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THE INDIAN MUTINY. PUBLIC MEETING AT CARDIFF. On Monday last, in pursuance of a requisition most respectably signed, a public meeting was held at the Town-hall, Cardiff. for the purpose of expressing sym- pathy for the sufferings of our fellow-countrymen in India, and for promoting a subscription in aid of the Na- tional Relief Fund. At the appointed hour of two o'clock, the attendance was exceedingly limited, and shortly after, The Mayor, having taken the chair, said that he was very sorry to see so small an attendance on such an occa- sion. Having received a requisition respectably and numerously signed, he had considered it but his duty to convene the meeting. The object was so well known and would doubtless be so ably supported by the gentlemen who would propose and aeoond the various resolutions, that it required no remark from him. This was, how- ever, a practical meeting, and he therefore should feel pleasure in reading letters that he had received, contain- ing contributions in aid of the fund. (Applause.) The Mayor then read letters expressive of regret at not being able to attend the meeting, from the Bishop of Llandaff, enclosing cheque for j610 from Captain Tynte, enclosing JE5 from Sir George Tyler, with X,3, stating that he had promised £ 5 to the subscription in the parish of St. Ni- cholas; from Colonel G. Grey Rous, enclosing cheque for £10. The Rev. J. Montgomery Traherne wrote to state that he had contributed tIO in'London. The Rev. F. Signini wrote to state that in compliance with the Ecclesiastical authorities of his communion, a collection had been made, in common with all other Roman Ca- tholic places of worship, at his chapel yesterday, the pro- ceeds of which would be forwarded through the hands of his Bishop but he had no doubt that many of the inha- bitants of the town would contribute to the local fund. As a contribution from his humble means he begged to enclose 10s. W. D. Bushell, Esq., being called upon to move the first resolution (which will be found in our advertising columns), said that he felt convinced that it would re- ceive the unanimous response of the meeting. It re- quired no eloquence-in fact it scarcely wanted a word- to support it. The details of the terrible occurrences in India furnished by the newspapers were so heartrending that every Englishman must feel imperatively called upon to endeavour by every possible means to mitigate the distresses of his fellow-countrymen, and especially of their countrywomen. What need he say more than that they were our own flesh and blood—governed by our laws, and dependent upon our country for protection and suc- cour ? There were gentlemen present who could appeal more powerfully on their behalf than he could, but the little that he had said was said most heartily and wil- lingly, and he had no doubt that the meeting would re- spond to the call of the worthy Mayor with the same warm feelings. The Rev. T. Stacey remarked that the Mayor had cor- rectly stated that the meeting was not so much one of sentiment as of action he should therefore content him- self with merely seconding the resolution just moved, which be should do most cordially and heartily. The resolution was then put from the chair, and agreed to unanimously. C. C. Williams, Esq., of Roath Court, said that the ob- ject of the rosolution just agreed to could not be carried into effect without the aid of a good workiug committee. (Hear, hear.) They would have to receive the subscrip- tions of all those persons who from various causes could not attend any place of worship on Wednesday next. He hoped that the committee would meet with the hearty co-operation of the ladies of the town and neigh- bourhood, in a cause which appealed so strongly to their sympathies. It was especially desirable that the sub- scription books should lie on the Bank counters in the town, as they would be seen by many who might not perhaps be otherwise met. He concluded by moving the second renlutio). Charles Vachell, Esq., said that he rose with great pleasure to second the resolution. He should heartily concur in any measure calculated to advance the great object of the meeting. They had met in that Hall on C many occasions, but he was happy to say that this meet- ing was not to be taken as a specimen of Cardiff feeling. The hour was inconvenient for the attendance of many persons engaged in business and professional avocations, I though they might respond as warmly in their hearts. ] On no occasion were they more imperatively called upon to lend a helping hand. He was a very old inhabitant, hat he never remembered a time when puublic indigna- ] tion was so much roused, or public sympathy so ready, and it was not surprising, for the sufferings were unpre- c cedented-such, that he had never before even heard of. Not only were men butchered without mercy, but de- fenceless women were treated in a manner that the tenceiess w mfants sacrificed to tongue could no utter, a trembled whiie he worse than Moloch tie actuary T, f • reviewed those things in his own nun lies had been living, not merely in affluence, tut in luxury-perhaps too great-in the enjoyment of all that great wealth could afford, reposing in fancied security on the protection of the treacherous soldiery, when suddenly they saw their wives murdered before their faces, and their children out to pieces with indescribable tortures. I he survivors were reduced to the most abject poverty- many escaped actually without clothes to wear. It was then our duty as christians, dwelling in a land favoured by providence with greater privileges, perhaps, than any other country in the world, to relieve their distresses. This could not be done, as Mr. Williams had justly remarked, without the assistance of a good working com- mittee, and therefore, he was most happy to second the resolution just moved. He then expressed regret that the government did not appear to be as much alive to the emergency as the people were. Be had that morning read a letter in the papers from an officer, who had been inured to the burning heats of India, and the chilly cold of Canada, and had offerod his services, but because be was 36 years of age, they were refused, on the plea that according to the regulations he was too old It was full time to tear this "Red tapeism" to pieces, and