NOTES AND JOTTINGS- ♦ THE FATE OF THE BUDGET. At last the fate of the Budget has been made known. The suspense is over, and the Budget- the People's Budget-is dead. Dead, to rise again very soon, with the voice of the people and the will of the peo- ple behind it. The figures were For the amendment 350 Against 75 Majority, 275. THE CLOSING STAGE. Tuesday was the sixth day of the de- bate. It closed with the speech of Lord Crewe, the Liberal leader, who was un- flinching in his loyalty to the rights of the the Commons. "You are colour-blind he said to the assembled Peers, you cannot distinguish between red lights and green lights-between the red benches of 1 this House, and the green benches of an- other place. The ship will be steered to collide against a ship stronger than it- self." HOW LLOYD GEORGE TOOK IT. While the fate of his Budget was being decided, Mr Lloyd George sat quietly in a Strand restaurant enjoying his dinner. His face, which reflected every changing emotion, was a delightful study. At one moment it shaded with sombre thought- fulness then all at once the eyes sparkled and the merry laugh rippled forth—the grave and the gay alternately chasing themselves over his features. Presently the band played a pathetic tune and he be- came silent at once. He was wrapped in ecstacy and s fingers twitched feelingly -fingers that were adorned with no rings or the other fripperies of elegance. There was nothing to suggest that he cared one jot what the Lords were going to do. On the contrary, all was gaity and bright- ness, with nothing whatever to indicate the tremendous issues for him and for England that were to be decided. MR RHYS AT PENYCAE. On Monday evening, Mr David Rhys addressed a meeting at Penycae. The audience was pretty mixed, with pethaps a preponderance of Conservatives. Mr Rhys spoke in English and Welsh, and at the outset said he did not believe in in- dulging in personalities. He should, however, like to say that Mr Hemmerde, in a speech at Coedpoeth, had wounded him in his tenderest split. Mr Hemmer- de had said that the Tory candidate hated all that Young Wales held dear.-Mr Hemmerde practically said the same thing in his Rhos speech, but evidently Mr Rhys has misunderstood the statement. Mr Hemmerde emphasised the fact that he (Mr Hemmerde was better able to voice the aspirations Of Young Wales, than any candidate of a party which cared nothing for the things Young Wales held dear. It is evident Mr Hemmerde was trouncing the Tory party as a whole, and not a would-be personal unit. And every word Mr Hemmerde said respecting the indifference of Tory candidates to the as- pirations of Wales—be they Welshmen like Mr Rhys or not-is perfectly true. Mr Rhys then gave his audience a de- lightful peep into his past, and treated his hearers to some choice biographical bits. But the desperate irony of it all was that whilst those who could, cot un- derstand Welsh frantically cheered, the rest of the audience received the news with chilling silence. The following is a summary of the irresistable qualifications he advanced: (I) He was a Welshman. (2) He had been secretary to a Na- tional Eisteddfod, and had presided, over many minor Eisteddfodau. (3) He was a member of many Welsh Societies in London. (4) He was a strong Noncomformist. —Unfortunately, these estimable qualifi- cations are outweighed in the minds of East Denbighshire electors by the follow- ing drawbacks in his make-up :— (1) He is a Tory. (2) He is a Tariff Reformer. (-3) He does'nt believe in Lloyd George's Budget. (4) He believes in the House of Lords. -These four disqualiifcations, despite the long catalogue of virtues he has com- piled of himself, will but show that in spite of the ornaments he would bedeck himself with, the man himself is a hope- less alien. THE PASSING OF A VETERAN, With the