Association of Welsh Insurance Committees. Mr. F. Llewellyn-Jones' Presi- dential Address. The first annual meeting of the recently- formed Association of Welsh Insurance Committees was held on Thursday at Shrewsbury. Mr F. Llewellyn-Jones (Mold) was elected first president. GLAMORGAN'S POSITION. On the question of representation, Glam- organshire Insurance Committee had decid- ed not to join the association, and at a meeting of the provisional executive com- mittee, Dr. Ewan J. Maclean (of Cardiff) and M essrs. F. Llewellyn-Jones and J. W. Morris were requested to seek a conference with Glamorganshire with a view to bring- ing that county into co-operation with the rest of Wales and Monmouthshire through the association. Mr. F. Llewellyn-Jones (of Mold), who presided as the chairman of the association pro. tern., reported that terms had been ar- ranged, and he moved that they be approved of, the motion being carried unanimously. The annual meeting of the association is to be held every alternate year in Cardiff, Swansea, or Newport. Committees having over 9,000 and less than 150,000 insured per- sons on their registers will be entitled to send four representatives, over 150,000 and under 250,000 six representatives, and over 250,000 eight representatives. OFFICERS. The election of the first officers of the association took place, Mr. F. Llewellyn- Jones being appointed president; Dr. E. J. Maclean, vice-president Mr. D. S. Davies (Denbigh), hon. treasurer; and Mr. Ivor T. Phillips (clerk to the Newport Insurance Committee), secretary. PRE SI DENT'S ADDRESS. In the course of a short presidential ad- dress, Mr. Llewellyn-Jones said that so far the meetings had been devoted almost en- tirely to the creating of the machinery of the association, but those who had attend- ed had had an opportunity of meeting those men who in various parts of Wales were engaged in the work of administering the National Insurance Act, and he believed that the forming of the personal acquaint- ance with their colleagues was an advantage which could not be over-estimted (applause). The Act which they were called upon to administer was without doubt the greatest measure of constructive social reform which the British Parliament had enacted (ap- plause). The soundness of its principles was recognised by all, and criticism, except that irresponsible criticism which was due to unworthy motives and which could be dis- regarded, had been directed to details. They all knew that the Act would have to be amended in many particulars, and pos- sibly its operation would have to be enlarged and extended in certain directions. When the Executive, with this object, prepared its legislative proposals, and when the Legisla- ture proceeded to deal with them, it would be of untold advantage that it would be pos- sible to consult a body representing the matured opinion of those responsible for the administration of the Insurance Act (ap- plause). So far as Wales was concerned, their association would be able to indicate with confidence the direction which amend- ing or extending legislation should take (ap- plause). REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN. Mrs. Beatrice Breese (Carnarvonshire) called attention to the fact that no special provision had been made for the representa- tion of women on the association, and moved that the rules of the association be altered so that in the case of Insurance Committees having more than 20,000 insur- ed persons one of the representatives to be appointed should be a woman. Mr. D. S. Davies seconded. The proposition was put to the conference and lost by a substantial majority. It was, however, by a large majority de- cided, 011 the motion of Mr. Peter Hughes (Carnarvon), seconded by Mr. T. H. Ed- wards (Pembrokeshire), to request the Welsh Insurance Committees to elect a woman as one of their representatives at the meetings of the association. 0 THE DRUG FUND. Mr. E. D. Jones, clerk to the Denbigh- shire Insurance Committee, raised the ques- tion of the adequacy of the drug fund, which, he said, was becoming a burning one in the administration of medical benefit. As to the adequacy of the existing allow- ances, there were conflicting opinions. Where there was a deficiency, he attributed it to excessive sickness and extravagance, if not incompetence, in prescribing. He had been trained from his youth up to look upon the medical profesion as a law unto themselves (laughter). Therefore, he ap- proached the question of excessive prescrib- ing with trembling deference (laughter). He had seen five hundred tablets, sufficient for three months' course, given in one pre- scription, a quart of syrup of hypophos- phites to be taken in teaspoonful doses specified in another, half a pound of oil of eucalyptus in another, and four pounds of extract of malt and oil in another (laughter). As remedies, he suggested an effective cheeking of prescriptions and the cost per prescription per doctor should be taken out. When certain doctors were found to be offending in this direction there was a ten- dency to brand the whole profession. The speaker also advised that the che- mists should be made more use of, and that there should be a little more co-operation and a better understanding between the chemists and the medical men. Dr. Maclean remarked that it would not do to generalise from such instances as had been quoted. Some doctors did not rse up dl the drug fund, and the chemists had a p r idea of tho.-i.' doctors (Inlighter). When ,1 the drug fund was used np everything | was about as it should be, but when far u.ore than the (!rug fund was expended the chemists had their views about the doctors also (laughter).
