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COLWALL WOMEN LIBERALS. I Members of Association Celebrate I First Birthday. The Colwall branch of the Women's National Liberal Association held their first birthday party on Wednesday, when members gathered, at the invitation of Mr and Mrs Fred Ballard, at The Winnings, and held their annual meeting —the branch is just one year old-and were entertained to tea. The meeting took place in the top floor of the model dairy, which had been prettily decorated. Miss Boyd presided, and was supported by Mrs Fred Ballard (hon. secretary), Mrs Norman (hon. treasurer), Mrs John Hosking, and Miss Ada Ballard. Many others were present. Mrs Ballard's co-secret- ary, Mrs Tom Pedlingham, was unable to attend. Mrs Ballard revealed the healthy state of the branch in reading the balance sheet and report. She said 14 new members had been gathered during the year, and the total was now 90. There was a balance in hand of 23 18s lid. The Chairman observed that that was a very satisfactory state of things. Mr Ballard, sen., was re-elected president, the Chairman saying that although she was prevented often from attending, there could be but one wish, that she should remain in office. (Applause). Miss Boyd, Miss Drysdale and Mrs Wickham were elected vice-presidents, Mrs Norman hon. treasurer, Mrs Fred Ballard and Mrs T Pedlingham hon. secretaries, and the committee were appointed as folows Mesdames H Pedlingham, Johns, Wickham, T Pedlingham, P Lewis, Taysum, Smart, Misses Ballard, Simpson, Underwood, Armstrong and Jones. Mrs F Ballard's suggestion that each year the two members of the committee who had at- tended least meetings should retire and not be eligible for election for 12 months was well received and unanimously adopted. The object of the alteration, it was explained, was to give everyone a chance of serving on the committee. Miss Boyd and Mrs Wickham, the branch's delegates to the W.N.L.A. Conference in Lonnon, gave their reports. Mrs Wickham gave the members much interesting information on the new amendments to the Insurance Act so far as they would be likely to affect the mem bers. JjASTD QUESTION. I Mrs John Hosking addressed the audience mainly on the land question. She congratu- lated the Colwall branch upon the result of their first year. She thought it was in the most flourishing condition, and was one of the most promising she had ever visited. Dealing with the land system she told the company of its history, how in the eleventh century and onwards people held land for some service done the King, but attached to it were many respon- sibilities as well as privileges. Now, she said, the people with the land had increased the privileges and dropped the responsibilities. The Liberals did not qaarrel with these people, they quarrelled with the system, and the Government had drawn up a programme by which the land monopoly would be controlled —not confiscated. The French revolution ended in the complete confiscation of the land from the upper classes, and if the present cam- paign ended in the same way it would not be the fault of the Liberals—it would be the fault of those who turned a deaf ear to the cry of justice. (Applause.) SPEECH BY MR C W PARISH. I Mr Clement Parish, prospective Liberal can- didate for South Herefordshire, arrived with Mr Fred Ballard, when the meeting was well in progress, and Mr Parish followed Mrs Hosking with an able little speech. He said he was glad to renew his acquaintance with the Winnings, which he visited a couple of years ago. It was a fine thing that the great traditions so long set by Mrs Ballard were being carried on by Mrs Fred Ballard in the fine and fearlesa work she was doing in Colwall for Liberalism. (Loud applause.) The Land policy was the outstanding feature of the Liberal programme-it was an essential part of the forward movement which was the life-blood of Liberalism. It was terrible to know of the overcrowding which took place as the result of the present land system. In congested districts there were known to be 400 houses to the acre, while in the country they found one house to 400 acres. Labourers were taking a great interest in the new land proposals, the farmers were coming in to the meetings, and he had every hope that landlords would come too, and hear the policy which helped the majority and did injustice to nobody. (Ap- plause.) The Tories were indignant at the success of the campaign. They had no answer to it, however, and it was very awkward to be without an answer. (Laughter.) The Tories wanted a general election, but they would not get it. The engagement of the Liberals was not up till next year, and it would be shirking their work if they were to abandon their post before that time. Before then they were going to pass three great measures-Home Rule, the Welsh Church Bill, and Plural Voting. (Applause.) He felt he would have a much better chance of being returned to Westminster than any previous Liberal candidate because of the abolition of the plural voting. (Applause.) He urged them at ColwaIl not to cease active preparation, because only by hard work they could win. (Hear, hear.) Then they would send one more to Westminster to help to carry on the great work of Liberalism. Tlie hand of Liberalism was upon the loom of history it was cutting out some ugly threads; greedy interests and stubborn prejudices were going and in their places they saw the spinning of a now material, the weaving of a new fabric. (Loud applause.)


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