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Si-»T ■■1 t ■'i i "v ']■ it H' i >] y 15i Q, tluii v-'i iiiij iil1 THE HEXRT KICHARD MEMORIAL. Acutely as Welsh parties are divided politically, there are occasions when they can forget their .factions and animosities. Such an occasion was that at Tregaron the other day, when all parties united together to show their respect to Henry Richard, the Welsh patriot and the "Apostle of Peace." The lion and the lamb then lay down together, and such resolute political opponents as Mr William Jones and the Rev Thomas Levi then publicly shook the hand of friendship in the presence of the statue of Henry Kichard. The Welsh papers this week are singularly unani- mous in piaise of the former member for Mtrthyr, the Conservative and Unionist papers are by no means inferior to the Liberal papers in apprecia- tion of the immeasurable services done to Wales by Henry Richard, so that all that is noble, heroic, and loveable in his character is brought out with abundant clearness and emphasis. So marked, indeed, is the appreciation shown by the Unionist papers that it disproves Mark Antony's statement that the evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones," and shows that all are ready to do justice to a great man when once he has departed from the field of strife. Thus the Brython Cymr«ig has an eloquent eulogy of Henry Richard, not merely as A patriot, but as a philanthropist" of whom every .civilised nation speaks as if he were one of them and as one of the chief benefactors of mankind." The Genedl thinks that "whatever is good, brave, and virtuous in the national life of Wales, it is to Henry Richard that the honour belongs of voicing that spirit in Parliament." The Celt points out that Henry Richard was throughout his life a a consistent advoc te of peace, a defender of his nation, and the true friend of workmen through- out his public Cireer he strove to substitute arbi- tration for war between nations. His statue was unveiled at a time when thousands of workmen are idle because they will not accept arbitration." The Herald Cymraeg gives a short biographical sketch of Mr Richard, and says that though he did much for Wales as her representative in Parliament, yet it was in connection with the Peace Society that he laboured most." Seren Cymru has a long but rather weak leading article detailing Mr Richard's services to Wales and to the cause of peace, in the course of which it says He was one of the greatest and most useful men which our country every produced. He is the father of the Welsh party in Parliament, and his like or his equal has not yet risen." The writer boasts of his personal connection with Henry Richard, and in his excessive admiration indulges in preacher-like extravagances, such as he was divinely called man," &c. The Cymro, the Tarian, the Llan, the Baner, as well as most of the other papers already mentioned, give long accounts of the unveiling proceedings. The Tre- garon Committee are praised for their energy; Mr William Jones, the late Unionist candidate for the county, is singled out for special mention, one paper remarking that but for his financial help the statue would never have been obtained. Yet the Baner is rather captious that the local com- mittee did not appoint Mr Bowen Rowlands chair- man, as member for the county. The Goleuad says that eme with the best things that took place in connection of the ceremony was the reconciliation of Mr William Jones and the Rev Thomas Levi." The Tyst thinks that too much solicitude was fihown to avoid any references to Mr Richard's services to the cause of religious equality." PATIENCE OR REVOLT. This is the suggestive heading of the leading -article in the Cymro for this week and, needless to say, it refers to Mr Gladstone and Welsh Dis- establishment. The Cymro travesties Mr Glad- stone's ambiguous answer. What Welsemen asked, it says, was not if they should have Dises- tablishment, but when. It is plain enough," it proceeds," that the Welsh party could overthrow the' Government as matters now stand. But how much better would they be ? They could hardly expect Disestablishment from the Ministry that would replace the present one, though they have an occasional favour from a Tory Ministry. But it is useless to speak of overthrowing the present Government until it has every opportunity of ful- filling its promise. In the spring of 1894 we shall be able to judge clearly of the integrity of the promises otthe-Gladstonian Ministry. Mr Glad- stone has not been unfaithful up to the present, but let him beware the ides of March/" Mr Lloyd-George, M.P., in his Parliamentary letter to the Gexedl. thinks that the progress of the Home Rule Bill facilitates Disestablishment. The way will now be clear for the rest of the year to be devoted to the District Councils Bill. -11 Then will come Disestablishment. That, at any rate, is the anxious hope of the Welsh mem- bers. Of one thmg I am convinced, that if