-+::+- GRAND DUKE'S DEATH. The Grand Duke Adolph Friedrich of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, who has died in his sixty sixth year, was born at Neustrelitz in 1848, and succeeded his father in the title in 1904. He was a general of cavalry in the Prussian Army. He married in 1877 Prin- cess Elizabeth of Anhalt. His son the Hereditary Grand Duke Adolphus Frederic, born in 1882, suceeds to the title. The late Grand Duke's mother was Princess Augusta Caroline of Great Britain and Ireland. He recently offered a Constitution to his Grand Duchy, even accompanying the offer with a promise of £ 600.000 for the Treasury in or- der to calm the apprehensions of those who feared that reform would mean increased taxation. He second daughter is the wife of Prince Danilo, the Crown Prince of Mon-1 tenegro.
Hawarden Rural District Council. Further Discussion on Shotton Footbridge Question. REFERRED TO THE PARISH COUNCIL. £ 100 Contribution. A meeting of the Hawarden Rural Dis- trict Council was held at Broughton on 0 .Friday last, Ilr. A. F. Davies presiding. SYMPATHY. On the motion of Mr. E. Mousdale se- conded by Mr. J. Jones, a vote of sympathy was parsed with Mr. J. Millingten in his illness. THE BRIDGE QUESTION. Mr. Mousdale had the following notice of motion on the agenda: "That the Council's minute of April 3, that the cost of the ap- proaches to the Jubilee street footpath, Shotton, be charged on the special Drain- age Area, be rescinded, and that all the correspondence in connection with the mat- ter be submitted to the Council." Before Mr. Mousdale moved the resolu- tion, Mr. J. Jones asked the clerk to give the correspondence with reference to the matter. He also asked that the Act of Par- liament should be produced. Mr. Mousdale said the clerk was present when Mr. James and Mr. Harry Summers attended a meeting, and the clerk on that day said he was prepared to advise the Council to spend a certain sum of money on the bridge. Mr. Jones raised the question as to whe- ther the Railway Company should not carry the improvement out themselves. Mr. R. G. Roberts said the Railway Com- pany were liable to put the thing right for the users. Mr. Mousdale then moved the motion, and Mr. J. Jones seconded. Mr. R. G. Roberts asked who was re- sponsible for the bridge and footpath. The Clerk (Mr. H. G. Roberts) said the footpath was made chiefly by Messre. Sum- mers and Sons, and they paid the Parish Council. Mr. R. G. Roberts: I contend this be- longs to the Parish Council. The Chairman We may be responsible for the road, and not the footpath. Mr. Mousdale: The footpath in question is part of the road. Mr. W. H. Fox said anything that want- ed doing should be done by the Parish Council. Mr. J. Jones said if the Council had de- cided that it was a matter for the local people to do, they should refer it back to the Parish Council. The Clerk stated that he had procured a copy of the Act of Parliament, which stated that the Railway Company could close the level-crossing if they provided a bridge for the people to cross the line. Mr. R. G. Roberts moved as an amend- ment that that Council contribute E100 to the Parish Council to take over the present position, and take over the plans and take p 06i charge of the work. Mr. J. Fox seconded, and said he did so because he thought it was a Parish Coun- cil affair from beginning to end. Mr. J. Jones moved as a further amend- ment that the work be carried out by the District Council, and that kloo. of the ex- pense be put on the general expenses of the Union, and the balance of the expense charged to that particular area. Mr. Mousdale seconded. The Chairman said he was rather in fav- our of Mr. Roberts' amendment, because thev were taking over a lot of responsibi- lity if they did the work themselves. On the motions being put to the meet- ing, Mr. Roberts' amendment was carried. Mr. J. Jones had the following notice of motion on the agenda: "That the Council take into consideration the question of pro- viding a new footpath with subway under the Great Central Railway from the L. and N.W. Railway Station at Shotton to Messrs Summers' works." The Chairman suggested that the matter be referred to the Parish Council, and Mr. Jones said he was agreeable to that course being taken, and it was agreed to.
