South Carnarvonshire Notes (By DELPHOS,) RELIEF OF MAFEKING. Whenever the news arrives that the gal- iant Baden-Powell and his men. «re relieved, AI?6 ^ili be great rejoicing at Portmadoc. About 11.30 on Saturday night the inhabi- J*nts residing in the proximity of the Town ■Hall were suddenly awakened by loud shouts of "Hurrah," They took it for granted that somehow or oth'er the news come that Mafeking was safe and hiad been, relieved! Many tumbled out of bed anyhow, and m-en and women could be seen the windows or running towards the Town asking on their way what was up, ^hilst at the same time believing that- Mafe- had been relieved at last £ When they 8°t to the Town Hall they saw that the People assembled there were celebrating the victory of the football club at Festiniog, the team having just arrived with the cup from that place! Though there was a disap- pointment that the "hurrahs" were not in celebration of the relief of Mafeking, yet all 'VeriO glad that the local footballers had done so well at Festiniog. MESSRS SOLOMON ANDREWS AND SON. Mr W. Eifl J onelS, Pwllheli, is wrong in his Idea as to rewarding public services. At the last meeting of the Pwllheli Town Coun- cil the Mayor proposed that the freedom of the borough should be bestowed upon Sir George White. He supported his proposal In an appropriate speech. Messrs H. P. Jones, R. O. Jones, J. E. Hughes, Captain Williams, ambothers spoke in favour of the motion. But Mr W. Eifl Jones could not See what betaefit it would bestow upon the town. When a similar proposal was passed in connection with Mr Solomon Andrews, it Was stated that Mr Andrews was doing good to the place and that he would do more. But Mr Jones was of opinion that Mr An- drews only benefited himself in what he was doing. Mr R. Isaac Jones, replying to Mr Eifl Jones, spoke to the point, and asked where was the man in Pwllheli who simply spent his money for the sake of others ? It "Was quite true that Mr Andrews benefitted himself by what he was doing; but Pro- idence so blessed him that his blessings ran Over th)e cup, and the town participated in them. Mr Eifl Jones thinks that a man cannot do good to a place unless he spends his money without personal gain. Surely that view of matters cannot be correct. I should be sorry to see PwUheli developed on th)e parish relief principle! A man who has ample means at his disposal, and who, instead of leading a life of ease and content- ment, utilises his money for the purpose of developing a town in order that he may further enrich himself, is as good a bene- factor to the community as the purely phi- lanthropic man may be. In enriching him- self he enriches others. It is this that Mr Solomon Andrews and Son have done to Pwllheli. The popularity of Pwllheli, and the publicity it has received, must be attri- buted to what Messrs S. Andrews and Son have done for the place. It is ridiculous to speak of personal gain in this connection. Messrs Solomon Andrews and Son are at Pwllheli for the purpose of making it one of the finest seaside resorts in the kingdom. They have already spent thousands of pounds there and they intend to spend still more; I and all fair-minded people rejoice to see the Recreation Grounds, the West End, Glyny- weddw Art Gallery, the tram, &c., proving prosperous undertakings. PwUheli would not be what it is to-day in the estimation of the country had it not been for the enter- prising spirit and liberality of Messrs Solo- mon Andrews and Son. The town and dis- trict are greatly indebted to the firm, who have opened up the West End, the Beach, Llanbedrog, Glynyweddw, &c., and deve- loped the district, whilst other people, who had the opportunity of doing the samet, kept their money to themselves. VACCINATION. Evidence is accumulating that thie new Vaccination Act must be changed or amended. Medical men find it impossible in this district to carry the law out. Dr Griffith, Castellmarch, said that it -would be better for him to do the work for nothing under the old system than to be paid for doing the work under the new arrangement. I should not be surprised to see some of the medical officers resigning their appoint- ments THE MAYOR OF TREMADOC. Was Tremadoc a borough once? I find that it had a mayor, aldermen, ehamber- lain, deputy recorder, and sergeant in 1805. Mr W. Williams, merchant, was the first mayor? Were there any mayors after him ? THE MADOC EMBANKMENT AND SHELLEY. I was not aware until the other day that ShieUey, the poet, was a contributor to the fund got up in 1812 for the purpose of re- pairing the breach made in the embankment by a terrific storm and