Penarth lodge. I0 G mL, On Wednesday there was quite a pheriominalgather- ing ot Good Templars in the Welsh Independent I Schoolroom, The fraternal greetings °: no less than thirteen different lodges and one District Executive were received through visitors, and these compli- ments were returned through the same source. Short addresses were delivered, and with songs and recita- tions, and a needle threading competition fur the male members present, the visitors also taking part, au amusing and enjoyable evening was spent. The prize, which consisted of a musical box, was won by Bro Carter, of the "Rose of Cardiff" Lodge.
seems viewing with man as to which shall be entitled to the honour of using the strongest epithets against his opponent. It is gratifying to note, however, that so far the struggle locally has been conducted in a friendly manner, and we sincerely hope that not one of Penarth elecVcrs will so far forget himself as to say of those who are opposed to hiac in principle, any- thing which will cause regret in the future- But because we say this, we do not wish it to be under- stood that we advocate the passing by of statements, uncontroverted, which may tend to mislead, or misin- form. The naked truth will always stand the sever- est test which can be applied to it, but falsehood, however disguised, will be detected, and will bring down on itself shame and confusion. There are always to be found a few weak-kneed, want of back- bone men, in whom there is no more dependence to be placed than on the weathercock, men who can be turned by whatever wind that blows; men who have no stamina about them, because they never study pol- i tiCd for themselves; men who are ignorant of the great questions which affect our country's welfare; men who are content to be guided by the,, brains of others; men who will ever sacrifice principle if they can gain thereby ''friendship's pat," and be permitted to hob knob with others of superior rank. These I are the men we have to fear- We are told that the past Liberal Government never did anything for the working classes or for the country generally. The Bealm, the organ of the Conservative party, in its issue for 28th June, says "Never have we had a Government which was more helplessly out of touch with human- ity. A set of Trappist monks, suddenly dumped upon Whitehall) could not hive managed pablic business in Imore ignorant manner than these luckless politicians. They have throughout been entirely deficient in the quality which the vulgar call' gumption.' A bold sur- vey of their position must have taught Ministers that they could not hope to carry any sweeping Bills, but that they might pass a useful measure or two. They promptly tried to demolish the Constitution and to repeal the Union. The result has been that their most Outrageous proposals were rejected outright; the rest tripped each other up, and produced a hopeless crash. The Parish Councils Act alone escaped from the wreck of that overloaded lumber raft." Where lies the blame that greater and more sweeping measures have not been carried ? Has it been oa account of the weakness of the measures proposed ? Has it been that the measures proposed have not been in accord with the wishes of the people? No! The Unionists and the House of Lords have religiously set their faces against every good measure 0 Iz, introduced", and have made legislation almost impossi- ble. A good Leicester Tory once said in our hearing "I cannot understand a working man being a Con- servative, neither can I understand an employer of labour or a wealthy man being a Liberal." If this ever applied it does to-day, for never was there a Go- vernment which studied the interests of working men more than that: which has just been dissolved. It was only through dogged determination that the Government succeeded in carrying the great measure which has been in operation only a few months, but which has conferred on the people generally untold benefits. And this measure was opposed tooth and nail, and was by the Lords- sent back again and again, until when it had been greatly mutilated, through fear, they gave it a passage- The present crisis cannot be over estimated. The Liberals of Wales have special reasons for working together and stand-1 ing shoulder to shoulder. Let it be remembered that to-day great principles are at stake. It is expected that the Liberals of Penarth will at least neautralise the vote of the Conservatives- If every man is true to himself and to his paity this will bs more than done. Let us put aside all differences and fads, and in one solid phalanx go to the poll next Friday with the v 1 1-1 determination that right shall win the day." As stated in the "South Wales Daily JMews,3 "itle pAer-, the parson, uiid the publican, are joining- hands with all other owners of vested interests in a tremendous struggle to secure the success ot Lord Dunraven s nomlllee." Liberals of South Glamorgan, remember that it is only by solid hard work that the triumph of j Mr Arthur Williams can be secured. 1 "Let us work and never falter, Then the victory shall be ours." J