resignation of the Rev R. Roberts, there passes out of Rhos, a vet- eran, who has, for more than a quarter of a century, been identified with nearly every phase of Rhos life. For nearly twenty-nine years he has been minister at Bethiehern chapel, and it is there chiefly that, the best energies of his life has been directed. Not only will there be a large gap in his own church, but there will also be felt a wide breach in tb^ whole neigh- borhood. Mr Roberts was more than an independent mi-nister-his influence was too widespreading and great to be con- fined within the narrow precincts of oue chapel or even one denomination. To the man in the street and the man 11 out- side the pale of church or chapel, Mr Roberts was much better known than any of his brother ministers. All along his life he has made it his special duty to visit as well as voice, and to grasp the hand as well as grip the hearing. The speeches at the presentation meeting on Tuesday evening last, all emphasized this outstanding characteristic of Mr Roberts' ministry. The dominant note through- out was his example as a tender of the flock. Other notes in his character were touched upon by several speakers, but throughout all the chords could be heard the same triumphant note. One of the presents given Mr Roberts was a hand- some walking stick, with a handle re- sembling a shepherd's crook-a very hap- py token and symbol indeed. We join in the many wishes given him by his num- erous friends—that he may enjoy the close ol his useful life in honour and as much ease as his restless, work-seeking soul will allow him. WALES AND THE LORDS. The news that a General Election will probably be held in January, has been naiied with a shout ot joy in Wales. All along, Wales has acutely felt the oppres- ing heel of the Lords. The impossibility of securing reforms affecting Wales, has inclined the majority of Welsh Liberals to favour the abolition of the Lords' veto as the only way of securing political justice. Although Wales has returned a solid body of Liberals, not a single Welsh grievance has been redressed. Mr Lloyd George's Budget has stirringly appealed to the Welsh democracy, and its rejection by the Lords has filled the cup with a vengeance. If the Lords can limit legis- lation, perhaps the Liberals will some day limit the Lords. At any rate all the ener- gies with which the Welsh electors have fought for single reforms like Disestab- lishment, Land, Education, etc., will now be directed to sweep away the barrier to these reforms. # WILL WALES BE AGAIN UNITED? Although it is generally admitted that there might be a re-arrangement of some of the English seats, it is felt pretty cer- tain that in Wales there will be "no change." Even the most prominent and' sanguine of the Tory papers give up the Principality as a hopeless case, and con- soles itself by attributiting to the stub- borness of the mule." In North Wales • < 1- there will be contests 10 the tour Durougn seats-Carnarvon, Denbigh, Flint, and Montgomery. No opponent has yet been selected against the Chancellor of the Ex- chequer, and when he does come, it is felt that he will not stand the slightest chance against our Uncrowned King, In the Flint Boroughs Mr Summers is the Liberal champion with Mr Tilby as his opponent. In the Denbigh Boroughs, Mr Clement Edwards is to be opposed by the Hon H. Ormsby-Gore. Mr Edwards has proved himself a capable member, and his periodical outbursts of independence may in the end count in his favour. In the Montgomery Boroughs, although Mr J, D. Rees has had some trouble with a section of his constituents, the probability is that Mr Rees will again be returned. As for our own constituency of East Den- bighshire, there is not the slightest fear. Mr Hemmerde-despite Mr David Rhys' catalogue of Welsh qualifications—is quite safe.
