CARMARTHEN EISTEDDFOD AND THE PAVILIOM MEETING OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. DIVIDED COL'NSEjlS. The Rev. T. R. Walters (chairman) presided over a meeting ot the Executive ComnuWee of file Na- tional Eisteddfod at tne rthire Hull, Carmardien, on Friday evenng. The object of the meeting was to consider the plans and specifications of ihe Glasgow Steel Roofing Co. and Messrs. Jvirby, Davids ami Co., for covering a portion of the .Market Place. Mr. Wheldon asked if any figures had been ob- tained as to the probable cost ot a temporary builu- ing. or as to the amount which the Committee would offer the Town Council towards tho improve- ment of the Market Place. The Rev. Gwilym Davies said that he behevett that they had passed a resolution some time ago that it be an instruction to the Pavilion Committee to bring in a report as to adapting the market to the purpose of an Eisteddfod Pavilion. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills—There is a preliminary question. It was not a matter for the Town Council or any other council. The question was whether the Local Government Board would allow anything w hich was suggested or carried by that committee. The Chairman stated ihat. what the Rev. Gwilym Davies stated was quite correct. The Pavilion Committee, as a result of their deliberations, had presented two plans. The plans were on the table, and the prices had been quoted by other firms. The Rev. E. U. Thomas moved that they ask the Town Council to consider a cheaper scheme—to roof in a portion of the market so as to accommo- date 6.000 people, and to provide a temporary ar- rangement which would provide additional accom- modation for as many more. The permanent portion of the work would coslf about LI,800, and the tem- porary structure B500 or JEoOO. The other schemes provide for a permanent building which would cost about £ 3,000 or more. He thought for Carmarthen that that was out of the question. It would bo a great acquisition in a town of 10,000 people, if they could have a pavilion for singing festivals and such meetings as they had in Carnarvon. In order to carry out that scheme they would offer the Town Council the sum of £1,500 which they would spend on a tent which would last for a week. He pro- j posed that they ask the Town Council to consider the scheme which would cost the town E500 or £ 600. Mr. D. Lloyd said that he did not think the feel- ing was unanimous that, they slioukl have a per- manent structure. He did not think the feeling was unanimous that they should have one. Per- sonally he hoped the Town Council would throw it out lock, stock and barrel. The Secretary, in reply to a question, said that the lowest figure which had come before the Exe- cutive at the last meeting was £ 3,150. Mr. J. D. Jones asked if that only included the shell. Mr. Rees Davies said that it included asphalte flooring, but no furniture. The Rev. W. D. Rowlands asked if it were the case that ihey were confined to these. two schemes'' The Chairman—It is: there are only two. The Rev. E. C. Thomas asked where the alterna- tive scheme came from. He had seen the plans of it. Mr. E. Colby Evans said that it had been given to him with the rest. —, Mr. D. J. Davies, the secretary of the Pavilion Committee, read the minutes of that Committee, from which it. appeared that there had been several schemes before them. One of them had been the scheme mentioned by the Rev. E. U. Thomas. This and several other schemes, however, had been re- jected, and only the two mentioned at the last, meet- ing had been recommended to the Executive. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills said that he was going to move that they approach the Town Council and ask them whether they were prepared to make such alterations in the market place as would adapt it to the purposes of the Eisteddfod and also to the general purposes of the town. Before the Town Council could borrow the money they would have to go to the Local Government Board, who would jiotentertain any suggestions regarding the Eistedd- fod. He proposed that they send a deputation to j the Town Council. Mr. J. N. Williams said that the matter had been before the Council and they had been misled. They had been told that it would cost ;EB,OW or £ 7,000, and that. it would mean a 5d. rate. These plans showed that it would cost, a good deal less, and that it would not mean more than a penny rate on the town. Mr. Win. Jones, as one who had brought the mat- ter on at Pentrepoeth School, said tliat he was glad to have the figures which had been placed before I tliem that evening. It had been stated by some members of the Corporation that it would cost 166.000 or £ 7.000. Mr W. Lloyd (Mayor) said that the Corporation had about reached the limit of their l)orrowing powers. Whatever was done. to the market place it appeared that it would cost E3,000 for the shell alone. The Local Government Board had never sanctioned a loan for the erection of a corrugated iron building, and if they did in this case the loan would only be for ten years. The annual charge would he 15 to 17 per cent, of the capital cost. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills said that they were not going to discuss details there. lie had not men- tioned corrugated-iron or anything else. What he wanted was a deputation to wait on the I own I Council 011 the general question whether they were prepared to do something in connection with the market place. He did not. think that the Mayor had I a right to discuss details. The Chairman said that- no must ask the Ue\ Fuller Mills to sit down. Mr. W. Lloyd movoct that no deputation be ap- Mr. D. Lloyd seconded, and Mr. II. E. B. Richards j supported it- r 1 i The Chairman ruled a direct negative out of order, j Mr. E. Colby Evans said that the officer command- ing the Volunteefsjtad called 011 him and said that i if "the Corporation would give permission 10 have drills once or twice a w<n>k in the market-hall there woulds be no difficulty in their getting the £ 600 which was now on deposit in the bank for the pur- poses c.f a Drill Hall. Mr. B1\rtlr.tt.-What is his name Mr. E. Colby Evans—Mr. Harries. He is the present officer. Mr. Bartlett—Is he a, trustee' Mr E. Colbv Evaus—No: Mr. John and Mr. White are. That with the £ 1,400 or £ 1,500 from the eisteddfod would go very materially toward the total cost of the building. The Rev. A. Fuiler Mills said that this proposal was only that they should appoint- a deputation to bring the matter before the Town Council. 