CHELTENHAM. Mr. Richard Mathias, the well-known Cardiff docksman and a native of Aber- ystwyth (son or Mr. John Mathias) has won a Liberal victory at Cheltenham. He received 3,845 votes against 3.753 for Lord Duncannon, the Conservative sitting mem- bar, a majority of ninety-three. In 1906. the Liberal majority was 401; but in 1910 Lord Duncannon. who had been nursing the constituency for two years, defeated Mr. Mathias by a majority of 138. There was tremendous enthusiasm when the success of Mr Mathias was announced at the Aberystwyth Liberal Club on Monday night. The success of a townsman was also cheered at the Conservative auh. although the majority of those present did not appreciate the cheering
CARNARVON BOROUGHS. THE NOMINATIONS. The nomination of candidates for the Carnarvon Boroughs took place in the county town on Saturday. On behalf of Mr D Lloyd George, papers were liadned in by Carnarvon, Bangor, Conway, Pwll- heli, Criccieth, and Nevin. The papers submitted for Mr. Austin Jones (the Conservative candidate) were from Carnarvon, Bangor, Ccnway, Pwll- heli, Criccieth, and Nevin Mr. Lloyd George was represented by the Liberal agent in Carnarvon, Boroughs. Mr. Nath Roberts, solicitor, Carnarvon. Mr. Austin Jones attended personally, accompanied by his agent, Mr. W. Llovd Griffith. The Gimblet sett quarrymen at Pwllheli displayed extraordinary interest in the candidature of the Chancellor, and on their own initiative caused ten of their most prominent workmen to nominate him as a candidate. Mr. Austin Jones, the Conservative candidate, addressed a meeting at the Gimblet Quarry on Thursday and also an open air meeting outside the Conservative Club, Pwllheli. Liberal meetings were held at Pwllheli and Criccieth on Saturday night. lr. J. T. Jones presided at Criccieth and the speakers included Mr. Ellis W. Davies, M.P., and fr. D. C. Griffith, Brynsiencyn. Alderman Mauric-e Jones presided at Pwllheli and the speakersi included Mr. Eilis W. Davies, M.P., Mr. Evan R. Davies, Mr D. C. Griffith, Brynsiencyn, and the Rev. J. Rhydderch. Polling day is next Saturday in Car- narvon Boroughs. With a view to avoid- ing the disorderly scenes which marked the last election it is understood that arrangements are being made to count the votes on Saturday night. Mrs. Lloyd George is working hard in Carnarvon Boroughs to secure the return of her husband by a triumphant majority. On Saturday she paid a visit to each of the Boroughs. The Liberal workers in each of the six constituent Boroughs are leaving not a stone unturned to secure a sweeping Liberal majority. The canvassing returns point to the Liberal majority being sub- stantially increased. The Southern Boroughs of Nevin, Pwll- heli, and Criccieth are determined to do their part in this election as they have done in past elections, and if the Northern Boroughs are equally determined to improve on the last election, then Mr. Lloyd George will be returned with a majority so triumphant 381 to bear no cavilling by the other side, in or outside the constituency. MRS. LLOYD GEORGE IN THE SOUTHERN BOROUGHS. Mrs. Lloyd George, Mr. William George, and the Rev. John Williams addressed an enthusiastic Liberal meeting at Nevin on Friday night under the presidency of Mr. Owfn Williams. Like enthusiasm marked a Liberal meet- ing held at Criccieth on Saturday night, addressed by Mrs. Lloyd George and Mr. William George, Mr. Ellis W. Davies, M.P., and lr. D. C. Griffith, Bryn- siencyn. A crowded and equally-enthusiastic meeting in support of Mr. Lloyd George's candidature was held at Pwllheli on Mon- day night. Dr. O. Wynne Griffith pre- sided. The vote of confidence in Mr. Lloyd George, proposed by the Rev Mr. Thomas, Wesleyan minister, and seconded by Mr. Edward Japheth, was carried unanimously amid great cheering. The meeting was afterward addressed by Mr. William George, Mrs. Lloyd George, and the Rev. John Williams, Brynsiencyn. Mrs. George, in the course of her re- marks, said that she noticed that day a Tory newspaper poster with the words "Liberal set-back." Before long that poster would have to be altered to "Lib- erals sent back." (Cheers.) The Lords could always frustrate Liberal legislation, and never guarded the rights of the people. The Lords said that the masses must not vote for the man who had been instru- mental in that bad Liberal Government in taxing the rich; but he taxed them to get pensions for old people. (Cheers.) In conclusion, she appealed to them, as electors, to vote for Mr Lloyd George who, she said, had represented them in Parlia- ment for twenty years, until his hair had become grey—'(laughter)—and that they would show that he had not been an un- worthy servant. (Cries of "We wilL") She trusted that they would say next Sat- urday, "Well done, thou good and faithful srvant; return to resume thy good work." (Loud applause.) Mrs. Lloyd George, speaking at Nevin, said: "Mr. Austin Jones seems to me to be very much like the wind. Whence he cometh we know not. Neither do we know where he is going. This. however, we do know. We all know where he is not going." MR LLOYD GEORGE AT HOME. Mr Lloyd George, as the result of a cold and loss of voice, was unable to speak at Nottingham on Saturday, but was sufficiently well on Monday to keep his appointment at Glasgow. He trav- elled overnight from Glasgow home. com- ing by special train from Crewe to Cric- cieth where he arrived shortly after seven on Tuesday morning. He was none the worse for his overnight journey. He rested on Tuesday and by Wednesday morning was almost completely recovered" from the effects of Ins cold. He made arrangements to speak on Wednesday at Crieeieth. Pwllheli, and Nevin, and to- day (Friday), the eve of the poll, to at the three northern boroughs. Conway, and Carnarvon. He >\a. t"; sioak yesterday at Wrexham, Void, and Denbigh. Mr Balfour, Mr F. E. Smith, arid Mr Bonar Law being an- nounced to speak at Wrexham on Wed- nesday. í
ELECTION RESULTS. The results of the general election are announced nightly to large crowds at the Liberal and Conservative Clubs Much excitement prevailed on Saturday night when the results of the first day's election were received. It may be said that the results as far as they went gave satisfac- tion to both parties: but the steadfastness of Manchester and the gains in ether constituencies caused outbursts of cheering among Liberals. The proceedings at the Liberal Club are conducted bv Professor Levi, president, and at intervals between the arrival of results speeches and songs are given The membership of the Liberal Club has increased to 400. Owinw to the election results, the "oarliamentarv debate arranged for thi. (Friday) evening nas been postponed for a week. I I me nrst pollings toak place on Satur- day when 64 constituencies returned S1c ;Tnine nlem!XM's' making a net gain of three seats for the Conservatives. At xo1- ^furion. Parliament consisted of 39/ Ministerialists and 273 Conservatives. Lsoi-vat' The latter required, therefore, to win sixty-three seats before they get a major- itv of two in the new Parliament. Al- though tihe total poll on Saturday was less than in January, it was considered satisfactory for a December register, and the contests generally were extremely keen. The outstanding feature of Sat- urday s election was the defeat of Mr Bonar Law in North-west Manchester. He had given up a safe seat in Dulwich in order to carry Tariff Reform into the enemy's country; but Manchester proved as strenuously opposed as ever to a change m fiscal policy. The Ministerial- ists Have more than held their own in London and, although the Conservatives on Monday increased their gains hv two, luesday was more favourable to the Lib- erals, nr, fewer than seven gains being obtained. Mr John Burns was triumph- antly returned at Battersea and Mr Will Crooks regained his seat at Woolwich. Members of the Government have been returned with splendid majorities. In- cluding Tuesday's results, the Liberals had gained thirteen seats against twelve by the Conservatives and thus increased their majority by two on that in the dis- solved Parliament. A large proportion of members have been returned un- opposed. Up to Wednesday morning there had been elected to the House of Commons 152 Liberals and 146 I niomsts. out of 670 members. The party gains and losses were as follows:-
