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WELSH NATIONAL LIBERAL COUNCIL. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY. Meetings of the Welsh National Liberal Council were held at Shrewsbury on Wednes- day. A meeting of the general purposes com- mittee was held at noon, at which Mr. Albert Spicer, M.P., presided. Mr. Alfred Thomas was elected temporarily to the chair. Mr. Herbert Roberts, M.P., after a suitable recognition of the services of the late president of the Council (Mr. Thomas Gee), moved:— That this meeting of the Welsh National Liberal Council desires to place on record the sense of the irreparable loss sustained by this council, the Welsh Liberal electorate, and the country generally by the death of Mr. Thomas Gee, the first president of the council; it would recognise the leading part taken by Mr Gee in the formation of this organisation, and trusts that the principles for the promotion of which he gave his time, talent, and life, may continue to guide the policy and inspire the service of the council on behalf of the Libera- lism of Wales.' Mr. Albert Spicer, M.P., seconded the motion which was carried in silence. The members then proceeded to the election of a secretary, the salary for which is jElSO. The appointment does not preclude the holder from other work not inconsistent with the ful. filment of his duties as secretary to the coun- cil. The following names were recommended by the general purposes coirmitteeMr. Lewis Davies, Pontypool; Mr. W. H. Hughes, Pontypool; Mr. Gwilym Parry, Denbigh; and Mr. T. B. Rhys, Launceston. Some discussion ensued on a point raised as to the placing before the council of another name. This, however, was considered as unfair, and was ruled ovat of order. Mr Brynmor Jones, said Mr. Rhys had written relinquishing his candidature. Mr. Hughes, of Pontypool, had also written stating that if the salary were made £ 208 per annum he would devote the whole of his time to the position. Continuing, Mr. Brynmor Jones said the general purposes committee had con- sidered the point, of making the position one to which the whole of the person's time should be devoted, and had decided it should not be an absolute condition. In regard to Mr. Lewis Davies, they had heard nothing from him since the selection; he believed he was in South Africa, and they therefore had nothing to re- port. After further discussion the two candidates in attendance-Mr. W. H. Hughes and Mr. Gwilym Parry—weie in turn called in, and each gave an expression of his views and what he was prepared to do. Having retired, a ballot was taken, and resulted as follows:— Gwilym Parry, 28 Hughes, 7. Mr. Parry, on being called in and informed of his election, was loudly cheered. He said he hoped, with good and honest work on his part and on that of the council, he should prove to them that in their election they had made no mistake. Mr. Parry, who has been Liberal registration agent for Denbigh Boroughs since 1880, is also election agent for one of the divi&ions of that oounty. Subsequently, Mr. Thomas Williams, Gwae- lodygarth, Merthyr, was appointed president, Mr. Evan Jones, Bala, treasurer, and Mr. J. R. Jacob, Newport, vice-president.

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