11 they appointed such a deputation, even Mr. lilagdon Richards would 1, there and would be able to speak against it. It need not cost more than a d. rate and fit ten years time It would be able to pay its own way. It was true that they had the Assembly Rooms which would hold 3ü0 or 400 people, lheic were people present who were interested ill the Assembly Rooms: this scheme would undoubtedly interfere with their dividends. W e who are iu. terested in public life are reacry to sacrifice sonie- ihmgthing for the good of the Town. Mr. I). Lloyd-I rise to a point of order. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills—There i> 110 point of order, sir. Sit down. Air. D. Lloyd—I do not think Mr. Mills has a right The Chairman—When the Chairman stands up T must a>k yon. to sit down. The Chairman is visible must a-k yon. to sit down. The Chairman is visible in evervlxulv. You cannot say that you can't see him. Tho Town Council took upon themselves to send their Mayor to London with the <leputation to the Gorsedd. They must not. they will not back out of the responsibility they thereby undertook; but on the other hand I think it is not for us to dictate to them what to do. The Chairman sug- gested that Mr. Mills' motion be altered to read so as to refer to in the market phice," and to exclude reference to the Eisteddfod. He thought that they would agree that to spend £1,500 on a temporary pavilion would be absolutely unpardon- able. Air. Cross man wanted it discussed whether they •wi were going to send a deputation to the Town Coun- cil or not. The Rev. W. D. Rowlands said that he felt that their time that evening had been absolutely wasted. This alternative scheme, which was a very cheap one, had been put aside, and they had been con- fined to these other two schemes which were going to be rather costly schemes by the time they had finished with them. He wished to know who would have the courage to propose them. The Rev. A. Fuller Mills said that. he did not think that the night had been wasted. He thought it was die Town Council which ought to consider- it. Mr. Rowlands had asked who would have the courage to propose it. He would have the courage to go to the Carmarthen public and to ask them whether they were prepared to entertain the great National Eisteddfod of ales. The ratepayers were the people to decide whether they would entertain the National Eisteddfod loyally and truly. The Chairman—We will come back to calm talk now please. If the Town Council can't I will- not say they won't "A. Fuller Mills—I will stand in November for the Town Council. The Rev. E. U. Thomas moved that the deputa- tion be instructed to put forward the alternative scheme he had mentioned as well as the other two. Mr. Dd. Williams (King-street) said that the Cor- poration had promised to give them everv support. Mr. Crossman said that they referred when they made that promise to ways and means. The Council had to exercise common sense and discretion. Ir. Henry Howell said that they had had several eloquent speeches in favour of the motion, but not one. on the other side. Mr. Richards complained that he had not been allowed to state his views. The Chairman said that he could not allow a nega- tive to be put. If they were not satisfied with his ruling they could place anybody they liked in the chair. It was a position which he had not sought. The following were appointed a deputation to wait on the Committee:—The Rev. E. T7. Thomas, Mr. Rees Davies. Rev. A. F. Mills, Mr. E. Colby Evans, and the Rev. D. J. Thomas.
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EAST CARMARTHENSHIRE MR. ME11YYN PEEL HONOURED. SPLENDID GATHERING AT COMPLIMENT AIIY BANQUET. There was a largo ar.J representative gathering at the Cawdor's Arms Hotel, Llandilo, on Thursday night in last week, the. assemblage coming together to pav tribute to Mr. Mervyn Peel, of Danyrailt, for i*tio valiant and vigorous fight he made at the last election. That the Unionist Party is not at an dis- mayed by the result of the contest was manifest in the enthusiasm displayed. The members liov 'v' day they are the p rog rive party, and that it is only a question of time before the people cf the country recognise that the Unionist Party stands for all that is best for the welfare of the country. Running through all the excellent speeches delivered was the keynote of advancement, and! nowhere was this more noticeable than u tin: speecn of the guest of the evening. Sir James Drummond. Bart., CP. Edwinsford, pre- sided over the gathering, and, like the modern country gentleman that- lie is. vaunted democracy j versus Socialism in strident and unmistakable terms. Amongst those present were Mr. Mervyn Peel, Danvrallt; Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Johnes, y.c., G.C.B.. Dolaucothi; Cant. Walter P. Jeffreys.) Cynghordy; Major T. H. Dowdeswell, The Cottage; ('apt. H. G. F. Royle and Mr. C. J. Fanshawe Royle, Plas; Lieut. E. D. LewLs. Lhvyncelyn; Mr. Herbert Peel, Taliaris Park; Mr. Delmo Davies-Evans, Penv- lan; Mr. Meuric Lloyd, Deifryn; Mr. J. W. Jones Cremlvn; Mr. A. E. DuBuisson, Glynhir; Mr. J. Lewes Thomas, Caeglas; Mr. W. Y. Nevill. Felin- t'oel; Mr. D. Jones-Lewis Llwyncelvn; Mr. C. P. Lewis. Llandingat; Mr. W. Bright, Noyadd Fach; Mr. D. Richards, Tirydail House; Mr. W. H. Dempster. Cliff House. Laugharne; Mr. C. Michael, Llandovery; Mr. Shipley 1,0 wis, Llandilo: Mr. T. H. Powell, Llandilo; Mr. j.ewis Bishop, Bryneithyn; Rev. NN-. Rees. LIangaJock; Rev. J. Long Price, Tiillcy House; Rev. J. Alban Davies, Talley; Major Mathew, Milton Bank, Laugharne; Mr. E. Trub- shaw, Llanelly: Col. T. G. Williams, Llandiio; Lieut. Do Roes, Llandovery; etc. Before gi-ving an account. of the proceedings, we should like to refer to the excellent dinner provided by Host and Hostess Ambrose, and the splendid manner in which they catered throughout. Mr. E. J. Clarke, the agent, read letters regret- ting inability to be present from, amongst others, Mr. Rees. Uplands. Llanelly, who wished Mr. Peel "tteces, in hi. future efforts as he was a jolly good fellow," and Mr. T. W. Barker, Oaklands, Car- marthen. The loyal toasts were submitted in felicitous terms from the chair and enthusiastically received. Mr. Delme Davies-Evans, Penylan, proposed the toast, of the "Army and Navy." He regarded the fact that he was called upon to propose the toast as a compliment to his father (Col. Davies-Evans), who had s»ed both in the Army and Navy (hear, hear, and a^lause). As they all knew there were mem- Ilers of the Army and Navy of different types. In rhe typical type they had Lieut.