Liberal Premier's Great Speech. i new Government was on the 21st inst., launched upon its career by a great Liberal j d-emonstna,tion held in the Albett, Hall. Al- though that place of meeting is the largest in the Metropolis, it was by no means ade- quate to satisfy the extra ordi nary demands of the occasion. The audience numbered about 9,000, but applications for tickets had been received from nearly ten times that number. It was considered fitting that the first dec- laration by the Premier as to the policy f his Ministry should be made in the Capital, and the arrangements were therefore entrusted to the London Liberal Federation. That body did not however, confine its facilities to the Metropolitan area, for the home counties as well as London were invaded. The tickets of admission, for which no charge was made, were distributed through the local Liberal Associations, whose officials found the task of them a most difficult one. The only tickets issued by the Central Federation were those admitting members of Parliament and can- didartes to reserved seats upon the platform or to special boxes on the grand tier. Owing to the unique importance of the occa sion, public interest in the proceedings was not limited either to the Liberalism of the tooality, or even to the membership of one political party, and this fact induced an un- usually large representation of the Press of the entire Kingdom. The doors were not supposed to be opened until .seven o'clock but long before that hour the vast area resounded with echoes of a. rehearsal by the organist and choir of a musical programme prescribed to beguile the preliminary interval of waiting. The leaders even of this portion of the pro- ceedings had appropriately enough a political character, the organ being played by Mr i JUlIes Bert nam, Liberal candidate for North Herts, whilst Mr A. Waldemar Lawrence, Liberal candidate for the Strand, vigourously led the singing of a. number of political airs set to familiar dhoruses. Eight o'clock was the time fixed for the meeting to begin, but considerably before th.it time the huge hall was crqwded in every part by an audience who heartily joined in the popular airs to various songs, one entitled 1 "No more Joe," another beginning with the words, "Stamp, stamp, stamp upon Protect- ion." and a third beginning, "D'ye ken Bob Peel ?" The intervals between the musical selec- tions were filled up with interest to the aud- ience in watching the arrival of well-known political personages upon the platform. One of the first members of the Cabinet to arrive was the venerable Marquis of Ripon, who was TeOOived with a special cheer. Fresh out- bursts of enthusiasm greeted other Cabinet Ministers as they came separately upon the scene, especially in the case of Mr John Burns and still more in that of the Prime Minister 'himself, Sir H. Campbell Bannerman, in whose honour the whole upstanding assem- blage sang, "He's a jolly good Fellow." Mr W H. Dickenson, president of the London Liberal Federation, occupied the chair. The following members of the Cabinet were present:—Sir Robert Reid, the Lord Chan- cellor; Earl of Crewe, Lord President of the Council; The Marquis of Ripon, Lord Privy Seal; Mr Herbert Gladstone, Home Secretary the Earl of Elgin, Colonial Secretary Mr R. B. Haldane, War Secretary; Mr John Morley, Indian Secretary Lord Tweedmon th, l'irst Lord of the Admiralty; Mr John Burns, President of the Local Government Board; Earl Oarrington, President of the Board of Agriculture; Mr A. Birrel, K.C., President of the Board of Education Mr Sidney Buxton, Post-master General; Mr John Bryce, Chief Secretary for Ireland. Otiher members of the Ministry present included t-heo Earl of Aberdeen; Mr Lewis Harcourt, Mr R. McKenna, Lord Justice Walker, Mr G. Wihiiteley, Lord E. Fitzmurioe Mr. H. Samuel, Mr Winston Churchill, Mr T. Lough, Mr R. K. Caust,on, Mr E. Robertson, Mr T. R. Buchanan, Sir J. Lawson Walton, Sir W. S. Robson, Mr T. Shaw, Mr J. A. Pease. Among others present were Earls Grant-i-d and Denrnan, Lord Brassey, Lord Davey, Mr F. A. Channing, M.P., Sir K. Digby, Mr A. E. Emmott, M.P., Sir W. Bram ton Gordon, Bart., M.P., Sir W. H. Holland, M.P., Sir H. Kitson, M.P., Sir H. Lawsom, M.P., Mr J. Fletcher Moulton, K.C, M.P., Lord Monkswell, Dr Macnamara, M.P., Mr. R. W. Perks, M.P.. Mr Richard Cavendish, M.P., and Mr J. H. Dalziel, M.P. The Chairman said he wished as chairman of the London Liberal Federation and on be- half of the Liberals of London to express to Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman their appre- cia.tion at his decision to make his first speech to a meeting of workers of Liberalism in Lon- don. (Cheers). They had every confidence in the Prime Minister, and therefore they must give him security of tenure. He hoped thait in, a few weeks there would be ushered in not only a New Year but a new era of poli- tical righteousness and practical r form. (Loud dheers). THE PREMIER'S SPEECH. Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who was Sgain greeted with loud and prolonged cheers on rising, saidMr Chairman, ladies and gentlemen,—We are met to-night as Liberals in a position which we 'have not occu- pied for ten years. The Unionist Government is gone.