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SOUTH GLAMORGAN ELECTION.j…
SOUTH GLAMORGAN ELECTION. (Continued from Page 6.) GREAT CONSERVATIVE MEETING AT BRIDGET I). SPEECH BY MR. GEO. WYNDHAM, M.P. The Right Hon. George Wyndham, M.P., addressed a meeting at Bridgend Town-hall on Wednesday in support of the candidature of Colonel W. H. Wyndham-Quin. The hall was crowded quite half an hour before the meeting commenced, and' some hundreds failed to gain admission. The meeting was of an orderly character. Colonel Turbervill (Ewenny Yriory) presided, upported on the platform by Lady Eva W\ ndham-Quin, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Randall. Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Knight, Mr. R. K. Prichard, Mr. J. 1. D. Nicholl, Mr. W. A. Williams, Mr. Oliver Sheppard, Mr. R. C. Griffiths (Conservative agent), Mr. Jacob Jenkins, Rev. David Phillips, Messrs. W. B. Davies (Pencoed), W. Hopkin (Brecknock Villa), A. D. Webber, James Davies (Ochr Draw). C. M. Dawson Thomas (Pencoed), Wallace Thomas, W. M. Richards, Wm. Hopkins, J. Sankey, John Elias (Newton), J. Towns, W. D. Lodge (Porthcawl), J. Elias (Nottage), J. T. Salathiel (Pencoed), W. Bradshaw, J. H. Griffiths, W. Treharne, G. Cousins, J. Lloyd, H. Pritchard, etc. COLONEL TURBERVILL. The Chairman said that since they last met in that hall the battle of the election had be- gun, and they must admit that, so far, it had gone very badly against them. Several of their leaders had lost their seats, and the party could not expect any great gains during the remaining days. It would be useless to burke the matter; the question was-how could they face it? If a reverse like this made them weak-kneed he should think poorly of the party. To use an old phrase "It's dogged that does it." It was not the first time the Conservative party had met with a reverse. They must remember that in 1880 the coun- try went against them as it was doing now, but the tide turned, and' now for ten years the Unionists had held office uninterruptedly. So much for the situation generally. He was sure they would feel that the state of affairs should make them strive to save South Gla- morgan from the wreck. (Applause.) There was one gleam of light. The turn the elec- tions had taken must have the effect of draw- ing all the Unionists closer together. Col. Quin told them when he spoke last in that hall that he was a tariff reformer. (Hear, hear.) There were some Conservative Free Traders who did not agree with him, but as there would be no such thing as tariff reform in the next Parliament, any Conservative Free Traders could' vote for 'Colonel Wynd- ham-Quin. (Applause.) MR. GEORGE WYNDHAM. Mr. George Wyndham was received with loud and prolonged cheering. He referred to his previous visits to Bridgend, and said he was always delighted to come there and discuss political questions freely and fairly with the intelligent electors. The present circumstances were different to those pre- vailing on his last visit. On his first visit to the town, ten years ago, the party now in office had been in power for three years. What had they done? They had aroused hopes in Ireland and Wales which they' disap- pointed, and for the three years there was practically nothing in Parliament save barren controversy. Only one measure—the Pariah. Councils Act—was passed. A great many Peers were made, and a great many promises, and nothing else happened. (Laughter.) A party made up bf so many opinions must fail, and they were dismissed irom office by an overwhelming majority. Was that not an omen from which the Conservatives could now get hopes? The same party was again in office, again composed of GENTLEMEN WHO DIFFERED on almost every political question., again arousing hopes in Ireland and Wales, many of which they could never fulfil, and again to fail in the primary duty of statesmanship which was to keen up an adequate defence of the Empire and to proceed surely and cer- tainly with many measures for the benefit of the working classes of the country. (Ap- plause.) He was not, however, going to rake up the past; he was prepared to face the present. (Hear, hear.) He agreed with the Chairman that during the past two or three days of electioneering the party to which he belonged had met with several re- verses, and he would be the last to attempt to minimise them. But the election was not over yet, and what they did during the re- mainder of the election would go far to remedy the wrong which might accrue. Now was the time for anyone who had ever been a Conservative, a Unionist, or en Imperialist to do his very beet to return to Parliament their old member, Colonel Wyndham-Quin. (Cheers.) Before giving his own opinion on the present state of affairs, he would read AN IMPARTIAL OPINION. Such an opinion, of course, could not be got. in this country, and he regarded what had appeared in an American newspaper as the impartial view of an onlooxer. The writer said: — Probably Mr. Chamberlain's supporters are right in their contention that without tariffs the British Empire will have a dwindling future, but the voters of the United Kingdom have chosen otherwise. He thought the newspaper was right in the first part of the observation, but he hoped to prove that the statement that the voters had "chosen otherwise" was wrong. He did not think that the voters of the country had chronicled their settled and deliberate opinions against fiscal reform. (Hear, hear.) What chance had they been afforded of con- sidering that question with the care which was its due, when such distractions had been —though they ought not to have been— brought to bear upon their sober considera- tion of so important a problem. (Hear, hear.) Their opponents claimed that this had been a fight upon OS" STRAIGHT ISSUE, on the question of Free Trade against Protec- tion. Well, he could quarrel with them over the name, for we had never had Free Trade in this country. (Hear, hear.) We had been waiting for it for over 60 years; we had been setting an example in the hope that it would be imitated, but the hope had not been fulfilled. It was not enough to ask for Free Trade; they must see that they got it. And he could also quarrel over the term Protec- tion. They were not advocating Protection, but measures—which their opponents might call Protection if they wished, because he was tired of the battle of words—measures which, in their opinion, would benefit the condition of the wage-earners of the country, which would help us in the contest with our competitors in trade, and which would also largely tend to weld together the component parts of