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CARDIGANSHIRE RECRUITING. On Wednesday a meeting was held at the Town Hall, Lampeter, to consider what action should MAP OF THE OPERATIONS IN FRANCE. be taken regarding recruiting in Cardiganshire. The chair was taken by the lord-lieutenant (Col. Davies»-Evans. Highmead), and there was a good attendance. The Clerk to tne County Council (Mr. E. Evans) explained that he had convened the meeting in repsonse to a circular he had received from the recruiting officer at Chester, who suggested that he should communicate with a number of county gentlemen who could assist in gaining recruits for the army. Splendid efforts had already been made in the county by their chairman, Mr. Vaughan Davies, M.P., and Lieut. Ellis, Aberystwyth. The Chairman having spoken, Mr. Vaughan Davies said that the Territorial units were up to full strength, but very little had been done to comply with the appeal of Lord Kitchener for a new army. When he found out the state of affairs, he communicated at once with the War Office, with the result that an army officer met him at Aberystwyth, where they discussed ways and means for some hours. Lieut. Ellis and the Police Committee had rendertd excellent service, and the latter deserved thanks for appointing special police in several parts of the county. Mr. E. Williams, chief constable, suggested that the county be divided into 25 districts', and a con- stable in each of those districts could assist. He instanced that one constable at Adpar, Newcastle- Emlvn. had already recruited about 30 men, and the sergeant at Cardigan had also recruited several. Mr. J. H. Davies1, Aberystwyth, proposed that local committees be appointed throughout the county, consisting of magistrates, and county and district councillors1, who would be empowered to hold public meetings. This having been seconded bv Mr. D. J. Williams. Argotd, Tregaron, was passed unanimously. LAMPETER. Following the resolution passed at a meeting of magistrates and others last week, a public meeting was held at the Victoria Hall on Saturday night. to discuss the question of recruiting for the army. The night was not a convenient one for the meeting, as the audience was not what it should be in number-, but there was a good attendance of the chief people in the town, including several ladies, and It 6 hoped that the meeting will arouse some enthusiasm in the town. A fair number of recruits have joined, and there are reasons to believe that many others will follow from the town and neighbourhood in the near future. L The lord lieutenant of Cardiganshire (Col. jJavies- Evans) who presided, in the course of his opening remarks said that the present war was the greatest the world had ever seen. The force which Britain had at the front had, according to the latest reports, done much to turn the tide of battle (applause'. At the back of their fightnig forces a very large reserve was wanted, and for which an appeal had been made by Lord Kitchener. The speaker proceeded to say that the existence of this country and the empire depended in a great, measure upon their forces. It was the duty of every a-ble-bodied young man, especially if unmarried, to offer himself for active service, and to do that immediately. During 1, the last few years the country had been often warned of what was coming, and he was glad that they were at last waking to a sense of their responsibility. It was now their duty to do so, and fight through to the end (cheers). Col. Davies-Evans wit6 confident that the magistrates and police of the county would do their utmost to assist in recruiting. The speaker also made a few strong appeals for subscriptions to the Prince of Wales' fund. The total had already attained enormous pi-olortioiis;, bu.t if the war was protracted the funds would soon be exhausted. It was argued that the Government should provide for the families of our soldiers and sailors, but facts must be looked in the face. The Government allowance was not sufficient for this purpose. Speak- ing on the Red Cross Society, Col. Davies-Evans wa: of opinion that it would be better for Wales to devote its subscriptions towards assisting the depeu- dents of our soldiers and sailors, as., according to information in his hands, there was at present hospi- tal accommodation for 16,500. while at, present thev had only 2.516 sick and wounded men (applause). Col. Davies. Rho-ybedw, then delivered an uddvftss, explaining in detail the cause of the war, and its subsequent trend. In the course of his remarks ii" v oil" said that six weeks previously Belgium had no idea of war, while now they ha.a been overwhelm, d te. the enemy. The same treatment suffered bv Be' gium would be meted out to England should th" Germans invade it. For that reason it WAS- to tl." advantage of Britons to do all in their power to keep the war out of England. Although their navy was supposed to be the finest in the world, they must not be surprised at anything during v„ar. They must not depend on their colonies to fight for them, but must fight themselves. In the present battle, three million men were supposed to be engaged. 150.000 of whom were British, and berween one and two million French. Britain had a population of 45.000,009, while that of France was about 40.000.000. C'anadaPwith a population of 7.000,000, were sending 30.000 troops, and New Zealand with a population of 1.000.000 were sending 10.000. What were they in Lampeter doing? Their apathy was no dou-bi due to the horror of war. Germany had to be reduced so that she should not disturb the peace in the future (cheers). They had one of three things to choose from—voluntary enlistment, compulsory enlistment or to submit to German rule. After again appealing to the young men to join, the speaker adjured the older men and women to care for the families of their fighters while the littter were away (applause). The gallant colonel, with the aid of maps, gave a very interesting address. Dr. Griffiths. Lampeter, also made a stirring aopeal to the youth of Lampeter to volunteer for their country, which was, he Paid, worth fighting for. J The Rev. Dr. Bebb, principal of St. David's Col- lege, in the course of his remarks said it was a poor comment on Christianity after 1900 years that so-called "^iiristvian sections could not settle their differences without murderisg each other in thou- sands. The present war had been forced upon Great Britain, who did everything possible to avoid it. The speaker was of opinion that Germany must be fought to the death or Britain would go under. Did it. not make their blood boil to read of tho treat- ment meted to a comparatively helpless nation? He felt tTiat it was his duty as principal of St. David's College to circularise the students, asking them to consider the question of tho call to their country (cheers). It W8 simply due to the British soldiers that the public were able to live their ordinary lives, and the latter should remember that by caring for the dependents of the former. He did not think it possible for any person with the Welsh gift of imagination to feel that he hnd lived in times which made a more tremendous claim upon their services than the present. In conclusion. Dr. Bebb said that night their country was ringing with p. tremen- dous appeal to all men of the country to hOW that they were men Alderman D. F. Lloyd proposed a vote of thanks to the speakers which was seconded by Mr. D. Tci-fi Jones. r:ncl pn«ed ul1¡¡nimou]y. A similar compliment- having been paid to the chairman on the proposition of Councillor W. Jones (mayor) and seconded by Mr. Roderick Evans, J.P., the meeting wns brought to a close by singing the National Anthem. WRONGEST. Tiiis district has furnished a creditable number toward^ '"Kitchener's Army" as will be seen from the list given on our Roil of Honour." P.C. Richards, Adpar, is to be highly complimented upon getting together such a number that the town of Newcastle-Emlyn was almost en fete to send the "boys' away with bright memories of the patriot- ism of the town, and the admiration felt towards* those who volunteer on behalf of, the country to crush the iron heel of the Teutonic bravado who respects neither old infancy, nor sex, but en- deavours to obtain mastery over Europe in such a way that even the most blaodrthirsty barbarian would not stoop to report to. In fairness to the following two they deserve the credit of haviti offered their services, and it was not their fault that they were disqualified—the first on the ground that he was short of measurement by half an inch and the second owing to a failing in the right ewe:— Andrew Callender. Bryncoed, and George Taylor, Capel Gwnda. Miss Jones-Parry, of the well-known house of Tyllwvd, arranged for motors to convey the recruits to Newcastle-Emlyn station, in addition to other provisions for their comfort. The pupils of the tivo schools at Newcastle-Emlyn escorted them to the station, each carrying a national flag, while the town band enlivened the procession with martial airs.










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