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IPOLLING TO DAY.

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I POLLING TO DAY. A Great Speech by Dr. Macnamara. COALITION S JUSTIFICATION, To-day is polling day in Swansea East. ] Thore can hardly be any doubt as to the result. Only one thmg—over-confidence v on the part of those who should vote for him—can rob Ald. Dd. Matthews of vic- tory. It you have a vote in the Constituency and have not used it when you read this paper, hasten to the polling booth. Five past eight will be too late. THE FINAL MEETINGS. The Coalition campaign concluded with a scene of marked enthusiasm at Taber- nacle Chapel, Morriston, on Wednesday might. The great attraction was the Rt. Hon. T. J. Macnamara, M.P. Mr. David Fisher occupied the chair, and during the evening Mr. Naboth Francis ably recited. Mr. I). M. Evans gave splendid renderings of In my own dear land and Hen Wlad fy Nhadau," while Professor D. E. Williams presided I at the organ. THE CANDIDATE'. The candidate, who had a remarkably fine reception, said he regarded that mag- nificent meeting as a response to the in- spiring message of the Premier, and he believed that on the morrow the elector- ate would give him an overwhelming re- ply. They had just hoard that it had been announced that the Government were compelled by the Sankey Award, and decreased production, to increase the price of coal by 6s. per ton. It was a mat- ter or very grave and serious importance, i* not only to Morriston, but to the whole 'of the constituency. The higher price of coal was going to increase very seriously and largely the cost of production of steel and tinplates, on which they relied to such a large extent in that neigh bour- hood. When they knew that. in addition they were going to have serious compe- tition from foreign nations, such as America, Germany, and Japan, they could just imaigne what serious news this was for them, and in futuhe it might pos- sibly mean the closing down of some of the works there. If his opponent and Mr. Smillie and party had their way it would aggravate and make matters worse, and he would not believe that that constituency would Teturn a gentleman who held such extreme views. DR. MACNAMARA. The audience rose to greet Dr. Nacna- mara when he was called to speak, and ic continued applauding for some minuted. At the outset he said he had never taken part in a contest—and he must have par- i ncipated in some hundreds in the last 25 I years—more deeply convinced of the strength of the case be could submit to the judgment of his fellow-countrymen than lie did that night. (Applause). It had been a great joy to him to know how deeply esteemed and respected Alderman Matthews wis by those who knew him best. (Hear, hear). He had been des- j cribed that night as a man of few words and great deeds. Well. he would be very acceptable in the House of Commons, (Applause). COALITION FULLY JUSTIFIED., On the ,signing of the Armistice he had no doubt that the continuance of the policy of Coalition was the only possible course in the national interest, and he now claimed with complete confidence that no man who reviewed the story of the last six months dispassionately could possibly deny that those who advocated Coalition were overwhelming right, and that their hopes and expectations of its influences upon these most critical days in our natio- nal history had been fully justified. (Hear. hear). The Premier went to the Peace Conference vbacked by the support of his fellow oountrymen m a way that enabled him to speak and act with cer- tain voice and complete confidence, and they had the fruit of his anxious and tire- less labours and those of his colleagues in the Peace Treaty now bftfore them. (Loud applause). THE PREMIER. It must be with intense pride and re- joicing to every Welshman that one of his own people not onjy contributed so sig- nally to the prosecution of the war, but toiled so nobly to secure a just and lasting settlement which, please God, might re- move from the world for ever the continu- ing apprehensions and ultimate agonies inflicted by lust of conquest, power and domination. We were too near his great work to completely assess it, but he knew 4 that as a consequence of it the name of Wales would be affectionately remem- bered m the hearts of the people of the world long after they and he were for- sctten and gone. (Loud applause). SUCCESS OR MUDDLE? I They were entitled to ask him, as a member of the Government, how far it had succeeded, how far it had tried to live up to the no aspirations expressed in the King's Speech of February 11th. Mr. Williams said the Government had not succeeded at all; that its record was on. of delay, muddle and mismanagement. Hut he said that in the five months since Nov. Hill it had achieved so much that by the end of the session it would have åOÐe more than' was ever achieved in the whole life of any Parliament in the re- cent history of this country. (Loud ap- plause). In that they were merely res- ponding to the desire of the people, wjjich came out of the war ardently determined to put social conditions on an altogether higher and better plane as the only fitting memorial to those who went into the Vallev of the Shadow of Death never to re- turn. As he walked