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-n_ TIVYSIDE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY. At the close of the annual show in connection with the above society, which was held at Newcastle Emlyn on Friday week, a large company sat down to dinner at the Emlyn Arms Hotel, under the pre- sidency of Mr C. E. D. Morgan-Richardson, with Capt. Jones-Parry in the vice-chair. In responding to the toast of the "Bishops, Clergy, and Ministers of all Denominations," the Rev Mr Powell, vicar of Newcastle-Emlyn, said many of the clergy needed their sympathy at these times. They were getting more kicks than halfpence. In the Welsh papers the clerery were described as a most cruel, most unsympathetic, and most grasping class of men and all because they would not yield to demands to surrender that to which they were legally entitled. (A Voice No politics.) People had lost sight of the difference between demanding something as a right and asking it as a favour. The clergy could justify themselves in the course they had taken to resist unjust demands. What tenant had threatened his landlord to pay no rent unless 20 per cent. reduction was granted? (A Voice "Some have done so.") Not one. (A Voice They may have in Ireland, but not in Wales.").—The Chairman gave the Health of the Members of Parliament," and said that Mr Powell and Mr Pugh had written excusing their absence. He was sorry that neither of them was present—(A Voice: "Shame. They ought to be here ") becau-.e those meetings afforded the farmers an opportunity of ventilating their grievances. That was an agricultural constituency, and their members should put aside party and personal considerations when agricultural questions came on. (A Voice: Right you are.") They wanted the unfair burden of local taxation corrected, railway rates put on a fair basis, and a Minister or Agriculture in the House of Commons to do for agri- culture what the President of the Board of Trade did for the trading community (applause).—Mr W.O.Brig- stocke, Park-y-gors, responding as one of the judges, said that, speaking broadly, the land within the pre- cincts of the society was not highly let, but they were not in ordinary times, and a series of bad seasons had that year culminated in the worst of all. The Board of Trade returns showed that the annual decrease in the value of agricultural produce for the period from 1875 to 1885 was, compared with 1865 and 1875, 19 millions sterling per year, but comparing last year with 1885, the decrease was 35 millions. That was something awful. The first thing to be done was for the landlords to make reasonable remissions of rents, and those remissions should be considered estate by estate and farm by farm. The landlords would incur a fearful responsibility if they turned a deaf ear te the pleadings and reasonable requests of struggling, striving tenants. He aereed with Captain Jones- Parry that they would be fools if they did not listen, and if there was one thing more than another which would assist professional agitators—(hear, hear,)— whose business it was to breed discord-( k Voice: "You have touched a right chord"— and preach fallacious and fascinating doctrines, it was, he ventured to assert that many a tenant found out that the old landlord was not so hard as the pew mortgagee (hear, hear). One other remedy was for the landlords to help the tenants to procure lime and other artificial manures, and their land at low prices (applause).—Mr E. C. Phillips, Treriffith, Cardigan, also responded. He said that some gentlemen pro- fessed to see a silver lining to the depression, but he only saw a thundering black cloud (applause). Farmers must be united as other people, and not turn round and kick each other (hear, hear). They had all the world against them. The man who bought and sold the produce of his own country was a benefactor of his country, but the man who went abroad and brought produce in opposition to the home producers was a perfect infernal cuss. That was strong language, but it was the eleventh hour of the farmers, and they must speak. The gentlemen in the upper circles, enjoying themselves over their cham- pagne, did not care one curse for the farmers, and they did not see one member of parliament at any of the meetings throughout Wales; but if they were within sixteen months of an election, they would be around busy enough (hear). The year 1886 was bad, 1887 was worse, but heaven knows, 1888 would be a regular crusher. (No, no.) Yes it would. (Yes.) A lively scene here ensued owing to the efforts made by a young man, named Davies, a saddler, of Newcastle Emlyn, to make himself heard, notwithstanding the repeated calls to order from all parts of the room. Amid shouts of Liberty for Wales" Davies per- sisted in asking whether it was not a fact that, when a tenant was leaving a farm, his neighbour fre- quently offered .£10 more rent for the hold- ing. Farmers cut their own throats, and how could they object to landlords raising the rents?— Mr T. Bowen, Cwmbrwyn, another judge, in respond- ing, said it was a puzzle to him how the farmers could keep up a show. If they were put on the same footing as another country they could face their difficulties, but they had that cursed free trade (interruption.) He wanted fair trade (more interruption.) They had a lot of blooming agitators talking about the land (interruption.)—The Vice- chairman rose and objected to the introduction of polities.—Mr Bowen said he would conclude with one word. Home production meant labour for their own people; foreign production meant labour for the foreigner (hear, hear).—The Vice-chairman, responding to the toast of his health, again protested against the introduction of politics, which his friend the Vicar had commenced.


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