-General Sir James ttills-Johnes-(hear, hear, and applause)—who cer- tainly had done his part in the service of his country (applause). They had then the young man with the wo-glass who had proved an acquisition in his way. lie had proved himself a high-class soldier in the South African War in his way. Whatever the "side" he put on in time, of peace he was always ready in time of war to take his part in the tight for his country. As to the naval officers and men, thev were reallv good sorts, always ready to fight (hear, hear, and" applause). He said he proposed the toast, with a stfrt of trepidation, and felt that he could not do justice to it in the presence of two distinguished officers, viz., Sir James Hills-Johnes, who might order him to be court-marshalled and shot (laughter). He also noticed that Col. T. G. Williams had his eye fixed upon him (renewed laugh- ter). Sir James, as they all knew, was always ready to take up arms in defence of his country (applause). The speaker then dealt with the position of the forces, and referred to the work done by the Terri- torials. The toast was heartily drunk. Lieut.-General Sir James Hills-Johnes, Y.C., C.C.B., who was received with loud app'vtse, si.id he was always a littto shy in jjottinir up to ;.peak at public meetings, but that night he .01, that they had nearly knocked him out. of time. He had always tried to do his duty, and had always experienced a great pleasure in his endeavour to do w. lie did not know any man who loved the Army and its work better than he did (hour, hear, and applause). Al- though out of emnloyment. it was a great pleasure to him to go out to South Africa in the Boer W ar with it i. friend Lord Roberts (hear, hear. and a voice "Good boy"). He met there good old sports just the same as he did in former times with the Army— (hear, hear)-and the young men behaved like regular old trumps-good and true men. He felt quite sure that. if another "tug of war came that the British soldier would be as he had always been 1 steadfast, good, and reliable (hear. hear, and ap- plause). To find him unruffled in action and cool in danger was the true test of the British soldier (licar, hear). It was easy enough when things went all ri'dit. but when thev stood up like men in time of war thev realised the worth of the British soldier (applause). During the Indian Mutiny he (Mr .Tames) had the good fortune to go through rough times, and found out what the British soldier could do Incidentals he mentioned that he was very pleased to see the way in which men were coming forward to join the Territorial Army On>l>la). He referred to the way the Engineers, the \eomanry and the Infantrv had pulled up. He w™t on I» £ Ia tribute to the long connection of < ol. I. t-. Wil- liams with the Volunteers, and to the way his heart to-d&v was centred in the Army (hear. hoar). T"uch. •insr on the Navv, Sir James said that during the mutiny thev had some of the handy men at Lueknow, iiuMt in Abvssinia. and subsequently in XYIUJI \frica They were all cheery fellows, equal to any IC iieavv work and always arxious to get to the front for action. He referred, amidst cheers tn the splendid work done by their president that evening in connection with the County Association Col T. G Williams, in responding, said that if Mr Delme Davies-Evan^ rose with trepidation to propose the toast, what then must they imagine his felines to he' (laughter). He, as a Territorial felt in a blue funk-(rer.ewed laughter--but nothing buoyed him up in being associated vwtli this toast. more than that his name coupled with that of that brave. hardy .^nlleman. Sir James Hills-Johnes <ap- wlause). He had been good enought to extend to him (the speaker) some praise. They would not, he felt. sure. Aink that he was back-rubbing, when he "aid a. few words in praise of the gentleman whom 1„. had had the honour of actingas lieutenant under the Countv Association. He believed that if the Territorial Force of this county had attained any success it was due. in a great measure to the assiduitv and attendance of Sir .Janies Ihlls-Johne* (hear. hear). As an active member of the Associa- tion he (the speaker) knew that as chairman of the Association. Sir James was the right man in the right nlace (cheers). He had not only been to appreciate the difficulties of Mr. Haldane sadmirable scheme here, but hv his attention to duties in con- nection witli the Territorial Force and the trouble be had taken in approaching headquarters, where to ill't I access was obtainable where it would not no to other-, had had concessions extended unobtainable otherwise (hear. hear, and applause). Touching on Army matters further, Col. Williams said he did not think this country should be behind other nations inT asking their manhood to serve. They could call it conscription or anything they liked— conscription seemed to be a bogey to some people- like the Nonconformist conscience was said to be— bur. whether Englishmen or Welshmen, or Britons in general, he felt that they were all anxious to do their duty to their country. He emphasised his opinion that this bogey of conscription was a bogey, and expressed the belief that, if put to the country that it would be found that they would be in favour of limited or unlimited conscription if necessary. Ho felt sure that there should be some amount of limited conscription. Speaking as a member of the Terri- toriai Force, he said that all the members of the County Association and the officers had done their best to make the Territorial scheme a success. As soldiers they felt they had no part in poltiice. They simply felt that they were soldiers of the King ready to serve their country (cheers). Sir James H. W. Drummond, Bart., C.B. (the chairman), in rising to propose "Our Guest," said that it was with the greatest pleasure ho rose to propose the toast of the evening. He should have ieft verv hurt if this toast had not been put down to him. Inasmuch as he had to make a speech, he felt this speech would come very easy to him, for hid heart was burning for the guest of the evening (hear, hear, and applause). The only fear he had was that he felt that he would not be able to do it justice. He felt that not only himself, but all present that night, were delighted and proud of such a truly loyal and representative gathering (hear, hear). Not only Mr. Peel's friends in the eastern division, but a great many friends from the western division and Llanelly, had come there at great inconvenience to themselves to