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LIBKRAL MKKI'ING AT l lJ H H Y 1> t I { r. + ——- ADDRESS BY MR.Ai E LHOMAS M P RliVItiW OF CURRENT POLITIOS. A public political noting under the au-?pices "f the E.tst 0 .r.nai th> nshire Liberal Assjciation was iield t Taoeiuaele Cnapel, Burry P it, ou Sanndax eveiliu last, when address-" were del vered by Mr. Abel Thomas, and the Key. To-vy- J.) es, to all eutliuaiasdc audience. The Rev. W. E. W Ii ki s, trie ebteeme I pastor of the eaus- occupied the chair in his capacity of president of the local Ass -ciation, and he occupie i tht postio, it is I'lle,il, ss to add. with air ability and humour that kept the meeting in excellent tempe. through- out. In introducing the pro eedings, the Chairman referred to the splendid services iendured t.y theii representaiive, Mr. Abel Thomas, whom they wet,, ail glad to see amongst tnem once ai;:iin. It, oc- curred to him n.at the id allhairltlall would strive to do three things while in the occupatin -f the chair, namely, to iooks'innv, "pe,.k honey, ahd ni?e money (laughter). Well he intended t.ying toobey the first a,,d ,eco,.d part of the tnj iieti it, hut. oi c Uise they couldn't expect- a poor preacher to give much m"lIey (laughter). They ha i gathered together that evening to I.stell to addresses hy Mr. Abel Tnomas, M P., and the R -v. Towyn Jones, and he did not consider himsell justified in standing any between the audience and those speakers. Tne Rev. David Evans moved a vote "f confidence in Mr. Allel Thomas for his v.dun hie se Y ces as t,he represent itive of ihe constituency in Parliament, and placing tne utmost confidence in him for the future. did not. consider it necessary to I say much in support of a mo,i,ir which had so much to recomm nd it in it-eif. H,r certainly had great p!ea.-ure in submitting it to the meeting, Mr. dwa, d Evans seconded the motion and th -roughly endorsed all that Mr. Evans had sai-t III rderenCI to the efficient representation of th4. constituency in Parliament by Mr. Abel Thomas. Thl' motion was earned with acclaiiiat-on. An omnibusreso uiion was tnen ni .,ed, condemn- ing the foreign policy of the Tory admitii tr tion. and denounci g tile Educaton Act h,ch had so, flagrantly disturbe I the statutory q, at ty of the Board and denominational i-chools This was moved by Mr. John Owen,sec nded by Mr. Stephen J ho and unanimously c -nied. Mr. Abel 'lhomas was then called upon and said he ii??d not mucu "ÜÜculty in i'o.-ig?-unny, according to the inju?ctio? of the chainuan, when- ever he came among his constituents in East Carmarthenshire where he was always received so well. As to talking h-mey, he confessed that he always t, ied to see the go al in hi- opponents, ami he was going to speak a little honey about Ihem, but. it was very lit,tie tney dt served. Up to a fortnight ag", indeed, they had deserved none. He felt convinced that if a general election had c -un ed i fortnight ago, the Liberal party would havoc me into power again with an enormous majority. H. said a fortnight ago advisedly, because since then the Tories had b ought one or two bills befo e the House respecting which he would biter oil speak a Ilttl b,nl;Y, When the Tories uot into p wer it was understood they would do something for those who did all they could to return tni-m to power. namely, the landlords, the clergy ami the chu'ch party. For two years the government hao been I oking after these particular Irien is of tllei,s, and it was felt that the great ma-s 01 the country had turned against the administration. But w thin the la>t fortnieht the Tories had run away with the clothes of the Liberals, and he wm hound to sav hat whenever the Tories did tlrs, they made very good use of the clothes (laughter). Olltj 01 the measures brought in by the g'>ve nment during the last fortnight introduced a principle which every workingman should welcome. N > d ubt, thi m' sure had been introducer I because it wa" f. It the adoiinistrati >ri tva< losing ground every d ry. The government had felt they "bould -I-) s une»\<ing for the landlords, and they had, the eio'*e, passed the Agricultural Hating Bill. F r a time.b liesnu t t's Act w, ,uld give some relief to farm r-, but the enu ol it would be that the money would i; into the pockets of the landlords. This was the com mon sense view of the situation and it wits on ly human nature. Butwhe>e was this mo ey titmme from ? It. would come trom the pe pie who lived in lown-i. Some pe pie talked about gene al taKation as if nobo ly pal i it. It was i erf ctly ob-ious tlat bul. for this unjust relief t. the lan lo ds, th. gencal burden .f taxation over the country would be ligiiter. The government, however, could not red-1C'! the taxation, because th-y had waslcd the money on people