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NEWTOWN AND LLASLLWCIIAIARIS1…

THE ABOLITION OF THE HOUSE…

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THE ABOLITION OF THE HOUSE 01 LORDS. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING AT NEWTOWN. On Thursday evening a meeting was held in the Victoria Hall, for the purpose ot hearing the Rev H. H. Alford, of Birmingham, deliver a lecture on the above subject. There was a largo audience, preside, over by Mr Richard Lloyd, J .P. In opening the proceedings, the CHAIRMAN re- ferrad to the statements made by the Borough Mem- ber at Welshpool, and said if Sir Prjce-Jones had been well advised he would have refrained from men- lioning the subject of the election petition. Whatever he Eiight say tie could not efface rhe words of Mi Justice Wills those would live in the memory of ttoe people, and on the first occasion they would mark Lhel: entire disapproval of the Borough Member' conduct, by allowing him to take a very second rate position on the polls (loud cheers). The man who miart:presented the Boroughs in Parliament, on eve; y occasion that presented itself, opposed every measurt of reform, voted against the rights of the people ann progressive legislation. He was in favour, he gaid, of the advancement of the good of the people, but in truth he was bitterly opposed to democratic reform He was iu for the classes, and not for he masses. With reference to the coal strikes and th« difficulty of fait wages for the miners, the speaker baid the time woulu soon come when the matter would have to betaken up by Government (cheers). The minerals bad been placed by God in the ground not for thu benefit of om individual, but for the good of the whole community (toud applause). They belonged to the people, and it was for the nation to take th, m up as national property. Tne action of the owner" had been shame- tul throughout (cheers). Hundreds of thousands of tons of coal, which had been previously worthless aDd could not be given away, had been sold ut enormous prices, and the owners had made immense fortune, white thousands of men, women and children had beet; in a state of starvation and distress (cheers) It wa" a scandalous piece of business, and the Government should take up the matter aud recdfy this great wrong of the people. The people were wronged on the right and on the left, while the pocketa of the lords and other men who owned the pits were being filled to overflowing (cheers). These people prin- cipally belonged to the Tory patty, and they knew that that party went into Parliament for the very opposite of the good of the masses, und forgot the people, whether they existed or lived, and cared less whether they existed or lived (cheers). Rev H. D. ALFORD, who was cordially received, commenced his lecture by stating that they had com, to a crisis in their nation's history, and went on t(.. describe the methods adopted by the House of Lords in rejecting measures sent up by the House of Com- mons. When the measure of such importance aud of so far reaching effect as the Home Rule Bill was sent up their Lordships rejected it, but after it had been presented a second time they would think twice before throwing it out. That had been their prac- tice in the past. They said they would pass the Bill when the voice of the country was heard in its favour, but they would take care to use every endeavour to prevent the real voice of the country being heard. They would resort to all kinds of dodges, all kinds of mean tricks. In North Staffordshire they resorted io three things beer, bribery and batting. What did they want to do with the House of Lords ? They did not want to destroy peers. There always would be peers. The greatest peer in the country was Mr Gladstone (cheers). They wanted to take away from them the power of interfering with the legislation of the country, and let that work be vested in the nation's representatives (cheers). The more the people knew about the peers the more would they realise that they were only concerned for themselves, to protect their own privileges, power, influence and wealth, and not to promote the welfare of the people at large. Several blows had been struck by the country at the House of Lords, and they had got them to the place and time when they said they were going to die in the last ditch. They did not care if they did, and the coun- try would be only too pleased to facilitate the coming of their last hour. Tne last ditch rdeant their lust point of strength, and that was the plural vote (loud cheers). There were many lords who had scores of votes, by owning a few shillings' worth of property in the various constituencies, and by using all these votes they fondly hoped to carry the country with them. The system of plural votes was a system which should be abolished; they wanted to establish one man one vote (loud cheers). The speaker then went on to show that the Tudor peers, who formerly paid rent to the Crown for their estates, which they dishonestly wrested from the monasteries, had taken possession of them without paying any rent, and instead of the king receiving money from them they taxed the people's food. If these estates had been retained by the Crown they would have produced an annual income of tIOO,000,000, thus obviating the necessity of imperial taxation. There was a group of persons in the House of Lords that the country would be glad to gi-t rid of—the bishops (loud cheers). There were 21 of them, and they all voted against Home Rule. There they were in fiue linen and long sleeves (laughter). There was a Church Congress held at Birmingham a short time ago, and they talked about religious re-union, and Mr Gore laid down the principle that Dissenters must recognise the authority of the bishops-(laughter)—recognise their authority as having come from the apostles- (renewed laughter). Bishops by apostolic succession He was glad that Mr Guiness Rogers held said that he did not care a snap of his fingers for apostolic succession. He did not care a snap of his finger abl ut it, and he defied anybody to find apostolic succession taught in the New Testament, or even find there a bishop similar to an Anglican bishop in the Church of England (laughter). They might search, but they would not find him there. These men called themselves "right reverend fathers in God (loud laughter). He wondered what that meant, and what HI bHc1 authority they had for the use of that term. They claimed to be God's representatives on earth, and found in their documents that they held that whatever they bound on earth should be bound in heaven, and whatever they loosed on earth should be loosed in heaven" (laughter). In God's nam they went to the Hou^e of Lords, and voted against the Home ltule Bill. These right reverend fathers in God called themselves Christians, whose calling was I to promote peace, but these men voted for the per- petuation of war. In the Church they found every- thing cut and dried. Their prayers were written out, they were told what to say, when to say it, when to stand, when to kneel down, and all the rest of it (laughter). They had a catechism which the children must learn, and taught to be obedient to their spiritual pastors and masters. How they could ca-li themselves such was beyond his comprehension and in direct opposition to the words of Christ, who said Cail no Master on earth. for one ia your Master, evon Curist." The men who boasted that they were ambassadors of Christ, instead of preaching His gospel, tho gospel of reconciliation, preached by their votes in the House of Lords the gospel of war and hostility. He could not understand how these 21 right reversnd fathers in G .d reconciled their professions with their aotions.—The speaker at the close of his address was loudly cheered, aod a resolution was passed condemning the action of the House of Lords in rejecting the Home Rule Bill, oa the motion of Mr in rejecting the Home Rule Bill, on the motion of Mr W. Cooke and Air C. HeweiL

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