an abnormally high tide. He subscribed ,£50. At that tiipoy Shelley lived at Plas Tanyrallt, Tremadoc, and such was the interest be felt in the damage done to the breakwater that he actually went round the country to advocate the claims of the fund upon the pockets of all iliEl people. He showed how the em- bankment was of the greatest importance to the public, and how Mr Madocks had spent both money and time upon its erection. TOWYN AND PORTMADOC. At first Portmadoc was called Towyn. "Towyn" was also a common name in the place, especially in combination. There were Trwyn Towyn, Ynystowyn, &c. As Years rolled on "Portmadoc" came to be generally used, whilst Towyn was mostly applied to Comhill. The inhabitants were classified into three divisions: 1, Garth people; 2, Towyn people; and 3, London road people!. The last-mentioned place is now called High street. It would be inter- esting to know whether Tremadoc had its nam? from Mr Madocks, or from the bill between Tremadoc and Ynyshir, called Ynys Fadog? There are several places in the district with Madoe forming a part of their names. If Tremadoc had the name before the coming of Mr Madocks to the place, it was a very strange coincidence thlat he should have a name so very much the same as that of the town. THE DUTIES OF OVERSEERS. 1 Mr R. O. Jones, clerk to the Pwllheli Baard of Guardians, has more than once drawn attention to the fact that overseers should see that the rates are not only collected but also that the money is paid into the bank. A great deal of the trouble that exists from time to time must be at- tributed to the negligence of overseers to do their duty. They trust too much to the collectors. The balance's against some parishes must be attributed either to the neglect of the collectors to get the money in or to their keeping the money in their own hands. Experience teaches that over- seers cannot be too vigilant. YNYSCYNELAIARN CHURCHYARD. I understand that Mr R. M. Greaves, Wern, the owner of the land adjoining Yn- yscynhaiarn Churchyard, and Mr Robert Roberts, Bronygadair, the tenant who has leased thle land, are willing to give a portion of it towards enlarging the burial ground. The difficulty in connection with the matter is that if burials will be allowed in the new ground without payment, it will be unfair towards the Ynyscynhaiarn Urban Council, who have spent a large sum of money on the cemetery. Mr Greaves and Mr Roberts are willing to grant the land conditionally on burials being limited to Treflys parish. THE STATION QUESTION AT PWLLHELI It is quice evident that the present -in- tention of the Cambrian Railways Company is to remove the station at Pwllheli to the Embankment road. This fact has roused the feelings of a large number of house- I holders in the "old town"—lower High st. Sant street, North street, &c.—and they have fully made up their minds to petition the railway company in favour of erecting the new station near the Ship Inn. It is most amusing to hear the arguments used in favour of the petition. The petitioners believe that the railway company have to I pay a large sum of money for disturb- ance, house and landed, property at Em-, bankment Road1, if they make tne station there, whereas such expenditure would not be necessary if the station were at Ship Inn. Some of the petitioners threaten to get all their goods by carriers from Chwilog Sta- tion. The Cambrian Railways Company will, no doubt, do what will be the best for the community generally. THE HARBOUR OF REFUGE. I quite agree with what Mr Lloyd George said the other d!ay, that the question of making Pwllheli Harbour into a harbour of refuge had not been put before the Board of Trade in a way that was likely to succeed. If anybody who knew anything at all about the geography of Pwllheli, Portmadoc, St. Tudwal's Roadstead, &c., had given evidence before the inter- departmental committee of the Board of Trade when the matter was considered by it, that committee would not have made the Board of Trade to reveal such lament- able ignorance of the whole question. Mr Lloyd George and the Cambrian Railways Company, represented in Parliament by Mr Humphreys-Owen and Mr Maclure, will now be supplied with plans and particulars of the whole scheme, and witnesses will appear before the Board of Trade who will show most convincingly that a. harbour oi refuge is very much wanted at a place like Pwll- beli. I hope that Criccieth, xortmadoe, Lleyn, Penllyn, Treflys, Glaslyn, Deu- draeth, Harlech, Barmouth, Nevin, and other Councils will petition the Board of f Trade in support of the application of the Pwllheli Town Council.
