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K- THE MEMBER FOR SWANSEA DISTRICT. j. DISTRICT. ) I Mr. T. J. Williams Selected at Neath Meeting i-, The last .tage ir. UlO selection of a rcprc' j ?tttative in Parliament for the Swansea V ( District seat vacated by the Right*Hon. ■ Sir David lirynroor Jones, K.C., was reached on Saturday, when the liberal delegates fr om the constituent, divisions met at thi) Liberal Club, Neath, to receive the results of the district voting. It wae reported that Mr. T..). Wilhams had recciv-ed a majority—the delegate vote work ing out 76 to 71—and he wiis formally adopted as the Liberal candi- date for the constituency. Only the legal formalities—the issue of the writ. etc .-have to be complied with to make \Mm the member for the Swansea Dis- i- trict. i|' The Conservative party and the Labour i party have decided to observe the ? political truce. Alderman Hopkin Morgan was voted to the chair. He said he wished to make it clear that he was not there in the capacity of a delegate—as a delegate, he meant appointed by any commidee. He understood different committees had been appointed for the various candidates, lift expressed no opinion on that. He had nothing to do with any of those com- mittees in any capacity- he was simply and solely in an independent position acting as chairman of that final meet- ing. I trust we will have a pleasant meeting," he continued—(hear, hear) and that there will ho no bickerings. (Hear, hear). I don't think to-day there is any occasion for it, and the less we have of bickerings now-because we don't know what may happen—the better icr I all concerned." (Hear, hear.) The object of their deliberations, said | Mr. Hopkin Morgan, had been to en- deavour to get at the voice, of the £ Liberal electors of the Swansea District. $He sincerely hoped that at their final meeting their deliberations would be of such a nature as to leave no bad feeling ¡ afterwards. (Applause). Throughout their discussions—he would not say controversies—they had endeavoured "0 I elicit the opinions of the various elec- toral divisions. There had been a differ- ence of opinion, as there always would bo in the Progressive party. "Unless we differ in our opinions we are making I no progress," declared the Chairman. "A difference of opinion is a sign of life, of vitality, and cf growth, a sign of expansion, and a igu of SOlidarity at last. (Hear, hear.) What I am par- ticularly anxious about, and .-wish to emphasise now is. that however much we may have differed and 'slogged' at each other—if that has been done—in y the various electoral divisions and hero, If?t us make a grave for the hafch(?. 'I (Hear, hear). You don't want to he ? 'chopping' and 'chipping' each othei I that .cannot: be helpful to us. What we, want now is a united front, if we can get ■ rt. the sole desire that in the Swan- sea District, nothing is to interfere with the free choice of tho Liberal electors as far as our representative is concernpd." He trusted they would all part as friends, fullv determined finally selected their candidate, therv would be no further fll,, and bother, but that, the gentleman selected would be re- reived a, the recognised candidate, to be elected eventually as their representa- tive. (Applause.) Mr. Harry WiHiama (secretary) reported the result t? the district voting as fol- ?Wi!: First Vote. -?[r. A. A. Themes, 208 ? Mr. Dan Thomas, 762; Mr. T. J. WH- -I,tr. -Da-i  Secmfd Vote and Proportional NumbeT of Delegates.—Mr. Dan Thomns, 872 ?yotm. 71 del?at<?s: Mr. T. J. Wi]Ham;?' 1.0H votes, 76 delegates. This gtve majority for Mr. T. J. Williams of H2 votes and live delegates. The Chairman suggested that the proper course of procedure would now be to for- inall i- move and second Mr. T..1. Wil- liams's adoption. Mr. Rees Edwards moved, and Mr. H. burgess seconded, the ra.sol ution. Mr. W. Rowen Davies (Neath) said he was sorry to strike a dissentient note, but he ri^pectrfully suggested it would not bo fair to ask the delegates who were in the minority to give a second vote for Mr. Willi.ins. The Chairman: The motion is:- That in accordance with the result of ib,, voting now given, Mr. Williams be adopted as the candidate. At this juncture would it be wise to ask for a vote in the negative? (Hear, hear.) .I don't think it would be polite or ex- .^ffedi'c'nt. There is certainly no principle I Involved, inasmuch as the District throughout has decided by ballot. I don't think it would be wise to divide upon the point at all. (Applause.) Mr. John Meredith (Morriston) said he feared they were starting again upon what hud been the main failing of their past meetings. Iu the past the meetings had been monopolised by half a dozen or no people, and the rank and file had said very little. We have been here six times," he said, and I am getting tired of it. Had the votes been cast the other way I would not have hesitated to put the hatchet out of Fight. (Applause.) I have done everything for my candidate, but had he been beaten J would have taken the other man by tho hand and wished him good luck. Let us close up Ur ranks. I appeal to you as Britishers: Y Let's close up side by side ready for any "pother fight. (Applause.) Mr. Bowen Davies said he had lively recollections of what transpired a couple of months ago. when a unanimous vote was desired for Mr. Mantel- man. Some of the delegates then went against their inctrii-etions. 