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RIOHT HON. TOM RICHARDS, M.P.. AT RHYMNEY. ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING. The Imperial Cinema, Rhymney. was crowded by an enthusiastic audience on Tuesday evening to sotord a reception to the ftiffht Hon. T. Richards, M P. for the division, who delivered the first of the series of apei-ches in his constituency during the General Election, in which he re- viewed present events The chair watt occupied by Mr W. S Morgan. the chairman of the local Trades and Labour Council, who, in opening the proceedings, said that the last time they had Mr Richards amongst them was daring the storm and distress of the war, when he outlined the war aims of the Labour Party. That time was gone and they would now have the pleasure of Mr Richards giving them the Peace Aims of the Labour Party. Daring the last few days the Government had published the casuality list of the war, but terrible as that was they all felt wonderfully glad that their brave soldiers and sailorg had brought the fight to a successful conclusion, and that night they stood bafore the world as having fought a righteous cause (hear, hear). The Right Hon. T. Richards, who was loudly applauded on rising, said that Christ told his disciples when they went out on a preaching mission, tustartat Jernsalem. He (the speaker) was that night opening his preaching tour of that election, and he started it at 44 Jerusalem." The many trials which they experienced were com- pensated when he visited Rhymney. He was glad to 'b,) present and to meet them again in Peace times. They had come through the tuanel and were now emerging into the light, of what he hoped would be a new world. Although he was a temperance man he could forgive the exuberance of the people of the laud w hen the news of the Armistice was declared. It did one good to see the manner in which the people received the news, but, be said, make no mistake, this war is not ended yet. The war must never be forgotten and thair children must see to it that it was never re- peated. He was proud to see the innumerable flags which were dis- played during that Armistice week. They were not the Red flag but the flag of the Union Jack. Although the Union Jack was a symbol of militarism, it was also the symbol of freedom and liberty (hear, hear). It was also the signal of protection, and all nationalities realised this. He would never want to pull down the Union Jack iu order to hoist the Red flag. The arhVtocra^y had paid their shuie in thw terribl e war. equally with the wo; king class. They were united under one Bag-a flag which sympathised with the oppressed and the persecuted, a flag which waved for a freer England and a freer Wales (cheers). For four years they had marched forward against an enemy who had, for over half a century, been trained in all the devilish instruments of warfare. Their-tha British- boys had not been trained in the art of war, but they did not hesitate to 11 go into battle for the defence of free- dom and a righteous cause. He was convinced that nothing in this world could explain those battles of Mons, the Marne, and Cambrai. How the boys, untrained to military war- fare, killed tens of thousands of the Germans, and drove back that trained tirmy during those great battles (cheers). The German morale and courage gave way to the indomitable spirit of those noble boys, many of whom paid the supreme penalty. He made no apology for it, as they should never forget the heroism of the collier boys, but he was the first of the labour leaders to make a pronounce- ment, and to call upon the collier boys *o volunteer. He went all over the country advocating this, and the fact that he received no criticism of bis action from West Mon. showed that they.approved of his action (hear, hear). Shortly after the boys went out, he himself followed, and went right through to the front line trenches. He (the speaker) then re- lated his experience on that journey, how he discovored the Welsh boys, and how indifferent they were to the dangers surrounding them, without a grumble of the hardships they were realising. Not only was it so amongst those ir the trenches, but the authori- ties had actually to stop the miners from joining the colours, owing to the danger of a shortage of coal for munitions. This clearly outlined the grit and determination of the collier boys of Wales (applause). Referring to the election, ho said ho did not think that an election was really necessary at the present time. The nation had given its entire support to the Government, and they should have gone on and completed the work. However, what they had to do now was to see that the new Government did not prove their destruction. The Labour Party had been brought into the coalition of the late Government. He was not in that Government (laughter), but th* Labour Party went there at the behest of their own party, and it was a pity that they bad left it. If ever they were going to ¡ have a Labour Party to goveru the country, they must have men who had been trained in the work to take over the reias of Government, other wise there was a great danger of disaster (hear, hear). He thought, therefore, that they would have been better advised if they had allowed the whole thing to be settled up. They were now out of the Coalition. If he went back to Parliament he would go there as a Non-Coalitionist, but whilst he was doing so he was not accepting what the Labour Party were saying of Mr Lloyd George (hear, hear;. He did not say thin because of what Mr Lloyd George had done for West Mon. or that he had spoke in favour of the miners at Woolwich when they were appealing to the people for con- tributions to feed their wives and chil- dren during the five months strike. It was, in his opinion, the height of in- gratitude for anyone to refer to Mr Lloyd George in the manner in which some of the Labour bodies were doing at the present moment all over the country (applause). Did he not (the Prime Minister) in the darkest days of the war give them encouragement (hear, hear) ? Did he not shew a firm determination to win the war, and was it not in a great measure due to that grit and perseverance that they continued the struggle and ultimately to victory (cheers). He referred to what the Government had done in the munitions and other depart- ments to bring about that unity of action which bad culminated with so much success. Referring to the Peace conference, he agreed that Labour must be represented there. He hoped to be near at hand at a miners' conference to guide the dele- gate of Labour in his course of action it the Peace table (applause). At the close of an iospiring address, Mr Daniel Thomas (CUremont) moved a resolution expresairig unabated con- fidence in the Rt. Hon. T. Richards, and pledging the meeting to use their ntmost endeavours to ensure his triumphant return, should a contest take place.—This was seconded by the Rev. R. E. Peregrine, B.D. Previous to closing the proceedings Mr H. T. Miles, asked to be allowed to move a resolution, which be said was an important one affecting the brave men—the discharged soldiers and sailor8-many of whom had been disabled, and mado groat saorifio-is in the crisis which the Empire had passed through. He thought that if the meeting parsed a resolution, urg- ing upon the Liboar party to allow Mr John Hodge to outinue his irri- mistible services as Pensions Minister, coming from that representative meet- ing it would carry great weight. The Chairman said as time had so far advanced, and they had to quit the building, it would be better to defer it to a future meeting, which Mr Richards would address at Rhym- ney before the close of the campaign. -Mr Miles replied that it would then be too late to have effect.
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CORRESPONDENCE. U- CONFLICTING IDEAS. To the Editor Sir,-With the General Eleotion near at band and the possibility of candidates and other people oommit- ing a political somersault, it is necessary and advisable that we should know their true position. For the time being we can only deal with one person who seeks the support of the electorate the other person may come into the field later on. During the war, it has been understood that Mr Alfred Ouions was in favour of sup- porting the Coalition Government in prosecuting the war. "It was also taken for granted, that the members of the I.L.P., were in favour of stop- ping the war at any time, and enter. ing into what was oalled a premature peace." In the opinion of the former, the prosecution of the war was essential to safeguard and preserve democracy. In the opinion of the latter, war at any time and at all times was folly, and would not, and could not preserve, and safeguard democracy. This rested in their be- lief in the sacredness of human life and possessing the idea that advance- ment would not come by using humtn beings as CI common fodder." In theory, I am giving my beat as far as the two are concerned, but in praotiee I am not going to say that either of them come up to what is hold theo- retically. It is quite true that the war is pract-icaliv over, but that fact, surely, is not the cause of P.-inciples-if there are atiy-being sunk, and hands being joined for the moment. Such a thing, apparently, may appear so, hut at the bottom it is not feasible. Yen may have people who appear to work unless they have forgotten ideals and altered their opinions. At a meeting at G ilfacb to further the candidature of Mr Onions, there were four or five I.L.P. members on the platform. How they got there, and who was i-esponsible for their presence, is another point that should hø known. Wire-puUing may be use- I, mi to the few, but it is a hindrance to the many. In order to and out the met position ooovpied by the ""T't man who stands as Labour candidate, will someone say whether or not he endorses the action of the I.L.P. people in the past ? As there are two sides to most questions, and not in any way wishing to do th; Labour candidate an injustice, will someone say whether or not the I L P. people endorse the position of Mr Onions in the past ? In answering these two questions to anything like satisfaction, the air may become c!ear and the path made clean.- I am, etc M. J. FITZGIBBON, 7, Llancayo-street, Bargoed November 23rd, 1919.
