SWANSEA TOWN. Great Liberal Triumph. CRUSH-ING MAJORITY. A Record Poll. Swansea has gone through many memorable and exciting election contests since the first of Importance in 1874, when the late Mr Charles Bath made such a disastrous attempt to win the seat from the late Mr Dillwyn, but never has excitement and enthusiasm ruled so high as Monday, when for the first time on record the electors were confronted by a triangular contest. Never also has such hard and earnest work been put in on behalf of the respective candidates. Polling commenced with vigour from the earliest moment, and the voters continued to go to their respective polling stations in one Uninterrupted stream all day long. Thus a record poll was assured. The workers laboured incessantly for their candidates, and motors wereusedto a larger-extent than ever before. In this respect the Tories had the advantage, but the Liberal supply received a useful augmen- tation in ten cars belonging to their candidate. Colours, were largely worn. The Liberals adopted their own colours of green and white, which now form the national colours of the Principality. The Tories adopted the national colours of England—red, white, and blue, besides dragging into the contest the Union Jack. Mr and Mrs 3$ond. with their two children, were much in evidence with their green and white decked car, and everywhere they were received with the greatest enthusiasm. Colonel and Mrs Wright were also well received by the crowds aS they motored about in a car decked with Umon Jacks. Mr Ben Tillett and Mrs fillett droveabout the wards in a carriage and pair, spoiling, the red colour. As dusk set-in crowds began to assemble, and the police-began to take precautions to prevent the possibility of conflicts, although generally good humour prevailed. At-certain points, where crowds were expected to assemble at the declaration of'the poll, barricades were erected. The result was declared as follows Mond L 6,020 Wright C. 4,375 Tillett .Soc. 1.451 Liberal majority 1,645 1906. 1900. I Sir George Newnes L 5535 Sir G- N-ewnes. -T, 4318 Col. W tight C 4081 Sir J. T.UewetynC 3203 1454 1115 All three candidates were present at the counting. The counting was presided over by the Mayor (Alderman Matthews), and it was soon evident that Mr Mond was in by a sub- stantial majority. It proved to be a record majority. The counting was over sooner than anticipated. Before the result was announced, Mr Mond, the new member for Swansea, pro- posed a vote of thanks to the Mayor. Col. Wright seconded, and Mr Ben Tillett sup- ported. This was carried, and the official announcement was then made. The Guildhall yard was thronged, and the announcement was received with ,vild glee. The whole of Wind-street, Castle-street, and right up to High-street, was packed with a seething mass of people, who took up the joy- ful cry of victory. Soon afterwards Mr Mond proceeded in his motor with the intention of addressiAig a great -Inmting of workmen assembled in the Ablert Hall. As the cai- proceeded up Wind-street the welcome was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and when the Liberal Chib was reached further progress was stopped by a demand that an address-should be delivered there. Mr Mond, M-P., had-to comply. Tn the club there was another great outburst of enthusiasm. Next he proceeded to the Albert Hall. The spacious htrildmg was packed, and when Mr Mond arrived thescene baffled description. Every- body rose and cheered till they were hoarse, and then cheered again and again as Mr Mond stood up facing them with Mr Tutton by his side. It is safe to say that never was such a scene of enthusiasm exhibited in the borough of Swansea before. At last Mr Sails, in a voice which was heard above the cheers, Quelled the enthosiasm by announcing that the new "member for Swansea desired to make a- speech. Mr Mood's Reply. Mr Alfred Moritz Mond, M.F., who was received with another outburst of cheering, said amid loud laughter he did not know whether winning an election was not harder Work tbar^fightmg one. At any rate he knew now they were satisfied with their candidate, und he hoped they would be still more satisfied with their member. (Cheers.) He desired to thanh* them from the bottom of his heart for the magnificent work they had done in the great battle. He wired Mr Lloyd George that day and wished him many happy returns of his birthday,-and told him heielt confident that Swansea would send him a handsome birth- day present, and right well Swansea had done so. (Cheers.) Never in the history of Swansea had Liberalism stood on a greater pinnacle. He was a proud man that night and he was proud of his workers. He was proud of the way his supporters had conducted this con- test. He was proud to think that they had none of them done anything they had need to be ashamed of. t. Concluding, he said the first message from Wales goes out from you to-night. Thank God, Swansea has stood true. I cannot tell you bow glad I am, not only for your sake, not only for my sake, but for the sake of Wales, for the sake of Lloyd George—that we have not only polled first, but that we have shown the whole country that Wales has stood firm-i (Cheers.) We have fought a battle for justice based on righteousness and won a victory for the Liberal cause. Mr Mond then proceeded to the Cameron Hotel, being escorted by thousands of his sup- porters, and on reaching the hotel he and Mrs Mond and their son and daughter were the subjects of further demonstrations. Mr Mond and Labour. Mabon has invited Mr Alfred Mond to speak in his support in the Bhondda on Janu- ary 20th. Mr Mond has accepted. The colliers of Mountain Ash sent Mr Mond on polling day a telegram expressing the hope that Swansea Liberals woulp stand true to Wales.
WALES' FIRST M.P. MR ALFRED MOND, M.P.. who sained notable victory at Swansea on Monday, and led the way to the rest of Wales. (Photo by Walter Barnett.)