through 31ametz Wood and saw the red poppies waving over the graves of the peacefully-minded lads from these valleys, who interposed their bodies between us and destruction, tjit- hymn that sang in his heart was Hen Wlad fr Xhadau," and he felt that they said to him and they:- If ye 'break faith with us, who died, We shall not sleep, though poppies bloom in France's fields! PARLIAMENTARY RECORD. J Dr. Macnamara proceeded to argue that the result of drastic revision of Parlia- mentary procedure, by which the Com- mittee stages of Bills went to Grand Committees, was that to-day we had two or three Houses of Commons working con- currently, and three measures of the great essentials to social reconstruct ion-land, housing, transport-were on the way to accomplishment after five months. (Ap- plause). Pre-war, any of these three Bills would have taken a very big slice of the life of a session, and they might have secured it in the end. (Applause). Apart from this, four out of five of the three million soldiprr and sailors demobilised, and of the two million workpeople dis- tjplaeed, had been reabaorbcd; into indus- trial life. These represented piaoniag and organising on a vast scale, which was better realised when one talked of ar- ranging for a population move than twice that of Wales. COALITION'S CLAIM. Did any man seriously consider that any one party could have tackled these ques- tions effectively? Mr. Williams would say: Certainly, the Labour Pftrty 1 (Laugh- ter). These were not the times to em- bitter controversy, and so lie would eon- tent himself with emphatically disagree- ing and saying that no one party could have done so. In some respects they were still only clearing away and laying new foundations, and here and there, he ad- mitted, plans had miscarried; that was inevitable. But recalling the stupendous and complicated nature of the problems which confronted them, and what had been achieved, the Government was en- titled to claim the support of every rea- sonable, level-headed citizen anxious that his country should emerge from the wel- ter of the last five years quietly, smoothly and in an orderly as peaceable manner. (Loud applause). MR. WILLIAMS'S METHODS. I In this he would not carry Mr. Wil- liams with him. Mr. Williams's method, especially in regard to unemployment, was to take what had not been accom- plished. ignoring of what had been, and present it as a complete picture. That method was a familiar one, but a veteran tike Mr. VTilliams ought to be above it. And they, in considering this 12J wr men should survey the whole field, with its grave dislocations, upheavals and dis- t?rbances in all directions, and ask: Have the Government tackled the fttu- ation conrajTMusly, with industry and de- termination ? If so their duty was clear. I TOO BIG A" PRICE? I In conclusion, Dr. Macnamara ad- dressed a word to sincere Liberals and Tories who might think they wore paying too big a price for Coalition because of adaptation of 141gislation on fho one hand to satisfy reactionary Tory members and or. the other hand to satisfy extreme Radicals. He did not ask either to give np princ-iples, but the man who did not realise that August 4th, 1914, was not five, but more than fifty years aeo. was the slave of old prejudices and preconcep- tions, qnd out of touch with the world and its needs as they were to-day. (Ap- plause.) In the vast fcold of social, in- dustrial. and economic reconstruction there was vitally urgent work which could not be accomplished promptly and smoothly—if, indeed, at all-by any one party. If at any time either thought I violence was being done to his old party faith, let him consider whether his own vision did not need to be readjusted to the new world and new problems. In that sense and spirit he commended Aid. Matthews' candidature. (Loud applause.) A vote of confidence in the candidate 'WM carried with enthusiastic unanimity, the proposer being Councillor D. J, Davies and the seconder Mr. Heslop. I IN LANDORE WARD. I For the Landoro Ward the final meet- ing was at Brynhyfryd Baptist School- room. Here too there was the utmost en. thusiasm for the Coalition cause. Among ( the speakers was the Right Hon J. Herbert Lewis, M.P. who said that in Mr. Matthews the electors of Swansea Last had a champion of their cause. His admirable career of public work during the past 23 years on the Swansea Council and his great record of educational work was a good criterion of his qualifications for a seat in the House of Commons. ( Applause.) He hoped the electors by their actions on Thursday would go i long way to show whether the Peace Treaty was a right or a wrong Treaty. Ho felt confident they would voto in favour of Mr. Lloyd George, the supreme eouciliator, the little Welshman from North Wales-. (Hear, hear.) "Mae yr hen iaith yn anwyl iawn ganddo ef it minnau. quoted Mr. Lewis amidst ap- plause, ac fe ddylasai pob Cymro ei gefnogi "—and every Welshman ought to him support. Several questions were put and answered satisfactorily. Messrs. W. C. Jenkins, J. Walter Jones, M.A., T. T. Broad, and Miss Garlick also spoke. The vote of confidence, sub- mitted by the chairman, and seconded and. supported in half dosen quarters, was carried unanimously.

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