CANDIDATES' EXPENSES I To the Editor. I Sir,—Attention should be called to Clause 31 of the Retorui Act., 1918, which deals with Parliamentary can- didates' election expenses. It does not seem to be generally known that miners' lodges, etc., are not entitled under the new Act to pay for motor oars and speakers on behalf of candi- dates. All such expenses must be incurred by Election Agents only, in writing, and must be returned in the statement of the candidates' expenses, The penalty for contravention is the same as for bribery.-I am, Ac., Nov. 23rd, 1918. CAVEAT. I
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BEDWELLTY DIVISION. ELECTION. THE LABOUR CANDIDATE. Councillor Charles Edwards, Black- wood, sub agent for the Tredegar Valley District of Miners, and mem- ber of the Executive Council of the South Wales Miners' Federation, has been adopted as the Labour candidate for the Bed well ty Division, and during the past week addressed a number of meetings in the Sirhowy Valley. Speaking at a meeting held on Wednesday, Mr Edwards said he honestly believed that the Labour Party would be better off through being independent. He would support democratic legislation, but wished to be able to oppose legislation which would be detrimental to the interests of the people. I OAPT. WILLIAMS AT NEW I TREDEGAR. On Thursday evening Capt. W. Henry Williams, the Coalition can- didate, opened his campaign in the Rhymney Valley, and addressed a large and representative meeting at the Assembly room of the Liberal Club, New Tredegar.-The candidate was supported on the platform by a number of local Liberals and Coali- tionii;ta.-Upon the motion of Mr W. H. Rees, Alderman W. S. Nash, J.P., Fleur-de-lis, was voted to the chair, and in openiag the proceedings, Ald. Nash said be regarded it as a great pleasure and privilege to be on the platform of the Coalition candidate that night, and to open the campaign in the upper part of the constituency. —Corporal Richards, who has been in the thick of the fighting in France for a period of four years, delivered a short speech, and earnestly appealed to the audience to realise the momentous issues which were at stake. He em- phasised the importance of giving the little Welshman (Mr Lloyd George) every support in carrying out his pro- gramme, if only for what he had done for the men in the trenches. That could best be accomplished by their vote for Captain Williams, the Coal- ition candidate, who from experience knew the hard trials which the sol- diers had to endure during the past four and a half years. (Applause). Capt. Williams, who was enthusias- tically received, delivered a vigorous address. He said he wished to im- press upon those present that that election was not being fought on per- sonal, but in a question of principle (hear, hear). The vital point they had to determine in the present crisis was whether the programme of the Coalition Party, with their dis- tinguished countryman, the Rt. Hon. D. Lloyd George at the head, or that of the opposing forces was the best. Reviewing the work of the Coalition Government, he referred to the many beneficent reforms which had been brought about, more particularly the passing of the Representation of the People Act, by which women could, for the first time, exoercise the vote in the coming election. Then they had passed the Education Bill, giving them a system of National education, which all would agree was of far- reaching importance. As many of them were aware, he had for some time taken a keen interest in the welfare of the discharged soldiers and Ailon. and whilst casting no reflection on the work of the local Pensions Committees, he said that they should persist in urging upon the Govern- ment authorities to give these com- mittees greater elasticity in dealing with individual cases. They could not do too much for those men who had ¡ made such heavy sacrifices for freedom I of the empire during the last four and a half years. Whether returned to ¡ Parliament or not, he would continue to see that justice was done to those noble heroes (applause). Stirring addresses followed by Aid. Moses Walters, J.P., Penmaen; Mr R J. Jones, Aberbargoed, and others. A number of questions were put ¡ to the candidate, which were ably re- plied to, and at the olose, a resolution was adopted pledging support to Capt. Williams to bring aboct his triumph- ant return. ABERBARGOED MEETING. I Later, a meeting was held at the Workmen's institute, Aberbargoed, presided oner by Ald. W. S. Nash, J.P. Captain Williams was subjected to some heckling by a section of the community who had congregated in one corner of the room. A very persistant questioner put a query to the Candidnte regarding the C.O's to which he replied that he had no use whatever for a man who was of no use to his country. He was challenged te repeat this, which he promptly did and added that before the cock would crow he would repeat it thrice. Capt. Williams scored heavily over his opponents in some of the questions. A detailed report will appear next week.
