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A Mischievous Inference. Mr. Churchill and Old Age Pensions, Some Conservatives are sticklers for facts and references, A statement was made recently at Bodringallt by Mr. Harold Lloyd to the effect that Mr. Balfour was not the only important per- son who did not vote for the Old Age Pensions Bill, but that even Mr. Winston Churchill and five other Ministers did not vote for it. A question bearing on the I above statement was given to Mr. Lloyd at Pentre on Monday evening of last week, and the Conservative candidate asserted that he based his previous statement upon Parliamentary lists of divisions, but he „ M -ot say whether Mr. Churchill was present or not upon occasion of tht. third reading of the Bill.. A letter was sent to the Right Hoii- Winston Churchill in regard to this mat- ter, and the reply deserves to be made public, so that the above statement can be put at a disadvantage. The following is a copy of the letter, which was en- closed in envelope signed by Mr. Churchill himself; — « (Copy). Board of Trade, "Whitehall Gardens, "13th Dec., 1909. Dear Sir,—I am desired by Mr. Winston Churchill to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 10th inst., and to say that his absence from the divi- sion on the third reading of the Old Age Pensions Bill was entirely accidental and caused by the pressure of official business elsewhere. It is needless to add that the measure had his complete support.—Yours faithfully, E. MARSH," The above reply completely controverts arguments used locally and the inference which Mr. Harold Lloyd implied by his statement.
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Peers or People. Solicitor-General atOgmore Vale. After an enthusiastic reception earlier in the evening at Nantymoel, Sir S. T. Evans, K.C., M.P., addressed another crowded meeting of his constituents at Hermon (C.M.) Chapel on Friday night. Sir Samuel. who was accompanied by Lady Evans, was accorded a rousing re- ception. The meeting was presided over by Alderman Wm. Llewellyn, J.P., presi- dent of the local division of the Liberal- Labour Association, and he was supported by the Rev. Chas. Williams, and Messrs. J. Canriif (Gilfach), David Llewellyn, T. W. Job, and W. Granville Davies (Liberal agent for Mid-Glamorgan). At the outset, a resolution heartily approving of the policy of the Govern- ment as laid down by the Prime Minister in their stand against the House of Lords for the rights of the House of Commons, was moved by Mr. D. Llewellyn, and seconded by Mr. Jeremiah Lewis, and was carried unanimously. On rising to speak. Sir Samuel was greeted with thunderous applause, and commenced by referring to the work of the League of Young Liberals, branches of which were being formed in different parts of the constituency. He tendered his hearty support to the movement, and said that its work would redound to the credit of the young men in the various districts (hear, hear). Sir Samuel went on to the great ques- tion of the position of the House of Lords in the Constitution. The Peers had rejected the Finance Bill, an act which had not been done by any hereditary assembly for the past 300 years. The rejection of that Bill, however, was not the onlv reason why the Liberal Party were taking their stand against the House of Lords. Other Liberal Bills killed by the Lords were Education, Plural Voting, Scottish Land, and Licensing (Shame). These Bills had been drawn up very carefully; a large amount of time and energy had been expended on them, and the Lords. after very brief sittings, had reduced that time and energy to nought. Such conduct could not be withstood. Besides, the above Bills were by no means what the Govern- ment wished them to be like. Whenever they were framing a Bill, they always had to ask themselves the question, Will it be acceptable to the Lords ? The House of Commons was elected by the nation, but a peer's own person comprised the whole of his constituency. Was an unrepresentative assembly to be supreme in dealing with the question of national finance? ("No"). If there is to be a House, its veto must be destroyed (cheers). Sir Samuel then went on to show how fair were the land clauses in the Budget. As an illustration he mentioned the Ogmore Valley, where the value of the land had enormously increased as a result of the labour of the community. Wasn't it just that the landlords should contri- bute something out of their gains towards the revenue of the country? ("Yes"). In a similar manner the taxes on royalties were perfectly just and fair. In these matters, he was not attacking any indivi- dual landlord, but the system. The Development Act, money for the operation or* wmcn wow bssn rais.e(1 by the Budget, was rendered useless for t-iie present, although it would be the means of providing much employment. In his judgment, an appeal t? the electorate would certainly bring about tll resurrec- tion of the Budget (cheers). At the close, sundry questions were asked, and in reply to some Sir Samuel exposed the fallacies of Tariff Reform. Quoting Board of Trade returns he showed that trade had recently shown a marked increase, and unemployment a decrease. A vote of confidence in Sir Samuel, moved by Mr. T. W. Job, and seconded by Mr. Tom Couch, was carried with acclamation. In reply, reviewing the twenty years for which he had been their member, Sir Samuel said that he had always done his best for them, and if returned once more, their confidence in him would not be mis- placed (cheers). 1