LIBERAL GAINS. S.-W. Manchester 1- Rochester 1 Peekham j Exeter j Cheltenham 1 Wakefield ] Burnley Coven try 1 South'wark (West) i Sunderland 2 Whitehaven 1 Woolwich 1 Bow and Bromley 1 Stephney ± Radnor x
CORRESPONDENCE. PONTERWYD SCHOOL ATTENDANCE. SIR,—Allow me to give an explanation re the case of the children attending Pont- erwyd School reported in your last week's issue. The impression given on reading the report was that the children are not allowed to enter school during the dinner hour. whereas the fact is that the children are allowed to take their dinners in school under the supervision of one of the teachers, and, if wet, are allowed to dry their clothes. The doors are afterwards closed, as it would be hardly safe to leave thirty children in school without anyone to look after them. If the District Committee have real sympathy with the case of these children, why do they not appoint a person to look after them, or provide a room where the children could partake of their meals in comfort? This could be easily done at very little expense, as a room could be easily provided. The fact is that com- plaints and resolutions are very cheap. Why not T face, the expense and do some- thing ?—Yours truly, R. LLOYD JONES. TREGARON RURAL COUNCIL. Syr.—'Gwelais yn eich colfc-fnau am yr wythnos ddiweddaf lythyr Mr J. W. Ed- wards, Llanddewi, yn dal perthynas a'm hadroddiad swyddogol o -r flaen Cvnghor Dosparth Treganon. Yn yr adroddiad hwnw, yn anflfadus ddigon, enwais Llvs- dewi fel un man lie yr oedd y frech goch wedi tori allan, a chymeraf y cyfleustra hwn i geisio egluro v modd y darfu i mi wneyd yr amryfusedd. Y mae Mr J. W. Edwards yn hollol yn ei le, ac y mae'n wir ddrwg genvf foa y fath gamgymeriad wedi ei wneyd. a dvma fel y bu — Yn Yoelailt View, un o'r manau IhTyr oedd achosion yn bodoli, gwnes ymlioliad am y ty iie-Li I- fferm oedd yn cvflenwir'r preswylwyr a llaeth, a chefais allan mai yn Llvsdewi y cawsent eu cyflenwad dyddiof. Fel hyn daeth enw Llvsdewi ar fy llyfr, ac o herwydd amryw alwadau vn vstod y' dvdd aeth LlysdewJ a'm sylw fel man a flinid gan y frech yn lie Voelallt Dvma'm hesboniad, ac y mac'n wir ddrwg genyf fy mod wedi gwneyd amry- fysedd liollol anfwriadol. Derbynied Mr Edwards yr esgusawd uchod fel yr iniig un esbonia'r amgylchiadau.—Yr eiddoch, E. C. EVANS, Arolvgydd.
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ELERCH. Death of the Vicar.-Vie death oc- curred at the end of last week of the Rev Alexander Williams, ricar of Elerch. The rev. gentleman had a nervous breakdown some years ago and was recently assisted by a curate, the Vicar being abfcut severity years of age. Towards the end of last week he "tvas seized with sudden illness and died shortly afterward. The deceased entered Lampeter College some- what late in life having, it is believed, belonged to the scholastic profession. He was ordained deacon in 1875 and priest in 1877 by the Bishop of St. David's. He was curate at Goginan from the ye-ax 1875 to 1883 when he was appointed to the vicarage of Elerch, a picturesque highland village on the Talybont side of Craigypistyll. The pretty church, vicar- age, and schools were built by the late Mr Lewis Gilbertson, rector of Braun- ston, and mainly endowed by him, the living being worth £ 250. The late Vicar was a man of strong opinions and ad- vanced Church views and was held in esteem by his clerical colleagues. He had a large Sunday School and the greater proportion of the inhabitants of the parish were communicants of the church and members of the congregation. He leaves a widow, a daughter, Miss Williams, and one son wflilo is in holy orders.
ABERAYRON. DISTRICT EDUCATION COMMITTEE, December 7th.-—Present; The Rev. W. Griffiths, vice-chairman, in the chair; Majer Price Lewes, Jenkyn Davies, R. E. Beavan, E. J. Price, Jenkyn Lewis, J. Jones, J.P.. J. Jones, Tvrbach; J. M. Howell, J.P.. Morgan Evans, J.P., E. Lima Jones, Dr. Jenkyn Lewis, B. C. Jones, clerk T Jones and E. T. Rees, attendance officers. Attendance.—The reports of the attend- ance officers1 were considered at great length. Mr. T. Jones reported an attend- ance in the Llansilio district of 87.5 The following schools qualified for half-holiday: Cross Inn, Llwyndafydd, Mydroilyn, PeTt- lon. Mr. E. T. Rees reported an attend- ance of 88.4 for the month of November, as against eighty-nine for last year. The following schools qualified for half-holiday Aberarth. C'ilcennin. Cribyn, Llanon Mixed, and Llanon Infants on Complaints from Llanon.—Mr. E. J. Price drew attention to the state of the repairs authorised at Llanon.—Mr. Barlass said that he was fully alive to all the circumstances of this affair.—It was resolved to take immediate steps to ter- minate the deadlock and to get the work done. An Aberarth Matter.—Mr. J. M. Howell proposed that it be recommended to the County Finance Committee to pay the month's wages during which lie died in full to the widow, following a precedent already made.—This was seconded by Mr. R. E. Beavan and supported unanimously. Pension Committee.—A meeting of the Committee was held on Wednesday, with Mr. J. M. Howell, chairman, in the chair, and the councillors already named. Twenty claims for full pensions were allowed. Two cases were lft over for further enquiries. i >
CARDIGANSHIRE MR. VAUGHAN DAVIES FOR CARDI- GANSHIRE. A special meeting of the Cardiganshire Liberal Association was held at Brondeifi, Lampeter, on Friday, under the presi- dency of the Rev. John Bowen, Pontrhyd- fendigaid. There was an attendance of over eighty delegates from various parts of the county. The proceedings, mostly in Welsh, were of an enthusiastic character, although there were no pros- pects of an election. The Chairman said the meeting was held on an occasion of special importance in the history of the country. In Mr. Vaughan Davies, the county had 'an ex- cellent representative in Parliament to listen to their grievances and defend their rights; but at present the county was without a representative since Parlia- ment was dissolved on Monday. The meeting was held to select a member to represent the county in the most import- ant Parliament of the century. He be- lieved the choice would be unanimous and enthusiastic. (Cheers.) The question before the country demanded enthusiasm, co-operation, and hard work on the part of every Liberal. If there was no elec- tion in Cardiganshire they could support Liberal candidates in other constituencies. (Hear, hear.) A great deal depended on the result of the election. There vere measures awaiting at the d.or for the King's assent. DiSBstablishmcllt was not possible unless the election was won. It was lull time that the dises'ablishmont question should be settled, and it