do him honour. No words of his (Sir James) could do justice to Mr. Peel for the gallant fight he had made—(applause)—against extremely heavy odds. He felt confident, and he could prove it if need be that no other gentleman inside or out- side the county of Carmarthen could have made a more gallant and chivalrous fight. Even Mr. Peel's most bitter enemies had not a word to say against him. He (the chairman) had heard Mr. Peel speak on four occasions during the election. He only wished he had been able to hear him oftener, be- cause his speeches were well worth going any dis- tance to hear (applause). He was so extremely well up, not only in Tariff Reform, but in everv other subject which appealed to them—(renewed applause)- most thoroughly -at the present time, and he was never flurried, nor was he likely to be flurried, by any of his opponents. Mr. j/eel, as they all knew, came from a very excellent and old Carmarthenshire stock (hear, hear, and applause). Although his name was Peel he was really Mr. Lloyd, of Danyrallt, He could truly sympathise with him on this head. He had no doubt it cost him a few votes because his name, was Peel like the speaker's was Drum- mond. If lie called himself Peel Lloyd, of Danyrallt, and the speaker called him- self Drummond Williams, of Rhydodyn, and his friend on the left called himself Cremlyn Jones instead of Jones Cremlyn. of Manchester, he would appeal far easier to t'hè Welshman (laughter). No- body could have fought a better fight than he fought for the cause. He never exaggerated in his state- ments, was always moderate and just in all his statements. But he had to fight a very uphill battle, He (Sir James) heard only the other day from a canvasser who is in the division, and not very far from Llandilo, that when he asked one voter to give his vote for Mr. Peel that the reply was, "If I voted for Mr. Peel I should have to answer for it on the day of judgment" (laughter). In other words, "If I vote for Mr. Peel I can't expect to go to Heaven." Well, what could they do if that was what Mr. Peel had to fight against. There was little cause for surprise under tho circumstances that the majority against him was as much as it was. He thought, that Mr. Peel was deserving of special praise in coming forward as he had done, knowing that he had such a hard light in front of him. The contest -had cost Mr. Peel a great deal of time as they all knew. lIe had championed their cause, and spoke for them in a way no other gentlemen inside or outside the county could have done. Sir James continued: I don't want to suggest for one moment, and I have care- fully avoided the subject, that he could be ap- proached to contest an election again. (A voice: I hope he will.) I haven't suggested it, for it only means that the fight will have to be continued again and again, probably in the year 1910, but certainly again. I will say this much, if he is approached I hope I may be also one of the deputation appointed to approach him, and that we will do our utmost to persuade him to come forward, and I fool sure that we should all loyally and truly support him in the future as we have done in the past. I feel, Mr. Peel (turning to the guest- of the evening), that I person- ally owe you a debt of gratitude for your most valu- able services to the county of Carmarthen. You are a true type of a Welsh country gentleman. You take a very active and leading part in all the public offices of the county, and we one and all fullv ap- preciate what you have done for us (applause). The toast. was accorded musical honours, and the ringing cheers that folIowc-d bore eloquent testimony to the gratitude those present felt to their guest for coming forward, in the plucky way he (lid, to fight their battle. Mr. Peel, who was received with rousing cheers, replied in a happy and thoughtful speech. He said the Unionists of East Carmarthenshire that even-rig- had indeed done him an honour, of which he was very proud, by giving him such a splendid entertain- ment. They could not possibly have given him a better reception. After Sir James' generous refer- ences, and the way in which they had received the toast, it was no exaggeratiou to say that words failed him. Complimentary dinner.- did not eorne his (Mr. Peel s) way often. He had not had many oppor- tunities of growing fat on them, and he could only thank them from the bottom of his heart, and say that ho should never forget this kind mark of their appreciation for whatever services lie might, have rendered to the great cause they all supported. But while they were good enough to signify their ap- proval of his share in the recent contest, he could never forget what assistance they had rendered to them by, the I.nionists throughout this (.()III) tv-tll(, Unionists of Carmarthenshire without whose cordial co-operation and seif-sacriiicing support this battle could never have been fought, they must never forget them. lie was very glad to see so many present as his kind hosts, and was verv s-rateful for the support they had accorded him. Touching on the election, he said it was an occasion on which he had to work harder than, he believed, ho ever did in his life before. But he had this satisfaction in looking back on it. that in so far as his opponent was concerned the contest, was conducted on most gener- ous and chivalrous lines and as such contesis alwavs should be. The campaign, Ixith before and during the election, was not without its humorous side. He felt inclined to laugh very loudly wTwn he found himself engaged in a shouting match with his audi- ence, or when the meeting was turned into a concert or an eisteddfod. He was rather inclined to de- scribe it as the former, for no prizes were given. Certainly lie never received one. but lie found him- self on such occasions becoming- a musical conductor, a position he had never filled before (laughter). Mr. Peel proceeded to give some of his experiences during the election. One of them was an occasion when he was coming back in a high wind in an open motor, when his h"t was first blown off. and he next lost his pipe. He wondered who the under was, :0 whether he ever connected them with himself. Throughout the contest he had nothing to complain of as to the way in which he was received even in the most Radical districts, and on the whole it was I a pleasure to find such a lof of good fellows in all I parts of the county. So much for the contest. 