Alleged Wholesale Larcenies at Llandudno. At a special police court held at Llan- dudno on Thursday, before Dr Bold Wil- liams and Mr Elias Jones, Bessie Hersee, wife of a soldier now in South Africa, was brought up in custody charged with com- mitting a number of thefts in Llandudno and the district during a period extending over eighteen months. Superintendent Rees stated that there were about twenty-five charges against the prisoner. The first case opened was for breaking and entering 10, Marine crescent, Deg- anwy, and stealing a drawing-room clock valued at £14, the property of Colonel Stevenson, on the 13th of February last. Jane Hughes, caretakfer, identified the clock, and John Knight, pawnbroker, Nottingham, stated that he had received the clock in pawn by railway package, and advanced £1 by post on it. Inspector Griffith deposed that he charged prisoner with the offence, and she admitted that she had broken into the house by the win- dow. Mr E. W. Johnson, who appeared for prisoner, said that she reserved her defence. A second charge was then brought for stealing a box containing gold bangles; silver spoons, &c., valued at J625, the pro- perty of Mrs N. M. Rowlett, Sutton Bas- sett, who was staying at 17, Gloddaeth crescent, Llandudno, on the 19th of. Sep- tember, 1898. A third charge was brought for stealing a pair of bronzes valued at £2 from the Albert Vaults, Llandudno, on the 12th February last. These also were pawned with Mr Knight. In answer to the clerk, he said he had. written to Mrs Hersee in September last, and asked her if the ar- ticles pawned weere her own. She replied that they were. She had not thought it necessary to state that or she would have done so. Other cases having been heard, the prisoner was committed for trial.
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r North Wales Free Church Federation. THE REV EVAN JONES ON FREE CHURCH WORK. The annual meetings of the North Wales Federation of Evangelical Free Church Councils were held in the Zion Chapel, Wrexham, on Friiday. The com- pany enjoyed the hospitality of the Mayor and Mayoress of Wrexham (Mr Thomas and Mrs Jones) at luncheon in the Zion School, and at the close of the repast the Mayor said that as a Nonconformist, a member of the Free Church Council, and mayor of the borough, it gave him great pleasure to welcome the delegates to Wrexham. He was very pleased that there had been so large a gathering to re- present the Evangelical Churches of Gwynedd in that town, which was notable as the place of burial of Morgan Llwyd, one of the most famous of Welsh Noncon- formists (applause). He proposed the toast of "Success to the Free Church Federation." The Rev Evan Jones (Carnarvon), res- ponding, as the President of the Federa-- tion, said that besides Morgan Llwyd, Wrexham had the honour of being the I birth and burial place of Walter Caradoc, one of the finest of Welshmen; Vavasour Powell, who spent fourteen years in prison on account of his Nonconformity; Daniel Williams, and Elihu Yale, founder of Yale College, in the United States (ap- plause). He was glad that on the date ) of the visit of the Free Church Federation to Wrexham the mayoral chair should be occupied by a sturdy Nonconformist (applause). He was happy to hear that recently his Worship stood his ground as- a Nonconformist, and also that no insti- tution suffered on account of what he did (applause). I PUBLIC CONFERENCE. The Executive Committee met after I the luncheon, and the public conference commenced at three o'clock, the chair being occupied by the Rev Evan Jones. The Chairman said he was proud to have the privilege of addressing a few words to the Conference. He had attended some of the meetings of the Council, and was still in a certain amount of difficulty to understand in what way they were to look at these councils. There were :two ways which would suggest themselves to outsiders perhaps. The councils might be regarded as councils of war, to prepare for offensive Or defensive taatics. Per- haps they had a great deal to do on the defensive side. Undoubtedly they were surrounded by many who were not friends to Free Churches, and who had a very wishful eye, especially towards their children and the younger members of their flocks (applause). They believed also tha t they needed to defend their ] young people by grounding them in the principles, he would not say of Noncon- formity, but of true religion (applause). They