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BEDWELLTY DISTRICT COUNCIL. COUNCILLORS' TRIBUTE TO THE LATE MR. S. GODWIN. A meeting of the Bedwellty Council was held on Tuesday at New Tredegar, Mr Isaac Jones, J.P., presiding.The Chair- man, at the outset, referred to the death of a former and much-esteemed member of the Councii, namely, Mr Sidney Godwin, Blackwood, and moved a vote of con4olence with the family.—Councillor W. Bufton seconded, and said that Mr Godwin was for many years one of the most active and conscientious members of that body, and he always worked harmoniously with them all.—Mr J. V. Lewis referred to Mr Godwin as one whom he had known for many years, and one whose services he much appreci. ated. Mr Godwin had, in his work on the Council, always watched the interests of the ratepayers, and his loss was keenly felt.—Mr J. Crew, Blackwood, said he could not let that occasion pass without adding his expression of appreciation of a colleague with whom he had been closely associated in the work of the council for several, years and a sense of deep loss at his death. For some years he and Mr Godwin had gone back and fore to the council meetings, and he could assure them that Mr Godwin had his whole heart and soul in the work. No one felt the loss as keenly as he did when Mr Godwin became ill. Mr Crew added he had lost an able colleague and a kind friend, and he sin- cerely added his word of sympathy.—Mr T. J. Thomas, clerk of the council, associ- ated himself with all that had been said. He had known Mr Godwin, if not longer than anyone present, he had doubtless been more closely and intimately ac- quainted with him than anyone there. He was at school with him and bad been very friendly with him until he became ill. He felt it very keenly when Mr Godwin was stricken down, for he realised that Mr Godwin was an able councillor and he (Mr Thomas) had lost a good pal. He should not like that occasion to pass without ex- pressing his appreciation of the great help he had received from the late member in the past. He felt the loss very much in- deed, and he assured them that all the officials of the council did, for they all said that they always found Mr Godwin absolutely straight and above board. The vote was passed in respectful silence.— Most of the business done by the council was of a private nature.
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CURIOUS POSITION AT CAER- PHILLY. Colonel H. E. M. Lindsay, who presided over a meeting of the Conservative Associations of Gelligaer and Caerphilly at Ystrad- mynach Wednesday, stated that since their previous meeting a week ago Mr J. E. Evans had been adopt- ed by the local Liberal Associations as the Coalition candidate for the Caerphilly Division. Mr Evans had subsequently been in communication with the Liberal headquarters, who informed him that they bad adopted Mr Alfred Onions as the official can- didate, and under the circumstances Mr Evans therefore could not stand. Colonel Lindsay said that in view of these facts there was no alternative for the Unionist Party but to do like- wise, and be could not therefore allow himself to be nominated. This was agreed to under protest.
