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LEDBURY POLICE. WEDNESDAY. I Before Alderman John Riley (in the chair), Mr I Spencer H Bickham, Dr M A Wood and Mr I J Wilfred Hewitt. EXTENSION. I Mr A G Parmee, of the Horse and Groom Hotel, Col wall, was granted an extension of one hour on Saturday, August 1, on the occasion of a dance in connection with the Oddfellows' Fete held that day. AN ADJOURNED CASE. The adjourned case in whick Thomas Hyde, bricklayer, of Woolhope, was charged by Ernest Ella way, under-gamekeeper for Captain Waters, of Woolhope, with trespass in pursuit of conies, again came on for hearing. The evidence was beard at the Court a month ago, but the case was adjourned -As the Bench were not quite satisfied as to the trespass. Mr H W Orme (Messrs. Russell and Co.), appeared for the prosecution. Mr Orme now produced a map of the Wes- sington Court estate, and explained that in the early hours of the morning of Sunday, June 21, Ellaway heard a gunshot, and going in the direction of the sound saw Hyde with a gun and rabbits in his possession. The point at issue was whether when he was seen by Ella- way, defendant was on land over which Captain Waters had the shooting. A new witness called was Alfred Brown, a cottager, of Woolhope, and said he had a strip <• land which ran right between Mr Roberts' land. where defendant is stated to have been. On June 14 he saw Hyde, who hung a rabbit on a stake, and he said he should want a rabbit for the cartridge. Witness told defendant if he saw a rabbit he could knock it down. The case was dismissed. LEAVING A CARCASE UNBURIED. I Wm Owen Price, farmer, of Mathon, was summoned for allowing a carcase of a sheep to remain unburied on his farm at Mathon on July 17. Mr H W Orme appeared for the defence. P.S. Howard, of Cradley, said on July 17 he went to Lane End Farm, Mathon, and in a field belonging to defendant found the carcase of a sheep partly eaten by dogs. From what he could see of it it had been there several days. Ue saw defendant and asked him why he had nbt buried the sheep, and he said it was not his. On the following day defendant came to his station and said he had found out from his count that it was his. Cross-examined by Mr Orme There was a spade by the carcase of the sheep. Defendant did not tell him that he had instructed a man named Wm. Thompson to bury the sheep. Defendant went into the box, and said he saw P.S. Howard in the field where the sheep was when he walked up to him. There was a spade stuck in the ground, but the man had been tailed away to attend to something else. He found-the dead sheep on Wednesday early in the afternoon and gave a man named William' Thompson instructions to bury the sheep on Thursday morning. Witness was away on Thursday. The man misunderstood him and did not bury the sheep. He was a casual labourer and had since left him. On Friday P.S. Howard came a little' after noon, and previously witness had seen the sheep was still unburied. He saw his man about it, and the man told him he went into another field and could not find the sheep. That was the reason it was unburied. The man then took a spade to bury the sheep, and came back again to see witness about it. Find 10s. and lOs. 4-1 costs. NO LICENSES. James Hankins, labourer, of Common garden, Ledbury, and Victor Jenkins, of Bye-street, Ledbury, were each summoned for keeping a dog without a license on March 13. The pro- ceedings were taken by Mr E Arnold Watkins, local taxation officer, of Hereford. In the first case against Hankins, P.S. Brier- ley said he saw defendant at 3 p.m. on March 13 and he had with him a dog. He admitted he had not a license, and would take it out -at once. He said he had forgotten it. Defendant said he took out a license the same day, and the dog had since been killed. It was pointed out by the Bench that defend- ant in two previous years took out a license in January and early in February, and this year within a very few minutes of P.S. Brierley Speaking to him. Mr Watkins said defendant could have obvi- ated the summons by paying 5a., but had not paid it. Defendant was ordered to pay 5a., and was allowed a fortnight to pay it in. In the case against Jenkins, who did not appear, P.S. Brierley proved the case. A license had not been taken out by defendant, though one had been taken out for the dog. Fined 17. 6d. E Robert Preece, junr., of Southend, Ledbury, was summoned for carrying a gun without a license at Ledbury on May 9. Defendant pleaded guilty, and P.S. Brierley proved the case. It appeared that the gun was an air-gun, and defendant was not aware that a license was required for an air-gun. A nominal fine of 5s. was inflicted.
