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Meetings at Rhos and Johnstown


Meetings at Rhos and Johnstown ENTHUSIASTIC GATHERINGS. Meetings in support of Mr Hemmerde's candidature were held at Johnstown and Rhos, on Monday evening. The Johns- town meeting was under the presidency of Mr C. Morgan. The meeting in the Public Hall, Rhos was to have been presided over by Dr J. C. Davies, Plas-yn-Rbos, but in his una- voidable absence, the chair was taken by Mr W. M. Jones. In his address from the chair, Mr Jones said that Mr Hem- merde was busy fighting for the Liberal cause in all parts of the country, and would be unable to address a meeting in Rhos until the day before the poll-janu- ary 24th. As the electors of a strong Liberal constituency, Mr Hemmerde felt and felt rightly, that he could do more important work away, than by staying in East Denbighshire preaching to the al- ready converted. (Cheers). Mr I. D. Hooson moved a resolution pledging the meeting's support of the candidature of Mr Hemmerde. Mr Hooson was afforded H rous:ng reception, and in an excellent speech called the at- tention of the electors co the momentous questions before the country. The ques- tions, he said, were perfectly clear and simple, despite the efforts of the Tories to weave fantastic clouds about them. The one supreme and dominating note in this election was Who was to rule, the Peers or the People ? What was it to be the Budget or Tariff Reform ? He found it hard to believe how anyone could hesitate in his reply. Let them he sure of their reply, for their reply would be Wales' re- ply. (Cheers). No nation had more cause to give a clear and emphatic answer than W.>!rs, for no nation had suffered so much at the hands of the House of Lords as Wales had. For years the Peers had poked fun at the claims of Wales. (Shame) The House of Lords it was that blocked the way to religious freedom. But the wages of sin was death. The Lords had sinned grievously, and the grim and bony hand of Death was already clutching at them. The Lords had kicked the Budget out, and in doing so had kicked the bucket. (Laughter). Mr Joynson Hicks had referred to Mr Lloyd George as the ratcatcher. Well, if Mr Lloyd George was the ratcatcher, the Peers were the rats. (Laughter). And if that was so, the ratcatcher was doing a service to humanity by exterminating the vermin that nibbled at the bread of the people. The ? good luck to the ratcatcher. (Cheers) The resolution was seconded by Mr William Garner. Mr Garner said that before the miner had the 8 hours, every Tory had promised them the measure. If there was one thing he could not stand it was a working man voting Tory. The Rev W. B. Jones supported the resi iution. He said the chief actor in the forthcoming drama was a Welshman, It was an inspiration to the sons of Wales to study the career of Mr Lloyd George I it a thrilling romance to read of his brilliant successes and it was a proud j privilege to read his speeches of burning t eloquence. (Cheers) He hardly thought it v orth while to refer to Mr Hemmerde s opponent—it was a waste of pcwder and hot (hear hear). He was present at th: strange Tory meeting at Rhos a short time" ago. "He had tried to get to j th front with the reporters, but one of! jhe stewards stepped him, saying^ 11 i kn0 > a»« » reporter,. and banged the door in his face. He (the speaker) was a man of peace, a cool man —(laughter)—a man who never flared up (renewed laughter)—but when h beard that the livelihoods of two young men were I endangered by certain Tories writing up to headquarters saying that two post office employes tried to disturb a Conser- vative meeting, his blood boiled within him. The two young men referred to, sat by him in the meeting at Rhos, and by their quiet demeanour no one could say whether they were Tory or Liberal (shame). Referring to tariff reform the rev. gentleman said that in Protective Germany the people lived on black bread, horseflesh, and muleflesh (shame). Did the people of this country want the same fare ? Did they again want the horrors of the hungry 'forties?' (No.) He re- membered his grandfather under the old regime, who had to support a family of seven children on a wage of 125 a week. Did they want to go go back to those dark days ? What was going to settle their problems? He would tell them Mr Lloyd George's Budget (cheers). The little Welsh boy from the Welsh hills had stood up to the Lords and mighty of the land, and had demanded that the peo- ple should come into their own. (Cheers). Mr Edward Dakin also delivered an! address.


Mr Rhys at Ruabon.

Mr Rhys at Bwlchgwyn.

Mr Rhys heckled at Minera.


Mr Ormsby Gore at Wrexham


Rhos Man's Good Fortune. I




Johnstown Man's Stolen Mare

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