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I HARTSHORN - EDWARDS I DEBATE.

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I HARTSHORN EDWARDS I DEBATE. I MR. HUGH EDWARDS CRAWLS OUT. I To the Editor. I Sir,Vhen Mr. Hugh Edwards, M.P., charges me with "utter evasion" his audacity is so tremendous as to be comical. In a few words, I can prove by quotations from the public corres- pondence that has taken place between us, that I have not evaded a single point raised in my challenge, but that on the other hand Mr. Edwards has now run away not only from the issues raised by me, but actually from the one raised by himself. My challenge was definite and speci- fic. I offered to prove in public debate the following contentions:— 1. That prior to the national strike the Liberal Government were opposed to the principle of a minimum wage. 2. That all the benefit there is in the Minimum Wage Act the miners owe to their organisations, the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, and the Labour party. 3. That aU the defects in the Act are due to the opposition of the Liberal Government, to the proposals of the Miners', Federation and the Labour party. Mr. Edwards, in his first reply, ran away from the terms of my challenge and offered to debate the point as to whether he was or was not justified in stating that the Minimum Wage Act, as it exists at present, was both introduced and passed into law at the instance of the Liberal Government. I thereupon added to my challenge the following contention:— 4. That Mr. Hugh Edwards was not justified in stating that the Minimum Wage' Act, as it exists at present, was both introduced and passed into law by the Liberal Government. Where is the "utter evasion??' I have not evaded a single issue raised in my original challenge, and I have also accepted the issue raised in the counter-challenge from Mr. Edwards. I can confidently leave the public to decide on which side "utter evasion" has been practised. The home-thrusts in my last letter seem to have pained Mr. Edwards. I cannot help that. I regard a systema- tic propaganda of half-truth arguments designed to create a false impression of established facts, as unfair tactics in political contests. It is "hitting be- low the belt." The man who "hits be- low the belt" has no cause of com- plaint if he gets some nasty upper- cuts with the bare knuckles. My challenge to Mr. Edwards re- main open for his acceptance at any time. He will have an early opportuni- ty of taking it up. If it is convenient to my friend, Mr. Frank Hodges, miners' agent for the Garw Valley, I propose to address a mass meeting of miners at Pontycymmer during the latter end of March or earlv in April, when I shall prove to the hilt every one of the contentions I put forward in my challenges. I cordially invite Mr. Hugh Edwards, M.P., to be present on that occasion and debate them against me. I will see that he is duly informed as to the date.—I am, etc., VERNON HARTSHORN, Maesteg, Feb. 24th, 1914.

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FEAST OF SONG AT PONTARDAWE.