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An A1 Fresco Conservative…


An A1 Fresco Conservative Meeting (BY A CORRESPONDENT). Having failed to gain admission to the Liberal meeting at the Guild-Hall, Car- narvon, on Tuesday night, I perambula- ted the streets, and at length came to Turf square, where I saw å crowd of people. Above the din I could hear a voice. Curiosity led me to the spot, and "to my astonishment I found that the speaker was Mr H. Lloyd Carter, one of the Conservative stars. I listened, and soon found that he was holding forth about the war. He congratulated the people of Carnarvon upon their orderly behaviour that night, and failed to under- stand why 70 policemen should have been imported into the town, a thing unknown during the past 00 years. They were there, he thought, to protect Mr Lloyd George, a gentleman who had voted against supplies for the British soldiers who were fighting their battles in South Africa. He (Mr Carter) wished the elec- tors of Carnarvon to remember at the next election that Mr Lloyd George had supported the enemies of England at a critical time in her history. In conclu- sion he proposed a resolution in support of the policy of the Government. This was seconded and agreed to, among the voters bein(r a number of youths who were so full of the war fever that they wore khaki coloured ties, hatsi, &c. Mr Carter has not a pleasant voice—he will never never make an orator like Mr Lloyd George—but he makes up for this defect by his impetuosity. When he wants to emphasise a point he knocks one hand against, the other and looks angry. A Mr William Jones, a scripture reader, having muttered something in a language I could not understand, there was a call for Mr Parnham, who was hid- ing in the crowd. Now everybody knows Mr Parnham—as an entertainer, but not as an orator. He was at first reluctant to step on a chair to face so large an aud- ience, but he had to, and,, more than this, ho had to make a speech—a serious one on a serious question. I could not under- stand very well what he said, and I thought he was suffering from nervous- ness. However, I heard him declaiming that Mr Lloyd George had got an 'undred policemen in Carnarvon that night. "Who was going to pay for 'em P" he asked-. "We don't want 'em. He has called for 'em — Lloyd George — and they'll cost a lot o' money to the county. If we went to 1, -Lsk him for a sixpence for a football club we would not get it (loud cheers). Who is going to pay for lem. I w .nt pay for 'em (cheers). Let us back up our soldiers. Now, gentlemen, we'll sing "Soldiers of the Queen." No sooner had the song befen suM than the people came from the Guild Hall, and T Wt fVe two croivcls to settle their dis-.


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