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.F_- Primrose Day Banquet at Aberdare. THE NEXT ELECTION. j PROSPECTS OF A UNIONIST VICTORY. On Monday, being Primrose Day, a banquet was held at the Constitutional Hall. Aberd.Tv, to celebrate the 25tb anniversary of the estab- lishment of the club at Aberdare. Mr. Herbert C. Lowis, of Ilean Castle, presided, and he was supported by Colonel Lewis, Merthyr; Messrs. William Griffiths. Pencaemawr, Mer- thyr; Dr. Evans, Mountain Ash; F. W. Bell, Mountain Ash; R. T. Itees, Glandare; Major Phillips, Thomas Lloyd, A. P. Jones, A. S. Plew]. W. Net-ton, T. Williams, J. jack?on. D. Tudor Williams, Jenkin RJes, ctc. The hall was s-ated to its utmost capacity. The interior of '.he building' had been tastefully decorated with flags and bunches of primroses. Mr. Caunt acted as an admirable caterer, and durinjr dinner Mr. J. Arkit-o Phillips's Band provided a programme of muvic wh'ch was greatly appreciated. the loyal toast had been didv honoured, Mr. William Griffiths proposed "Tlw Forces- Spiritual nnd Temporal," and referred 10 the pnding introduction of tho Welsh Disestablish- ment Bill, which he anticipated would meet with the same fate as its predecessor. In re- gard to tho temporal forces, he urged the necessity of being always in a srat" of prepared- ness both as regards the Army and Navy.—Mr. T. Lloyd responded for tho spiritual forces, payinsr a tribute to Church workers throughout the district. FOOTBALL OR DRILL. Colonel Lewis responded for the temporal forces, and on rising was accorded a mot cordial reception. He prefaced his remarks by recalling thl) magnificent meeting held in same hall after Mr. Herbert. Lewis's great fic.dat in the election, when. although unsucccas- ful, he had such marvellous support that it proved a sort of rallying cry which r-jfulted in a great Unionist victory throughout the coun- try. Col. Lewis then went on to refer to the subject of his toast, and spoke in glowing terms of the prowess of the Welch Regiment and its many heroic de-eds if the face of terrible odds. He considered it most essential that we should have a r-trong Army and Navy, and he thought it the duty of every young healthy per- non to join the Territorial Forces. Thousands of young men spent, their spare time in watch- in football matches and lounging around bars. and it would be better for themselves and for tha country if their epare time was given up for drill so as to be ready at any time to give their services for the defence of the homeland. No doubt in case of emergency there would be no dearth of Volunteers, but untrained would be of but little service aga'.nsi? foreign armies. He therefore urged most stronglv the necessity and the imperative duty of the Terri- torial Forces being fully brought tip to the re- quired numerical standard (loud cheers). The Chairman here proposed "The Memory of Lord Beaconsfield," which was responded to in silence—all standing. Mr. F. W. Bell proposed "The Unionist Party," and quoted from tho "British Weekly," which expressed its anxiety that the Unionists were fat usurping the power of the Liberals, Bell save it as his opinion that a, Mr. Koir Hardie in his last contested election polled votes than Mr. Herbert Lewis polled in 1886. there was a fair prost. given a, strong candidate, of the return of a Unionist for Mer- thyr Boroughs (cheers). TARIFF REFORM. Mr. Herbert Lewis, on rising to respond, was rrceived with great cheering, and he dealt at some length with tho present position and pros- I pects of the Unionist Party. He said that he was not quite as sanguine as Mr. Bell with re- gard to the immediate future, although the ro suits of recent contests went far to prove that the present administration had lost the confid- ence of a large section of the electors. Un- fortunately, there was some div.s'Jfen in the Unionist Party over the question of Tariff Re- form, and in order to succeed, it was absolutely necessary that they should sink any personal differences and stand with a bold united front again,11 the confiscatory tendencies of tho pre- sent Government (cheers). So far as he was concerned, he was a thorough supporter of the principles of Tariff Reform, believing as he did that the trade of the country would h"1 vastly improved by a fiscal change as placcd before the electors by Mr. Chamberlain (cheers). That jrentleman, he was sorry to say, was not now able to oontinue his active propaganda on behalf of Tariff Reform, but the leaders of the pa-ty had warmly espoused the subject; and if petty differences amongst the rank and file were eliminated, he ouite thought that Tariff Reform would lead them to victory (cheers). Mr. Lewis criticised the measures brought for- ward by the present Government, and regaroed the Licensing Bill and the Bill for the Dises- tablishment of the Welsh Church 8;- of a confis- catory nature, and as preludes to further sys- tems oi confiscation which wou'd seriously affect the future stability of the country (cheers). With regard to the Army and Navy, the nation demanded that there should ba no shihy-shally- ing. but that both branches of the service --hould be maintained to the very highest standard, as our very existence depended on our prepared- ness to meet any complications that, might arise and it. would be a bad day for the nation if. when the time came, we would be found lack- ing (loud cheers). MORE COURAGE. The toast of "The Constitutional Club" was proposed by Mr. William Notton, who referred to the past history of the in Aberdare, and the assistance rendered by Mr. Lewis and others in enabling them to put up the present building. At one time. one hardly dared to adopt the name of Conservative within the Borough, but things had considerably changed in the past twenty-five years, and now ther? was a strong body of Conservatives throughout the district (cheers). Mr. A. P. Jones responded, and mentioned that of the original club founded twenty-five years ago, only four or five were member5 at the present time, and three were present that night, namely. Mr. Howell Phillips, Mr. T. Codd. and Mr. J. Davies (secretary). Great changes had taken place in the last twenty-five years, and while members dropped out through death or removals, they still had the club as a continuing organization, and ho was glad to be able to bear testimony to the general good con- duct of the 500 members who be:ongoo to the club at the present time (cheers). In looking around him that night, he could not help feel- ing that the club was being supported by a large body of intelligent people of whom any organisation might well be proud. What they wanted was more political propaganda, and the leaders should take moise notice of such a dis- trict as this. We had a strong nucleus of Con- servatism which might well and easily be de- veloped, as he felt sure there was a very large number of moderate Liberals who would be only too glad of the opportunity of supporting a Conservative rather than an extremist (cheers). Given a good, strong candidate, he thought they would bs able to make a good show when the time came for a general election (cheers). Major Phillips proposed Fhe President" in felicitous terms, and incidentally mentioned that he was one of the original members of the Club.—Mr. Herbert Lewis briefly re-ponded, and said that it always gave him great pleasure to meet his many old friends at the club, and hoped he might soon have the pleasure of again mo-etin them at. such an interesting gathering. Mr. Phillips (Aberaman), Mr. Maderson. and Mr. Paterson (Cardiff) greatly enlivened the proceedings during the evening, and the whole passed off in a manner that was extremely gratifying to all concerned.

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