SWANSEA DISTRICT. ENORMOUS LIBERAL MAJORITY. SIR BRYNMOR JONES CONGRATULATED The result of the polling in Swansea District was never in doubt. The only question was the magnitude of the majority. Hence little interest was taken in the counting of the votes, which took place at the Swansea-Guildhall on Tuesday morning under the direction of the Mayor of Swansea (Alderman David Matthews) and the town clerk (Mr John Thomas). Sir David Brynmor Jones, K.C., the Liberal can- didate, and Mr Campbell, the Conservative Candidate, were present, supported by their respective agents, Mr George Isaac and Mr Jestyn .Jeffreys. Awaitinjr the result in the Mayor's parlour were the Mayoress, Lady Brynmor Jones. Mrs Hornc (sister of Sir David), and Miss Home. Counting was ex- peditiously gone through, and before noon the JLayor announced the result as follows :— Sir David Brynmor Jones (L) 8488 Mr-Campbell ~(C.) 2415 Majority 6073 Sir David -proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor for tbeim-partial and satisfactory man- ner in which he had discharged his duties. He added that it was not the custom to make speeches in tbat constituency on occasions of that character, but he did not think he would be deviating from the rules of propriety in say- ing that the contest had been waged in a man- ner worthy of the high traditions of Swan- sea. District, and that so far ashewas concerned he recognised that Mr Campbell had been a fair and. honourable opponent. Mr Campbell, in seconding, reciprocated the sentiments Sir David had given expression to, and the motion having been carried the Mayor suitably Acknowledged the recognition. The -announcement of the result was made so unexpectedly early that very few people had assembled when it was declared. Those who were, however, privileged to hear the announcement overwhelmed Sir David Bryn- mor Jones, "M.P., and Lady Brynmor Jones with their congratulations. Outside the Guildhall Sir David was further congratulated* In response he said We have foikxwtd the lead of Swansea ( Town- (cheers) -and we have gone some thoussands better. (lienewed cheers.) It is not the custom to deliver political addresses within the precincts of the Guildhall, but I must tell you how deeply moved I feel that for the fourth time I am returned bv you as member for Swansea District. (Cheers.) Sir David and Lady Jones and Mr and Mrs Mond then drove to the Hotel Metropole, the new member's headquarters, where an in- formal reception was held. It had been intended that the hon. member for Swansea Town should have met his colleague for Swan- sea District at the Liberal Club, when addresses, would have been delivered, but the en-, expectedly early announcement of the rescdt; took everybody by surprise, and so the meefc^ ing was not held.
CARDIFF SPLENDID. MR D. A. THOMAS ROMPS IN.; Magnificent Majority. Mr D. A. Thomas, the Liberal candidate, was on Wednesday elected member for the united boroughs of Cardiff, Cowbridge, and Llan- trisant, by a larger number of Liberal votes than havecever been polled in Cardiff. Althoogh his majority is less than that of the late mem- ber, the Hon. Ivor Guest—1^555 compared with 3,005-he received 773 more-Liberal votes than were polled even at the 1905 contest. The Liberal votes at the latter contest numbered 12.434, as compared with 13*207 cast yesterday. His opponent, Lord Ninian Stuart, can also claim the honour of having polled more votes than any previous Conservative candidate at Cardiff, his 11,652 being a big increase upon Sir, J. Fortescue Flannery's 9,429. The personal element doubtless told largely in Lord Ninian's favour, for he had nursed the constituency in- dustriously for many months, and had endeavoured to come into personal touch with as many electors as possible. Mr D. A. Thomas, on the other hand, had only been a few weeks before the constituency as candidate, and duriag that time he had been handicapped by uncertain health, and by being unable through this cause to t&ke any part in the contest for two or three days. He, however, as the figures indicate, made a splendid fight, despite this handicap. The poll was a very heavy one, the number of votes recorded being 2,996 in excess of those given in 1906. The total number of votes recorded was 24,859 out of a total register of 28,723. The earliest indications pointed to a very heavy poll. Both parties had a large army of workers and a multitude of motor cars and vehicles of all kinds. So many conveyances were available, however, that it was impossible to find work for them ail at first, though in the evening both sides would have been able to use more vehicles had they been available, In the matter of vehicles Lord Ninian had a big advantage over his opponent as to numbers. The voting during the dinner-hour confirmed the first impression that a heavy poll would result. It was not tail evening, however, that anything in the nature of excitement was visible in the outlying wards. After work had ceased for the day, there was a rush for the polling booths .In more than one case a would-be voter arrived too late to record his vote. The main streets of the city had an animated appearance all day, Queen- street in particular being thronged. The colours of the respective parties were much worn, blue, Lord Ninian's favour, being much more prominent in the centre of the city than the Liberal red, but in the out- lying districts, particularly Cathayaand Splott., the reverse was-the case. Lord Ninian too, was very much in evidence—more so than his opponent-making the tour of the wards in his motor car several times, accompanied by Lady Ninian Crichton Stuart and their baby girl. Lord Ninian's motor car, which was generously decorated with blue favours, attracted a great deal of attention. more particularly because of the banner which flew above the head of the baby girl requesting the electors to Please vote for Daddy." MrD. A. Thomas-also visited- all the wards and was well received everywhere. In the evening he was observed to be wearing a large smile, which his supporters regarded as a. favourable omen. NEW MEMBER FOR CARDIFF. (Photo, by the London Stereoscopic Co.)
