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LIBERAL UNITY. '/It>. :4 » « « >y ♦ ClosiTig Up Party Ran ks. HOPEFULNESS. :¡¡''¡ '¥"4- '? "10 .ltàve.the:promiht men of the Liberal ■ .party at last, resolved to sink minor differ- ences, and in view of the greater issues liow,,at- stake, resolved upon concerted and united action ? Events of the past few days point in this direction, and it may be worth, while to recall the fact that Lord Roaebery, Sir Henry Campbell Banei-man, -'and Mr H. IT-. Asquith have, daring their tecent speeches, giV'lall hints in this direc- tion. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, &peo-kin last week, said Although 4here may have been some differences in the Liberal party before the war, now that it was ended he was sure that there was no coldness between any one section of the .party or another. He thought that shortly, if not immediately, they would see a party 60 united and strong that'the pre- sent disjointed and discredited party in power would very soon be ejected from the • position they held." • On Saturday Mr Asquith also empha- steed the growing unity of the Liberal ]patty. "<'d! It is a point also worthy of note that all -the above-named statesmen. have enumer- ited the same programme, th§ outstanding of which are- Education. "I, Temperance. Land values. Housing. '1. A striking appeal is issued to Liberals 7National Liberal Federation, in *Woh. it is asserted defiuitely. that the -party has once more become united. Liberal Manifesto. The National Liberal Federation on Saturday J*-uect id its federated branches; throughout the country a manifesto; signed by the president, V. Ao^ostijie Bittell, and other officers of the Federation, on the present political situation, wb&h they say is so unprecedented, and the date ^i of the dissolution of Parliament so uncertain, that no excuse need be offered for any effort to jQftJO ^hftt ^re tire real issues before the electorate. Of tie Prime Minister and bis ;q,.bjb:t as.it.^xisty to-day, it says, nothing is to V"be hoped, if little need hhared. On this fiscal ;Mr Chamberlain is the real Prime j^rinisier, not without direct personal represen- n' tation in tjtie Cabinet itself. It is round Mr ml, nd bis,Policr that the battle is taking,"ana will continue to rage, lie whole structure of Mr Chamberlain's case 7: 'w a'reveraal of our national finance appears to ~~K. a§ (proceeds, the circular) to be unsound from top an'; to, bottom. The Colonies, so far as is known,, "ZX- .M&jopt on theeve Of separation, and altogether cotuse to become disloyal even at the bidding of Secretary..The proposals made .pa: ,J>y Chamberlain to secure their continued r' Ipyaliy' to the Empire do hot appear to have much Colonial enthusiasm, and in the opinion oi competent observers on the spot -«.*< <, JWllId* eaine seriously to be tiis* ,r. fSQtaSa, be far more lijcely to" create ill; feeling J 'tbao.tft S^ojchfws., loyalty. So far as Canada is ,'t ..concerned it has already been made abundantly a plain tba; she values her complete legislative and fiscal independence even more than she does her roixd -place. as the greatest Dominion of the t British Empire. What her manufacturers and n linen pf commerce will say to Mr Chamberlain's proposal that they are to enter into a self-deny- "jag ordinance never at any time and in any cir- cumstances to extend the number of their mann- :=: Jactures^ or to conquer new fields of commerce in = competition with Great Britain, it is easy to foretell. So nmch," if we may Quote Mr ,B¥J,f9:JM: from happy language at Sbeffield- J4 Se much for the Colonial branch of the .•-i~ ->ne»tion." Mr Chamberlain's case rests upon a ;al,,mp;;t;1. Nor].8 ou» <>W-state at home either desperate W»..ng^d.not co farther than ),or- ^maay to heur on IW eide^ gad stories of .British R.Qxqpe titiQn. The Blue Book issuad by the -Goveimment, ivrn the results of their own in. -n, -t.