A WAR VETERAN. General de Berry, one of the three survi- vors of the battle of Chillianwalla, has just celebrated his ninety-first birthday. The other survivors are Drum-Major John Har- vey, who lives in Manchester and is eighty- two years of age, and Mr. W. D. H. Baillie, of Wellington, New Zealand, who is nearly ninety, and who was subaltern under Gene- ral de Berry in India. The battle of Chillianwalla, which was fought on January 13, 1849, was the en- gagement which marked the turning point in the second Sikh War and led to the an- nexation of the great Punjab territory. The 24th Foot, now the South Wales Bor- derers, bore the brunt of the fighting, tak- ing the Sikh position at the point of the bayonet and capturing 20 guns. General de Berry, like all the members of the regiment, showed extraordinary cour- age, and was mentioned in dispatches. He ic-lls many interesting anecdotes of his campaigning days in this war and the Mutiny. He lives at Rochester.
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Flintshire Assizes. — r-, Housebreaking at Caerwys: Young I Man Bound Over. "STICK TO HONEST WOKK." Judge's Advice to a Prisoner. Tlia Summer Assizes for the county of Flint were held at Mold on Thursday last, before Mr. Justice A. T. Lawrence. His Lordship, in his address to the Grand Jury, said he was glad to congratulate them upon the eminently peaceful and orderly condition of the county. There were only two prisoners for trial, and these cases were of a very simple character. HOUSEBREAKING AT CAERWYS. I John Thomas Williams, 26, labourer, was charged with breaking and entering a dwel- linghouse at Caerwys on the 4th inst. and stealing therefrom £ 2 2s. He pleaded guil- ty- Mr. Owen Roberts was for the prosecu- tion. P.S. Kingsbury stated that he had known the prisoner for the last ten years, and had always found him to be a sober man, of good character. Mr D. E. Hughes, a magistrate, 6aid that during the ten years he had known the pri- soner he had never known anything wrong against him. I Prisoner appealed to the Judge not to be hard with him. His Lordship remarked that it was a sad thing to see a young man like the prisoner forfeiting the good character which he had had up to that time. He Had been guilty of reckless and wicked conduct, and he hoped that in future he would try and maintain the good character which he had hitherto borne. He would be bound over to be of good behaviour and to come up for judg- ment if called upon. STOLEN OVERCOAT. Jame6 Richards, 34, described as a sea- man, was charged with breaking and enter- ing offices in the goods yard of the London and North-Western Railway Co., at Rhyl and stealing a gentleman's overcoat valued at £1 4s. 6d. He pleaded not guilty. Mr. Trevor Lloyd, for the prosecution, stated that the prisoner had been employed for a few days previously at the goods yard. On the morning of the 5th inst., it was dis- covered that a window in the office had been broken, and that a coat had been taken away. Prisoner was arrested at Bag- illt on the same day. When before the magistrates lie denied breaking into the office, and said that he bought the coat from a man he did not know for 5s. 6d. The Jury, after a brief deliberation, found the prisoner guilty. The Judge, in sentencing the jirisoner to four months' imprisonment, with hard lab- our, advised him to stick to some good hon- est work in the future, and not to go about picking and stealing.