,The Close of the, Poti. After the closing of the polling stations people" flocked in thousands to the centre of the city. Bands of young men wearing the party favours paraded the streets, singing, cheering, blow- ing trumpets, and making as much noise as they were capable of. With so much excite- ment a battle royal might have been,antici- pated when opposition parties met, but fortu- nately they were satisfied with jeering at each other and cheering their champion or booing his opponent. The police were present in the centre of the city in strong force, and for a long time kept the crowd moving, the mounted- men in particular doing good service by follow- ing the roving bands of young men and also by assisting in keeping the tram lines clear. The latter feat in St. Mary-street was almost im- possible of accomplishment because the street from the old Town Hall to the Monument was literally choked up with people. Although the counting was in the City Hall and the result was to be announced from there by the Lord Mayor, the number of people who cocigre- gated in that place was a mere handful com- pared with the tremendous gatheringinSL Mary-street. It was generally known tha-t as soon as the counting finished tafe restrit would be flashed from the City Hall to the newspaper offices, and would be-immediately projected by means of the bioscope upon publicly exhibited" screens, while there was the additional attrac- tion of seeing the results from other centres similarly displayed: hencethepeopieconcen- trated in St. Mary-street, where by JOWalbck there was aconcowseof fortjrto fifty thousand; persons. There was plenty of sagging asd cheer- ing, and noise of a miscelksneems character, but, so far as we-were able to'see, an-absence-of anything that could be-regarded-as rowdyism. Declaration of the Pali The first declaration of the poD was made five minutes past 11 by the South Wales, Daliy News as follows :— D. A. Thomas .(L) 13207 Crichton Stuart (C ) T1652 Liberal Majority. 1555 When the figures were thrown upon the South Wales Daily News screen a terrific cheer went up from the immense crowd which blocked St. Mary-street, the cheers being repeated again and again, and given with renewed vigour a few moments later when a picture of the victor, Mr D. A. Thomas, was projected upon the spreen. Meantime the Load Mayor (Councillor John Chappell) who actm as returning officer, had announced the figures from the porch at the entrance to the City Hall to the crowd waiting below. The result was there received also with vociferous cheering. The Lord Mayor was accompanied by the Town Clerk (Mr J. L. Wheatley) and the two candidates. Addressing-the crowd from the porch, Mr D. A. Thomas, who was received with much cheering, said the fight had been long and strenuous. He was exceedingly satisfied with the result, and he congratulated Lord Ninian Stuart—(cheers^—upon the very excellent spirit and way in which be had conducted the fight, and he (Mr Thomas) hoped the result of the election would not deter Lord Ninian in the least degree from entering public lif p. (Cheers.) Lord Ninian Stuart, who va" also accorded a very hearty reception, said although beaten he most sincerely hoped to come forward another time and fight another political con- test. (Cheers.) He couldnot wish for a harder fight than they had had this time, and he hoped that next time it would be more satis- factory to their party. (Cbeefs.) There were 50 spoilt votes. Thirty of these were condemned an not definitely indicating which candidate the vote was meant for, 18 because the papers con- tained marks other then the cross, which might have led to the idcifttificar- tion of the voter, and the other two were for-. feited because the voters marked their paperf4 with crosses for both candidates. "I SHALL FiGHT AGAIN." Interview with Lord Nintan Stuart. Lord Ninian Stuart, who took his defeat in excellent spirit, and was one.of the first to con- gratulate Mr D. A. Thomas, seen by our repre- sentative, said :— I have enjoyed the fight immensely. Cardiff audiences have been extremely good in every way. I shall fight again. I claim we have won a moral victory. I think Tariff Reform has made headway in Cardiff. Mr Thomai and I fought as hard as we could,, and I am perfectly certain that Mr Thomas's experience told in his favour, and am sorry he has not been strong enough to go throngtL rtfee isfajole ficht."
I Cold-Roil Boys as Canvassers at Llanftllv. A Picture of two youthful Election workers at Llanelly sporting photographs of ^Mr Llewelyn WtiliAms^nd Lord Tiverton respectively. (Photo by R. W- Evans, Llanelly.)
MONMOUTH BOROS. Sweeping Majority. PROGRESSIVE TRIUMPHS. Polling in the Monmouth Boroughs (New- port, Monmouth and Usk), took place on Wed- nesday. the candidates.being Mr Lewis Haslam (Liberal), old metnbcr, ajul Sir Charles Cayzer (Conservative). At. the last election" in 1906 the result was as follows :—Lewis Hasiarn (L), 4,531 E. E. Micholls (C), 3,939 Jas. Winstone (Labour). 1,678 Liberal majority, 592. The largest majority ever obtained in the Monmouth Boroughs was .688 in October, 1900, when Dr. Rutherford Harris (C), defeated Mr (now Sir) Albert Spicer (L). The number of voters at present on the register is 12,934 (Newport 11,752, Monmouth 880, Usk. 302. ) There were two polling stations at Mon- IIilluth, one at Usk. and 18 at Newport. Bù-th nides were very active, and up.to noon there was some brisk polling. During-the dinner hour there was a rush of electors to the booths, and lit iioTae of the Newport stations the, official;; had some difficulty in coping with the pressnss-. After 5 o'clock there was another rash ox voters. Party colours were predomi- nant e verywhere, and motors, traps, lorries,. and even milk carts were utilised to convey voters to tire- polls. At Neivport, where party feeling was running high, the public-houses were, by order of the. magistrates, acting under the advice of the head constable., closed at 2 o clock. The headquarters ofthe licensed vie- tuallers in Camraereial-street were boarded up, and several tradesmen in the town took similar precautions. At 9 o clock in the owning a special train, conveyed the ballot-boxes from Newport and i Usk to Monmouth, and a large number of parti- sajis travelled by the sauce train. Councillor W.. Sambrook, Mayor oi Motinaouth, was the returning officer. RESULT. Lewis Hasiarra (L.) 6496 Sir Ctoartes Cayzer (C.) 5351 Liberal Majority. 1145 A RECORD MAJORITY. Enthusiastic Scenes. The Mayor delivered the result about 1.30 a.m. Mr Haslam proposed a vote of thanks to the Mayor, and said that the contest had been conducted in excellent, spirit through wit. Str Charles Cayzer seconded, and endorsedJVIr i Has lam's statements. Mr Lyndon Moore, a prominent Liberal, called for cheers for Sir Charles Cayzer, and Mr John, Moxon, the Conservative agent, called for cheers for Mr Haslam, which-were given with a-good deal of enthusiasm. This is the largest majority ever obtained in the Monmouth Boroughs. Our representa- tive asked Mr Haslam what he thought his increased majority was due to. Mr Haslam replied that he thought the people had thoroughly grasped the Budget, and that Newport in particular had fully realised the detrimental effect of Protec- tion on shipping. He also thought that working men desired the- Commons to be inde-. pendent of the power of the Lords, and they also desired some scheme of contributory pen- sions. The Labour forces had joined with them on the question of the Budget, and that had materially affected the result. Wild scenes of excitement marked the de- claration-of the poll at Newport, which was first-made known by a red rocket being sent up. A huge crowd of persons awaited the result.
