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STILL ON THE WAR PATH. The Party of Peace is still on the war path. The triumvirate of Welsh peace- makers, Messrs Lloyd George, Bryn Ro- berts, and Herbert Lewis—than whom there are not three more militant if less military men in Wales, have once more, in emulation of the Forlorn Hopes of military pamps, "rushed" the Carnarvon Boroughs, and taken the kopje of the county town by storm. The Conservative Party in the Boroughs, when thinking, as they seemingly have done, that they could get the better of Mr Lloyd George, have evidently been calculating without their host. The mem- ber for the Carnarvon Boroughs is too much of a weazel to be caught altogether asleep. In the olden days, when Britain's bulwarks were made of oak, and when good seamanship counted for as much as valour in a sea fight, half the battle was deemed to be gained when a combatant got the weather gautge of its opponent. Now there can be little doubt that in ar- ranging their. double meeting of last week, one at Carnarvon and the other at Ban- gor, the Conservatives thought to get the weather gauge of Mr Lloyd George, whose Carnarvon meeting had been tentatively fixed for the Tuesday preceding. But the sitting member no sooner saw the manoeuvre than he tacked, and by post- poning his meeting till last Tuesday, de- prived them of the advantage they had hoped to gain, and secured the weather gauge for himself. Having secured the weat,hergauge,- in this case the right of reply—he made excellent use of it. Seldom has a school- master been so buffeted as 1ms poor Mr Gray, thod schoolmaster Conservative M.P. who spoke at Bangor. Jf Mr Lloyd George got his hat damaged by the mob after the Bangor meeting, Mr Gray got his character as a reliable politician irre- trievably ruined by the mauling he suffered at Mr Lloyd George's tongue on Tuesday. As to Professor Hughes, there was hardly a shred left upon him when Mr Lloyd George had done with him-if in- deed he has yet. There can be little doubt that when next the learned professor enters the political arena in the Carnar- von Boroughs he will take care to be little more precise as to his facts than he ap- pears to have been at the Bangor meet- ing. The way in which the Schoolmaster, the Professor, and the Lawyer were re- spectively handled by the member for the Boroughs was as good as a pantomime, which the audience hugely enjoyed, roar- ing their delight in uncontrollable lafugh- ter—even the known sympathisers with the trio of Conservative speakers being compelled to give a sickly smile, which was only prevented by the most strenuous efforts from becoming a grin of amuse- ment. Mr Herbert Lewis's speech was admirable both in manner and matter; excellent in taste, sound in its logic, strong in its con- clusions. It probably carried at least quite! as much conviction to the minds of the audience as did Mr Lloyd George's far more slashing attack. Mr Herbert Lewis's strong point is that he is able to apply the lessons of the war to the case ofWales. It is true that two blacks do not make a white1, and the fact that we in Wales suffer disabilities is no justification for acts of oppression to the TTitianders of thle Transvaal. At the same time, it is well that the people of Wales should, like school children, go through a course of instruction from the) known to the unknown. By recalling to their minds the disabilities we suffer in Wales the speaker was able to bring heme J to his audience the real character j of the injustice alleged to be Per, i petrated in the Transvaal. The Carnarvon audience, too, were the better able to a.p- preciate some of the possible dangers of af nftxation by the analogy drawn between tbfi J casd of Wales and her language, and th0 proposal already actually made that hence- forth the Dutch language, the native tong^0 ;jn of thief great majority of the white inhabi- tants of Cape Colony and the two RepubliCS, should be forbidden in the Cape Parliameut, and the Cape Law Courts. With such 0 policy Wales can have no sympathy whatso- ever, and the very fact that the suggestion has been seriously made, and the proposal seriously contemplated, should serve to open the Elyes of Welshmen to the danger of giving rope to those who are mainly responsible from the British side for the deplorable war in which the country has beeta plunged. To turn from the meeting to its surround- ings we are glad to be able at last to oompli" ment the police. Some people may ques- tion whether it was necessary to draft so large a body of men into the town. To bring 70 or 80 policemen from distant parts of thief county into Carnarvon is a costly mat- ter and a step only to be taken in oases of urgent necessity. This question, however, apart, thfe police deserve nothing but the highest encomiums for thd admirable order maintained in the town. Not a stone was thrown, jot a stick raised, not a window smashed. Ba.ngor enjoys the unenviable notoriety of being the only town in the county where such disgraceful scenes as those whichl attended Mr Lloyd George's meeting there, are possible. The excellent results of the police preteautions at Carnarvon justify all we said on the matter in dealing with the Bangor meeting, and demonstrate that the Carnarvonshire policd whlen de- lernlin,ed to do so are as able to suppress riotous behaviour as any similar body of men in the kingdom.

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