« MR KOBERTS & DISESTABLISHMENT Mr Hamlet Roberts has been brought up a Nonconformist, but he attends Church. His explanation, says the Liverpool Courier," is quite adequate. I go to Church," he says, because I hear less politics preached there than in chapel, but I have not seceded from Non- conformity." It is not, however, because he is a Nonconformist by training, or a. Church- man by preference, that he means to make the Disestablishment Bill a crucial issue in the election. I am strongly opposed to the dis- endowment of the Church, or any Church, on principle," he remarked in a Courier inter- view on Monday, "I should not like to see the endowments given to any religious body de- voted to purposes other than those br which they were given by the donors. I do not care what body such a blow is aimed at. Whatever injures one church must injure all, and it is a bad precedent. It is conceivable that you might by some chance get a Socialistic Govern- ment in power in the future who would im- mediately proceed to mete out similar treat- ment to the other religious bodies. I am con- vinced also that if this question of disendow- ment were submitted to the Welsh people to- day there would be a majority against any such measure. It is surprising, however, the ignor- ance that prevails in the country. People do not realise that not one penny of the rates is devoted to the Established Church. Nor do they realise that there is religious freedom in Wales and that a man can now worship where- ever he wants to worship." Mr Roberts has probably learned by this that there are many Nonconformists in the Diocese of St. Asaph who agree with him. There are at least some six hundred chapel folk" who belong to the Church Defence League.
HOLYWELLPOOR CHRISTMAS TREAT AT THE HALL REPLY TO CRITICS The fourteenth annual treat to the poor of Holywell and district took place at the Assem- bly Hall on Tuesday afternoon, when consider- ably over 100 old people partook of a thorough- ly enjoyable knife and fork tea. The arrange- ments had been excellently carried out by the ladies of the committee, to whom much credit is due. The following gentlemen undertook the duties of carving, Rev Fr Ryan, Mr Edwin Roberts;, J.P., Mr H V Lloyd J.P., Mr David Williams and Mr J Pritchard. The tea makers were Mrs Williamson, Mrs Dykins,Nurse Jones and Miss Hughes, and the following ladies of the committee acted as servers, Miss Powell, Mrs Jones, Dee View; Mrs Gibson, Miss Griffiths, Miss G E Hughes, Miss L Rees, Miss B Schwarz, Miss Cissie Howard, Nurse Morris, and Miss M E Price fulfilled the duties of door-keeper. The hall, which had been kindly lent by Mr P W Whiteside, was nicely decorated and beautifully warmed, which greatly added to the comfort and enjoyment of the old people. The following donations had been received by the secretary:—Sir W H Tate £3 3s., Lady Mostyn .£3, the late Mr J W Summers, M.P. £ 2 2s., Edwin Jones, Esq., London X2 2s., Duke of Westminster £2, Lord Mostyn £ l Is., Mr Trevor Eyton, J.P. £ l Is., Rev Fr Ryan J61, Mr W J Eyre 10s. 6d., Sir J Eldon Bankes 10s. 6d., Mr Herbert Lewis, M.P. 10s, Mr S L Revis 10s. Mr W E Lloyd, 10s, Holywell Car- nival Committee £ 2 10s. Numerous other subscriptions had also been received by the lady collectors, along with many gifts of mince pies, cakes, bread, butter, tea, milk, fruit, etc,, given by friends and well-wishers. Mr J D Williams presented the tea tickets, and Mr J Carpenter cooked the meat in an excellent man- ner By 5 o'clock the tables were cleared and the entertainment, which was kindly arranged by Mr Joseph Howard, commenced. The programme was effectively sustained by the following local artistes, Messsrs J H Jen- nings, E J Catherwood, T P Hayden, W L Davies, Edw Jones, J Kennedy and Mrs H AVaterhouse, and was followed by a show of pictures by Mr P W Whiteside. The chair was occupied by Mr Elford Hard- ing Roberts, who during the programme made a few remarks to the old people, and also con- gratulated the committee on the success which had attended their effort. He alluded to the Christmas Dinner Association as a valuable institution and one which always had had,and he felt sure would continue to have, the sup- port and sympathy of the ratepayers. Among those supporting the Chairman on the platform were the Rev Fr Ryan, Rev J E Davies, Mr H V Lloyd, Mr James Pritchard and Mr Horace AVaterhouse. The Rev Fr Ryan proposed a hearty vote of thanks to the subscribers and friends who had so generously and continuously supported the committee in their work. Father Ryan also referred to the loss the committee had