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CONSERVATISM IN SOUTH GLAMORGAN. THE MINERS' PARLIAMENTARY LEVY. BARRY DECIDES TO JOIN IN THE PROTEST. In connection with the great demonstration of Conservative Miners, which will take place at Pontypridd on Whit-Tuesday, to protest against payment of the Parliamentary levy which has been imposed by the Miners' Federation, a repre- sentative meeting of directors of the three Con- servative Clubs of the Barry district was held at the Barry Dock Conservative Club and Institute, on Wednesday evening last, when Councillcr J. A. Lovat-Fraser, B.A.L., presided. Amongst those present were Mr J. Littlejohns. chief Conservative agent for East Glamorgan Mr Stephen Jacobs. Conservative agent for the Rhymney Valley Mr J. Thornton, chief Conservative agent for Cardiff Rev S. R. Jones, vicar of Glyntaff, and the Rev Ackerell Jones, rector of Prendergast, Haverfordwest. The Chairman explained that the object of the meeting was to discuss what form of support Barry should give to the demonstration. A strong feeling was growing throughout South Glamorgan against this compulsory levy, with the proceeds of which their opposing candidate would be supported. (Shame). Mr J. Littlejohns said it was supremely im- portant to Barry, the largest town in the division, that a bold fight should be made against this levy. Mr Brace was fighting South Glamorgan on the strength of the prospective Parliamentary levy fund, which they proposed to do away with. They had passed a resolution asking that the levy should not be insisted upon, but this being of no avail they had decided to refuse payment of the levy, t and bring the question into a court of law, and he was sure they would win in the matter. (Applause.) The eyes of the country were upon them, and they should continue to make the demonstration a great success. The assistance of Barry was required, and he appealed to them to organise on systematic lines, and thus achieve a decisive victory. If a Conservative working man wished to go to Parlia- ment he stood no chance to get there on the strength of his political opponents, and Mr Brace should be made to do the same. (Cheers.) Mr John Thomas, Barry, also spoke against the levy, and described Mr Brace, not as a labour candidate, but as one of the worst Radicals who had ever stepped on a political platform. The Chairman observed that since the last demonstration at Pontypridd, Mabon and Mr Brace had ceased to declare that a Conservative miner was almost an impossibility. (Laughter.) Mr J. Thornton stated that they had decided to become passive resisters, not resisters of the law of the land, but of man-made laws-those of the Miners' Federation. This levy was one of the most peculiar monopolies he had ever heard of. They heard a great deal about conscience now-a- days, but the Conservative miner was not supposed to have a conscience. If it was right for one to protest against that which they did not believe in educationally, surely it was equally right to oppose payment of a compulsory levy. He hoped, there- fore, they would fight tooth and nail" for conscience sake against this levy. (Cheers.) On the motion of Mr Edward Williams (Cadox- ton), seconded by Mr A. Lewis (Barry Docks), it was unanimously decided to ask the directors of the local clubs to raise as large a sum as possible towards the movement, and resist this unjust exaction. Rev S. R. Jones referred to the enormity and importance of the last demonstration, and urged the Barry Conservatives to be enthusiastic, The movement on the other side meant an endeavour to crush out Conservatism, and the resistance must be a strong and determined one. (Applause.) In a stirring speech, the Rev Ackerell Jones said the time had arrived when they should take up an attitude of offence, not defence. If they succeeded in crushing out this levy, it would do away with the pecuniary resources of Mr Brace. Mr F. W. Hybart proposed a vote of thanks to the Chairman. In seconding, Mr Littlejohns referred to the valuable services rendered by Mr Lovat-Fraser to the cause of Unionism throughout the constituency. The speaker remarked that Mi- Brace at Llandaff had so presumed upon the ignorance of the people as to tell them that they now paid 2s 6d more in Imperial taxation than ten years ago. He (Mr Littlejohns) was glad to see that Mr Fraser had tackled Mr Brace in that day's Western Mail in so able a manner, and he was curiously awaiting a reply. They did not want a man who exploited labour interests in an endeavour to get into Parliament as a Radical.-— I The vote was accorded with enthusiasm.