PE MBROKE BOR08. CLOSE OF A STRENUOUS MHT. Excitm gin cidents. Great excitement was manifested in the nine contributory boroughs of Pembroke and Haver- fordwest on Wednesday, when one of the most strenuous contests ever waged in the con- stituency came to a close. The candidatd and their prmcipal supporters were eAriy astir, and there was a great deal of party feeling imported into the fight. During their tour of the con- stituency they were accorded enthusiastic receptions by their respective followers. As this was the onty remaining dockyard constitu- ency that bad not polled, additional importance was given to the result, and both sides worked indefatigably in order to bring to the poll every available voter. There was one amusing incident. An old man was brought a considerable distance to record "his vote, and when he alighted from the motor-car he declared amid the laagbter of the bystanders that never again would he-travel in 9Bch-a vehicle. It was his first experience of this mode of locomotion, and he was-careful to, netarn bya stower mode of transit. I- RESULT. Sir Owen Pfciftpps (L.) 3582 Sir fceo. Am>strien4 (C.) 2877 Liberal Majority. 705
CARMARTHEN BOROS. POLLING DWINCJDENTS. Pofitng in the Carmarthen Boroughs tookplace on Wednesday. The motor-cars run on behalf of Mr Llewelyn Williams, the Liberal candi- date, were decorated with a profusion of blue, the -colour used by Liberals in West Wales, and huge Teddy Bears liberally decked in btoe ribbons swayed to and fro in front of tbe cars. The vehicles lent for Lord Tiverton, the Con- servative candidate, were gay with red. Keen interest was taken on both sides in the issue. The Carmarthen Liberals had been dis- appointed at the non-appearance of their can- didate in the streets, bat when he emerged from the Assize Court at 4.30 he was received with the utmost exuberance. He thankedhis supporters for their arduoos-labours, and left at clock for Llamelly. RESULT OF THE POlL Llewelyn Williams .L 4197 Lord Tiverton .C 1965 Liberal majority 2232
--4.- FLINT BOROUGHS. RESULT Of THE CONTEST. Progressive Triumph. Polling in the Flint Boroughs took place on Wednesday, and the result is' a decisive, majority for Liberalism, the figures being >♦- Summers L 2150 Tilby C 1723 Liberal majority 427 I Denbigh boroughs. NARROW CONSERVATIVE MAJORITY. Polling took place in the Denbigh Boroughs on Wednesday, and the result is a narrow Unionist win. Gore .(C) 2438 Clem Edwards .(L) 2430 Con. ouyerity 8
Derby's Labour M.P. INTERVIEW WITH MR J. H. THOMAS. Mr J. H. Thomas, M.P., South Wales I organiser of the A.S.R.S., who returned from his viet. fight at Derbyon Monday, was interview; by one of our representatives on Tuesday. Asked how he won Derby, Mr Thomas replied: I won Derby as an Independent Labour candidate, but I did not hesitate to point out that in this great national-crisis all Progressives should unite. and I cannot do other than say that it was this unity of all sections which con- tributed to my success." 1 Mr J. H. THOMAS, M-P. (Photo by F. J. Boyes, Derby.) What was the main plank of yoor plat- form ?" I found on arrival at Derby that' the TarifiSsts had been nursK'g the constituency for years, and I immediiiteiy set about to knock their fallacies on-the head. I also found that tbeir condemnation of the Budget was not quite in accordance with facts, and when the I Budget was explained the people were whole- hearted in their support of it. I also stood for ending the House of Lords, and the more I said against the Lords the-better the-peopleliked it. The action of the Lords generally was placed very clearly before ths e.ieetorg, and I have no hesitation in saving that, this was a determin- ing factor in their opposition to the reactionary candidates." "Did the Liberals support you f" Oh, yes, and as a matter of fact lébour-and I A Liberal split their votes as they have never done before, and so-evenly that-there was only a, difference of abowt loO between us/' What about Cardiff ?" I am. going to vote, of course, -and yon can take it from me that I am not going tolldp to send a Tariff Reformer-to PVfianicnL" Have you any message for your own people in Cardrti 1" Well, having regard to its being a straight fight, and the issues of such vital importance, I have no hesitation in sayingt;hat I prefer to see the Liberal returned, and the workers, without sacrificing their independence or com- promising their position-much as we value our separate identity—will be justified in votingior Mr D. A. Thomas. I am now going-to Msartbyr to speak for Mr Keir Hardie."
Dundee's Record Vote. MR CHUfteHJLL ON THE CONFLICT. Mr Churchill, after the declaration of the- poll, said Dundee had given the biggest-vote every recorded in the history of the city for the- two-great causes of Free Tradeand popular government. The course of the electoral battle could not yet be fully determined, but the Liberals were going to win. A great struggle lay before them, and they had to smash the veto of the Lords. Mr Wilkie and he would pull together until the struggle was decided. The Dundee electors had responded nobly to the call which he had-made upon them. They had given their decision in so emphatic a manner that it must ring through all Scotland.
TRAP FOR THE WORKING CLASSES. Cruel Deception To Make the Rich Richer, the Poor Poorer. A life-long Liberal, beiieving-m the bless- ings of Free Trade, has published a waraaxtg to the working classes, in which he says •-—I aim anxious todo everything in my poweiuby word or deed, to warn the working classesirombemg trapped by the visions held out under the name of Tariff Reform, which means nothing more or less than a huge combination to make the rich richer, and the poor poorer, by pro- tecting-the former from bearing and paying a fair share of taices-choosmg ra;the- to tax the food of the poor instead. This is a serisous i matter, wodcingmen, to voOr wives-And Dmri-J lies a tax on bread would be nothing less than a crime. The promise of more work by the so-called reformers is a cruel deception. I earn- estly implore you tostajid by'tt^L&eeaLpazty j and Free Trade. Besides this, we should remember mid re- mind others what the Liberal party has dene and is waiting to do if returned to power. 1. The amended Workmen's Compensation Act benefiting sailors and others previously ■excluded. 2. Thousands of working men andtheirtaani- Bes have been aided in maintaining their old p&rents consequent upon the old age pensions. 3. Thousands of old folks have "been made, happy by the pensions. 4. Thousands more will be granted this- happy by the pensions. 4. Thousands more will be granted this- privilege who are now clebarred from: it, because they have received patrtsh relief. 5. Provision has been made to grant relief to the unemployed, sick, and infirm working people, or that are otherwise in distress, sparing, them the necessity of going to the Workhouse. All these benefits are to be yours from the. Liberal party only no guarantee is assured, or given, by the Tory party for such. Having fought on the side of the people all my life is the reason for my urging the solemn duty upon working men to be true to them- ,j selves, and vote for the cause of the peopie-au& Uteirinterests.
