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TARIFF REFORM MEETING OF SOUTH WALES FEDERATION. There was a very large attendance, representative of all the counties of South Wales, at the annual meeting of the South Wales Tariff Reform Federa.- tion, which was held at the Royal Hotel, Cardiff, on Wednesday afternoon in last week. The presi- dent (Lord oumaven) was unable to be present, and in his absence the chair was taken by Mr. F. L. Davis, the chairman of the committee, who was supported by Captain Hughes Morgan, Colonel Morgan Lindsay, Mr. Mervyn Peel, Mr. H. Long- staff (secretary), Mr. W. Bradley, Mr. T. P. Thomas, Alderman Lewis organ, Mr F. H. Gaskell, Mr. and trs. Harold Lloyd, Mr. J. J. Neale, Alderman Robert Hughes, Mr. W. Llewellyn (Court Colman), Mr. R. 0. Saunderson, Mr. W. E. O. Williams, Mr J. M. L'litou, Dr Wallace, Mr. Fred David, the Rev. E. J. Richardson (Baglan); Messrs. Gilbert Scott and H. N. Sheppard (Penygraig), N. Merryman (Swansea), T. P. Pritchard and J. Fowler (Barry), Archibald Brown (Penarth), R. E. Jones (Porthcawl)fi J. Sutherland (Abercynon), W. R. Smith, J. J. Ames, Charles M. Lloyd, D. R. Ambrose, the Rev. J. Jenkins (Llanfihangel), and others. The following telegram was read from Lord Dun- raven:—"Kindly convey to members of the South Wales Tariff Reform Federation how much I regret being unable to attend meeting to-day owing to prior important' engagement. I feel sure that the success gained at the last election, when our oppo- nents avoided the question of Tariff Reform and had resource to a policy of trying to set class against class, has greatly encouraged us, and will lead us to renewed activity. British workmen of all parties have recently visited protected countries and have, at last, from personal observation, become weary of the falsity of the Free Trade statements." (applause). A telegram was received from the Earl ot Ply- mouth regretting inability to be present, and there were also apologies from Lord Kensington, Lord Ninian Stuart, Sir W. T. Lewis, Sir Robert Morns, Sir James Hills-Johnes, Colonel Venables Llewelyn, M.P., Sir Edward Pryse, Colonel W. Forrest, Col. Fisher, Mr. Ernest Trubshaw, and others. CHAIRMAN ON UPHILL WORK. Proposing the adoption of the annual report, which has already appeared in the "Western Mail," the Chairman said that owing mainly to his serious illness he had been able to do but little for the association during the past year, but. he hoped he would be. able in the future to give more time to the work (applause). The longer he lived and the more he moved about the more he was convinced that if this country is to maintain its commercial supremacy there must be some alteration In our fiscal system (hear, hear). When that federation was inaugurated it was recognised by those con- cerned that its work must, of necessity, be of an uphill nature, which was to be expecteu in an area which had always been Kadical, and in which Socialism was not altogether unknown (laughter). It would be uphill work in the future, too: but he was convinced that if they stuck to their guns and did not relax their efforts, ultimate success was assured (applause). A great" amount of work had been done .since the fnrmation of that federation, and especially during last year. Thousands of meet- ings had been held, a great amount of literature had been distributed in the different counties ex- plaining what Tariff Reform meant, and they had already seen some of the results of that work, for at the last general election two seats were won, to a large extent through the efforts of the federation (applause). Another election could not be far off, and this, at any rate, was not the time in which to relax their efforts. A great amount of work had to be done before the next election, but it could not be done without adequate funds. Four gentlemen had guaranteed £100 a year for four years, but they were now in the fourth year, and greater financial support would, therefore, be necessary to keep the work going as it should be. He knew the financial position had only to be made known in the six counties to secure the additional smiport (hear, hear). The executive committee, Mr. "Davis added, were anxious to receive suggestions from the various districts for the better organisation of the work there. FREE TRADE CAPITALISTS. Mr. Harold Lloyd seconded the adoption of the report, and. referring to the matter of finance, he pointed out that they had to cope with organisa- tions which were supplied with almost unlimited funds by the capitalists, who stood to benefit by the continuance of Free Trade (hear,- hear). Mr. Lloyd spoke of the immense assistance the federation had rendered to the candidates in the various constitu- encies, and said it was perfectly evident that as a result Tariff Reform was making real headway in South Wales. There was no better organisation for propaganda work in the country than the South Wales League (applause). The report was adopted. The Chairman announced that Mr. Longstaff had submitted his resignation of the secretaryship, as he had undertaken to act again as agent for the Monmouth Boroughs. Mr. Longstaff had put in an enormous amount of work for that organisation, and they were sorry he was relinquishing the office (hear. hear). Eulogistic references were made to. Mr. Long- staffe's services, appreciation of which was formally recorded in a resolution, and the question of ap- pointing a successor was relegated to the council. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. The Earl of Dunraven was re-elected president, 011 the motion of Alderman Lewis Morgan, who spoke of the excellent services his lordship had ren- dered to the cause. Senior vice-presidents were elected as follows: — The Marquess of Bute and the Earl of Plymouth, for Glamorgan; Viscount Tredegar. Breconshire: Sir James Hills-Johnes. Carmarthenshire; Colonel Davies-Evans, Cardiganshire; Lord Kensington, Pembrokeshire, and Sir Powlett Millbank, Radnor- shire. Mr. R. 0. Sanderson was appointed hon. secre- tary for Glamorgan: Captain Hughes-Morgan, Breconshire; Mr. Mervyn Peel. Carmarthenshire: Mr. J. H. D. Birt, Pembrokeshire; Mr. C. Morgan Richardson and Mr. George l'ricae, Cardiganshire; and Mr. N. Matthews, Radnorshire. The choice of a treasurer again fell on h. A. Brown, to whose services Colonel Lindsay paid a high tribute. PROPOSED GERMAN TOUR. Mr. F. H. Gaskell, in an eloquent address, :"aid the time had come when that Federation should seriously consider the question of arranging for a body of working men, resident in its area, to visit Germany in order to study fne conditions there at first hand and compare them with those in this country (applause). It was the great stock-in-trade of their Radical and Free Trade friends that in pro- tected countries the conditions were worse than m England, there being no unemployment and povertj in this great Free Trade country such as were to be found in protected countries (laughter). That was what the Free Trade newspapers, to winch he re- ferred to as the Cocoa Press, tried to make out (more laughter). Bodies of workingnien had already been sent to protected countries by some ot the other Tariff Reform leagues, and South Wales oU<Tht not to be behind, iu a matter of such import- ance (hear, hear). It was hardly necessary to say one word in support of the proposition, because they would all agree that if a hundred working men had had the opportunity of studying the condi- tion of things in Germany, it would do more good than a thousand speeches (applause). Mr. Gaskell pointed out that he had already re- ceived a large number of promises of suppoit, ami he suggested that each of the various Conservative •ind Unionist associations 111 South W ales should be asked to provide funds sufficient to send three men and that that Federation should pay the ex- penses of one from each county. The cost would he L15 per head, and thus each association would only have to provide £ 45. The expenses of others mi°ht be provided by individuals, and many v\ould accompany the party and pay their ov\pi expenses One gentleman was prepared to provide d to pay the expenses of ten working men He suggested that from each county thev should select a' Unionist, a Radical, and a Socialist, foi, •liter all thev wanted to bring sinners to repent- a,K.o (laughter). He proposed that the question be referred to the council. AN OUTSPOKEN NONCONFORMIST Mr J. J. Neale, seconding, said the adoption of the proposal would provide the industrial districts of South Wales with a band oi working preachers who would be able to speak with authority on t, man conditions. He would be pleased to paj expenses of one of those selected (applause^ In further remarks Mr. Neale remarked that t^ So«h ales Free Churches Council at then .N/ wport meeting had pledged the Nonconformists to Liberalism. As a -and he saw a number of oilier Nonconformists in that meeting- he strongly objected to any body pledging the Non- conformist. Churches of Wales to Libeialism and Free Trade Perhaps 1 hey should -end some ot the less bigoted of the ministers present at the New- port moorings to Germany (loud laughtei)* Mr. R. O. Sanderson supported the motion, which was unanimously adopted. Considerable applause greeted a "0^ lrn representative who handed Mr. Longstaffe a guinea towards the expenses of the tour. On the suggestion of Mr. Sanderson, it vy as de- cided to send a telegram to Mr. Chamberlain cou- gratulating him on the attainment of his "enty. foU,h Sheppard' urged that in the coming special attention should be paid to tlie and Ferndale Valleys-a suggestion which jecened strong support.