NEWENT. WBDBING.—A pretty wedding took place on Thursday at the Wesley Church, Newent. The contracting parties were Mr Stafford Bray, Church-street, Newent, and Miss Jessamine Grace Watson, of Brisbane, who was robed in a charming dress of white crepe de chine and veil with jessamine, and carried a lovely bouquet of roses and carnations. Miss A Exley was brides- maid, dressed in eau-de-nile green silk, with white hat trimmed with salmon colour. The best man was Mr H Wort. The Rev. Dyer, Ledbury, performed the ceremony. A large number of frifnds and relatives were present. The reception was held at Mr A Bray's, Church House, and later the newly-married couple left for London.
BOSBURY PAROCHIAL GARDEN FETE. A Successful Event. A most successful garden fete was held in the Vicarage grounds on Monday afternoon last for the purpose of raising a fund for providing an excursion for the Sunday School Teachers and choir of Bosbury. The arrangements were under the management of a Committe consist- ing of Messrs W Collett, E B Thompson, U R Cosford, Geo Jones, T Green, W Clissett, J Clissett, Austin G Powell, Misses Kendrick, J Preece, F Preece, M Job, M Hickox, J Gifford, and Rev E Parminter and Mr W Green, who acted as hon secretaries. Thare was a good assemblage of visitors from the surrounding districts and towards the latter part of the evening a good many more arrived for the purpose of dancing on the lawn in front of the Vicarage, which was beautifully illuminated with coloured lights, while Miss Fardon's band provided the dance music. Tea was provided in a marque erected in the grounds and was carried out by a special local Committee. Mrs Harvey, Miss Arrowsmith, Miss Job and Miss J Gifford helped considerably to make the fete a success by training the children in their dances and in various other ways. An American tennis tournament opened the fete and some interesting and exciting games were played, and resulted in a win for Mr Geo. Firkins and Miss Lane. The ladies' floral bicycle procession was won by Miss Violet Russell, and the gentlemen's floral bicycle procession was won by Mr J Hdley. The Rev Canon Bulkeley aud Miss Miles were judges. The Maypole dance was a pleasing sight, Miss Griffin (Ledbury) accompanying on the piano. The children who took part were as follows Girls—Misses Dorothy Bosley, Dorothy Betting- ton, Emily Jones, Nellie Bridges, Lily Green, Kate Payne, Beatrice Chadd and Doris Hawkins. Boys—Masters F Stinton, A Powell, C Davies, H Millard, F Jones, F Hill, R Hill, and W Jones. Miss Pippen Shew was responsible for a clever dance, which was well received. The dance was performed on a carpet outside the Vicarage door to selections on the gramophone. Miss Hetty Shew rendered two songs, Little Grey Home in the West" and "The Mystical Isle of the Sea. A humorous sketch by the teachers of the Sunday School, entitled "The high-class Dress- maker and the Jumble Sale," caused roars of laughter, especially the part taken by Sarah Ann (Miss F Kendrick). The following were the local artistes in the sketch :-Miss Mulliner (dressmaker), Miss J Preece; Miss Matilda Mulliner (her younger sister), Miss Mabel Hickox; Miss Bingham (a friend of Miss Matilda), Miss Nellie Hickox Sarah Ann (a general), Miss F Kendrick. The sketch depicted a scene in the drawing- room of the dressmaker's house. The dress- maker is deeply worried by money matters and tradesmen were dunning her for payment, which she could easily pay, only her customers would not pay in their accounts. She was anxious to spare her younger sister Matilda and therefore did not trouble her with the state of affairs. She then makes a personal appeal to one of her customers and proves successful. On her return home she is informed that a lady is waiting for her. She takes off her coat, ties the money in a handkerchief, and puts it on a chair. A friend of Matilda's calls and asks her to assist in a jumble sale by giving her something which could be sold there. Matilda gives her I sister's coat to her friend. The dressmaker after she is disengaged finds out that her coat has gone, and her sister tells her where it lfõ1. She implores Matilda to go and fetch it. Matilda wonderingly goes to the jumble sale only to find out that the coat had been sold. Sarah Ann had bought the coat and brings it tc her mistress, who searches the coat but cannot find the money which she has put in the hand- kerchief in the coat. She asks Matilda if she hasseen the handkerchief and Matilda remembers that she had thrown it down on the table. Matilda finds the handkerchief-peace and happiness reign supreme. Mr G Jones (of the Grange), sang On the 'banks of Allan Water," and W Clissett and G Powell assisted him in the singing of "A boy's best friend is his Mother." A pinafore song and dance was given by the following children :—Misses Lizzie Jones, Lily Goodchap, Ethel Bettington. May Havard, Nora Bufton, Lucy Payne, Betty Campion, Winifred Goodchap, Florrie Jones, Muriel Gladwin, and Florrie Davies. I THE SPORTS' EVENTS. The results of the sports competitions are as follows Egg and Spoon Race-Miss Pears. Tilting at the ring, on bicycles-Mr Audley Cotton. Feather and Bellows Race (ladies)—Mrs Parmee. Shooting Competition—1, Mr Audley Cotton. 2, P C Campion. Ladies' Prize, Miss Wood-Roe. Bowling on the Green- Sergt-Instr Crane (Ledbury). Darts Competition—Mr Audley Cotton. Guessing the weight of leg of Mutton, 31b. lloz.-Mr A Austin, 81b. lOoz. Guessing the weight of Cake-Miss E Spencer. Miss Mabel Job was in charge. The judges of the various competitions were Rev Canon Bulkeley, Miss Miles, and Mr E G Shew. The clerk of the course was Mr W Green. Fire balloons were sent up by Mr Collett after dark. Dancing was also indulged in from 7 p.m. until after 10 o'clock. At the conclusion, before the grounds were closed, three heaity cheers were given for the Vicar, the Church- wardens, and the Committee.