HIGH PRICES IN AMERICA. A Maesteg Man's Experiences. At the Bridegeud County Court cm Pricfcayv Mr Tudor Rees read some letters in a case, ex-, tracts from which are of more than ordinary* interest just now. Things are much dearer outYhere- than at home," said the writer. "I have to pay 21s rent, and food is awful in price. Even a. liny bottle of ink costs 2!d. Wages are not higher., here (Canonsburg, Washington) than at home. j and I am not nearly so well off as I was in TSlaesfceg- The men are a lot different to the men in the old country. They won't fight with you here. They will puR a, revolver out and shoot vou befot-e you have time to pull ■: -your coat off. I wish back home."
SIR IEDWARD GREY. V Sir Edward Grey has covered practically-, .every township and village in the Berwick-on- Tweed division. This afternoon he motored to Holy Island and addressed a meeting of. the-electors in the Island Schoolroom. Later he spoke in the Presbyterian church at Lowick. Extraordinary enthusiasm character- ised the meeting. The congregation, led by the organ, sang Budget and Liberal songs and parodies of hymns to hymn tunes. The meeting, he remarked, was more like a city than a village meeting. With the issue of this election, he said,were bound up the liberties of the people. He claimed an unblemished record for the Government.
NORTH WALES VOTERS. The many hundreds of voters from North Wales driven to seek employment in South • WrVr -r'1' be. jakaaed to:Jmow thafeaaange- T ments have been made for the issue of cheap week-end return tickets on the Cambrian Rail- ways. Electors in North Wales constituencies working in South Wales should make every effort, in view of the importance of the issue, to go home and vote. for all the forces otre- action are at work in all the constituencies. Full information relative to the arrangements have been sent to several of the South Wales centres. The return tickets are available from Priday till Tuesday, and residents in districts off the Cambrian Railways can book to Tliree Cocks, Talgarth, Talyllyn, and Brecon, where the cheap bookings are obtainable, and by doing so the cost of the railway journey to Carnarvon and Merioneth will not be as much as theusnal cficgle-fare.
A DUTY ON CORN. Who Pays? Testimony of the Trade. The-British Baker of January 14th, re- ( ferrmg"to the Tariff1 question and as to whether a daty-on corn is or is not borne by the con- .The consumerundoutrtedly pays anvimport tax ninety-nine times out 4)f a hun- dred. If he dkLnot, what would be the sense of protectionist Governments granting rebates • or remissions of duty to exporters whose rawmateriat.hw b.-en made dearer by duties ? ;Wfoyshe«fcHiie British Treasury have refunded ttotoaallers in. July, 1903, the duty- they had paid ort-the foreign wheat they held in their ware- houseson July 1st ? The idea was to save Hiiliers from suffering loss through the remis sion orf the Ricks-Beach corn tax of 1902. Hut if the foreigner- had paid that relatively trifling -.duty" otis per qr., which he did not, the refund ;ing-Gitbat duty wou-fd have been simply a. robbery of the Treasury. A duty of 2s per qr. on all foreign and of Is per- qr. on all colonial and Indian wheat, with a tax of 2s 6d on all f imported flour might or might not be a good ^measare from a national point of view that '-we- cannot- discuss here. But it is certain that ¡:sm:h. ta.x.es wøaid result in bread dearer than. to-day by ^4 a quartern, unless the value of i- wheat in the world's markets were to per- manently drop 4s or 5s per qr., for which, of coarse, we have no guarantee. A qr. of wheat (480 Ibs.) gives one sack of 280 lbs., plus 56 lbs. of flour, or one-fifth of a. saek. A sack of very good fljour gives 96 loaves, but 90 to .92 loaves. would probably be the average yield of a sack. Ai/ 9g loaves to the sack a quarter of wheat would yield about 110 loaves. As the | nafier's sack of flour would be dearer j by Mly Is m, he would be justified J in chaarging Is 6d for his flour on thedearer wheat alone., But a. duty of 2s €d per sack on foreign flour would give millers a 'I good excuse for-putting a further Is ea, or at least Is more on his flour. If the baker had to pay 2s 6d more per sack., and that would seem inevitable, he would find his 92 loaves per sack loaded with 30d or about l-3dper 4 lbs. of bread. How is he going to get that money back unless < he-pntl; M on eseh41bs- of bread ? Supposing 1 wheat went- ztp Is per qr. one fortnight after the duty had been imposed, bringing the cost to the baker <rf the- sack to 3s 9d, how could a. i rise -3d per- quartern, or1dpCl" 21b. loaf be < £ M»oi$ed ? Stack "act -admanee might not-be an rrrrm fc<ayafaprl cakmtity; we sometimes think breadisJioo-cheasp; but it is absurd to argue that adMtyxjf 2s-oÐ' wiieat, .pius a substantial ■ tax oojfloiM'i wocrid not be felt by the bread consumer.
POmTS OF INTEREST. Sir-Qenry Norrwan, secretary of the Budget Leagae, who was defeated by Colonel Hick- man on Saturday, has received the following telegram from Mr Winston Churchul :— Deeply regret this accident, so largely due to yoor concentration on Budget League work. Consequences soon repaired." Lord Pirrie teic- grapfoed*-— Your loss to party would be too great. Hope sincerely luck elsewhere lies afoead." Sir Edward Carson"wa. unarble owing to indisposition to speak at Leamington last eight. The hearing of the case of Heay versus O'Shee was resumed in Dublin yesterday. It an action for injunction to restrain defendant from uttering or publishing an alleged faJse statement that Mr Healy, K.C., had accepted fees from a landlord in a land case and had endeavoured to prevent the restoration of an evicted tenant to her former holding. The Court granted the injunction and ordered O'Shee to pay all costs.