> .i|niry as to the stat* of our trade, shows that it • is ina prosperous Bkatp. whilst it is far from true, as Mr Chamberlain vJy pretends, that all Pitowtionist countries are enjoying a social enrqum, from which our "Cobdeniam" shuts -inout The lot of the poor man is always harsh, there are clouds on all social horizons, but it is the bare truth to say that the cloads on our horizon are less black and lowering than those plainly visible in other lands. ldr Obamberlain's figures are never to be relied ■upon and illustrate nothing so clearly as the < recklessness of his nature aud the crudity of his late t opinions. But no one can witness, without consternation, this sudden irarfittg ofonr fiscal system into the fierce cauldron of party strife. There are always intifgfeat industrial community like ours some trades that are depressed, some occupations that .,are shifting; employment is not always to be ttad, and wages, unhappily, are often low. Grave Indeed is the responsibility of any man of in- fluence who will take upon himself to sa* that be knows- a plan whereby work will be constant and wages always high. Mr Balfour, to do him jus- tice, is not a man of this sort. His language 18 always guarded nor ia he given to cheerful prophecy bat bis late colleague is one who. to getbia own way, will tell every depressed indns- ;■ try, and every man who is unemployed, from one <. end of the kingdom to the other, that the ills they suffer from are curable by Protection. -On this great issue-oar Federation haa, through liberal Publication Department, done ita Amt to, supply to tlj» constituencies leaflets and ^psTmlihlets dealing with the fiscal qaestion. In connection the committee gratefully acknowledge the great service which is alto being rendered by the Free Trade Union. Mr '€JfeM»berl»in is general ly reported to expect one defeat, and then to be rewarded with a ^•great-victory. Let tt be our recognised business ,-tofceIp to make his first defeat* so decisive as ^wfor ever ta baniah the hope of ultimate success the-mind of the most rabid Protectionist. Solrin ojjr zeal for open markets «tid -ch«tfp-bread anti meat fall into the trap so pi&ini^ fanrTor 'usj and ih our alarm for the i forget the misdeeds of the past. 'tBja connection we venture to call your -^attention to two recent publications of onr de- wartmentrThe first is entitled Eight Years of ^"V;3Pory Gkrvernment: 1895 to 19031 Homfe Affairs," V..y atH the second is a atimmary apd'anal^3i3 of the redftt and evidence of the South African War Commission. A country which could allow such a report as the one just mentioned to pass over its head as a matter bf adltiTl aceount must have lost not only its self-respect as anation esteeming itself a military pdwfei, but also all the inatincti of self- government. K The manifesto contains detailed criticism of the tnancial record of the last eight years, and ,t&n continues— »•<» It is iinpcttsible to WTite the woids elementary education without shame and indignation. The Liberal party have unequivocally promised that the first rise to which they will put any power T' "Th may be conferred upon them will be to aniejmd the Acts of 1902 and 1903 so as to place afi rite-aided elementary schools, without dia- po pnlar- -control, and- to secure thatno elementary teacher in arate-aided school ■y iB^all be subjected to any reilgioug test whatso- ever! Schools that will not subject themselves to this popular control need not close their doors, '•foTrt-; 'they mnst do without the compulsory Btrbscription3 bf men and women Who not "sharer the retigrous tenets there implanted. This is a plain issoe, and one that Wn Wfou^it oat td the end. The constituencies- e 1'3C are already quite alive to it. No candidate could oV^rlodfe'lt if he would. If Mr Chamberlain ever imagined that his -preferential duties would ovefshadow the .education question he must 1dready have discovered his mistake. Even Bir- ^ihihgham ha^s n6t yet forgotten heir School '■ jBoard. word before we concltfd'e must be given to "thL- grea;t licensing question, If temperance re- formera do not at the nestGeneral Election, their general politics may be, unite in opposing the declared policy of the Government. 1/ 'tfifey toq^t pip any hope they ever had of living to see a substantial reduction in tbe '74, num.per of licensed houses, and at tho same time they must be prepared to see abandoned the valu- able legal principles declared in the cases of --Sharpe v. rakefield and the Farnbam magis- ""tratoBj and to admit the principle of public com- pensation. v In conclusion it is remarked After too long 'if'k -period of depression and divided counsels, the Eiberal party has become united because once "more in earnest, and therefore it is in a spirit V; .f confidence "that we appeal to our federated 'v asaoiiations to .'spare no exertion to spare no £ -exSertton to secure at the next General Election l" ,> great and much-needed victory for the people. —

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