HOLLY BUSH. The London Gazette" for July 24 contains the announcement that the King has been graciously pleased to confer the Volunteer Officers' Decoration upon the Rev H C Bell, Vicar of the BoHy Bush.
MUCH MARCLE ODDFELLOWS I ANNUAL CHURCH PARADE. The Much Marcle and District Branch of the St Catherine (Ledbury) Lodge of Odd- fellows, M.U., held their annual Church parade on Sunday last. There was a large gathering of Oddfellows and a few Foresters from the surrounding districts attended. A.mongst those present representing the Oddfellows were :—Rev C L Money-Kyrle, P.G. (Vicar), Rev A B Spittall (curate), Prov. G.M. W Bishop, P.G. J Caffelle, P.G. E G Morris, P.G. J Appei ley, P.G. Geo Dovey, Deputy Prov G.M. E Juckes, V.G. R J Carlesa (Ledbury), N.G. H J Jenkins (Froome Valley), Bros W Fawke,G Brazier, W Bowkett, J Gurney, 0 Jones, R Baldwin, G Elson, H H Phillips, A H Weaver, G Gibbons, J Evans, D Owens, R Griffiths, F Caffelle, E Walters, A Roberts, F Green, W Fawke, G Turner, etc. The Foresters were represented by Bros A Forty, D J Fawke, S Bagiand, and J Counley. Sergt -lust Crane and a detachment of Territorials were also present. The mem bars-of both orders assembled at 4.15 in the afternoon at the Vicarage where the Rev C L Money-Kyrle hospitably enter- tained them to a good tea, and was accorded a hearty vote of thanks for his kindness. At 5.15 they formed into procession, and headed by the Brockhampton Brass Band, which played selections en route, proceeded to the Bounds, the residence of Hon Bro H Weston, C.C., J.P. There they were met by Mr Weston and family and again partook of refresh- ments. AT THE BOUNDS. I At this juncture Prov G.M. W Bishop expressed his thanks to Mr Weston for his kind hospitality. There was a special reason for attending, is order to express their thanks, and also they desired to show that they appreciated the honour bestowed upon him upon his appointment as a magistrate. He hoped he would long continue with pru- dence, zeal, and integrity, to discharge his public duties. He thanked him once again on behalf of everyone present for inviting them there. (Loud Applanse.) Mr Weston, in reply, said it was a very great pleasure to see them there once again, but they would agree with him that there was one regretthat they had not got Prov C.S. E H Hopkins there. (Hear, hear.) It bad been the case for a number of years for Bro Hopkins to comj over there and join them on that annual occasion, and when they thought that he was ahseTlt-on who took such a prominent part in Oddfellowsiup and the welfare of the community as- did Bro. Hopkins-they could only regret the absence of such a one. They had none too many of his class in the county. He took a gn at interest in the welfare of the county and looked after the interests of their order. With regard to the Society, every young man who joined was to be commended, and he was sure to make a better citizen. He regretted that there were not more members, and had all men joined such societies as theirs there would have been no occasion for an Insurance scheme. Ho felt that the present memb?rs of that friendly society ought to be doubly commended for putting something by for a rainy day. There was an old saying that one volunteer was better than ten pressed men. He hoped they would accept the tbanks of his wife, his family and himself, and they looked upon that visit as an honour. (Applause). AT THE CHURCH. The procession then wended its way to- wards the church, which was largely attended. The- band played for the hymns, and the Re,v Money-Kyrle delivered an appro- priate sermon. The collection was for the Ledbury Cottage Hospital. The Rector took for his text part of the 29th verse of the 10th chapter of the Book of Numbers, Come thou with us and we will do thee good." He said they were honoured that day by the presence of the Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master of the Herefordshire district. He was als) glad to see those fine young fellows who were serving their King and country in the Territorial Force. When he thought abjut why they were aSFembled tl,e that night, representing their society, he put the question of what was the object that brought them there in the House of God. The first and foremost was that intimate and close connection that had existed between the Church and the objects and aims of the friendly societies. Had it not been that their forefathers had started the society and they had followed on the good work, and now they had a firm foundat ion ? He was perfectly certain that theirs was a great society, for it had weathered the storms and tempests for over a hundred years, and still stood for good fellowship to that present hour. They bad mat there th'it day as members of an approved societv, and there was an intimate and close connection between religion and the aim and objects of their society. The second reason was that they met together from time to time in order to encourage themselves as th(y stood side by side, and shoulder to shoulder, and that they might be faithful in carrying out the objects of their society. As they served God they served equally their fellow men. They had to provide themselves for the uncertain future that lay