THE POWERS OF MAGISTRATES. In view of the fact that benches of magis- trates in various towns have held different views eegardingtbeir jurisdiction in the matter --of ordering the closing of public-houses on election days, one of our representatives en- deavoored to obtain the opinions of several lawyers on the- matter. One of these came from Mr A. E. Hill, who, awsaiir,it.or to the Cardiff Licensed Victuallers' Association, has an extensive knowledge of the J lieensing-tews. He said Application may be made to magistrates to make an order closing licensed houses a^ their discretion, sub- ject to certain provisions, But I will turn up thesectieax." Mr. Hill then looked up the Licensing Act, and said that, so far as be could see, the ordy section under which magis- ta-astes could proceed was Section 23 of the Licensing Act, 1872, which runs as follows:— Any two justices of the peace, acting for any county or-place wilere any riot or tumoult happens, or is expected to happen, may order every licensed person in or near the place where such riot or ttnnoult happens, or is expected to happen, to close his premises during-any time which the justices may order. Another gentleman who has an extensive knowledge of the Licensing Laws concufred in the view that the foregoing section was the only one under which the magistrates could proceed. It was pointed out that magistrates had to b^ satisfied that A-riot or tumult hap- pened, or",w3S expected to happen, before making a closing order, and although that might,be demonstrated to their satisfaction in some cases, it could scarcely be done in towns where political excitement did not rnmsothigh as to threaten to end in serious disorder.
KES%NS Of PROTECTtON. Thefoltowing verses on the bleasmgstof Pro- jection .are taken from Puck," the leading American comic paper :— Protection is a- blessed thing, It makes thebome more-dear It gives the-rich man meat aj-Kiiimit, The poor-man bread and laeer. It forges fortunes suchasnations Never knew before And when a man has millions, It gives him millions-more. It gives our sewing women leave To earn their-daily bread, By working morning, day, aBd idght At forfcjr cents a head. By itrour little. clùldrenwork In factories arc given, And shortened thus by many, a, year • Their journey-op to heaven. W fi.cazmot all bearieh my bay-- It shouldn't be expected. Proteetkm. is a blessed tbing- For-those-who are protected
PEMBROKE DOCK NONAGENARIAN. The remains-of Captain Thomas Uurlow, 1, Queen-street, Pembroke Dock, who- died on Wednesday last, aged 90 years, were interred at the New Cemetery, Pembroke Dock, on Saturday. Deceased, who had resided for 60 years in t&e hoose -in-Queen-street in winch his death toot place, was a native of Lawreimy, Pembrokeshire. He traded for many yeaxs as master of eoastintg vessels, of which he at one time owned three: ami subsequent to his retirement from the seafaring profession, about 20 years ago.. he carried on a jeweller's and watchmaker's business at Pembroke Dock. He was for many years a member of Albion- square Congregational Chapel, Pembroke Dock.
About midnight on Saturday two men— David Evans, known as Dai Llansamkjt, a labourer, and Edward Jones, of no fixed abode -were knocked down and run over oy a Port Talbot Railway train on the railwav in the G-arw Valley.. David Evans was killed, and Jones was seriously injured, being ultimately removed to the Workhouse Infirmary at Bridges**
NOTABLE EVENT AT LLAN6IB8Y. 'MARRIAGE OF MISS MACAULAY. Wedding bells rang merrily at the interesting and ancient parish church of St. -.Andrew, Tredunnoc, on Tuesday, in honoor of the marriage of Mr EHis .James Roberts, B.Se. M.8.R.S., L.R.C.P., CasfesSU Cwmfeiinfachu Mon., youngest son of Mr John Roberts, M.D., of Plas Eryr, Clwty- bunt, Carnarvonshire, and Miss Jane Tennant Macara?a,y, second daughter of Mr John Macao1-:y, J.P., and Mrs Macaulay, of Croes- coco. JUottgibh.y. The road between Newport and Tfednaaoc has not for a great many years been traversed by so many wedding guests and well wishers ct. the happy pair as on this day. The church was very tastefully decorated, was crowded to overflowing when the [bride entered, leaning upon the arm of her Mrs ROBERTS (nee Miss Macaulay). -(Photo, by A. and G. Taylor, Newport). father, who gave her away. She was attired in a gown of ivory satin charmeuse with a vest of finely hand-tucked chiffon, outlined with a deep Honiton lace berthe, lent by the bride's mother, and the corsage was swathed with net and pearl trimming. The skirt opened over an under-sfcirt embroidered in pearls. The Court train, hanging from the right shoulder, was also embroidered in pearls, and in one corner was a basket designed with bugle beads and filled with white heather. The tulle veil covered a tiara of real orange blossom and white heather. She also carried-a bouquet of white orchids, lilies of the valley, orange blos- son)e, ai d white heather. The train was carried. by Miss Ena Falcon, daughter of Mr and Mrs T- Falcon, wearing a quaint Dutch satin frock and bonnet, and she also wore a gold chain and pendant, the gift of the bridegroom. The bride was attended by two bridesmaids, the Misses Chrissie and Kitty Macaulay; sisters of the'bride, who were very tastefully gowmed in the new shade of rose.poudree satin cashmefe rigeur, being made with one of the new skirte pouched in front and sides Riled in across the front with gathered satin- volants. The bride's mother wore a lovely gown of Les-de-vin moire renaissance, with a vest of real bee. and braided in a soutache design, the. i bodice being a long-pointed effect. The skirt Dr. E. G. ROBERTS. (Photo, by J. Williams, Newport.) fitted into a yoke continnÎngto the bottom and pleated panels at the side, back-piped with black. With this gown was worn a-smart 'French toque 'to Tn'atch, and she afeo eatrsedt a bouquet of pink carnations and lilies- of the valley. The marriage service, which was choral, was conducted by the vicar of the parish, the. Rev. C. T. Salisbury, M.A., assisted by the Rev. T. Reynolds, M.A., Llanfrechfa, and the Rev. H. B. James, Mynyddislwyn. Dr. D. E. Roberts, brotiter of the bridegroom, acted-as best man, and Dr. R. C. Roberts as groomsman. Mr Bruce Macaulay and Mr Maurice Burnyeaffc acted as M.C's. At the organ was Mrs Salusbury, who played, as the bride entered the church, Lohengrin's Bridal March." The hymns, "0 Father all creating," and 0 Perfect Love," were sung, and as the happy pair left the church the organist played Mendelssohn's Wedding March. A large party of guests assembled by invita- tion of Mr and Mrs Macaulay at Croesonen for the reception. Later in the day Dr. and Mrs Ellis James Roberts left for Liverpool en route for the Grand Canaries, where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride's-going-away gown was a. beaotifai one of the new sbade of Rejane in Ba-cincbar- mant, with a round vest of hand-made Swiss lace. The bodice was prettily made with fichues and tubular chain on the edge. and it was also threaded around the bodice. The skirt was fitted with a very deep yoke and a box-pleated volant. The sash was brought around, giving a very smart finish. With this the bride wore a coat to match, made with pleats on the hips, a long roH collar trimmed with moir velvet and jet buttons. Her hat was composed of velour and ostrich feathers in the same shade, and she also wore sable furs, the gift of the bridegroom. The wodding presents, which were very much admired, were numerous and beautiful.