AN AMAZING DUEL. Angry Polish gentlemen seem to be mak- ing it a habit to fight their quarrels out with Polish fury in Paris (writes the cor- respondent in that city of the "Daily Tele- graph"). Messrs. Gottlieb and Kissling, two artists from Poland living here in con- tiguous studios, quarrelled in a cafe six months ago. On Friday they wiped out their quarrel in blood. They first of all in- sisted upon Polish conditions for the duel, that is to say, it seems, six bullets each at six paces. No French seconds were found to sanction this form of murder. Accord- ingly," on the authority of the well-known fencer, Professor Dubois, the duel was ar- ranged as follows :— 0 Two bullets each at twenty-five paces. Failing any serious result, a second encoun- ter, immediately afterwards, with swords having blunt points, only strokes as in sabre fencing allowed, and thrusts being forbid- den. The two Polish gentlemen fired two bul- lets without hitting anything. They then retired to prepare for the second duel, and reappeared swathed in cottonwool round their necks, and wearing gloves reaching to the elbow. In the first bout they rushed at eaoh other, and Mr. Kissling at once received a wound in the head about 4in. long. The surgeons cut off the hair anu examined the >vound, but Mr. Kissling insisted 011 going on. lie and his adversary accordingly had four more bouts, lasting half an hour, and wearing out three or four pairs of blades. Professor Dubois, himself armed with a sword, intervened every few minutes, but could hardly stop the combatants. Mr. Gottlieb was wounded in the chin, and Mr. Kissling had his nose slit, but they still went on. At one moment Professor Duboi-s caught Mr. Gottlieb round the waist, while the famous French fencer, M. Rouzier-Dorciere, who was seconding the professor, seized Mr. Kissling, and the two combatants were thus drawn apart. At last Professor Dubois said that he would stop exactly two minutes longer and then would go. The two Poles hammered at each other for two minutes without doing any further damage—except that Mr. Gott- lieb was bruised with the flat of the sword on the right arm and shoulder, on the sto- mach, and 011 the legs—and the fight was then over. It was then found that Rouzier-I Dorciere himself had been wounded ill the knee when trying to part the furious gen- tlemen. Cinematograph operators were present the whole time, and secured glor- ious films.
+: The man who will tell a lie for a woman differs from the man who will tell a lie to I a woman. One's married, and the other isn't.
Connah's Quay Constable J Assaulted By Ironworker Whom the Police Had Befriended. "LIKE A RED RAO TO A BULL." i I At a special Police Court at Mold on Tuesday morning—before Mr. Thoma6 Parry and Mr. H. J. Roberts—George Phillips, ironworker, of New Pottery Cot- tages, Ewloe Green, was charged with hay- ing caused a breach of the peace, and also with assault on the police. Superintendent Yarnell Davies explained that at half-past seven on Monday evening P.C. Bowker was on duty in High street, Connah's Quay, when he received a com- plaint that two men were fighting on a public footpath leading from the Nine Houses to Mold road. He went there and found the prisoner and another man named William Roberts fighting. There was a large crowd of people around them. The constable went there and separated the two men. Roberts was sensible enough to go away. Phillips was told to go away and was asked for his name and address. He used bad language to the constable and re- fused to give his name and address. As the constable did not know the defendant, he told him that if he did not give him his name he would have to take him into cus- tody. Phillips then made use of disgusting language, and told the constable that he could never do it. When the officer went towards him he (Phillips) sprang at him and butted him in the forehead. They fell to the ground and struggled, but the con- stable succeeded at last in putting the handcuffs on Phillips and taking him to the Police Station. P.C. J. T. Bowker gave evidence bearing out this statement. He said that on Mon- day evening he received a complaint that two men were fighting up Wepre Drive, and went there and found Phillips and an- other man named William Roberts, fighting on a public footpath leading from the Nine Hoiivses to Mold road. The men had their jackets and waistcoats off. He separated them. Phillips used bad language and re- fused to give his name and address when asked. He made a spring at witness and butted him on the head. They fell to the ground. Phillips tried to get him round the neck, but he succeeded in putting on the handcuffs and locked him up. Defendant declared that he never put his hand on the officer. He was a bit dazzled after the fight and could not give his name and address for a minute or two. The Chairman: Were you not drunk?—I had had a glass. As soon as you get drink you bring your- self into trouble?—It seems like it. "HALF OF CONNAH'S QUAY THERE." A man named Sam Jones was called as a witness by the defendant. He stated that lie saw the two men fighting, but did not take particular notice. The policeman ask- ed defendant for his name, but he would not give it. Witness said, "Go on, give your name." In reply to the Bench, witness said he did not see the defendant strike the police. He did not see any scuffle. By Supt. Davies: How many people were about on this occasion?—A field full of people. What happened between the constable and Phillips was in the centre of the ring? —Yes. And you were on the outskirts of the ring?—Yes. What happened inside you don't know?— No. Half Connah's Quay was there?—Yes. The fight was to settle who was the best man?—Yes. Supt. Davies said Phillips had not been long in the district, but the police had had a lot of trouble with him. First of all, they befriended him-took him from the street one evening after, it was alleged, he had been seriously assaulted by someone. Two policemen stayed up practically the whole of the night ministering to him, and afterwards took him to Chester Infirmary. The last time he was before the court he was fined for assault on police, and given time in which to pay. They had been most considerate to the man, accepting the payment of the fine in small weekly sums. The constable wliom the defendant assaul- ted last time was off dufy for over three weeks, and had to be medically attended at the expense of the county. He was not able to put his foot down for some time, owing to the kicks he received from Phil- lips. When the defendant got drunk and saw a policeman he had to fight witri him it was like holding a red rag to a bull. Defendant said he would take no more beer. He was fined £ 1 and costs for assault on police. With regard to the cliarge of caus- ing a breach of the peace, he was informed that lie would be released on his own re- cognisances to keep the peace for six months, if he provided two sureties of £10 —himself and a householder.