before them. There were bad times for each of them, sickness and death, and the only thing to lighten the burden of these things was to make provision for them. And no doubt, to a great extent, that trouble might be lessened if provision was made before the time of trouble came. The women also were wise enough to join their lodges and enjoy the benefits to be gained. Perhaps some of his congregation had joined the Post Office contributors—such a thing was deplorable. The best thing for a man to do was to insure himself and join their society. He bad reason to believe that to a very large extent those societies were solvent and at the moment when a man wanted support in sickness those societies would not fail. That, he believed, was a certain fact that could not be denied. In their great society they made a sure invest- ment that would stand for the whole of their lives, and it would not fail them. Their capital was built up by the pence of the working men, and they felt they could insure everyone who wanted to make provision for their time of need. That referred to the text Come thou with us and we will do thee good." The officers of that lodge had done a great amount of good for their S ciety and they had done it for the love of it, and for the love of the Order that they served. The sense of fellowship and the sense of unity was a power indeed. It was one of the things of the greatest value. The idea of fellowship was to keep shoulder to shoulder and to help each other, and to labour for their common interest. A man at all times did not want to gain so much advantage for himself, but they were sent into this world to benefit their fellow men. This great example had been given them bv their Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who had died for them on the cioss to save His fellow men. Mr T Wilding officiated at the organ and the singing of the vesper hymn concluded the service.
CONSERVATIVE GATHERING AT I BRYNGWYN. Captain Clive, M.P., and the Irish I Question. On Saturday last the annual summer meeting of the members of the South Herefordshire lodges of the National Conservative League, organised by the County Central Lodge, took place at Bryngwyn, the residence of Sir James Rankin, Bart., who is the Provincial Grand Master. Practically every lodge in the county was represented, and there was a very large attendance of members. Over 800 members of the League were present. The lodges repre- sented were Ross, Brockhampton, Ledbury, Goodrich, Upton Bishop, Fownhope, Aston Crews, Hentland, Birch, and Bosbury. There were three sports events down for decision, each of which took the part of inter- lodge contests. In the relay race for teams of six, Ledbury, who have won the event for two or three year had this time to be content with third place. They did not enter the sack rings event, and in the tug-of-war they were beaten in the semi-final by the ultimate winners, Good- rich, who also secured second place in the relay race and sack rings. Brock lodge secured first in the relay rase, Birch second in the sack rings and tug-of-war. The gardens of Bryngwyn were thrown open for inspection, and the Hereford City Military Band, under the conductorship of Mr E Stanton Jones, played an excellent pro- gramme of music. THE SPEECH MAKING. I After tea, which was served in a large tent, there was the usual short meeting, at which the chair was taken- by Sir James Rankin, But., who was supported by Lady Rankin, Capt P A Clive, M.P. and Mrs Clive, Mr S Hi Dekin, Mr. J H Parry (Master of the County Central Lodge), Mr. H F Roberts, Mr Manley Power, Captain Allen, Mr W B Pilkington, Mr T A RLittledale, Captain A W W Pope, Mr F W Barling, Mr T Matthews, Mr G H Okell, Alderman T Preece, etc. Amongst the members of the Ledbury and District Lodge were:—Bros J E; Craddock (Deputy-Master), W Mausell (hon sec), T Chadd (warden), H Mitchell, W. Howells, W Williams (Staplow), W Preece, F Collyer, C Smart, F Parsons, A Hardy, H Co well, C Devereux, J Partridge, Joe Smith, H Onions, T Hooper, B James, J J Ward, T Walker, A G Walker, W Stock, C W Jakeman, J Brookes, J Smith, W Treherne, E Davis, T Brookes, E Varvel, G Rich, W G Witham, J Griffin, H Cotton, F J K Fow- ler, W L Tilley, T Beeston, S Griffin, F R Tainton, W Dunn, S Hodgetts, J' H Mansell, F Smith. G Chadd, A Short, F Taylor, J W Wilkes, C W Jessett, J H Nash, R A Paul, H Jeffrey, F Rogers, E A Mark, H C Cecil, E Stait, etc. Silt JAMES RANKIN AND THE IRISH I M. QUESTION. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, announced the receipt of messages of apology from Bros A W Foster (Deputy Grand Master), W L Pritchett (Deputy Master of the County Central Lodge), C T Pulley (Chairman of the South Herefordshire Unionist Association), General Clivs, Colonel Davidson, Captain Walsh, Captain Symonds, and Captain Verschoyle. Proceeding, Sir James said he was looking for- ward with great pleasure to the speech of his friend Captain Clive- (hear, hear)—who would tell them about what they were all so interested in, the condition or position of afftirs between this country and Ireland, and how Irish affairs were to be settled. They were, he need hardly tell them, exceedingly critical, and they might be plunged in civil war in that country. Ireland was called a distressful country now and it would be more so if war came about. They all hoped that would not happen. He thought that Ulster should not be forced into the rule of the Roman Catholic majority, and he- hoped every member ofi the League would think and feel that ho had a duty to his country to perform. He had always taken the view that politics was a very serious business and people should not embark with light hearts upon political matters. Some people thought that politics were a silly sort of thing. They were nothing of the sort. Rightly understood, it was a deep and serious matter, and if properly carried out was to make everybody live as happily as possible, although he did not know what it would be when the ladies got into Parli.ment-(Iaughtez)-althf)ugh he would say that he thought their influence i would be for the benefit of the nation. (Hear, hear, and applause). He was glad to hear that I applause, as he thought that would probably be the case. THE DANGER OF CIYIL WAR. I If they could only get fair play for those in Ireland who were Uoioniits it would be a great thing, but he hoped they would not be fOleed into war. Once let loose the dogs of war, he did not know where it would stop. The Con- ference at Buckingham Palace had fallen through, and nothing had been accomplished. That was a. grievous blow. Hear, hear. He was in good heart they would have accomplished something, and they could now only hope that the House of Commons would bring about a settlement of the trouble without fighting. They should do everything they could for the benefit of their country, and they 808 voters had a great deal of power. If they would send Captain Clive back to Parliament when the next Election came—and that was the thing to do-he would take care of their cause. (Ap- plause). They did not want to go too fast in legislation. The pity of modern days was that governments all wanted something they wanted to fill the shop window and make a brave show for the nation, but the nation wanted a few good laws to work out for the benefit of the people. He would advise them to stick to their Conservative principles, and don't think that legislation, without many other things, would make them very much better. What they wanted was a free hand, so that nobody could trespass upon them and their rights. (Hear, hear). He thanked them very much for having come there in such numbers, and he hoped they had enjoyed themselves and would further enjoy themselves, and he had no doubt they would take Captain Clive's advice, and what he had to say to them they would take home and think deeply over. (Hear, hear, and applause). CAPTAIN CLIVE'S ADDRESS. Captain Clive, M.P., was accorded an ovation on rising to address the gathering. He said they must all feel sorry that Sir James Rankin did not enlarge a little more upon the political topic which was in all their minds and give them the benefit of his opinions, standing as he did now, a little back from the political arena, but with the experience of a great number of years to control his judgment. It was a moment when all of them might seek for advice from those most able to give it. It was a moment when the whole country, be they Unionist or Radical, were in doubt as to what ought to be the next move. They had nothing but admira- tion for the action of the King—(hear, hear)- in summoning that Conference, after waiting, some probably thought, a little too long wait- ing as long as it seemed to him safe to wait, leaving political parties to work out the solution of the problem if they could. When that method seemed likely to fail, surely it was right for any king who wished to be a king to take some initiative in his own hands, to summon the leaders of both parties together, to invite them to confer at a round table together, and to come to an agreement if they could. (Hear hear). Few of them expected to find the Radical Party sunk so low as to suggest that that action of the King was inspired by some sort of political bias. Sarely they must know that nothing of the sort was the c%se. His speech electrified them and brought home to them the seriousness of the situation in Ireland, and it must have seemed to them to be a fair, reasonable and true statement of the case. (Hear, hear.) What the Radicals objected to in it was THE ADMISSION OF THE FACT that civil war was imminent. Of course, the Radicals for some months had been alternating between two stools and seemed likely to fall between them. On the one hand they were saying that the Ulster movement was nothing at all, that the guns were wooden, that the or- ganisation was contemptible, and on the other hand they were trying to persuade the people that it was an attempt on the part of the Union- ist Central Office, with Sir Edward Carson at their head, to strike a blow at the Government. This movement was not a movement inspired by Sir Edward Carson it was a movement which had inspired Sir Edward Carson to take the place which nature seemed to assign to him as the leader. The movement was one of the most remarkable, spontaneous movements of the people of a country it had ever been his (Captain Clive's) lot to see. When they saw employers and employed