(Cheers). It has executed what we may oaill a moonlight flitting. (Laughter). It has run away, not in the broad day of the Session, not even in the twilight of October, but in the murky midnight of December. (renewed laughter). They have gone! They bad long ago lost. as they knew well. the con- fidence of the country (cheery. They still possessed in a feeble and uncet trun way a hoM on the confidence of the House of Com- mons, but last of all, the worst of all, they lost confidence in themselves, rvnd they are gone! (cheers). We were told-tolld empha- rtically and abundantly—that the method of their going would be a. masterpiece of practi- cal skill (laughter). "Tactics," "tactics!" Ladies and gentlemen, the country is tired of their "tactics" (cheers). It hnd Wn better for them if they had less-of tactics and more of reality, but they have lived for some years on nothing but tactics. Now they have died of tactics (laughter and cheers). Two characteristics are outstanding above all others in the last Administration-first of all the,ir "cleverness," which was not always clever, and secondly an exhaustive fund of self-approbation (laughter). Of this last quality they were possessed of so much that they even now have some left for their obitu- ary notices, and you will observe that each of them is going about giving himself and his colleagues the most marvellous testimonials (laughter). They even carried self-esteem so far that they convinced themselves that they were the only people in this kingdom AMO could form a Government, and that if any- one else tried the effort any Cabinet that could be got together would be at once dis- tasteful to the country and destitute of strength and of unity. You see here where the wonderful "tactics" come In. That was the design that lurked in the December resig nation, and it has all come to naught (cheers) A GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN FORMED (cheers) amid the respect of our opponents which I gratefully acknowledge, and amid the confidence and satisfaction of our friends (cheers). What lesson then are we to draw— for let us be taught by the conduct of our enemies—what lesson are we to draw from their discomfiture? Surely this: to avoid those evil practices of boastfulness and over- cleverness which has brought them to ruin (cheers). We have a hew Government and shall shortly have I hope, a new and strength- ened and rejuvenated Parliamentary party (dheers). It rests with you largely to furnisih ns with that, but this is not the moment of our triumph, it is the moment of our trial (hear, hear). We are not ending our battle, we are arming for it. and I hope you will not think me too sober and too serious in my esti- mate of the necessities of the situation when I remind you of two old maxims always wise and singularly applicable to this situation. "Let him that standeth take heed le..9t lie fall," and "Let not him that putteth on his armour boast himself ias he taketfh it off" (cheers). In this surprising resignation, which took place in the most inconvenient period that could have been rihosen in the Whole year-,incoilvenient for Parliament and for the country as well-t,here was a two-fold purpose. In the first place, they hoped bv resigning in this way to place us in a danger- dus predicament (hear, hear). In the next place they hoped to evade the day of reckon- ang for all their past administration, and they hoped also to evade, so far as we can judge from what has happened, to EVADE THE GREAT ISSUE fphieh they themselves had placed before the country. The first of these purposes we bare surmounted (hear, hear). We are in no predicament, and this meeting shows it, øhoors). As to the second, it is for us not to allow them to escape from the responsibility for the past action and the judgment of the country, both on their fiscal policy and on their conduct of affairs (hear, hear). Their fiscal policy, what is it—cheers—and where is it? (more cheers). After three years of turmoil, in which the work of Parliament has been paralysed, in which the thoughts of the nation have been almost concentrated upon this one problem, lias echoed and re-echoed. from one end to the other of the laiid--after all this we have the late head of the overu- mene of tariff reorm hurrying into opposition in order to minimise and belittle as well as he can the issue which was to stand in the fore- front of his programme and to hide it away behind some other issue (hear, hear). But, ladies and gentlemen, he is making a mistake (hear, hear). It is not for him or for anyone like him to fix the issue at a General Election especially so important an issue as he had al- ready been a party to raising. Mr Balfour seems to think he can arrange the issues at a General Election somewhat as a holiday trip- per going into a. railway station and reading the advertisements may exercise a choice be- tween Ramsgate and Margate for his destina- tion (laughter). The issue, sir, is fixed- (hear, hear, aiiitl c,lieei-,)-and is fixed by cir- cumstances largely of his own creation, and, as to their conduct of affairs, we will take care that neither resignation nor dissolution, nor anything else, will prevent the people of this country from pronouncing judgment upon it (cheers). In any oa-se OUR DECISION TO ACCEPT OFFICE was not arrived at by any nice calculation of of advantage and disadvantage. We faced a plain duty—(cheeirs)—which