all knew that position and surround- ings had a great deal of influence, espe- cially upon those who had not known any hardship, and who had been brought up in a better position than their fathers. They knew nothing of the sufferings of Nonconformity; they thought that others had been very kind and very nice: and were turning in good society, and they said "What are wef better than they?" Personally, perhaps, they were not, but upon principle they felt that they had borne the heat and the burden of the day. They were Nonconformists from conviction. They upheld the true reli- gion, according to the principles of Non- conformity. They should establish their people in the faith, and in that sense set them on the defensive against any assaults from outside (applause). As regarded their children, too, they had to act on the defensive. Some of them remembered the time when they were really kidnapped. (laughter). He used the term advisedly because he had been under it himself. His parents were Nonconformists. An old Nonconformist gentleman left a thousand pounds for a free school, but it got into some hands; no other school could be established in the place, and the children, the speaker included, were I compelled to go to church everv Sunday I and every holyday, whether they wished it or not, otherwise they would not be I allowed to enter that school. He had I felt all his life that advantage was taken of him when he was a child (hear, hear). They ought to thank the Government which gave them the Board schools, whic had been a great boon to a large part o Wales. He wished he could say t> e same of the whole of Wales, but there was a shady corner—the north-east co.rn-er- of Wales not far from where he spoke which was the hunting-ground of the Bishop and his lieutenants, who made raids upon the children. He wished he could rouse the Nonconformists of Fhnt- shire and Denbighshire to make strenuous efforts to defend themselves against these poachers (laughter and applause), Non- conformists were looked upon by these people as moral lepers, and they wanted them brought over to the* views. He would not mind so much i 7 do this with their own grieved that tha public were obliged to pay for these schools out of the national funds. In this matter they ought to take the offensive ^d^hould say to these Sounds, and leave us alone" (applause). It was to him a mystery how Nonconfor- mist people who had once been Liberals could support a Government which was doing so much against Nonconformity, especially in the matter of education. But for his own part, he would not come to the Council for offensive or defensive tactics in warfare; he would prefer to see them grow together in the faith—(ap- plause);—less war and more love. The whole world was peopled with Nonconfor- mists of one kind or another, so that there was nothing peculiar in the name. Let them close up their ranks and trust one another, and do what they coulrl to fur- ther the Kingdom of Heaven (anplause). The Rev. J. Raymond (Llandudno) read a paper on "How to get localities mterested in Free Church Council Work," in the course of which he said the conditions of locality and resources of service must de- termine the methods whereby the work of their Councils was to be successfully under- taken and accomplished, and suggested that some definite work should be on hand. A discussion ensued, and a vote of thanks was accorded Mr Raymond for his contri- bution. r The following resolution w?s carried^ on the motion of the Rev. James Ch&ries, oi I Denbigh, seconded by the RJV. G. T. Sad- ler, B.A., of Wrexham. :rhat this con- ference, realising that the moral and re- I ligious condition of the country loudly calls for Evangelistic effort on a far larger scale j than has hitherto been attempted, and, be- lieving that the opening months of the new j certury present an unparalleled opportunity for the Christian Church to make such a j supreme effort, earnestly commends the roposal to the National Council to hold a I great simultaneous mission over the whole country. It expresses the hope that every local Council will consent to take part in it, and it would urge upon them the ne- cessity of taking immediate steps to pre- pare their affiliated churches for participa- tion in the service and blessing of the mission by (a) calling a conference of the churches to determine the local plan of c&mpaign, (b) forming a. strong representa- tive committee to effectively organise lt, and (c) arranging for united prayer meet- ings to implore the blessings of the Al- mighty on the project." The absence of any memorial to Morgan Llwyd, the great Nonconformist, whose re- mains are interred in a disused cemetery at Rhosddu, formed the subject of a discussion, and it was unanimously decided that the local Free Church Council erect a suitable memorial with, a view also to establishing a scholarship. A vote erf thanks to the chairman for presiding closed the proceedings. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. At six o'clock the delegates and personal members met to transact the official busi- ness. Mr W. Thomas, Wrexham, presided, and the Rev D. Oliver read the executive's annual report, which was unanimously ap- I proved. The following officers were elected — President, the Rev Evan Jones, Carnar- von; vice-presidents, Mr W. Thomas, Wrexham; Mr W. Foulkes Jones, Corwen; the Rev Abel J. Parry, Rhyl; treasurer, Mr F. Nunn, Colwyn Bay; secretary, the Rev D. Oliver, Holywell; executive com- mittee, the Revs E. Jones, Denbigh; J. E. Jones, Holywell; R. Jones, Rhos; T. 0. Jones, Conway; Thomas-Roberts, Mold; G. T. Sadler, Wrexham; H. Barrow Wil- liams, Llandudno; and T. Jones-Hum- j phreys, Mold; Messrs F. H. Hawkins, j Wrexham; T. C. Lewis, Liandudno June- tion; J. E. Powell and Henry Lewis, Ban- gos. THE LATE PRINCIPAL EDWARDS. On the motion of the Rev T. Jones-Hum- phreys (Mold), seconded by the Rev Tho- mas Roberts (Mold), a resolution was un- animously carried placing on record the valuable services which the late Principal Edwards, of Bala, rendered to the Free Churches of Wales, and sympathising with his relatives in their bereavement. WELSH SUNDAY CLOSING ACT. A resolution was passed, at the sugges- tion of the Rev E. Jerman, supporting Mr Herbert Roberts's bull for amending the Welsh Sunday Closing Act. I PUBLIC MEETING. I In the evening a well-attended public meeting was held in the Zion Chapel, Mr William Thomas, J.P., presiding. The Rev J. D. Jones, M.A., B.D., of Bourne- mouth, and, In the absence of the Rev Pro- fessor Ellis Edwards, M.A., of Bala, the Rev H. Barrow Williams, Llandudno, de- livered addresses, after which Mr Francis Nunn, of Colwyn Bay, moved, and the Rev R. E. Morris, M.A., Wrexham, seconded" a resolution in favour of Lord Peel's report as a practical basis for immediate and effec- tive legislation. Mr Clement Edwards, the Liberal candi- date for the Denbigh Boroughs, said lw was glad to have an opportunity of supporting the resolution. He believed that it recom- mended a wise and statesmanlike attempt to meet a most difficult and complicated problem. It was not heroic, but it was businesslike (applause). In reference to the bill to prohibit the sale of liquor to chil- dren, he had no hesitation in saying that very terrible evils arose from young chil- dren being familiarised with the interior of a public-house and all its ugly concomi- tants. It was a scandal to a Christian people that this should be allowed; and if I we could not hope at present to wipe out the drink evil as it affected the adult po- pulation, at least we could stop the scandal and the shame with regard to the children (applause). Some people took the view that the success of the second reading of th £ Monmouthshire bill was an accident. He believed that there was a profound convic- tion amongst a good many people of both parties, in spite of what the member for Denbigh Boroughs had done, in favour of extending the Sunday-closing principle (cheers). But, after all, the great and vital feature of the Peel report was to be found in the suggestions for dealing with the compensation difficulty. He entirely endorsed the declaration of Lord Peel and his colleagues that there could be no pos- sible legal or moral right to compensation, but that as a matter of practical politics, for the purpose of hastening the solution of the drink problem, it was wise that some well-tbougnout compromise should be adopted. The old unbending temperance position was really, in the arena of politics, what the frontal attack had been in South Africa. The publican and brewing interest had entrenched themselves behind an al- most impregnable kopje, and if we could not carry the position by a bold frontal at- tack, let us, as Lord Peel's report sug- gested, outflank them by making them pro- vide their own compensation (applause). The resolution was carried unanimously.