would have been settled only that the House of Lords was in the way. (Cheers.) There were other measures which ought to be passed and would be passed were it not for the House of Lords. Whether the Liberals were in power or not, the House of Lords ruled. They were the obedient servants of the Conservative party and Liberals should be determined to assert their rights of fair treatment. (Cheers.) Mr Vaughan Davies, who had a cheer- ful reception, said that nearly eleven months ago he had the honour of standing before the Association in the same position as he did that day to give an account of his political life and place himself in their hands if thev thought him worthy to fight their battles in the House of Commons. (Hear, hear.) The past eleven months had been most important in the history of the Liberal party. They had now come to the turning point and had to decide whether the Liberal party was to be a party of power or whether they were to go back to the House of Commons as nonentities. The Liberal House of Com- mons had thrown down the gauntlet to the House of Lords and, on behalf of Car- diganshire, he was willing to support the challenge. (Cheers.) The whole exist- ence of the Liberal party depended on the result of the election. It was perfectly useless to send Liberals to the House of Commons with no matter how large a majority if they were everlastingly blocked by the Houee of Lords. (Hear, hear.) It was said that the Lords had passed hundred of bills sent up from the House of Commons; but what were those bills? They were small bills dealing mainly with liooaL affairs like water, railways, and other matters which were of no interest to the country at large. He had a list of fifteen bills which had been either mutilated, or sent back, and net allowed to pass by the House of Lords. They had had enough of that. (Cheers.) They would not stand it any longer. They were now going to the highest tribunal, the people, for support. (Cheers.) He referred to the education, plural voting, the provision of meals, agricultural holdings, with four or five Scotch bills, and the licensing bill, so important to Wales, which were rejected or sent back. Then came the Bill of bills, the Budget, which was not even buried in the ancestral hall of the House of Lords, but was buried in the garden of Lansdowne House. (Laughter and cheers.) A Disestablisliment Bill would have no chance whatever under those circum- stances. Therefore, they were not fight- ing for one Bill, but for every Bill which was to the good and benefit of the country. (Cheers.) Tariff Reform was settled at the previous election when there was an overwhelming majority in Cardiganshire against it: but until they ot rid of the House of Lords it was useless going back to the House of Commons to spend weary hours night after night'when in a few minutes the irresponsible people of the second chamber undid their work. (Cheers.) He did not believe that Cardiganshire Liberals were ever more ready to fight, and the letters which he had received from different parts were an indication of their willingness to fight at any time. (Cheers.) He could only hope that the rising genera- tion of Liberals, who had written to him that they were spoiling for the fight, would prove worthy of their forefathers, and he hoped they would have an oppor- tunity of being let loose. (Cheers.) Mr. Balfour had given up the idea of Tariff Reform as an appeal to the country and wanted to refer it to a referendum. (Laughter.) Tariff Reform was not a question which could be answered by "Yes or no," and it could not be referred to a referendum. Personally, he did not be- lieve in a referendum and objected to any nonsense of that kind. (Hear, hear.) It was only a red herring drawn across the path of the Liberal programme. The Prime Minister would have- nothing to do with the referendum, and having men- tioned the Prime Minister—((cheers)—he called attention to Mr. Asquith's message, in which he appealed with confidence to the people of Wales once again to exhibit their signal devotion to Liberal principles. (Cheers.) What they wanted was only fair play. He was in the House of Com- mons when the late Prime Minister threw down the gauntlet to the House of Lords. He admitted that it looked to him then a stupendous task; but he was in the House of Lords recently and heard Lord Lansdowne, make his famous speech yielding the hereditary principle. That was an awkward corner to get round- (laughter)—but Lord Lansdowne also said their number must be reduced and that the House of Commons must be dominant with regard to finance. Then came the secret of Lord Lansdowne's resolutions that the Conservatives would have a majority in the reformed chamber. The Liberals would not accept that, but must have a new House which they could trust implicitly to carry out hthe ishes of the nation. To have a body selected from the remnants of the House of Lords, as Lord Lansdowne proposed, would simply mean jumping from the frying pan into the fire. (Laughter and cneers.) That was the reason for the election, as the Prime Minister wanted the people to decide the question themselves. The House of Lords must be rebuilt from foundation to the top. (Cheers.) He was strongly of opinion that a second cham- ber was essential; but it must be honest and straightforward toward every class of L the community. (Cheers.) Another bogey was the Home Rule question. Tories said that if Liberals were returned to power they would do away with the House of Lords and give Ireland a sep- arate party. That was all rubbish. (Hear, hear.) During his fifteen years in Parliament, many hours were wasted in discussing village pumps and pigsties in Ireland. Mr. Birrell had said that every day he spent in Ireland and every new fact which came to his knowledge about Ireland convinced him that a rational measure of self-government to Ireland, subordinate to the imperial Parliament. was absolutely essential to the welfare of the country. (Cheers.) He (Mr. Davies) hoped that self-government would be ex- tended to Ireland, as well as Scotland and Wales. (Hear, hear.) He was not in favour of a separate parliament for Ireland that was not subordinate to the imperial Parliament. It would be detri- mental to the interests of the country, and it would also be necessary to readjust financial relations; but he would not hesi- tate to vote in favour of self-government to deal with Irish affairs. (Hear, hear.) Tories made much capital out of the navy scare and accused the Government of destroying an3 allowing the navy to go to the dogs. That was the argument of people who ought to be shut up in the big house at Carmarthen. (Laughter and cheers.) Liberals were told they did not love their country as much as the Tories. That was so contemptible as being almost too ridiculous to be answered. (Hear, hear.) It was essential to have a strong navy for all classes, especially the working classes. He had been bombarded by enthusiastic Tories with the question whether he would vote to borrow a hundred millions of money to build a huge navy; but he need not say that he put the question in th( waste paper basket. (Laughter). Nothing would be more suicidal than to build a large number of ships of a particular class at one time, seeing that the original Dreadnought had already become obsolete with the advance made by science. Ger- many was the great bug-bear, and he was surprised that a man in the position of Lord Charles Beresford was decrying the British navy. (Hear, hear.) In a return issued