MARCHIONESS OF BUTE'S BROTHER. Dublin, Tuesday.—There was an interesting and picturesque scene at Whitemills Church, St. Abannop, near Dromen, Co. Louth, this morning, when the marriage of Mr Roger Bell- ingham, brother of the Maickioness of Bute, to Miss Alice Naish took place. A great deal of local interest was taken in the event, aud there was a large and fashionable gathering atr the church and afterwards at the i-esi- dence of Sir Henry and Lady BeUjngham.- The bridesrroom is the younger son of Sir Henry Bellingham, who is well-known in- County Leutli. Sir Henry's third child is the* Marchioness of Bute, whose picturesque wedd- ing at Castle Bellrngham in 1905 will be re-j membered. His fourth child is Mr Roger; Bellingham, who was educated at the Oratory, Edgbaston, and is a lieutenant in the Royal* Field Artillery. Mr Bellmgham's bride,.Miss Alice. Naiah, is a. daughter of the late Mr Richard Ka*sh, and niece to the late Chan- cellor Naish. who married Miss Dease. aaterof the Countess of Gainsborongn. Miss Naish's home, Baltycullen, Co. Limerick, has been in the possession of her family since l211). when it was granted by King John to her ancestors. The five bridesmaids were Miss Mary Naish, cousin of the bride, Miss McCann, cousin of the bridegroom, Miss Ev61yn Holland,coosin. of the bride, Hon. Muriel French, and Miss.Ann Cliff. The ceremony was performed by Cardinal Logue, assisted by Father Fagan, P.P., and Father Finalegan, C-C- A reception was held afterwards, 175 guests being present. The bride wore a rich white sa.tm dress trimmed with Brussels lace and antique veil. The bridesmaids were attired in pink satin with Vandyke black hats to match. The best man was Mr E; S; Harding, the bride being given away by her cousin ^Commander Holland. Amongst those present were the Marquis and Marchioness of Bute, Sir Henry and Lady Bellingham, Lady Angne NoeL, Lady Louth, Sir yere and Lady Foster, the Rev. W. J. Delany. S. J-, and Captain and Mrs Crauford. Triumphal arches of evergreens were erected in the vicinity, and amid general rejoicing the party left by motor in the afternoon for Dublin en route to Italy where the honeymoon wilLbe t. The presents numbered 500. •
TO-DIG IN CASTLE DELL. AMtRR!ANSrQUEER QUEST. Some months ago Drs. Owen and Prescott, Americans, wrote the Chepstow Urban District Council asking permission to dig in the-vicinity of the Castle to find a box supposed to contain documents of historical interest concerning Bacon's alleged authorship of Shakespeare's works, a.nd the Council decided to offer no objection if the Duke of Beaufort gave them permission. At the Council meeting on Monday night a letter was received by the Council from Mr Woodward, a solicitor, saying that Dr Owen had completed his work on Mrs Pegler's land '(which adjoins the Castle and they wished to come to the Castle Dell, of which the Council were the tenants, but they wished to keep the exact- spot a secret. A letter was also received from Mr Hobbs. agent to the Duke of Beaufort, on the subject, saying that he was going to meet Dr. Owen, it having been intimated that the Council had given permission to go to the place in view, but he had deferred the interview until after the election, and he suggested that the Council should be represented at the meeting. Some members considered that the permis- sion to dig in the Dell should be refused others thought the Council should not refuse until they had heard more particulars. Eventually the chairman (Mr A. E. Mullins) and the clerk (Mr F. Evans) were deputed to attend the meeting befeweaa Mr. Bototoa and- the, kAjaasifiaas.
