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I President Wilson's Speech.…

I P.R. in Glamorgan. I

Mr. Hartshorn and the Unofficial…

Clydach Miners' Leader.

Our Easter Conference.


Our Easter Conference. I (Continued from Page '1). enthusiasm of the I.L.P. behind them in a few months. The resolution he was mon-ing was, he said, a. holy resolution. It is worthy of any sacrifice. We must go out. \Ve do not need to convert our own people. There are tens of thousands of people who can be, and will be, converted to this resolution. There are some people who say they will not negotiate with Germany under its present military Govern- ment. There are people in Germany who are saying the same probably. I question even if the democracy of Germany would be I prepared to open up negotiations with such a Government as we have at the present time. I appeal to you to go out with the earlj enthusiasm of mission- aries and make up your minds that before the present year finishes we will have a peace. And if the Government says we cannot have a peace, we will say to them, "Then stand aside, and let the democracies make peace." Mrs. Snowden. seconding, said: I join with Mr. Smillie in his appeal to the members of the party here assembled to go as missionaries, and, night and day without ceasing, to fight the battle for peace. I know how the people long for peace, and when they understand us, the point of view we take, and the things we desire, how ready they will be." THE CONFERENCE'S WATCHWORD. If there were any watchword that should go forward from the Conference, proceeded Mrs. Snowden, it was Down with Lloyd George! (Loud cheers.) That is no mere piece of rhe- toric with me," Mrs. Snowden added. I hope you mean to down this man. There is no hope for this country, there is no hope for the world while men like Lloyd George are in power." She would support Lord Lansdowne if he came out for a clean peace. They must put an end to the Government that was committed to those abominable secret treaties, and push for all they were worth for the earliest possible meeting of the International. The resolution was carried unanimously and with enthusiasm. CIVIL LIBERTIES. I Dick Wallhead moved that This Conference of the I.L.P. re-affirms its protests against the continued attacks made by the Government through legislation and administrative order upon the civil and political liberties of the people. It therefore demands — (a) The repeal of the Military Service, Defence of the Realm, Munitions, and National Regis- tration Acts, together with the regulations made under the powers granted in such Acts, in so far as they affect the pei-sonal liberties of the citizens. (b) That all persons, whether soldiers, sailors police, civil servants, or civilians, shall have the right to combine in political, social, and indus- trial organisations, with full power to act freely as members of such associations. (c) That no 'persons shall be imprisoned with- out a charge being formulated, and that if charged with any offenee he or she shall be tried by jury or in a Court of Sunn nary jurisdiction with full access of the public to the trial. (d) That the continued imprisonment of per- sons for the same offence be stopped immediately and that all Conscientious Objectors, and in- terned British subjects not convicted in a court of law, be immediately released. (e) That no person in governmental or other service, who has received exemption from a tri- bunal as a Conscientious Objector shall have conditions imposed upon him in relation to wages or hours of labour except those entered into voluntarily by a Trade Union and an em- ployer. THE PERSECUTION OF C.O.'s. I Dick made a. strong speech on the cruelty and the treatment of Conscientious Objectors. He mentioned a letter that had been addressed to him at the prison, and put with his personal property to be handed to him on the day of his release. When, ultimately, he received it he found it was from Mr. and Mrs. Butler, to whom he had written a letter of condolence. They totd me in that, letter," ho said, "that they needed no condolence; they were proud that their son had died for anti-militarism." A Norwich delegate seconded. SOME BAD CASES. I Mr. G. ( Ammon wished to remind the dele- gates that within the last few weeks not less than four or five other men had been done to death in His Majesty's prisons. He had just received a. telegram from Chamberlain, who a good many delegates present would know. "In the woids of the Home Secretary's doctor, he said, Chamberlain is broken all to pieces." He was not concerned so much to condemn any par- ticular person, out to remind the Conference tha,t whether militarism be made in Potsdam or in Whitehall, it was the same all over. He gave details, horrible details, of many cases. In the case of Pa.ul Gillan" all that Gillan's parents knew about his illness," he said, "was the in- formation that the man was dead. Let me tell you of one man crucified in the front line under fire—so much so that, his guard took refuge— and then he did not give in. These are done in the name of British filiei-tv., in the defence of small nations." Mr. Amnion told the delegates of Emanuel Riljeira, who had been forcibly fed for upwards of twelve months. A few days ago he was court-martialled in his bed because the military authorities feared he would die on their hands." It was for the Labour movement to say the word, and as soon as they said it determinedly the key would turn in the prison kicks. ton was carried with unanimity. An urgency resolution of protest against the imprisonment of Ex-Private Simmons was moved by Mr. Southall, of Birmingham. The delegate for York seconded, 'and the reso- lution was carried unanimously. MILITARY TRAINING IN SCHOOLS. I Another urgency resolution on t-he subejet of military training in tTie schools was carried on the motion of Mrs. McArd (Liverpool). The re- solution declared that; "Tbi Conference enters a strong protest. against the attempts to make militarism a penn anent institution in this coun- try by using the schools for military training and military propaganda, among the children, and ilrges the branches to take all steps locally to frustrate such attempts." THE NATION'S FINANCES. I John Seurr (Bow and Bromley) moved the fol- lowing resolution on the Nation's finances: This Conference considers that the most equity able method of wiping out the National Debt and of securing a redistribution of wealth is the adoption of a system of progressive taxation or appropriation by the community of all capi- tal wealth commencing at 5 per cent, on £2,()(X) valuation, and rising by proportionate gradua- tion to 331 per cent, on £ 1,000,000 and over, together with a steeply graduated tax imposed on all incomes, the tax rising to 18s. in the £ in the case of huge incomes so as to secure the ultimate extinguishing of all unearned incre- ment. Further, that all indicest taxation should be repealed." We had always been told, he said, that if there was one thing which the Socialists were incompetent to deal with, it was the question of finance, and now we found that when faced with the results of Capitalism those in power and authority had not been able to deal with this question. They had lived from hand to mouth. They had run a campaign to raise money which had been a disgrace to any intelli- gent human being. The tank banks, t.he circus shows, had been farcical. Nevertheless, there had been some method in their madness! They had been able to fasten. on the shoulders of the nation, which, after all, were the shoulders of the workers, the costs of the war. Those who had derived the benefits of war, he urged, should be compelled to pay the costs.