Downed Tools." j 86 Shotton Wcrkmen Fined X2 [ahd Costs each. LEFT WORK WITHOUT NOTICE. Eighty-six men employed at the Hawar- den Bridge Ironworks were summoned at the Hawarden Petty Sessions 011 Thursday last, by Messrs. Summers, who claimed S;2 from each man for that they being their workmen and having entered into a contract of service of the plaintiffs as their employ- ers determinable by a fortnight's notice, wrongfully absented themselves from their employers' service on the 4th June" Mr. R. T. Morgan appeared for Messrs. Sum- mers, and Mr. J.B.Marston for the men. Mr. Marston at the outset said those were civil proceedings. For many purposes, more especially for the purpose of the fu- ture relations which would exist, and which they hoped would exist between the em- ployers and workmen at these works, he wished to do what he could on behalf of the men to bring the matter to a satisfactory settlement without having to fight it out. The men without prejudice would consent to judgment against them for, 10s. and the costs. Mr. R. T. Morgan said his position was that lie must open his case, and he must prove his case, and in their opinion the damage claimed was a nominal amount. We could not accept the offer of 10s. His figure was Y-2, which had been arrived at after careful consideration and collabora- tion. He was willing to leave the matter in the magistrates\ hands. He must prove his case for more reasons than one. He ased permission to withdraw in four cases, which was allowed. SERIOUS LOSSES TO THE FIRM." Mr. Morgan, continuing, said the trouble arose from two men who were suspended at the works. They were told to see Mr. Gardiner (general manager), but did not do so, and presented themselves for work as though nothing had happened. They were told that they would not be allowed to work. They spoke to some of the other men, and the Union secretary approached the foreman and a conversation took place with one of the defendants, who said if the men were not allowed to work they would all go out. The men all went out to- gether, and in "consequence the men of the galvanising department, who belonged to the same Union, also went out. J ■. any in- dividual worker had a grievance against Messrs. Summers they could approach the manager in a constitutional manner, and the grievances, if founded on fact, would be remedied. That way was open to the men, but they did not take advantage of it, but immediately walked out of the place. There was a, custom in the trade of giving four- teen days' notice on either side, which was mentioned in a rule on the pay sheets. There had been isolated cases of that kind before, but the firm had overlooked them and reinstated the men. It appeared to him (Mr. Morgan) that their generosity or kindness had been construed by the men as weakness, and when 85 men did what was commonly known as downed tools then the firm had to do something to put a stop to it. The result of that had been a serious loss to the firm owing to these men doing what they had done. In addition to this, the loss to other workmen employed was also great; although they were willing and anxious to work, they were unable to do so by the illegal conduct of these men. Per- sonally lie (Mr. Morgan) regarded that as a most serious result. Why should other workmen suffer because of the action of these men ? If the works had been closed down for nine months Messrs. Summers would have been much better off in pocket. They did not close down in order to keep these men in work, and for them to be treated in that way when they had done their utmost to meet their wishes was very inconsiderate. It had been said by a presi- dent of a union that the policy of down tools was bound to react detrimentally on the men. George Penden, manager of the Marsh branch of the works, said the action of the men had caused a loss of considerably more than the amount claimed in consequence of the stoppage of the works. John Wilding, manager of another de- partment of the works, also gave details of the loss. Mr Marston said the men offered to pay an amount of practically 1:50 for having put their tools down. He (Mr. Marston) con- sidered, and the men also considered, that they were in the wrong. He complained C) p that no books had been produced to show the loss, and contended that the works had not suffered anything like the loss which they claimed. The Chairman said the Bench could not agree to the offer of ten shillings. Mr. Marston said he was prepared to leave the matter with thc-Bench if they did not consider that he had made any weak- ness in his defence by making the offer. "MEN WRONGLY ADVISED." The magistrates retired, and on their re- turn the Chairman (Mr. T. R. Probert) said lie regretted to see a lot of respectable young men like the defendants brought there on a charge of that sort, of leaving