lay before us. We did not shrink from taking up the bur- den which others had laid down, and the decisive consideration was tihat the country should have at the earliest opportunity—and there should be no delay in any way, no faint-he:artedlleffi on our part, or any regard for our own party interests—the opportunity of pronouncing upon the whole conduct of the late Government. Xow the catastrophe has occured. A Liberal Government is in power (a laugh). If one had any doubt—and for my part I protest I never had any doubt as to the wisdom of our taking office-I think it would be dispelled by certain reassuring cir- cumstances. In the first place there has been no shudder through the Chancellories of Europe—a laugh-as Mr Balfour kindly anti- cipated. Sir Edward Grey tells me (cheers) that foreign Ambassadors came to see him just as if nothing had happened (laughter). Again, Consuls, instead of tumbling down. as they ought to have done, have actually risen (hear, hear, and cheers). In the third place, Mr Brodrick, who ought to know all about these matters, cannot he labouring un- der any apprehension as to the effectiveness of the military defences of the Empire, be- cause this is what he said the other day, "TIle Army requires a. judicious review of past efforts rather than fresh schemes, and he be- lieved that a period of rest from doubts as to their prospects would be of great advantage to officers and men." Let me add that. the doubts of which lie speaks can only have come from the operations of himself and of his colleagues. Last of all, we. have THE LATE PREMIER. His stratagem halving completely succeeded, and the trap being pulled, he continues con- fidently after his resignation, as 'he was lie- fore it, that the General Election will leave llis friends ina woeful minority (hear, hear). Now, Mr Chairman. I see it anticipated, and you have rather lent yourself to the antici- pation, that I am going to make some new pronouncement, to-night. There is no new pronouncement to make. There is no room for it, and there is no occasion for it. At this point a woman in the upper gallery rose and repeatedly shouted, "What about women's votes?" Her interruption was greeted with cries of "Shut up," "Sid down," and "Order." The general programme of policy comes at a General Election, and the particular pro- gramme of work to be done comes at the beginning of the Parliamentary Session, and this is neither the one nor the other; and be- sides our policy is well known ('hear, hear), known even to those who feign to be ignorant of it and curious about it. After the greater part of 20 years of Tory rule great allowance must be made for a Liberal Government com- ing into power (hear, hear). We have the house to set. in order (cheers). We have dilapidations to repair, and that will take time. But we are not destitute of an active policy of legislation and administration. We have nothing we care to conceal and nothing that we evade. Let me briefly take a survey of the field, and I begin with our own posses- sions abroad What has been going on of quite recent days in India? It has been a pretty unbroken rule, a wise rule, that we assuredly will not be the first to break, to keep qusetions of the internal administration of India outside the area of party politics (hear, hear). So far as questions of the day are concerned I expect that it will not be your friend and mine, Mr John Morley (cheers) in whom the doings of the late Government will find their most eloquent and energetic and inspiring critic. No, it will be one of the most distinguished and power- ful members of their own party, I mean LORD CURZON. One of the problems arising from the system of military administration in India has raised an angry controversy in which a Prime Minis- ter, a Secretary of State, a Viceroy, and a Commander-in-Chief have each taken their part, and which has been marked by a vehe- mence of altercation and recrimmination that would be unedifying anywhere, but is more than unedifying where the stage of such a scene is the great dominion of India. Talk of Liberalism! I know nothing, I can ima- gine nothing less like a sense of our imperial responsibilities than the spectacle of this con- trovery so rashly raised, so tactlessly handled so recklessly published. You may be sure that it will be our aim to restore that spirit of caution and vigorous common-sense which has been the boast of British rule in India. xou may also be sure that we shall make our- selves party to no steps that involve any in- vasion of the sacred principle—for it is a principle recognised by each party through- out the lcimgdom-fhe sacred principle of the subordination of the military to the civil authority (loud cheers). Now I turn to the Colonies. It is surely unnecessary for us to make public protestation of our affection for the Colonies (hear, hear), our desire to bring them closer and closer to ourselves, and I wouild say thus that the relations 'between the Colonies and the mother country have never been settled on the lines of party poli- tics. But if it were so, that they had been so fixed, and were to be so conducted, surely the democratic and progressive interests and institutions of those great communities would have found more affinity among us than them, but I have heard with relief and plea- sure