1 hey had been beaten, and by a very large majority iT the heaviest poll on record, but judging by tho en- thusiasm displayed that night, and the happy and eager look on the faces around him he did not think they were cast down or dismayed. He believed they rather thought that the effort made was one ol a series whioh, if continued under fair conditions, would be ultimately crowned with success (cheers). He held that they should not fall into the gravo error of sitting down and hoping and doing nothing (ap- plause). There was too much of that in the past. They must wake up and face the situation. Unless they had a Unionist majority in a future Parliament this country's future would be very dark indeed- it meant the desfruction of all they held most sacred and all they loked to for their enjoyment in life. He had often to complain—mostly to himself— of the, way in which so many men of property and education were apparently thinking of nothing but how they could get through life without thinking of the future, or what they should do for themselves, their families, and those in the district where they lived. If they reflected and realized that if things were allowed to go on as they were at present they would have no more amusements, no more hunting, shooting, fishing, nothing to do but scrape up a few shillings to go to the seaside, and then come back to the miserable drudgery imposed by Socialism. 1; overybody realized this they would adopt a new method, and try to help them to fight the battle, not only for ourselves, but our country. He urged that those who were now indifferent in those matters should extend their support. They did not give a farthing towards the expenses, and yet they expected them to tight their battle. He. had perhaps spoken more than he ought to on this head, but he felt it very seriously indeed when he saw and met fry heavy odds against them in the recent struggle. But the result was not so bad as it was in the previous general election. There were two bright spots coming to the front—Radnor ancf TTenbigh—and we might be on the dawn of a new era of Conservatism in Wales, when perhaps the county of Carmarthen would come back to her old love. Until 25 years ago this county returned two Conservative membe-s. and it had always returned one beyond the memory of man. For 60 years it returned two. It was oot impossible to regain the lost ground if they put their shoulders to the wheel and everyone was deter- mined to do some spade work. The Government boasted that their Budget was a popular one, and that. they were representing the people, and criticised the action of the House of Lords in saying that it should bo referred to the people. He should like to know what they thought of it now? The result of the general election showed that. there was a majority against their boasted popular Budget (ap- plause). Where was the popularity of this Budget? (A voice: "Wait and see," and laughter.) He hoped they should see at the next general election. They certainly could not say any longer that the House of Lords were wrong in saying the people ought to be consulted. At the time of the general election no (Mr. Peel) had said that it would be criminal on the part of the House of Lords if it so far neglected the duties entrusted to it as to pass the Budget without consulting the people (hear, hear). The re- sult proved that they did what was right. Although at the present moment there was a majority against the Budget the Radical Prime Minister was deter- mined, if he could, to pass the Budget in face of the will of the people, and to do so he was going to buy the votes of the Irish representatives in Parliament who were apparently open to a bargain, and ihe price 'tibev demanded for it was the destruction of tho House of Lords. They were prepared to sup- port this Budget, although to a man they were against, it. so long as they could destroy the House of Lords, in order that they might get their own cherished project of Home Rule. They had a Radical Government so degraded that they would barter the will of the people for a party advantage. If the House of Lord were destroyed it would be one oE the most Revere blows Radicalism could possibly receive. It would make them the servants of the Socialists in the future if they had a single chamber and would drive the moderate Liberals into tho Conservative ranks. There would no dou'H be another appeal to the country very shortly. The Government could not. go on much longer. When in London attending the committee of tho National Union Council they said the break up might coma at any moment. It could not be delayed longer than the period when Mr. Asquith asked for guaran- tees from the King to create enough peers tc abolish tho veto of the House of Lords. Mr. Asquith would not receive those guarantees until the people had again been consulted on this con- stitutional crisis. If then a Radical majority was returned sufficient to cause the King to give these guarantees, the House of Lords would be practicallv destroyed, and they would have single chamber government. Mr. Peel went on to speak of Tariff Reform as an antidote, and the granting of pre- ferential treatment to our Colonies ere it was too late. If they did not the poor would become poorer, the rich poorer, and we would he reduced to a fifth- rate power, or would possibly become the vassals of another and stronger state. Referring to the chair- man's observations, the speaker said that the name Peel was quite good enough for him. He rather thought it an advantage, for was not- Sir Robert thought it. an advantage, for was not. Sir Robert Peel mainly instrumented in introducing Free Trade, and if he were alive now he might introduce Tariff Reform. He travelled third class, because there was nothing lie liked better than being in a carriage with some of the colliers, who were very good fellows, and ur5?'