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Conservative Meeting at Conway A "REPLY" TO MR LLOYD GEORGE. On Thursday night, a meeting was held at the Town Hall, Conway, under the aus- pices of the Gloddaeth Habitation of the Primrose League. The Hon. H. Lloyd Mostyn presided over a large gathering. The meeting was addressed by Mr H. Lloyd Carter, of Carnarvon, who was re- ceived with cheers. He said he had not cc me down to reply to Mr Lloyd George's speech at Carnarvon on Tuesday evening, but he could not help referring to it. That meeting was composed of not more than six hundred people, half of whom were drawn from non-resi dents of the borough, the Test 'being chiefly made up of non- electors. It was marvellous to see in the streets the number of respectable Liberals who declined to countenance the meeting by their presence. Although Mr George had now had ten years' experience 01 Par- liamentary life, he devoted the greater part of his speech to personalities ("Shame"). It was flattering to him (Mr Carter) that Mr George should allude to him at all (laugh- ter). He said it was meet and proper than one of the creatures of the Penrhyn estate, who had given notice to quit to working men standing up for the right of free com- bination, should give notice to a member of Parliament who was standing for the right of free speech. He (Mr Carter) was proud of the connection his firm, had with the Penrhyn estate, although he was quite sure that Lord Penrhyn would not regard any of his legal advisers as either officials or creatures, therefore he thought that Mr George, who was a member of the same profession as himself, should have been above stooping to such petty personalities (applause). Mr George was not only pro- iBoer, but he described the war as a miser- able squabble, and wanted to know what they were fighting about. Well, he would answer him in the words of Sir Henry Fowler, late Secretary of State for India, addressing a mass meeting of his --o-,istitu- ents that days week. Sir Henry said — What' are we fighting for P Why was he (Sir Henry Fowler) standing there to defend the war ? Because it was a war not for the obtaining of the franchise, not for the rights of the sound and strong as they were for the Utlanders, but because it was a war for ¡ nothing less than British supremacy in This leading Liberal states- man further said that the common-sense ot the world supported the war. Mr George and an insignificant number of pro-Bo^s stood alone -in supporting the enemies of his country and insulting our brave soldiers. Mr George was only one of the seven mem- bers who voted in Parliament against grant- ing supplies to our troops when British ter- ritory was invaded, and the reason he gave r at the Carnarvon meeting for so doing was, to say the least, curious. Mr George's his- tory was faulty and inappropriate, and he would contrast his conduct with that of Sir Henry Campfeell-Bannerman, leader of tne Liberal Party, who not only voted for, but premised his unvarying support for, grant- ing supplies to our troops (cheers). ar^ed annexation of the Dutch Republics, on the ground tuat annexa.tion would leave a feeling of resenti- ment behind it. He was in favour of giving them a large measure of autonomy. Now what was the history of Canada ? One hun- dred years ago there were rin Canada two antagonists races, French and Engtish, there was continual friction between them the result being a war to assert supremacy. Alter the final victory of the British, that country gradually settled down, and to- day a large measure of self-government was given to them, but even to-day the appodnt- ment of the Governor-General rested with the Crown, and the country still retained all the marks of supremacy which were vin- dicated a hundred years ago. Unfortu- nately for Mr George, his friend Mr Kruger woula not accept the form of supremacy which he had established for Canada, for the last message which he had received in this country from Mr Kruger had been a de- mand that the Dutch Republics of South Africa should be acknowledged as indepen- dent sovereign States. That demand Bri- tain could never grant, but in order to put an end to the conflict of races in South Africa the British must prove there what they proved in Canada-that they must be a, dominant race with equal rights for all subjects. The time might come, if the Dutch Republics proved themselves worthy of the trust, when we could give to the i Transvaal and the Orange Free State the same marks of a free people as we had' given Canada. That was what this country waa fighting for in South Africa.