sus- tained through the deaths of Sir Pyers Mostyn and Mr J W Summers, both gentlemen having been amongst the most liberal patrons of the Christmas Dinner Association. The vote of thanks was seconded by Mr Horace AVaterhouse who, in the course of his remarks, said that if it were not for the gener- osity of their subscribers and friends, the com- mittee would be quite unable to carry on the work they were doing. They greatly apprecia- ted the confidence placed in them from time to time. He knew they had been criticised, but the committee were not averse to criticism so long as it was free from any malicious or un- friendly spirit. He had, however, been speci- ally requested to strongly refute one story which hed got about, and which had caused much indignation amongst the ladies of the committee. He referred to the statement which had been made that the members of the com- mittee just previous to serving the tea on these occasions sat, down themselves and partook of of a hearty repast at the expense of the funds. This was unkind, unfair and untrue. What did happen was that the ladies were compelled to be in attendance at the hall soon after two o'clock with no possibility of getting home again to tea much before seven o'clock, and. as a consequence of this, the ladies of the com- mittee in turn, always provided the servers with a cup of tea in the hand, along with very light refreshment, entirely at their own ex- pense, not a penny piece coming out of the funds. The ladies of the committee had al- ways done everything possible to minimise the expenses of the tea, even to the washing up of the dishes themselves. He trusted that after this explanation the mis-statement would go no further. He also wished to announce that one distribution of coal had already been made and that several others would be made in due course (hear, hear). The Chairman, in putting the resolution to the meeting, announced that Lady Mostyn of Talacrc was present, and lie was sure they were all extremely pleased to have her amongst them (applause). A hearty vote of thanks was also accorded to the Chairman, Mr J Howard and the artistes, Mr Whiteside, and the secretary, on the pro- position of Mr H V Lloyd, seconded by Mr J Pritchard, and the Chairman briefly replied on behalf of all. The singing of the National Anthem brought a most pleasant evening to a close. The officers of the Committee for the present season are Rev Fr Ryan, chairman Mrs Wil- liamson, vice-chairman ;:Miss Powell, treas- urer, and Mr Horace Waterhouse, secretary. During the day a number of parcels contain- ing tea and suger were taken to those who, through old age, sickness or infirmity, were unable to be present at the tea.
LOCAL REFERENCES HOLYWELL MAGISTRATES EULOGIUM Mr J Lloyd Price, taking the chair at Holy- well sessions on Tuesday said lie need scarcely apologise for trespassing upon the time of the court to refer to the departure from this life of one of the most prominent public men of the county in which he was universally beloved, respected and esteemed. His death naturally called upon them to express their deep and sincere regret. The sad event was rendered still more sad happening as it did when the new year was young, and when the people of this country were accustomed to greet one another a happy and prosperous new year. The county of Flint bewails the loss of one of its greatest benefactors this generation Mad known. They would agree with him that the strength of the nation lies in its commercial prosperity. The late Mr Summers as the dis- tinguished bead of the gigantic firm on the banks of the Dee found ready employment and means of livelihood for hundreds of families, and he would say of the British workman that work to him was far more acceptable and appreci- ated by him than anything dispensed in charity. Mr Summers was chairman of the Flintshire County Council-a responsible posi- tion requiring tact and judgment duties which he carried out with ability, integrity, and with unflinching honesty and uprightness, com- manding the confidence of its members as will as their administration and gratitude. As a business man he had no rival, his great know. ledge was varied and extensive, and his great experience in public matters were such that he was looked upon by all parties as a very great authority. He was,sure they all felt for the widow and family in their sad bereavement, and would join in condolence in their sorrow. Mr Elford H Roberts, on behalf of the mem- bers of the bar practising at Holywell, joined in the expression of sympathy with the family of the late Mr J W Summers.
