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Correspondence. Re District Council Election. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." r'Iu y°ur issue of the 11th inst., in ieterenoe to the fight in No. 6 Ward, you • jv6, there was no difference of prin- P 0 between Mr. D. O. Evans and myself. would like to say that, in my humble rll# l°U' ^ere wasj and is now, a great TT?oe of Principle; hence the contest rinl endeavoured to fight on the prin- pie or Labour representation, which is ran masses, as against the class representation, which is to benefit the few only. x ■.showing the difference, I would like point to the fact that the Labour vote as increased by about 300 during the twelve months. n rf to the manner of conducting the lin-i PerhaPs it would be best to say fjj'610 now other than that, with other nends, I regret that the licensed houses not closed on election day. If they +r~ ,n dosed, I venture to say that j result would have been different. going from door to door, I found hJr 4°^? °f Mr. Evans' supporters had falt\ iln £ SOI?e °if tlle most barefaced an a+i? imaginable. I am described as fall ls^' land agent, an unscrupulous e ow-worker; and, among other things, am accused of assisting the colliery com- £ «ny to detain money due to relatives of the^wh° have been fatally injured at i ^/nirness to myself, perhaps you will th r e- ^°ll°wing letter, which will give „ *le direct to statements made by a colliery official." «Ki (c°py)- o4, Wengraig Road, Trealaw u April 8th, 1908. -Dear Mr. Burton,-—I hear with sur- prise that statements have been made during the past couple of weeks that you nave been having me to work your turns when it suited your convenience, a«rl n wor^e<l such time back again, and you have thus gained many pounds at my expense. Inasmuch as the above statement has been made with the intention of 1 Injuring your candidature for a seat on < ne District Council, I think it but right i state that you have at all times shared equally with me all time worked. i rn, (Signed) F. ADAMS." whioif .°ll°wing are a few of the causes i •Labour111 my °Pini°n' le(l to the defeat of i (1) Workmen who, in general meetings 3 t0 r Ti-ade Unions, pledging themselves 1 tiir>;+ P°r-t Labour, then when the oppor- t » arises, proving traitors. ] saIW temperance people pledging them- v jS to fight against the Trade on °n ^y^night, voting for the Trade CJ^) -•'■l16 trick" of issuing a leaflet, oVl^ng deliberate falsehoods, at 5 m the afternoon of polling day. as th u mistal £ e in conducting the fight t ahl^ i. our opponents were an honour- v d6tj„„ "ody °f fighters, who would not Beckham tactics employed at j thnn conclusion, allow me to say that, f honi defeated, we are not disgraced, c will iu the meantime the workers t J- realise the necessity of Labour repre- + station.—I am, &c., GEORGE BURTON. t 11, Brynhyfryd, Tonypandy, r April 15th, 1908. To the Editor of the Rhondda Leader." r I have been reading the current t ha^e of y0Ur PaPer> and note that you f ju e made the splendid fight put up by esj the Conservatives workingman v ri^x te for No. 1 Ward in the recent S for n •Strict Council election, an excuse j £ aging in a scurrilous and unwar- f thft attack upon Conservative Clubs, in which attack you have thro j? wise to trot out several of the cri&s oare> trite and oft-exploded parrot Wo e Political party which you ;ng to, and in whose interests you per- A- Mit the exploitation of your columns. £ .ongst other things, you accuse the bold rVa^ve wor^an °f being the up- of privilege and monopoly of { aw n j champion of the policy of the ] Pi ^ent Ending his aid to the oppo- call +0^ freedom; and incidentally you intwiv 0 question and cast a elur upon his "^lligence. J I SIr, what is your conception of privi- i and monopoly? Who are the "swells" < ftian re^6r to in inverted commas? What s ^onuer conditions and circumstances lijjht youf" expansive knowledge and en- y c^7 ,e^ intellect permit to be categori- + Cai> known as freedom? that all assume, from your remarks, 1 monopoly and all privilege is the £ the P°S8ession of Conservatives. Are not, sir, a very large number of j own peisons in the ranks of your j a la party? Have you not amongst you number of wealthy landlords and ± r^^facturers? And incidentally, sir, I point out to you that one of the j lar? the present Cabinet is a very ( shareholder in the brewers' firm of j arX(l Co.; this was the firm, you may j l^iember, who sent that little cheque to ] Ur. ^°och at Peckham,. but which was i retllrlaed with thanks. I might also MvT1 t y°u that one of the Liberal Whips, a g M. Fuller, M.P., is a member of ] hiou 131 brewers who own more tied ] than any other firm of brewers in ^on. X could mention a few more, but i bef .moment this will suffice. But 0fe dismissing the subject, I would like tb askyuu what portion of the funds of trih f'hondda Liberal Association is con- clasT by brewers, publicans, and other whom you term monopolists? t*w+ n> Sir we are, so you say, the sup- sir Policy °f swells." Well, Hej'biggest swells that I know in this t6r~ ^onrhood are Nonconformist minis- and' f^Perance lecturers, miners' leaders I }j £ few sohoolmasters, which latter class alt ?Ve you yourself adorn. We support cqJ?