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ME. HENRY RICHARD AT GLOUCESTER Mr. Henry Bichard, the member for Merthyr, addressed a large meeting at Gloucester, on Tiles. day evening, held under the auspices of the Looal Liberal Association. The Mayor of Gloucester (Aldeiman Ellis) occupied the chair, aud was Bupported by Alderman Robinson, the adopted Liberal candidate for the city, the city sheriff, and many of the leading membera of the aasoci- aticn. The Mayor, in a short introductory ad. dress, welcomed Mr. Richard to Gloucester as a popular and eloquent advocate of religious equality, and, as a Nonconformist himself, he claimed for that section of Liberals the gene- rous treatment of the party. Mr. RICHARD, who was very heartily received, said that there was some difficulty in these days in discussing political subjects. These were divided into two parts—home and foreign. The present Government had no home policy at all to speak of, and as to foreign affairs they ware told by the Conservatives that they must not discuss theBe, first, because it was unnecessary; second, beoause it was wearisome and obsolete); and third, because it was unpatriotic. The only alternative, therefore, was to cease speaking at all. But the Liberal party could not so far indulge their opponents, and in his opinion, it was their duty to speak with frequency and emohaaia in condemnation of the Ministerial policy. They were bound to lift up their voice and spars not, in order to save their country from degradation and danger. Although six years in office, the Government had scarcely passed one measure which could be called their own of any significance whatever. Many of their Bills had perished jin embryo; others had been stillborn, while others had died amid general contempt. The hon. mem. ber then enumerated the measures proposed by the Government, and contended that to try to narrate the advantages flowing from their home policy would be like dipping buckets into empty well'! and growing old in drawing nothing out. Bat then it might be said that the dearth of domestic legislation was com- peneated for by a spirited foreign policy. Well, they had certainly had enough of foreign polioy, for it had extended its baneful influence over three-quarters of the globe. America alone re- mained to complete the circle, and in the latest acquisition of territory upon the Gold Coast it seemed probable that the germ might be found of a quarrel with the United States. It had been said bappy is that nation which has no history, but he was inclined to paraphrase the saying by remarking, Happy is that cation which has no foreign policy." He abhorred the phrase, spirited foreign policy," and never teaid it without apprehension of danger. It meant menace aud aggres- sion, and generally led to war and humili- ation, in which both parties usually shared. The speaker then referred to the disas- trous results of a spirited foreign policy to France, and warned hia audience that similar results might be expected to follow from a like policy if it were pursued by this country. After a warm eulogium upon Mr. Gladetone's Ministry and the legislation it effected, the hon. gentleman referred in severe terms to the foreign policy of the Ministry, denouncing the invasion of Afghanistan as an act so gress, so flagrant, and so inexcusable that it could hardly be equalled in the whole history of human folly and infatuation. In responding to a vote of thanks, Mr. RICHARD said he intended next session to propose an address to the Queen in favour of negotiations being entered into with foreign Powera for the bringing about of international disarmament.


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