from Lord Elgin that he finds no trace of that tendency to disruption of which we were told but a few months ago-no sign of ten- sion or friction. Everything is smooth, save one ruffled spot—South Africa. In South Africa the difficulties and complications are as you know, great. I have no general state- ment to make to you, for we have not had time adequately to examine them, but one conclusion the Government has. arrived at and it is this, to stop forthwith, as far as it is practicable, the recruitment and embarka- t,i on of COOLIES IN CHINA. (loud and enthusiastic cheering, the audience rising and waving hats and handkerchiefs), rM^0rn^'Inen^ ar'd embarkation of coolies Tf a their importation into South and instructions Shavo boon tjivc'ii to t,hat effect (great cheering). Sir, [ pass from Colonial affairs to Foreign affairs. A few mvinfaS°, ll}- 1 referred to our -V\th for€iSn Powers, and I th^al™ .u w^h approval and pleasure wiselv°«r^i m*? Lord Lansdowne tion m>' admira- all ranks ant? all' my c°"»trymen of preat nation I Pa""tw>s •entertained for that great nation. And I am glad to sSy that mv sentiment expressed m opposition is morl than confirmed in office, and I wish empha- tically to reaffirm my adhesion to the policy of the entente cordIale. Even more import- ant than any actual amicable instrument is the real friendship developed between the two people, and one of the objects of our policy will be to maintain that .spirit unimpaired for the reason to which I have referred. I alluded very briefly to the great trial through which Russia is now passing. All I will say now and all I said then is this—we have noth- ing but good feelings towards that great people (hear, ],111.) IN THE CASE OF GERMANY also (cheers). I see no cause whatever of c&tu angoment in amy of the interests of either
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Ciirwarthfn Minn Rowis nnd the bounty ronncil 'loth'! Erfitur of thr Werkly Reporter, SIR,—It is high time for the users of the Carmarthenshire Main Roads to protest against the policy of those who are respon- sible for their condition. The higliAvays are a discredit to a modern community, and month by month their condition is becoming worse. The penny-wise and pound foolish advocates of economy will treble the expen- diture in a few years, when it becomes neces- sary to undo the evil which they are now so industriously Avorking. Do they suppose that- they are representing the public in their short-sighted attempt to starve the roads? If they think so, they deceiVe no one but themselves and in a few years time, if their policy is to be carried out, there will be such an outcry against its results as will effectu- ally terminate their public career. Let us consider some facts, taken from the report of the County Surveyor: "Some roads," he says "will have to wait 15 or 20 years before they saw him again. If he put three inches of metal (the minimum quantity that could usefully be rolled in) on, with the lollei, cn one road, they would not see him there again for 40 years .in some cases, and 7 years in others. The average wear of the main roads of Carmarthenshire, prior to 1889, was l of an inch. The amount of metal necessary to give an annual average of 4 inch over the county is 25,187 cubic yards. The amount, iioiv estimated for does not even reach the amount necessary to keep pace with w¡hat the wem: was stated to be 16 years aO'o much less with what the wear undõu htedly"" i to-dav." J Aow this is plain palpable, calculated fact, put before the members of the Roads and Bridges Committee, and hoAv do they deal with it? In the simplest way in the world— by ignoring it, and putting on one side every recommendation which their responsible ad- viser laid before them, adding to their folly the direction that the steam rollers shall be taken from their legitimate work in the summer to break stones, coupled with the further instruction that roads on which there was not a lot of traffic were only to be par- tially rolled! Translated into action this means a return to the old condition, of things, only worse, as they were before steam rollers were intro- duced If anyone doubts this, let him inspect the roads from Carmarthen to Llanfadock from Carmarthen to the Roses Hill, and from Carmarthen to Ferryside, and see for himself what condition they are in. He wifl find miles of road over which shovelfuls of stones have been scattered, to fill up a rut here and a hole there, with 110 pretence at road mend- ing, but with evidence of mefa 1-wasting. How can it be otherwise, Avhen a few stones are loosely spread over depresions, not much bigger than pie dislhes, in places, and scat- tered in all directions by the passing trafic, to be ground into mud? The apostles of such a "policy" deserve to be immortalised, and I suggest that a statue should be made out of this mud and erected as a standing tribute to their genius But I forget, a big statue, even if made of mud, would be too expensive a thing for these economic souls, would mis- represent the spirit of their intentions, and perhaps give them bad dreams. Ah, it would be a pity to rob the universe of one iota of their imperishable virtue, or disturb the balance of their monumental minds by dis- tressmg nightmares. So, I "withdraw my suggestion, in the interests of economy, and