the Empire. (Armlause.) But whether they called it the question of Free Trade against Protection or anvthing else, he asked the electors of the United Kingdom whether their minds had been addressed solely to that Question or had not attempts been made in some places, only too success- fully, to DISTRACT THEIR MINDS from that issue. But supposing that their opponents won every seat in the Kingdom- not a very likely thing to happen-he would be prepared to stake that they had not al- lowed a straight and fair issue to go before the country. (Hear, hear., He made this charge against his political opponents. Whilst they had claimed) that the electors were voting on this question of fiscal reform, they had deluged every constituency in the country with literature, pictures and photo- graphs illustrating what was called Chinese slavery--(hear, hear)—and they delivered speeches and indulged in more rhetoric on the South African question than on the fiscal question during the election. (Applause.) He would deal with that question at once. Slavery had not been introduced into South Africa, but whether it had or had not, he con- tended that it was purely a South African question. (Hear, hear.) South Africa could not have representative institutions when first the question arose, and the Government did not venture to interfere with the opinion of the country as then expressed at their in- vitation. But for many reasons, and especi- ally because they recognised that the question of Chinese labour was very important, they hastened on the gift of representative insti- I tutions to the Transvaal. THE NEW CONSTITUTION would commence in June next, and the late Government advised their fellow subjects in South Africa not to increase the number of Chinese working in the mines, and to settle the whole business when they had a represen- tative institution. (Applause.) That was also the policy of the present Government, and it was the right policy. (Applause.) It was most unwise for the people of England to attempt to judge an economic question the elements of which could only be studied in a country six thousand miles away. Did not their opponents speak a great deal about self- government? (A voice: "Yes.") Well, why didn't they let South Africa settle his matter for themselves. (Loud applause.) But their opponents had made a great cry about this. So that there was not a straight issue before the country; the minds of the people had been distracted by this red- herring drawn across the path of their under- standing. (Loud applause.) This was not the only red-herring. What about the pam- phlets scattered broadcast and speeches made in every town and village attempting to prove that if any change were effected in our fiscal system the price of bread would be higher than it was in 1841. He could nut up with a great deal in electioneering—(laughter)—but that was going too far. (Hear, hear.) The question of the PRICE OF FOOD did not rise at all in respect of nine-tenths of the programme which their candidate, Colonel Wyndham-Quin, for instance, had put before his constituents. It did not arise with respect to getting fairplay from other coun- tries, in protecting our home market from dumped goods, or in regard to protecting the neutral markets of the world for the product of our skill and labour; indeed, it scarcely arose in respect of any steps we might take to enter into closer relations with our colonies. (Hear, hear.) It was absurd to say that a small tax on corn, which their can- didate advocated, a tax placed upon the corn sent from Russia and the United States but not upon the product of the illimitable fields of Canada—(cheers)—would increase the price of food. To say that it would', was not fight- ing the battle fairly. He was not angry be- cause their opponents had talked so much about Chinese labour and the hungry forties, and so raising false issues. The result of the election so far was a sham, and shams were only endured for a short time. (Applause and some booing, and a voice: "It's the voice of the people, sir.") What was the MOST STRIKING RESULT of the election so far? (A voice: "John Burns in the Cabinet," and some cheering.) Yes, John Burns was a member of the Cab- inet, and he appeared to be the only member of the Cabinet who was not satisfied with the fact of being in office. He would like to knorw what was to happen if Mr. Burns, who was the only minister with a programme, should have his way. Mr. Burns was going to give unlimited power to the towns, which would result in a great increase in the ex- penditure, and after the country had had two or three years of that-well, he looked for- ward to another visit to Bridgend. (Laugh- and applause.) But Mr. Burns was not in his mind when he asked what the result of the election was. The result he was think- ing of was that instead of having a Govern- ment supported by one party, their opponents had created three separate parties. Firstly, there was the Liberal party wanting-well, he did not think they wanted much—(laughter) -their programme was to go with their mouths open expecting Free Trade. (Laugh- ter.) Then there was the Irish Nationalist party, who expected to get measures which half the Cabinet never meant to give— (laugh- ter)—and, thirdly, the Liberals had created A LABOUR PARTY —(some cheering)—a new and interesting feature in our political life. But he won- dered how many of the Labour party agreed with the Liberal party's policy of laifser faire, of letting everything slide, of never doing or attempting to do anything for Labour. (Hear, hear.) Indeed, he thought the Labour and the Nationalist parties were nearer to the Conservatives than they were to the Liberals. At any rate, the Nationalists were Protectionist to a man, but because they had another object in view, namely, to seoure something which half the Cabinet had really taken their oaths not to give, they for the time being, subsidised their national inclina- tions, to see what was going to happen. He would not say that the Labour party was Pro- tectionist, but everything they contemplated and aimed at was impossible unless they had Protection. They could not have short hours of labour, a standard wage, good housing, free education, free food for the children attending the day schools, and com- pete with the working classes in othet coun- tries unless they got COMMERCIAL FAIRPLAY as against those countries. (Applause.) So that two out of the three parties who called themselves opponents to the Conservatives were pretty well agreed with them on what was to have been the simple straight issue of the election, and which