MR DAVID RHYS HECKLED AT PENYCAE, -0- LIVELY PROCEEDINGS. Mr David Rhys, the prospective Con- servative canditate for East Denbigh- shire, addressed a largely attended meet- ing in the Penycae National Schools on Monday evening. The proceedings were of a lively character, and the speaker was heckled at the close of his speech. Mr Rhys, in the course of his address said they were going to fight fairly, and when he left East Denbighshire, as some of them were perfectly certain in their own minds he would—(laughter, and a voice: That's a fact')—he hoped that if they had a memory of him it would be that he never spoke an unkind word of anyone. At Coedpoeth the other night, Mr Hem- merde was reported to have said that the Tory candidate hated all that Young Z5 Wales held dear. Such a statement show- ed complete ignorance both of himself and of the aspirations of Young Wales. One of the greatest and oldest institutions pertaining to Wales was the National Eis teddfod he was secretary of one of these Eisteddfodau, and was on all the commi- tees of the last one. He did not meet Mr Hemmerde there. He loved the language he had studied the story, and he treasured the traditions of his native land. (Cheers). He was a member of every Welsh society in London that was supported to foster the ideals of Young Wales. He was as strong a Nonconformist as he hoped Mr Hemmerde was a strong Churchman. Be- fore they considered the political aspect, at all, he wanted them to believe that they had not a man who had cast aside his na- tionality or his religion. He came before them-whatever his politics-as a man who claimed to hold Wales, its language, and its history as dear to his soul as any- one. (Loud cheers). When Mr Rhys had sat down, a gen- tleman in the body of the hall, asked Mr Rhys to reconcile his statement that tariff reform was a remedy for unemploy- ment with Mr Balfour's statement that it was not a remedy for unemployment, and that no responsible member of the Conser- vative party should say it was. Mr Rhys What Mr Balfour said was this, that no fiscal system is a complete remedy for unemployment. J say the same. Mr R Daviss Do you believe that the present system of free imports is at the root of unemployment ? Mr Rhys I believe that the free import of any article upon which work has been done which might be done in this country means so much unemployment in this country. Mr Davies: Is there any unemploy- t ment in New York and Berlin-tariff countries ? Mr Rhys There is unemployment un- fortunately in every country. What I say is that there is more in this country. Several voices No, no. Mr'Davies Do you justify the House of Lords in banging up the Budget ? Mr Rhys I should never justify the House of Lords in throwing out any Bud- get, but in referring it to the country, yes Mr Davies Do you believe in one or in two chambers? BSBEgjiSt Mr Rhys: Two. /IT-H Mr Davies Well, if you claim that the House of Lords is an impartial second chamber, will you tell me how many Con- servative measures they have amended or rejected during the twenty years that par- ty was in power ? Mr Rhys I think the House of Lords could be considerably amended and also strengthened. I will tell you that once we have a strong second chamber such as I advocate, we are bound to have an ex- pression of the will of the people. Mr Davies How many Liberal meas- ures have they killed during the last four years ? Mr Rhys They have not killed a sin- gle one. (Much laughter). The last real bill that the Lords killed—and they did it with the assistance of the people-was the Home Rule Bill. If you mean by killing that they have refused to pass Bills which were passed by the Commons, I dare say there will be a good many. It is perfectly open to the Commons to let the people de- cide. Why should the friends or the peo- ple be afraid of the people ? (Cheers). Mr Davies :-Is it a fact that the Lords who object to the extra ^16,000,000 raised by the Budget, willingly gave ^150,000,000 to the Irish Landlords ? Mr Rhys The House ot Lords do not object to the ^"16,000,000 extra. It is agreed that the money must be found I have tried to explain that they object to the principles underlying the Bill. I Mr Davies Did Lord Rosebery say that out of six hundJed Lords 450 were not fit to vote on this question ? Mr Rhys What he said was this that ont of the Lords qualified to vote, it would not add in the least to the strength of their protest if more than 150 voted, I Mr Davies I have been saying it the other way and it is only the same thing. (Laughter and cheers). Another heckler attempted to catch the eye of the Chairman, but Mr Bowers said that they could not go on indefinitely. A vote of thanks, proposed by Mr D Phillips, was carried with acclamation.