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South Wales Coal Trade. Important Developments. Naval Colliery Dispute. Several important matters arising out of recent decisions in the High Court were discussed at a meeting of the Execu- tive Council of the South Wales Miners' Federation held at Cardiff on Monday. The difficulty arising out of the judgment given against the men in the decision on the sixty hours clause was fully recog- nised, for it was pointed out that the owners propose to claim damages against the Federation for each extra day which the miners refused to work, and that ex- tended over a period of nearly six months, and affected each miner, so that the claim which the masters would make, if full damages are insisted on, would amount to a large sum of money. The Executive Council, therefore, after discussing mat- ters fully, thought the better plan would be to approach the owners through the Conciliation Board with an offer not to put into force the notices which it was proposed to serve on the 1st of January on condition that the owners waived their rights to the damages claimed with regard to the refusal to work the extra day provided for in the Eight Hours Act. If this was agreed to the Miners' Federa- tion were prepared to enter into negotia- tions for a new agreement, and so avoid any disturbance of trade which would be likely to follow the serving of notices. On the other hand, there were members of the Council prepared, should the em- ployers refuse to agree to this course, to take drastic measures to bring about a crisis without delay. They maintained that under recent decisions the workmen had a claim for payment for small coal, and it was suggested that such a claim be put forward as a counterclaim to that of the owners, and that a month's notice to terminate contracts at Jhe collieries be handed to the owners on the 1st of January instead of the proposed three months' notice to terminate the present wage agreement. The secretary of the Federation (Mr. Thomas Richards, M.jP.) was therefore instructed to communicate at once with Mr. W. G. Dalziel, the secretary of the Coalowners' Association, with a view to the calling together of the Conciliation Board on December 29th, so that a full conference of miners' delegates might be held two days afterwards in order to obviate the necessity for serving notices should a compromise be effected. Official Report The following official report was issued to the Press by Mr. Thomas Richards, M.P. (the secretary):- At the meeting of the Executive Coun- cil of the South Wales Miners' Federa- tion held yesterday at Cardiff^ Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., presiding, a long discussion took place relative to the deci- sion to give notice terminating the Con- ciliation Board agreement, and eventually it was resolved to instruct the secretary to communicate with Mr. Dalziel so as to arrange a further meeting of the Con- ciliation Board on the 29th of December, when the workmen will have sorne sug- gestions to make with a View to obviating the necessity of tendering notices on the 1st of January. It was also arranged lai, the event of this course by the Federation being adopted by the Con- ciliation Board, a general conference of miners be called for the 31st of Decem- ber next. Naval Collieries Dispute.—It was de- -1 to place the question in dispute re -jof starting and finishing work at the SatS! t«,'l;eri?s °iLther^erVor the next mSetifig ot ,the Conciliation Board. Western Districts Board.—A d iita-I tion attended of representatives of the Western and Anthracite Districts of the Federation asking the Council to consider the formation of a districts board to cover the collieries included in these two dis- tricts for the purpose of facilitating the settlement of disputes -at the collieries. Settlements were now delayed in conse- quence of the inability of the general representatives on the Conciliation Board to give them sufficient consideration. They also complained that the owners having a District Board meeting at Swansea, no agreements between workmen's represen- tatives and the managers could be made at the collieries without being submitted for ratification at this owners' board. The secretary was instructed to reply that inasmuch as this proposal would involve a change in the present constitu- tion, the Council had no power without the authority of conference to deal with it, but the Council was of opinion that under the General Conciliation Board agreement the Swansea District Board were not justified in preventing agree- ments being entered into at the collieries bv representatives of the workmen and the colliery managers, and promised to consider any cases of this kind that have taken place if particulars were sent on. I-
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Rhondda Liberals. Mabon Unanimously Adopted, Against House of Lords Root and Branch." .A special meeting of the Rhondda Labour and Liberal Association was held at the Washington Hotel, Porth, on Wednesday evening to formally adopt Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon), M.P., as the progressive candidate in the forthcoming election. Mr. Morris Morris, Ferndale, was voted to the chair (in the absence of the president, Councillor E. Jones, Ton). Later in the evening, the vice-president of the Association took the chair. The Chairman, in opening the proceed- ings, said that he was present at Mr. Asquith's great meeting at the Albert Hall on the previous Friday, and he could assure them, by what he there saw and heard, that the country was thoroughly roused (hear, hear). He had been told by many that London perhaps would go the wrong way; but if that meeting was to be taken as a criterion, he was of the opinion that it was going the right way, as he had never been present at a more enthusiastic meeting. They were pro- mised a fight in the Rhondda. They had not had a fight for some years, and he hoped that the fight before them would be such as to show the opposing party that Liberalism in the Rhondda was as strong as ever (applause). The