would have been had not their attention been distracted. For the moment they had been made fools of. (Laughter.) But when the House of Com- mons met and the four separate parties would sit there, even if the Conservative party wquld not be one counting overwhelming strength in its ranks, it would exercise a de- cisive influence. (Hear, hear.) They would be as impatient as the Irishmen and the Labour party were in regard to the old shams of Liberalism, of the humbug of laisser faire, and of the idle talk of Free Trade, which we had never had. (Applause.) The Conserva- tive party would be Loyal to the cause. (Hear, hear.) It would be headed by men who had stood the storm and racket of twenty years of political life, men who, under stress of ad- versity, had shown ever more clearly their loyalty to the cause in which they believed. (Applause.) They would have BALFOUR AND CHAMBERLAIN at the head of the party—(loud cheers and some booing)—one party loyal to the core with two leaders whose loyalty was as intense to each other as to the party which they led, whose services to the country eclipsed even the professions of any leaders on the other side, because for present purposes thb Liberals had managed to shuffle off the boards the one man of genius they had, Lord Rose- bery. (Hear, hear.) They would be opposed to one leader, Sir Henry Campbell-Banner- man and—(a voice: "Lloyd George," and faint cheering.) He heard feeble applause in one part of the hall while another was put for- ward as a claimant for the leadership. (Laughter.) They would be onnosed to one popular leader and two parties which had' no- thing to do with him, and he might also in- clude the Welsh party in the bargain. (Laughter.) Four parties with one leader. What a pleasant time they had in store! (Laughter.) Everybody was looking forward to it. (Renewed laughter.) But the Con- servatives were one party—a real organised army which could go anywhere and do any- thing. They happened to have A GOOD RECORD, which deserved, and received the applause of the oountry. (Some ironical laughter.) Their foreign policy was not open to impeachment, and above all he claimed that they and they alone had ever succeeded in doing anything of real benefit to the working classes. (Ap- plause.) Between the year 1874 and the present day the Liberal party passed 18 measures under the category of working class legislation, and the Conservatives 125. (Ap- plause.) The Conservatives gave free oduca, tion and they also gave the Workmen's Com- pensation Act, which was only a short time ago extended to the whole of the agricultural community. (Applause.) They had created the machinery whioh, if it did not deal effec- tually with the whole unemployed problem— and he did not pretendl it did—would enable the Government to study it, and bring aid where aid was needed. They were told1 that they could deal with the unemployment prob- lem directly by an amendment of the POr Law. But was it not better than to build fine hospitals for the wounded to see that our men were not shot down on unequal terms? (Loud applause.) If we saw to it that our industrial soldiers fought on fair terms THE UNEMPLOYED PROBLEM would dwindle away altogether because our men could easily hold their own in the com- petition between nations. (Applause.) The Conservative Government showed their con- victions in this connection by massing the Aliens Act last year. But amid what abuse and obloquy. They must dismiss all that. Was it right that men who had failed in every other country of the world should come to England to cut down the wages and to lower the standard of living of the workers? The Liberals could talk about Free Trade, politi- cal economy, and laisser faire until they bored everyone except the professor in the University. For his part he would look the facts plainly in the face, he would fight against this unfairness so long as he was in politics. (Hear, hear.) Their opponents hadn't a record. (Laughter.) Perhaps it was not their fault, as they had scarcely been in office for the last twenty years. They were in office for three yearts, but they wasted their opportunity in barren controversy. They had not a policy either. (Laughter.) He supposed that as the people hadn't trusted them in the past they would not now TRUST THE PEOPLE by giving them information as to their inten- tions. (A voice: '"Give them a try.") Yes, but the policy ought to come first. (Laugh- ter.) He understood that the performance waa going to be excellent, but he would like to know something of the programme. (Re- newed laughter.) The Conservatives had put their programme honestly and fairly be- fore the country. (Hear, hear.) What were the reasons for the proposed change in the fiscal system ? The tariff reformers held that we should have fair play in the foreign mar- kets. We allowed their goods to enter Eng- land freej but how were we met in return? Immense tariffs were put on the produce of our skill, industry and enterprise. It was ridiculous to proceed on these lines; we were entitled to meet unjust tariffs by hitting back after arguing in the first place. Their op- ponents made a point that we were allowed to trade on account of our Free Trade system in foreign countries under the most favoured nation clause. But what good was that to us? It was always the policy of FOREIGN COUNTRIES to put a tariff upon those goods which they manufactured themselves, and which we should export to them. It was also said that we should suffer. They must not knock a man down because they mignt knock a bit off their knuckles. (Laughter.) Englishmen and Welshmen after all were not such fools as that. (Hear, hear, and laughter.) Then their opponents said "All is well now, w& are so happy, so rich, so contented." The new Prime Minister had a different story. In hIS election address he said "Industry is burdened, enterprise is restricted, workmen are being thrown out of employment, and the poorer classes are being still further threatened." Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman attributed it to the failure of the late Government, but supposing they were incompetent, he was not aware that they differed to the ministers who as a rule occupied offices of State. If they had the Archangel Gabriel multiplied by 19 i that would still be the description of the country until we were ready to hit back at the foreigner. (Applause.) The injustice in the foreign market created injusti06 in our home market, because the foreigner was able, behind the tariff wall, to extend his industry, and after supplying the wants of his country- men legitimately, he DUMPED THE SURPLUS of his goods into England at lege than cost price. ("Shame.") This should not be tolerated by England. (ApplfLUBe.) We ought to come to terms with our Colonies in order that in their markets we might get fairness and security, and that the Empire would become more compact and stronger, Then we should be able to economise in re- gard to the great burdens whitli were bearing us down. He asked them to accept Canada's offer of reciprocity. Canada offered an im- mense granary, which was, isdeed1, inexhaus- tible. It was a grand prospect, and we could not afford to ignore it; the "Possibilities of that intercourse with our Ctlonies were enor- mous. He hoped that the esult of this e-lec- tion was not closing the prospect, but merely adjourning it. If it were closed, we should suffer a great loss, and accent a great handi- cap in the future performance of our duty to the Empire, and posterity would regret our folly. (Applause.) Wae it too late ? (No.) Every vote might tend to correct the mis- taken opinion of the Anerican. Let them address their minds to tle great issue, and by recording their votes fcr Colonel Wyndham- Quin they would share ii the national and im- perial glory. (Loud ind prolonged cheer- ing.) VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. Mr. Oliver Sheppard moved a resolution of confidence in Colonel Wyndham-Quin. Al- though many things lad happened since the last meeting in that room, they should not lose heart, but put tleir backs into the work more than ever. Referring to the question of tariff reform, Mr Sheppard said that two coal washing machires had been put down in the neighbourhood which were made in Ger- many. This kind *f machine had been made by his firm for 30 years. Germany was al- lowed to send machinery to this country free, but he was unable to get into foreign mar- kets on account d duties. Mr. Jacob Jenkns seconded' the resolution, which was carried with a few dissentients. LADY EVA WYNDHAM-QUIN. Lady Eva Wjndham-Quin expressed her thanks on behalf of Colonel Quin, for the kind and hearty way in which the resolution ihad been accepted. Colonel Quin was very sorry not to be able to be present. He was attend- ing four meetings in different parts of the constituency. (Applause.) VOTES OF THANKS. Mr. R. C. Griffiths proposed a vote of thanks to Mr. Wyndham and said it was an honour to Bridgend that such a distinguished statesman had come to a small county town. (Applause.) No one in the hall;, whether Conservative or Liberal, could but have been delighted wi:h the splendid speech which Mr. Wyndham had delivered. (Hear, hear.) He and those who worked with him in arranging for the meetings were glad that the people of Bridgend or both parties appreciated the pre- sence of a distinguished statesman, and gave him such a fair hearing. Mr. J. Elias (Newton) seconded, and said all must recognise what the Conservatives had done for the working classes. The vote having been enthusiastically car- ried, Mr Wyndham briefly acknowledged. Mr W Bradshaw proposed a vote of thanks to the chairman, which was seconded by Mr. W. Hopkins, and carried with acclamation. Colonel Turbervill responded, and said he took the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Wyndham on his triumphant return to Par- liament. (Cheers.) The meeting was concluded by the singing of the National Anthem, and cheers for Col. and Lady Eva Wyndham-Quin.
A DISCLAIMER. To the Editor. Sir,—I am given to understand that some people in the town are associating my name with the interruptions which took place at the Unionist meeting on the 6th in6t, over which Mr. S. H. Stockwood, with his usual tact and ability, presided. Will you kindly allow me to state, through the medium of your paper that, although of the same name as the person publicly mentioned, I am not the person. Thanking you in anticipation of this insertion, I am, sir, yours truly, Church-road, Bridgend. Builder. ———-———<-———————
RECTOR OF LLANGAN AND DISESTABLISHMENT.
RECTOR OF LLANGAN AND DISESTAB- LISHMENT. To the Editor. Sir,—In your last issue I am reported as having said that "the only establishment I agreed with was that in the best respect and regard of the nation." What I really did say was "that the establishment which it was my chief anxiety to defend was that in the best respect and regard of the nation."—Yours, etc., W. A. EDWARDS, Rector of Llangan. Llangan Rectory, Jan. 16th.
TERRIBLE CRIME IN A TRAIN.
TERRIBLE CRIME IN A TRAIN. A terrible crime was committed on the Nice express the other night, the victim being M. Durel, owner of the Kursaal in Geneva. M. Durel had been to Nice, where he had sold some property for a large sum, which he was bringing back to Geneva with him. When the express was in the long tunnel be- tween Roussilon and Virieu-le-Grand M. Durel was suddenly attacked by some unknown mer., and after a desperate struggle was murdered and robbed. After the murderers had completed their work they opened the carriage door and threw out the body of their victim on the line. They then made good their escape. The crime has caused a great sensation in Geneva, the victim being very well known.
BRIDGEND LIBERALISM. --.-------
BRIDGEND LIBERALISM. IAST NIGHT'S MEETING. A crorded meeting was held at the Town- hall, Bridgend, last night in support of Mr. W. Brwe s candidature. Alderman T. J. Hughes who was accompanied by Mrs. Hughet, occupied the chair. Among those supporting the Chairman were Mrs. Brace, Mr. Tom John, ijiwynypia (president of the National Union of Teachers), and a number of townspeople. A telegram was received from Mr. Donald McLean (M.P. for Bath) re- gretting inability to attend. Tie Chairman said he was glad that the natbn had at last found its political sanity. Hov had the mighty fallen? (Laughter and apjlause.) Wales had already played a good pat. in the fight, but the laurels of South 01 Ghniorgan hadlyet to be won. Class and uldilu ted Toryism were arrayed against them aid so was landlordism and all that landlord- ism meant, while tariff reiorm money was teing poured out like water throughout the length and breadth of the constituency. Alderman Hughes proceeded to criticise pamphlets which had been distributed to fur- ther Colonel Wyndham-Quin'e candidature, which, he said. were of a misleading charac- ter. He challenged any Tory in Bridgend to publicly debate with him on that platform point by point one of these pamphlets. (Ap- plause.) Colonel Wyndham-Quin indicated, in his address, that he was not aware of the injustices of the Education Act. Did he not know that a nation had been in revolt? (Laughter.) The Colonel