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PONKEY MINER AND COMPEL SATION. -0- JUDGMENT FOR PLAINTIFF. At Wrexham County Court on Wednesday* his Honour Judge Moss had before him a case in which Emma. Elizabeth Barnabus, 4, Emlyn" Terrace, Chapel-street, Ponkey, claimed the sum of 00 from the Bersham Colliery Co. as j compensation in respect of the death of hef U, husband, Robert Baraabu&. Mr Wynn Evans appeared for the applicant, I and Mr Allen for the respondents. Mr Wynn Evans said it was one of those' cases in which his Honour would have to de- cide whether the applicant's husband died from natural causes, or as a result of an accident. Applicant was a widow with five children. Hef husband was a miner, and on Sept 6th, 1909, went at six o'clock in the morning down the pit. He was engaged in packing, having to' lift large stones. His mate heard him working for a considerable time, and then heard him vomiting. He went and found him lying on the ground. He had a swelling on the back of- the head, and it looked as if he had sustained a blow. The respondents' case was that the man died- as the result of an appoplectic seizure. Di D. J. Williams, Rhos, gave evidence, and said all the organs, blood vessels, and arteries were healthy, and he did not think death fol. lowed on an appoplectic seizure. He thought it was the result of a blow on the back of the head. Dr J. C. Davies, Rhos, said he attended the deceased up to the time of his death. At the post-mortem examination, conducted by Dr D, J. Williams, he was present, together with Dr Richard Williams. He was of a different op- inion to Dr D. J. Williams, and thought that death was due to appoplexy, i.e., natural caus- es, aud not to any injury. The veins and ar- teries were diseased. Dr Richard Williams and Dr Hyslop con- firmed the opinion of Dr Davies. In giving his judgment, his Honour said the case was a somewhat curious one, and not very easy to decide. In the course of the evidence there was a deplorable conflict in the medical evidence. That being so, the burden of proof rested affirmatively upon the applicant. The- point in the case was a very difScult one. It¡. was one of those cases which continually crop- ped up on the 44 Border-line." He accepted the evidence of Dr Davies that with the heart in such 1 condition as the applicant's husband's was, death might occur whilst at work or in bed. In face of the evidence of the witness Thomas he had no escape from the fact that the man was working at the time of his seizure. He could not put any other interpretation upon' it but that the man was lifting a stone or push* ing dirt from the face. He had given the case his best consideration and that was his solution of the evidence. He therefore awarded the ap- plicant the sum agreed upon, viz., £ 274 7s Id., to be distributed and paid for-the benefit of her dependents at the rate of £2 a nionth. IGae-ft', party would be ordered to pay their own costft,
Death of a Noted Conductor The death occurred at Hanley on Sat- urday night of Mr James Whewall, con- ductor of the North Staffordshire Choral Society. Mr Whewall a fortnight àg'" had the honour of conducting the special command performance of his choir at Windsor Castle before the King & Queetf and the King of Portugal, and was per- sonally complimented by King Edward, Mr Whewall was seized with appendicitis a few days after his visit to Windsor, and an operation was performed on Saturdays
RHOS. PRESENTATION.—On Thursday evening Mr J R Aubrey, Johnson st, was present- ed by his friends with a servicable port- manteau on the occasion of his leaving Rhos for South Africa. Mr Aubrey, in company with Mr J D Jones, Johnson st, and Mr Wm Phillips, Brynydd, sail from Southampton to-day. The two latter are returning to South Africa after some months' holiday at their old home. We wish them a safe voyage. HILL ST. LITERARY SOCIETY. — The members of the above society met on Thursday week, the Rev R Williams pre- siding Papers were read as follows :— 44 Wit and humour in Welsh Life and Li- terature," by the Chairman; "Welsh Proverbs," Mr Tom Davies; "The Welsh Language," Mr Robt Edwards <4 The Welsh People," Mr Eben Pritchard. A recitation was also given by Mr Rich A Jones. The meeting proved a most en- joyable one.—Last night a debate took place on Socialism versus Individualism' The socialistic champion was Mr R A Jones, and Mt E Emlyn Jones took up the cudgels on behalf of Individualism. Mr Eben Pritchard and Mr E Chesworth supported the former and Mr R Edwards the latter. Both leaders did very well. The leader for Individualism said that his was a gospel of hope, of effort, of some- thing attempted, something done, and to Individualism was to be attributed most of the glorious achievements in life. His opponent on the other hand held that So- cialism was the glorious goal that beckon- ed the human race ever upwards and on- ward. The voting turned out in tafour of cialism by 15, votes to 6.
