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Woman is no inspired to any extent with the spirit of chivalry. She knows that man is largely at her mercy, and she is not ashamed to make the most of her power. Clad in the invincible ar- mour of her sex, she will not scruple to bring all her subtlest arts to bear upon his subjection; she will vanquish him with the finely-tempered steel of her feminine privileges, and then not always refrain from hitting him when he is down.—A. St. John Adcock in "London Opinion."
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Mountain Ash Cottage I Hospital Eisteddfod. A meeting of the committee in connec- tion with the above was held last Satur- day evening at Ffrwd Office. Mr. W. S. Davies presided, supported by Mr. T. Hughes, secretary. The following mem- bers were also present: Messrs. D. T. Evans, W. Myrddin Hicks, W. G. Thomas, Tudor Davies, J. Griffiths, T. Richards, Sam Davies, J. Ashford, Ben Ashford, W. Breeze, J. M. Bennett, L. J. Davies, John Evans, D. Francis, Matthew George, Dan Griffiths, Arthur George, W. B. Jones, Ed. Jones, D. P. Jones, John Thomas, Ed. Williams, Ben Thomas, R. O. Morgan, T. Sears. A letter was read from Dr. A. Madeley Richardson thanking the committee for their kind assistance, and the splendid reception he had had. Mr. W. S. Davies said it had been thought advisable to call together the members of that committee at an early date to look into matters concerning the recent Eisteddfod, and to find out in a rough manner something about their fin- ancial position. They were all pleased, and he considered they could without egotism congratulate themselves on the splendid success which had been achieved. He had heard it said, and rightly so too, that their last Eisteddfod was, if not the best, certainly one of the best held during its thirteen years exist- ence. He could congratulate his col- leagues on their combined work, the aim of every one of them having been to do their best to add to the deserving funds of the Cottage Hospital. Combined action had worked well, as the splendid results proved. There had been, he was sorry to say, matters of a controversial nature cropping up during the last few months, but regarding recent events he thought the less said the better. The opinions of those who had differed from them might be most honourable, but it was highly desirous that nothing should be done which might even threaten ill results to the funds of the Cottage Hos- pital. He personally had passed through a period of anxiety, but he now con- gratulated them on the splendid results of their work. The limitation of expen- diture was a. thing they all approved of, but during that brief period when on the question of a couple of pounds the fate of the Eisteddfod turned, there was a break in the negotiations. He believed in sticking for a principle, but in the case of their opponents, there was the chance of bringing about a result not desirable. They still maintained between themselves that they were justified in the course they pursued. He hoped that this was the beginning of a period of suc- cesses. There was a possibility that the little opposition might have done good. They ought to pass a votes of thanks to the voluntary adjudicators, not because he was one. He would like to single out one to whose tact and ability the splen- did order, tone, and success was due, namely, the Rev. T. Manuel. Then, again, there was Mr. Sam Davies, their Field Marshal, who, if he (the speaker) were king, would leave that room Sir Samuel Davies. He offered thanks to Father Irvine for the use of the Roman Catholic Schools, and also to the man- agement of the Workmen's Hall who had placed their rooms at their disposal. He begged to thank the press for attend- ancies at their meetings, and for giving such splendid prominence to the Eistedd- fod. Their thanks were also due to Mr. Haggar, who was giving the whole of Tuesday as a benefit for the Cottage Hos- pital. Coming to the financial part of his statement, the Chairman said they could only give a rough outline. Ap- proximately last year they had paid over to the Hospital X350, and left a balance at the bank of X-116. They hoped this year to pay over a sum of £ 400, and leave a balance at the bank of < £ 140. (Cheers.) They had a deposit and a cur- rent account at the bank, but he did not see the necessity uf keeping a big balance at the bank, and he would propose that they pay over for the immediate use of the Hospital the sum of £300. Regard- ing the Pavilion, the agreement was to pay .