did not deal with the land question, and there was no wonder. The Tories could do no better service to the-r landlord friends and relations than to leave the land question alone. (Hear, hear.) Tariff reform was nothing but a red-herring to draw the scent of the nation's just indig- nation from the record of the Tory Govern- ment under which the nation had suffered. (Applause.) Mr. W. Powell moved a resolution adopting the candidature of Mr. Brace and pledging the meeting to do all in its power to secure his return. He said that if Mr. Braced re- turn were secured a good deal of the credit would be due to Alderman Hughes. Mr. Wm. House seconded the resolution, and delivered an address on the land ques- tion. Mr. Tom John followed5 with a long address on tariff reform and education. Mr. Brace's entry during the concluding sentences of Mr John's address was the signal for a great outburst of cheering. A ballad having been recited by Mr. Wil- liameon, Mr. Brace rose to deliver an address end received another flattering ovation, the audience subsequently singing "The Liberals' War Cry," to the tune of "Hen wlad fy nhadau," after which three cheers were given for the candidate. Mr. Brace said he wae much encouraged by the reoeption accorded him. The gentleman who shouted out at the meeting the other night- that he was afraid to visit Bridgend knew little of the man he was talking about. He had never met the man he was afraid of. (Applause.) He was standing for freedom of trade, of conscience, and everything that en- nobled a nation, and surely he should have courage. (Applause.) Why this great wave of Liberalism? We were living in historic days, and the country must have been deeply moved to sweep out of position the men who had led the late Government out 'of office. It was the rising of the nation in her right- eous wrath against the deception which the late Tory Government had been guilty of. Colonel Wyndham-Quin stood for the aboli- tion of the greatest advantage that this and every other nation could enjoy—Free Trade —(applause)—and he was surprised that Col. Wyndham-Quin should have a poster out, "Vote for Quin and cheap bread." (Loud laughter.) The Tories must think that the standard of intelligence in South Glamorgan was low, or they would not issue such posters as "Vote for Quin and no coal t&-r- He (Mr. Brace) stodd for land reform, including the taxation of land values, which would direct into the channels of muncipal expen- diture money from the landlord, which would benefit all tradesmen and people in general. If they wanted land reform, they must send to Parliament a supporter of Earl Oar- rington's proposed reform. (Applause.) Colonel Wyndham-Quin, in liht eflSrees, said nothing of what he had done: he merely pro- mised what he would do In the future, (Laughter.) He hoped the electors would not allow a Tory candidate to go about with his tongue in his cheek thinking how he could deceive the electors. (Applause.) The vote of confidence was fcarriefl with two dissentients. A vote of thanks was accorded the speakers, on the motion of Mr. W. Francis, seconded by Mr. Simmonds. Mr. Brace acknowledged, fend proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman, ajid this was carried unanimously.
) MRS. WATT AND LADY VIOLET.:
MRS. WATT AND LADY VIOLET. RETRIAL OF THE LIBEL ACTSON. In the Court of King's Bench, on Tuesday, before Mr. Justice Bigham and a jury, the case of Watt v. Watt came on fer re-hearipg. On the original trial of this case a verdict was given for the plaintiff of £5,000, and after being carried to the Court of Appeal and the House of Londe, was eventually sent back for retrial. .:K.C., in opening the case for the plaintiff, stated that she was the wiie of Mr. Hugh Watt, at one time M.P. for the Camlachie Division of Glasgow, and the defendant was Lady Violet Watt, or Beauchamp. He had no doubt the tragic relations of the parties would be fresh in the minds of the jury. He traced the social acquaintance of Mr. and Mrs. Watt and Sir Reginald and Lady Violet Beauchamp until the middle of the year 1900, when Mrs. Watt observed something in Lady Violet's conduct towards her husband which induced her to -refet the matter to Sir Reginald Beauchamp. In the same year, during a visit to Dieppe with her husband, Mrs. Watt discovered a letter in Lady Violet's handwriting, which contained, among other things, the following sentenoe: Do, darling, take care of yourself. I shall never be happy till you are quite away from that creature. I look on her as a real devil and criminal in human form. We must make the most of the future." The learned counsel said the suit was founded upon that parage. Mrs. Julia Watt. dressed in a fur-trimmed hat and cape, gave evidence on her own behalf. She stated that she observed, in tho conduct of Ladv Violet towards her husband, familiarities which led her to say to Lady Violet that she thought that lady would be better employed in looking after her own husband, and leaving witness's alone. She also wrote to Sir Reginald, asking him to take his wife away. She gave evidence as to the finding of the letter at Dieppe, and stated that her husband left her in August, in Paris. After hearing evidenoe, the jury found a ver- dict for plaintiff. Damages, £ 2,000.
A TEMPTING BAIT FOR DOGS.
A TEMPTING BAIT FOR DOGS. Some dozen dogs of all breeds and sizes were led into the West London Court on Tuesday, the police btating that most of them had been found at a house in Halford-road, Fulham, occu- pied by Leonard Bond, thirty, a dealer. Bond and a man named James Surman, of Radipole- road, Fulham, were charged with being in the possession of a Welsh terrier bitch, supposed stolen. When the accused were arrested, a de- tective found in the legs of Surman's trousers a piece of liver, saturated with aniseed—a common bait with dog-stealers—in addition to two oollars and a reversible lead, a canvas bag, and a coat lined with big pockets; while Bond had a lead and a piece of liver. Six dogs were found at Surman s house. Prisoners were remanded.
DISASTERS AT SEA.
DISASTERS AT SEA. Of the crew of the Norwegian barque Dione, which went ashore near Lerwick on Monday, only three have been saved. The vessel is ex- pected to become a total wreck. The Norwegian mail steamer Mercury grounded on Tuesday while leaving Bergen for Newcastle. The vessel remains fast, and is badly damaged. The large steel barque Orion, of 2,000 tons, is ashore off Berck, near Boulogne, and breaking up. The Orion went aground while coming up the Channel home from Chili. She has a cargo of 3,000 tons of nitrate.
PRISONER STABS WARDERS.