their work and dropping their tools with- out notice. He did not know who their advisers were, but he was sure ty were advising the men absolutely wrong. It was perfectly right for them to belong to a union and obey the union leaders, but they I must not think they could drop their tools and leave their work at a moment's notice. If people did that, he did not know what the country would come to. He thought the firm had been very lenient to them. They (the magistrates) could imagine what an enormous loss it must have been to the firm, and they were treating the men very leniently. The magistrates had decided that the men should pay the £ 2 claimed and the costs. He hoped it would be a warning to them to never attempt again to drop their tools. If they had any grievance, let
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-+-- Loyalists Will Never Submit. Mr. BONAR LAW ON THE ULSTER CRISIS. Mr. Bonar Law, speaking at Glasgow on Friday night, said that the position of the nation was to-day one of the gravest peril. He wondered what the members of the Go- vernment, and above all the head of the Government, thought in their hearts of the result of a policy which had brought the country to the verge of a great catastrophe. What was tile position to-day in Ulster? A great army, thoroughly organised—(cheers) -eompletely armed, had sprung into exist- ence. It was an army which he was told by men who had studied it and who were competent to judge was superior in number and efficiency, and certainly it was not in- ferior in courage or determination—(cheers) —to the Boer forces, which took the whole might of the Empire two years to overcome. All over Ireland other volunteers were be. ing formed, and there was no object in con- cealing from ourselves that they were being formed in large numbers, viz., the Nationa- list Volunteers. In a sense they were far more dangerous than the Ulster Volunteers —(hear, hear)—for they had neither the re- straint nor the discipline of the Ulster Vol- unteers, and they were not under the con- trol of a single leader whom they trusted and revered (cheers). There were therefore in Ireland to-day all the elements of an explosion, which might take place at any moment with consequences too appalling even to think of (cheers). CONTEMPTIBLE TYRANNY. In Great Britain the position was not much better. What had happened in Ire- land had had its inevitable effect here. If the Government had intended to force Home Rule, to have allowed the organisa- tion which had grown up in Ulster to reach its present efficiency was not only a weak- ness, it was a weakness which was utterly criminal (cheers). A few weeks ago the Ul- ster Volunteers secured all the ariiis- (cheers)—and all the ammunition which they required. There had been some rest- lessness even among Radical members in the House of Commons, who were com- plaining of the inaction of the Gov- ernment. These gentlemen had been holding meetings, the object of which, he supposed, was to declare that any Government which was not prepared to enforce the law had no right to exist (cheers). They were right, but they forgot that the power of a Government rested up- on the consent of the people, and that a Government, which had shown that it was prepared to suffer any ignominy and face any calamity rather than face the people had already lost all its authority. The Go- vernment were wiser at all events, they were more wily than their supporters, they knew better, they knew that to attempt to arrest Sir Edward C',ti-soii -(great cheering) and the other Ulster leaders would mean civil war, and it would mean something else. If an attempt were made to arrest and try the men who were leading the Ul- ster movement, there would be an outburst of passionate abhorrence of this Govern- iiielit-(elieei-,s)- NN-iiieli would destroy them, and which would put an end once and for ever to a tyranny quite as lawless, and far more contemptible than that of James. THE UNIONIST ATTITUDE. Proceeding, Mr Low observed that at Blenheim he said that if the Government attempted to use force against Ulster be- fore that had received the sanction of the people and if Ulster resisted the Unionist party here would help the Ulster men in their resistance (great cheering, the audi- ence rising to their feet and waving hats and handkerchiefs). "What else could we do?" he asked. "Could we, the largest party in the House of Commons, stand idly by v,bile a great and, as we believed, an intolerable wrong was inflicted 011 our fel- low-countrymen and not move a finger to help them? I think not, and if it had all to be done over again, I should now to- night make the same declaration once more (loud cheers). We have given that pledge. We mean to keep it anft 1 appeal to this great meeting, and to the people of Scot- land, who in the past have not been slow