secretary, Mr. John Kemp, read the minutes of the last meeting, which were unanimously adopted, and the secre- tary was instructed to forward a vote of iCondolenoe with the family of Mr. .Jeremiah Jones, Mardy, a past-preeident <of the Association, in their bereavement. The following letter was read from Ma,bon: To the Chairman of the Rhondda Labour and Liberal Association. Sir,—I am very sorry that this Tbeastlv bronchial atrtack" prevents my being able to leave home without danger to myself to attend your meet- ing to-night. Still, I hope to be able to be back to work again at the beginning of the week. My object in writing this is to say that I am now seeking the suffrages of the Rhondda electors and the goodwill of the Rhondda people to enable me to return to Parliament, in the first place as a True Labour Representative," who will also stand for Welsh Nationalism," and all that is progres- sive in practical politics. Therefore, I sincerely hope to receive the individual support of the old organisation—" The Rhondda Labour and Liberal Aasocia-: tion," which has so faithfully stood by me for well-night a quarter of a cen- tury. I expect this, especially when it is known that I am out to stand side by side with my friend, colleague, and fellow-countryman, D. Lloyd George, and his Budget, and against the House ..of Lords root and branch" as it •stands at present, though I am in favour of a second but effective Cham- ber. My motto is, "L»t tlle Pe°Ple rule and not the Peers." -I am, yours j ,truly, MABON. J-he Chairman said they were all agreed that Mabon still remained the same as of yore, and lie (the chairman) did not think that he could change his principles even if he tried. He stood to support the same progressive measures as they (the Association) favoured, and they need snot fear giving their undivided support to return him as their member. It would not be fair on their part, having had the best part of Mabon's life to represent them, to do anything now to thwart him in standing for the suffrages of the Rhondda electors, and they should allow him to remain as their member so long as he lived (applause). A vote of sympathy with the hon. member in his indisposition was agreed to unanimously. Mr. Kemp agent and secretary, said they were all aware that developments -were taking place in the district with .regard to Mabon's candidature. The hon. -member had already been adopted by the -Miners, Federation, and the district meeting had decided to invite as many as were willing to assist in co-operating to secure his triumphant return. He had had a conversation with Mr. D. Watts .Morgan, and that gentleman had speci- fically invited the co-operation of the Labour and Liberal Association. There was nothing to prevent them from adopt- ing Mabon as their candidate that even- ing. Mr. Kemp also informed the meet- ing that he had been assured by the hon. member that, unless he obtained the sup- port of the Association, he would not stand even yet. It was moved and seconded that the hon. member be adopted, and that the meeting pledge itself to secure his suc- cessful return. Dr. W. E. Thomas, Ystrad, in support- ing the motion, said they should not forget that the issue before the country at present was not as between Liberals and Tories, but between Peers and People. They could support the hon. member in that issue, but, on the other hand, that would not pledge them to go in for Socialism in the future. He was a double-dyed Radical, and would always remain so (laughter and applause). He supported the motion on the distinct understanding that it was for the present issue as between peers and people. He did not quite understand how Mabon stood in connection with national ques- tions. He, however, felt verv strongly, more than he would care to express, to see the member for the Rhondda, or for that matter any Welsh member, obeying the whip of Mr. Keir Hardie and not Mr. Lloyd George's. Alderman Richard Lewis, in supporting the resolution, said he agreed with Dr. Thomas, and yet he didn't agree with him (laughter). He thought that what one would regard as Socialism he would define as Social Reform, and he. believed that Mabon was a Social Reformer. If Socialism meant Social Reform, he (the speaker) was a Socialist (hear, hear). He thought it as impossible for Mabon not to support Social Reform as it was for Harold Lloyd to be returned as member for the Rhondda (laughter). It was the very breath of his nostrils. This was a fight between Peers and People, and therefore they should not consider the points of disagreement, which were so few, when the points of agreement were so many. He was sorry to hear a murmur -thongh it was only whispered—that there was a possibility of a Liberal coming out to oppose their old henchman, Mabon. He (the speaker) knew perfectly well that if that were done, it would land them in a difficulty which would cause pain to their old member. Wllat would be the state of industrial affairs in this country were it not for the fact that they had Mabon at the helm? (Applause). He was of the opinion that the hon. member would be returned by an immense majo- rity, and he hoped it would be the greatest in the election (loud applause). Alderman M. Williams expressed his opinion that their principles as an Asso- ciation were safe in the care of Mabon. He supported the motion because the hon. member was one with them in every ques- tion, social and industrial. Councillor W. T. Jones. Treorchy, said they were all in favour of Social Reform, and he really believed they should do all they could to secure Mabon's return. He was a faithful and tried servant, and what he had done in the past, he would do in the future. The motion was unanimously adopted, and the meeting resolved itself into a committee to consider plans for the coming campaign.