PRISONER STABS WARDERS. At Winson Green Gaol, Birmingham, two warders, named Banner and Reilly, -have been attacked by a prisoner' with a pair of tailor's scissors. The assailant had been ordered to do some work, and as soon as the warders turned their backs they were attacked. Banner was stabbed several times in the back of the head and neck, and his injuries are serious. The other officer was not so badly injured, but he had a desperate encounter with the prisoner before the latter was overpowered. This is the second out- rage at Winson Green Gaol within a week.
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MAESTEG & DISTRICT GAZETTE.
MAESTEG & DISTRICT GAZETTE. UP-TO-DATE APPLIANCES for turning out every class of work at competitive prioes, at the Glamorgan Gazette" Printing Works. Ministerial.—Rev. Aman Jones, B.A., brother of Rev. Glasnant Jones, the pastor of Siloh, has received an unanimous invitation to undertake the pastorate of a church in Merthyr Vale, vacated by the Rev. D. Johns, the respected pastor of Canaan Congrega- tional Church, Maesteg. "Women of the Bible.The society known as Merched y De met at Soar Vestry on Wed- nesday last week. There was a good attend- ance. The chair was occupied by Miss Wal- ters (Soar), while Mrs. W. G. Roberts read an instructive and interesting paper on the "WQmen of the Bible." Sudden Death.—Ann Lewis, 57, wife of Daniel Lewis, 16 Llwydarth-street, Maesteg, died suddenly yesterday morning at No. 14, Glanavon-terrace, Nantyffyllon, the home of her sister-in-law. Mrs. Lewie was rolling some oilcloth, when she fell into the arms of her sister-in-law and expired. Death is be- lieved to be due to failure ol the heart. Maesteg Free Church Council.—The Elec- tions' Committee in connection with the Council of the Maesteg Free Churches was held at the Plasnewydd Restaurant on Mon- day. The chief item on the agenda was the election of offices for the ensuing year. The following officers were elected: —President, Rev. Rhys Davies, Bethel; vice-president, Rev. Glasnant Jones, Siloh; treasurer, Mr. W. Davies, Plasnewydd Restaurant; secre- tary, Mr. W. G. Roberts, Llys Derfel. Tabernacle.—The members of the Sunday School of the above chapel held a social at their vestry on Wednesday evening. There was a good attendance. The tables were presided over by Messrs. Griffith Griffiths and Urias Evans, Messrs. Arthur Llovd and W. T. Llewellyn, musses Rachel Evans and Lizzie Evans, Mosses Cook and Kate Jenkins. Dur- ing the evening solos were rendered by Messrs David Williams, junr., and James (draper). Miss Mary Lee won the competition, out of seven competitors, for the best song. Family Feud.—Before Judge Williams at Pontyprid'd on Monday the lease of a cottage at Llantrisant was claimed by both Elizabeth Williams and her husband, David Williams, Mae.steg. Mr. T. W. Lewis, solicitor, Ponty- pridd, appeared for the latter. It transpired from the evidence that the parties had been engaged in Police-oourt pioceedings over 20 years ago, with the result that the parties separated, and Williams allowed his wife and children to reside in the cottage. Both parties had paid! ground rents in respect of the property, and after a lengthy hearing the Judge found in favour of the husband. His Honour further suggested to the wife that she should submit all the receipts for pay- ment of ground reaite, with a view to the re- payment of the money to her. Music Successes.—At the December examin- ations of the London College of Music, Miss Nellie James was successful in gaining the diploma of A.L.C.M. for pianoforte playing. In the associated Board of the R.A.M. and R.C.M. Local School Examinations, this pro- mising young Lady passed the Higher Division in harmony, while Miss Nancy Davies and Master Thos. Albert Evans passed in the Lower Division, and Miss May Olwen Thomas in the Rudiments of Music. At the National College Examination in Pianoforte Playing, Miss Nellie James and Miss Edith May Jones gained the Licentiate Diploma; in the Ad- vanced Senior Grade, Miss Ethel Isaac and Miss May Laviers were awarded bronze medals; in the Intermediate Grade, Miss Gladys Nicholas and Masters Alfred Thomas and Thomas Albert Evans were successful; in the Junior Grade, Miss Mabel Davies passed in Singing (with honours), and Misses Edith Woodward. Eva Davies, Gladys Howells, May Taylor, and Mabel Woodward passed in pianoforte playing. Concert.—At the Town-hall on Wednesday evening the annual concert was held on be- half of the Maesteg Branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Madam Hughes-Thomas, Cardiff, kindly undertook the entire arrangements of the ooncert, with the result that there was an excellent conoert, without involving a large expenditure. The duties of accompanist were ably performed by Madame Hughes- Thomas. Mr. tJ. P. Gibbon, J.P., presided. Appended is the programme:—Quartette by the artistes; pianoforte duet, Mies L. Ste- Shens and Master Willie Evans; song, Miss [. Squire: song, Mr. Dan Jones; comio song, Mr. Harry Quininborough; duet, Misses Squire and Hambly; song, Mr. David John; song, Miss Lily Hambly; song, Miss Daisy Bibbings; oomic song, Mr. Quininborough. During the interval Miss EnL.yland, a represen- tative of the Society, gave a brief account of the great work performed by the Society dur- ing last year. The second part of the pro- gramme was opened by a duet sung by Miss Squire and Mr. John; song, Mr. Dan Jones; song, Miss Squire; song, Mr. D. John; song, Miss Hambly; comic song, Mr. Quinin- borough quartette, the artistes. The con- cert was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem. A Grand Social.