FOOTBALL. SOAMES CHARITY CUP. ELLESMERE v RHOS RANGERS Rhos Rangers journeyed to Ellesmere on Saturday last to play their tie with the soldiers" Rhos did not have the full team on. Ellesmere won the toss, and kicked towards the canal goal. The homesters were the first to apply pressure and Pen Jones sent in a splendid shot from long range, but Foulkes safely cleared. The Rangers raced away and the home custodian saved a dangerous shot from Roberts. The game was not at anytime fast and both team half-backs had plenty of hard work repelling the would be in- vaders. Johnnie Davies succeeded in find- ing the net but was ruled offside. Simp son conceded a corner but was fruitless the same player striking the side of the net a minute later. The Rangers were now having the best of matters and a fine chance was missed by Clutton from a pass by Mathews. The home team was now trying hard to obtain the lead and several good chances were missed owing to the weakness of the forward line. A fine centre from Roberts was headed away by Rowlands, and J Davies netted but the whistle was sounded for offside. Half time arriving with a clean sheet. The opening ot the second half was in favour of the" soldiers" who srave the Rhos defenders a warm time. A shot by ] R Jones, was brilliantly saved by Foulkes An opening came to Clutton but he failed to beat H Davies. R Jones had several pops but were wide, the same player beat Foulkes a few minutes later. With this encouragement the homesters played vig- ¡ ourously and Sid Rogers centered lovely, but could not increase their score. Rhos were not by any means downhearted and made use of all opportunities that cam their way and by the chances they had were goals ahead. A long kick by Davies baffled the Ellesmere goalkeeper and be- fore he could gather his scattered wits J Davies had rushed up and crashes the leather into the net. Again the Rangers invaded the home goal this time from the left, a corner was forced but was cleared by the backs. Simpson raced away and with a shot that appeared to be a certain goal but Griffiths headed away in excell- ent style. The last ten minutes of the game the Rangers were by far the most superior side and were continual hovering round the goalmouth and the final sound- ed with the score equal, one gaal each. ST MARTI N'S, CHARITY CUP. RHOS ATHLETIC v. ESCLUSHAM The replayed tie in the above compe- tition was played on Saturday at Rhostyl- I len. The Rhos team were severely handi- capped owing to the fact that they were short of four men of their tull team. The Stars were by far the best team but not- withstanding this the visitors kept them at bay and all their invasions were safely repulsed, the backs playing a magnificient game. When the interval arrived no goals had been scored. When the second half was commenced it was ti) been seen that the Athletic had lost their vigour and the hard play of the first half was to be plainly seen, and the Esclusham players soon tound the net and before long had increased their lead. The Athletic managed to score. When the finish arrived the Stars were victorous by four goals to one.
WYNNSTAY COLLIERY STRIKE ENDED. TERMS OF SETTLEMENT AGREED UPON. The negotiations for the settlement of the strike at the Wynnstay Collieries, Ruabon, have at last been brought to a satisfactory condition On Thursday afternoon the men definitely agreed to the terms arranged between their re- presentatives and the employers. The announcement will be hailed with satis- faction by people in Ruabon, Cefn, Penycae, and the district, The men and boys, to tbo number of 1,200, have been out on strike for the last five weeks, and much distress and suf- fering has ensued. The strike has meant a loss of some X2,000 yer week in wages alone, and this has affected the whole locality. It has also meant a considerable strain on the Miners Association funds, the strike pay being between zC400 and E500 per week, The full terms of settlement will not be made public un- til next week. For some considerable time the men have had grievances. This was especially so in the case of the coal getters, the chief grievance arising- from a clause in the Price List, which provides a minimum rate of pay for men working in hard or difficult places. The Colliery Company on the other hand, had their grievances arising over the timbering of the mine and the excess- ive percentage of slack filled in the coal. All, I these grievances have stood in tie way of » satisfactory settlement. THE NEGOTIATIONS, On Friday of last week the men had a general meeting, and the Miners Agent and the Lodge, Committee were given full power to negotiate with the Company for the best terms possible, The Committee were kept busy tVJry day. They appointed four of their number along with the agent, to meet the representatives of the Company. Conferences extending over a period of three days took place, and at 9-30 on Wed. nesday evening terms were at last agreed upon It is understood that both sides had to give and take. On Thursday morning the Committee again met and agreed to the terms arranged by tlMT deputation.