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Merthyr Notes Viscountess Rhondda's A deputation from Merthyr, consisting of Councillor E. Morrell, J.P. (chairman of the education committee), Councillor Marsh, J.P., and Mr. Rhys Elias (education director), met N- "scotintess Rhondda at Cardiff on Monday and discussed with her ladyship the Berry Technical Institute which it is proposed to found in Mer- thyr. Viscountess Rhondda, in promising to subscribe £ 5,000 to the funds, hoped the committee would take into consideration the advisability of pro- moting classes for women in the arts and sciences. A subscription for £ 1,000 was also given by Mr. Max Wideman, the Cardiff Docks- man. Children's Dangerous Practice. Eunice Violet Parsons (10), living at 15, Sta-j tion-terrace, Dowlais, met her death on July 15 by being run over by a brewer's lorry at High- street. Caeharris. The Deputy-Coroner (Mr. Griffith Llewellyn) held an inquest on Tuesday at the Clarence Hotel, Dowlais, and the evidence was to the effect that some children on coming from school ran after the lorry. They were driven off, but following it u P,, the little girl got under the rear wheel, and was instantan- eously killed. The lorry was going at a walking pace. One witness, Charles W. Manning, saw the children on the back and sides of the lorry There was quite a drove of them off. The 1-orry passed over the body and head of the girl. Poliee-Inspector Dove stated that as a conse- quence of this fatality he had gone round the nchoots and asked the teachers to impress upon the children the dangers of running after moving lorries and tram cars. The Coroner in return- ing a verdict of "Accidental Death," said he Wt'i3 satisfied that there was absolutely no blame attached to the driver or'his mate.. Merthyr's Memorial. I Merthyr's memorial fund in aid of necessitous ex-Service men totals £ 14,000. The now secre- tary of the management committee is Mr. John Vaughan, solicitor, whose offices ha.ve been be- sieged during the last few days by claimants from the fund. A few bad cast's have 'been re- lieved by grants, but in future all claims for relief must come through the secretary of the war pensions committee in the ward in which the applicant resides. It is only in tha.t way that the administration of the fund can do jus- tice to the neediest cases. Dowlais Workman's Death. I The circumstances attending the death of Henry Jones (53), surface worker, Dowlais, at the Xantwen Pit on July 14th were inquired into by Deputy Coronor Griffith Llewellyn at Clarence Hotel, Dowlais, on Tuesday. Deceased, it appeared, stepped off a train and attempted "LO cross the line on which coal-laden trucks came from the screen. Three of the trucks had passed, but a fourth one, coming unexpectedly, knocked him down. Thomas M organ, guard Dowlais, said he was taking the four waggons to form a train, and when he knocked the scotch away from the front waggon, they immediately moved, and he had to brake them down. He was not aware that the rear one was uncoupled and that it came on its own.' When he examined the brakes afterwards he found the brakes on No. 2 and No. 4 waggons were defective. Another wit- ness, J. Owen Williams, said brakes gave way at times; it had hapjened before. He was satis- fied that the brake on the fourth waggon was all right under the screen. Mr. Stanley Vaughan, engineer, Dowlais Collieries, said the waggons were frequently examined by their own workmen, and also by the Gloucester Waggon Company. The Coroner returned a verdicrt of Accidental death," and said no blame could be attached to anybody. Ablett v. Littlejohns. Mr. Xoah Ablett was interrupted in the course of an address he delivered at Ton Pentre on the nationalisation of mines and the Russian question..M r. Ablett told his interrspters of the real situation in Russia and of letters lie had had from soviets in Russia, while a British soldier had written: Do something, for God's ke, to get us from here. Last night our sen- try shot a wolf, and we managed to trade the nkin for a loaf of bread." Mr. Churchill him- self, the new Xapoleon of Britain, had admitted some of our men may have been squeezed through to Russia." The speaker avowed that hundreds of our men had been threatened to be â shot if tliev refused to go. A Voice