£100, and the Directors to pay back £ 20 to their funds. However, he liked the plan better of paying to the Pavilion people the sum of £80, which was what it amounted to in the end. (Laughter.) At any rate they would be on the liiafe side. Their thanks were also due to Mr. Gwilym Evans, who had been exceeding- ly kind in allowing them the use of that office. Mr. D. T. Evans wished to convey to their chairman their sincere gratitude for the splendid example and encourage- ment shown by him. Also to Mr. Tudor Davies. They had to fight a little op- position, and their opponents were, he believed, perfectly honest in their inten- tions. Some nasty things were said, but their chairman's efforts had always been towards peace. He encouraged any goorl thing, and the success they had obtained was due to the splendid engineering of their chairman. He (the speaker) was one of the founders of the Eisteddfod, and it had grieved him when they came to such a crisis last year. He would not like to see the old Eisteddfod going down. The heartiest vote of thanks, he proposed, be passed to their chairman. Mr. W. G. Thomas rose to second the vote of thanks. The Eisteddfod was for the benefit of the whole town. There was a talk of commandeering a photo- graph. The best way would be to hand it over to the chairman. He begged to also thank Mr. Tudor Davies for his ser- vices as vice-chairman and as speaker. Messrs. J. Ashford, D. Francis, and John Powell (Cwmpeimar) briefly sup- ported. Mr. W. S. Davies, responding to the vote, thanked them for their kind words. He had endeavoured to be fair to both sides, and with the idea, of the best result for the Cottage Hospital. When he had thought of choirs and men of distinction coming to the Eisteddfod, of competi- tions in ambulance and mining, and 40 or 50 young Welshmen entering, and the holding of the Eistedfod, he had not been prepared to follow any leading that would tend to end it. In South Wales their undertakings were hazardous, and accidents were always taking place, and it was their duty to do all possible for the relief of suffering humanity.
Easter Vestry at Mountain Ash. The above vestry was held in St. Margaret's Parish Room last Thursday evening. The Rev. J. Sinnett Jones, M.A., presided, supported by Major Mor- gan, J.P. (Vicar's Warden), and Messrs. W. S. Davies, M.E. (People's Warden), and Ivor Davies (Vestry Clerk). The meeting was largely attended, and amongst those present were Messrs. Tudor Davies, W. H. Thomas, W. G. Thomas, J. Morgan, E. R. Rees, Tom Powell, Geo. Stone, M. P. Rees, S. R. P. Netherway, and the Revs. D. E. Roberts, B.A., J. Pughe Jones, B.A., A. W. Jones, R. Jones, B.A., J. Odwen Jones. The first business of the vestry was to elect its own clerk, and Mr. Ivor Davies was unanimously re-elected. The Chairman, rising to address the meeting, said he had made it a rule to give a short resume of the Church work of the past year. Many things had hap- pened since last meeting. The year had been an eventful one, not only to the church parochially, but to the whole church of the country. What must for ever remain green in their memories was the wonderful demonstration held in the Pavilion last June. Wherever one went that monstre meeting was talked of, and its marvellous success was due to the energetic members of the various strong committees, and also to their very worthy secretary. That demonstration had done a, great deal of good. Their opponents never dreamt they could get together such a vast meeting, but they had been shown what vitality there was still in the Old Church. She was still a living force, perhaps more living at the present time than she had ever been. Passing on to the Education Bill of Mr. Birrell, the Vicar said it had met at the hands of the House of Lords the fate it deserved. They were faced now with another bill, that of Mr. McKeiina., which took all, gave nothing, and was more iniquitous than the one that was killed last year. He could only hope that this one would share its fate. It was attempted to en- dow undenominationalism at the expense of denominationalism, and he could think of nothing so iniquitous as this latest bill, which Mr. McKenna's brains had worked out. Coming to Parochial mat- ters, the Chairman stated that £ 250 