1 have no other instructions to-day," he said, "than to vote for the candidate for whomi I have, striven all along. We are not going to; ask ocr candidate to fight, but are pro- pared to abide by the decision of the tnajority; but we ask you in fairness not to strain the principle we hold by asking Os to vote f¿r the pther candidate." The Chairman: May I interpose. I have not said it was my inten- tion to ask for a negative vote. I have not suggested it. This r?olution is in accord- ance with the re?ult? aanounccd by Mr. Harry Williams, and it is quite in keeping with that to put it to the meeting. The Rev. B. T. Jones: I don't pee what Torre the resolution can have unless you take into account the minority. The Chairman then put the resolution, and there was a loud response of HAyes." Without.putting the contrary, he declared it carried. Mr. Harry Williams waS requested to communicate the decision to the Chief fliberal Whip as soon as possible, in order feat the writ may be issued without further delay. Mr. T. J. Williams and Mr. Dan Thomas were then invited into the room to address the delegates, and they were aach accorded a rousing reception. Mr. Williams, who wa^ warmly T- ceived, in returnin thwa ?l .s for his adoption, said he thought he could now pay he was fairly woil on the way to St. Stephens. In his thanks he included khe Chairman and those delegates who, tor reasons they were entitled to rood reasons—desired fomeon? else but Himself, jo represent the Swansea Dis- trict. "'But the time has now come," he said "when our ranks must be closed. (Hear, hear). Wo must be one united body, because in the future there may be rocks in front of us." He had not fought against Liberalism, he went on t6 say. but fought for Liberalism, and the Liberals in the Swansea District ¡ should become so strong that, whatever j anient happen in the future, tho am-) stituency. as in the past, would be a Liberal one. He was perfectly con- scious of the responsibil'ty he had sought at their hands, and which they had now entrusted to him, but he hoped he would obtain the respect of the electors in the same way as his pre- decessors. (Hear, hear). He realised he had to follow in the steps of dis- ting???shpd men like the lato Lord Swansea, and if he might say so with filial affection, his own father, and also Sir David I-Irviiinor Jones. He fully appreciated how much they expected of him, and he promised he would serve them to the best of his I ahilitv. He would stand fast to the motto of Peace, Retrenchment and Reform," a r) d be faithful to true Liberal principles and those traditions which all Liberals wished to see perpetuated. TIe would sup- port tho Government to the best of his ability iu any endeavour to bring this un- fortunate war to a happy end. (Applause.) When the war was over and we gathered the fruits, he hoped his ability as a com- mercial man would be of some benefit to the country, and to that constituency in particular. He also wished to include in the expression of thanks his wife, who had worked with untiring energy for him during this campaign. (Applause.) Mrs. T. J. Williams followed with a few words of thanks, and said she would do all she could to help her husband as the Member for Swansea District. (Applause.) Mr. Dan Thomas, who enjoyed a hearty reception, said at the outset: "I have been defeated; but at any rate I am glad that Liberalism in the Swansea District I:as at last made up its mind." Although defeated, he was very grateful to all for the kind reception he had met with in the constituency—(hea?. hear)- having been received on all hands with courtesy and appreciation. That was a great consolation to him. His friends generally had been very kind. and ho had also received kindness from his opponents. I make no complaint," said Mr. Thomas. I only hope that I also may some day enter the House of Commons. I am glad to have been able to stand up so well for myself, and I warmly appreciate the fine I support extended to me. I congratulate you on having at last made up your mind, and arrived at a decision." (Ap- plause). One necessary formality adopted by the meeting was the disbandment of the Liberal Association until after the elec- tion. The Chairman announced he had re- ceived a notico of motion from Mr. F. L. Parry. Mr. Chas. Jones: If the Association is disbanded how are you going to receive a notice <rf motion? The Chairman said ho would leavo Mr. Parry to take what course he liked. Mr. Parry did not come forward to press his action, and the matter dropped. A vote of thanks to the Chairman was proposed by Mr. Chas. Jones, who cli- served that Alderman liopkin Morgan had displayed commendable impartiality all through the. proceedings of the elec- tion. Mr. T. Ellis seconded, and Mr. Morris I and AL. H. Burgess supported. Mr. T. J. Williams and Mr. Dan Thomas