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"LIVELY MEETING AT LLAN- DEBIE." To the Editor, Amman Valley Chronicle. SirâWill you kindly allow me space in your paper to correct an erroneous impression which the report of my speech in the above meeting may convey to people who were not present at the meeting? Had what I said been fully reported in your last issue, I would not have troubled you with this epistle. The meeting was, according to the posters, callea to discuss some means or other to relieve dependents of soldiers and sailors of rates due for the year ending March, 1919. After the meeting had opened it was plainly to be seen that there was no need to suggest proposals, for the Parish Council, overseers, and Clerk had already done the thinking. And It is their scheme that I strongly objected to, and also the majority of ratepayers present, though your report.tates that only two were against. What I said at the meeting was that the allowances granted by the Government were totally inadequate to keep body and soul to- gether. By an Act of Parliament (the Mili- tary Service Act) the Government took these men without asking them if they wanted to fight or not, separated them from their wives and dear little children, and broke up their happy home, and having done so, I maintain that they ought to be responsible for their liabilities. I further objected to this money being obtained from the ratepayers, inasmuch as there are many who are unable to follow their employment through sickness. Again, we have men who are in receipt of compen- sation and what of the poor widow who is the sole support of the family? Surely, these are people who are as deserving as any ot support. Again, what of we, miners, who have on!y been working at the rate of one and two days per week? We had on several occasions to get assistance from the Distress Fund, and now we are asked to meet a three- penny rate. I say, make the Government foot the: bill and all other obligations caused by the breadwinners being taken to the Army. It is quite an easy matter for the Government to increase the excess profit tax, and thereby meet all the liabilities of soldiers and sailors. That, of course, will have to be put in the next Budget; but in the meantime the money can be had from the Treasury. The incom- plete report of my speech certainly tends to lead people to think that I am against sol- diers and sailors' dependents. That is in- correct. I am a member of the Reception Committee here, and at a meeting held last week I was appointed to go round the village to get prizes in connection with an art drawing we are getting up in aid of our bevs, and succeeded in getting 30 prizes ranging from 5s. up to 30s. I have always done my best for the soldiers and sailors' dependents. In conclusion, I say make Lloyd George and his supporters realise the seriousness of the matter; and I hope that every voter in this division will show his and her disapproval of the conduct of the Government, by voting for Dr. Williams at the forthcoming elecion.- Yours, &c., E. IFOR EVANS. l Havre House, Llandebie, December 2nd, 1918.

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