MERIONETHSHIRE WOMEN UNIONIST ASSOCIATION. ANNUAL MEETING AT BAR- MOUTH. The annual meeting of the Merioneth- shire Women's Unionist Association was held at Belle Vue Hall, Barmouth, on Wednesday of last week, Mrs. Lloyd, Rbaggatt, Cor-wen,presiding over a large > and representative gathering. A tele- gram was received from Lady WinChel- sea, the president of the Association, regretting that owing to ill-health she was unable to attend the meeting. Mrs. Lloyd proposed there-election of Lady Wincbelsea as president of the As- sociation. In seconding, Mrs. Charles Wilhams, Hengwm, Dyffryn, expressed the hope that her Ladyship would soon be restored to health and strength (hear, hear). The motion was-carried with acclamation. On the proposition of Mrs. Keightley, Miss Patehett was unanimously re- appointed organising secretary for the county, and Miss Dorothy Wvon, Rug, Corwen, the treasurer. Miss Patehet-t appealed for co-oper- ation amongst the members of the Association. The Chancellor of the Exchequer admitted in public that he looked upon the Liberal cause as a reli- gions faith. Now, that admittedly was a very good expression, but Mr Lloyd George sbouid bear in mind that Union- ists likewise regarded their cause from the same standpoint (cheers). The newest feature regarding their Associ- ation was the signing of the Ulster Covenant, 1334 women having already signed it in Merionethshire, which num- ber was excellent considering the size of the county (hear, heat- She inciden- tally mentioned that the annual fete would probablybe held at Dolgelley this year, the date not having yet been defi- nitely fixed upon. THE ULSTER QUESTION. Miss Austin Park, then addressed the meeting. She said that her primary in- tention was to stimulate interest in the great Irish question. Although it was not impossible that Home Rule would eventually be adopted in three provinces in Ireland, she could at the outset assure her audience that it would be impossible to palm it off on Ulster. The same people who advocated Home Rule cheered in the House of Commons when British reverses were reported during the Boer war., It was interesting to note thai in some parts of Ireland nowadays the rates stood at lis, 12s, 13, and in one town, at least, as much as 17s 6d in the pound. Was that a bright prospect for. Home Rule '? A friend of hers was unable to go about without police protection, be- cause he did his duty as a landlord in ejecting a tenantj who was two years in arrears with his rent. If that happened now how much worse would it be for those who had the courage of their con- victions, and were denied police protec- tion. Again, was Ireland financially strong enough to run a Government of its own, particularly when they had to pay the salaries of Cabinet Ministers and members of the Dublin Parliament? The argument was freely made use of that if Home Rule was granted mem- bers of Parliament at Westminister would be free to carry on their work. Rut then, it should not be forgotten that it is intended to have 42 Irish re- presentatives at Westminister, even if I Home Rule becomes law, and they like Oliver Twist will ask for more. Ire- land already possessed many privileges as compared with other parts of the United Kingdom. They had their special land measures; labourers' cot- tages at" a rental of Is a week, etc. It was really remarkable in Ireland, when the Old Age Pension Act first came into vogue, how quickly comparatively young people attained the allotted span of three score years and ten. The Local Government Board Act was in force in j 'the Emerald Isle; agricultural Imple- I merits were cheaper, and in fact Ireland was much better' treated by English- I men than by her own kill) and kin. j Miss Park said that she would like if those who evinced no interest in Ire- land could go over there to see things i for themselves. The Old Town Hall at ￼ by women Belfast was now occupied by women ? loyalists, who were taught 'ambulance work, cooking, flag signalling, and stretcher drill. They had a Post Office of their own, and dispatch riders and !j women did all this work, A year ago there were 1000 male volunteers in Ulster. To-day the number has in- creased to 110,000, irrespective of rank in life or politics. They were a fine body of men who were determined that Ulster should be excluded, from the Home Rule Bill for an indefinite period. These loyalists are ready to die for the Empire, and the women-folk shed tears of pride at such a noble sacrifice (cheers). They who signed the solemn covenant sincerely believed that so long as they did not desert the people, God was on their side. Should it please God to harden the hearts of this present Government as He hardened the heart of Pharaoh of