LLANBERIS THE LLANBERIS MINSTREL TROUPE. — This troupe gave a ;iOst en- joyable entertainment at the Cone rt Hall, on Thursday evening. The process went towards the War Fund. 1 AN ACCIDENT. — An accident which might have resulted seriously, took place iu High street, on Saturday evening. A man named Evan Evans was driving a l orse be- longing to Mr Morris Tims, of the Padarn Villa Hotel, towards the village, when the animal took fright and ran furiou Jy, the driver having lost control over hi: a The car collided with the wall in front f Erw Fa-ir, and again with the Post Office, where the two back wheels came off. Aftrvwards the horse made a dash against the Snowdon Valley Hotel, where he became i n st, his feet having got entangled in the railings in front of the building. The driver it-unagcd to keep his seat, and escaped uninjured.
At the Llandudno vestry meeting on Thurday, an address was delivered by the Rector, and discussion took place on pro- posals to extend the National School on ( the Orme's Head; and to engage an Eng- lish curate especially in the interests of the j English population of the parish. I
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The Bangor "Imperial Demonstra- tion." (BY A SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT.) ——— To gain a true impression of the charac- ter of a public meeting, it is best to quit the reporter's table and to mingle with the crowd, listen to their remarks, and allow impressions free play for the moment. I had attended Mr Lloyd George's mooting, and I wished to see the "reply" demonstra- tion. On the placards this demonstration pretended to be a general public meeting; as a matter of fact it*was a mere Primrose League gathering. One cannot help won- dering whether the Liberal Imperialists who were present enjoyed their new ex- perience. From what I can understand they certainly did not. During the week, one had been accustomed to hear Mr T-loyd George's speech described as an appeal to sentiment. The logical value of such a description as an argument against Mr George's position is very doubtful, but it was the chief argument used at the meeting on Friday. What surprised one more than anything, however, was the ingenuousness of the speakers who made use of it. They were quite blind to the humour of their position, standing as they did on a platform I which was decorated with the emblems of patriotic sentiment and with the strains of I popular "patriotic song" to supply their oratorical deficiencies. Nay, their very ar- guments were an appeal to the sentiments -and too often not the higher and sub- lime sentiments stirred by Mr George, but the lower passions of the brute which cling to man, his desire for revenge, his grged of gain and his hunger for conquests, and I even the lower unreasoning passions which provoke the use of force against all who dare relsisfc the evil tendencies of the moment. Half-past sevem found the hall only ] moderately full, and the efforts of the lady who presided at the piano to rouse the enthusiasm of the crowd was not very suc- cessful. There was not that swing in the singing which characterised the rendering of "Hen wlad fy nhadau" the previous week. When the speakers appeared on the platform which had been gaily decorated j with primroses, mottoes, and nags, it was found that the complaint of the previous week that the ladies filled the platform could be hurled back with much greater truth. Colonel Marshall occupied the chair, and he at once entered! a plea for consideration, as ke felt himself like a fish out of water. His only attempt at giving point to his speech was a miserable failure, for his extract from Captain Younghusband easily proved the opposite of what he in- tended it to prove, viz., that the Boers had invaded British territory though they had said their efforts were merely defensive. He was more at home .when talking of the Royal Family, and he did well in proposing a. vote of sympathy with the Ptrince of Wales. An awkward incident, however, marred even this part of his speech. He was I describing the dastardly attempt when someone in the audience shouted "Shame." I The Colonel seemed to be staggered, and said something to his comrades on the plat- form. They explained to him what I meant, and one could hear him say, "Oh, I thought he said name." Professor Alfred Hughes had promised a frontal attack upon Mr Lloyd George, and his speech was therefore looked forward to with enthusiasm, but one could apply his own description to his speech "cregin gwag." I am amazed at the Professor. He is a clever man and a splendid fellow, buu a mere babe in politics. I have heard him speak during the election against Mr Win. Jones, but what has always struck me is the feebleness of his logic. He fails utter- ly to convince his audience, and his great fervour and impassioned oratory break, in- to foam against the un-moved rooks of the minds of his audience. After some experi- ence, I have found that the reason for his ineffectiveness is that he gets into a passion over points which fail to move the audience. When he attacks, all he is able to do is to ring the changes on the commonplaces of "beguile the public," "misrepresentation," &-c. Mr George's speech, he