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HAVERFORDWEST. THE LIBERAL 100 ADOPTS CANDIDATES. On Friday evening a public meeting under the auspices of the Liberal hundred, was held in the Bethesda school, Haverfordwest. There was a fairly good attendance. The Rev. Owen Jacobs was voted to the chair, and in his open- ing remarks said we had already begun to breathe the atmosphere of the elections, and should begin to prepare for the contests, and go in with a determination to win. PRENDERGAST DIVISION. Mr. Twigg proposed, and Mr. Chas. Pugh seconded, the adoption of Mr. W. T. Davies as the Liberal candidate for Prendergast. The resolution was carried unanimously. Mr. Davies returned thanks for this express ion of confidence, and said during the six years he had represented the division he had left endone nothing which it was in his power to do, to further the interests of the ratepayers in the county council. He had been a mem- ber of the Education Committee from the be- ginning, and he did not think he had missed three meetings. He had also tried to look after the interests of working men in the county. One of their greatest opponents gave him cre- dit for raising the wages of the men employed on the roads by 2s. a week. (Laughter). So far he had not got an opponent (" Lucky you.") He thought he had deserved a rest this time; at any rate he had a clear field so far. ST. MARTINS. Mr. Joseph Thomas (Dew Street), moved, and Mr. W. Davies seconded, the adoption of the Rev. James Phillips as Liberal candidate for this division, and the motion was carried unamio-u sly. Rev. James Phillips, in returning thanks, said he had attended every meeting it was possible for him to attend. His work had lain chiefly with the education department, but he had tried to Tender service in other matters; main loads for instance, which was his Iriend's Mr. Reynolds, special department, had re- ceived some at'enticn from him. The, Haver fordwest representatives had worked so well together that they were congratulated some time ago upon "being a strong team," and, added Mr. Phillips, "I think we are." In education matters he was, he supposed, ire- garded by the Liberal and Nonconformist majority as being their champion. They had had no Passive Registers," no refusal to pay the Education rate, because the) Education Committee had stepped in between the work- ing of the iniquitous Education Act and the Nonconformist ratepayers in the county; and he did not scrupde to say that he saw no reason why any Nonc-o-nfcormisit should not pay the Education rate in this county with a clear conscience. He warned the Liberal ma- jority in the council, however, that it would require great care to steer the ship off the rocks unlessi there was some change in the education policy. He believed that the May rate would be one that no Nonconformist need conscientiously refuse to pay, but he could not say that of the November rate. He, how- ever, would be no paaty to levying a rate which might necessitate levying a distress upon the goods of a conscientious Nonconformist. Mr. Phillips went on to speak of thi of calumny directed personally against him in this election. Ho pointed out that he was not responsible for the Haverfordwest schools being unfairly threated: the original scheme vnder which they were treated was prepared in 1&94; but the naw scheme which would %0; come in operation contained a substantial co--) cession to justice, and, except in one minute point, might be regarded as very satisfactory from the Haverfordwest point of view. He said if disaster should happen to Mr. Reynolds and himself, and they were not returned, it would not affect the Liberal majority on the council. What would happen would be that the voice of Haverfordwest would not be so effective as it was now. The chairman said they had grown accus tomed to look on Mr. Phillips as the John Burne of the county (ouncil, and could hardly imagine how it would get oa withoui him. ST. THOMAS. The chairman proposed, and Mr. Essex Mar- tin seconded the adoption of Mr. Isaiah Rey- nolds as Liberal candidate for St. Thomas. This was also carried unanimously. Mr. Reynolds in returning thanks said three years ago when he stood far St. Thomas's di- vision it was regnded as hopeless, and he him- self did not expect to win. He should, how ever, have a stiffen fight this time than he had then, for he had a much stronger op- ponent. He had a Goliath to fight, but like another David he should win. (Laughter). He had attended every meeting of the. county coun- cil, and, all the committees, with the excep- tion of one or two. He had the record for J.' attendance at the Main Roads Committee. He had taken great interest in the main roads, and had dione his utmost to get them properly maintained. He had nothing to Q,3.y against Archdeacon Hilbeis, but why was he standing for the county covncil? Was it not for selfish and sectarian purposes, to look after the church schools? Now that they were support- ed by public rates what right had any one to keep the control of them from the public? We had 14,000 church supported out of public money, out of rates paid directly by the citizens of this country, and yet not a single one of those schools was open to a Noncon- formist teacher, unless he sacrificed his prin- cipals. This was not a church and chapel question; it was a citizen's question, and that was the point of view he wished to keep to the front. Referring to the standing joint com- mittee, he sked a it right that they should be asked to vote £7,000 a year to that com- mittee, and have no control over its expendi- ture? He asserted that the county council should have power to appoint the chief con- stable. He was pleased to find that county councils throughout the kingdom were adopt- ing this view. The chairman told a 9tory of a friend in Lon- don who asked how another friend was getting on. "Oh very well," was the answer, "but his wife is the better man of the two." Mr. Reynolds, he added, had to fight not only Goliath, but his better half as well. (Laugh ter). THE HAMLETS Mr. S. J. Rees proposed, and Mr. George Howells seconded, the adoption of Mr. T. Lewis, of Hanton, as. Liberal candidate for the Hamlets. It was supported by Mr. T. C. Rees and carried. Mr. Lewis, in responding, said the seat had been in the enemy's hands for 15 years. Un- fortunately he was unsuccessful in his effort to capture it last time, but he hoped to be more successful this time. (Appaluse). Shortly afterwards the meeting terminated.





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