by Dr. Macnamara, it was shown that on March 31st, 1910, the British Empire had eight; Dreadnoughts against two in Germany. In 1911, there would be twelve against five; 1912, twenty against nine; and 1913, twenty-seven against seventeen. (Cheers.) Mr. Alan H. Burgoyne, a Conservative .member, had stated in the Navy League Annual, "We are pre-eminent to-day'; that cannot be gainsaid." If Liberals could not be trusted. Mr. Davies added that the Tories could not be trusted to support the navy. (Hear, hear.) He had the pleasure of voting for the removal of the pauper dis- qualification which would make 250,000 people eligible for the old-age pensions. If they had done nothing else, that would be a great record in the history of Lib- eralism in being able to brighten the homes of over a million poor people. (Cheers.) The issue before the country wa,s whether the people would govern themselves, or go back under the thraldom of the House of Lords ? It was not cer- tain whether there would be a fight in Cardiganshire. He believed it depended on the question of money. (Laughter.) The Tories had taken the hat round, but he understood they had not succeeded. They were hit so hard in the previous election that the money was not easily got. They could not find anyone to fight for principles. The only motive of the Tories. if they could find a man, as far as he could understand, was to annoy him. He assured them that he would not be annoyed in the least. The mighty torrent of enthusiasm which he met in every part of the county was no annc-ance or incon- venience. He was convinced that he would be returned with more thumping majority than even before. If he was again selected, there was no power on earth that could keep him out of the House of Com- mons. He was determined to do his work in future as in the past. (Cheers). If there was an election, he asked them to put their shoulders to the wheel, feeling certain that Cardiganshire would maintain its reputation and that no one could doubt their Liberal principles. (Applause.) Mr. Morgan Evans, Oakford, proposed the following resolution:—"That we tender to Mr Vaughan Davies our heartiest thanks for his valuable srvices as member of Parliament for Cardigan- shire for so many years and cordially in- vite him to be the Liberal candidate at the present election and, if the Conserva- tives succeed in securing a candidate, we pledge ourselves to secure the triumphant return of Mr. Davies to Parliament and to win for Liberalism in Cardiganshire a greater victory than ever before." It was less than a year ago, Mr Evans said, since he proposed a similar resolution. He told a Conservative friend that he hoped there would be a Conservative fight, in order to enlighten the people by holding election meetings and discussing the issues. With- out an occasional contest, the people would be in darkness and through ignorance would become Conservatives. (Laughter.) If the Conservatives found someone foolish enough to champion their cause, Liberals would fight fairly against him. but with gloves off and without restraint on their tongues. They had a cause worth fighting for, and if they did not fight like heroes they were not worthy of their age or generation. (Cheers.) The idea that 600 irresponsible members of the House of Lords should govern a population of forty- five million people was unreasonable. Their only qualification was that they were the sons of their fathers. (Laughter.) If they acted properly, he had nothing to say against them as ordinary persons but any man who. allowed himself to be gov- erned by an irresponsible body was as much a fool as they were. (Cheers.) He regarded the House of Lords as a degrad- 11 ing institution in the civilisation of the country, which would not be tolerated in other civilised countries, and if Liberals did not act like heroes in removing the oppression they were unworthy to be called Lib era 19: or men. (Cheers.) He added that in Mr. Vaughan Davies the county had been faithfully represented, both in and outside the House of Com- mons. (Cheers.) Mr. R. J. R. Loxdalej Casttfi^Hill, in seconding the resolution, said he was" one of those who persuaded Mr. Vaughan Davies. to stand for the county in 1895. He had also supported him election^ifter election and never regretted it, because he regarded Mr. Vaughan Davies as an active current of Liberalism, and no one could better represent the views of Car- diganshire- with regard to the momentous questions which would be dealt with in the new Parliament. (Cheer8. The Rev. T. Mason Jones, on behalf of the loca-i association at Devil's Bridge, wrote supporting the candidature of Mr. Vaughan Davies. A letter was read from John /Rowland, private secretary to Mr. John IR,owland, private secretary to Mr. Lloyd George, and a vice-president of the Association, regretting inability to attend. Mr. John Evans, Aberystwyth, secre- tary of the Association, supported the resolution, and said one of the questions at the previous election was the people's Budget against Tariff Reform. That ques- tion, thank goodness, had been settled, and the other question to be settled was whether the peers or the people shall pre- vail? (Cheers.) It was the dominant question in the present election, and he had no doubt on which side Cardiganshire would vote. One encouraging thing in the election was that there seemed but little fight in the other side. They had no real answer, and attempted no defence of the peers. (Hear. hear.) Not a word was said in favour of keeping the House of Lords as it was. Even Lord.Lansdowne and Mr. Balfour did not dare to say so. What they said was that Mr. Redmond had returned from America with two hundred million dollars. He wished Mr Redmond had millions more, because no one in the House of Commons was more faithful to his country. (Hear, hear.) Who were the people who talked so con- temptuously of American dollars? He had never heard they were not eager to accept them with a lady thrown in. (Laughter.) If they could get some American dollars, would not the Conser- vatives contest Cardiganshire? He felt tolerably certain if, instead of applying to Carlton Club or the Church Defence Society, they could get American dollars there would be an election in Cardigan- shire next week. (Laughter and cheers.) They said that Liberals would not trust the people, but said nothing about trust- ing the people on the Budget. It was really a piece of audacity. (Hear, hear.) If ever a government was returned with a direct mandate from the people, it was the government returned in 1906.' Those who had contemptuously thrown out the Education and Licensing Bills now wanted the referendum. It was too hollow and shallow to mislead any thinking man. (Hear, hear.) Whether there was an election or not in Cardiganshire, it was well to be prepared. He would be sorry to have a repetition in 1910 of what hap- pened in 1874. Although a Conservative iqas not likely to be returned, it would be a great disaster if the Liberal majority was reduced. They had a great cause and magnificent leaders. They had Mr Lloyd George and Mr. Winston Churchill carry- ing the fire of enthusiasm throughout the length and breadth of the country, and in front was that great, strong silent man, who never uttered a word without first weighing it and never said a word he did not mean, Mr. Asquith. (Cheers.) The resolution having been carried with acclamation, Mr. Vaughan Davies re- turned thanks and said he appreciated the honour all the more because he lived in the midst