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TOM PRICE. THE IS. A. PREMIER.,
TOM PRICE. THE S. A. PREMIER. The Welsh premier, Mr. Tom Price, who is now on a visit to his native country after 25 years of colonial life, has had a very interesting career. Twenty-five years ago he left Liverpool on the emigrant ship Dundee, with his wife and infant child, a paying passenger in search of health in South Australia. He returns to his native land the first man in the State to which he emigrated, the political leader of 380,000 people. Mr. Price, who is accompanied by his wife, will be the official representative of South Australia at the Franco British Exhibition, to be opened early in May at Shepherd's Bush. He was born at Brymbo, near Wrexham, on January 19, 1852. He was the first of seven children, the father, Mr. John Price, being a stone cutter who went from Liver- pool to Brymbo to shape the stones for the national school then in course of erection. When the work was completed the father returned to Liverpool, and it was in that city that young Tom Price spent his early years. His early education was very limited and at 9 years of age he had to go out and work at his father's occupation. For 20 years he was engaged in and around Liver- pool at his trade his spare time was taken up in improving himself. He was a regular attendant at the Welsh Wesleyan Sunday School, and rose to be the Superintendent, a position which he held some time before he emigrated to the new world. He took keen interest in the literary society in connection with the chapel, and was an active worker of the Liverpool Liberal Organisation, and also of the several Temperance Societies of the city. When 31 years of age his health failed him, and consequently he decided to emi- grate. He married a Miss Lloyd, daughter of one of the circuit stewards of the Wesleyans. Soon after his arrival at Adelaide he was employed in building the parliament house, of which he is now the principal hero. He retained his deep interest in the welfare of the workers, and organised labour forces in that colony with such success that he be- came a labour candidate for Parliament in 1893, and was returned at the top of the poll for the district of Sturt. At the time Mr. Price was regarded as an extremist, but most of the views he then advanced have since been given the force of law. In 1899, Mr. Price was made the leader of the Labour Party in Parliament. They then numbered 11 in a house of 54. At that period, although a more vigorous than polished speaker, he was very effective, and on one famous occasion his eloquence secured the passing of a Factories Bill. Mr. Price, however, had his faults. He was fiery, im- petuous, and rash. Obeying the dictates of his heart rather than of his head, he would work himself into a paroxysm of wrath over some trifle, and largely on this account no one regarded him as the future Minister of the Crown. At the general election of 1905 the Labour candidates scored heavily, and when Parlia- ment met in July, the assembly was constituted as follows "Ministerial, IS Labour, 15; Liberal, 9. Thus the Liberal and Labour were in the majority, and a coalition Government was formed, with Mr. Price as Premier. To those'who knew Mr. Price as a Socialist and. extremist a few years before, the idea of his becoming Premier was preposterous. His ranting, however, was simply the exuberance of Welsh fervour, and his extremism was not really dangerous; he simply advocated with characteristic warmth the high ideals of his Party. The Premier has sobered down under the responsibility of office, but he has retained the confidence of his Labour supporters, and has won the esteem and trust of his political opponents, all of whom recognise his earnestness and sincerity. Mr. Price made his first public appearance in London on Thursday last, when he attended the great Temperance gathering at the Queen's Hall. It was here that he met Mr. Lloyd-George for the first time, and he was greatly impressed with the oratorical powers of the young Welshman who has made such a name for himself throughout all the British Dominions. Mr. Price was asked to preside during the latter portion of the meeting, and gave a short address, which was greatly valued. The first note of his voice disclosed the practised platform orator. He spoke to the farthest end of the room," as teachers of elocution are wont to advise their pupils to do. In brief, telling sentences, he described the nature of the prohibitive Jaws of his Commonwealth that Local Option there worked for the good of the people; that vested interests in licences were unknown there and that sobriety and prosperity went hand in hand. Then a suffragette intervened. "Do not touch her," demanded the Labour Premier. A woman is sacred even though she may be a suffragette." The woman remained, but the speaker administered such a lecture to her and those who acted with her at that meeting as must have made her wish she had been ejected before he spoke. "I laboured hard to get adult suffrage (men and women) through our Parliament, but it was not obtained by such means as you are pursuing. I am a Briton, and I will not be intimidated, and you may depend upon it that the British people will not be intimi- dated either. I will tell you more. Your sisters in South Australia do not approve of what you are doing. You are on the wrong line," he shouted fiercely, and the remainder of his sentence was indistinguishable in the applause that followed. :11= Mr. Price will to-night (Saturday) address the members of the Welsh Literary Societies of London, at Castle Street Chapel, at 8 p.m., and will be a guest of the Welsh Club at a dinner on Tuesday evening next.
FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS.
FOOTBALL NOTES AND NEWS. THE Welsh put up a great i fight against Leicester on the 21st March, being defeated only by 3 points ,1 goal 1 try to 1 goal. The Welsh have been very unfortunate during this half of the season, losing several players through injuries and illness, and against Leicester they had 5 reserve forwards play- ing, but they did excellent work and often put the home line in danger. J. F. Williams scored for the Welsh, Jenkins kicking the goal. London Welsh .10 points. London Irish.8 points. This semi-international took place at West Ham on Saturday last, both sides were short of several of their regular players, the Welsh suffering very greatly in this respect. The match was the last of the Welsh home games and was witnessed by a fair crowd, and both sides gave a very excellent exhibi- tion of the passing game which pleased the spectators. The Irish, playing with the wind in their favour, scored twice during the first half 1 penalty goal and 1 try through Brydon, which O'Grady converted with a great kick. Maddocks scored a fine try for the Welsh after splendid passing which Jenkins easily converted, the Irish leading at half time by 3 points. During this half Levi Jones was injured and retired after about ten minutes' play, this greatly weakened the already light Welsh pack, Jones having been playing well of late. With the wind in their favour the Welsh made some heavy attacks on the Irish line, but they failed to get over until about 10 minutes from time, when Vivian started a fine passing movement which ended in Maddocks scoring his second try behind the posts, after a grand run along the touch line, in which he beat three or four Irishmen. Lloyd easily converted and thus put the Welsh two points ahead, which lead they kept until no side was called. It was a pleasant game to watch, and the Welsh 7 forwards did very well against their heavy opponents. The Welsh backs were good Lloyd, Vivian, Evans and Maddocks doing great work, and had the Welsh been able to play Harding, Williams, Clay, Hawkins and Davies at forward, they would have won by 20 points and not 2. Aberavon gave Swansea rather a fright on Saturday, the All Whites winning a very fast game by 1 try only. Newport journeyed to Gloucester, but failed to score more than a penalty goal to Gloucester's I penalty goal and 2 tries. Pontypool defeated Bristol at Ponty by 11 points to 7; the match was witnessed by a great crowd. The great game in Wales on Saturday was the return between Cardiff and Llanelly at Car- diff. The initial match at Llanelly in Dec. ended in a very decisive victory for the boys of Sospan Town, and Cardiff took their defeat in very bad taste, and made a very big cry of rough play and threatened to cancel future fixtures, but on Saturday they just managed to win by 11 points to 6. The game was very exciting throughout, and Cardiff if anything were lucky to win. Now that they have once again come out on top, we shall hear very little of cancelling fixtures until Llanelly defeat them again, when the old cry will once more be raised Drop the Llanelly fixture." The Welsh play Catford away on Saturday, this being their last game in Town." The Easter tour means meeting Gloucester, New- port and Bristol; rather a hot trio to finish the season with! WELSH FORWARD,
THE Rev. R. J. Campbell, M.A., visited the Rhondda Valley last week. Big crowds assembled to hear him, but they were greatly disappointed. In fact," remarked a Rhondda man to our South Wales correspon- dent, I have heard a much better sermon by a young student from Cardiff College." IN the old days the Vale of Glamorgan was noted for its peaches. They grew in the open. The name given to them by the Welsh people was eirin blewog." To-day Glamorgan gets its peaches from France and elsewhere abroad. THE young Welshmen of Trecynon, Aberdare, are very patriotic. The other evening they performed the Welsh operetta Olwen Plasgwyn" at the Victoria. Hall, Hirwain, to crowded audiences. Could not," asks our South Wales correspondent, the young Welshmen of London arrange similar performances ?