haa been raised by means of a Sale of Work, and a supplementary sale towards the funds for the new Chuch at Miskin. The new Church was certainly uppermost in his mind. Some progress had been made, a site had been secured and paid for, at the cost of about = £ 360, and he was glad to tell them that he had now in hand with cash and definite promises the sum of < £ 1,300. He had many indefinite pro- mises besides, but had not included them in the sum stated. He had hoped to be able to lay the plans before them that evening, but Mr. Bruce Vaughan had "„ot completed them. A new Church was cer- tainly needed at Miskin. One had only to go up the Llanwonno Road to discern the necessity, and he hoped a start would be made in the near future. The Chair- man went on to thank all who had worked with him in the furtherance of Church work in the parish. His warm- est thanks were due to the two wardens, than whom no two more capable wardens could bo found through the length and breadth of Wales. They had not treated their incumbent in the same way as some he had read of lately. The lay elector's duties were not onerous, but what had to be done had been done faithfully by Mr. A, Conley, and he was sorry that ill- health prevented him being there. After thanking the auditor, the sidesmen, 01- ganist, superintendents, and Sunday School teachers, the Vicar specially men- tioned the kind friends who had given their time and labour, to beautify their Church. His thanks were due to those who had supported the Parochial Clergy Fund, which he was glad to say was in- creasing. He hoped the sidesmen would work hard for the Church, and they would have no cause to fear the result of that wonderful Commission now sit. ting in London. The Church had noth- ing to fear from any light thrown on her past. Referring to the financial year, the Chairman was sorry to note a depre- ciation in the offertories at St. Mar- garet's. Oftentimes the number of coins only amounted to about half the number present. With the exception of &t. David's, the district churches all showed balances on the right side. The Chair- man then announced he had persuaded his friend on his right (Major Morgan) to act for another year as his Warden. Major Morgan, offering his thanks for the honour conferred upon him, said he rather looked forward to it, for that was the 27th year he had held the position. It was an honour and a privilege, and when he came to consider the faithfulness and enthusiasm shown towards him, he hoped he would feel worthy of it. He was glad to see the devotion to the Mother Church. shown by those who had taken upon themselves the duties of look- ing after the District Churches. The future of the Church was secured by so much affection on the part of her sons. Mr. Tom Powell proposed, and iAl r. James (Cwmpennar) seconded, the ap- pointment of Mr. W. S. Davies to ths office of People's Warden. Mr. W. S. Davies, rising to acknow- ledge his re-election, thanked the meet- ing, and said- he had some years ago acted for two years as People's Warden, an episode in the days of his youth. lie had now been Churchwarden for one year, and up till a few days ago had had the inclination to relinquish his office. He was an old chorister, and felt out of place at the west end of the church. It had pleased them to re-elect him, and he trusted he would be able to carry out his duties to their satisfaction. He begged to thank his colleagues for their assist- ance, regularity, and devotion. Re- sponsible work, said the speaker, could not be carried out without corporate assist- ance and united action. Mentioning sidesmen, he was pleased at the appoint- ment of Mr. E. R. Rees, who had dis- charged his duties well. As he had- stated on a previous occasion, two years was long enough for anyone to hold the position of Churchwarden, one year to discharge his duties, and the second to accept as a mark of approval. He ex- pressed his deep personal appreciation of the honour shown him, and hoped to show it by a proper discharge of his duties. Mr. Tudor Davies moved, and Mr. 1\:1. P. Rees seconded, that a message of syIll- pathy in his illness, and the expression of their hope for his speedy recovery, he sent to Mr. A. Conley, the lay elector. The following gentlemen were elected as sidesmen: — St. Margaret's: Messrs. James Lewis, W. T. Morris, W. Roberts, Alf. PhilPips, S. W. Gillard, W. Sellick, A. R. Bart- lett, Percy