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Mabon at T onypandy.


Mabon at T onypandy. Unabated Confidence in the Veteran. Must be Friends Again." Lively Interrupt ions. Perllaps one of the most remarkable election meetings held of recent years at JTonypandy was that at the Judge's Hall on Wednesday evening, when Mabon paid his first visit to the district since his attempt to get the Naval workmen to accept the modified terms offered by the Cambriari Combine some weeks ago. The spacious building was packed from floor to roof, and it was early apparent that this was to be no ordinary meeting. Local Socialists were there in strong numbers bent upon giving the candidate and his colleagues on the Executive Council of the Miners' Federation a warm time, and these were reinforced by a large number of young strikersA who were equally determined to give vent to certain griev- ances which they believe, rightly or wrongly, are to be laid to the charge of ithe veteran leader. Nevertheless, the opposition was good-humouredly on the whole, and when the resolution of confi- dence in the candidate was put to the meeting, it was carried by an overwhelm- ing majority, not more than a dozen ,hands apparently being raised against it. The chair was occupied by Mr. W. P. Nicholas, The Garth, who was supported on the platform by the candidate, Mrs. T. Williams, Tydraw (Mabon's daughter), Mr. Tom Richards, M.P., Mr. Alfred Onions (secretary and treasurer respec- tively of the South Wales Miners' Fede. ration). Mr. Tom John, M.A., and others. Mabon's arrival was the signal for an outburst of cheering mingled with booing and counter cries of Good old Mabon "). "Nothing to Conceal." The Chairman said he had the greatest pleasure in taking the chair and identify' ing himself with the cause of Mabon in this Valley (cheers). He was sure that when the great majority of the electorate came to consider what Mabon had done in the cause of the people—(some dis- order)—he trusted that those who differed from them in opinion would at least give them what was the heritage of every freeborn citizen of the land a patient and impartiaJheaáng (loud cheers). They had nothing to conceal, nothing to be afraid cf. and nothing of which they were ashamed—(renewed applause)—and if there were any charges to be preferred against one who in times of stress and storm had led the coalfield, these should be tabled at the proper place and at the proper time, and, lie doubted not that the veteran leader would be prepared to meet his accusers (loud applause). He was not going to disguise the fact that I I in some matters Mabon perhaps had made a mistake. He might have made a mis- take, but he would tell them that the man who never made a mistake never made anything (loud applause). Assuming for the sake of an argument that Mabon had made a-mistake, were they going to throw over a man who had stood by them in times of storm and stress simply because on one or two occasions he had made a mistake? (Cries of "No"). If he (the chairman) knew anything about the working men of the Rhondda, it was this: that whatever influence they had entertained in regard to Mabon during the past few days, they would rally round Mabon's standard and return him triumphantly at the head of the poll next Mabon's standard and return him triumphantly at the head of the poll next Friday (loud applause). A resolution of confidence in the can- 1 didate and pledging the meeting's sup- port to his candidature was proposed by Mr. Wm. John, seconded by Mr. Henry Jones, and carried by an overwhelming majority. Mr. Alfred Onions addressed the meet- ing on the value of Labour representation in Parliament, and instanced the mea- sures affecting workmen passed by the 1906-10 Government, supported by the Labour members. Labour Chairman's Tribute to Mabon. ir. D. Watts Morgan, who was re- vived with cheers and booing.. said he Wa-s sorry to find that a question of a Komewhat. domestic character, and one belonging to the Miners' Federation alone, been introduced into the Meeting. Mabon and everyone else con- nected with this movement were pre- pared to stand at the bar of judgment at any time (applause). He gathered that what opposition there was was centred in the idea that Mabon had failed in his duty to represent the people in the House of Commons. If that was so he was prepared to take up the chal- lenge (applause). Quoting from the official report of the debates m the House on the Tonypandy riote, Mr. Morgan read Mr. Geo. Barnes' tribute to the speech delivered by the veteran leader, which was as follows:Serious allegations have been made to-day by the honour- able members for Merthyr, but l think that the strongest speech made ™ese benches, at all eventB the one tihat ap- pealed to me most strongh. was tha delivered by the hon member for the Rhondda Valley. (Loud applause). Ihe hon. member for the ^ondda was speak ing as a Welshman, with all the ^rvour of a Welshman, one who has the honour of the Rhondda Valley at heart, and he asked the Home Secretary, not ^only in the interests of government and order but in order to clear the people of the Rhondda Valley from any complicity in the acts of violence, and to grant this inquiry so that the blame could be put on the right shoulders." (Applause). He (Mr. Morgan) trusted that they would not fail in their duty by return- ing Mabon at the, top of the poll. Mr. Tom Richards, nil. P. Mr. Thos. Richards, M.P., said he did not know whether to address them in anger or in sorrow if in anger, he could tell them something, but he would rather do it in sorrow. Mr. Richards was pro- ceeding to deal with a service rendered by Mabon to the miners atJEbbw Vale many years ago, when he was interrupted by a question as to the present crisis in Mid-Rhondda. Mr. Richards retorted by saying that on the following morning the and Mr. Onions were going to meet the workmen, and anyone present in the meeting who felt that he had anything to say on the industrial situation could see him at that meeting. He would be welcomed to give them any information the leaders did not already possess, and to tell them of any mistakes they had committed, if any. Personally, he did not agree that Mabon had made any mis- take, and if he had he (Mr. Richards) was there to take a share of the respon- sibility (cheers). No mistake had been made by Mabon in the present crisis. ((Criesi of "No" and "Yes," and a voice: "My friend, D. A. Thomas"). "Isn't