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RHONDDA LABOUR AND LIBERAL ASSOCIATION. MEETING AT FERNDALE. VIGOROUS SPEECH BY MR T. E. ELLIS, M.P. ADDRESSES BY MABON AND MR FRANK EDWARDS. A very enthusiastic Liberal meeting was held on Monday evening at the Public-hall, Ferndale, with the object of forming in the district a branch of the Rhondda Labour and Liberal Association. The speakers included Mr T. E. Ellis, M.P., and Mabon, M.P., who were met at the railway station by the local brass band and a large crowd of enthusiastic admirers. Mr FRANK EDWARDS, Aberdare, presided over the meeting, and in his opening address, delivered in excellent Welsh, dealt exhaustively with the question of education. Having touched briefly upon disestablishment, Mr Edwards said that ho must declare that be was bitterly disappointed with the action of their venerable leader (Mr Gladstone), when he turned his back upon Mr Dillwyn when the hon. member for Swansea brought his. Disestablishment motion before the House of Commons. Considering everything Wales bad done for Mr Gladstone and the Liberal Party, he thought it was not fair that they should have been turned over in such a way. Mr Gladstone's excuse teemed to him to be worse than his action, for nothing was clearer than that Wales had been for years rife for disestablishment, and Mr Gladstone himself had at the Nottingham conference acknowledged that to be-\tbe case. He (the chairman) wasr proud of their great leader, but they must not' forget lo tell hitn this—that he could not- go on forget lo tell him this-that he could not go on disappointing a nation and expect to retain the I good will and aifectiou of the nation. (Loud cheers.) Having dealt at length with the land question, the speaker resumed his seat amid cueers. Mr T. BKAVAN, cashier at the Ferndale Collieries, proposed, and Mr RICHARD EVANS seconded the following resolution :— That this meeting condemns the shameful in- difference shown by the Government to the national demands of Wales, and emphatically protests against the proposed exclusion of Monmouthshire from the operation of the Welsh Intermediate Kducation Bill introduced by Mr Stuart Rendel. It further records its: abhorrence of the unjust imprisonment of Mr Conybeare, ivl. P., and declares its undated confidence in the Irish policy of conciliation advocated by the Hieht Hon. W. E. Gladstone, M.P. Mr THOMAS ELLIS, M.P., whose reception WAS of a most cordial nature, supported the motion in Welsh and English. He thanked the chairman for his outspoken reference to Mr Gladstone's conduct. (Cheers.) No one in the kingdom was a greater admirer than be (the speaker) of the venerable statesmen who led tha Liberal forces, but although the right bon. gentlemen's knowledge was extensive and pro- found, he had not yet iearned tbe truth about the condition of Wales. (Loud cheers.) But the blame for this was their own. Proceeding, Mr Ellis said On Saturday Mr Gladstone discoursed on tho blessings of decentralisation. Now, in the United Kingdom, where the four nationali- ties had maintained and strengthened their traditions and spirit, to decentralise govern- ment is inevitably to nationalise it. (Applause.) The county council of Carmarthen had adopted for its motto that admirable political axiom, "Rhyddid gwerin, tfyniant gwlad." The freedom of the democracy is the safeguard of a nation's progress, but free Wales must be self-governing Wales. (Cheers.) This truth is borne upon us alike by the deadlock in the Imperial Parliament, tiie standing hostility of a hereditary House of Lords, the pressing needs of Wales, the analogy of other lands, and the inherent power of the principle and spirit of nationality in the development of popular progress and well-being. (Hear.) Every act that makes for this end we shall welcome; every step that takes us nearer this goal we shall take everything that obscures this aim or blocks the way to this goal we shall resist. (Loud cheers.) This week two decisions l-maring on Wales will be given in Parliament. On Wednesday tho Government will say whether they will include Monmouthshire in the Interme- diate Education Bill. {To exclude Monmouthshire is to cutloff Wales's right hand. (Loud applause.) I trust the Government wiil act wisely. If thsy do not, wo shall abandon the bill and live another year without it, rather than break faith with our own kith and kin. (Applause.) On Friday Scotch disestablishment will be discussed. If Mr Gladstene votes for it, let him place Wales on the same footing. It ought to be in the