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Peace Meeting at Dowlais.…


Peace Meeting at Dowlais. 1 ELOQUENT ADDRESS BY REV. ENOC HUGHES. The Rev. Enoo Hughes. Abercanaid, address- ed a well-attended meeting in Dowlais on Tuesday week. Mr C. Griffiths was in the chair. Mr Hughes spoke eloquently, and his remarks wore frequently applauded by a sympathetic audience. As a preacher he did not pretend to be a politician, and he did not believe in man-made gods; and to illustrate his point he ret.d a poem by the eminent American poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox. He simply believed in the One Who weeps over the situation in the world. He was there that night because he believed in the one God and Father of all. There were no national Gods, As long as we had the spirit of independent nationalities we should have wars, There was only one God and Father. He did not believe in praying to God and then rising to slay his fellow men. It was most un-Christian. You find churches having religious services to pray for victory in the case of guns and bayonets and all that. Asking the Father of All Love to help some of his children destroy the others. He was there be- cause he could not believe in that. He was there also because he had a growing faith that all life was sacred, and that was true In cially of human life. He did not believe that anv quarrel between nation and nation justihecl the wholesale destruction of life. Although men the w h o l esale destruction nt of dis- were killed it did not settle the point of dis- pute ■ it did not solve the problem; it only shif- ted it to another world. He had heard friends in the ministry saymg You can go to war ad fight fairly." A fight is always foul because its source is foul. He believed in securing a peace which did not mean a horrible competition, and would be substantial. He thought Peace would be useful at the present time. It would be useful if Peace came that morning. It would be useful if war had not broken out at all. To demand Peace as the only practical basis upon which nations can live a mutual and helpful existence. We had Mr Lloyd Geoige. a man who risked his life to protest against war. John Bull then was an anaemic pale-faced fellow stumbling through the world; now he stands clear in the eye. There he is a, regenerated be- ing. Is it not tragic to read, such piffle from men in high places. He believed that men were redeemable. He believed that all men could be better than they were. He was there for Peace. He talked to a man the other day, who said all Conscientious Objectors were mad. Aftere talking for some time it came to him that the Labour people were all looking after themselves. That man did not believe that the common people could be made Christians and civilised, and he was a member of a church in this district. He believed that reason and mutual trust were the dominant influences in our souls, and would not fail in the long run. Even the Kaiser could be made a better man, and even the politicians of Great Britain. Many people could not say for what we were fighting. People say, "Never mind how the war began; we have now to fight it to the end." But why were we in it,p was the fundamental question. He did not want to risk anybody's life in the dark. and for something which is not worth sacrificing anything for. They might think that the preachers did not think of the people. At a. conference of ministers, a resolution was brought forward calling on the Government to give Conscientious Objectors better treatment in the future. He was in favour of that reso- lution. but it was defeated. Only 12 voted for it. He told them it was a terrible shame. A friend of his said, while debating the question, that this matter of fighting in France was the supreme cause of Jesus Christ. Later that same man came to him and said he was sorry he was not in the same camp as he was. Why was it that he was not in agreement with them? Mr Hughes answered and said that he had read of wars, and most especially the wars of the Old Testament, and he could not find that any permanent blessing had come to the peoples after these wars. That man did not know what we were, fighting for. although he ha 1 said inside that the war was the supreme cause of Jesus Christ. Mr Hughes, the Australian Prime Minister, had said that the war was going to settle the economic domination of the world. There were men in prison that night for sayiiag the same thing. Still that man was set at in the name of the Government; and, alas! in a way he was the Empire's orator. Some were impriosned for saying the same thing, and for refusing to be the tools of commercial plunderers? Did they know what that meant? It meant that behind the curtains there were syndicates using the bodies and resources and wealth of the na- tions for their own banking accounts. And why this reluctance to post forth terms of Peace if we were fighting for honour and truth and liberty, for the salvation of the world for the civilisation of the nations? Why can't we show our cards if we are fighting for truth We need not be afraid of truth. Is it not possi- ble to know the objects for which we are fight- ing until we settle the, conditions upon which we cease fighting? What were the objects for which we were risking our lives? If people wanted to hate without justification, to become suspicious, was it not so with them? Politici- an" wanted them to risk everything without a gleam of light in their path. God'did not want them to risk everything without light, but the politicians want the common people to risk ev- erything in the dark. Are we going to gain, through it all? He hoped very much indirect- ly. He hoped they were going to gain roy cont- raries. Was the war going to make us more warlike, or less so? He had been recorded as a fool owing to the fact that he had used the international situation in his sermons. He had told those people that in a few years the inter- national situation would change. Why should it occasion surprise that people were willing to die for Peace? Listen to Napoleon: "Caesar, Charlemagne and I have founded Empires; they were founded OR force and have passed away. Jesus Christ founded a^Bmpire on Love, and to-day there are millions ready to die for Him." Napoleon was in a wise mood when he wrote thar-and it. is true. The only empire that is everlasting is the Empire of Love. We wid. never secure righteosuness as the waves .of the sea until we have peace as a river, and peace as a river will never be ours until we hearken unto His commandments. The greatest word in the Bible is Love. You cannot have Peace without righteousness, and you cannot have righteousness without Peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." (Loud applause.) Mr Sam Jennings moved, and Mr John Dav- ies seconded, a hearty vote of thanks to the speaker, which was carried unanimously.

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