propose instead that only small statues should be made-one for each member of the Finance Committee. Of course, the several small statues would cost more than, the one big one. But that won't matter. Th.A r™n. tlemen of the finance committee will U never know that. They will accept the greatness thrust upon t.hem with innocent pleasure, and w^, ltr t0 th('ir because it is—cheap! Well fame perishes, when it is built on a foundation of mud. Here, then, is the policy of the finianee committee in full swing, even before it 'has obtained the sanction of the Council. How long is this mismanagement of County business to be allowed to go oil? Are the members of the Council as Ia Vhole content to abrogate their duties, abandon the obligation which their election implies and allow their responsibility, as a concrete'repre- sentative body to lapse ,because a few of thmr number try to usurp the functions of o th? ,^eU ^uca-tion and intelligence amongst them fail to raise their voices effectu ally in defence of the interests which they nave been elected to guard, that duty must be assumed by the ratepayers and taxpayers wUlooe money is at present being wasted by incompetent men. 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Advent Ordination. LLANDAFF. The Bishop of Llandaff hold a general oordination in the Palace Chapel, Llandnff, on £ t Thomas' Day (December 21), when the following were ordained ;— Deacons—Cecil Albert Darby, B.A., Queens' College, Cambridge and David Rees Williams, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter. Priests—William James Grigg, Scholse Cancellarii, Lincoln William Phillips, Lie Div., St David's College, Lampeter Geoffrey Norton Standish, B.A., Selwyn College, Cambridge, and Cuddesdon Theo- logical College George Thomas, a literate; and Henry Thomas, B.A., University Col- lege of Wales, Aberystwyth, and St Michael's College, Aberdare. Mr Darby was the gospeller, and the epistle was read by the Rev George Thomas. The sermon wae preached by the Rev. Ll. U. Davies, M.A., vicar of Whitchurch, near Cardiff, The bishop afterwards licensed to curaciea as follows :—Cecil Albert Darby, B A., to Llandaff; and David Hees Williams, B A., to Cilybebyll. ST. DAVID'S, The Bishop of St. David's held an ordina- tion at All Saints' Church, Llanelly, on St. Thomas' Day. The following were or- dained priests :—Alexander Edward Donalson, M.A., Exeter College, Oxford, chaplain of Christ College, Brecon David Hughes, Lie. Div., St. David's College, Lampeter, curate of St Mark's, Swansea David James, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter, and Salisbury Theological Col- lege, curate of Llangattock with Llangenny; Richard Thomas, B A., St David's College, Lampeter, rurate of Loughor T. Thomas, B A., St. David's College, Lampeter, curate of Llanelly and William Edward Thomas, B.A., St. David's College, Lampeter, curate of St John's-juxta, Swansea. The sermon was preached by the^Eev. E. T. Green, M.A., professor of St. David's College, Lampeter. BANGOR. The Bishop of Bangor held an ordination service at Bangor Cathedral on Thursday, when the following were ordained Deacons—By letters distnissory from the Bishop of St. Asaph Edward Sealtborpe Lewis, B.A., of Keble College, Oxford, and St. Michael's College, Aberdare, and E. Joseph Williams, B.A., of St. David's Col- lege, Lampeter, and St. Michael's College, Aberdare. Priests—The rlevs. John Eastwood, Uni- versity College. Bangor, and St. Michael's College, Aberdare, and Richard Hughes, B.A., London University, and Cuddiidon College, Oxford. By letters dismissory from the Bishop of St. Asaph The Revs. Thomas Jones, B.A., St David's College, Lampoter; Fvan Llewellyn Andrew Jenkins, B.A., St. David's College, Lam- peter; and John Thomas Jenkins, B A Jesus College, Oxford.
WH1TLAND IT is with painful regret that we have this week to chronicle the death of Miss Hannah Davies, the only daughter of Mr ltees Davies, surveyor, Whitland, which took placo at her annt's residence at Llanelly, on the 16th inst., after a pain- ful illness of six weoks. The deceased was only 2 0 years of age, and had started duties as a nurse at the Llanelly Hospital just one week before her illness. She was of a bright and genial disposition, and was very much Iovfd by ali who came in contact with her, and her death is keenly felt by her relatives and numerous friends, both at Llanelly and Whitland. The funeral took place on Wednesday of last week at Bwlch- gwynt Cemtiery(which is the family burying r a Vorjr 'ree n".mbe>' of people e afternoon train, which conveyed her lemains, and followed to the cemetery to pay their last tribute of respect. The officiating ministers were Rev. W. Trevor Jones, Llanelly (her minister) Rev Mr Evans, Ffynon Rev. W. Thomas, Llan- boidy and the Rev Mr Davies, Whitland. Among the largo number present at the funeral were Mr W H M Yelverton, J P. Mr 0 A Blake, J.P., Tenby, and Mr L B Blake, J.P.
LLANDYSSUL. The distribution of prizes to scholars at Handyssnt County School took place at the School-ball on "Wednesday, the 20th inst. Aklerman John Lewis, chairman of the governors, presided, and delivered a address. Mr W. Lewis, headmaster sub mi!tted a sat.isfactory report. :\1iss Evans Brynmarlog, .Newcastle Emlyn, distributed the prizes Mr J. H. Evans afterwards de- livered an address.