fore- front. A Presbyterian Establishment in Scotland is at least national. But an Episcopalian Estab- lishment in Wales is not only non-national but anti-national in spirit. (Applause.) Wales has also declared its wish and will more over- whelmingly and unswervingly. The tithe system is in Wales, as it is not in Scotland, a pressing, irritating grievance, injurious alike to religion and to social order. Wo therefore await Mr Glad- stone's action with watchful anxiety. (Applause.) List Thursday's debate and division on t/ie Royai giants had a peculiar interest for Walos, The grav.es were asked for Prince Albert Victor of Wales and Princess Louise of Wales. While the debate proceeded, I asked myself, Why of Wales?' (Hear, ;io-,r.) For all they knew of Wales, or Wales knew of them, they lil;gllt as well ba Prince of Tasmania or Princess of Manitoba. (Laughter.) Wales has become a merely conventional title. Henry VII. taught his sou, Prince Arthur of Wales, the traditions of his native land, and care was taken that ha should cherish the memories and the hopes of Wales. Prince Arthur was untortunately cnt off in his youth, and ever since the Stuart and Hanoverian Princes of Wales have scarcely given a passing thought to the people or the welfare of the beautiful land whose name they bear. They have worn the title, but nursed no sympathy for Wales. This has helped to denationalise the aristocracy and geutry of Wales woefully to their disadvantage. (Hear, bear.) But Welsh nationality has outlived neglect and scorn just as it survived oppression and corrup- tion, and the Prince of Wales will perhaps find it worth his while to take a little interest in the principality. (Cheers.) In every other country in Christendom, aDd beyond, I would imagine, princes pay their subjects the simple and courteous compliment of learning I their language. In asking this Wales wouid, I suppose, be asking too exacting a tribute of its princes and princesses. But at least we might expect them to take an interest in our national institutions. The Prince of Wales and all that is his dance attendance on the Shab at the Empire Theatre, but he cannot help the National Eisteddvod in any more fascinating way than by getting the traditional date changed to ouit his convenience, and then decline to attend. (Loud applause.) His advisers presumably consider thut the presunce of the Queen in Wales for the first time in 50 years, ana the presence of the Prince in South Wales the same year would be too dazzling and effulgent a presence for so simple and primitive people. (Laughter.) And as we are a nation of Nonconformists, the advisers of the Queen have, so it is announced, counselled Pri n'.iess Beatrice to lay the foundation stone of 1 a church of the Episcopalian establishment at Barmouth. (Laughter.) The gracious tiess of this royal act is enhanced for the vast bulk of the Welsh people by the consideration that the rector of this church is a pervert from Nonconformity, and a Church Defence lecturer who reviles, with a pervert's zeal, the religion he has deserted. These intermitted requests for grants to royalty have, therefore, a sinister interest for the Welsh people. But as the years roll on, Princes of Wales will not be content with confining their energies to receptions, races, and theatres in England, and not find a-day in a lifetime to know Wales and its people. (Applause.) They will, as a matter of course, open in person, year by year, the ancient musical and national festival of the Welsh democracy. This will be one of the marks of the recognition of Wales as one of the con- stituent nations of the empire, a nation like the rest, self-governing, self-respecting, and pro- gressive. (Loud and continued applause.) The resolution was carried unanimously, Mr W. ABRAHAM, M.P., who followed, referred in feeling terms to the death of Mr W. R. H. Powell, the late member for West Car- marthen, and moved a vote of condolence with the bereaved family. There were, he said, a large number of Carmarthenshire voters in tbe Rhondda Valley, and he urged these to pay a visit to their home constituency to give a helping band in drumming" out the Tory candidate, Mr Drummond. (Loud laughter and cheers,) The motion was passed with striking unanimity, the whole audience rising to its feet. Mr MORGAN THOMAS moved a vote of thanks to tho .speakers, which was seconded by the Rev Mr Williams, and heartily agreed to.—A similar I compliment to the chairman brought a successful meeting to a close.

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