Lisle, Geo. Stone, A. Weeks, J. K. Brooks, W. Blueitt, Tudor Davies, M. P. Rees, Alf. Alder, W. G. Thomas, Jas. Grant, S. R. P. Netherway, E. Howells, Harry Hale, Frank Powell. and Tom Powell. St. David's: Messrs. T. Phillips, D. Sharp, T. Thomas, D. Thomas, J- Richards, Rees Price, H. Evans, and E Sheppard. St. Dyfrig's: Messrs. T. Gwatkin. Rees Taylor, W. Jeffries, C. Archer, E- Eyles, C. Stephens, P.C. Barnes, J. R. Williams, J. Fidler, T. Griffiths. and W. R. Davies. St. Teilo's: Messrs. D. Morse, II. Bowers, T. Fisher, A. Dunkley, J. Lewis* J. Thomas, and F. E. Stephens. The Vicar announced that at eath of the district churches they were going to elect a Chapel Warden. Mr G. A. Evans, J.P., was re-appointed sole auditor. Major Morgan proposed the folio win* resolution: — "That the Church people of the Ec- clesiastical District of St. Margaret s, Mountain Ash, in Easter Vestry as, sembled, desire to protest most strong' ly against the Relief of Passive Re- sisters' Bill introduced, and now before Parliament, since it further adds to the burden of the rate-paying Churel- people by calling upon them to pay for the religious education of their cbil- dren which they already pay for in the general rates of the country, and also providing the school buildings free of rent." Speaking to the resolution, the Vicar Warden said the Bill was one that would add to the burden of Churchpeople- It was not marked by any sense of fairness, and it was their duty to protest agailist it. Mr. Tudor Davies, in seconding the re' solution, said the Government had 8° into a muddle over the Education DiU, and not knowing, how to get out of it, had introduced through Mr. McKenfl8, ,h the Passive Resisters' Relief Bill. Mr. Ivor Davies thought it just as we to understand what the Bill implied, They would remember that that great authority on education called the West Riding authority, in order to crush the Church Schools, had refused to pay fair proportion for the maintenance Of religious education. On appeal it '\ViaS decided that all authorities would have to pay their fair proportion for definite religious instruction. The McKennlt Bill was the outcome of that, and he (tbe speaker) thought it was a disgusting shame that an extra, in the shape of olle, fifteenth of the cost of religious instil tion, should be added to the burden of Church people. To show the unfairness of the Bill, the Vicar of St. John's, Car- diff, had calculated that his valued would at 4 per cent. intere* bring in the sum of £ 1,700. The Govern- ment got that sum to teach a definite religion, but under the provisions of tile McKenna Bill of two paragraphs, it would be necessary to raise another ;:20a in order to carry on tho work of thoqtJ schools They must fight hard againS this bill, and work with all their to reist what threatened to work ""Or! ruin than Mr. Birrell's Bill. It was proposed to send a copy of the resolution to the Prime Minister. t."Ie Education Minister, and the local Illelti, bers of Parliament.
Mr. Buxton says that if he finds a <*< mand for them, he will arrange to place penny-in-the-slot stamp machines wbere they will do the most good. The j popular pastime of going out on Sund^ evening to get a stamp) is eviden doomecl.-a London Opinion."
Dowlais Man's Tragic Fate. SON RESIDES IN ABERDARE. On Friday morning the body of John Evans, shoemaker, who was employed by Mr. J. Rees, Bristol House, North- street, Dowlais, and lodged at 6, Well- street, was found on the mountain at Twynywain, Trecatty, near Dowlais. The discovery was made by a woman named Mary Owen, who was looking for a strayed pony, and she informed the Dowlais police. The body was after- wards removed by Constables Hunter and Kaley, on the Dowlais Ambulance car, to the local mortuary. It seems that Evans, who had done no work this week, left his lodgings in the afternoon. He made a call in the even- ing at an inn where he had some drink, and the landlord, who went to Rend him a part of the way home, appearo to have been the last person to see the deceased alive. When discovered, Evans was lying at the bottom of a piece of rock several feet in height, over which he had. evi- dently stumbled. In his pockets were three pawn tickets, a door key, knife, and 4d. in coppers. The deceased, who was between 45 and 50 years of age, be- longed to the neighbourhood of Aberyst- wyth, and was a widower, but a son resides in Aberdare.