» MR ROBERTS AND THE ISSUES He declares he is going to the electors on the whole administration of the present Govern- ment-on the issues now before Parliament- but chiefly on the question of Welsh Disestab- lishment. Mr Roberts would like to see some of the benefits gained in Ireland applied to this country. "I am strongly in favour of the Unionist land policy," he says: "I think Welsh farmers should be rendered the assistance which has been given to Irish farmers so that they may buy if they choose their own hold- ings. It is true that many men are more prosperous as tenants than they would be as freeholders, but they should have the oppor- tunity to be owners. As for other questions, the constructive policy of the Unionist party is not before the constituency. We have a great constructive policy, but this is a by- election, not a general election. Our business in the country at present is to tell the Govern- ment to go."
LIBERAL CANDIDATE CHOSEN MR MAX MCSPRATTS WITH DRAWAL There was a good deal of excitement in Flint on Wednesday afternoon, for the momen- tous question of the choice of candidate had then to be decided. The delegates from the various districts attended at the Town Hall where the chair was taken by Mr F Llewellyn Jones, who was supported by Mr J Herbert Lewis, M.P., Mr Clement Edwards, M.P., Mr M A Ralli, and Alderman Thomas Parry (Mold). In attendance as nominated candidates were Messrs Max Muspratt, Tom H Parry, A M Ralli, and Fred Jones (Rbyl), while Mr G Caradoc Rees was absent. Each of the four gentlemen was called upon to address the meeting. Mr Max Muspratt later expressed a wish to withdraw his name from nomination. There remained four nominations to be con- sidered. From Mr Rees was read a letter, ex. pressing a readiness to obey any call from the Flint Boroughs, subject to the approval of the Liberals of Denbigh Boroughs; and an equal readiness to assist the candidature of whoever might be chosen to bear the standard of Liberalism in succession to Mr Summers. The voting took place amid considerable excitement. \Ve learn that the figures were as follows:— Mr Tom Parry 42 Mr G C Rees 20 Mr A M Ralli: 9 Mr Fred Jones 6 Mr Parry thus secured an absolute majority straight away. Addressing the delegates afterwards Mr Parry remarked that the fight in front of them was to be a hard one; in which no quarter would be asked for, accepted or given. There would be, he hoped, no ill- feeling, but they must fight with all their might for the great cause they stood for. They had to fight for Liberalism as well as for Flint Boroughs, and he was glad to have re- ceived the pledges of Mr Muspratt and Mr Ralli that they would give him every possible assistance.
DATE OF ELECTION. A new writ was issued on Wednesday for the election of a Slember to take the place of the late Mr. Summers. The writ arrived at Flint post office this (Thursday) morning, and was delivered by Mr. H. W. Jones, postmaster, to the Mayor and Town Clerk at the Town Hall. The Mayor (Major C. E. Dyson, V.D.) who is the returning officer, with the Town Clerk, consulted with Mr. J. Lloyd, Rhyl (Conservative Election Agent), and Mr. E. A. Hughes (Liberal Agent) at noon, and ultimately fixed Thursday, January 16th for nomination, and Tuesdayl January 21st, for the polling. THE PROSPECTS. No one can remember when Unionists in the boroughs were so enthusiastic and so confident in their ability to turn the tables on the Radicals. There will be nothing personal in the contest; both candidates are fighters but both will fight on strict party lines, we are assured. All sorts of organisations have estab- lished themselves in the constituency for the election, but it is not probable the militant suffragettes will interfere. Mr Joseph Lloyd (Rhyl) is Mr Hamlet Roberts' election agent Mr Lloyd Griffiths, chief Unionist agent for North Wales, and Mr 0 A Emlyn, Flintshire agent, are directing operations from the Central Committee Rooms at Mold, other committee rooms in each polling area being in charge of capable organisers.