who didn t d,tse ve it (,pplaiise). He knew of d. zens of T >ri ^s who, when the bill was before the II use, o uisidered i a disgrace, and hoped it would not be p i-s -d. Tllere waS the Tory debt to the church, and nd* debt, ha 1 ee. taitilv b-en pail a hu died-fol I. Durin the general election they heard a yreat deal ab ut 'he statutory equaiity of board and denomi an nal s(hll Is, and p om ses were made by T ry emdidates that that s atut >iy equ dry w «uld be .,b- ved. But when tile Tories got into th. Hoiis they had a d -agreeable knack of forgetting their promi es. When the Tories g -t in'o 3 wer tin y s .on mad it. clear that their intentIOn was to increase the Church Schools at the expense of the B..ald Schools. That was clearly the object they had in view. To call the Act one in aid of necessitous voluntary schools was simply nons use, lor many of the church schools weie richl 'v -owe,l. Yet for scholars attending these scho ds, the governing bodies were to receive at the rate of 5s. per head. This was an attempt to destroy boaid schools by subsidising volutit:,ry s(,,Ii -ols, in spite of the fact that, board schools had educated the country up to a p int it had never reache 1 before The government would hear of no popular e mtml as the condition for receiving this m ney. He (tilt. speaker) bad spoken to an amendment authorising the appointment of a parish councillor to sit on each school committee receiving this grant. Bui not one single representative would the govern- ment have. Money had therefore been given for education unaccompanied by a vestige of popular control. The time, however, would come when the Liberals would again be in p wer, and the first thing they wo dd do would he to give popular control in al! cases wheie pub ic money was granted (applause). He had always r cognised this silver lining tcthe cloud. When the government came to deal with board schools, theyg >vethem £ 100,000 its compared with R600,000 tot he voluntary sch ols. That was what the government called equ dity of treatment. That wai what, he supposed Mr. Balfour meaut when he talked in his election addiess if similar justice to board and voluntary schools, and the evil of the conditions of the grant to board sch ola wa.s that many school boards which were poor to a degree wo Id get nothing, while some that were rich and needed nothing would net a great deal. When the scale, and statistics were examined, the conditions of the grant to b .ard s!Ii -ols would be found to be ridiculous. He didn't think he would he expected to speak any hon,.v of (bf ii'rcig? policy "t the government. ForyeTB they had heard from the T Ties that if there was anything in which the Tories were better than the Liberals it was in foreign p dicy. But how had the foreign policy been carried out by this "strong Conservative government"? What about the thousands of Christians who had been rnurdeied Wil hout a single Tu-k being brought to justice? Absolutely nothing had been done. Little Greece was the only country in Europe with the courage of her convictions. Greece had said We. at. any rIte, will go to war in support of our Christian brethren. He was not ashamed to say that he was one of the hundred Radical members of the House of Commons who had sent the famous telegram to the King of Greece. Trite enough, he would not have advised Greece to go to war then. The telegram did not suggest it, but he was proud to think there was one little nation in Europe prepared to take off its coat to help the distressed neighbours along its coast. That was what the telegram meant, and that was what he meant still. What had our Tory Government done ? They hnd been at the beck and call of two of the most tyrannous governments in the world. Lord Salisbury had simply foilowed at the coat tails of the two emperors. He would not say much about the Transvaal, except that it now transpired that in 1895 we were within an ace of going to war with the Boers. We knew nothing about it at the tini b -t it only shew-d what kind of leaders of foriegn p hey ve had. He thought that at tiie the n xt election toe Tories would retrain from singing p ans to the leaders of their foreign p licy. A > ther bill which h nl passed the House ol Com nons was one prohibiting the i,"¡.ortL'ion of prison-made goo,ls i!;to tl)i, t,,uiitrv. Mr. Tho nas spoke f the ah-ui dities of the Act, and c neluded with a glowinj >e er nee to ilie .services of M>. J. Llovd M rgan in passing through Parliament an Act ior the adeqnate pay- ment of jur-rs. Rev. T -wv.n J,ties followed with a masterly ad ire-s in Welsh. A hea. ty vote of thanks was passed to the speakeis on the moti n of tne Chairman, seconded hv the R- v. J. H R es. Sho tad ires-ie, were al.o de'ivered by the Revs. W. C. Jenkins (Kid vellv) and J. R -g -rs.