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MR. ROLLS, M.P., AT PONTYPOOL.

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MR. ROLLS, M.P., AT PONTY- POOL. Mr. J. A. Rolls, M.P., had a very warm greeting at Pontypool Town-hall on Friday evening, when the building was crowded, and an excellent meet- ing was held. The chair was taken by Mr. J. C. Banbury, who was supported by Mr. Rolls, Mr. T. Colborne, Major Hair, Mr. E. Jones (Snatchwood House). Mr. Greenway, Mr. T. H. Hazell, and Mr. A. E. Southall, of Newport. There were also present Mrs. Rolls, Mrs. Hanbury, Miss Hair, and several other ladies. The Chairman said letters had been received from Mr. Josiah Richards, and Mr. Phillips, of Woodlands, regretting their absence, and commending Mr. Rolls's candidature to the electors of the division. Mr. ROLLS, who was received with loud cheering, said he was very much encouraged to find that, in going round the division, he was being received by his friends with a reception which was warmer and Warmer. He came before them as a Conservative —to conserve all that was good and to improve all that needed improvement. When speaking of the proposals of Mr. Chamberlain, a noisy section at the back of the hall set up a continuous cheer for that gentleman, whereupon the hon. member asked any of them who felt disposed to come on the platform and show one single measure which Mr. Chamberlain had given to the working men. (Hear, hear.) Mr. Rolls went on to show that the proposals for peasant holdings and free education Were impracticable, and said he luckily refused to sign a petition in favour of the Welsh Intermediate Education Bill, as when he saw that Bill he found it was intended to provide education for the Jhildren of well-to-de tradesmen and others, who Rere quite able to pay for it themselves, lnd part of the proposal was to take away the funds and the blankets from poor people in alms- houses, and to stick on another halfpenny rate to ihe high sum already paid. In concluding a tren- chant address, the hon. member said he cared but little which party was in power so long as the honour and the prosperity and the greatness of England were maintained. (Hear, hear.) Mr. T. COLBOKKE, as an elector in the division, Was very glad to support the l'andidl1t.ure of Mr. Rolls. Question after question Mr. Rolls had to put to Ministers of the late Government until he could get a straightforward answer. No doubt, the procedure of Parliament needed to be im- proved, so as to curtail the length of some gen- tlemen's speeches but. Ministers of the day had much to answer for in not giving straight answers when questions were put to them. A gentleman from their own district—and he had no doubt they would remember his name—went into the county of Derby and sank thousands of pounds in mining. He was unfortunate, and the Undertaking was sold for only £10,000, But one of the landowners of that district—not a Conser- vative, but a distinguished member of the Liberal party—extorted a sum of no less than £800 for transferring the lease. But the Liberals did not raise a word about it, because they dared not expose their own party. Question after question was put by Mr. Rolls on this matter, and at last the truth came out. These questions would be sent to Midlothian, to Birminguam, and to Derby, and if anvone could contradict what he had said a donation should be given to the Infirmary. (Cheers.) In answer to another question put by tor. Rolls, Mr. Childers had confessed, though very Ungraciously, that during the four years inter- vening between 1880 and 1884 millions of money had been taken out of the pockets of the middle- class population of the country in Income-tax more than had been taken during the time the Conservatives were in office. Then, again, when the great railway companies introduced into Parliament a Bill which, if passed, would have given them such powers as would paralyse the trade and commerce of the country, it was Mr. Rolls who put questions to Mr. Chamberlain, and got him to admit that the Bills would be with- drawn. (Hear, hear.) Mr. E. JONES and Mr. T. H. HAZELL then addressed the meeting, after which a hearty vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman.

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