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LATE MR J. W. SUMMERS, M.P FUNERAL AT WORTHEXBUIIY The funeral of the late Mr J W Summers, M.P. for Flint Boroughs took place at Wor- thenbury on Saturday afternoon, in the pre- sence of a large concourse, among whom were many Unionists. The body was brought by train from Fuston to AVliitchurch the. previous afternoon, whonce iv- was conveyed by road to Kmral Hall, ant rested there for the night. The officiating clergy on Saturday were the Rev C H Pembridge, rector of the parish, and Archdeacon Fletcher, and among those pre- sent were Mr Herbert Lewis. M.P., Mr Clement Edwards, M.P., Mr Trevor Eyton (High Sheriff), Major Dyson (Mayor of Flint), the Revs D Churley (Rossett), J Jacob (Whitewell), Owen) Lloyd and P G Rogers, Messrs Hugh Peel, W G lfargreaves, J II Warburton Lee. J Howard, Philip Yorke, F Llewellyn Jones, T Parry, II Summers, Oliver Ormrod, Seymour Jones. Edward Hughes, D Thackeray (Stalybridge), Trevor Boscawen, W (i Eyre, and G E Lewis (Liverpool), Horace Mayhew, Peter Jones (Ellesmere Port), M Bagley (Manchester), B P Burroughs, J Jones (St Asaph), J M Gibson, R Lamb, J P Jones, H AVaterhouse, E Rees, E A Hughes, Joseph Jones, S Kvans, H Greyson (Higher Bebington), Aid John Jones (Chester), and representatives of the various departments connected with the works with which Mr Summers was associated at Shotton and Stalybridge. The bearers were the responsible heads of some of these depart- ments. The mouaners were the widow, Mr Alfred Summers (son), Mrs AVellcsley (daughter), Mr Walter Summers and Mr Henry Summers (brothers), Dr and Mrs Withers (brother-in-law and sister), Mr and Mrs Frank Summers,Miss Maud Summers, Miss Bertha Mason, and Mr Rupert Mason.
HUNTING. FLINT AND DENBIGH HOUNDS. The appointment on Saturday was at Maes- mynan Hall, Caerwys, the residence of Mr II. W. Davey, a field of about sixty beifig in charge of Colonel R. W. AVilliams-AVynn and Captain E. W. Griffith. Hounds had a merry time with the foxes, which ran beautifully. The first was found in Maesmynan Dingle and went away towards Coed Cophion, but wheeling right-handed he crossed Pen Fchaf Gorse and returned to the dingle, and went out at the far end then, turning sharp to the right, his course lay by Caerwys Hall and up to Plymouth Copse, over the training ground, through Pen-v-Gelli Wood and Crown Wood, across the Holywcll- road to Llyn Helyg, and liiwilly resisted his pursuers at Glol, bavins kept them goiner for 65 minutes at a good pace. Coetia Ma wr Gorse and two or three other recognised haunts having failed, hounds reached Bach-y Graig, where they put up another stout cus- tumer that enterttined them till dusk, getting clear after an hour's quick run. Capital sport followed the meet on Tuesday at Nortliop, a fair sized-field being in charge of the joint masters. Finding at once below I'las Vellin, the fox went away towards Halkin,but turning left-handed ran to the AVaen AVood, over the Flint road to Coed Llys, and again to the left through Quarry AVood, Coed T'cljaf, Gworny Marl, and thence to Gwysaney, where lie got to ground in the Gorse, having run for 75 minutes. In Gwysaney Big Wood the pack roused a second customer that went over the top of the hill and left-handed in a ring and got back to his starting point, where he found a safe retreat. AVarrud Wood having been ex- plored without result, hounds were taken to Soughton Park, where they found in the woods, ran the fox towards the hall and killed him in the covert. Then on the way to Rhyd- ymwyn, they started afresh with a fox that came out of Coed Foulk, chasing him over Tuadynucha and the Black Brook and then left-handed to Gwysaney.
