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iMr Hemmerde and Mr Neilson…



LIBERAL DEMONSTRATION AT RHOS. Mr Hemmerde's Visit. One of the most extraordinary meetings ever held in Rhos, was that which took place in the Public Hall on the eve of the poll. Long before the meeting was timed I to commence, thehall was besieged by a I crowd, who beat upon the doors, and who swarmed about the building like bees around a queen. To relieve the pressure I in the streets, the doors of the hall were thrown open, and in a few seconds the place was filled to bulging point. There was nearly an hour to wait, and the aud- ience, good-humoured, yet charged with excitement, prepared to enjoy itself. During a temporary lull, Mr Emlyn Griffiths was called-upon to oblige with his by now celebrated solo Has any- I body here seen Dafydd?" The young vocalist struck up, the huge audience heartily joining in the chorus. The chairman of the meeting was Mr J. E. Powell, Wrexham. He was greet- ed with cheers. He said he was glad to come to the hills of Rhos for a renewal of political health. The atmosphere of the hills was always pure and healthy and this was true of Rhos in a political as well as the other sense. Wales was playing a grand part in the present fight. While some of the wobbly English coun- ties were falling, the Welsh constituen- I cies remained true to Liberalism. (Cheers) Let the electors of Rhos then remember their duty. Referring to the recent elec- tion at Wrexham, Mr Powell said they had no idea of the difference between two places. In Wrexham they had to fight against two churches-Atiglican and Cath- olic-and against the influence of the Trade. Wrexham, geographically, was in Wales, but it was not Welsh Wales. By returning a Conservative member it had proved itself out of sympathy wtth the aspirations of Wales. But in East Denbighshire he was glad to think that no such calamity could happen. The men of Rhos stood by Sir G. O. Morgan in the dark days, and it was with the ut- most confidence he appealed to them to stand by Mr Hemmerde. (Cheers). Mr Geo T. Davies, of the Wrexham Cobden Mills then addres ed the meeting. Mr Davies was given a splendid reception, and a burst of applause greeted his few opening sentences when he said he was proud of standing on a Rhos plattorm to denounce snobbery and feudalism. Only that morning, he said, a Shrewsbury Tory had asked him where he was going to speak that night. He replied I am going to speak at Rhos tonight. U What said the Tory, "that's where the people are uncivilised isnt it ? Weil," he replied to the Tory, the people of Rhos are civilised enough to withstand the screw of the landlord--(applause)-and they were civilised enough to scorn all intimidation and terrorism." (Cheers). Giving an instance of the intimidation in agricultural and rural districts, Mr Davies said he had recently made three calls on behalf of Mr Edward Powell in the Os- westry division. In each of the three cases, the men said that they were afraid to vote Liberal. Why ? Oh, the land- lord's daughter had called upon them and told them that if that horrible Budget of that tyrant Mr Lloyd George was to pass, there would be no repairs done, and their rents would be raised. [Shame], Mr Thomas Hughes, Ponkey, proposed and Mr Wr R. Hughes, Rhos, seconded; a resolution pledging the meeting's sup- n:ti); \t"1-;1:e cf I:.1'r It was put to the meeting and carried un-1 2nimot?s!y. Mr Herbert Lewis, the Flintshire heroj was then caught sight of on ihe plat-I form, and straightway the audience broke j into outbursts of cheering. The victor- j ious candidate at once stepped forward and gave a short address. He said that! he owed Mr Hemmerde a hugh debt for I the work he had done for him in Flint- shire. (Cheers], No one could measure the work done for Liberalism by Mr Hem- merde. All over the country he had earn- ed a high reputation as a brilliant speaker and in the House of Commons he had al- ready earned a high place. [Cheers]. Re- ferring to the Budget, Mr Lewis said that in no previous Budget had there been so much humanity. Mr and Mrs Hemmerde were moment- arily expected, and to await their coming, Mr T. Sauvage, Wrexham, filled the breach with a stirring address. The hum of a motor-car outside announced their coming, and after a valiant struggle through the press, they managed at last to find the platform. A perfect furore of applause greeted Mr Hemmerde and his wife. For a few moments the candidate in vain held his hand up for silence. It was a thrilling sight to see the audience rocking and surging with enthusiasm. Then someone struck up the Welsh Na. tional Anthem. This acted like a charm, and soon the audience were soothed to quietness. Mr Hemmerde was in splend- id voice, and the old fighting note that de- lighted his first Rhos audience was again to be heard. He thanked them, he said, for the splendid way in which they had worked for him in his absence. He was proud of their confidence and assured them that as far as in him lay, they would never have cause to regret it. (Cheers]. Mrs Hemmerde made a short speech, ending in a Welsh sentence Diolch yn dda i chwi." (Cheers] Mr Hemmerde then left to address an overflow meeting at Bethlehem School- room. He was seized by a few of the crowd outside the hall, and carried shoul- der high to the schoolroom. At the con- clusion of the meetings a huge procession accompanied the party to the Cross, where Mr Hemmerde had, to again make a short speech. He was quickly hoisted up the Cross lamp, and from that unique plat- form, made his final appeal.




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