also supported. Mr. Thomas said Mr. Morgan had been absolutely impartial throughout that campaign. His courtesy and kindness had been most marked on all occasions. The resolution was heartily carried.. Alderman Hopkin Morgan replied, and said ii;, was very pleased that that final meeting was the mst harmonious of the series. v The Chairman ca Ved for three dicers for the secretary, an they were heartily given. The proceedings closed with the ringing of the Welsh National Anthem and God Save the King." Mr. Dan Thorlas Thanked. I Subsequent to the delegate conference on Saturday, the supporters of Mr. Dan Thomas met at the Mikado Cafe. Mr. Charles Jones (Aberavon) presided, and amongst the large company were Mr. Moses Thomas, J.P. (Aberavon), Mr. Arthur Forsdyke (Port Talbot), Mr. T. S. Ellis (Port Talbot), Mr. S. T. Williams (Landore), Councillor Nicholas (Port Talbot), Councillor Matthew Arnold (Mayor of Neath), Mr. W. Bowen Davies (^eath), the Rev. A. C. Phillips (Aber- avon), Mr. Isaac Griffiths (Cwmavon) Mr. D. Whitta Davies (Landore), Mr. John Phillips, J.P. (Aberavon), the Rev. O. C. Morgan (Pentrechwvth), Mr. Morgan E. Rees (Pentrechwyth), Mr. Harry John (Stt John's), Mr. Jonah Arnold (Neath), Mr. Tom Hughes (Landore), Mr. Tlios. Francis (Mansel- ton), Mr. David Anderson (Aberavon), Mr. Morgan R. Morgan (Neath), Mr Win. Jones (Pentre), and Mr. W. Clement (Landore) Mr. Charles Jones (Aberavon) moved the following resolution:- That this meeting of delegates of the Swansea District, comprising the leaders of Liberalism of this con- stituency, desires to phice on record its sincere thanks to Mr. Dan Thomas for the magnificent manner in which he has conducted his campaign, and admira- tion for the dignity with which he Las fought. His untiring devotion end service to the Liberal cause is rai'«Ii Pp- preciated, and his conduct throughout has won for him the highest r .-teem, and we hope that in the near future he will represent true Liberalism and Welsh Nationalism in the House of Commons. The Chairman paid a high tribute to Mr. Dan Thomas, and said they Ave re t-il proud of him and moro determined than ever to have him at some future tim-3 as their member in tho House of Commons. (Applause.) Mr. Forsuyke (Aberavon) seconded the resolution. lie was convinced that had Mr. Dan Thomas been in the field a little curlier the result to-day would have been different. He hoped to see Mr. Dan Thomas at Another time the standard- bearar of their principles. (AppL.use.\ Speaking in support. Mr. J. E. Gethin (Landore) said that although the resolu- tion was a comprehensive one every word was true and sincere. From his personal. acquaintance with Mr. Dan Thomas, he knew why they were not downhearted. They were proud of the fact that they had lost honourably. (Applause.) Mr. Dan Thomas was just the right type of man that was going to find his way to the floor of the House of Commons. He was glad Mr. Thomas was not dis- couraged. The way he finished his speech at the Liberal Club that afternoon re- dounded to his credit. Councillor Matthew Arnold said he deemed it a pleasure to be as- sociated with the resolution. Prior to the vacancy occurring ib the Swansea District, Mr. Dan Thomas was to him a stranger; to-day he was proud to call him a friend. (Applause.) He could only re- echo the words already expressed as to the dignified and gentlemanly way he had conducted himself throughout the cam- paign. Mr. Dick Steer (Landore) agreed with the Mayor, and said he was not going to remain satisfied until Mr. Dan Thomas was their member. (Applause.) Mi-. Jonah Arnold said he had taken a !?n .intfrMt in ?e ejection because h" felt it his duty to su-pport Mr. -(Ir- man. a brilliarut democrat a man who spent years of his lite studying social problems, and when he withdrew he also foit like hnisfiiiig. lie 4ad not mot Dan Thomas until tha,, afternoon, but he I knew him to be a gentleman and a thorough sportsman, and no one need be a prophet; to say that the day was not far distant when Mr. Thomas would be a member of the House of Commons. (Applause.) Mr. W. Bowen Davies (Neath) said ho enjoyed a keen fight and a good debate, but he could not express his appreciation of Mr. Dan Thomas in his presence. A general election was near at hand. and he hoped the Liberals in the, Swansea Dis- trict would set to work organising. let them see to it tha.t a Liberal Association was formed in every electoral division. Councillor Ellis (Port Talbot) said it was after a visit. to the National Liberal Club. London, that he decided to support the candidature of Mr. Dan Thomas, for he beard and saw enough of Mr. Thomas s ability to convince him that ho was the right man for the right place. (.Applause.) Mr. Dan Powell (Landore) urged that the Liberals of Swansea District should lose no time, but set to work at once to organise their forces. Mr. Ben Rees (Landore) said that Mr. Dan Thomas had won the confidcifcee of the Liberal lc-adera in the Swansea Dis- trict. Mr. Anderson (Aberavon) said ho sup- ported Mr. Dan Thomas because of his sterling work for Liberalism. The other night when driving down to the