of Liberals in Cardiganshire. To serve them, one must be a true Liberal. He could not run crooked-not that he wanted to run crooked. Ever since he had represented them, he had not the least difficulty in following the leaders of the party. (Hear, hear.) He had always done his best, irrespective-of party, to help a young Cardi to get on in life, and hoped to do so in future. If he was opposed in the election, he would not be caught napping. What he feared was that the people did not realise the im- portance of their votes. He had no. fear of any opponent if every elector realised the importance of his vote. Whatever happened, he believed Cardiganshire would go straight and as certain as they went straight they would find him going straight in the House of Commons. (Applause.) Professor Levi proposed the following' resolution:. That we desire to express our unbounded gratitude for the peop!e's Budget and the splendid services rendered by Mr Lloyd George; our absolute trust in Mr. Asquith and his government; the deep satisfaction which we recognise that the present election is being fought on the one dominant question of whether the peers or the people shall prevail, and that the question is now fast approaching a final settlement; and our firm convic- tion that the issue will be a glorious victory for freedom, progress, and right- eousness." They stood, he said, on the eve of battle. There was no opponent in Cardiganshire and that impossible man, a suitable Conservative candidate, would never be found. (Laughter and cheers.) If Liberals were defeated in the election, it would mean strengthening the position of the House of Lords: but if they won, the Lords would be in the hollow of their hand,. The Veto resolutions were to the effect that Parliament would sit for five instead of seven years, that the House of Commons would be masters of money Bills and that any other Bill which was rejected by the House of Lords on three occasions would become law. In one respect, the resolutions increased the power of the House of Lords by giving them the right to throw out Bills at least twice. They never had that power before; but in the end the resolutions gave undoubted supremacy to the House of Commons. (Hear, hear.) The preamble stated that it was intended to substitute for the House of Lords a second chamber on a popular, instead of a hereditary basis. (Hear, hear.) The powers of the second chamber would be exactly defined. The temper of the country had risen against the Lords who were brought before the tribunal on the charge of having always been against the people. All that Liberals asked for was fairness, because they had the same qualification to legislate as the Lords. They asked that AVales should have a chance to develop her nationality, and the people of Cardiganshire would not forget 1868 in 1910. (Cheers.) The Rev. Dan Evans, Hawen, seconded the resolution and suggested that Mangling done here" would be a suitable sign for the House of Lords. Mr Lloyd George had described the referendum as an election without a candidate. That was the position of the Conservatives in Cardiganshire. Personally, he would not be sorry if there was an election so that the issue could be put forcibly before the people. (Cheers.) The resolution was supported by Messrs T. J. Samuel, William Thomas, Aberyst- wyth: Dr. E. Lloyd, Tregaron; Mr. E. J. Davies, New Quav: and the Rev. D. Morgan, Cardigan. In the course of his remarks, Mr. E. J. Davies said if Liberals did not have a decisive victory they might as well put up the shutters and abandon hope for another half a century. He was disappointed that there was no election in Cardiganshire. While he did not wTsh to put Mr Vaughan Davies to unnecessary expense and incon- venience, he felt that the election was so unique and paramount in importance that he had hoped the Conservatives would find a candidate. He did not care whether the candidate was the representative of the landed gentry, who it was said had been coquetting with the seat, or a fledgling from another county, so long as the Liberals of the county had an oppor- tunity to express their views whether the peers or people shall prevail? Given that chance and with enthusiasm trans- lated into action, he predicted that the majority of Mr. Vaughan Davies would be substantially increased. (Cheers. The resolution was agreed to and a vote of thanks to the Chairman was passed on the proposition of Mr Vaughan Davies, seconded by Professor Levi. Mr. J. D. Lewis, secretary of the branch at Llandyssul (south) submitted a resolution calling the Election Agent's attention to the advisability of appointing the secretaries of local associations as sub- agents to be under the sole supervision of and responsible to the Election Agent. The question of allowing the Junior Liberal League to send delegates to the Association meeting was deferred. MR VAUGHAN DAVIFB RETURNED UNOPPOSED. On Monday, Mr. Vaughan Davies was returned unopposed as the Liberal member for Cardiganshire. It was rumoured that the Conservatives intended bringing for- ward a surprise candidate, and that a possible candidate arrived in the town on Sunday. The Liberals, however, were prepared for any eventuality, and the Election Agent (Mr. William Davies) was fully alert. Mr. John Thomas, Fron- dolau, New Quay, the high sheriff, and Mr F. R. Roberts, under sheriff, were in attendance at Aberayron Town Hall on Monday between twelve and two o'clock to receive nominations. Mr. Vaughan Davies, who had been unanimously selected by the Liberal Association on the previous Friday, was also in attendance at the appointed time, accompanied by Mr. William Davies, Aberystwyth, his election agent. As no other candidate was nominated, the High Sheriff waited until three orclock for objections, but none were made. The nomination pkper officially accepted was signed by the following:—Proposer, Mr. John Evans, Aberystwyth; seconder, Mr. Robert Ellis, Aberystwyth: assentors, Messrs Morgan Evans, Oakford; E. J. Davies, Glyn, New Quay; J. D. Lewis, Llandyssul; B. Carolan Davies, Felinfach: Jenkin C. Jones, Captain Thomas Evans, Aberayron; T. W. Powell, Aberystwyth; and the Rev John Bowen. Pontrhydfen- digaid. The proposers and seconders of other papers handed in were Messrs J. M. Howell, Lima Jones, Aberayron; D. C. Roberts, C. M. Williams, the Rev Job Miles, Messrs. David Lloyd, J R. Evans, J. Hugh Jones, Peter Jones, T. J. Samuel, Aberystwyth; R. J. R. Loxdale, Edward Lloyd, Llanilar; Dr. Abel Evans, Messrs. Rees Jones, Lampeter; O. Beynon Evans, and the Rev. John Williams, Cardigan.. At three o'clock, Mr. Vaughan Davies was declared to have been duly elected He had deposited the usual amount of £350, which was afterward returned to him but it will be necessary, according to law, to make the usual return of ex- penses as if there was a contest. A vote of thanks was passed to the High Sheriff and Under Sheriff on the proposition of Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., seconded bv Mr. William Davies. Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., had an enthusiastic reception at Aberayron at the close of the formalities and was loudly cheered on his journey home to Tanybwlch. This is the fifth time for him to be elected for Cardiganshire; but it is the first occasion within memory when there has not been a contested election in Cardigan- shire. His walk-over is a well-deserved tribute to the popularity of Mr. Vaughan Davies and to his immense majority of 3,045 at the previous election.
