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THE VACANCY IN EAST CARMARTHENS HIRE. The council of the East Carmarthen Liberal Association met at the Ivorites' Hall, Ammanford, on Tuesday, to select a candidate for the seat rendered vacant by the death of Mr D. Pugh, M.P. There was a large attendance, and the proceedings were of a disorderly character. Mr Maybery, chair- man of the Llanelly Local Board, was voted to the chair. The Chairman said it teemed to him to be quite unnecessary that they should have any talking there that day. (Hear, hear.) Rule 9 said :—" The choice of a candidate for the Parliamentary representation shall rest with council, which shall be summoned to meet for that purpose from time to time, at a place and on a day to be fixed by the executive committee. Seven days' notice of every such meeting, stating its object, shall be given by circular addressed to every member of the council. The decision of the majority of the members of the council shall be held to be binding and final." Pro- ceeding, the chairman said he would ask the secretary if he had a complete list of the members of the council, and, in case of a vote by ballot, be thought it would be better to give a paper tj each person as his name was called. Both candidates were desirous that should be done. (Hear, hear). The secretary then produced some printed ballot papers bearing upon them the names of the two candidates. Mr Tom Hughes (builder, Llanelly) remarked that he would like to know whether everybody was satisfied with the composition of the meeting. (Hear, hear). There had been rumours of hole-and- corner meetings for selecting representatives to the meeting. (Applause). He would like to know how the meetings had been held in different districts, and what process had been adopted in appointing delegates. (Applause). Mr D J Jones, one of the secretaries, replied that the delegates, as a rale, were elected in the districts during the month of April, and the lists were sent to the secretaries in readiness for the council meeting in the month of May in each year. (Applause). The Chairman Have the lists been sent in to you ? Mr Jones; Yes. Mr Oliver J Williams (Llanelly). Have the list for Llandilo and Llangadock, been sent in this year? Mr Jones: The Llandilo list was sent to me last week. (Applause). Mr 0 J Williams: And is the list sent in last week the list that-is now going to be read. (Hear, bear). Mr Jones: It is the list we ought to take to-day. (Applause). Mr 0 Williams said with regard to Pembrey, he believed a list had been sent to the secretary of delegates appointed this month. Mr Howell That list was sent to me. Mr O. Williams: Is that the list? Mr Howell: Yes, that is the only one we have. It was sent in before the meeting at Llandilo. Mr A. B. Richards (schoolmaster, Llwynhendy) proposed that they should vote only upon the lists sent in to the secretaries in May, according to the rules of the association. (Hisses.) They might hiss, but if they had rules they should abide by them, and it they took any list sent in after May; that meeting would not be satisfactory to the delegates or to the country. (Applause.) The Chairman said someone intimated that the Llandilo secretaries had neglected their duty. Mr O. Williams said that there was nothing to show that persons whose names had now been sent in were not the duly appointed delegates of those districts. (Applause.) Mr Llewellyn Williams (Oxford) said that in his copy of the rules Rule 6 had been partially crossed out. It did not say how they were to be elected. The Rev: W. Davies (Llandilo) said only one delegate in his district had received notice from the secretary. Mr Powell (Caregcennen) said that, owing to illness, he had taken no steps to call a meeting at Llandilo sooner. Mr Lleafer Thomas would like to know to what delegate notices had been sent. Mr Gwynne Hughes acknowledged having received it. Mr Howell: The Rev. W. Davies. (Applause.) The Rev; W. Davies: Never. Only one delegate. (Applause.) Mr Howell They were duly posted, and have never been returned from the Dead Letter Office. Mr Lleufer Thomas suggested that the secretary ought to inquire of the postal authorities what bad became of the notices. There must have been gross irregularity or such wholesale failure of delivery could not have happened. The Chairman said that that could not be done that day. Mr Allen (Llangadock) had received notice of the meeting although he had never been elected a delegate. (Laughter.) Mr Howell said Mr Allen was the secretary for Llangadock, and such a prominent gentleman that he could not possibly be missed. (Laughter and applause.) The Rev. Towyn Jones (Garnant) thought dele- gates should not have received notices unless they had been elected this year- Mr Oliver J. Williams The proper list for Llan- gadcck, Llandovery, and Pembrey, is the new list sent to the secretary within the last few days. The Chairman: Leave it to the meeting to decide. (Applause.) Mr T. Phillips (Llanelly): Are those delegates to vote on this question ? Mr D. Jones: If you do not take the new list Liandovery, Llangadock, and Pembrey would be unrepresented, and if they went unrepresented they might bring out candidates of their own. (Interruption.) As they had been sent there by the electors they were going to vote. Rev Thomas Johns, Llanelly, said that this was a very serious question, and he trusted they would be careful in deciding. (Cheers.) The last speaker said that if they should not vote that day they would have a candidate of their own. He hoped, however, they would do nothing of the kind. (applause)—that they would agree as to the question of delegates before coming to a selection, and that afterwards they would be unanimous. (Applause.) Rev John Rogers, Pembrey, said that he was a delegate from Pembrey, and he regretted the disturbed feeling which was prevalent. They should not snub two of the largest districts in the county. (Cheers.) Pembrey was the largest excluding Llanelly. The Chairman felt that unless they adopted the new lists there would be dissatisfaction, and they would probably disperse without coming to a decision. On being put to the meeting the proposal to take the new lists was carried out by a large majority, the voting against it being greeted with derisive laughter. Mr Rees Edmunds I am given to understand that in April of this year, although our last annual meeting (cries of "Too late," Vote," and Sit down.") My question is this ("Vote, vote ") within the last couple of weeks two meetings have been held at Llangadock, and that at both delegates were appointed to attend this meeting ? (Cries of Oh," and Hear, hear.") Mr Allen (Llangadock) It is untrue. (Applause and dissent, two delegates rising to contradict most emphatically.) Mr LI. Williams (Oxford) said the meeting held on Monday night was for the five sub-districts of which Llangadock was the centre. There was a meeting there a fortnight ago, but not a district association meeting. (Applause.) The Rev Dr. Rowlands (Llanelly) urged the chairman to proceed in accordance with the reso- lution passed. Mr Howell Two listi have been sent in this year one at the proper time and one a day or two ago. Mr Llewellyn Williams: Is the secretary in order ? It has been decided to take the new list. Mr Howell The secretary has a perfect right to call the attention of the meeting to the fact. (" Hear, hear," and No.") Mr T. Phillips (tin-plate workers' agent) Let me say one word-(Cries of Vote.") The Rev T James (Llanelly) It is impossible to do justice to one candidate or the other. It will be better to disperse, and let them fight it out. (" Hear, hear," and Shame.") Mr T. Phillips Has the 6th Rule been rescinded. Mr Howell: No. Mr Phillips Very well this meeting has no authority to pass this resolution to-day. Mr Wilson (Llanelly) Did those meetings rescind their own delegates before appointing others ? (Cries of "Vote.") The Chairman The best plan would be to dis- perse the papers broadcast. ( Hear, hear, and "No.") Mr Rees Edmunds again rose and addressed the chair, but was received with loud cries of" Sit down." Mr A. B. Richards also attempted to speak, but beyond a frequent repetition of the word" irregular" it was impossible to understand him owing to the interruptions, and The Chairman declared that the voting must be proceeded with. Let each delegate put a cross opposite the name of the candidate he wiEhed to support. Mr Edmunds proposed that the Rev. W. Davies, Llandilo; Dr. Jones, Llanelly, and the two secre- taries be appointed scrutineers. This was agreed to, and Mr D. J. Jones, secre- tary, went about the room delivering ballot papers. Mr Richards (Llwynhendy) told the chairman he ought to ask whether some delegates bad not had two voting papers, as they were going about the room. (Hear hear.) Mr D. J. Jones (secretary) If you leave the hasiness to me I shall know them every one. Presently, Mr T. Phillips got up, and said there were about 300 people present, and as that meant a representation of about 12,000 electors—more were about 300 people present, and as that meant a representation of about 12,000 electors-more than they bad in the division-the names on the old and new lists ought to be called out in order to ascertain who was entitled to vote. (Applause.) Mr R. L. Sails (Llanelly) proposed that the secre- tary call out the names, and that each man should walk up when called, and deposit his vote in the ballot-box upon the table in front of the chairman. (Applause.) The Chairman: I consider that a very pensible proposal and shall carry it out. Before doing so. however, the chairman said he was desired by Alderman Thos. Williams to say that he was not the author of the letter which appeared in that morn- ings's South Wales Daily News, signed" Thomas Williams." (Applause.) 0 Mr Sonley Johnstone (Editor of the South Wales Daily News), who addressed the meeting, said news- papers were sometimes imposed upon, and a searching inquiry would be made into the matter just referred to. A Mr W. Evans, of Talyllyn, was walking up to the ballot-box, when the active form of Mr Allen, the Llangadock station-master, suddenly intervened, and emphatically protested against the vote being taken, because Mr Evans was not on the last list. The two Llangadock delegates before referred to said Mr Allen had picked men to suit himself, and did not want anybody else. The Chairman It was decided almost unani- mously to take the new list. A Voice And the old. Mr Allen No, never. The two Llangadock delegates pressed forward, and one of them declared that the association was rotten. Mr David Evans (brother of Mr Gwilym Evans) seriously urged that the old man's vote should be taken. Mr Howell (the secretary) remarked that an old man who had been faithful to the cause for twenty years was going to be refused a vote. By this time there was quite a lively crowd around the ballot-box, and although the chairman seemed inclined to reject the vote, the box was handed down, and there was a regular scrimmage over it. The old gentleman's vote was put, in, and and a number of others whose names had not been called out rushed forward and put their papers in. When the stock of ballot papers which hai been handed out appeared to be exhausted, the box was returned to the chairman, The delegates were then asked to retire from the hall while the scrutineers went through their work, and in a few minutes they did so. It was then found that one of the appointed scrutineers (Dr. Jones) had left, and Dr. Rees, of Amman Valley fame, took his place. The plan adopted was this: —Dr. Rees opened the papers, the chairman called out the names, the secretary (Mr Jones) wrote down the figures, and some of the reporters were asked to check. The result was as follows For Mr Abel Thomas 170 For Mr Gwilym Evans 121 Majority for Thomas 49 The delegates were not invited back to the hall, but the chairman went to the door and announced the result, which was received with great cheering. Mr Abel Thomas was born in 1848, and is a son of the Rev Theophilus Evan Thomas, Trehel, Biptist minister, and J.P. for the county of Pembroke. He was educated at Clifton School, and in due course took his degree of B.A. at London University. He was called to the bar in 1874. Since then he has had considerable practice in the South Wales Circuit, and was localised for about 10 years at Swansea. Three years ago he went to London, where he still resides. He has been a justice of the peace for the county of Pembroke for many years and is the leading junior counsel of the South Wales Circuit. He is married and has several children. He is a re^dy and somewhat fiery speaker, and enjoys a very large and lucrative practice, probably as large as that of any barrister on the South Wales Circuit. He has never before been so prominently before a constituency as a candidate, though of late years his name has been frequently mentioned in connection with electoral contests.