Chit-Chat. BY KAMBLING TOMMY. How to get married, furnish, and I suppose pay the first week's rent, on X10 is a question which will be settled as soon as the atronnt can be realised, I am told. 9 0 0 Needless to say he is on the Taff, and I may add, at the Dock. He makes no secret of his intentions, so I have nothing to fear in mentioning it here. I shall be very pleased if, after the event comes off, he will tell me how it's done, so that I may make a note of it, in the hope that it will make some poor fellow happy, who can soon save this amount, but who has hitherto deemed a like sum insufficient to marry upon. Perhaps the bride is subscribing another ZCIO ? o o o I once heard a young man say I could manage if I had a wife, to give her money enough each week I to keep us both, but I shall never be able to save enough to furnish a house for her." He was advised to hand over half of his weekly earnings to his intended wife for her to keep until she had saved enough. This he did, and to-day they are comfort. able and happy, having a nicely furnished house in which to dwell. o o c The joys and blessings of a married life are too numerous to mention, (with apoligies for taking the last sentence from an Auctioneer's bill.) One young couple were a week or so ago, made the parents of their first child. It has developed to an alarming extent, the propensity for gaping. The proud and anxious parents are afraid, it being so young, that it will have lockjaw, so they have continually to keep watch, and when the child gapes, rushes to it, and gently, but firmly, presses the lower jaw towards the upper, to prevent its opening its mouth too wide. 0 0 0 I was reading an excursion bill, issued by the T.V.R., the other day, and on it in large lettterswere the words wind, weather, and 'circumstances per- mitting," which some youngster, with the joke bump largely developed within his cranium, had written thereon. 0 9 0 Politics! Yes that is the word, and that is about the only theme that man, woman or child can dwell on to-day. Past politics, present politics, and future politics, are discussed, and there is much information to be gained as you talk to one and another on these subjects. 0 0 0 Some will tell you about the good old Tory times, when almost every article for man's comfort, yea, and those on which he had to depend for an existence, were treble the price of what they are now, and when wages were very much lower. They will tell us of the hardship3 and sufferings which man had to endure: and will then compare the state of the past with that of the present, and tell us that the change has been wrought through more liberal administrations. Then, some will tell us how the Tory Squire and .11 11y Lor d," have oppressed the labouring classes, and how the "Working man's friendr," have sought to redress evils, and make existence a pleasure rather than an evil. And so I might go on, but I am not going to talk politics myself, but leave it to others. 000 As I go about I try to keep my ears open, for I am n one of those illiterate voters who know but little, but who is anxious to pick up a few crumbs which fall I from the table of My Lord," the "Club boozer," or any other man who has enough and to spare. 0 0 0 I wag inside the Chronicle office on Wednesday morning, talking over the work of the week with the 11 Editor, when we overheard the following" conver- sation:— a Mr J. (Liberal).-Well, what do you think of Major Quin's chances in opposition to Arthur Williams? Mr T. (Conservative). -Why, we do not expect to return him. now. We thought all you beggars were dead. but there's fight left in you now, it appears." Mr J.—Fight, my boy; that's not he word. We have bad a rest, but now we have arisen? and like giants refreshed with new wine, you will find the fighting spirit stronger than ever. Mr T.-Wel), Williams will be returned, but his majority will be greatly reduced; it won't be over 500. Mr J.—But knowing you are going to be defeated, why doesn't Qain withdraw from the contest. Mr T.—No, we'll die honourably, after having fought nobly." 0 0 0 The same two gentlemen ia their confab on politics referred to the speech-making abilities of the two candidates as follows :— Mr T.-—Mr Williams is a regular old fossil, and his speeches are as dry as bread and cheese without any beer. Mr J.-I grant you there is not much hamour in his speeches; but he is as solid as a brick, and his politics are just as sound. Mr T .-Yajor Quin is a sound politition, but there is also a little life in what he says. He knows how to turn a joke. Mr J.-Will he know how to turn the joke on the day when the poll is declared, and he finds himself lold ? Mr T.-I tell you he does not expect to win this time; he's only now paving the path to future success. Mr J. The same as all the other Tory candidates have done. Neither of them; have wanted but one j dose of South Glamorgan medicine. 0 0 0 Mr Tom Bevan says that at the meeting of the Conservative party last Saturday night, it was sta,ted that it was his men who were the dibselltientsó I don't quite like this," he said to Mr A. J. Williams on Monday morning. Who'd have thought it ? What an influential man. 000 There were from 250 to 300 persons present at Arthur J. Williams's meeting in Glebe Street on Wednesday night, but there was not the enthusiasm which I expec- ted. This may be accounted for from the fact that the meeting was called at an inconvenient hour, and also that no speakers of importance were expected to be present. o o o I fancy the speech of Mr Hughes, Mr election ageut, was a little bit too plain for some of the Liberal supporters present. When speaking of the Employers Liability Bill, he unintentioualy gave two or three rather hard raps. 0 0 0 Let me congratulate the Tories who were present, for the kind manner in which they listened to the various speakers- They did themselves und their party credit. 0 0 0 Now let me in conclusion give a word of advice, and this will apply to both sides. The lime before the contest is short. What should this mean ? Work? Very well, then, work! Mind your own business, and leave your opponents to do the same. You cannot find time to go from meeting to meeting to disturb and annoy. You can employ your time and year energies to better advantage. Work