famous and historic city of Kenfig, he had the genial company of Mrs. Dan Thomas. It was a privilege and pleasure to be in her company, and he came to the conclusion that Mr. Thomas would be worthily sup- ported at home. Mr. LI. Jones (St. John's) endorsed all that had been said. Mr. Dan Thomas was a stranger to him a few weeks ago, but his record for Liberalism claimed his support, and to-day he was proud of the fact that he had supported him. Mr. Morgan R. Morgan said he had only got to know Mr. Dan Thomas within the last few weeks, but he found in him a man worthy of his support and work. In appealing to the young men to rally round Mr. Thomas, he said he felt that in the young manhood of our country they had a trem-,fidoii-, force for Liberalism, and in Mr. Dan Thomas the I young men had an excellent model. In that campaign they had succeeded 1ft getting the Irish vote by fair tactics, and the Irish vote went solid for Mr. Dan Thomas because of his worth, his sound services to Welsh Nationalism, and his strenuous support of thellomc Rule Bill. Mr. Thomas had not received the support of any section on any other than honourable lines. Mr. Arthur Davies (Port Talbot), said that in Port Talbot practically all the 57 votes given to Mr. Arthur Thomas were re-cast in the second vote for Mr. Dan Thomas. The Rev. O. C. Morgan (Pentre- chwyth), said they wanted men in the House of Commons who would speak for Wales. Mr. Thomas had worked for Wales. Mr. Tom Hughes (Cwmbwrla). wished Mr. Thomas better luck next time. They hoped another opportunity might arise, and that he would obtain a seat in Parliament. Mr. W. Clement, in a ipw words, urged the need of organisation. Mr. John Phillips, J.P. (Aberavon), said Mr. Thomas did well in Aberavon. being top of the poll. He had fought a clean fight, and he hoped one day they would have the pleasure of seeing him member of Parliament. (Applause). Mr. Lewis M. Thomas said Mr. Thomas's supporters had every reason to be contented—they had fought with clean hands. The Rev. A. C. Phillips (Aberavon). said his acquaintance with Mr. Thomas had convinced him of his personal merit and his sturdy Liberalism. He was quite sure he would have made an-ideal representative for the Swansea District. Mr. Moses Thomas also spoke appre- ciatively of Mr. Thomas's services to Liberalism. The resolution was carried by acclama- tion. Mr. Dan Thomas, who was heartily cheered, said. he fully appreciated the kind remarks that had been made, and the kind reception he had had from his friends in the Swansea District. There was an old saying that a prophet is not without honour save in his own country, but not only in the outside districts but in Morriston itself, an excellent feeling had been shown towards him by all sections of the electors. He re- presented no class; he represented Liberalism, and had stood up for true Liberalism. That was a source of gratification to him td-day. "I have stood by the faith and fought the good fight," he said. a I fully ap- preciate the forces that were against me, but rather than dwell upon that I would speak of the great number of friends I have made throughout the constituency, and having come into as- sociation with all flections of the com- munity, I am glad to testify to the good Liberalism I have found in the con- stituency. My faith in Welsh Liberalism and Welsh Nationalism has been con- firmed. I have always had a great con- ception of Welsh Nationalism since I left my native home, and now, having como into elos-e contact with it in the Swansea District, I can say that it quite comes up to my expectation." 4 the need of organisation in the division, Mr. Thomas said it was to be hopt-d that the lesson of that cam- paign had been learnt, and that the leaders of Liberalism in the Swansea. District. would take steps without delay to get an efficient organisation together. Organise yourselves," be- said, and I am sure your Liberalism will be all the stronger for it. and will be able to declare its mind in future without the possibility of a repetition of the un- dignified happenings and muddle of the last few weeks. Whatever happens, this election will be a happy recollection to me. My hope and aspiration is still to represent Swansea District in Parlia- ment. What will happen in the future I cannot tell, but if Liberalism should ever want me as a champion in Swansea District, or anywhere in Wales, I shall be ready to offer my services." (Ap- plause.) In conclusion, Mr. Thomas paid a tribute to the workers in his behalf, and said he could not have wished for a better set of men. Mr. E. S. Phillips (Neath) wrote an interesting letter to Mr. Thomas re- I gretting his inability to attend, in the course of which he observed: "Mean- while T hope some other constituency will soon call you to its service. Our acquaintance has been brief, but long enough to cause one to believe that in von we had a gentleman of high ideals and lofty character, and one to whom we might have looked with pride had you been selected to bear the banner of Liberalism in this constituency."





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