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NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE I LEAGUE. Ledbury Lodge Hold A Smoking I Concert. Address by Mr T. B. Hunt, of I Worcester. On Saturday evening last the monthly meeting and smoking concert of the Ledbury and District Lodge of the National Conser- vative League was held at the lodge room, the New Inn Hotel Assembly Room, Led- bury, when the Worthy Master (Bro W L Pritchett) presided, and was supported by the Deputy-Master. Bro J E Craddock, Mr T Barnett Hunt, of Worcester, and the officers of the Lodge. Mr Hunt was briefly introduced by the Worthy Master, and in the course of a lengthy address, Mr Hunt mentioned it had been his privilege to go round the constitu- ency of South Herefordshire with their member, Captain Clive, and he was glad to be there that night to say something on behalf of the splendid cause which their gallant member represented. He also referred in commendatory terms to the exchange of visits between the Sir Richard Temple Lodge, Worcester, and the Ledbury Lodge, which he hoped would continue. He hardly knew where to begin so far as politics wereooncerned, but he would ask them to go back to the time when the present Govern- ment under which they suffered was returned in 1906. Let them look at some of their achievements and some of the promises they had not achieved. When they were returned to power in 1906 they got in chiefly on the cry of Chinese Slavery, and ere they had been in power long they sanctioned and allowed to be passed an enactment for the New Hebrides, which allowed people to buy at auction block Kanaka natives at 150 per couple, which was virtually slavery under the Union Jack. This still existed, largely for the benefit of the German finanAers who were interested largely in the development of the Islands. Liberals did not tell them that what they termed Chinese Slavery was the old system which had existed in South Africa ever since the white man went there, by which the natives indentured themselves for a term of years to work in the mines or on the plantations, and at the end of that time were free to leave with their savings. That system still existed in South Africa. That was Radical consistency so far as Chinese slavery was concerned. Practically all the Radicals newspapers in the country were under the control of the cocoa press, and Rown trees and the Cadburys controlled most of the Liberal papers. These people at the same time were buying their cocoa from the Portuguese Islands, slave-grown cocoa, and they continued to buy it until 1908, when the Standard showed the whole business up. Theae same papers railed against the Unionist* on the question of food taxes, and to-day the food of the people was taxed to the extent of over 11 millions under the present Radical Government. They paid more in food taxes in Free Trade England than protected countries like America and Germany. Then the Chancellor of the Exchequer said they were going to tax land, and he started his land-bursting campaign. Food came from the land, and a tax on land was a tax on food. The Liberal policy at the present time so far as the land was concerned was that instead of the old land- lord system farmers should hold land under the County Council. No County Council or Government department could bind its successors, and there was not much security of tenure in that case. The County Council bought land under the Liberal Small Holdings Act and in no case did the County Council let land except at a higher rental than ,ias charged under the old system. Contru«i that with the Unionist policy of enabi:? small holders to become their own  tandIur?B, as bad been done m Ireland. (Applause.) Dealing with the Home Rule question, he said the Liberal Party had no mandate for Home Rule from the electors. He pointed out that under the Government Home Rule Bill the Imperial Exchequer was to pay the piper and have no say in calling the tune, while representatives from Ireland were to be allowed to sit in the Imperial Parlia- ment. They were asked to hand over the loyalists of Ireland to Mr John Redmond and his followers, and the former had said that the Ulster men must be overborne with a strong hand. What smashed the Liberal Party in 1886 would smash the Liberal Party again, if they only went to the country on it. He himself was an Ulster volunteer in the Worcestershire contingent being raised by Mr Charles Coventry. (Loud applause.) The Master proposed a vote of thanks to Mr Hunt for his address, which was vociferously accorded, Mr Hunt briefly replying. The healths of the Worthy Master and the Deputy-Master were heartily toasted to the accompaniment of musical honours and cheers, and both gentlemen briefly responded. During the evening an excellent pro- gramme of harmony was rendered by Bros. W G Witham, H B Whyld, F Farmer (Bosbury), J Brooks and E W Reed, who also with his customary efficiency acted as accompanist.


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