved a vote of thanks 00 the chairman. The meeting, which commenced at seven o'clock in a very quiet manner, ter- minated in considerable disorder shortly before ten.





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