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Representation of Merthyr. N MR. J. KEIR HARDIE, M.P., AND THE NEXT ELECTION. SHALL TWO LABOUR CANDIDATES BE RUN? The annual meeting of the Merthyr Labour Representation Association was held at Carmel Hall, Aberdare, on Saturday afternoon, Mr. D. Davies, J.P., Merthyr, in the chair. The meeting was held in camera, but the press were admitted to hear Mr. J. Keir Hardie's speech. According to the official report there were 66 delegates present, representing 18,986 members. Mr. John Prowle was elected president for the forthcoming year, and the other officers were appointed, the following being elected on the executive committee:— Messrs. Illtyd Hopkins (Aberaman), Isaac Jones (Mountain Ash), W. Bowen (Mountain Ash), Rees Jones (Penrhiwceiber), Enoch Jones and Arthur Griffiths (Aberdare), William Hall, T. J. Evans and Councillor Lewis (Merthyr), J. Williams (Dowlais), D. Davies (Pant) and Evan Jones' (Cefn). After electing these Mr. J. Keir Hardie, M.P., who was received with acclamation, said that his remarks would be very brief, as they still had a great deal of work to do. Through the courtesy of the representative of the "Merthyr Express" he had been supplied with a report to the effect that the negotiations that had been going on between the men's leaders and the employers, in Cardiff, had just been broken off. The conference had adjourned, and no arrangements had been made for a future meeting. He was very sorry to hear that, but there was still an element of hope left. In all probability the Board of Trade would now endeavour to inter- fere to prevent a cessation of work, and, judging by the success which had been achieved by the Conciliation Committee of the Board of Trade in other disputes, unless the employers in South Wales proved more than ordinarily obstinate, a settlement without a strike was still within the balance, of probability, and he was sure they all wished that to be the case (cheers).

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