^ *'iat ve more attention to the colliery district than they had done in the past. It was no ^rood holding aloof. A collier was quite as good all. anyone else (applause). He concluded, amidst ringing applause, by again thanking them for the great honour they had done him that evening. The toast of the ''Unity of the Empire" was pro- posed by Mr. 1). W. Drummond, who said it seemed to him that a necessary corollary to the activities of the Radical Party in the Principality was that they must have a small England, and a large Wales. This was the sort, of thing that, the whole country was suffering from, and most severelv, while political ix.wer was the hands of the present paftv (ap- P ,"r OTYy ''fT'1 t,lat the great Empire) which had been handed down to them bv their fore- fathers would be handed down to the generations to follow unimpaired and intact (applause). Certain it was that some of their Colonies managed their affairs better than they did at home, n/id he earnostlv 11<>1 >ed that they would not be behindhand in accept- ing the lesson (Applause). Mr. Ernest Truhshaw. in responding, said thev were all delighted to see Mr. Peel looking so well after the arduous campaign he fought at the last General Election. Ho took that opnortunitv of thanking him for his thoughtful, practical, and im- pressive speech that night. He hoped they would take his advice and fight with all their might, touching on the House of Lords he held that what was proposed by the present Government was one touching on the House of Lords he held that what was proposed by the present Government was one of the greatest, possible dangers to OIK constitution and the unity of the Empire. In the first phice thev had to think of their Colonies. If they sat down and accepted the attack withour. fighting strenuously, their Colonies and dependencies wxmld lu<c faith in them. Mr. David Davies, editor of the "Routh Wales Daily Post," who followed, said that he sineerelv believed that the seed sown by Mr. Peel in Jamtarv !ast. and previous to the election, would fructify in year- to come. Tie laid great stress on the need of constantly educating^ the constituencies in the principles of the Unionist Parfy, and the absolute need of. nt an early date, granting preferential treatment to our Colonies. They had already, ho said. made a start in the way he had indicated at Swansea. He also said that those whose interests were vitally concerned, and who now held aloof and were quite indifferent, should, if they took no part. in the snade work, help in providing the sinews of war. Mr. Lewis Roderick, in proposing "The Conserva- tive Cause," said the Conservative Cause, as repre- sented in the constitutional party, was to-day the only real barrier to the destructive wave of wild and reckless Socialism which was thundering against, the very citadels of our constitution. In his humble belief the Conservative—the Unionist Party was at the moment the true protector of the British citizen, and might the day be not far distant when the destiny of the Empire was once more in the custody of the Constitutional Party (cheers). In the Princi- pality the true doctrines of present-day Conscr- vatism had never been understood. The very name of Tory was interpreted to the people as impersonat- ing tyranny! The true history and principles of the Conservative cause had—bv the evil influence of party prejudice—been distorted and deformed be- yond all recognition before ever reaching Welsh- speaking Wales (hear. hear). It was clear from a mere casual perusal of its history that the Conserva- tive cause encouragcd every species of true social and political reform, and its programme of action as it stood before the country that day was, he ventured to submit, the only safe and commonsense one. It was true that the systematic crusade of prejudice against the Conservative cause had so far deprived it of the success it deserves in Wales. Mr. J. W. Jones Cremlyn, who, on rising to respond, was received with applause, said that he did not feel in form to do justice to the toast so abiy and eloquently proposed, and so generously re- ceived. Unfortunately his condition was not "such as is essential to the task of making an after-dinner speech. He was far too conscious of what he was going to say. That was fatal to success in the most difficult ot all arts (laughter). Not oniv so, but the audience appeared to be far too critical, too ob- servant, and too conscious. You ought not to know what you desired to express, never resollect what you had .said, and it was the duty of ail nresen tto be equally oblivious (laughter). L-nluclnly-from that I point of Yiew-the environment was anything but congenial to the achievement of complete success. They were all a great deal too sober (laughter). That was the worst of Conservative gatherings aughter and applause). They were so temperate (laughter). Besides that he was further handicapped. The fountains of oratory had run dry. Everything that possibly could be said had been so well and instructively put before them by his friends, Mr. Trubshaw and Mr. David Davies, in proposing and responding to the toast of the "Unitv of the Em- pire hear, hear) That subject could not be di- vorced from the Conservative cause (applause). It was the very toundation of their policv. It was th2' vital achievement for which they all worked (hear, hear). This much, at least, couid truthfuliv be claimed for their cause. Unlike Sir James Drum- mond Mr. Peel, and the late Mr. Gladstone, it firm, fixed, stable, and its bround fundamental princi- ples never changed (laughter and applause). It could not be varied or bartered in third-class rail- way carriages for a potage of pipe and "bacey" (re- newed laughter); nor was it so pliable and elastic that it coukl readily be changed in order to please and suit all kinds and conditions of men. That was a better description of Socialism than Conservatism (langhterl. lit: would venture to transposo an in- appropriate definition of Mr. Gladstone's and define our cause by saying that the principles of Consorva- tism are: a trust in the people qualified by prudence (hear, hear)-not a distrust of the people qualified by tear (laughter and applause). It was always usual on these festive occasions to assert that the gather- ing assembled was the most. intellectual and cultured that the speaker ever had tho honour of addressing Ihat statement was not always strictly true—some- times it savoured of flattery (laughter). But that evening he had the opportunity of greeting the cream of their party, and the strongest upholders of their cause in the important constituency of East Carmarthen (hear, hear). He had listened with in- terest, pleasure, and keen appreciation to the able clear and eloquent words of his learned friend, Mr! the o deir' 7\v^; 1 901 1:ad made references to the old love of elsh constituencies—to their one- time adherence to the Conservative cause Well unfortunately, it was not. the first. love that mat- tered (lanughter). It,was the last (laughter) He sincerely hoped that the banquet given in his honour would at least convince Mr. Peel that he was the only possible candidate for East Carmarthen. That he alone could bring the electors back to the old love and make it the last and permanent one (loud cheers). Ho agreed with David Davies that the seeds