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Letter to the Editor, THE POLICE AND MR LLOYD GEORGE'S MEETINGS. Sir,—I am one of a great number of people, especially Liberals, but not only Liberals, who think that the manner in which the police failed to do what they were there to do, at Bangor, on the occa- sion of Mr Lloyd George's first meeting at that town, was a disgrace, and I wish to give public expression to that feeling. I saw the crowd assembled at Bangor on that occasion, and I honestly think that it did not at the outside number more than three hundred, and that it was made up, principally, of youths of from fifteen to eighteen years of age. Now, there was present at Bangor on that occasion, some- where about eighty of the finest and most stalwart members of the police force of the three counties, and yet this small mob of larrikins appears to have had the town at its mercy for a couple of hours, during which it smashed a large number of win- dows at the Penrhyn Hall, and assaulted in -the most ruffianly manner not only Mr Lloyd George, but several of his friends, and even his wife. And yet the police (close on eighty of them be it re- membered) could not only not stop them, but actually has not arrested a single member of that crowd of hooligans. Truly a commendable picture! Remembering all this, it appears to me, as it does to many others, that the Police Committee, in its discussion on the subject, did not rise to the height of its plain duty in the matter by a long way. Neither does it appear to us, that the Chief Constable's explanation of the failure of the police to put a stop to, or rather to prevent the disorder of the mob on that occasion was at all satisfactory, and the fapt that the question should have been allowed to drop so quietly by the Police Committee is a matter of surprise. They ought at least (and I say this without the slightest wish to be vindictive), to have severely oen- sured' the responsible parties in this mat- ter for their ineptitude on that occasion. But, sir, having had my say on this point, let me add that I was in Carnarvon on Tuesday night when Mr Lloyd George's second meeting was held, and having seen how the police were handled on that occasion, I feel bound in common fairness to give praise where praise is due, and that is to Col. Ruck, the Chief Constable. You wilf observe that I have not attribu- ted blame for the Bangor fiasco to anyone. Col. Ruck took the whole of the blame for it on his own shoulders, but, "that is a way we have in the Army," and I have little doubt that Col. Ruck, an old Army man, in taking the blame on his own shoulders, was carrving out that chival- rous custom. But, as I have said, honour to whom honour is due. Col. Ruck's ar- rangements for the maintenance of order in Carnarvon on Tuesday evening were of the finest kind, and, more, were perfectly effective. To use a military phrase, they were tactical arrangements of the most perfect) djescription. When Mr Lloyd George came out of the hall, there was & crowd of quite 2000 grown up people massed in the street, half of whom at least, were, presumably, PAostile to the hon. member and many of whom would doubtless have been glad to have repeated the Bangor scenes had they dared. But immediately the hon. member and his friends made their appearance, the car- riage was surrounded by policemen. In front of it, marched a compact mass 01 men; on each side walked a double file of officers, and behind it came another solid phalanx of men in blue. Thus sur- rounded, the crowd was kept clear of the carriage, which moved, surrounded by the police, quietly into Bangor road, and for some distance up that road. Then, the police in front suddenly dispersing, the carriage was as suddenly put to a full speed ahead, and the rushing crowd fol- lowing could neither catch up to it nor in any way get near to it, by reason of the detaining force of police on either side, and in the rear, and thus with per- fect smoothness everything passed off well. I repeat, it was a triumph of police management, and Col. Ruck deserves aU the credit for it. Why similar steps were not adopted at Bangor it is hard to say and bootless now to inquire, for Tuesday night has removed all apprehen- sions that might have been felt than in a serious emergency both the police and their Commander-in-chief might be found wanting, for the way in which Col. Ruck controlled and kept in subjection that great crowd, and absolutely prevented +"e slightest breach of the peace prover. beyond a doubt that he is a man fit for the post, and a man capable of dealing successfully with the gravest emergencies. This being so, I set Carnarvon against Bangor, and cry, "quits," as far as I am concerned.—Yours, &c., A LIBERAL.

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