—At Soar Vestry on Wed- nesday last week a social was held under the auspices of the Mutual Improvement Society. Upwards of 100 persons sat down to partici- pate in the good things provided for the oc- casion by, Messrs. M. D. Thomas, Talbot- street; J. Morgan, Tywith Stores; and Stephen Howells, Castle-street. The tables were presided over by Misses A. Walters and M. Jones (Pegler's Stores), Misses Beatrice Evans and Letice Richards, Misses Edith Jenkins and R. Davies (Maesteg House), Misses Annie Watts and Raehel Isaac. After tea a miscellaneous entertainment was held. This meeting was presided over by Mr. Wat- kins (Metropolitan Bank), rupported by Rev. S. Williams (pastor) and Mr. J. Silvan Evans, B.A. (chairman of the society). The pro- gramme consisted1 of a few competitions, namely; Welsh spelling, winner Mrs. J. Silvan Evans; love-letter, Mr. Edwin Jen- kins; unpunctuated prose, Mr. Samuel Jones; music at sight, prize divided between Messrs. Edwin Jenkins and Wm. Morgan. Solos were beautifully rendered by Messrs. W. Davies and- W. Morgans. Humorous re- citations were given by Mr. Zechariah Jen- kins, Mr. Edwin Jenkins, and J. Davies. The duties of adjudicating in the competitive items were admirably performed by Mr. John Rees, Station-terrace, Nantyffyllon, litera, ture; and Mr. Richard Davies, music. The secretarial duties of the Mutual Improvement Society have been entrusted to Mr. Samuel Maddo-cks, Higher Standards School. Social.—The teachers of Nantyffyllon Coun- cil Schools held a grand social in the Town- hall on Friday. Invitation cards had been sent to all the teachers employed in the Llynfi Valley, and also to a large number of out- siders. The hall was opened at 7 o'clock, and by nine it became quite evident that there would be a record attendance. The in- flux of friends continued unabated until 10.30 and it could be seen that there were fully 200 present. While dancing was going on in the body of the hall, others indulged themselves in innocent games. The most interesting part of the programme—Mr. Jarley's Wax- works—was undoubtedly a thorough success, and greatly appreciated by those present. The figures exhibited1 represented Guy Fawkes, Mrs. Winslow, Casabianca, The Maniac, Buffalo Bill, a.nd Admiral Nelson. After having been oiled and wound each figure went through its motions in an admirable style. The decoration df the hall had been done by the ladies of the committee, and they are to be congratulated on the beautiful taste displayed, and on the quality of their work. A very large number of teachers were present, the following schools being well represented: —Garth, Oakwood Infants', Catholic Schools, and the Plasnewydd Schools. Messrs. Crid- lington and R. Hocking provided the party with an abundance of suitable music, while Mr. S. Grice acted as M.C. Great praise is due to Mr. R. J. Grice for the excellent man- ner in which he carried out the secretarial duties. The committee desire to thank the many friends who were present and who thus helped in no small degree to bring the social to a successful issue.
CAERAU & NANTYFFYLLON.
CAERAU & NANTYFFYLLON. Receiving Order.—A receiving order has been made in the matter of John Jones, 57 Coegnant-road, colliery proprietor, formerly grocer. Ministerial.—The Rev. Haydn M. Morgan, formerly of Dolan (Radnorshire), has taken up the pastoral duties of Bethany English, Presbyterian Church, and he conducted tho services throughout Sunday. The recogni- tion services will not be held for some weeks. Noddfa. Chapel.—Prayer services have been held at Noddfa Welsh Baptllit. Chapel during the past fortnight. The meetings have been well attended and characterised by much en- thusiasm. The Jtev. W. Meed (pastor) con- ducted all thootings. A number of con- versions were announced. New Causa.-—Owing to the recent dispute at Hermon Welsh Calvmistic Methodist Chapel, Caerau, a number of the members have withdrawn from the church. These held services at the Old Coegnant Library on Sunday last for the first time. The new branch will probably erect a ohapel. Now Chapel.—The new Bethel Welsh Wes- leyan Chapel, situated opposite North's Lib- rary at Caerau, has now been completed, and will be shortly opened for worship. The building has been constructed by Mr. John. Jenkins to the design of Mr. Burnett, archi- tect, Tondu. The church has previously worshipped in the library. Rev. T. Davies is the pastor. Alleged Theft.—At Bridgend Police-court oa Wednesday Alfred Cooz;e, aged 17, was. brought up in custody charged with stealing a. silver watch and chain, value C3 10s., the property of Samuel Davies, of Caerau. P.C. Mahoney said that he arrested prisoner in Commercial-street, Maesteg, on Tuesday, and took him to the Police-station. In answer to the charge, he said, "1 went to the door with the intention of asking for some food. I knocked at the door, and', getting no an- swer, I opened it and walked in. I saw the watoh and chain hanging over the mantle- piece and took it and came away." Prisoner was remanded in custody. Temperance Meeting.