Merthyr Board of Guardians. On Saturday. Present: Mr. J. Rogers (chairman), Rev. J. Hathren Davies and Rev. J. O'Reilly (vice-chairmen), Mrs. Evans, Mrs. Richards, Mrs. Williams, Messrs. D. Evans (Mer- thyr), E. Edwards, J. Price, D. Evans (Hirwain), D. Edwards, H. Lewis, R. Rees, A. Davies, T. Weale, D. Davies, J. Jenkins, T. E. Morgan, D. Hopkins, J. Jones, J. Aurelius, J. Evans, S. Hawkins, J. Prowle, W. Hiley, A. W. Houlson, J. Lloyd, W. Thomas, Revs. W. A. Jones, W. C. Thomas, T. Rees, and LI. Williams, with Messrs. F. T. James (clerk), and J. L. Morris (deputy clerk). CONGRATULATIONS AND APPRECI- ATIONS. The Chairman, on behalf of the Board, congratulated Mr David Evans, Hirwain, upon his elevation to the Commission of the Peace. Mr. Evans had been a most faithful member of the Board for 43 years. Mr. Evans thanked the Chairman for his kind words of appreciation. Mr. Evans then gave a brief review of the changes in the chairmanship and the general constitution of the Board since he became a member. On the suggestion of Mr. D. Hopkins, seconded by Rev. J. O'Reilly, it was agreed that in view of Mr. Evans' unique lengthy service to the Board, the vote of congratulation be placed on record. The Chairman also referred to the re- tirement of Mr. William Williams, Hir- wain, who had been a member of the Board for 45 years, and had resigned at the last election owing to ill-health. It was decided that the lengthy ser- vices of Mr. Williams should also be acknowledged, and that a letter of ap- preciation be sent to him. OUT-RELIEF. Two cheques for J6395 each were drawn. TRAINING SCHOOL. It was stated that Mr. T. Lloyd, grocer, Aberdare, had presented the children at the school with buns. It was agreed that the girl Lizzie Cole- man should enter the service of Mr. Leonard Eschle, Aberdare, as a domestic. A RUNAWAY BOY. It was stated that a boy named Dono- ghue had absconded from Mr. Brough, Pembroke-street, who had taken the bov to.syork with him as a collier. The bov had been found in the custody of rela- tives in Merthyr. The Training School Committee resolved that the boy's father be asked to contribute towards him. Father UReilly said that the boy in running away was setting up a very bad precedent for other boys similarly situ- ated. Apparently his relatives in Mer- thyr had induced him to go over there. The Board should see that the boy re- turned to school or to Mr. Brough, who had taken the lad to work with him, and was of assistance to him as a collier. Mr. Augustus Davies held that the boy would not be of any material assistance for six months at least. Clerk: I have never seen a collier re- fuse a boy yet. Mr. A. Davies said that very often when Industrial School children became of any service to those who had adopted them a live father or mother would turn up and claim them. It would be well if the Board could ascertain at first whether the parents were alive or not. It was agreed that the Clerk should re- port as to whether proceedings should be taken against the father of the lad. SMALL POX AT ABERDARE, Two more cases of small pox were re- ported from Aberdare, the patients being the two children of Mr. Sadler, High- OVERCROWDING. The Visiting Committee reported a serious state of overcrowding at the Workhouse Buildings, especially the Old Infirmary, and also complained of lack of ventilation. The matter was referred to the House Management Committee. THE CALL. The call of £ 46,000 based on the Clerk's estimate was made, and apportioned be- tween the various parishes as follows: — Aberdare, £ 13,027; Gelligaer, £ 13,456; j Merthyr, £ 16,748; Penderyn, = £ 1,101; 1 Rhigos, £ 702; Vaynor, R966. Mr. D. Evans, Merthyr, interrogated the Clerk with regard to certain pay- ments which had to be made to the County Authorities. The Clerk said he could not answer his questions, and ad- vised him to go on the County Council. (Laughter.) Mr. Evans: I am near enough to the County Authorities as I am now. NO SEPARATION. QUESTION OF RELIEF COMMITTEE! FOR ABERDARE. The Clerk read a letter from the Local Government Board to the effect that as the result of the recent inquiry Aber- dare's application for separation could not be granted, but suggesting that a re- lief committee might be established in Aberdare. Father O'Reilly moved that a month from that date the Guardians should con- sider the suggestion of the Local Govern- ment Board. This was agreed to. ADMITS CLERICAL BUT NOT SURGICAL NEGLECT. Explanations were received from Dr. Mansell, Tirphil, and Dr. Draffin, Mer- thyr Vale, public vaccinators, with re- I gard to the report recently submitted by the Local Government Board from their inspector, Dr. Spencer Low, with regard to the way these gentlemen discharged their duty. Dr. Mansell came before the board, and admitted that there was some careless- ness in the way he did the clerical part of his duties, but said that