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Mr D. A. Thomas AND THE ABERDARE LIBERAL CLUB. Mr. D. A. Thomas, ex-senior M.P. for Merthyr and Aberdare Boroughs, and President of the Club since its es- tablishment, presided over the annual meeting of the Aberdare Liberal Club 0.1 Monday evening, when there was a fairly large gathering. Mr. Thomas had a very cordial reception, and spoke at some length on political and indus- trial questions. He was supported by .Messn;. M. Wntkins and M. J. Harris, C.C., vice-presidents; Mr. R. H. Miles, treasurer; Mr. Frank Hodges and Mr. Tom Evans (trustees), Councillor W. Thomas, Mr. Emrys Evans, and Mr. F. J. Caldicott (one of the secretaries). Mr. D. A. Thomas, at the outset, assured the audience that lie had no intention whatever of re-entering poli- tical life and becoming M.P. once more for the Merthyr c Aberdare Boroughs. He hoped he was a good Radical still, but he regretted having wasted so much time on political work—time that would have been more profitably spent in other directions both for the sake of the com- munity and himself. But that regret must be qualified by the many pleasant recollections he had of his connection with this constituency. He never had anything but kind treatment during the long period he was their member, and nowhere did he receive greater kindness than at Aberdare Liberal Club. One thins he would always nride himself upon, and that was that he had been elected time after time without any personal canvassing on his part. So far as the ballot was a test, he had en- joyed the confidence of a larger body of men, including workmen, in a greater degree and for a longer period than any man living in Wales to-day. It was now over 30 years since he started public life. He was placed at the top of the poll then, and he had never been anywhere else. He was present at this meeting to suggest that they elect a new president. They were good enough last year to re-elect him when he was under a cloud of unpopularity. He hoped there was no cloud near at pres- ent, but Heaven only knew when such a cloud might come again. The Club wanted a president who would be more active and be able to give them a stronger lead than he was able to, for ""he must confess he was not so strong a party man as he used to be. They ought to have a strong partisan as pre- sident of the Club. He (Mr. Thomas) was rather independent, and this, con- stituency had allowed him to exercise a great deal of independence. There was a lot of humbug and insincerity about party politics, as there had been about the Welsh Revolt against the Tory Education Bill 10 years ago. A sum of £10,000 had been subscribed in Wales, mostly by poor people, in sup- port of that education campaign, but no account rendered as to how it had been spent. The people of Wales were entitled to ask the Government to pass legislation dealing with educational re- form in the direction they wanted. Mr. Thomas briefly referred to his American visit, and then moved the adoption of the Club balance sheet. Mr. M. J. Harris seconded, and the motion was carried. Election of President.—Mr. D. A. Thomas v. Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P. Mr. Morgan Watkins remarked that "Mr. Thomas had occupied this position for a quarter of a century, and it afforded him great pleasure in moving his re-election. Mr. Thomas had been a good friend to the Club, and had heiped them out of low waters more than once. Mr. M. J. Harris seconded, and re- marked that it was always a pleasure to see Air. Thomas among them. Mr. Tom Williams, Gadlys, admitted that Mr. Thomas had done good work for the Club, but inasmuch as he had asked to be relieved, he (Mr. Williams) would move the election of Mr. Edgar Jones, M.P., as president. Mr. David Mor ris, Gadlys, seconded. Mr. D. A. Thomas himself supported the amendment, and appealed to them to allow his name to be withdrawn. Mr Edgar Jones was the senior member for the constituency, he rfdded, and he should be elected to the office of presi- dent, Mr. H. H. Collette supported the election of Mr. Thomas, and remarked that Mr. Edgar Jones had not been in that Club for the last 12 months. àh. George Parr also supported the original motion. Mr. D. A. Thomas was about to put the motion that Mr. Edgar Jones be elected when .Mr. Edgar Rees proposed Mr. Frank Hodges. Mr. Hodges, however, would net al- low himself to be nominated. Mr. D. A. Thomas: Mr. Hodges re- fuses, so there is only one name before us, and that is Mr. Edgar Jones. All in favour of Mr. D. Williams (Blaengwawr) .J lIi a moment, Mr. Chairman. You have been to America, and are inclined to rush business. (Laughter.) There is no greater friend to Mr. Edgar Jones in this room than myself, but I svcport Mr. Thomas. Mr. Thomas: I would rather net. This is very regrettab't. Mr. M. Watkins: All in favour of the re-election of Mr. Thomas. A large number of hands went up, and Mr. Watkins declared the motion carried. Mr. Tom Williams: Are you not go- ing to put Mr. Edgar Jones' name up? Mr. Watkins: Very well. We will have it over again. The names were put up, 9 voting for Mr. Edgar Jones and a large majority for Mr. Thomas. Mr. Tom Williams: Now we are satis- fied. Other Business. Councillor W. Thomas moved, and Mr Tom Evans seconded the re-election of Messrs M. Watkins and M. J. Harris as vice-presidents.—Mr. David Morris wanted new blood in, and moved the election of Mr. Tom Williams. It was time, said Mr. Morris, to remove some of the aristocrats who were in office.— Mr. Williams refused to stand, and Councillor W. Thomas' motion was car- ried unanimously.—Mr. Watkins, in acknowledging, said he would welcome a change. He was not an aristocrat, he was a democrat. If they had any- one ready to take his place he was quite prepared to withdraw from office, but in the meantime some had to put their shoulders to the wheel. Mr. W. D. Morris proposed the re- election of Mr. R. H. Miles as treas- til,el,Carried. Messrs. M. Rowlands and W. W. Rees were elected auditors, and Mr. E. S. Hall re-elected librarian.—Mr Hall's annual report, always one of the pleas- ant features of these meetings, was read by Mr. M. Watkins. A cordial vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Hall for his comprehensive report. The sale of literature was conducted by Mr. Winstone Rees, auctioneer. The following committee-men were elected by ballot: Messrs. F. Morris. Edgar Rees, J. W. Tinney, D. Williams and R. Walters. A vote congratulating Mr. D. M. Richards on his partial recovery from a long illness, was carried, and also a vote of thanks to Mr. D. W. Evans, who has now left the district, for his services as assistant librarian.

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