old, Ulsterites were pre- pared to die for their liberty. They preferred losing their lives rather than their religion and civil liberties (cheers). The gun-running plot was the most wonderful thing in history. Whereas quietness reigned supreme in Ulster, London was all astir Ulster retaliated. "You may break us but you'll never bend us" (cheers), Ulster women were even keener than the men in standing to their giins. M e n e v e n e a e r i fi o e d their sports in order to devote the whole of their .spare time to drilling. On the other hand, the Irish Nationalist Volun- teers were not a disciplined force, as yet, and they bore hatred in their hearts towards England and the British gene- rally. However, Ulsterites were deter- mined to do nothing silly, although their patience was sorely tried. When Mr. Joseph Chamberlain was requested re- cently to give a message to Ulster loyalists his reply was,. I' hate the mention of conversations, compromise, and coercion" (hear, hear). If there was one fact she (Miss Park) was proud of it was being a native of London- derry, the motto of which was No Surrender." It was a wonder that Welsh Noncon- formists were so apathetic towards the North of Ireland inasmuch as-Noncon- formists formed the bulk of the people in that faith as well as for rights and liberties. After all, the downfall of l, i, t .ie downf,,7Li'l 0 f' Ireland would eventually be the down- fall of Wales. As it was stated in the fable, it is impossible to break a bundle of sticks, but when they are taken out singly the task is much lightened. So also were we, as an empire, the finest in the world, were bound together by Imperial patriotism. It might be that the Loyalists. will be killed and over- powered no one could tell how it would end. One never yet came across a German who did not wish well to Home Rule in Ireland. The inference was obvious. When we are engaged in fight- ing among ourselves, enemies will step in. They in Ulster only asked to be left alone. Lord Roberts was an Irishman, as also was the Duke of Wellington, and if danger threatened England the 110,000 Ulster Volunteers would assist to allay it. The horrors of civil war were indescribable, and all hoped and prayed that it may yet be averted (cheers). A vote of thanks to the speaker hav- ing been enthusiastically carried, the pioceedings concluded with the singing of God Save the King."
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1 11 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. ￼ Mr and Mrs Villi??7Lms, Ceylon House, wish to express their sincerest gratitude to all for their kind enquiries and words of comfort, tendered them in their great bereavement, caused by the death of their beloved son, Willie.
BARMOUTH. Excursionists.— To-day (Thursday) a large number of excursionists came here from Oswestry. Boy,iling.On Wednesday, theTowyn team defeated Barmon th Wednesdays by 84 points, The scorers were, Towyn 198, Barmouth 105. Scholarships. — On Saturday last, thirty candidates from the surrounding district sat at the annual entrance scholarship examination held at the County School. Foreign Mission Sale of Work.—The total receipts of the Foreign Mission Sale of Work held recently at the Church Hall amounted to £ 235 8s. 7d. The receipts of the previous sale held at Bangor amounted to £ 225. Motor Launches.Visitor-, who wish to have a pleasant trip up the Estuary or, out to the Bay, could do nothing better than engage one of the motor launches, "Aster" and Mona." For full particulars apply to Williams' Bros., G.W.R., Enquiry Office, or on the Quay.—Advt. Wedding.—The marriage took place on June Brd, at St. Cyngar's Church, Llangefni, by the Rector, assisted by the Rev. G. Jones, between Mr Evan Owen Edwards, youngest son of the late Mr David Edwards, and of Mrs Edwards, Bank House, and Miss Mary Williams, eldest daughter of the fate Mr Benjamin WiHiams, and of Mrs Williams, 3, Buckley Square, Llangefni. Bravery Rewarded.—Last week, at Llandinam, Inspector John George, late stationmaster at Barmouth Junction, and Foreman William Edward Morris, Glyndwr, Barmoutb, were presented with certificates of the Royal Humane Society for conspicuous bravery in res- cuing and restoring to life by artificial respiration a man who had fallen into a pool at BannouUl Junction on November 15th last. The presentations, on behalf of the Humane Society, were made by Mr David Davies, M.P. Advertising Barmouth—In the Bir mingbam Weekly Post for last week appears the following paragraph which was written by Doris Rollason, 12 years of age, and was awarded the second prize in a weekly competition. My favourate sea-side resort is Bar- mouth, a small town in North Wales. Many people like a change every year, but