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I LIBERALISM AT BOSBURY. I Visit of Mr. C. W. Parish. At the Bosbury Schoolroom, on Friday evening last a public meeting was held in connection with the visit of Mr C W Parish, the prospective Liberal candidate for South Herefordshire. He was also accom- panied by Mr Fred Ballard, of Colwall. Mr A G Bunn presided over an average attend- ance. I CHAIRMAN'S REMARKS. The Chairman said he had been asked to preside again that evening, rather at the last moment. Mr Webb was fixed at the Forest of Dean, and they had one of his friends who would represent them as well as would. They were very pleased to meet Mr Parish, their prospective candidate. (Applause.) He (the Chairman) bad met him on many occasions, and he was sure they would be ably represented when the time came. He felt it would be shirking the interest of the party if he had not come. As they knew their country was never in a better position. The returns of the exchequer this year were far in excess than ever before. When they considered the advantages to the working men, especially to the poor and to the inflicted, they would support their Liberal candidate, who was doing his best to advance the welfare of the country and the people. (Applause.) I MR. C. W. PARISH. Mr Clement W Parish, who was received with loud cheers, said it gave him very great pleasure to come to tfosbury to meet them that evening and share a friendly discussion on the politics of the day. He had fought for Liberal politics, and fought for Colonel Alan Gardner, and the last two elections he had fought for Mr Webb. He was proud of the Liberal Party's magnificent record and also of the great promise that had been set down in the programme. For nine years they had kept the flag of Free Trade flying. (Hear, hear.) Look at the trade of the country booming, look at their exports sent all over the world. Let them call to mind all the cartoons published by the other side of the ruined factories. Look at the ruined factories working overtime to send their goods all over the world. He had the privilege of speaking to a big shipbuilder three weeks ago, who said that be was booked up for seven years to come. The Tariff Reformers said that agriculture alone could be saved by food taxes. And if the Conservative Party were returned to power they would insist upon a food tax. The farmers would get nothing more. Upon that programme they bad hoped to win the votes of Parliamentary electors. It was in- credible that Mr Bonar Law was in favour of the food taxes some time ago. Now he had completely changed round, and in a speech at Edinburgh he said that if they returned his party to power they would put new taxes upon the people. They had got Free Trade and everything was on the increase. In all directions there were outstanding examples of the great work of Liberalism. They granted Home Rule to South Africa, and they had no better or more loyal colony than that. They had reduced the power of the Honse of Lords by the Veto Act, and under that Act three other Bills would go through. (Hear, hear). The Home Rule Bill was going to go through, and the Welsh Disestablishment Bill would go through, anil with it the Plural Voting Bill. In regard to the In- surance Act, they were told they would not get sufficient doctors to work it. They had 78 panel doctors in Herefordshire last year and 79 this year. During this year 56 men and women suffering from consumption, in Herefordshire had been sent to a magnificent sanatorium in the Cotswold Hills, and a number had been sent back cured. Then again they had paid out one million in maternity benefits. There bad been a land inquiry held recently, the result of which showed that the position of the labourer was not what it should be. The miners had got a mimimum wage of V,2 10s a week. During the last 60 years no im- provements had been made f r the labourers. Since 1881 labourers had b en emigrating, and soon there would not be any labourers left. The average wage of the labourers in the whole country was 14* 61, and in Here- fordshire 13s lid. It was not a living wage. The result of the Board of Trade inquiry into the housing of the labourer was that some of the labourers were living in cottages not fit for human habitation. Tim Liberals proposed that they should build cottages where they were wanted, not by the County Council, but by the Government. They were going to build 12,000 cottages, and the money would come from the reserve funds of the Insurance Act. These funds were built up by the labourers themselves, and it was only right that they should reap the benefits of their investment. (Applause.) With regard to the minimum wage women in a certain lace factory were receiving 6s per week. They were not satisfied with this meagre sum and sent their representati ve to see into the matter. They met the representatives of the employers and after considerable discussion their wages were raised to 128 per week. Of course, they could not double the wages of the labourers, but they could increase them. The labourers would also do a lot better work. They were also going to improve the condition of the farmer by guaranteeing him absolute security of tenure. The farmer would then put more capital into his land and improve it in every way. Under this proposal his wage bill would increase, for be would have to pay a minimum wage, and if he could not pay his rent,thecommissioners would see that the rent was lowered. What the labourers wanted was a living wage, and that and a cottage was guaranteed him uader the Liberal proposal. The land question affected every one who worked upon the land, and he wanted them to support him and keep the flag flying. (Loud applause.) MR FRED BALLARD. Mr Fred Ballard, who was also received with loud cheers,said there was little for him to say. Before they voted at the next election they must judge the parties very carefully. He did not believe in turning everybody into soldiers; sold iers, were, unfortunately necessary, but when they were put in shackles in this way it would be a bad day for this country. Mr Parish had spoken on Free Trade. He purchased a bath the other day which cost 50s and used to cost X5. When the Germans got to know they flooded the market and thereby reduced the price. He,could not think that the farmers were so daft as to believe in the Tory policy. Lie did not believe for one moment that the farmers would suffer by giving their labourers a higher wage. With regard to the hours of labour, they were long hours. He had worked from 6 in the morning till 6 at night and the last half-hour he had felt tired. And so he had let his men off half-an-bour earlier. He had also given them the half-day on Saturday. He hoped that they had not said anything that night to displease the farmers. (Applause.) The Chairman thanked Mr Parish and Mr Ballard, and after a few questions had been asked the meeting concluded.


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