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NOTES OF THE WEED, 'I Conservatives of Carnarvon and Ban- le bave been very active during the past days. Meetings of a private and public aracter have been held by them, and seems to point to the fact that are bent upon doing all they possibly to defeat Mr Lloyd George, the popular th f°r the Carnarvon Boroughs, at a +tDext 8eneral election. Mr George is fef ^eir side, and his attitude with erence to the war has made them more than ever to gain their object. ey rely mainly on Liberal defections for *n*;Cess at the poll, and they try every fond earnient to win the affections those Liberals who disagree Ath Mr Lloyd George upon the war 5Qestion. Conservative meetings are now as "Imperial demonstrations," and • Party have been generous enough to Liberals to attend, thinking they faith ^ecome proselytes to the "Imperial" One of these "Imf>erial demonstrations" held 011 Thursday night at the Car- arvon Drill Hall—a building which is °sely associated with everything that is j^Hservative. Of course, there were the 8ual decorations — primroses, flags, and ■Hinerettes. galore — and these, together £ *th a little music, served to cover "a mul- *^de of something that we cannot de- scribe." When the Conservatives lack elo- ^Uence and oratory, which is often the case, «, 6y indulge in a little music, always of a <(Patriotic" character. They like to howl v*od Save the Queen" and "God Bless the rince of Wales," but it is beneath their SSftity to sing "Hen Wlad fy Nhadau." his noble song they leave for Liberal gatherings, and Liberals of the right sort always delight in singing it. Welsh Lib- erals love their native country, but Welsh conservatives are a class who despise the c*aims of Wales. One of the mottoes above the platform ?t the Drill Hall was the trite one "Patriot- ism before party." This naturally led one t° think that the speakers would expatiate patriotism, and would leave party pol- itics severely alone; but this they did not **°- We were led to believe that the Con- 8ervatives had given us everything that was worth having, in fact, our very existence seemed to have been due to the "wise ad- ministration" of Tory Governments. The Principal resolution, which was proposed by "rofessor Alfred Hughes — a gentleman Who suffered a severe defeat in the Arvon division at the last election-had reference to the war, but the subsequent speakers **igressed from the subject' to such an ex- tent that one had forgotten what the re- solution was about. Professor Hughes, ^ho is a fluent speaker, saoid that one had to go to the extreme corners of the kingdom to find men who spoke against the war, and instanced Dr Clark, Mr Courtney, and Mr Lloyd George — three Liberals — but he bailed to mention Sir Edward Clarke in the ^jstreme south. The reason why is obvious. Sir Edward Clarke is a Conservative, and he resigned his seat rather than change his Opinions in regard to the war, which he be condemned. The chairman of the meeting—or rather *6 demonstration—was Mr Lloyd Hughes, Coedhelen, who spoke at considerable fength on a variety of subjects, and Amongst them zoology. At any rate he informed his hearers that the Transvaal or the Orange Free State was at one time in- vested by all kinds of strange animals, \V'bich he enumerated. He regretted the attack made upon Mr Lloyd George at Bangor, but "thought that he had largely brought it upon himself; and he could hard- ly blame the men who tried to prevent pub- lic speakers from uttering sentiments which Were little short of traitorous." He also • added that there was no other country in the world where such freedom would be given to public speakers. Very likely not; Jt is to the freedom we enjoy that Britain Owes her greatness. It is idle to talk of what might have happened 150 years ago. We live in the present, enjoying the glor- IOUS inheritance won for us by our fore- fathers. When Mr Lloyd George first came out as a candidate for Parliamentary honours, the Conservatives spoke of him in disparaging terms. He was described as quite an or- dinary solicitor unable to speak English! But the Conservatives have had many a ^de awakening since then, and their views have undergone a complete change. "They do not," said Mr Lloyd Hughes, the other night, "deny his great intellect and power." It would be foolish on their part to do so. His eloquence is so captivating and his in- I fluence so great that the Conservatives feel ,that they must get him out of the way, by hook or by crook — and the present is the opportune time — otherwise Conservatism Will become a thing of the past in the con- stituency. Mr Lloyd George is no craven, and "he is bold enough to say that he be- lieves the war to be unjust" despite what Professor Hughes and others may say to the contrary. When the time comes Lib- erals will, no doubt, sink their little differ- ences and again return Mr Lloyd George at the head of the poll. The Bangor Conservative meeting was held on Friday night, and, as' at Carnar- von, no attempt was made to create a dis- turbance. In this particular the Liberals are wiser in their generation than the Tories, who show their appreciation of the right of free speech by smashing windows and inflicting personal violence. The Pen- rhyn Hall, where the meeting was held, was decorated with the inevitable primrose; I and in order to prevent the proceedings be- coming insipid a little music was intro- duced. The speakers included Mr E. Gray, M.P., the educationist, Professor Hughes, and Mr Morgan James, B.A. The last-named gentleman addressed the Car- narvon gathering) and much of his speech. at Bangqr was a repetition of what he said the previous night. Professor Hughes, in criticising Mr Lloyd George's recent speech at Bangor, said it was an appeal to senti- ment, "which covered a multitude of ig- norances." This statement was met with cries of "No, no," and the speaker cor- rected himself, saying that "it covered a multitude of things which he did not know how to describe." Mr Gray is evidently a great believer in Mr Chamberlain, "who had been," in his opinion, "as meek as Closes and as patient as Job." At the tail ^nd of the meeting Mr Lloyd Carter, soli- citor, the probable Conservative candi- date, came forward to address the audience, and was greeted with cries of "The new Member." Speaking to a resolution pledg- ing the meeting to do its utmost to defeat the candidature of Mr Lloyd George at the next election, he said he believed that Mr Lloyd George had had notice to quit. Mr Carter, however, did not say who had given him notice to quit. The Liberals have not; and it will not be in the power of the Conservatives to put the notice into effect to meet the wishes of Mr Carter. While the Carnarvon Conservatives were holding a demonstration on Thursday, the Party leaders nt .Bnnrror were feasting. Tn proposing tnw toast of the "Conservative cause" Mr David Williams said that "ignor- ant Radicalism was just now in the ascen- dant" in the Carnarvon Boroughs. In the light of recent events at Bangor this is certainly an extraordinary statement to make. Ignorant Conservatism, which ap- pears to be in the ascendant at Bangor, is responsible for the breaking of windows at the Penrhyn Hall, for the attempt to pre- vent free speech, and for the attack on Mr and Mrs Lloyd George, on the occasion of the last visit of the member to the city. Mr J. R. Pritchard deserves the warmest thanks of all who value free speech for having called attention at the Joint Police Committee on Thursday to the disorderly behaviour of the crowd at Bangor, when Mr Lloyd George addressed a political meet- ing at the Penrhyn Hall, and to the cow- ardly attack made upon the member. The Chief Constable said that no one regretted the assault more than he did, but after all it was not altogether the fault of the police. Mr Lloyd George did not leave the hall in the carriage, but became mixed up witn the crowd, and it was then that the unfortun- ate occurrence took place. As to the smashing of windows, this was a very diffi- cult thing to prevent, and he did not think there was anyone who could say who inflicted the damage. The crowd, although noisv, was not savage, and he took the re- sponsibility of rot interfering with it. As the result of the discussion raised in the Committee greater precautions were taken at Carnarvon on Tuesday night. There was greater activity displayed by the police, some of whom were in private clothes, and every attempt at disorderly conduct was nipped in the bud.

.LOTAI JOTTINGS.

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