Disestablishment will not have passed the Com- mons ere another Session has elapsed, the present Ministry will not be in existence. But it would be the height of absurdity to turn them out be- fore we receive unfailing assurance that they do not intend to deal fairly in Wales." The editor of the same paper in a long and vigorous leading articte likewise advocates patience until next spring. The passing of the District Councils Bill will, he thinks, be an immense gain to Wales. He appeals to those who are in favour of revolt now to repress their feelings for a while, and .strike the fatal blow at a more convenient oppor- tunity, if there will be need. Mr Gee devotes five columns of the Baner to Mr Gladstone's letters. Although the replies are not satisfac- tory." says Mr Gee, they do not justify imme- diate revolt. Let our representatives appeal to Mr Gladstone for a definite promise that Dises- tablishment will have the first place in the next Session. If this is not given, they should consult their constituencies for advice." The London .correspondent of the same paper is more empha- tic. He thinks that it is superfluous to discuss the question of precedence: that has already been determined by the Newcastle programme—Dises- tablishment to be second to Home Rule. He urges the Welsh members to put on pressure. 6& Eynon," in the C<M, sayb that the oracle from Hawarden is, like Palmerston, a perfect master of the art of saying nothing. We have words, words, words piled on each other, but no definite promise of any sort. Our representatives are acting with care and prudence in the crisis, and should get the support of the country: they ought to get a free hand in this matter." The Tyst hopes that the Welsh members will be wiser than to imperil the safety of the Government: It is not by adher- ence to the Newcastle programme that Disestab- lish will be soonest obtained. THE STRIKES IN NORTH AND SOUTH WALES. Space forbids more than a few brief excerpts from the multitude of references which abound in the Welsh papers on the Festiniog strike and on the South Wales coal strike. In North Wales interest is almost entirely concentrated on the struggle between Mr Greaves and his workmen, and much sympathy is expressed by the work- men, who are here fighting on principle. The rash action of the South Wales workmen is, how- ever, almost universally condemned. The Goleuad in an article reviewing the position of trade generally, regrets that the South Wales workmen deal so rudely with the sliding scale committee. The South Wales correspondent of the Celt points out that the workmen have complaints, but says I, nevertheless, consider it very foolish of them to hold out now. Their irregular conduct affects their honour as workmen. They came out with no definite plan, before they were ready for the fight, and before every other course of action had failed." The Llan,' in searching for the causes of the workmen's troubles," finds some very far- fetched explanations, in the neglect of Bible teaching by Nonconformists, in the natural ten. dency of Nonconformists to dissensions, &c. The Cymro, while expressing sympathy with the Fes- tiniog quarrymen, where the question is really a lock-out," thinks that "the illegal and unjust strike in South Wales shows that true civilisation is very backward among many of our countryman in Gwent and Morganwg. They have been cor- jmpted by new comers from other countries, and have few popular preachers. We are glad to see that there are signa of resumed work, and that the strike is thus but temporary insanity." The Tarian, and the Tyst discuss the situation at great length, and rejoice that the prospects are "rightening. I JOTTINGS. ] D;lf j'dll D.Es," in the Genedl, continues hi3 sketches of the doings of our Welsh members in ) Parliament. This week he describes how he came [ across Mr D. A. Thomas and three or four others metaphorically trying to dig a cave. The Werin promises to deal at length with Mr Bryn Roberts' letter next week. The Llan has a contribution from the Bishop of Llandaff, in which the impor- tance of religious education in our schools is urged. The leading article in the Goleuad deals 11 with the Welsh University Charter, and is signed by the Rev J. Morgan Jones, Cardiff, Dr Cynon- fardd Edwards writes a "Letter from America" to the Tyst, in which he gives a graphic account of Hwfa Mon's reception meeting at Scranton. Hwfa's' speech was," he says, one of the most Hwfa-like that' Hwfa ever Hwfa'd." He describes also a visit to the Chicago Exhibition. There is, he continues, great expectation among American Welshmen to hear the Cardiff Ladies' Choir. "A choir will compete from bait Lake City, which is a grand place for a ladies choir. I heard them there, and they sing marvellously. The conductor is a Welshman of the name of Stephens." The Journal, in its Welsh pages, re- views the Llandilo association meetings, and con- cludes that the pulpit is still an immense power in Wales.