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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.

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