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INorth Monmouthshire.


I North Monmouthshire. I UPPER PONTNEWYDD. Rear-Admiral Sir Charles Campbell, the Con- servative candidate for North Monmouthshire, opened his camdaign with a vigorous speech at the National Schools, Upper Pontnewydd, on Friday evening. The meeting was presided over by Mr H. Bumford, and supporting the candidate on the platform were Lady Campbell, Mr A. A. Williams, J.P. (Pontypool), Mr Istac Butler Panteg), Mr F. W. Harding (New Inn), and Mr H. Hallewell, who has been appointed election agent to Sir Charles. There was a good attendance notwith- standing the short notice of the meeting. ADMIRAL CAMPBELL was cordially received on rising. He took for his text unity and strength. They should unite to fight the foreign resistance at present offered us in trade, and especially in the trade which affected the steel and iron industry. (Applause.) In order to cope with that foreign aggression there mnat be unity. They must have unity between masters and men. (Applause). It was a duty to combine against foreign nations and prevent our goods and great trade going into foreign coffers. Under existing conditions, the money which justly belonged to the British workman was being put into foreign pockets. He had declared himself a Free Trader, but when Free Trade meant that they were going to allow foreign goods to be dumped" into our markets and to let foreigners undersell us, then he said he was going in for reform, which would put the money of the British into the pockets of the British workman. (Applause). He would remind them that HE HAD NO AXE TO GRIND, I and it did not matter to him whether he was returned to Parliament or not. Conservatives and Unionists bad always given great attention to the education of the country, and nearly all the measures that had been passed had been promoted by the Unionist Government. In Monmouthshire the rate for educational purposes was, undoubtedly, higher than the rate in other parts of the country, and this went to show that the Education Act had not met with full approval in that part of the country, and that it had not been administered in a proper manner. He had lately been residing in Kent, where the education rate was 7d in the 4, but in Monmouthshire he found it was Is 21d in the C. He could only say that that must be due to some faults in the administration of the Act. The Education Act was, probably, not in a satisfactory condition at present, but as it was the child of the Unionist Government, they could rest assured that on that Government's return to office they would do all they could to make the Act perfect. He regarded the Aliens' Act as one of the greatest boons for the working classes, inasmuch as it would help them in their FIGHT AGAINST FOREIGN NATIONS I and help to prevent the ruining of the trade of the country and the starvation of the people. Referring to the Coal Tax, Sir Charles said it was a tax which was put on for war purposes, and as the war was now over there was no longer any necessity for imposing the tax. If he were returned to Parliament he would certainly vote for the remission of the tax. As a Naval officer he could tell them that the Unionist Government's foreign policy was a most extraordinary record, if only for the treaty they had concluded with Japan, which ensured peace in the Far East, and which would help them considerably in the fight against foreign aggression. He had himself assisted in the securing of the good feeling between England and France, and this was one of the most valuable assets they could imagine, as it assisted them in the fight against Germany. Nothing bothered the German Government more than the Tariff Reform scheme of Mr Chamberlain, which, if carried into effect, would cripple German trade. He (Sir Charles) did not go so far as Mr Chamberlain on the tariff question, but favoured Mr Balfour's policy. At present England was simply the Jaughing-stock of foreign countries in regard to hex policy of Free Trade. The Liberal party said that Mr Balfour's idea was to tax the food of the people. That was not so. Nothing would be dearer, for Unionists did not intend to tax anything coming into the country beyond what was necessary to secure a proper representa- tion of THEIB AIANUFACTURED GOOD9 IN FOREIGN I MARKETS. I If matters continued as they were, the breaking up of the Empire was not far distant, as the Colonies were on the verge of a policy of separation from the mother country. In reply to a question regarding Chinese labour, Sir Charles said I have been in the Transvaal, and over the mines when they were being worked by Kaffir understrappers. The talk about Chinese slavery is nonsense. The state of the Kaffirs was not slavery. After the war it was necessary that the mines should be worked and be productive. Labour was scarce, and I should have been sorry to see any British workmen in the positions which have been given to the Kaffirs and Chinese. British workmen would not do the work, but the Chinese are so greedy and have such a craving for gold that they are satisfied and willing to do any work in order to get money to go back to China. But they are not slaves. If they were I should opposeltheir employment, and you will no doubt agree that I have already opposed slavery when I tell you I rescued many slaves and sent them to the school of instruction at Zanzibar. I stand as a champion for freedom- freedom for everybody, great freedom for Greater Britain. So if you vote for the Liberal candidate you will be voting for the placing of British workmen's money into the pockets of the foreigners, and for the tearing up and rending in pieces of the Union Jack. In reply to other questions, Sir Charles said he favoured the taxation of royalties and he considered that public schools were now under public control, and thought that the scheme of the 1902 Act was a good one. A resolution pledging support to Sir Charles Campbell was then moved by the Chairman, seconded by Mr Bowen, and supported by Lieutenant. Colonel Williams and Mr Isaac Butler. BLAENAVON. I On Monday morning, Sir Charles and Lady Campbell motored from Pontypool Park, where they have been the guests of Mr and Mrs Hanbury, to Blaenavon, where they were received by Mr R. W. Kennard, J.P., the chairman of the directors of the Blaenaron Company, and shown over the works. Here they talked with the workmen, and, after luncheon, Sir Charles addressed a large meeting. LLANFIHANGEL CRUCORNEY. I In the evening he spoke to a large and enthusiastic assembly at Llanfibangel Crucorney, near Abergavenny, where Colonel Mansel presided. Sir Charles, who was cordially received, said he did not know whether they were aware that our Colonies were beginning to consider whether they could not do better without the Mother Country. It behoved the Motherland, therefore, to look after her interests. The Education Act, he admitted, was not perfect, but Mr Balfour and the Con- servative Party were bent on improving the system by more assistance from Imperial sources. The Aliens' Act, now in operation, would stop the influx of foreign undesirables, many of whom were destitute, crippled, and members of the criminal class, and they came to this country to undersell and to try to do away with the British workman. From his long experience in other countries he knew that Englishmen were more respected abroad when a Unionist Government was in power than when the Radicals governed. He had read in a German newspaper that now the Radicals were in office the Germans could hold up their hands and I THREATBN THE ENGLISH WOBKMBN. With regard to agriculture he had that day received a letter from the Secretary of the Mon- mouthshire Chamber of Agriculture in which he stated that the speaker's answers to the list of questions submitted to him by the Chamber would, no doubt, meet with the approval of the members, and that steps would be taken to support his candidature. He had also received the support of the Farmers' Alliance. so that he might describe himself as the farmers' candidate. He should be sorry to see the Church disestablished in England. There were many farmers in Ireland who thought that when disestablishment was brought about in their country they would have to pay no tithes, but such was not the case. He was against Home Rule for Ireland, because that country was an integral part of the British Islei. (Applause). The Conservative party in North Monmouthshire have their central committee-rooms in Baker- street, Abergavenny, with rooms also at 6, Park- terrace, Pontypool.



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