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CONSERVATIVE MEETING AT HOLYWELL. ADOPTION OF MR. LLOYD PRICE. Thø aJØ£lf-Înb' R""ra'¡, ,,1- Vt: n"('ha -«.• '.1: .!1\ it.. w t, >ni'.z t".t .l-.)p't:\r t:n puMic m ig V'i ,T M ;•«•<«)!. 0 >-))\1-, >• .;•,<» ,v .K.: v. t >• .f"A, r oj ir t.o-o M"fv" ">nu ;• •> ..v, f {. 1, Williams, T W Hughes (election agent), &c. Lord Mostyn, in addressing the meeting, said that the most important thing to be decided, and which would be brought before the electorate at the present time, was that of the settlement of the South African War. In his statesmanship m-tnifesto just issued, Lord Salisbury gave them a very clear line, and told them what they might expect to happen in those colonies-that was in the event of a Unionist Government being again returned to power. The Boers that were left were waiting patiently, and looking to this election that was about to take place. If the Unionist Party were returned to pewer the Boers would know, and the country would know, what they were to expect in the future. But if by any freak of fortune a Radical Majority should be returned who knew but that they might not have a re- petition of the disastrous' policy which followed Majuba Hill, and which disgrace had only just been wiped out? They had heard of the Union Jack which was buried at the Majuba Hill dis- aster. That Union Jack which had just recently been dug up, was going through a resurrection. That Union Jack was flying from Pretoria (ap- plause). And if the Unionist Government was returned to power again that flag would never be pulled down again. A great many of them, the more so those who were Unionists, sympathised with Mr Chamberlain in the savage assaults made upon him. On him fell the burden of the negotiations in connection with the operations, and it was simply wicked to say that he encouraged the war for the simple reason of encouraging Rhodesian capitalists Mr Chamberlain dealt with the matter very effectively in his address delivered on Saturday. He was an outspoken gentleman, a hard hitter, and not afraid of his enemies (hear hear and dissentient voices). In conclusion, he (the Chairman) bad great pleasure in coming there to support his friend Mr Lloyd Price—(ap- plause and groans)—and if there was one place in the county where be would be thoroughly sup- ported it was Holywell (loud applause). Mr Lloyd Price then rose to address the meeting, and was accorded a hearty reception, the applause, however, being mingled with groans from the rowdy contingent at the back of the room. The Chairman having appealed to them to give Mr Lloyd Price a patient hearing, the candidate said that in entering into the political arena he had been tryine to fancy himself in the position of a general starting to the seat of war having battles to fight, hardships to encounter, which, if victory was to be achieved, must be conquered and over- come. He must admit to being deeply moved by the very cordial welcome they had given him on that occasion. At the beginning of August last he had not tne remotest idea of ever becoming a Parliamentary candidate. Such an idea never entered his mind, but at the unanimous wish of the Conservative Association, and at the request of numerous influential friends, and in obedience to the imperative and stern call of public duty, he had allowed himself to be nominated as a candidate to contest the Flintshire boroughs, with the full assurance that he would he favourably received by the various constituencies interested in consequence of the patriotic feelings he entertained towards his country (applause). Having referred to his very close connection with Holywell, of which he was a native, he expressed the wish that this election would be carried on on linea of the purest friendship and goodwill (hear, hear), that it would be a model election and an example to the Principality of how a political campaign ought and could be conducted. Personally he was J exceedingly sorry to oppose so kind a friend as his opponent, for whom he entertained the highest respeot, but he (the speaker) differed from him with respect to his political opinions. What political opinions his opponent at present enter- tained he could not say, for he and his party just n,)w appeared to be in a hopeless state of confusion (hear, hear, and No"). He must say that his opponent had not been as loyal to his country as ht might have been (hear, hear, and groans). He nad sympathised with the enemy, and—he (the speaker) said this without fear of contradiction- was inclinel to think that his country was invariably in the wrong and the enemy in the right, and was very backward indeed in giving his countrymen credit for good intentions in the management of its foreign affairs. He (the speaker) could only tell them that he was a strong, staunch, and unwavering1 supporter of Lord Salisbury—(applause)—and following him they had a Minister of exceptionally high qualities, possessing the capacity not only to meet the expectations of the Conservative and Unionist parties, but a £ s0 the qualifications to guide the destinies of the British Empire (applause). He maintained that it would be a national calamity I if we had a less.powerfu! Minister at the head of our foreign affairs. The present Government had well earned the title to a renewal of the suffrages of the constituencies in the country. Referring to the war in South Africa, he held that it was forced upon this country by the selfishness and stubborness of Mr Kruger and his refusal to grant legitimate concessions to the Outlanders in the interests of justice and freedom. If they had any doubt as to the righteousness of that war they had only to read those admirable and luid letters from a talented fellow-townsman of theirs now at the front, the Rev Frank Edwards. They would come to no other conclusion but that it was a righteous and just war. Her Majesty's Govern- ment had been very anxious to obtain a settlement of the question without coming to blows. What were the lessons to be derived from the war ? For one thing they must have army reform—turn the War Office upside down. They must have more up-to-date guns and weapons. He should also like it to be possible for privates in the army by industry and merit to rise to the position of officers, and even higher. They wanted a few more Hector Macdonalds in the ranks. The war had also proved the splendid valour of our troops, and also that we had an unlimited supply of the best fighting material in the world. They could not, he said, speak with moderation of those who pro- fessed themselves Englishmen who had sympathised with the enemy, and through whose attitude more blood had been shed in South Africa than would otherwise have been the case. They must have their members of Parliament patriotic. He was certain of this, that if the late Government was returned to power it would restore peace and contentment in South Africa (loud applause). Mr Pennant moved the following resolution :— That this meeting expresses its firm confidence in the present Government, under the distin- guished statesman, Lord Salisbury, and thinks Mr Lloyd Price is a fit and proper person to send to Parliament to support that Government." He said it was of the greatest importance that they should give a large majority to Lord Salisbury Government, so that the BoerR might see that the whole country was speaking out with one voice. Mr J Eldon Bankes seconded the resolution. He said that what Mr Herbert Gladstone a few days ago said about his own party was a plain admission that the Liberal party at this moment were not in a position to form a Government. They had no party fit to be called upon (hear, hear). The Chairman then put the resolution to the meeting, and declared it carried unanimously. On the motion of Mr H A Cope, seconded by Dr Williams, a vote of thanks was passed to the chairman.

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