in factories coming out together drilling under some man with a know- ledge of drill, aDd the employer turning some part of his warehouse into a drill shed or rifle range, and taking his place in the ranks and trying-to handle a rifle ready for the day when he may require it, that was not a movement organised by any political party or agent, but the spontaneous movement of the people of the country determined to fight as a last resource rather than be under the rule of a people whom they distrust and know will govern them badly. (Applause.) They had CHOSEN THE; RIGHT LEADER. I (Loud applause.) He had never in his life seen greater enthusiasm for any leader than he saw in Belfast for Sir Ed ward. Carson,, and with him at their head they were almost certain to get their way if only they persisted. He would like to point out one thing which seemed very striking and very remarkable. A- certain number of Unionists, wealthy Unionists who had not pub- lished their names, had arranged to send repre- sentatives from this country to Ulster and Nationalist parts of Ireland, for the purpose of seeing for themselves what was the demand for Home R,ie. These deputations consisted for the mp" tJart of, Rftdioals and Home Rulers. They sc. four from, the South Herefordshire Division, who went through from Dublin to Siigo in the West, and back to Belfast and other parts of Ulster, and every one of these four Radicals and Home Rulers were fairly convinced of the merit of the claim of Ulster and the im- possibility of forcing Home Rule upon them. (Applanse.) He would like to, put. this to them If the J i »me Role case is such a good one why did noc the Liberal Party in England do the same thing ? Why didn't they organise Unionist deputations to go over to Ireland and see if they could bring them back Home Rulers ? He thought that was the best test of the righteous- ness of their cause-that in nearly every case Radicals had come back and said Home Rule was a mistake and it was impossible to force it on Ulster. (Applause.) The truth was that the Liberal Party found themselves IN THE HANDS OF JOHN REDMOND. Since 1910 they could only, keep themselves in office and keep their salaries by doing what the Irish told them. (Applause.) That was what they had done and that was what entitled them to say that the movement was a false one, purely political, and not the result of genuine conviction- on the part of the Government. (Hear, hear.) He admitted at once that the Nationalists were convinced: that Home Rule would be goed for them, but they could not tell them what good it would do them. It had been their political cry for 25, years and they had been brought up to it, and had believed in it. In his opinion, even if Ulster were not there as a part of Ireland, it would be wrong to give it to them. These islands were too close together and were too small to be two separate nations. They knew quite well that these Nationalists expressed their views' in Ireland without fear of being heard by the English Press and it was then they came out in their true colours, and said they wanted Ireland a nation. They as Unionists said it must not be, and although it looked as if Home Rule was certain in the South and West he would say to thorn Keep up your hearts, we may defeat it." (Applause.) There was only one way they could defeat it, and that was by a General Election. (Loud applause.) When that came they were certain to defeat it. It seemed impossible to them; to tell what would happen before long, but the Government might break down when least expected, and then he would turn to them, his friends of the National Conservative League, and ask them not to mind about him as an individual, but to give him the biggest majority they could to show THEIR HATE OF HOME RULE I and their coratempt for tho Government for i bowing down to the Nationalists. (Applause.) He would like to say one word about the League. H* would like to congratulate them and their officers and all those who had anything to do with the organisation of the League, on its continued increase and prosperity. He looked upon the League as the greatest force of political strength in that constituency or any constituency where it had been established. (AppUuse.) He looked upon it as a great thing in social friendship. He recognised the value of such gatherings and the sort of gatherings organised by their friends at Ledbury when they went to Portsmouth and saw the Fleet. (Hear, hear.) Anything he could do he would do for the good organisation it represented. (Loud applause.) Proceeding to touch on the Marconi affair, Captain Clive said he did not wish to censure men when it was not deserved, but he did not think they ought to forget the depth of degrada- tion members of the Government descended to at the time of the Marconi scandal. (Hear, hear.) At that time there took place what he could only term a Stock Exchange "ram p." There was a plot to take money from the pockets of individuals for the purpose of defrauding them..That had happened before, but never before had it happened that the Chancellor of the Exchequer of this kingdom, that the man who was afterwards made Lord Chief Justice of England, that the man who had been Chief Whip of one of