people (hear, hear), and we welcome the iiii- official demonstrations of friendship "which have lately been passing between the two countries (cheers). With other European Powers our relations are most friendly. When we pass beyond the bounds of Europe we have on the one hand Japan (cheers), our relations with which nation are sufficiently known to the woaid by the recent Treaty and 011 the other hand we have the United States of America (cheers) to th". Govern- ment and people of which we are bound by the closest ties of race, position, and fellow- ship (cheers). This is a most pleasant out- l'ook, which I trust will not be marred by any events that can occur (cheers). As to our general policy towards our neighbours—our general foreign policy—it will remain the 10,11 same in Government as it was in Opposition (hear, hear). It will be opposed to aggres- sion (cheers), and it will be animated by a desire to be on the best terms with all nationalities (cheers), and to co-operate with them in the common work of civilisation (hear, hear). I believe, by the way, that in the execution of this policy, we have a notable ally in our present fiscal system (cheers), a great guarantee of peace and a preventive against the possibility of a commercial and tariff Avar. WeLiberals—let us not forget it —are the heirs of a great and inspiring tra- dition (cheers). That tradition was founded in days when public opinion was opposed to any attempt to regulate the differences by an appeal to the reason and conscience of mankind. Mr Gladstone (cheers) defied the public opinion of his day, he kept his stand on higjher ground, and by refew-iiig the Alabama dispute to arbitration, establshed a precendent of priceless value to mankind (cheers). How proud and how pleased we ought to be to have among us and in the circle of the Cabinet a veteran statesman who took part in that great undertaking (cheers), and who remains now, as he was then, one of the truest of patriots and the staunchest and soundest of politicians (hear, hear). Well, I rejoice that since that time the PRINCIPLE OF ARBITRATION has made great strides, and that to-day it is no longer accounted weakness for any of the Great Powers of the world to submit those issues which would once have been referred to the arbitrament of self-assertion and pas- sion to refer them to a higher tribunal (hear, hear). Ah, ladies and gentlemen, it is vain to seek peace if you do not also desire it. I hold that the growth of armament is a great danger (cheers) is a great danger to the peace of the world (hear, hear). A policy of huge armaments keeps alive and stimulates and feeds the belief that force is the best if not the only true solution of international diffi- cult,ies. It is a policy that tends to inflame old sores and to create new sores, and I sub- mit to you that as the principle of arbitration gains ground, it becomes one of the highest tasks of statesmen to adjust these arma- ments to the new and happier era (cheeris). What nobler role could this great country have than at the fit moment to place itself at the head of a League of Peace, through whose instrumentality this great work could be effected (cheers). Well, ladies and gentle- men, I pass by a ve,ry natural transition to the question of economy and finance (hear, hear), and I think you may look with confi- dence to t'he action that will be taken by my friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer (cheers). But where is one to begin (laugh- ter amd hear, hear). We want two things. We want relief from the pressure of excessive taxation, and at the same time we want money to meet our own domestic needs at home, which have been too longed starved and neglected owing to the demand made by the taxgatherer for military puitoces abroad How are these desirable things to be secured if in time of peace our armaments are main- tained on a war footing? (hear, hear). Re- member that we are spending at this moment nearly twice as much on the Army and Navy as we spent ten years ago (Cries of "Shame.") There may be many—I believe there ar8- FRESH SOURCES TO BE TAXED I (hear, hear). We may derive something from I the land (loud cheers), something from licens- mg (more cheers), and the more irksome ine- qualities of taxation may be relaxed, but even so, with the increasing military expen- diture, how can we do the work of reform [ that remains to be done at home and at the .same time bring relief to the taxpayer? Do not let us mind, ladies and gentlemen, if in their folly they call us Little Englander, (loud and long-continued cheers). I at least am patriotic enough not to desire to see the weakening of my country by such waste of money as we have had for the last ten years. What has it brought us—this waste of money for ten years? Shall I recite some of the links in the dismal and ugly chain? (Cries of "Yes."). Dear money, lowered credit, less enterprise in business, and manufacture, re- duced output to meet it, therefore reduction of wages, increase of pauperism, non-em- ployment. The fact is, sir, you cannot pile up debit and taxation as they have been piled up without, feeling the strain in every fibre of society (cheers), and let me add another thing—as we are going to have a great deal said for the next few weeks about Free Trade—let me add another thing. Did you