this childish?" proceeded Mr. Richards, simply because Mabon, in talking about Mr. D. A. Thomas, said, 'My friend, D. A. Thomas.' I thought that the miners of South Wales had beer 'better educated than that. In the House I of Commons, Balfour refers to Asquith 'as 'Mv friend,' and Keir Hardie refers ¡ to Asquith as his 'friend.' I ask you not to allow that to influence your judgment I' in a. political or industrial contest. I ask you for God's sake to stop it (loud ap- plause). All who are on the platform are pledged to fight the Cambrian Com- bine until we wrest fair conditions for them (renewed applause). Continuing, Mr. Richards said that the Continuing, Mr. Richards said that the Federation leaders were doing their best. At Cardiff last Saturday, before the representatives of the Board of Trade and the representatives of the owners, Mabon in the chair, with full confidence reposed in him, argued the case of the oppressed workmen of the Cambrian Combine. (A voice: And arguing the case of 2s. 1.3d.") Fes, if you want to argue that, can't .you do it to-morrow morn- ling?" (Cheers). The man who shouts and boos in this meeting never lifted his finger to do a ha'porth of good to the workmen of the Rhondda (loud cheers). Mr. Richards then went on, amid inter- ruptions, to deal with the Veto of the House of Lords. Mabon's Pecord. Mahon's rising to address the meeting was greeted by a remarkable outburst of cheering, mingled with persistent booing. He surveyed the situation" good- humouredly, and when order was at last restored, he proceeded to deliver his address in his characteristic style. His first word brought forth a roar of approval, which was renewed over and over again as he proceeded. He said that next morning their own leaders would make it clear that Mahon was as innocent as a babe of the charge brought against him. (Interruption). Mabon: "Don't interrupt an old man; you and I riiust be friends again" (laugh- ter and cheers). I am here," he added, and I leave my character in the hands of the committee to-morrow and the old man's character will come out as clear as crystal. and as righteous as the sun at midday (loud applause). Proceeding, Mabon said that lie desired to tnank them very much for the reso- lution just carried, which undoubtedly meant that he would be allowed for the seventh time to become their member (hear, hear). Some of them were asking, "What had he done?"' That was not strange as he had done a great deal before many of them were born (laugh- ter). Mabon then briefly outlined his career as a miners' agent, and as member of Parliament, and the reforms which he had been able to cffect in the working conditions of the collier. Since lie had been a member of Parliament, he. said, he had sat on three Committees, and also upon three Royal Commissions. "Do you know of any other man in England or Wales or Scotland that possesses that record? asked the speakeV. Back came the response in a thunderous "No." Well," he proceeded, it is possible that tliere is something in the old man after all (laughter and cheers). Some- thing attempted, something done, hoys." (A voice: The old man is all right laughter and applause). Proceeding, the speaker said that the Liberals of the Rhondda had always allowed him to place, Labour questions foremost on his programme. He was before them as a member of the Trades Union wing of the Labour Party; and the programme for which he was pre- pared to fight was the final Veto of the House of Lords—(applause)—maintenance of Free Ti-ade-(hear, hear)—reversal of the Osborne Judgment, the acknowledg- ment of every man to right of work, the prevention of destitution, the extension of the Old Age Pension scheme, and the Disestablishment of the Church of Eng- land in. Wales (loud applause). In con- clusion, he urged upon them to sink their little, differences, and unite in a solid Progressive body on the great issue before the country. Unless the House of Lords was defeated now, they would not get the opportunity again (loud and pro- longed cheers). At the conclusion of Mabon's address, a member of the audience stepped for- ward and said that he had received a telegram from Mr. J. Redmond, M.P., and Mr. T. P. O'Connor M.P., asking all the Irishmen in the Rhondda to vote for Mabon, the everlasting friend of Ireland." Questions having been suDmittoa ana answered, a vote of thanks was accorded the chairman, and the meeting was brought to a close with the siting of the Welsh National Anthem, to the accom- paniment of a strong chorus of booing. Mabon at Ferndale. An enthusiastic meeting in support of Mabon's candidature was held at Fern- dale on Friday evening last, Cbuncillor Danl. Evans presiding. Addresses were delivered by the candidate, Messrs. D. Watts Morgan, J. Kemp, Councillor Tom George, and Mr. John Williams. A reso- lution approving the candidature of the old veteran was unanimously carried. A meeting of the Executive of the Rhondda Council of the League of Young Liberals was held at the Washington Hotel, Porth, on Saturday evening, Mr. J. T. Lewis, Tonypandy, presiding. A lengthy discussion took place as to the advisability of approaching Mabon with a view of getting Liberal members of Parliament to address meetings in the Rhondda, and it was eventually resolved to appoint a deputation to see him on the question. Rhondda Parliamentary Contest- To the Editor of the (' Rhondda Leader." Sir—Kindly allow me a small space in your columns to repudiate the untruthful statements made by_ certain Liberal speakers in the Rhondda. viz., that the Socialist candidate has been withdrawn in favour of Mabon. •, following resolution was passed at the meeting which finally decided the advisability or otherwise of fighting the seat: —" That the Socialists here assem- bled, representing four I.L.P. and two S.D.P. branches, together with un- attached Socialists,, appeal to all Trade Unionists to abstain from voting and working in this mock election for Mabon as a protest against his industrial and P0Furtherou?' candidate was withdrawn from the field for purely financial reasons. Although having secured the Returning Officer's fee, we were not in a position E to 4e strike) satisfied that the other necessary expenses would be forth- coming in the immediate future. Next time we hope to fight and wan. Thanking you in cha&ma*. W. GRIFFITHS. Secretary. 72, Penygraig Road, Penygraig, Dec. 13th. 1910.

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