had been well and carefully sown, and fnut abundantlv. Let them neyer despair Their cause was just and must ultimately triumph. As a party they stood for the constitution of this country in its integrity (applause). That bv no means,.implies that they were not conscious of its deficiencies. They intend to rectify them, to im- prove and broaden the basis of their fabric of government — (hear, hear) — but they would not destroy, but strengthen and main- tain the institutions as the only firm foundation upon which to build up the future of their raw. Thpv believed in the beneficient monarchy under which they nad the good fortune to exist (loud ap- plause). If the Radical-Socialist School had their way, and abolished all hereditary representation, then "God save the King" was their first cause (ap- plause). They were for the Houses of Parliament- not merely for the Hohse of Commons (applause), and it seemed to be gettinge,-ery common in these days (laughter). Theybeliered in their National niurch. which, whilst an authorative standard of their C hristian religion, was also a standard of toleration which other religious bodies might well emulate (hear, hear). Whilst extending everv free- dom to others to worship God as seems best to them they insisted upon the same right for themselves (cheers). Those were the cardinal principles of their cause, and if they glanced back over, the last hun- dred years they would find in its legislation conclu- sive proof that the Conservative Party had proved themsehes the best friends of the democracy (cheers). They had done something for the people not merely contented themselves with promise. They loved the people and believed in them. What a glowing testimonial Mr. Lloyd George gave to the character of their race. Before the election they were to be entrusted to select a single chamber which was to govern without check or brake. Then "the voice of the people was the voice of God" (laughter; hut when he most unexpectedly dis- covered that it did not say ditto to his nefarious schemes or give him an an overwhelming majority for tno abolition of the Second Chamber, then the t .iancellor insulted the electorate by the slanderous allegation that they had been bribed by blackmail- ing landlords—like their chairman (laughter). If that was true it only proved how essential it was to have a tt°U r /^r^s capable of resisting and controlling a House of ( ommons elected' by such i>oor creal ures (laughter and applause), and dictated to by Mr. John Hednwnd. But if the Chancellor believed his own words why did he not produce the names and put the law against corrupt practices into operation? (hear, hoar). The Unionist Party entertained a much higher belief in the honour .and integrity of the people (cheers). Whatever their views, how- ever they voted, they still thought the great majority of their countrymen were honest and intelligent, He (Mr. I rcTulyri) thought that the general conduct of the piesent Ministry would satisfy every imp re- judiced political observer, and especially the moderate Liberal, the old guard of the one time great Gtadstoniari army. that there was no place for them m the ranks of the present heterogeneous gang ot party politicians who comprised Radicalism to-day (applause). The only practical constructive policY bet ore the country now wa.s that. embodied in the Conservative cause, and advocated bv the C niontst iarty. Let them do all within their power to keep its programme of legislation and social ad- ministration well to the front. The darkest hour had passed, the dawn was upon them. The day of Radicalism was over. They were in office but" en- joy no power. TW had neither the back-bone of a. jelly nsh nor the stability of a blancmange (laugh- tor and applause). Lot all Unionists go into the con- met again with renewed vigour and implicit confid- ence to do battle for their great cause. They stood for unity not disruption, for a wide imperialism not. a narrow parochialism, and their faith was in the future of the British Empire not ju the past of little England (loud applause). Mr. Erne Hewlett, in happy phrases, proposed the health of the "Chairman," whom they were al- ways glad to see amongst them. They" all knew the deep interest he took in the welfare of the county- The toast needed no words of recommenda- tion trom him, and the great difficulty- he expe-i- enced was to say all the well-merited words of praise due to Sir James in his presence without seeming guilty of flattery (applause). In Sir James's absence he could have done far better justice to the important toast, but in Carmarthenshire it was an easy matter to propo-e. that toast, because Sir James Drummond, and, indeed, tho Drummond family, were popular with all classes (cheers). The toast was enthusiastically received, the com- pany singing '-For he's a jolly good fellow." The Chairman briefly responded, and thanked the. audience for the very kind way in which they had drunk his health. It was a great pleasure and privi- lege for him to be in the chair that night, and any- thing he could do for the cause he would be only too glad to do (cheers). PRESENTATION TO MR. CLARKE. Sir James Drummond said that before parting that evening he had a very pleasant duty to perform, that was to present a testimonial of a purse of gold to Mr. K. J. Clarke, the secretary of-their Associa- tion (applause). He (Sir James) felt sure that lie was voicing the feelings, not only of Mr. Peel, but of all of them, when he said that, as a compara- tively young secretary and servant of theirs, Mr. Clarke had worked remarkably well (renewed ap- T>luuse). He was quite new to the work, and had n-ver had an opportunity of .g-omg" through a General Election before. He. had everything to learn, but he did not think that. any gentleman on their side, or on the other, could say he did not do his. work in an admirable manner. The presentation would be an encouragement to him to do his work even still, and better in the future. It. will he a satisfaction to him to know that he had thplr up. preciation, and thai- his friends felt very well satis- fied with what he had done (hear, hear). Ir. Clarke, having thanked them all for con- tributing to the testimonial, said it would further
