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igmp Cyf. I. RHAGFYR, 1888. Rhif. 12. PROGRESSIYE LIBERALISM AND HOME RULE. HE sympathetic cheers, which greeted every allusion to Welsh and Scotch grievances at the great meetings of the National Liberal Federation at Birmiugham, were a significant proof of the solidarity of the Liberal Party. Delegates from the South and East, from the North and West of England, from busy town and quiet YÌllagc united to shew their solicitude for the wrongs of the Scotch crofter, and the hardships of the Welsh farmer. It mattcred not whether the reference was to Intermediate Education in Wales, to Disestablishment in the Principality or North of the Tweed, to agrarian troubles in the Welsh counties or in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, the voices of the asscmbled thousands shewed no hesitation in their expression of earnest determination to make such ques- tions the common care of the Liberal Party. What Wales desires and Scotland demands through the great majority of their representatives, it will henceforth be the duty of the Liberals of England to work for as earnestly as for their own political needs. That tlie largest gatherings of representa- tive politicians evcr held should have shown this unanimity in recognising evils not directly afifecting themselves, and such solid and serious resolve in demanding their reform, is a political portent of the gravest import to those who defend " the status quo," and the most cheering sign to those who are ready for radical reforms. The solidarity of the 2 z