SIR W.-W. WYNN'S HOUNDS Despite heavy storms of rain, Sir AV. IN. AVynn's hounds were favoured with capital sport following the meet at Broughall, near p 11 11 AVliitchurch, on Saturday. Between Hinton and Marbury hounds met with a tough cus- tomer, which piloted them very fast over the railway to Barmere. Hereabouts he took a right-handed course, which brought him nearly to Cholmondeley. There lie again re- sorted to puzzling tactics, and running over the main road made straight for a farm, where lie was lost in the rick yard for quite half an hour. top to then lie had given a spirited run of 25 minutes. On being found agn he gave a delighful gallop of ,0 minutes, being eventually brought down between Maesfen and Cholmondeley. Other foxes were found at Osmrre and Cloverley Gorse, but nothing tangible was done with them. <
-NT HOLYWELL SESSIONS The monthly sessions were held on Tuesday, before Messrs J. Lloyd Price (chairman), Sl. Jones, Jos. Jones, T. Humphreys, Edwifl Roberts, and H. Y. Lloyd. LICENSING. The transfer of the license of the Boar's Head, Holywell, was granted to Mr Thomas Griffiths. | DAMAGE TO HOUSE. Evan Ellis, New Road, was summoned by J. Ll. Williams, agent, agent, for wilfully damaging a house in Dolphin row, Whitford Street, to j the value of 8s -Prosecutor stated that the defendant upon being ejected from a house on f the 1st inst., burst open the door and smashed a number, of panes of glass. The key had since been returned which reduced the damage to 7s Sd.-P.C. Jones gave evidence corroborating the statement made.—Prosecutor stated that defendant had defied him, after giving him every consideration, and had offered another house which defendant had refused. He did not press the case. Defendant admitted that the statement was correct.—Defendant was ordered to pay costs. DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. AVm. Metcalf, Holywell, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly. P.C. R. E. Jones stated at 11.30 p.m., on the 15th December, he saw defendant very drunk and creating a disturbance.—P.C. Wasley corroborated.- Fined 28 6d and 6s 4d costs. WARRANTS. Ellen Barnes, of Greenfield, formerly of Bagillt, was summoned by Benjamin Garratt, Bagillt, for wilful damage to property. As the defendant did not appear a warrant was issued. A warrant was also ordered to be issued against Margaret Davies, of Bagillt, who did not appear on adjournment. 4 HOLLY AND HONESTY. 1 Five boys from the vicinity of Greenfield Street, went gathering holly just before Christmas and were seen by P.C. J. E. Hughes,, who summoned them for stealing holly and damaging trees. The boys appeared and were tried in a Children's Court, at which the young defendants were ordered to pay costs, 3s 8d each. FREE TRAVELLING AND THE COST. Samuel Adolphus Grant, a coloured man, of Foundry Cottage, Bagillt, was summoned by Detective Sergt Ernest R. Neal, of Chester, in the employ of the L. & N.W.R., for unlawfully travelling between Flint and Bagillt without paying his fare, on two occasions in December last. Defendant said he was guilty under conditions." Detective Sergt Neal explained the case against the defendant to the effect that on December 9th defendant travelled from Flint to Bagillt, and as he left the platform he fumbled in his pocket and finally produced a ticket which was found to be from Shotton to Flint. The next day the defendant arrived at Bagillt and stated he bad lost his ticket. Two railway employees, gave evidence of the events and also stated that defendant on the second occasion refused to pay the fare. De- fendant when stopped used threats that If you make it hot for me, I'll make it hot for you." The Station Master of Bagillt said on the Sunday morning the defendant came to him and asked him to accept the railway fares. He declined. The matter had been reported. Detective Sergt Neal stated that defendant was a perfect nuisance and he himself had had recent occasion to caution him. The defendant was continually getting into trouble trying to defraud the company. The defendant made a rambling statement. The Chairman said the Bench were tired of seeing the defendant before them. It was the second offence of that kind the defendant had been charged with. In November 1911 he was fined 10s and costs. AVithout being severe he would again be fined 10s and lis 10d in one case, and costs 119 in the other case.