the two great parties of the State and who was made a Peer of the Realm, had been a party to a ramp of that sort. There was not the least doubt these men ought to have been TURNED OUT OF OFFICE at that time. Men convicted of dealings of that sort were unfit to enjoy the high office they held and the large salaries they appeared to enjoy so much. (Hear, hear.) He thought there were signs that a General Election was very close upon them by a little incident which culminated on Friday last, and that was the introduction at the eleventh hour by the Govern- ment of a Housing Bill. The Unionist Party for the last three years had regularly introduced a for to get cheap cottages for the working classes of this country. The Radicals had regularly blocked that measure and then they suddenly found the Radicals bringing in a Bill of their own, a bill to provide three millions of the nation's money for the Government to spend carte blanche how they liked. Under Radical legislation, by what was known as the People's Budget, cottage building had almost come to a standstill in this country. Fifty thousand cottages less were being built every year and that spread over seven years meant 350,000 cottages. They knew what the reason was. People had lost fai'h in the ownership of land. People dare not buy land and build houses on spec." That loss in cottage building first of all caused the trouble. The Government proposed to devote three millions of money to building 12,000 cottages. What was 12.000 cottages to fill up a gap of 350.000. This was window dressing and he saw in it that the Radicals were already preparing for the General Election which was coming on. That money would be kept back for constituencies where the Liberal majority was rather small, and they hoped to get votes by it. The Unionist Party would be fully justified in resisting such a measure. He men- tioned that as one instance of the sort of thing they might-, expect in the last few months of the rather miserable existence of this miserable Government. (Loud applause.) He would ask them to remember, before their opinion was turned to the Radicals by such means as that, to remember their long career of muddling with finance and the administration of the country, the degradation that had been brought to some of the highest offices in the land by the misuse they had made of their offices, and he would ask them to remember that as Unionists they were there to oppose Home Rule, and support Ulster, and he asked them to vote Unionist as they had voted Unionist in the past. (Loud and continued applause. ) VOTES OF THANKS. On the motion of Captain Allen, seconded by Mr J H Parry, a vote of thanks was heartily accorded to Sir James Rankin for presiding and for allowing the use of his grounds for the gathering. Sir James briefly replied. Mr H F Roberts proposed and Mr H B Mew seconded, a vote of thanks to Captain Clive for his speech and his gift of medals for the tug-of-war, and to Mr Clifton Hiil for his gift of a handsome challenge cup for the tug- of-war. The vote was heartily accorded, and Captain Clive briefly responded. Hearty cheers were raised for Captain and Mrs Clive and Sir James and Lady Rstnkin and the formal proceedings closed. The inter-lodge contests were resumed and the tug-of-war especially created great interest. Lady Rankin presented the prizes at the close and was heartily thanked for her kindness ia so doing. The members then dispersed for their several destinations after a most enjoyable time, during which the weather, though boisterous, was happily fine.
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COLWALL FOOTBALL CLUB. I The annual meeting of the Colwall Football Club was held at the Horse and Groom Hotel,, Colwall, on Monday last at 8 p.m. The follow- ing were present:—Captain A V Holman ,(in the chair), Mr A E Haines (secretary), Messrs A G Parmee. A T Waters, H; Wharton, G. Williams, H Powell, F Marshall, Arch Evans, E Marshall, G Brown, S Willis, A Barnett, T Bridges, F Bough, F Willis, W Fletcher, J Hudson and Arthur Evans. The Chairman said that he was sorry to see so few members of the club amongst the present company. He thought that there should be a Football Club in Colwall and that it ought to go well if only members of the club would do some- thing themselves. The Secretary then read the balanee-sheet for the season 1913-14, which showed a deficiency of Yl Os 4d. The Chairman said there was no reason why there should not be a club in Colwall if players would do something to make it go, and turn up to matches, and with some support from outside people. It was unanimously decided that the club should continue. The Chairman then thanked the officers for the efficient way in which, they had discharged their duties. He thought that Mr Haines should be specially thanked. Ho had done his job like a sportsman. (Loud. applause.) Mr A G Parmee proposed that league football should be played and that the club should join the 1st Division of the Worcester League. Mr A Evans seconded. This caused considerable discussion. Mr H Wharton considered they should j,oin the 2nd Division, as they would: not get supporters to go and watch a team, that lost every match, and if they joined the 2nd