ABEKBARGOED The B.W.T.A. at Aberbargoed have restarted their work for the winter session. Daring the last fortnight good meetings have been held. On the 12th inat a splendid miscellaneous programme was prepared by Mesdames Look, Higgs and Webb, and contribu- ted to by the following: Misses Win- nie Cushion, Annie Loughlin, Rene Evans, and Olive Phillips (soloists); Misses Alice Dallimore, W. Cushion, Florrie Nelmes, and Master Aelwyn Evans (elocutionists) Master Merlin Evanl, violinist. A choir of girls also rendered very k-ffectively a number of National songs. Mrs. Look accom- panied. On the 19th inst., a speaker was provided, in the person of Mr D. G. Thomas, Commercial-street, whose address was much appreciated. o
imedluum I POLITICS PH WtMIN. 41.. -Z. 1 St muN T»m JUpb/wg U Jirig.-Qt&erti fage Ortfl (Ct?a<??, ?.?), w? <M?M wi4w <Ae 9-Ait omm ment giwing dtinit* iolfavativ" to 40 eanaft taat, veac4 terms WMM,.imhao fllM Ktfareiion by the German JkWin, inefftaq me repayment oj the 00 mtt of the war inemi-red by the Aiho, Afr. Emttr Lmvt QC/mncmlier of the Bmhofwr) mid I can make no statement en this mbjeet. Qenertl Page Croft tuhti, » vtew of the appromh of the General JSlectien, whether the riglK hook IMtlf. nutn was going te make a definite statement on the oukfeet its conformity with the pe- mise that there should be a 1JIiIjIIi. peace. Xr. Montr low repeated ØwII no definite statement could be wmde. In the midst of somewhat rowdy and pos- sibly uligfctly preroatuxe"peace celebrations, I wris brought back to earth with a srvere shock when on opening the "Times" last Tuesday morning I read the above para- graph ia the Parliamentary news. I will admit fckat I have for sonii time entertained a lurking fear that this Coalition business wai some new form of political trick, and I think we women should be deeply grateful to General Page Croft, the leader of the fearless little group of "National" members, for, well, to say the least of it, giving ua food for very serious. reflection, for I can only conceive one explanation of this start- ling exhibition of political hanky-panky. Mr. Bouar Law is asked a straightforward ques- tion which in plam English* amounts to this Are we English "people to pay the thousands of millions of debt incurred in fighting a wax we did not want, or is Ger- many to foot the bill ? Surely there is only one answer to such a straightforward question. As a matter of fact it is such an obvious thing that one weuld presume the question unnecessary; but if Mr. Bonar Law's reply means anything it ewely means that as in the case of German prisoners in this country who were given such distinct preferential"treatment over British prisonera in Germany, so again are cut Teutonic friends to be spared the unpleasant task ct paying the bill. This astounding revelation places all other iscues entirely in tke background, sad bringa us bang right up to the one question, that we must demand elitry candidate at the forthcoming election to anSwer-RIa Ger. many to pay for the wart" If all my women readers will kindly put this question to the candidate* in the con- stituency they reside, and forward their re- plies to me, I will endeavour, to compile a !i"t of such candidate"s*as are worthy of a Fsritish woman's vote. I had intended to deal 'Lb quite another subject this week, but fc< this matter ia so important. I must confess that candidly I do not believe Mr. Uoyd George himself would KI)are Germany, and I am certain that our Allies would not, but I fear that in order to -c ure the support of some of the older poli- ticians it may be necessary for the Premier to modify his views. It is in this that I see Mi*- danger of the Coalition. Personally Ishall vote for tite Independent candidate who is out to aupport Mr. Lloyd George to bring abjut a really jubt pew*. Let as not forget that practically the whole of Germany's expenditure has been within her own country, therefore the money is still in Germany, whereas in our own case tbo bulk of our expenditure has been to AMied or Neutral countries, plaoing our financial position at a decided disadvantage, and I consider that women wiU Itove grievously failed to redeem the debt they owe to our soldiers and sagora if they give one single vote to any candidate before being assured that, whatever else they may promise, they will see that soldiers and sailers, having risked their lives ia a war net of their seeking, will not have to pay tike financial cost as well, otherwise we must he prepared, those of us who have invested onr snaaJl savings in War Bonds, te be heavily taxed r the rest of our lives ia order to pay our. >es back.