said, contained many mis-statements and several omissions. One of the omissions was the origin of the war. Yet all he could say on this point was "He dare not go into the origin of the war," a statement which was of course re- ceived with enthusiasm, but failed to satis- fy anyone. Then he tried to show that Australia was not desiring independence, whereas his own words convicted him. His great point was the lamentable lack of his- torical knowledge shown by Mr George when he stated that there was no similar case of annexation. What about Finland, Cubu, Alsace, and Lorraine ? Aye, in truth wha13 about them! Surely he was unfortu- nate in his choice. Again Mr George was mdsl'jading us when he compared the Boers tc the inhabitants of Anglesey and Carnar- vonshire—the Boers whq had kept sucn might at bay. But Professor Hughes kept clear of figures. A friend of mine, who has been rather impressed with the Imperialist views, of late, says that he never felt a greater desire to speak, and vow that such a tissue of fallacies was unworthy of a young men's debating society. Mr Morgan James spoke in Welsh, but the length of his remarks so wearied his own supporters that,, Mr E. Gray, M.P., gave him a public rebuke. Yet it was an ordinary Primrose League harangue in the usual style of the Welsh Conservative workingman advocate. Mr Gray himself delivered the best speech of the evening. He is a good speaker, a man with a certain charm of manner and of speech that puts him on good terms with his audience. A clever debater, he made the best use pos- sible of the various arguments against the Boers which are now so hackneyed — 4LS ignorance, his narrow-mindedness, his belief in his own election to the good things of earth, and the manner in which he has been duped by Kruger and others. But his cleverness at times led him into inconsis- tencies, and his attempts to be fair and avoid a too pronounced attack on the Boers, and especially on those who argue against tne justice of this war, nullified many of his statements. But even when he was speaking, the audience was not quiet. He was much cheered, but in the crowd there was an unrest and a desire to be done with speeches for a more lively and active a de- monstration. Hence there was a great deal of moving about. What is worse, however, te people on the platform showed the audience a bad example. I was surprised at the discourtesy shown to the speakers by these ladies and gentlemen. There was I nothing like it the previous week. | t j — This movement became more pronounced when Mr Carter was speaking. He was given a very hearty reception, and great things were expected of "the new member for the Boroughs," but never have I S('I1 or heard a more miserable failure. There is no other word for it. I have always been on friendly terms with Mr Carter, and I had great respect for his abilities, but on this occasion his speech was funereal, and I am saying but the truth when i state that he disgusted his own supporters. A few such speeches and his prospects of winning the seat would vanish. But I must sympathise with him. He was placed in a very anomar lous position. His name had been pub- lished as the prospective candidate, and he was so greeted on his appearance on the platform, but when the people heard him propose a resolution which was virtually a vote of confidence in himself they all thought "How indelicate." He also must have felt it. I am, however, informed on credible authority that he is but a stop- gap, and that the real candidate is Pro- fessor Hughes. Still the audience did not know this. The disgust of the gentlemen on the platform was only, too evident, as they slunk out one after the other. This resolution was, of course, carried, but there was a good minority which raised its hands without fear. The existence of I this minority was further testified by the cheer after cheer which greeted the men- tion of Mr Lloyd George's name, cheers I which the bulk of the audience resented, but could not stop. The opposition would have been more open and audible had the I chairman allowed any opportunity to pro- pose an amendment, but as in every Tory meeting I have yet been to the resolution was hurriedly put, and the negative slurred over. In fact the negative to the second 7 resolution proposed by Professor Hughes j was not put—at least the noise was such i that many of us did not hear it. In reply to a vote of thanks, Vr Gray made an unwarranted atack upon the pro- moters of the previous meeting, and evtftt went so far as to apologise for the disorder, for he repeated Mr Balfour's phnue about I the "limit of human endurance/' ai, stated that it was not strange that men should resent the actions of those who ac) f-d with i the enemies of their country and t in a | way which they afterwards regretted. Mr | Henry Lewis endeavoured to obtain a hearing to reply to these unfair alid mis- leading remarks, but, of course, vain, I and the meeting came to an end, or rather adjourned to the streets, where a, torch- light procession had been organised by the Conservative Club, and where the youths of the town were bursting to give vent to their opinions in the frothy ma^uer of their kind.
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