Division they would stand a better chance of winning matches. Mr A T Waters said that he thought the best plan would be to join the 1st Division. It was decided to join the 1st Division of the Worcester League. A discussion then arose as to whether the team should be composed of entirely local players without any outside help. In the end it was decided that the team should be absolutely local,, Mr A E EEainos proposed that Mr John Stallard should bo elected as President of the Club. Mr Parmee seconded, and this was agreed to. Mr A E, Haines proposed that all persons who subscribed the sum of 10s 6d and upwards to the club should be elected as vice-presidents. Mr S Willis seconded, and this was carried unanimously. The Chairman proposed that Mr A E Haines should again be elected as hon. secretary of the club. Mr Haines said that he was very sorry to have to refuse, but he would be quite unable to take the secretaryship over again this season, as he had a great deal. more on his hands than he could manage, and they must please take his refusal as final. Mr Parmee suggested that Mr Haines should remain as secretary and that an assistant secretary should be appointed. He also remarked that if Mr Haines wished anyone to help him he would be only too pleased to do anything he possibly could. The Chairman proposed that Mr Parmee should be made hon. secretary and that Mr Haines should act as assistant-secretary. Mr Parmee accepted the office of secretary, but remarked that they were not to expect too much of him. Mr Haines said he would act as assistant secretary on condition that they allowed him to. relinquish the office after this season. The Chairman said that in electing a treasurer he thought that the best plan would be to jjOin the offices of secretary and treasurer, and pro- posed that Mr Parmee should be elected treasurer. Mr Parmee said that he would prefer for someone else to be made treasurer. Mr Haines then proposed that the Chairman should be elected treasurer. Mr F Marshall seconded, aad this was carried. Mr H Wharton proposed Mr H Powell as captain of the club. Mr H Powell said he was sorry to have to refuse, but that he expected that during the coming season he would be engaged elsewhere. The Chairman said that the next business to be done was to elect a. committee. Mr Haines proposed that Messrs A Lewis, C Hitchings, W Cinderbury, E Rogers, J Richards, G Barnettt, H Goodwin, J Hunt, A Goode, F]\ arshall, M Bexon, G Brown, H Wharton Arch Evans should be elected members, but the Chairman said that he thought another meeting should be held in a fortnight's time to decide as to the election of the committee and the picking of the players, but that the matter of the officers that they had elected should be considered as settled. The meeting was then adjourned until MQn- day, the 10th August.
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FARM LABOURERS' THREAT TO STRIKE. Wellington the only Place: of Tirsuble. I Happily, the threatened strike of farm jab. onrers in Herefordshire, appears in, little daager of fulfilment, and at only one place, Wellington,, have any labourers come out on strike. A concil- iatory spirit is beieg shown by, many Hereford- shire farmers, some of,wiloin,have advanced the men's wages from between 21 to li per week, together with ;;>11¡ allowance of from six to twelve days' holiday Wr y,ar on full pay—the latter in preference to giving a half-holiday weekly. A Ross correspondent writes to the Birming- ham Gazette: The controversy -between the Herefordshire farm labourers and the tarmers is still raging in-many parts of the county, but in the Ross diaimct, where it was expected there would be the greatest trouble at first, most of the men have aoeepted the offers mad e to them by their employers. In Wellington the strike htlq begun, and sincere pay-day the number of men. out is fourteen, ani these men. are doing their utmost to persuade., others to come out. Wellington seems atpreseaV to be the seat of the trouble, but the movement. is suffering from lack of unity among the mn. It is admitted by most oB the prominent farthers, in the Ross district that this controversy and, threat to strike has dcLi- fu gre%t deal of gocQ" ta- the labourers. Three meu who worked for Mr Langfo;rd, of- J Wellington, have each receivefl a week's notiea- to quit their cottages the notices to expirv on August. The men kave intimated that tJwy, dt), not intend to leave the cottages until compel led* to do so. They siiU declare also thai, during wet weather they are "turned back. One of the men stated, toO, that they would have aor- other fifty labours from King's Pyco tQ. helfn. them in the strike next Friday when iheii: notices expired- Interviewed by a Press represatativey, Mr Langford, the employer of the men on atuike, said he had bad no negotiations with the men, but was willing to negotiate. He p in^Ofi out that the men had never asked him, for, aNythiag, but meiely handed in their notices. He W no desire whatever to be hard on the men in. regard to their dwellings, aad he would take their garden stuil at a valuation so that tbay might not be at a loss in the event of, theiz, Uavmg to quit.
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