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Lieut.-Col. Courieiiaj ilorgaa's n Candidature. On Tuesday Col. Courtenay Morgan addressed a wall-attended meeting at the Co-operative Hall. Abercaro, Mr E. Southwood Jones, T.P. (president of the South Monmouthshire Conservative Associa- tion) beiniz in the chair. Colonel Morgan said that the fizht in that divi- sion was going to be a good and fair one. He wanted them to be friends after the election. The policy he meant to defend was that of the Unionist party, wto "Guuù -1 all costs for the unity of Great Britain and Ireland. They also stood for a closer commercial union with the whole Empire. The Irish people were more contented and happy than they bad been for the past ten years. Fiscal Reform would be a benefit to the coal trade, especially soft coal, which would be used in making iron and steel at home, instead of abroad. Answering questions, the candidate said he was in favour of an eight hours' day for miners and the abolition of the coal-tax. He was not in favour of Sunday closing for Monmouthshire, nor for revers- ing the Taff Vale decision. He saw no objection to women who owned property having a vote. Colonel Morgan spoke at the Co-ooerative Hall, Cross Keys, thesame evening, When Mr E. South- wood Jones again presided. There were several interruptions. He was not a Protectionist, for the only imports which he wished to tax were those which affected their exports and their industries at home. That was real Free Trade, and not free imports. He did not wish to tax imports which they could not pro- duce in this country he did not wish to touch imports of raw materials which they needed for their manufacture at home, but he did wish to tax those things which they could easily produce at home, such as the steel billets which were dumped in Monmouthshire, and which. handicapped their iron and steel manufacturers. The situation was a very serious one, and it was only the innate pluck of the British manufacturers which had kept their head above water. The Unionist party wished to uphold and secure the unity of Great Britain and Ireland, and to bind to them, by even stronger bonds thau at present, the Colonies which formed the strength and the pride of the British Empire. If they returned the Liberal party to power, it would mean Home Rule by in- instalments. The Unionist pirty had givea to Ireland local government which was equivalent to the powers given them in Great Britain by tha County Councils, and they were all satisfied with. those. Speaking at Risca, where he again met with. many interruptions, Colonel Morgan said he thought Tariff Reform would benefit the soft coal trade, and avowed himself in favour of the repeal of the Coal Tax. In regard to the iron and steel trade, there were many works not so prosperous as they used to be. It was true new ones had been started, but the old ones should be going ahead the same as Ger- many and the United States, and he thought that the reform of their tariffs would eventually lead to that being effected. He was not in favour of Sunday Closing in Monmouthshire. He was con- vinced that Sunday closing would not help tem- perance reform. Speaking at Newbridge on Wednesday Colonel Morgan, said it would be a good fight, and well I worth the money. He then dealt with the flomo Rule question and fiscal policy.

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