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THE VACANCY IN EAST- CARMARTHENSHIRE. UNOPPOSED RETURN OF MR ABEL THOMAS. On Friday Mr Abel Thomas, barrister-at-law, was elected unopposed in the Liberal interest for East Carmarthenshire in place of the late Mr David Pugh. Mr D. Long Price, under-sheriff, who acted as returning officer, sat at the Shire-hall, Llandilo, between 11 and one o'clock on Friday morning to receive nominations. The High Sheriff (Mr Herbert Peel) was absent. At twenty-five minutes past eleven, Mr J. W. Gwynne Hughes, Tregib, Llandilo, entered the hall in company with Mr Rixon Morgan (brother to Mr J. Lloyd Morgan, M. P.), solicitor, Car- marthen. The former gentleman proceeded to hand in a nomination paper which was the first received. The gentleman nominated was Mr Abel Thomas, barrister-at-law, Langland Bay, Hotel, Swansea. The proposers were Mr J. W. Gwynne Hughes, Tregib, Llandilo, and the Rev. William Davies, Independent Minister, Llandilo. Before half-past twelve four additional papers were handed in all in favour of Mr Abel Thomas. In due course Mr D. Long Price rose and declared to the half-dozen gentleman who were present as follows I declare that Mr Abel Thomas is duly electee member for the Eastern Division of Carmarthenshire. (Applause.) SPEECH By MR ABEL THOMAS M. P. A meeting of Liberals was held on Friday night at the Memorial Hall, Llandilo. Mr Abel Thomas, M.P., on entering the hall was received with loud cheers. The chairman was the Rev. William Davies, Llandilo, who, in a spirited Welsh address, said they had gathered together like a few select friends h congratulate the bride- groom after the wedding. About 18 sweethearts had tried to steal away their hearts, b it they had tendered their love to one who was fully worthy of it, and in whom they had every confidence. (Applause.) There was not a bet'er constituency in the kingdom than theirs. It consisted of men with warm hearts and clear heads. They had no weak people amongst them. (Applause.) He was sorry they had not had a contest, for they had unsheathed their swords in readiness to fight the Tories, who, however, had fought shy of battle. (Laughter.) But they would keep their armour bright till the next general election. (Applause.) Mr Abel Thomas, M.P., was, on rising, greeted with tremendous enthusiasm and prolonged cheers. In the course of an eloquent and telling address, he said that the chairman did not probably know how bad it was sometimes to praise a man too much. (Laughter.) He had come among them a comparative stranger, and found friends all round' (Cheers.) He expressed his regret at being unable to be present at the nomination that day. His duty to those who had sent him to Parliament was always to be on the right side of the House, and he would always be on the same side, that was to say the Liberal side.-(applause)-and if he ever found they had all become Conservative, and he was left alone as a Radical, then he would come down and give up his seat. (Laughter and applause.) He had been bred in the Liberal faith, he had grown up and lived in that faith, and he would go on in it until he died. (Loud applause.) He had been congratulated all the way from Swansea that day, In fact, he had had nothing but congratulations. (Cheers). He wanted to be heart and soul with the agriculturists and workmen throughout the division, and he would do his best to get what they wanted from the House of Commons. (Applause.) He hoped he was as good a Radical as anyone before him-(laughter)-and sound upon every subject from the beginning to the end of the Liberal programme. (Loud applause.) The chairman had said that constituency was one which they should be proud of. He agreed with him, and was proud of it. (Applause.) He knew that as long as his opinions remained as they were, and he did his duty manfully, they would keep him where he ought to be that day, in the House of Commons. (Loud applause and cries of Yes.") He would tell them honestly that he had learnt more from their knowledge of politics in general than he could have believed. They would not find such audiences at London, Liver- pool, Cardiff, or Swansea. They did not know politics at those places as well as they did at Cwmamman, Pontardulais, Llandilo, and other places in that division. Well, he was proud to represent such a constituency, and he would keep on the safe side because he believed in it. He thanked them very heartily for their kindness. (Cheers.) The proceedings shortly afterward J terminated.