MERIONETHSHIRE Mr. H. Haydn Jones, the Liberal candi- date for Merionethshire, who retained the seat at the last general election by a majority of 4,192 votes, was on Monday returned unopposed. Captain H. M. Richards, Caerynwch, Dolgelley, the high sheriff, attended at Harlech on Monday, between one and three, to receive nominations, being accom- panied by Mr. J Charles Hughes, Dol- gelley, the under-sheriff. As anticipated, Mr Haydn Jones was the only nominee, and at four o'clock—an hour being given for objection—the High Sheriff declared him duly elected. Mr. Haydn Jones, who handed in four- teen papers, was accompanied by Mr. R. Guthrie Jones, Dolgelley, Liberal agent for Merioneth; Alderman John Evans, J.P., Barmouth; Dr. John Jones, J.P., Dolgelley; Dr. R. T. Jones, Harlech; Mr. Rhys Jones, Barmouth: Mr E. W. Evans, Dolgelley the Rev. Mr Evans, the Rev. D. Davies, and Mr. Ivor Jones, Harlech. The nomination paper formally accepted was one signed by Mr. William Owen. J.P., Plasweunydd, Blaenau Festiniog. president of Merionethshire Liberal Asso- ciation; and Mr. John Davies, Dyffryn, vice-president, as proposer and seconder, and by the following as assentors:—The Rev. W. Glandwr Morgan, Barmouth; William Jones, Sea View-terrace, Aber- dovey: G. Parry Jones, Penrhyn; Walter Davies, Barmouth Junction; J. J. Wil- liams, Blaenau Festinicg: J. W. Roberts, Bala, treasurer of the Liberal Association the Rev. D. James, Llanegryn; and R. Ffoulkes Jones, Llwyngwril. Other nomination papers were received from the districts of Llwyngwril. Bar- mouth, Abercorris, Llandderfel, Towyn. Festiniog, Glanypwll (two papers), Bala. Llandrillo, Llanuwchllyn, Corwen, and Penrhyndeudraeth. The previous election in January of this year was the first contested election in Merionethshire since 1896; and the county has been consistently Liberal since the fclate Mr. David Williams, father of Sir A. "Osmond Williams, Bart., lord lieutenant of the county, wrested the seat from the Conservatives in 1868. MR HAYDN JONES UNOPPOSED. On Friday afternoon a meeting of Merioneth Liberal Association was held in Christ Church Schoolroom, Bar- i < month, to select a candidate in the general election. There was a large attendance of delegates from Will • over which Mr William Owen, Festiniog, presided anri jvas supported by Mr' John DkvS Cut] i' VK'e Pres«ient, and Mr R' I?OTOS' the LiWal Jgent. It was announced tW „7i f, local associations had selected Mr Haydn T "n ii;imoaisly member, as th* t,he sittinS the announcement^ cheers. received with option ofeM?eHlydnmajo m'r'VG<J the ad- one sense he regretted'thl Said in no fight in Merioneth P was *o be i.i -UOIK,«eth and. m anKtW contest^ election a*)e Mr Havdn^ & a electibn as member for fT since his had made in him Se mTkimr that he llad He had already Ion thp -°"g+mein^r- House and lie had opened th?^ f f members as +v>o o + i ejes of its IWn Sohoo, °f th6 the r wo^siti^nfnSremar^no^^1't'liat0'ntf<^ ofethea HousehlS Val"G 111 tlle committees Mr John paYies, Dyffryn, supportÎIw -ry fortunate' He lemembered the late Mr DaWdWl' hams who wrested the seal from the domita'ble shrewdness and of in- mita e perseverance Aftov i- f.rv?1'' Sam"el HoCd ,Ao was Ch "Toad a ment i f nd a m'm of rare judg- ment. Afterward came Mr Henry Rob eitson of whom Mr Pone had a veJv fi GpmlOI, a man wino mIght have made his rulii House if he had not wan- dered away mto the wilderness of Fn lomsm. (Lauo-hter ) Af+„ • Ln" Mr Tom After him came snirit sTilJ U ,,)lessed memory, wbfose spirit still hbvered over Merioneth and possibly to a great extent inspired Mr FW°y a °rge- (Cdieers.) Mr O. M Edw-ards, who succeeded Mr Tom Fllio was a Welshman from head to heS He fime + ■mei?bersIlil> up before he had ment i?P SS a m0embw Parlia, hi /V v came Slr Osmond Wil- iamSTr(cheers)-who was an ornament to the House in more than one resnect M,aUWlte3'-) iLaSt not the least was J* j Haydn Jones who, as the Chairman had observed, had already made hi* maxk m the House and no doubt had a fife rtb^tUre- H% vvislled him long We to become as great a power in the House of Commons as he was in the County Council of Merioneth. He wit glad to see him looking So well and that the climate of the House appeared to agree wrth lb; but J,e hopiTho would not bectome like the old member for the county whom Mr Rlwa,rd Griffith said LaS S° 7 t iat a special door had to be opened for him tk, enter. (Laughter.) Ine proposition was agreed to unani- mous y, and on My Haydn Jones enter- ing the room he was received by the fuestify UpstandinS and cheering On the proposition of the Chairman seconded by Mr John Evans, BarmSS; a vote of sympathy was sent to the Rev Gwynfryn Jones in his illness and pleasure was expressed at his recovery. +1 "r-t a- aSreed on tihe proposition of the Chan-man, seconded by Mr John Morgan, Barmouth, to liberate Mr Haydn Jones from meetings in the county in order to al ow him to assist Liberal mem- bers in other constituencies where there are contests. Mr Haydn Jones addressed the meet- ing and thanked the Association for again selecting him as the Liberal can- didate for the second time and with reater unanimity than on the first occa- SIbn. During the next week he should assist other Liberal candidates and par- ticularly the Liberal candidate for Den- bigh Boroughs, fbr he felt that Mr Ormsbv Gore represented a class to which the majority of the people of Wales did not belong, and that if he unsheatlhed an old family sword it would be to fight for sbme particular interest. If they went 'i^o family history they might enquire why the family was charging for placing vans on Harlech beach. The present election in his opinion was to decide one of the most important issues ever put before the ctountiry. Mr Balfour was like an eel and the Tory party full of tricks, trying to raise all sorts of side issues and even to steal sbme of the Lib- eral clothes; but the real issue before the country was whether the people's re- presentatives were to rule or 600 mem- bers of the House of Lords who repre- sented nobody except themselves. He hoped that the people would not consent always to be slaves. If that election went wrong, the hands of the clock would be put back for half a century. Mr. Balfour was trying to. work the dodge of the referendum. Of the referendum, V,rd Curzon, a leading Tory in 1894 said, It becomes an absurd and delusive method when the question at issue is one cf great complexity. The House of Commons wfculd become a mere Star Chamber registering the decrees of a Parliamentary tyrant checked only by reference to the haphazard aye or no of a plebicite." In order to hoodwink the people and to win the election by any means, the Lords now said they were de- sirous of trusting the people. He did l1i;"t believe in the de;it.h-bed repentance cf the Lords. (Cheers.) The Rev R. R. Williams, Towyn, pro- posed, and Mr Martin Williams, Bar- mouth, seconded a proposition 'hoping for a triumphant return of the Government with an increased majority to bring about reforms long demanded by the country; and the Rev J. Gwynoro Davies pro- posed and Mr Wm. Jones, Aberdovey, seconded a proposition congratulating and supporting Mr Lloyd George which was agreed to and the meeting separated.
