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Gipsy Camp Flooded.

.. The Dumfries Bye-Election.




Cambrian Company as a Camel-

" Tegid" on " The Trade."…


Tegid" on The Trade." 1-- HOW THE DRINK TRAFIC AFFECTS THE WORKINGMAN. There is a time for all things. At the recent Powys Provincial Eisteddfod in Llanfyllin, Llew Tegid, the conductor, overflowed with eisteddfodic wit. Last Monday night, at a temperance demon- stration in connection with the Welsh Congrega- tional Union's Assembly at Pontarddulais, Llew Tegid—or rather Mr L. D. Jones, of Bangor,— delivered a striking address, teaming with statis- tical information on the diink traffic in its relation to citizenship. The manufacture and distribution of alcoholic drinks, he said, involved a vast amount of unpro- ductive labour. Even if these drinks were a harmless luxury, the labour expended upon the production would be a loss to the community. The threat of the brewers that the labour market would be flooded, prison and workhouses filled with criminals and unemployed, and the country be threatened with a dangerous revolution if a stop were put to the Trade, was, he said, based upon an absolute fallacy. The RATE OF MORTALITY AMONGST INNKEEPERS and tavern and brewery servants was four times as high as among colliers and railway servants. From the workman's point of view it was the worst employment in the Kingdom. The collier received in wazes 55 per cent of the value of the commodity produced; the agricultural labourer got 28 per cent, the cotton spinner 27 o- per cent; the ironworker 23 per cent., the linen and woollen worker 22 per cent.; but the drink worker received only n per cent. of the market value of the com- modity he produced. If a stop were put to the Trade a million labourers would lose their employ- ment, and lose also the 50 or 60 million pounds they now received in wages. But such a stoppage would release the £ 160,000,000 spent directly on drink every year. This money would still be spent and would find BETTER EMPLOYMENT FOR THE DRINK- SERVANTS, in providing better houses, better furniture, better clothes, better food, and more home comforts for the half-starved wretches who now spend their money on drink. It would also release at least another .2160,000,000 now spent on workhouses, prisons, asylums, police, and judges on account of drink. The individual and the country would greatly benefit by the temporary loss of employ- ment of the million drink workers. Then there was the further consideration that the commodity produced by these million drink- workers was a positive evil and a serious injury to the community. A drunken man was not allowed to be in charge of a horse, but a drunken mother was permitted to ruin body and soul half a dozen unprotected children. And these evils would continue until the awakened and the essential bearing of the drink traffic upon the true interests of citizenship were properly understood.

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Ex-Newtown Pastor.

Sought for years in Newtown.