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—I Labour Topics.

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— Labour Topics. [From Our Labour Correspondent.] It was with some amount of pain that I read the account of the libel action of our countryman, Mr. Lloyd George, M.P. A more dastardly and malicious attempt to blast the character of a rising statesman it has not been my lot to read. However much we mav differ in general politics, the sympathy of Labour men goes out towards the Chancellor. It is because the leaders of the Labour Party have been subjected to similar malicious and lying statements, and because it is known even at the present moment that those who are identified with the Labour and Socialist movement are being sub- jected to gross misrepresentation, tha,t I make this comment. Capitalism and Landlordism fear nothing more than the awakening of Democracy. If it cannot be checked by fair means, then it must be by foul. The recent election at Taunton was an instance where the Labour candidate, Frank Smith, was a victim of the Yellow Press. I am some- times inclined to believe that public life is a dirty business.. and have often won- dered why our best and noble-minded men enter its arena. It is only when we can substitute service instead of honour and self-interest as the motive, that we can ever hope to raise our public life to that high standard which is so much desired in these days. It appears that the forthcoming Dis- trict Council elections will have not such an array of Labour candidates this year as last. Only three at present are in the field, namely, at Porth, Tonypandy, and Ton, the last-mentioned being the retiring Labour Councillor. The result of the conferences between the branches of the Ton and Ystrad-Rhondda I.L.P. is that no candidate will be brought out this time, although a strong feeling existed in favour of contesting the seat. It was thought that the time was rather short to rally the forces and make a really effective fight. Therefore, in all pro- bability, no contests will take pla,ce in Wards 3 and 4. The Conservative Party have decided to oppose Mabon at the next election. It is for Labour now to buckle up its armour' for the fray. Mr. R,. Bell, M.P., has signified his intention of opposing thEt, Taff Vale-Bute- Rhymney Amalgamation Bill. 'h It is significant that 18 per cent. of the children of the upper classes die before they reach five years of asre, whilst 55 per cent, of the children of the working classes die before reaching that age. The Labour1 Party in the House were fortunate in the ballot last week, J. O'Grady and T. F. Richards coming first and second. O'Grady will submit a reso- lution dealing with Land Values on Wed- nesday, March 24th. An interesting debate is expected.

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- The Doctor's Ouestion.

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Workmen's Compensation Act.

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WISE AND OTHERWISE,

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