MONTGOMERY BOROUGHS. LIBEiRAL MEETING AT MACHYN- LLETH. SPEECH BY MR. W. JONES, M.P. On Wednesday evening, a meet- ing in support of the candi- dature of Mr. A. E. Humphreys Owen for Montgomery Boroughs, was held at the Town Hall, Machynlleth, Efforts are made by both parties to secure the services of a prominent speaker before the poll. There is a general feeling that Mr. Humphreys Owen will not only retain the seat, but will—at least ought—to do better than the late member. The election will take place on Friday, December 16th, which will allow more time than in other constituencies for the strenuous work on the part of Liberals. T There was a crowded attendance at Wed- nesday night's meeting. Before the meeting commenced, Mr. H. R Humph- reys sang an appropriate election song composed by Councillor D. Smith. Dr. W. R. Williams presided, and was supported on the platform by the Revs. Jicsiah Jones, Wnion Evans, D. Cunllo Davies, Messrs. T. R. Morgan, Henry Lewis, John Pugh, H. Meredith Roberts, Rowland Prys, Richard iRees, and W. M. Jones. Ir. Clement Davies. barrister, of Llanfvllin, who had been named as one of the probable candidates for the Boroughs, was announced to speak at the meeting, but was detained at Llanidloes. Mr. William Jones, M.P. for Arvon, however, was present and had a cheerful reception. Dr. Williams, in the chair, conducted the proceedings with enthusiasm and made a humorous and effect've opening speech which was received with cheers. Mr William Jones, M.P., who had spoken in other parts of the constituency, followed with an able and eloquent speech in English as well as in Welsh, in the course of which lie described the election as the haptismal day of Welsh liberty to which Thomas Gee. Hiraethog, and Dr. John Thomas had looked forward. This was an opportunity now or never for the people to make one decisive stroke against the thraldom of the peers. Amid cries of "Give it to them." he made a serious in- dictment against the treatment of Liberal measures by the House of Lords. "I hope you are all paying super-tax in Machyu ildh." he added. With the taxes of Mr. Lloyd George's Budget, there would be n handsome surplus for social reform. (Cheers.) Having dealt with the effect of land legislation in promoting social re- form and imbuing the citizens with the sense of responsibility,, he said they might think from their posters that the Tories made the Empire, the army. and navy. "Vote for the Tory candidate." they said, "and the Empire." They un- furled the Union Jack and had the audacity and impudence even to bring in the name of the King. (Shame.) Mr. Jones proceeded to show that Tory govern- ments had failed to knit the colonies to the mother-country, had failed to produce a satisfactory army scheme, and created nothing but the bogus navy scares. R c- ferring to the reform resolutions of the House of Lords, he related the remark of a deacon in Anglesey who said that to re- form a bumble l>ee its sting must be takers out. (Laughter and cheers.) The House of Lords had passed a series of pious reso- lutions and offered a death-bed repentance —it was for the people to raise a. twmpath on eu bedd." (Laughter.) Mr. Jones afterward dealt with facts from Tory leaders and organs, keeping the audienc e in a humorous and inspiring mood. He expected that the Liberals would win more seats in London and other constituencies— but the most important constituency for them in Machynlleth to think about was the Montgomery Boroughs. He explained the provisions of the insurance scheme for invalidity and unemployment, as well as the Development Fund Act for the im- provement of roads and developing agri- culture, fisheries, and afforestation-all due to 1fr. Lloyd George's Budget There was no finality in Liberalism, but practical politics was to deal with essentia} needs and the nearest grievances of the day; but Liberal measures were not possible without restricting the veto of the House of Lords. He hoped after this election that a perambulator would be too big for any Conservative representative from Wales and that there would be no black spots. That,, however, could only be secured by individual efforts on the part of Liberals. (Applause.) The meeting ended with a vote of thanks to the Chairman and speaker, proposed by fr. Edward Breese, seconded by Mr. John Evans. The latter referred to the fact that he had sold a silk hat to John Bright when that statesman was in Mach- ynlleth with Cobden. Rousing cheers were given to Mr. Humphreys Owen, Mr. David Davies, M.P., and the Liberal leaders, followed by the national anthems. Mr. William Jones was the guest of Mr. Richard Rees, Paris House.
UNIONIST GAINS. Salford (South( 1 Ashton-under-Lyne 1 Warrington 1 Wigan 1 Darlington 1 King's Lynn 1 Grimsby 1 Birkenhead 1 Islington (North) 1 Liverpool Exchange 1 St. Pancras (West) 1 St. Helens 1 Cardiff 1 Dudley I Newton (Lanes) 1 Melton Mowbray 1 Plymouth 2 Cumberland (Norths 1
BORTH. An Innovation. -The experiment mado this winter by local tradesmen in thirty closing and a weekly half-holiday has lt with success, notwithstanding previous failures. Every tradesman has fallen into line, with one exception, and the move- ment bids fair to be a permanent one.
HUNTING FIXTURES. GOGERDDAN FOXHOUNDS FOXHOUNDS. Mon., Dec. 12th Furnace Bridge 10-30. Fri., Dec. 16th Capei Bangor 10-30. BEAGLES. Wed., Dec. 14th Hafodnewvdd, Strata Florida, 11. Sat., Dec. 17th Cwm Cross 10-30. THE PLAS MACHYNLLETH HOUNDS WILL MEET:— Harriers— Monday, Dec. 12 Wenant. Time—10.30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 Br-on-raer Time—10.30 a.m. Foxhounds— Tues., Dec. 13 Cwmbyr Rocks. Time—10.30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16 Rhoswydol. Time-10.30 a.m.