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TRAGEDY OF A LOOSE-END" INQUEST AT H.M. PRISON. A sad story of a middle-aged man's vagrant pro- was revealed 011 iridztv last, when Mr. J homas Walters, coroner, held an inquest at H.M. Prison, Carmarthen, on the body of Ù IJl1am C-rin- stone, alias "William Rumston, alias "vVilliam Armstrong," a tramp, aged 55, who died at the Prison on Wednesday in last week. Mr. D. Comp- ton Griffiths was foreman of the jury. Mr. Lloyd Davies, a warder, said that he was attending to the deceased from Saturday to Wednes- day morning. Deceased came in on Friday, the 1st of April. Witness was then in charge ot the gate. Deceased camo in about 12.30 p.m., and the doctor saw him the same afternoon, and prescribed for him. The doctor saw him several times afterwards. The deceased had been merely sentenced to imprison- ment he had no labour. Afr. William Mee. the chief warder, said that the deceased, who gave the name of William Rum- stone, was sentenced to 21 days' imprisonment. The Cowner- W lthout, hard labour? Mr. W. T. Blackie, Governor of the Gaol, said that the. deceased was sentenced to 21 days' imprison- ment in the Third Division. The Coroner—That means a ccrtain amount of labour. The Governor said that it included industrial labour if a prisoner were well enough to do it. Mr. Mco said that as a matter of fact the de- ceased never did any labour. He was too ill. He gave his occupation as "clerk." The doctor saw him on reception, and again on the Monday. He could not say whether the doctor saw him on Tues- day. He was taken to the hospital on Wednesday morning about 10 o'clock by the orders of the doctor. He came here from Lampeter police court. He was sentenced for stealing a pair of boots. Dr. E. R. Williams, the prison surgeon, said that he saw the deceased on admission 011 the 1st of April. Deceased was very thin. He looked like a man who had been roughing it for a long time. He looked, too, as if he had had several colds on his chest. He had a very large rupturo on the right side, and he was not wearing a truss. He must have suffered a lot of pain from the rupture. Witness presented him with a truss, and said that he was not to do any work. When witness called on Sunday the deceased was in church. Witness called on Mon- day, and saw the deceased at exercise. Ho was walking quietly round the ring. He complained that his breath was rather short, and witness gave him some medicine for it. He was better on Tuesday, but on Wednesday he had pains all over. Witness, knowing that he had had several bad colds, sent him into the hospital as a precaution against his develop- ing bronchitis. He would lie taken into the. hospital about 10 a.m. His medicine was continued. Wit- ness was sent for about 3 p.m.; he went at once. He found the deceased dead in bed. The Coroner- \Vhat do you think the cause of his death was? Witness—Syncope. The Coroner—As a result of what? Witness said that the deceased must have suffered a great deal of pain. Ho had had this big rupturo for years. Witness had ordered him into the hospital because he thought that the deceased might develop bronchitis, and with the object of preventing him developing anything. 0 The Coroner-I suppose the hospital is more com- fortable than the ordinary cell. Witness said that there was a better bed in the hospital. The bed in the ordinary cell was a plank on the floor. There is an open lire in the hospital, and it is a bigger room. In the hosnital he would be close to the chief warder's office. The intention )ru'S 1 1 °0t wor><' kpcp him there altogether. hev had ananged to have him sent to the Work- house 011 his discharge, because lie was not lit to go tramping alwut the country. ° One of the jury asked if the deccaesd had to slcen on a plunk in the ordinary cell. Dr: Williams said that.' the deceased had bo-n nrovided with a rather largo hair matress on top of the plank. He had plenty of warm clothes over him, and the cell was heated up to 61 or 62 degrees. He would be very comfortable really. weal-*°U °f tlU> t,oceased asIietl if" his father was very The doctor said he was. The son said that his father wrote to him from Manchester about Christmas tibJC, and complained tll" t he was very poorly. Dr. Williams' said that if the deceased did not do heavy work, the rupturo had been, lie supposed, produced by constant coughing Lu, Thomas Lead better Crmstone was then sworn. He said he lived at I<loet\vood. He believed that the body which the jury had just viewed was that of his father. Deceased had called on him a week before Christmas. There is no light in the road where the witness jives, and the witness did not see his face well but from what he saw of him he believed that father1" wlueh he had Just Seou was that of his fat her. The Coroner-When did you see him before that" W itness-About three years before that. He'had t.urnptcl fiom C arlisio to -Meotwood. 1 Ilit, had taken to tramping about ?- Yes; he had been at a "loose end" all his life. a clerk an.v occupation at. any time?—Yes, as A clerk at what?—At a fish merchant's. lie has given his age as 63. Is that correct"— No: he is younger than that. I should say he ii about 55. 19 The Coroner—How long had he taken to title tramping sort of life? W itness—Thirty years. He had no home for thirty years?—No; "wo used to hear from him occasionally.That was all. the Coroner—What are you yourself? Witness—A joiner. Mr. T. Rlackie (the governor) produced a rd- ar s eertihoate taken out at Wrexham in the name of W 1 lha 111 Armstrong He also produced a scrap of paper winch contained the address of "Thomas L I rmstone, Derbyshire-road. Fleetwood." It was bv that. the son had been traced. The witness Crmstonc said that the paper was in ins own handwriting. It rilUst have been a scat. torn out of a letter he had written to the deceased • 1 (-oroticT—There is no doubt now about the identity. W itness—I am ouite satisfied now. Mr. Rlackie said that if the coroner and the jurv liked he would show them the cell and the hospital The ( oroner-Ret.ter not. Perhaps it. will look too comfortable. In his summing up, the Coroner ex- plained that. the law required that an inquest ho held on every person dying in a prison, so that the puluio should know what had happened. The jury returned a verdict of i'Death from syncope.
encourage him to work against the overwhelming odds at present against them. It wati very pleasant, for him to work for a candidate who always worked hard himself, and always placed practice before pre- cept. He hoped that it would be his privilege on another occasion to assist. Mr. Peel in another fight- (applause)-of the kind he had gone through, be- cause he felt he owed him a debt of gratitude for the kind and considerate way in which he always treated him as his agent throughout the contest. The company then dispersed.