ever hear a fiscal reformer pleading for economy ("Never"), or crying out for lighter taxes and fewer of them. No, sir, if peace and retrenchment were the order of the day Othello's occupation would be gone (laughter and cheers). Expenditure calls for taxes, and taxes are the plaything of the tariff re- former. Militarisim, extravagance, protec- tion are weeds Avhich grow in the same field (cheers), and if you want to clear the field for honest cultivation you must root them all out. For my own part, I don't believe that w £ e should have been confronted by the spectre of Protection if it had not been for the South African war (loud cheers). So much for peace, so much for economy—the cardinal Liberal principles. Here is another— SELF-GOVERNMENT AND POPULAR CONTROL (cheers), and a lady's voice, "And a vote for women. We believe in the principle not only on grounds of justice and on the grounds of justice and on the grounds of effective ad- ministration, but on the other ground that it exercises a wholesome influence in the character of the people who enjoy the privi- lege. This is the foundation of our educa- tional policy (hear, hear). That the people of the districts .should control and manage the schools (loud cheers). It is the founda- tion of our licensing policy (cheers). But if I seek for illustrations why do I not take the greatest, the most. conspicuosu instance of all—the crowning instance—what other than this is the foundation of our Iridh policy! (cheers). That those domestic affairs Avhich concern the Irish people, only and not our- selves should as and when opportunity offers be placed in their hands (cheers). Down to last spring we had reason to believe that even the late Government and their party had come round to the wisdom of such a policy. They had already endowed the people of Ireland with the oommand of coun- ty government. They had pledged 112 millions of British credit to the tenants of Ireland. Lastly, their Viceroy 'had been authorised to declare that Ireland was hence- forth to be governed according to Irish ideas (hear, hear). They have started back from that position, but, 0, ladies and gentlemen, give them time; they cannot escape from the logic of their own acts (hear, hear) and they will return to that which is the path of justice and Avisdom, and also of safety. When I come to a policy of constructive social reform. I am principally conscious that I must make a reiteration of things I have been saying up and down the country for the last three or four years, but I will promise you this, that it will always be the same story (a laugh and cheers). We desire to develop our own un- developed estate in this country, to colonise our own country (cheers), to give the farmer greater freedom and greater security in the exercise of his business, to secure a home and career for the labourers who are in too many cases cut off from the soil. We wish to make the LAND LESS OF A PLEASURE GROUND for the rich (cheers), and more of a treasure house for the nation. Now why cannot Mr Chamberlain (hisses) drop his subject. of tax- ing corn and cheese and so forth and come back to his old love of three acres and a cow ? (laughter and hear, hear). Ladies and gen- tlemen, this question, including these great problems cannot be neglected, because after all fW-ealth and stamina of the nation are boun- -t?V :with the maintenance of a lalrge class of workers on the soil (cheers). A town population redundant, a country population decimated—it is the subversion of healthy national life (hear, hear). Now, in passing let me mention this, Avhich the Goernment has resolved to do. Very few things, we think, are more capable of benefitting both the towns and country districts than a development, if that can be given, to our system of canal communication and promot- ing the use of AvatenA-ays. It will facilitate transit, it will open markets, it will bring town and country together (hear, hear). We have therefore resolved to ask the King to appoint a Royal Commission to inquire into the whole of that question, because we believe that great benefit to the nation may come from it (cheers). But we are met to-night in London, and not in the country, in London, the greatest city of the world, an agglomera- tion of cities. Son)k cities of the very rich and some cities of the very poor. Sir, London presents a group of problems positively terri- fying by their dimensions—problems of the housing and over-crowding, problems of the unemployed and of the over-employed, and of the badly-employed (cheers). But they differ, these problems, after all only in degree and not in kind from those that press them- selves in other and smaller cities. We all know the people who pass like the Levite oil the other side of the way (cheers). What then is that Avhich we can do? We can strengthen the hands of the municipalities by reforming the land system and the rating system, in which I include the imposition of A RATE ON GROUND VALUES (loud cheers). We can make it easier for them to relieve the congestion of the centre, and to promote orderly and healthy develop- ment of the outskirts. We can do' AA-hat in us lies to prevent the central departments from being in any sense a drag on local enter- prise and make those departments rather stimulate and inspire, and I rather uiink that the