I stick to daar old Barmouth. It is a quaint old town, and most of the houses have a flight of rugged steps up to them. There are funny little streets, and some go up the mountain. There is magnificant scenery at Barmouth, with great mountains towering up into the clhuds, and the sea is such a beauti- ful colour that you can hardly tell what colour it really is. It is most interes- ting to watch the big burly sailors strol- ling about the old quay, and to hear them shouting out Welsh to each other. At Barmouth there is a great stretch of sand right along the shore, which is beautiful and firm to walk along. Over the estuary is a tremendous bridge, over which the railway goes, but people may walk over it. It is interesting to fish here, but you have to be careful of your hat, which very otten blows off and may go floating along with the tide. From here you get a, beautiful view, but about the most beautiful view is from the Panorama Walk, a patch right up to the top of the mountain. I never get tired of Barmouth, and I am going for the /fourth time this year. i Presentation.—On Tuesday -last, Mr John Walters, the managing director of "the Art Picture House, presented each child attending the Council School with a packet of sweets. To Visitors, lvIarianne Farningham in her Welsh Home with portrait of famous authoress and her cottage, Craig-yr-helbul, by W. Glandwr-Morgan. May be had of Messrs John Evans and Nephew, and Mr Pyemont.—Advt. The Male Voice Choir held another of its series of Sacred Concerts on the front, last Sunday evening, These con- certs commence at 8.30 when public services of all-nature have ended for the day, and last for one hour. The men's singing of sacred pieces, both in Welsh and English, gives great pleasure to visitors, who in their hundreds listen with rapt attention. Another concert will be held at 8.30 next Sunday night, if the weather is fine. By the exceed- ingkindness of Messrs. Pare and Bowen, chairs are provided for a large number of the audience who are invited to occupy them free of charge. Sacred Concert.—The very large num- ber of visitors who are staying at Min-y-Mor were greately delighted by the singing of the Male Voice Choir, on Sunday night last. The Choir sang some of their favourite choruses, and particularly pleasing were the selection of Welsh hymns. Solos were rendered at intervals by Mr. Edgar Williams, Mr. E. M. Evans and Mr. Walter Davies. Miss Rowlands presided at the piano, Min-y-Mor has an advantage over every other house in the town inasmuch as it contains a beautiful concert hall, capable of holding a couple of hundred, and visitors to this. com modiolls and superior boarding house, are well pro- vided with entertainments in the even- ings. Juvenile Entertainment.—Some time ago an entertainment in which nearly all the performers were juveniles, took place at the Pavilion. It turned cut such an unqualified success, not only from the artistic and literary point of view, but also financially, resulting in a net profit of £ 20, that the promoters, in response to a general desire on the part of the public, decided to give a repe- tition. This took place on Wednesday May 24th, Dr. J. R. Heath occupying the chair. The young performers had lost none of their zest and enthusiasm, indeed, the perfection with which some of the items were performed, excelled even that of the original. Mrs. J. R. Heath, Miss Mamie Roberts and Miss May Lloyd acted as accompanists. For a repeat house there was a wonderfully good audience,notwithstand- ing the fact that the night was excess- ively close, A net profit of -I £7 was cleared, with which the promoters in- tend to give the children and others who assisted, a treat, as a slight recog- nition for their valuable services. With- out mentioning any names, we wish to congratulate most heartily those ladies and gentlemen who had laboured with the little ones to get them to such a state of proficiency. Enough to state that there was not an indifferent item in the programme which was carried through as follows :—Overture, selec- tions on the harp. Action song, Babies go to school." Action song and dance, Gay little Geishas." Violin solo, Dr. J. R. Heath. Action song, Little Cooks." Action song and dance, Morris v dance. Action song and dance, I want Mr. Schneider." Action song, Ten little mothers." Solo, Mr. Edgar Wil- liams. Sketch, typical of old Welsh life. This was performed under the direction of Mr D. Roberts (the harpist). Action song and dance, "Little Gipsies." Action song, "Hush! here comes the Dream Man." Violin solo, Dr. J. R. Heath. Action song, Patricia MsjJone." Finale, Grand Tableaux. On the motion of Rev. Meirion Davies a very hearty vote of thanks was passed to the Chairman.