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WOMEN'S UNIONIST AND T.R. LEAGUE MEETING AT CARMARTHEN. A meeting of the local branch of the Women's Unionist and Tariff. Reform League was held at the Assembly Rooms, Carmarthen, on Thursday, the 17th inst., to hear an address by Miss Lindsay, the organising secretary of the Association. There was a large attendance, and Mr. H. Brunei White, who presided, expressed his regret that Lady Tivertoh and Mrs. T. W. Barker were unavoidably prevented from attending. The present political crisis was a most important one, and he congratulated the Car- marthen ladies on their action in banding themselves together to meet it. Women had a good deal of influence in political matters, and it was important that they should use this influence for good inear, hear). Miss Lindsay, who was received with applause, said she strongly approved of their action in affiliat- ing themselves to "The Women's Unionist and Tariff Reform League, whose four main objects were: (1) It can help you to organise your forccs so that you mav become a real source of strength to the candi- date you want to send to Parliament. (2) It can educate people how to vote so that a good battle need not be lost for the fewwise by the many foolish. (3) It can act as your mouthpiece and send petitions, pleading your cause, up to Members of Parliament and put pressure upon them to act up to their pledges. (4) It can hold public meetings to which it can send good speakers in your interests and it can provide you with pamphlets, lectures, magic lan- terns, etc. It was necessary for them to work to- gether, and perhaps they were not as well off in this respect as their opponents. Speaking of the in- fluence which women had on politics, she said that through the women they could get at the men. In the words of King George, "The foundation of national glory is laid in our homes" (cheers). Women of the nation had the moulding of the next genera- tion of voters. She urged them to band themselves into a strong united party as soon as the election was over, and to go on visiting, not only Conservatives, but Liberals as well. They must choose their leaf- lets and subject matter to suit their aud'.ence. ought to impress upon the minds of the men that their vote was not merely a privilege, but a serious responsibility (cheers). Mr. Balfour and Mr. Cham- berlain had promised that when Tariff Reform was adopted, no heavier strain should be placed upon the working man. What they proposed to do was to take off taxes from articles they could not grow or make in this country, and to put on taxes on things they can make and grow. She applied the present Free Trade system to Carmarthen market. If they allowed the neighbouring towns. Whitland, Haver- fordwest, etc., to send their produce to Carmarthen market without paying, then they would naturally expect Whitland and Haverfordwest to follow suit. However, if they refused to do so and insisted upon payment on other goods coming into their markets, while they could enter Carmarthen Market free, then they could sell their goods cheaper than Car- marthen, and as a result the Carmarthen trade would be ruined. This was the exact position d England and protected countries. Miss Lindsay was of opinion that they could not trust America in an emergency. However, Canada could grow quite enough wheat to supply England, and at present Australia was making great strides in wheat-growing. It was of no use relying upon Russia and the Ar- gentine for corn. They would not stand by us in case of war, while the Colonies would. If we were at war with Germany and that does not seem im- probable, they should be in serious danger of being starved out. Ships which brought food into this country during war time would be liable to be sunk, and it was inconceivable that a foreign nation would run this risk for us. However, the Colonies would stand by us loyally. Speaking of the late riots at Tonypandy, she defined the actions of Mr. Winston Churchill and Mr. Keir Hardie as encjouraging revolution and riot. At the conclusion of her speech Miss Lindsay re- sumed her seat amidst applause. The meeting con- cluded with the usual votes of thanks, and the singing of "God save the King."

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