new President of the Local Govern- ment Board (prolonged cheers) will be a good guide in such matte.rs. I want to see the poor law framed to meet a different state of things brought into harmony with new con- ditions, and I tihink we are all agreed that experiments carefully conducted and con- stantly AA-atched may be entered upon with advantage with the view of finding how best they may militat.e the evils of 11011-employ- ment. One other matter in this connection I would mention it is in our opinion a press- ing matter—this is the law of combination (cheers), the law of combination, which has been gravely affected by a se,ries of judicial decisions, and it will be our desire with the leasit possible delay so to amend it as to eive freedom and security to the Trade Unions in the pursuit of their legitimate aims (cheers). Sir, in all these subjects which I have been touching upon what is the aim to be kept in view, what is the star we should keep our eyes upon to see that weare moving in the right direction? It is that we should pro- mote the welfare, happiness, and interest not of any particular class or section, but. of the nation at large (cheers). This the work of true patriotism (cheers). These are the foundations upon which a solid Empire may |)e built. But do not let us forget that for these pui-poses our inistrument—that is the British Parliament—must be made effective and ready. WTe must, as opportunity offers, restore its impaired authority, develop its strength, and, by reforming our electoral methods (dheer bring it into closer touch \the the people. NOAV I know that 011 the great question upon Avhieh Ave are to give our verdict in the course of a few weeks —I know that on that question minds are made up, and therefore I will not enter even for a moment upon an argument connected with it I rejoice to think that since the FREE TRADE CONTROVERSY was first raised there has been no sign of faltering or wavering on our side (dheers), and that Liberalism has been true to her his- In the great struggle which ill shortly be upon us I do not think it too much to say that all we Liberals hold dear is much to say that all we Liberals hold dear is a stake, because if once you open the door to f in-lba-t hope is there for those great objects of reform and economy oil Avhich f,Ul« fx-ts are set Depend upon it, sir, that 1 ngiiting for our open ports aiiid for cheap 00a and material 011 Avfhich the Avelfare of the people and prosperity of our commerce depend, we are equally fighting against those powers of privilege, of injustice, of monopoly jcneers), Avhich are unalterably opposed to the triumph of democratic principles. Be confident, therefore, I would ask vou but be not over confident. Against yon is a power- f..l 1, CORhtlon of interests, poAverful and AAeaitny, and a great party divided, indeed— been amazed to see and to watch tiie little development—divided in the details or nscal strategy, but united in a. deteranina- tron to undermine and overthiw the stability ? + v,'™le- ket us then be worthy of our rat hers who Avent before us, and who won 01 us thus great privilege of freedom, and let for us thus great privilege of freedom, and let us beware lest through fault of ours-tfurough slackness or indifference, or over-confidence on our part—so great and vital a national interest, is imperilled (loud and pi-olong-eci cheering, during which the right hon. gen- tleman resumed his seat). Sir James Kitson, M.P. proposed "That tins meeting thanks Sir Henry Campliell- Banneruan for his address, and congratulates him npon his appointment at Prime Minister and upon his successful formation of a Minis- try Avmch oommands. the admiration and the respect of the Liberal Party." Sir Edwin Cornwall, chairman of the London County Council seconded, and the resolution was carried unanimously, and with much cnihil- j siam. MR ASQUITH'S BRIEF SPEECH. Mr Asquith, in moving a vote of thanks to the chairman, said I will simply say of our proceedings here to-nighit that I am certain the comprehensive and masterly exposition of Liberal policy to which we have, listened from the lips of the head of the Government will be received wibh unqualified satisfaction by Liberals in every part of the country, and I would add for the benefit of our opponents that those who are endeavourinn; for election- eering purposes to discover or invent differ- ences of principle or of policy between mem- bers of this Administration are only pursuing to their OAVU discoan fit lire tihe Jast of a long series of manoeuvres which, while they have found favour in London drawing-rooms and excited the admiration of large sections of the London press have aroused in the country nothing but impatence, indignation, and con- tempt (dheers). There is more ground to be won for Liberalism here in London than in any other part of the country, and there is | more significance in a Liberal victory here than in any other part of England (hear, hear). Mr Dicklinson has laboured for years in what may Jlave seemed a thankless and un- rowarded task. Let us not forget his services and the services of those associated Avith him in London Liberalism (cheer's). Dr Macnamara, M.P., seconded the reso- lution, Avhich was unanimously adopted, and the chairman having acknowledged the com- pliment, the proceedings terminated.