DISHONEST LODGER THEFT AT COKXAHS QUAY PROSECUTION AT MOLD [T At Mold police court on Tuesday afternoon —before Messrs Thomas Parry and Robert Jones—John Henry Edwards, labourer, Stock- ton-on-Tees, was charged with stealing a watch and chain with medal attached, of the total value of X2 7s. 6d. Supt. R Yarnell Davies stated that on July 25th last prisoner went to Connah's Quay and obtained lodgings at Mrs Povey's, Princes street. He secured employment in a brick- yard. On the afternoon of August 2nd he went to bed after requesting Mrs Povey to call him at four o'clock. She called him, and on her way to the bedroom in which were a watch and chain with medal attached, she noticed the things were hanging on a nail. Prisoner came downstairs and washed himself. He then went upstairs again. Before going upstairs he said, "I will go and get my cap." Mrs Povey's daughter said, It is on the dresser," but he took no notice, continuing his way upstairs. When he came down he told her he thought he had left nis cap upstairs. He then went out and did not return, though Mrs Povey expected him to do so. About five o'clock the same day she discovered that the watch and chain were missing, On Monday morning last, the Supt. added, he received a telegram from Stockton-on-Tees. Prisoner had been arrested there and P.S. Whitehead went and I received him into custody from the police of that town. In reply to the charge prisoner had stated, I was full of trouble with having my fingers off and my wife leaving me. I was trying to get a few shillings in order to get back to her. I took the watch and chain and the same day went to Chester." Prisoner added that he got somebody else to pawn the things. Alrs Povey gave evidence bearing out the Superintendent's statement. I Prisoner, who pleaded guilty, said, I am sorry I took it." He was sent to prison for one month with hard labour. Printed and published by the Flintshire Observer Printing and Publishing Co., Limited, at Church Street, Flint, and High Street, Holywell, in the County of Flint FRIDAY, JANUARY 10TH, 1913, And Registered at the General Post Office, as a Newspaper.
FLINT BOROUGHS. » Date of By-Election. 0 CANDIDATES CHOSEN. » Radical Scramble for Selection. + UNIONIST PROSPECTS NEVER SO BRIGHT. Signs of real activity in the Flint Boroughs by-election preparations were evident on Monday, when the formal adoption of Mr J. Hamlet Roberts is Unionist candidate was carried with enthusiasm at Flint. By being prepared for many months past with a suitable candidate, the party had succeeded in getting through a great deal of preliminary i work in readiness for a fight. The Radicals, however, had rather overdone things. They suffered from a surfeit of prospective candidates. Hardly had the announce- ment of Mr Summers' death reached the county, when aspirants for the seat began to spring up from all directions. A reputed safe seat and C400 a year attracted one and then another, until at least a baker s i dozen of would-be members had their names mentioned in connection with the vacancy. True, some of those had not been approached by anyone in the party, much less had they been invited to offer themselves, but it did not matter in the least, their names were mentioned." Bye and bye the number was whittled down to six, and on Saturday those were stated, at a meeting of Flintshire Radicals held at Wrexham to be Messrs Fred Llewellyn Jones (Mold), Thomas H. Parry (Mold), Max Muspratt (Liverpool), A. M. Ralli (Prestatyn), John Owen (Chester), and R. H. Roberts (London). It was decided j that meetings of local sections of the party should nominate their favourities on Mon- day and Tuesday, and that the final selec. tion should take place at a delegates' meet- ing at Flint on Wednesday. On Saturday night the North Wales Miners' Agent, Alderman Edward Hughes, Wrexham, was suggested as the Labour nominee at a meeting at Wrexham, but his party's final decision as to whether he was to stand was postponed for a week. A noteworthy incident took place on Monday, that being the withdrawal by Mr Fred Llewellyn Jones of his name from the list of prospective Radical candidates- The announcement occasioned considerable surprise, for it was thought the Coroner stood an excellent chance of being selected as his party's champion. However, Mr Thomas H. Parry was left with a clear field at Mold, and it was not surprising that on Tuesday night he was unanimously nominated by the Liberals of his native town.