Obituary. MR tfOWEL WATKINS, SWAtmEJ Distinguished Public Service. Mr Howell W atkms, J.P., of Swansea, passed away early on Tuesday morning. Death came in so sudden and unexpected a manner as to send a shock through the whole community. On Monday he was in apparently good health. He went in the morning the first thing to record his vote in his ward in a Parliamentary election involving those principles of civil and relisrioua liberty which he had fought for throughout his life. Then he presided over the bench of magistrates, and although he had complained of feeling not quite well, nothing serious was apprehended. On the rising of the bench he went home, and at night he retired after hear- ing the result of the poll. Towards midnight I his symptoms gave rise to alarm, and soon afterwards he succumbed to heart failure. He was 69 years old. His wife and several children survive him. By the death of Mr Watkinsthe town has lost a valued public man of the highest type, intel- lectually and morally. Dignified, upright, able, and full of human feeling, Mr Watkins during a long and useful public career did much to raise the tone of public life in the town of his hirth, while his many excellent qualities won him the love and esteem oi all classes in a commnnrty to which he devoted the best days of his life. Brought up as a printer, he founded the well-known firm of Watkins and Co., now carried on by his sons in Rutland-street. Before entering public life he took a prominent part in connection with religious and philan- thropic institutions, being a deacon of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Chapel, superintendent of the Sunday school, and one of the principal supporters of the Sunday School Union. In 1893 he was elected for the St. Helen Ward on the Town Council by a large majority, and was re-elected three years later without opposition, and in 1896 he was unanimously elected Mayor. It was jubilee year, and a very trying and important period in the borough's history. Mr Watkins, however, performed all the civic functions with dignity and ability, and worthily upheld the traditions of the office. He was made a justice for the borough, and performed the duties so impartially and satisfactorily that .on the death of Mr J. C. Fowler, the stipendiary, it wasthought unneces- sary to appoint a successor, and Mr Watkins by common consent became regarded as the prin- cipal justice of the borough. He was elected year after year efaairmam of the Borough Licen- sing Bench, and during the time he held this position the whole of the licences of the borough were reviewed with good effects to the town. Ma* Watkins was devoted to the interests of the Swa-osea Hospital, of which he had been president, white intermediate and technical education also found in himan ardent supporter. Justices' Tri butts. Atr the Police Court yesterday the Chairman (Mr T. W. Jones } paid frigh-tributeto Mr Howell Watkins. His death was a profound personal sorrow, and there was not a member of the Bench who would be more missed. Some people might think that political excitement, was the cause of Mr Watkins's deafch, but be Should like to dispel that idea, for Mr Watkfn £ was a calm, deliberate man, not gives to exv citement. He had suffered from a weak heart for many years. Mr Jenkin Jones, magistrates' clerl, and MIt Griffith Davies endorsed thechairmaa's tribotty Mr Ivor Evans, the senior solicitor present, saiC/; Swansea had lost one of her most useful sostae Mr-C. H. perks also joined in the trbute.
FAVOURED NATIONS. -r- Amertefto Tariffjjoftc^sions. Washington, Tuesday.—The Associated Press correspondent at Washiigton repoctc t that the State Department is abmt to pubfish proclamations by President Tat, under tM new Tariff Law, designating be following countries as entitled to mintmnn Custom* Tariff rates :—<jh-eat Britain, tosNa. Itaky. Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey. The messageadds that further proclamataoau win soon be isstted designating ober countries entitled to minimum rates, but t is not ex- pected that France or Germany ril b4 included. The advantageous posiion of Italy is manifest, as she will be able to stike a hard blow at the French and German trade witk the United States should France aid Germany fail to amend their tariff laws in a manned satisfactory to the American atthorities. Reuter.
WENT TO WELCOME HUSBAND, The Cardiff Coroner (Mr W. Yorah) held an inquest at Cardiff on Tuesday on Ellen Cox, aged 50, of Guildfordrcrescent,>jhose body was recovered from the Queen Ucxandra Dock on Sunday. Edwin Cox, marin fireman, said he believed his wife must hav come tAl. the doeks to meet him on Saturday morniM and fallen in. She was a temperate wenan and was eheerful. He had been at sea 12 veeks, and during that time deceased had writtn to hint three times, her letters being cbeeful, and she had drawn £1 per week from the ounem ot the vessel. Deceased had never threiened to take her life. The husband's vessel arrived at Eristol oa Saturday morning. Deceased left herlodgmgt in Guildford-crescent at 7 a.m. on Satur- day- The previous night she had said to her landlady, Ted's coming home tomorrow. I must get everything all right." The kndlady understood her to mean by this get plenty of food in the house and light a cheerful (re. The jury eetomed a. verdict of 44 Found drovned."
BUSTERY ECZE1 (MMDS a And Spread Over AMts and Feet- Had to Wear Gloves Afl the Time and CotØd Not Work Dodors Treated lias'Septic Eczeraa'btf IT YIELDED ONLY TO CUTICURA REMEDIES .—. The eoaezna on nur hands broke out OD a finger of the left hand. It earn* out in watery blifitma and the irritation was dreadful. I went to a dootor and he said I was run-down and want- ed a tonic. I also had some ointment whioh did not do any good. Being in the laundry business, I am in the heat a great deal so I thought that was the cause of it. As the eczema began to spread or my other hand. I went to another doctor who called it "septic eczema.' He said that it was of no ordinary kind and that I should have to try several treatments to find one which would owe. My hands/ were then one mass of mattery blistet-'s and the eczema waa spreading up my arms and on my feet. My hair came out and the scalp was dry and irritated, so much in fact that the doctor said I was lucky I did not have the'eruption all over my body. "After trying three remedies from the doctors, the skin began to form great scales and come off, and my hands looked like raw meat. My mother thought they would be eaten away. I had to wear gloves night and day and I was unable to do my work, which was of course a loss to me. After I did start work again I still wore gloves as the blisters appeared again just as badly. After using one set of the Cuticura Remedies (Cuticura Soap, Ointment and Pills) and an extra bottle of Cuticura Pills, I am glad to say I was cured. I find Cutioura Soap very soothing to my hands and shall always use it for the toilet now. Miss Winifred Longmate, Memory Cottage, Burgh Heath, Epsom, Surrey, Etegland, Mar. 17,1909." Cuticura Remedies are sold tbroughout tbe-world. A single set olten cures. Depots: London. 27. Cte^* terhouse Sq.: Paris. 10. Roe ae la Ch»us*ee d'AstUK Australia. R. Towns A Oo.. Sydney; So. Attica. Leo- non. Ltrl.. Cape Town; China. Hons Kong Dmg Co-: Japan. Z. P. Maruya. T.td„ Tokio. ete.: U.S.A.. Pat- ter Drug A CbPm. Corn Sole Props.. Bostom. OVPoat-frae, 22-page Cuticura Book, an AnWheft lly-oa Um Cut and Tre&tiseat -eX Skia