—A meeting was held at St. Cynfelin's Church Vestry on Monday evening in connection with the Church of England Temperance Society. The Rev. R. Davies presided over a good attendance. The Chairman read a paper on "The influence of drink." He dealt with the subject in a lucid manner under four headings: (1) The in- fluence on the child (2) on the parent; (3) on the church; and (4) the country. In order to get a sober country they must work hard, he said, to get the children and youths. to recognise the value of temperanoe prin- ciples, and no parish should be without a temperance organisation of some kind. The greatest enemy England had to fear was the drink traffic, and it was a grave matter that £ 140,000,000 was spent in drink during the year 1904. No less than 140,000 persons were charged and summoned at the Police- courts of London, and 70 per cent. of the cases were traceable to drink. It was cal- culated that 70 per cent. of the poverty and; 50 per cent. of the insanity of the country was due to intemperance. He advocated the v non-employment of females in public-houses. Among other speakers were Messrs Taliesin Thomas, T. Hunt, Arthur Woody, Frank Stentiford, H. Harding, 0. Tobias, and J. Darnley. A vote of thanks was accorded to the chairman. SOCIAL TEA AND ENTERTAINMENT. A most enjoyable social tea and entertain- ment, undtea" the auspices of the XantyffylloIL Male Voice Party (Mr. D. John conductor), took place in Salem Hall on Tuesday. There was a large number present, and amongst those who had accepted invitations were no- ticed:—Rev. D. C. Howell and Mrs. Howell (Salem), Rev. Solva Thomas and Mrs. Thomas (Jerusalem), Rev. W. Meek and MIs. Meek (Trinity), Dr. Hector Jones, Mrs. and Miss Jones (Tydierwen), Mrs. Glasnant Jones, Mr. Vernon Hartshorn, (miners' agent) and Jrs. Hartshorn, Mr. J. Roderick, D.C., Mr. A. J. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Hadiey, Mr. and Mrs Samuel Jones-, Mr Richard and Mrs. Davies, Mr. Evan Jenkint3 and Mrs. Jenkins, Mrs. D. John, Mrs. D. Evan i Mrs. J. Jivans, Mrs. Howell Davies, Miss Evans, etc. Letters of apology for inability to attend were received from Rev. T. E. James and Mrs. James (Saron), Rev. W. Morgan and Miv^. Morgan (Caersalem), and Mr. Harding. The tables,, which had been very tastefully arranged, were laden with all kinds of dainties, and were pre- sided over by the following ladies: -Mrs. J. H. Rees, Miss Harding, and Miss M. Morris; Mrs. O. John. Miex Lewis, and Mrs. Be van; Miss J. Phillips, Mies A. Rees, and Miss L. Thomas; Miss E. A. Preece, Miss M. H. Thomas, and Miss S. M. Preece; Miss N. Bevan, Miss M. A. Thomas, and Miss A. White; Miss G. Sampson, Miss L. Rawle, and Miss E. Edwards. All these ladies hadt a very busy time, and, were most assiduous in their attention to their guests, whioh greatly contributed to the enjoyment of the evening. Salem Hall1, with its adjoining class-rooms, is admirably adapted for social meetings of this kind, and the committee axe to be congratu- lated upon the arrangements made upon this occasion; there was absolutely no confusion, and everything passed off without a hitch.. In one of the rooms could be been the tea fountain, which was in charge of Messrs. D. and J. EVans, vice-presidents of the party,, whilst tea and sugar were dispensed by Mrs. Evans, Picton-street. In other rooms, breadL and butter and cake were being rapidly cut; up by Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Ann Evans, Mr. W. T. Hughea and Mr. J. Daviee. The meat and. ham department was in charge of Messrs. J. J. Lewis and E. Saundlers. Fruit and gellieer were entrusted to Mr. Thomas John and Mr. Gladstone Howells. Others who rendered: valuable assistance were Mr. Thomas John, Mr. John White, and Mr. W. Jenkins. After the tables had been cleared, and in the ab- sence of Dr. Sinclair (president of the party) the chair was taken by Rev. D. C. Howells, who, in a most genial manner, conducted tha meeting through the following programme: — Part song, "The Little Church," Male Voice Party; address, Mr. blC-hard Davies; solo, The Wreckers' Light," Mr. W. R. Strat- ton; addrees, Mr. John Roderick, D.C.; part song. Male Voice Party; address. Mr. Vernont Hartshorn; duet, "Excelsior," Mr. D. John, and Mr. W. R. Stratton. A vote of thanks to the chairman for presiding was proposed! by the Rev. Solva Thomas, who made a hum- orous and witty speech, and kept his hearers in roars of laughter from beginning to end. This was ably seconded by Rev. W. Meek. A most enjoyable 'evening was brought to a close by the Male Voice Party, ivlio favoured the company with a magnifioent rendering of that well known hymn "In the sweet by-and-bye." Miss M. A. Arnold, A.L.C.M., very ably ac- companied on the pianoforte. The secre- tarial duties were performed by Mr. Ernest John, secretary to the party.
LLANGYNWYD. Lecture.—At the Betheada Independents Chapel, Llangynwyd, on January 16th, a lec-v ture was delivered by the Rev. W. Glasnant Jones, Siloh, Nantyffyllon, his subject being "Watcin Wyn." In spite of the inclement weather there was a good attendance. In the absence of the Rev. H. Eynon Lewis, thø- chair was occupied by the Rev. D. Morris, the, pastor. After the singing of one of the late, bard's hymns, Mr. Jones proceeded with his lecture, which lasted fully an hour and a half,. and which was much enjoyed by his audience. A vote of thanks to the lecturer was proposed: by "Cadrawd," and seconded by the Vicar (Rev. S. Jackson). Mr. Evan Thomas also spoke. At the conclusion 01 the meeting, a collection was made in aid of the "Watcin Wyn Testimonial Fund."
GILFACH GOCH. Obituary.—We regret to report the death of Mr. Theophilua Harris, of Maesteg-row. He had been ailing only a few days. Gr^ib. sympathy is felt with his widow. Violinists' Successes.—At the recent Col- lege of Violinists' Examination held at Car- diff, Miss Frances Gittens, Llwynypin, Marter- Albert Husband, Tonypandy, and Master Wyndham Moody Jones, Ogmore Hotel, Gil- fach Goch, passed First Gdade. Master Jones, though only 8 years of age, obtained 82 marks out of a maximum 100. PRINTED and Published by the Central Gla- morgan Printing and Publishing Company, Limited, at the Glamorgan Gazette Offices, Queen-street, Bridgend, in the Parish of Oldcaatle, in the County of Glam morgan. FRIDAY, JANUARY 19th, 1906,
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