» HOW MOLD LIBERALS SUPPORTED MR PARRY. A largely attended meeting was held at the Drill Hall, Mr. Peter E. Roberts, J.P., presiding. On the platform were Mr Josiah T. Morgan, J.P., and Mr. T. Williams, local registration agent. The Chairman said the first thing" he wished to do was to refer to the lamentable death of their highly esteemed member, Mr Summers. He was sure they felt ex- ceedingly the occurrence which had pushed them into an election with very little time to spare. He (the chairman) then asked the meeting to name any candidate they wished, and a vote would be taken by ballot. He was informed that Mr F. Llewellyn Jones no longer stood as a can- didate, but had retired. A letter had been received from Mr T. H. Parry, who offered himself as a candidate (applause). Mr Parry in the course of the letter said he was a whole hearted supporter of the Liberal policy in its entirety. He referred to the fact that at the last election he withdrew his name in order that Mr Sum- mers might be selected unanimously (ap- plause) Councillor S. Catherall, the local trades union leader, at this point said that at the close of the meeting members of various trades unions would meet in the Catch-my- pal" room. Mr Clement Edwards, M.P., would address to them a few words about the suggestion of a Labour candidate- What had brought about the suggestion of Mr Hughes, of Wrexham, as a Labour candidate was that he had been told that there were 2,000 trade unionist voters in the boroughs. That was a lie, as they knew, and he deprecated the attempt to run a Labour candidate. It would only be throw- ing money away (applause). The Chairman said it might be of use to the meeting for them to know that at Holy- well the names voted for were Mr Max Muspratt, Mr T. H. Parry, Mr F. LI. Jones and Mr A. M. Ralli. Mr J. T. Morgans proposed the name of "our young townsman, Mr T. H. Parry (applause). Mr R. Morris seconded, and Mr James Bevan supported. Mr Morgans asked whether the Chair- man would be prepared to submit his name (applause). The Chairman: No, it is not a post I have any ambition to fill (laughter). Mr T. H. Parry's name was then put to the meeting, and it was unanimously de- cided that he should be recommended as the candidate. This was followed by pro- longed applause. W Seventeen delegates were ther appointed to attend the meeting at Flint the following day. Mr T. H. Parry appeared and was greet- ed with loud cheers. The Chairman said it had been one of the most expeditious meetings he had ever presided over. The candidate was present, and if he was not proud at that moment he never would be unless he was Prime Minister (laughter). It said a great deal for a young man when a town gave him such favour as they had to Mr Parry (applause). He (the chairman,) did not think there was much doubt that he would go to St. Stephen's (applause*. Mr T. H. Parry, who was given a flatter- ing ovation, thanked the meeting for select- ing him unanimously. It was the one proud moment of his life (applause). He addressed further remarks on the import- ance of the approaching fight.
THE PLOT AGAINST LABOUR Subsequent to the above meeting Mr S. Catherall, addressing a number of trades unionists who had remained behind, stated that Mr Clement Edwards, M-P-, had pro- mised to be present, but had not yet arrived, Mr Catherall repeated his statement about the suggested Labour candidate, and a resolution was passed protesting against the putting forward of a Labbur nominee- The unions represented were the Railway Servants, Smelters', Tinplate Workers', Miners' Federation, Bakers' and Dockers'. Mr Catherall said he was to be a delegate to the meeting of Trades Unionists at Flint on Saturday, and those present decided that he should convey as their wish to the gathering that no Labour candidate should be put forward.