The Aberystwyth Town Council, on Tuesday, wisely resolved not to take a portion of Constitution Hill. It is still too early for Liberals to crow, but if they win this election it will be LLOYD GEORGE'S victory. This is realised by Conservatives who have stopped the flow of their abuse. The "Morning Post" says that Liberals are dodging Tariff Reform. This is not a joke on the part of our able London Con- servative contemporary, but is solemn earnest. The "Morning Post" believes absolutely that the best way to make things cheaper is to put a tax on them. The return of Mr. R. MATHIAS as the Liberal member for Cheltenham by a majority of ninety-three ever Lord PUNCANNON, the Conservative candidate, ;3 a great personal success, as well as a rotable Liberal victory. Mr. MATHIAS is t native of Aberystwyth. The way tariff reform has dropped out i the Conservative programme is wonder- vul. One of the wonders of the election is the pathetic dumbness of the Cardiff Tory paper. We are almost sorry for the "Western Mail." Poor thing, and it is produced in the bastard Welsh metropolis. How sad! The Llanilar Debating Society has been discussing whether the world is getting better or worse, and has decided, we are pleased to see, that the world is mending. The opponents said that it would have been better if we had kept to the same kind of food that our fathers ate. This means that cannibalism might have saved the world. Shocking! Is there any need for ninety-six inter- mediate schools in Wales? Again, quite apart from that question, is not the educa- tion given at intermediate schools and the education given at elementary schools largely overlapped, seeing that it is only necesary for a pupil to have passed the third standard in order to be qualified for entrance into an intermediate school ? Further, has not the Central Welsh Board played an absurd part for years in what may be called its funny and tricky puzzle examinations? HUGH ARTHUR FRANKLIN, a young man of independent means living at Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, who is interested in the women's suffrage movement, was charged on remand before Sir ALBERT DE HLTZEN, at Bow Street Police Court, on Monday, with assaulting Mr. WINSTON CHURCHILL by attempting to strike him with a dog whip in a train between Brad- ford and King'si Cross. He was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment in the second division and was told that his sentence would have been heavier if Mr. CHURCHILL had not pleaded on his behalf. The Bishop of LIVERPOOL says that around Liverpool there are growing up whole communities absolutely Pagan, who never keep Sunday, never appear at church, and never bow the knee in prayer. Is the BISHOP surprised? The masses of the people see the hate and rivalry of the sects and they ask in derision what their religion means. The great problems of existence come to the masses as they come to bishops and cardinals. There will never he any decay of religion, but the problem of the churches is great and pressing. They are ceasing to represent religion and are more and more becoming close cor- porations from which the common people are excluded.. An important judgment, of great in- terest to Nonconformists, was given the other day by Judge BRADBURY in the Old- ham County Court. The question was whether the trustees: of a Primitive Methodist Chapel were liable for local rates. A portion of the structure had been used as a Sunday School and also for holding entertainments. The judgment was that the trustees were liable, and an order was made for the payment to the Council of the amount claimed, £26 10si 6d. Many chapels in Wales are used for the holding of entertainments and are, accord- ing to this ruling, not entitled to exemp- tion from the payment of rates. We never wait until Parliament is dis- solved before we begin to fight for Liberalism. We labelled Sir J. D. REES long ago, and he is where we placed him. We have defended Mr. LLOYD GEORCE, whether he needed the defence or not, all along, and we await the verdict of the constituency with confidence. In Meri- onethshire, Mr. HAYDN JONES has been supported and vindicated steadily, and there is no contest. In Cardiganshire, Mr. VAUGHAN DAVIES has done all that was possible, and this paper has stood by him. There is no contest. Mr. DAVID DAVIES, in Montgomeryshire, has been upheld, and there is no contest. In Car- narvonshire, Ir. WTILLIAM JONES has been supported and no rebellion has been encouraged. There is no contest. It is quite possible for a newspaper to promote contests, but that, we think, is a shabby sort of Liberalism. We never believed in the Liberalism of Mr. JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN. Here is an extract from a speech he delivered at Denbigh on October 20th, 1884:—"Are the "the Lords to dictate to us, the people of "England? Are the Lords to dictate to "us the laws which we shall make and the way in which we shall bring them in? Are you going to be governed by your- selves ? Or will you submit to an oligarchy which is a mere accident of birth ? Your ancestors; resisted kings and abated the pride of monarchs., and "it is inconceivable that you should be so "careless of your great heritage as to "submit your liberties to this miserable "minority of individuals who rest their "claims upon privilege and upon acci- dent ?" Now Mr. CHAMBERLAIN believes in oligarchies or in anything else that is of the Conservative brand. Dean WELLDON, wisely or unwisely, has put up the following election prayer which lias 'been pu blished LORD GOD, Father of Light, vouchsafe, we beseech Thee, Thy illuminating grace to all who, as candidates, or speakers, or voters, shall participate in the pol- itical election which is now so near at hand. Help to put away from their hearts the dark spirit of selfishness and malevolence; inspire them with pure and lofty ideals of service for Thee; help them to act with a deep sense of re- sponsibility as patriots and as Chris- tians, and send out Thy light and Thy truth that they may lead them and bring them into Thy holy will and to Thy kingdom for the sake of Him who is the only light of the world—our Saviour and Redeemer, JESUS CHRIST. Does Dean WELLDON believe that the clergy of the Church of England will be brought round by this prayer to vote for disestablishment, or that Welsh Noncon- formists will as a result of this prayer oppose disestablishment ? What does Dean WELLDON believe in reference to this prayer ? Perhaps he would not like to say, j » Cardiff has been won by the Conserva- tives, Lord NINIAH STUART having been returned by a majority of 299 over Sir CLARENDON HYDE, the Liberal candidate. The problem of the Welsh Church Com- mission is more perplexing than ever. The question everybody is now asking is, what on earth the Commission was appointed to enquire into ? The only solution seems to be that the Commission should begin sitting again and should start just as if there had never been a commission of the same kind for a thousand years. Mr_ VAUGHAN DAVIES, the Liberal mem- ber for Cardiganshire, has been re-elected without a contest. This is a very mortify- ing fact for those whe went to London to get money to oppose him and failed. There was no more chance of defeating him than of persuading the frogs of Cors Fochno not to croak. x The long-existing trouble at the Aber- ystwyth Board of Guardians between Dr. BONSALL, the medical officer, and the members of the Board has come to a head. We are not going to try the case. The Local Government Board, through their INSPECTOR, have all the means necessary for forming a judgment. We await their judgment. Then we shall have something to say. < The alleged serious shortage in this country of horses suitable for military purposes has been discussed by horse vehicle owners. It wa.s suggested that the Government should give a subsidy to those firms who used horses. What is needed is that the army cranks should be content with horses, and should not desire some sort of freak which nobody outside a toy shop would call a horse. The weather is suggestive of December, and floods, and fogs, and colds, and diffi- culty in breathing. In some parts of the country there are floods. The only people who are really busy are doctors, under- takers, and gravediggers. The case of the doctors is a very hard one. There is something pathetic in seeing a rheumatic doctor toiling up three flights of stairs to tell a patient suffering from rheumatism how to get rid of hisaffiiction. The puke of NORFOLK. at Forest Hill on Saturday, said, to-day it is not a question of "Peers versus People," but the Peers and the People against the House of Com- mons. Well, for sheer ducal cheek or stupidity, this beats all. The idea of the Peers and the People having formed a fighting force against the House of Com- mons, of all things in the world, is too silly even for an idiotic asylum, and yet the Duke of NORFOLK has a seat in the House of Lords! Awful. Here is concentrated simpleness or ignorance. Perhaps both. Speaking at Deganwy, on Saturday, Mr. AUSTEN JONES, who is opposing Mr LLOYD GEORGE in the Carnarvon Boroughs, said that he did not believe that the cost of living for workmen would go up under Tariff Reform, but if it did he would not have the slightest objection to a Bill for secur- ing to the workman such an increase in his wages as would be required to make up for the higher prices of the necessaries of life. Did ever anybody hear of such a suggestion? Just try to think of an Act of Parliament to raise the wages of all the workmen in the country by so much a week! No wonder Mr. AUSTEN JONES opposed Mr. LLOYD GEORGE. We now understand the situation. Poor Mr. AUSTEN JONES! It is a long time since a new Welsh National Society of any sort was started. These national societies die so rapidly that it is difficult to keep up the number. What is now wanted is the establishment of a Welsh national society for the return of Welshmen to Parliament for constituencies in the other three nations of the United Kingdom. Wales has thirty members. Almost all of them are Liberals. What is wanted is to secure another hundred or hundred and fifty Welsh members for English, Irish, and Scotch constituencies. This could be done with a little skill and a good deal of money. Mr. MATHIAS, a Welshman, now represents Cheltenham. Why should not hundreds of Welshmen represent other places in the United King- dom? There is no reason. This must be done. All that is wanted is the necessary money.