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St. Asaph Rural District Council.

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Sanitary Inspectors' Conference.




Chancellor's Opponent


Chancellor's Opponent MR. AUSTIN JONES MAKES A COURAGEOUS START. The Conservatives of the Carnarvon Boroughs have selected Mr. Austin Jones, a barrister on the North Wales circuit, to be their champion against the Chancellor of the Exchequer. This decision was come to at a private meeting of the Boroughs Conservative Executive at Carnarvon on Saturday. Mr. Austin Jones, who was received with enthusiasm, returned thanks for having been selected, and placed his views on various questions before the meeting. First and fore- most he touched upon that of national defence, a question which the Conservative party had always put in the forefront of their pro- gramme. It was obviously impossible to seclire social ot- atin, other reforms unless we maintained the country in the state of unmis- takab!e supremacy which it at present holds. (Cheers.) Whatever system was in vogue in relation to the army, the army must be a real one and not built up in accordence with a cheeseparing policy. The state of the navy, the first line of defence, was still more im- portant. He complained that the present Government, not withstanding their under- taking to keep it at the two-Power standard, had, by their own confession, let down tiie navy to a lower standard. It was one of the great planks of the Unionist platform that the navy must be kept up in a state of absolute efficiency so long as we had the present rule of international law dealing with the capture of private property at sea. (Cheers.) Coming to home politics, he declared that as a Churchman and the son of a Welsh clergyman he naturally would stand up for the Welsh Church. (Cheers.) It must be borne in mind that their opponents never put forward Disestablishment without its com- panion, Disendowment. He regarded Dis- endowment as larceny or stealing of the worst possible kind, and he should oppose it as be would oppose any other form of peculation. (Cheers.) In 1896 the Welsh people had an opportunity of obtaining Disestablishment without Disendowment, but Sir George Osborne Morgan said that it would be no good. In the words of Mr. Ellis Griffith, what they meant was something that would bring in bread and butter to the people of Anglesey." To such a policy the Unionist party gave a stern No," and he (Mr. Austin Jones) would fight to the very last against the Welsh Church being robbed. (Cheers.) On the education question he stood for the principle of the parent's rights. He should never support a bill which would inflict an injustice on anyone. It might be that in single-school areas grievances were expe- rienced by Nonconformists, but they were not more cruel than the grievances from which Church people suffered in large urban dis- tricts where there were no schools except Council schools. (Hear, hear.) Dealing with the land question, Mr. Jones agreed that it was a very good thing for land to change hands if the people who farmed it became the owners, and had sufficient capi- tal to farm it properly but when the land passed from the possession of a large owner to that of a man perhaps in Liverpool, whose first act was to raise the rent, then it made a very serious difference to the tenant. (Cheers.) He was in favour of land being sold when it was sold to the tenant, and why not have for Wales and England a system of land purchase as in Ireland? (Cheers.) But the Radicals did not waut land purchase, for they knew only too well that it would kill the desire for Home Rule, under which the administrative expenditure to be borne by Wales would be enormously increased. fne speaker went on to adduce several reasons.wliy lie supported Tariff Reform. If we were to maintain our position as the most i nportant nation in the world, our sentimental union with the colonies must be based on a commercial union, otherwise they would esta- blish an agreement with other countries.. < À It was possible, however, that the question upon which the present election would be fought more than upon any other would be the House of Lords. The Government pre- faced their scheme for dealing with.the Lords by going ranting all over the country about lunatics and unrepresentative persons—(laugh- ter)—setting up their rule against forty-five millions composing the rest of the community. If that was their view of the Lords, one would have imagined that their first step would have been to turn them out. The country waited, but when the Government hill appeared no part of it except the preamble contained any reference to reform. No, they proposed to leave the same important functions to be again performed by the same assembly of lunatics, to the unrepresentative, and the incompetent. (Laughter and cheers.) Either they were capable of performing their duties or they were not. (Hear, hear.) At meetings which he addressed at the last election he found it very difficult to defend the hereditary prin- ciple, and lie was glad of the proposals of the I Tory party for reforming the House of Lords with the view of making it a strong Second Chamber, and ultimately, by means of the I Referendum, to make the voice of the people paramount, which was the true principle of democracy. (Cheers.) In conclusion, Mr. Jones said that he very much wished Mr. Vincent had been able to come forward this time instead of himself. But the fight was the party's, not his. Whether they did badly or did well was a matter of no consequence as far as he was concerned. He wished to impress upon them that this election was a very important one. They were fight- ing the most prominent member of the Minis- try, the man who though not the Prime Minister, attracted most notice throughout the country. He dared say that they should not have meted out to them the gentle treatment which was advocated in other constituencies by the President of the Gladstone League, and it was very important that every Unionist in the constituency should put his back into the fight. (Cheers.) Colonel ¡'Ltlt and Sir H. J. Ellis Nanney also I spoke, th latter stating that whatever minor differences misrht at time h va arisen they were now brushed aside altogether. AGAINST HOME RULE. Mr. Austin Jones, addressing a meeting of his workers at the Carnarvon Conservative Club, on Friday night, said his opposition to Home Rule was based on the ground that it would be bad both for Ireland and the Empire, and the same would apply to the question sometimes mooted of giving Home Rule to Wales.—(Cheers.) As to the party prospects generally at the present he c, iiiiiell that the Con- servative party was in a much stronger position than before the election, and in the Carna von Boroughs, though there was not much time to contradict the misstatements made about the country, he promised that it would be very well occupied.—(Cheers).



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