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SHOCKING ACCIDENT AT BRYNAMHAN.

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DEATH OF JOSEPH FELS

GLORIES OF CARDIGANSHIRE.-

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ITKYING TO BRI HE LABOUR I…

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ITKYING TO BRI HE LABOUR I — I MR KEIR HARDIE AND BAG OF £ 500. How money a.nd influence have been exert-ed--amd "spooks" even invoked-to bribe the British Labour Party is told by Mr J. Keir Hardie, M.P., in this week's "Labour Leader." When, in 1893, the first Home Rule Bill' after passing the Comniittee sta.ge., was bfrloje the nouse of Commons, Mr Keir Hardie received a communication from one who was wtill known at the time as a writer on social reform ai- i is now frc-I quently in evidence as a11) advocate of a | big Na.\ y. Would Mr Keir Hirdie meet him and talk over the question of unem- ployment and what action could be taken to force the hand of the Government ? They iunched together at a, club, talked about the unemployed and the social question generally, and then Mr Keir Hardie's companion worked the conversa- tion round to Home Rule. He thumped the table as he declared that, rather tnan permit the dominion of Rome in Ulster, t, h, (,- English people would back their Ulster brethren in a rebellion. "I pooh-poohed the whole idea, but he persisted and finally pointed out that I, as the representative of Labour, had it in my power to save the whole situation. WeTO I to vote against the, third reading of the Home Rule Bill that would be tanl%mount to a declaration that the working class of England were opposed to I the measvire-and if I came to the Terrace from the division lobby after voting there would be a bag containing 500 sovereigns on a certain part of the ledging waiting mv arrival. I hope it is needless to aid that the interview came to a vti v sharp and, I fear, for him, unpleasant termina- tion. A NIGHT WI' BURNS. "About the same period the prospect of an interview with Robert Burns through a. spiritualist medium, was opened up to Mr Keir Hardie. He went by invitation to the studio of an artist, but took the precaution of having with him half a down friends, among whom were Messrs. Bruce Wallace, Frank Smith, and S. G. Hobson. "The medium delivered messages from Parneil, Bradlaugh, Bright, and others, including Robert Burns, all of whom asked me to vote against the Irish Home Rule Bill. The thing was very amusing and exceedingly well planned. I never got to the bottom of who was responsible for the seance, but there is no question about it that the whole incident was pre- arranged, and I was very glad indeed that I had taken the precaution to have a. number of friends present."

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