*, these. We contribute annually a ti0kirerable sum, in the way of buying w«ty°r lectures, concerts, &c., in sup- Nonconformist places of worship. t6ttlT5r6 also as sincere supporters of real land rance reform as any Radical in the •^atio niembers of the Miners' Fede- aud We ^elP to keep the miners' leaders, also 8,8 ratepayers we support your, class And incidentally we contribute pital • ^arge amounts to our local hos- 'infirmaries, and other benevolent afor^i*?118- If these be the "swells" then we certainly do support of « J out if youi have some other type Uie W1 in your mind's eye, please let ananr°W' an<l I will be pleased to have hi,* ^uiet little chat with you in a issue. fr^edn1 We c°me to your remarks about is and again I ask you, What, sir, had t v conoeption of freedom? If you of vr. 6n the trouble to read the history country (or if you have read it, y0u xa i jken the trouble to remember it) ?art v know that the Conservative inR y i done more to set free the work- ^ifeeral^f3 this country than the ^Qiiifi nave ever attempted to do. I fill your paper with a list of ative measures passed iu the interests of the working classes. I will here note a few which have had to do, with the freedom of combination, freedom of contract, &o. It was the Tory Government of Lord Liverpool that appointed a Royal Com- mission in 1820 to inquire into the work- ing of the old Combination Laws, and as a result of that inquiry, repealed them in 1824—forty years before the artisans in the towns were admitted to the franchise by the Conservative Government in 1867. Again, in 1859 Lord Derby's Conservative Government passed an Act further con- firming the freedom of labour and liberty of combination. These laws are the very, foundation upon which the huge fabric of Trade Uninoism is built, and have been admitted to be amongst the best measures ever passed in the interest of the working classes in the country. I will quote the words of two Labour leaders of the past. Mr. George Howell, M.P. (" Handy Book on the Labour Laws ") —" I regard these Acts as a great boon to the indus- trial classes-as in fact, the charter of their social and industrial freedom, the full value of which is not yet understood or appreciated. If administered in the same frank and just spirit in which they were conceived and passed by the Legis- lature, they will be found to fully cover the demands made by thoughtful and in- telligent working men through long years of agitation." Then Mr. Macdonald, Liberal and Labour M.P., said at Stafford in 1879:- The Conservative Party has done more for the working classes in five years than the Liberals have in fifty." You have gained more from the Conservatives in respect to matters affecting the working men than the Liberals would ever have dared granted." This is but a very small proportion of the work done by the Conservatives for the toiling masses in this country. I could mention the Truck Acts, Factory Acts, Housing Acts, and Mines Regulation Acts, almost every one of which have been passed by Conservative Administrations. Do you know that of all the great Mines Regulation Acts passed during the last century, only one was passed by the Liberal Party-the Act of 1872-and that this Act was based on the report of a Committee appointed by the Conservatives n 1866, on which Committee the late Lord Salisbury and other prominent Conser- vatives sat as members? Can you name, sir, from amongst the -anks of your party reformers like the jWO Pitts, Liverpool, Shaftesbury, Peel. Derby, Beaconsfield, and Salisbury? If rou can, please do so; we want to know ;hem. And will you be good enough fco iell us how Lord Melbourne, the first liberal Premier after 1832, dealt with the vorking men. Will you please inform us low he dealt with the poor Chartists? Do you remember how many working men 1e sent to penal servitude simply because ,hey dared form themselves into Trade Jnions and agitate for reform, for free- lom, and their rights? If you will do his, I venture to suggest that you will ? better employed than in pouring your dais of vitriolic abuse on the heads of our fellow-countrymen, whose only fault s that they have dared stand up and fight or their political convictions, and have ombined through their institutions for he propagation of those principles which hey hold so dearly as you hold yours. And finally, sir, if you will do this, and ionsent to discuss these matters in a Iroper Christian spirit, we will be pre- pared to admit that for once, at any rate, rou will have succeeded in purging your nind of that Radical cant, prejudice and ligotry which, unfortunately, has in- Luenced so many of your utterances and vritings in the past; and, incidentally, it vill enable us to form a better opinion of our sense of justice and fairness, and of 'our intelligence.—I am, Sir, very faith- ully yours, SAM THOMPSON. Tylorstown, April 14th, 19Q8.

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