It's a lie! The Chairman (Councillor O. Buckley) You are net here to make a speech, but to ask questions. Well, I will debate the question with you." The Chairman You will have to ask the sanc- tion of Mr. Littlejohns. "I consider that an insult to myself." The Chairman: You have "?oa l i Ai)l(-tt been insulting us all night. Mr. Xoah Ablett accepted the chillenge, and sajd he would be only too pleased to debate the question witTTlVlr. Littlejohns. His Last Walk. Owen Coughlin (ï:3), of Bank-street, Merthyr. was knocked over by a taxi-cab at the foot of Dynevor-street. Merthyr. on Monday night, and died the same evening at the General Hospital. At the inquest held on Wednesday morning at the Hospital, the evidence of Lloyd Price, an eye-witness of the accident, and the driver of the car, William Johnstone, made it clear that the old man was well across the roadway, when he became alarmed at the motor horn and turn- ed back. If he had gone on or stood still, the caT, which was travelling about five or six miles an hour, would have passed him. He, however, staggered backward, and got right in front of the car, with his hands on the bonnet. The ear knocked him over, but did not pass over the body. The driver smashed his brake in hringing up the car dead. The medical evidence was to the effect that death was due to a fracture of the base of the skull, caused by the fall. There I, were no other injuries. (Mrs. Coughlin, the widow, told the Coroner (Mr. Griffith Llewellyn) that her husband had a bad cough and had gone out for a bottle of mixture. He was also a little deaf. A Week's Propaganda. During the week the Merthyr and Aberdare I.L.P. Federation has been lucky in having the services of Mr. Dessen, D.Pli.. of Bradford and a convinced Socialist of more than 20 years' ac- ti% () work in the I.L.P. and the old S.D.I?.âfor whom he has served at International Congresses. Following a visit to the Abergavenny demonstra- tion, at which he spoke last Saturday, Mr. Des- sau, opened his campaign in the Merthyr zone before a good audience on Thomastown Park la.¡-, Sunday afternoon, when he chattily told the people what the Red Flag of International Socialism connoted. He followed this up in the evening at Abeidarc with an address on Postage Stamps. He himself is a philatilist of no mean o/vler, and during the days when, as he puts it, The Clarion was a Socialist paj>er, he in- augurated a stamp sale scheme by means of which he secured £ 25 in five years for the â¦'Clarion-" funds. In tliis connection his audiences were interested to learn that the new issues of postage stamps of the Hungarian Soviet republic are adorned not with the photo- graphs of Kings and potentates but of those dead heroes of the International working-class movementâKarl Marx and Frederick Engel«. He has spoken at Aberfan, Hirwain, Troedyrhiw, Dowlais and to-night (Friday) he is to visit Abercynon. The Rubbish Dispute. At the Disputes Committee of tile Welsh Coal Board on Tuesday at Cardiff the question of the unloading of rubbish at the Nixon Navigation Colli«ry, Merthyr Vale, which resulted in the recent stoppage, was again considered, and Messrs. P. O. Ward and R. M. Rees were ap- pointed to make further efforts, in conjunction with the proposals put forward by the men. Ablett on Direct Action. Addressing the Merthyr miners on Friday Mr. Noah Ablett (agent) declared he was not an I.L.P.eer and did not accept Nationalisation in the ordinary sense of the term. He would be as much opposed to the Government, as the coal owners now were, if they were going to govern the mines from Whitehall. Nationalisation from the top was no good. It must he from the bot- tom. The miners were prepared to take at any time control of the destinies of this industry and work it to the benefit of the community. H" was delighted that the Triple Alliance had de- clared for direct action because it meant business and in the forthcoming ballot he had no doubt but that the people in no uncertain voice would say, Hands Off Russia and no Conscription! If the Government gave way Russia would de- velop itself, and if Russia were allowed to de- velop then this country would do the same. If the Government did not give way the Triple Al- liance must act. /"Applause.)

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