the conduct of affairs should devolve on men of sense and energy. He found that the regulations f,)r enlistment forbid the enrolling of men under 5 feet 5 inches in height; ;is if strength could be measured by inches—a man's strength did not lie in his legs, but in the breadth of his chest and the soundness of his constitution. It was well known that the average height of the French soldiers under Napoleon, was 5 feet 2l inches. It was time that such a system should be done away with, and he hoped that the energy shown by the towns would urge the govern- ment to more prompt and decided action. The Mayor then called upon John Bird, Esq., to support the resolution. Mr. Bird said that *6n a matter of financial arrange- ment there was not much remaining to be said. The necessity for such a committee was self-evident, and its appointment had been ably proposed by Mr. Williams, and very ably supported by Mr. Vachell, who had left nothing to be said. The subject was one full of interest, and had excited so much sympathy that anything he could add would not increase it. The resolution was then put, and unanimously agreed to. The Rev. Canon Morgan said that before he read the resolution put into his hands—which was also a mere matter of businestl-he would say one or two words, which, as a minister of the Gospel, he ought to say here and to say everywhere. He hoped that the voice of the whole empire would be heard in India, and that, if it pleased God to give us victory, the fruit would be the overspreading of that country with the blessings of Christian Government. He hoped that in such case our soldiers would not prove what yet they had never been guilty of-cruelty to the defenceless. It had never been their habit to make war upon helpless women or inno- cent children-(applause)-and he trusted that they were not to take that incarnate fiend Nena Sahib for their example of retaliation, but whatever was fit and proper in the way of punishment, let it be administered with full measure of justice to those vile soldiers who had been guilty of those treacherous and barbarous deeds, and who so richly deserved it; but let it never be said that British soldiers had been guilty of murdering women or children. The Rev. Gentleman concluded by moving the third resolution. Mr. Bushell here remarked that if any gentlemen in the meeting could suggest any additional name, it would bo thankfully received. For his own part, ha thought that, for purposes of business, a small committee was better than a large one. The gentlemen named were well known in the town, and if anyone could prevail in obtaining subscriptions, they could. But the heart of England was as the heart of one man on this occasion, and be knew that the hand would, in this case, be found as ready as the heart, and that very little eloquence would be required to obtain what was necessary for those who had lost everything in this fearful and dreadful war. The Rev. R. T. Verrall said he had great pleasure in seconding the resolution, but as it was a mere matter of business, he merely wished to say one or two words on a subject which he hoped that he might be permitted to mention, as he had heard it spoken of out of doors. While he trusted that those engaged the collections would enter upon their work in the spirit of that "pure reli- gion and undefiled" which was to visit the fatherless and widows in affliction," he hoped that there would not be found anything of a denominational character in their arrangements. This ought to be well understood, though he trusted that no such feeling would be permitted to exist. The Rev. Canon Morgan hoped that in support of Mr. Varrall's remarks, he might be allowed to suggest that all the collections in churches and chapels should be paid into the town fund. This suggestion was received with general applause. Dr. Edwards enquired whether it was intended that the town should be canvassed for subscriptions-as in that case a more numerous committee would be required. Mr. Bushell did not consider a canvass necessary. Mr. Vacbell thought a larger sum cou'd be co'lected by a canvass. Dr. Edwards expressed his disappointment with the thin attendance, which he attributed to the hour of meet- ing being inconvenient. He had been in hopes that they should have had a large meeting, which would call forth a greater amount of sympathy, and at which the discus- sions might take a more practical turn. He contended that this could only be effected at a meeting held in the evening. The Mayor explained that he had fixed the hour of two o'clock, in the hope that they would have been favoured with the co-operation of some of the neighbour- ing country gentlemen. 0 Dr. Edwards remarked that some of the country gen- tlemen had responded very noily to the Mayor's appeal, but that they were seldom found inclined to attend public meetings. Mr. John Bird said that he most readily stepped for- ward to move, according to the suggestion of Dr. Edwards, that another meeting be held at a more suitable hour. The hearts of the people were full, and they would, he hoped, not be satisfied with contributing their shillings and pence without also manifesting the feelings of their hearts. After a brief conversation, Mr. Bird altered his motion to one for adjourning the present meeting until Thursday evening, at seven o'clock, which was seconded by Dr. Edwards, and unanimously agreed to. E- P* Richards, Esq., then suggested that the sub- scription list should be at once opened at this meeting, which was acted upon, and Mr. Richards having put down his name for £10. He then urged the importance of making a house to house collection as well as the colo. kotions in the various churches and chapels, as it was so important that they should raise a fund worthy of the country, that no possible means should be passed over. The Rev. Mr. Verrall expressed an opinion that a collection at the doors on Thursday night, would have an injurious effect upon the general subscription and after a short discussion, it was agreed that there should be no collection on that occasion. On the motion of Mr. C. Yachell, seconded by Mr. J. Bird, the thanks of the meeting were voted to the Mayor, and it was then adjourned. At the close, subscriptions amounting to between L160 and £ 170 had been put down on the lists.




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