to risk their lives for the sake of their own liberties, to help up to keep that pledge by making it plain to the Government that, j I whatever else may be possible, the armed coercion of Ulster is not possible" (cheers). The Unionist party, while they were compelled to take the course they did, realised how serious it was. He thought he could convince them that the Unionist party had done everything in their power to save the country from the greatest of all calami- ties—civil war. If any calamities now came upon the country the sole responsibility rested upon the Government, which pre- | ferred deliberately to face civil war rather I than face the people (cheers). What had the Government done ? GOVERNMENT'S POLICY OF DRIFT. "It is exactly or nearly eight months ago," said Mr. Bonar Law, "since I had the first conversation on this subject with the Prime I Minister. (A Voice: "Which one?") The [ one who obeys the whip, not the one who wields it (laughter and cheers). During the whole of these eight months the. Govern- ment had simply drifted without plan or purpose. During the whole of that time, and I say it deliberately, they have plaved, whether intentionally or not, they have played wifli us, and what is more serious they have played with Ulster." The climax of their insincerity was reached the other day in the House wnen the Government, who now admitted that the Home Rule Bill as it stood ought not to become law, forced it through the House of Commns unaltered. Mr. Redmnd had played his game very skil- fully. but it was the wrong kind of game. "In the game of chess," Mr. Bonar Law continued, "expert players can sometimes announce in advance mate in so many j moves, and the other party accepts the J situation. That is what Mr. Redmond did J with Mr. Asquith. But what happens when the pawns suddenly spring to life, refuse to be moved by others, and, like those in Ul- ster, !,iaY '\Ye will move ourselves What becomes then of all tlieir fine calculations? They may succeed in small things, they will I never succeed when they come "11 conflict with the realities and the passions of human nature. It is the wrong kind of game. It has succeeded very well with the Govern- ment. That was not difficult. They were as wax in his hands, but behind the Go- vernment there is another power, the Brit- ish people, who will say the last word, and with them that game will never succeed" (cheers).. NO SURRENDER. "I do not now what the next movement of the Government will be, but I should not be surprised if I know it as accurately as they know it themselves. They will prob- ably continue to drift as they have drifted in the past, sticking firnilv to one principle only, at at all costs they must keep the Nationalist vote. That is probably what they will do, and if they dO so disaster of some kind must come to our country and to them. What they will do I do not know, but I do know two things. I know what we should do (cheers). I know that if there is a chance of peace, of saving our country from the greatest of calamities, we will take advantage of it (cheers). I know that if they will have war, that if they will push our loyal countrymen to the last extremity, then we shall win in that war (great cheer- ing). And I know something else. The Government have the power to injure per- haps to ruin their country, but they have not the power to compel, and they never will compel, the loyalists of Ulster to accept the domination of a. Nationalist Parliament (great and prolonged cheering).
-+. QUEEN ALEXANDRA S FANS. Queen Alexandra has a wonderful col- kerion of fans, one of the most interesting of which is that lately given to her by the German Empress (says 'The Gentlewoman') ()f exquisite lace it once belonged to Marie Antoinette. Among the Queen Mother's possessions are painted landscape and fig- ure fans these usually a la Watteau carried out in soft lovely colours, and adorned with pearls, diamonds, corals, and turquoises. The clear golden tortoiseshell sticks are fa- vourites with Her Majesty, and she has some amber sticks, mounted with jade, tur- quoise, pink topazes, and clouded crystals. Her beautiful collection the Queen keeps in electric-lighted glass cabinets in a room at Marlborough House.
-+-- Spotted collars for men are to be fashion- able this summer, which will be consoling to papas whose babies generally leave col- lections of finger-prints 011 their linen.
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I' them settle it in a legitimate and proper way. To go and drop their tools appeared to him to be absolute madness. Mr. Morgan said he was instructed to say that the firm were not by any means vin- dictive, but felt compelled to take those proceedings. The firm suggested that 5s. a week be stopped from the men's wages un- til the amounts were paid. This course wi-s agreed to.