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To the Electors of the Monmouth District Borough. t5 LLWYN CELYN, CAERLEON, MON., January 6th, 1906. Gentlemen- The Members of the Conservative and Unionist Association of this great District Borough have done me the honour of adopting me as their Candidate at the forthcoming Election, and I now appeal to you to ratify their choice by returning me as your Repre- sentative in the House of Commons. I make my appeal with the more confidence because having been for 30 years of my life a large Employer of Labour, and in direct and sympathetic contact with my workpeople, now that I have retired from business I would use the experience thus gained in furthering the prosperity of this important centre of commer- cial activity, and particularly in promoting the welfare of its industrial population. I am a supporter of Church and State, and would resist any attempts to disestablish and disendow the Church. I am an ardent and consistent Imperialist, convinced that TRADE FOLLOWS THE FLAG, and that the prosperity of the Working- classes depends upon regular and continuous employment, which can only be attained by upholding the Integrity and maintaining the Supremacy of the Empire. I would therefore strenuously support all Measures which tend to further cement and solidify our relations with our great Colonies and Dependencies, recognising that a United Empire is of vital importance to our National Interests. Conservatives can point with just pride to the beneficial Irish legislation passed by Unionist Governments during their 16 years of office. Twenty years ago, under Lord Salis- bury's Administration, the Ashbourne Land Act was passed, by which the sum of Five Millions Sterling was devoted to assist Irish Tenants in purchasing their Holdings, and again in 1888 a further sum of Five Millions was sanctioned for the same purpose. The late Government, in addition to the creation of the Agricultural and Technical Instruction Depart- ment in 1899, has carried out two of the greatest legislative achievements in the whole history of Ireland; I allude to the Local Government Act of 1898, which gives to Irishmen the same control over their Local affairs as is enjoyed by Englishmen and Scotch- men, and to the great Irish Land Act of 1903, by which 112 Millions Sterling have been provided by the State to establish a complete and comprehensive system of Land Purchase. A record of beneficent work such as this is the best proof that the Unionist Party is desirous and able to pass great and important Legislative Enactments for the benefit of Ireland. I am a supporter of RELIGIOUS EDUCA- TION for our children in Elementary Schools, and should oppose any attempt to abolish the right that parents have at present in Non-Pro- vided Schools of having their children taught during school hours the religious beliefs of the Church or Denomination to which they may belong. I would give my support to any Measure which may be calculated to promote Temper- ance, but in my judgment, neither SUNDAY" CLOSING nor LOCAL VETO would assist this object. To attain this end, I rely on the spread of Education, on Public Parks and Open Spaces, on Improved Dwelling Houses for the Working Classes, on Greater and Cheaper Railway Facilities and other means of locomo- tion, enabling the people of the town to better enjoy the delights of the country We must aim at obtaining sobriety by raising the stan- dard of living and by the force of example- not by compulsion. My great desire is to find more employment for the Working man. My motto is: BRITISH WORK FOR BRITISH HANDS and the SUPPORT OF BRITISH INDUSTRIES. For this reason I advocate a change in our FISCAL SYSTEM. I am not a Protectionist, but I am strongly opposed to that Radical Policy which would protect Foreign Labour and does nothing to assist the British Workman. If other Nations will open their Ports to us as freely as we do ours to them, I want no change, but whilst our goods are shut out by hostile tariff walls-avowedly erected for this purpose -we have not Free Trade but Unfair Trade of the very worst description. I would tax all Foreign manufactured articles, that can be produced in this Country, and which are made and sent us by nations who refuse to receive our goods on the same conditions that we receive theirs. I want to secure more EMPLOYMENT and consequently BETTER WAGES for the Working Classes of this Country, and I feel that the most important step towards this end is to prevent our Foreign rivals from DUMPING their goods-produced under unfair conditions —into our Markets and thus adding to the unhappy list of our unemployed. While I would retaliate against those nations who treat us ill, I would do everything to -extend our commercial relations with those who treat us well, and therefore I would give a PREFER- ENCE to our Colonies and Dependencies, but I would in no case support, or be party to, any legislation which would enhance the cost of living to the Working man. I advocate a Conference being summoned of all members of our Great Empire to discuss freely, unfettered, and without restraint, whether better means can be devised of uniting the different parts of the Empire in closer ties, both politically and commercially. I have never been in favour of the Coal Tax, and as the Report of the Royal Commission on Coal Supplies proves that our resources are gufficient for over 400 years I advocate its repeal. I am a loyal supporter of Mr BALFOUR, and I consider that the Country has reason to feel grateful to the late Unionist Government for its statesmanlike and courageous administration of Foreign Affairs during its ten years of continuous office. I heartily endorse the well- deserved tribute paid to Mr CHAMBERLAIN by Mr BALFOUR, that 11 in Mr CHAMBERLAIN we have a statesman who has taught us not merely to talk Imperially but to feel Imperially." Gentlemen, I am proud to own allegiance to these two great statesmen, and, as a member of the Party which possesses such men for their leaders, I ask you with some confidence to entrust me with your suffrages. In conclusion, I would add that being free from all commercial ties, and living in Mon- mouthshire in your midst, I can confidently promise to devote my time and energies to the promotion and furtherance of your interests, and I assure you that if you do me the honour of electing me to represent you at Westminster I will do my utmost to prove worthy of your confidence. I have the honour to remain, Gentlemen, Yours very faithfully, EDWD. E. MICHOLLS.I

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