ADOPTING THE UNIONIST CANDIDATE In the large new billiard room of the Flint Conservative Club, on Monday afternoon, the executive of the Unionist party of Flintshire held a very largely attended meeting over which the Right Hon Lord Motyn presided. Amongst others present were Lord Harlech, Lord Kenyon, the Hon Lawrence Brodrick, Sir Wyndham Hanmer, Colonel R Lloyd Howard (former Unionist candidate), Colonel Philips, Mr Davies-Cooke, Mr Hugh Peel, Capt R K Mainwaring, Mr Herbert IV, atliinson, Mr J R Freme, Alderman W Blane, Alderman J W M Evans, Mr Lloyd Griffiths (chief Unionist agent for North Wales), and Mr 0 A Emlyn (Unionist agent for the Flintshire Associa- tion). The adoption of Mr Hamlet Roberts, solicitor, Penygroes, Carnarvon, as Unionist candidate, was moved by Colonel Howard, seconded by Mr Heggie, of Bagillt, and supported by Aid J W M Evans, of Flint. The resolution was carried with enthusiasm and absolute unaminity and the candidate had a most cordial welcome-
4 MR ROBERTS-THE MAN The Unionist candidate is a lawyer by pro- fession. He qualified as a solicitor some years ago, and was admitted a student at the Innet Temple in June last year, but he has not yet been called to the Bar. He speaks Welsh fluently, and he takes an interest in the liter- ary as well as in the political aftairs of Wales —shown by his connection with the Eistedd- fodau. He is therefore a Welshman for a Welsh constituency, and a brilliant young Welshman at that; one who is likely to reflect credit on the constituency which adopts him as a Parliamentary representative. Though he modestly describes his prospects in the Flint Boroughs as an opening for a very sporting fight the Unionists of the division have plenty of confidence that the five hundred majority gained by the late member will be wiped out. Mr Summers was a popular employer and an unusually strong Radical candidate—and a Churchman at that. Electioneering in January among the hills of Wales is no light or pleasant task, for the Flint Boroughs cover a wide area, including as they do St. Asaph, Rhuddlan, Flint, Mold, Caergwrle, Holywell, Bagillt, and Overton. Mr Hamlet Roberts, however, is a candidate with plenty of grit, energy, and staying power, And he has a good case and knows how to handle it. Mr J Hamlet Roberts is <54 years of age, and the youngest son of the late Dr Roberts, of Penygroes. A Welsh-speaking Welshman, a young and vigorous politician, a sound Unionist on every point, he is going to make things hum during the next week or two. When the party first selected him, over twelve months ago, as prospective candidate, he made it his business to visit every Unionist club and com- mittee in the boroughs, and one after another these adopted him unanimously. Wherever he went the rank and file were agreed that he was the man they wanted. So the executive had but a formal task when on Monday they did all that was necessary to remove the pro- spective." It will be seen, therefore, that he is now well acquainted with the constituency. He is a capable platform speaker, with a good presence and a charming manner and he is out for serious business. This is hi3 first can- didature, but not his first experience of practical electioneering, for in January, 1910, he acted as election agent for Mr Lloyd Priestley in the Arvon Division and at the second general election of 1910, there being no contest in < Arvon. he was out assisting Mr Ormsby Gore to win the Denbigh Boroughs. Under a pleasant, amiable manner, Mr Hamlet Roberts conceals a vigorous militancy His eyes and his chin suggest the fighter. This instinct of his, together with his patriotism, made him in another sphere of life a member of the Territorial Force for he is a lieutenant in the 6th Royal Welsh Fusiliers, a regiment commanded by his eldest brother.