Dr. Low's statement—that he did not sterilise his instruments—was quite incorrect. He added that, having been a surgeon in practice at Tirphil for 21 years, the ster- ilisation of his instruments had become second nature to him. He said he had never had a case of a bad arm from vac- cination, and he did not understand how Dr. Low could have made the statement referred to. Dr. Draffin wrote that he always steril- ised his instruments and that he had told Dr. Low that he did so. The following resolution was moved and passed, "That we accept the explan- ation of Dr. Mansell, and that he be asked to be more careful in future." Some laughter was caused by the chair- man despatching the deputy clerk to Dr. Mansell with the message, "Tell the Doctor that his explanation has been ac- cepted, but that he must not do it again." With regard to Dr. Draffin it was de- cided that he must give an oral explan- ation in the same manner as Dr. Man- sell had done. TRADE UNION CONTRACTS.—A SCENE AND A PROMISE OF A FIGHT. Five tenders for the work of printing the minutes of the Board had been re- ceived. The lowest was that of Mr. Southey, Merthyr, at 3s. 6d. per page, the next being Mr. J. P. Lewis at 4s. per page. Mr. D. Davies said that according to a resolution passed by the Board no printing should be given except to re- cognised houses." Mr. Southey's office was not a recognised one, and therefore had no right to apply. -The Clerk held that the resolution re- ferred to only specified that contracts must not be given to tradesmen who did not pay the trade union rate of wages. It did not matter whether the contracto- employed non-unionists or not if he pa d the trade union wage. Mr. Davies, on the other hand, con- tended that the resolution distinctly specified that the contractor must ob- serve trade union conditions. The Rev. J. O'Reilly thought it very unfair that the monopoly of contracts should be placed in the hands of a few tradesmen. He thought it unfair to the poor and also to the ratepayers. How- ever, inasmuch as a resolution lu been passed he thought they ought to adhere to it. Mr Davies continued to protest against entertaining Mr. Southey's tender, whereupon the Clerk remarked, "You want to bring everybody down to the same low level. No man of brains is to have a chance." Mr. Davies: There will be a fight over this. Take that from me. The Chairman was appealed to, but he said that he could not go beyond the ad- vice of the Clerk. Mr. Davies: I propose that Mr. Southey and the Secretary of the Typo- graphical Association be asked to appear here. Clerk: I advice the Board to take no heed of such proposal. Mr. T. B. Morgan moved, and Mr. E'. Edwards seconded, that Mr. Southey's tender be accepted. Mr. J. Prowle moved, and Mr D. Evans (Hirwain) seconded, that Mr J. P. Lewis's tender be accepted. The former was car- ried by 16 votes to 9. THE L.G.B. AND A RETIRED OFFICER'S PENSION. A communication was read from the Local Government Board stating that they had carefully considered the guard- ians' representations with regard to the addition of 10 years to the length of ser- vice of Mr Williams, late relieving officer for the Merthyr Upper District, so as to 'enable him to retire on an increased superannuation allowance. The Board said that they did not consider the cir- cumstances of the case justified them in consenting to the extension of 10 years. Mr. J. Prowle and the Aberdare Trades and Labour Council had taken action in the matter, and it had resulted in this decision of the Local Government Board. It was now stated that Williams had retired on the promise given by the guardians that 10 years should be added. Mr. David Evans, Merthyr, said that the action taken by Mr. Prowle was one that no man with any Christian feeling whatever would have taken. It was decided to at once ask the Local Government Board to reconsider the matter, the Chairman saying that the honour of the Board was at stake.
I.LP. Propaganda. SPIKING MACHINE GUNS. In an article in the current number of the Labour Leader," Mr. J. Keir Hardie, M.P., referring to the annual conference of the Independent Labour Party at Derby, says :— The conference this year was not only the largest, but also the greatest, which the party has yet held. The de- bating power tvas high, and the breadth of outlook vtry marked. MacDonald made a splendid chairman, and gave fresh evidence of the fact that genial humour is almost a monopoly of the Scottish peope. The new young men who wer present for the first time give promise of worthily carrying on the traditions of the party. This was, I think, specially notable on the education debate. Another noticeable feature was the number of women delegates. Of late in going about the country I have been struck with the increase in the number of wcmen who attend our pub- lic meetings. It is no uncommon thing to find nearIJ one-third of the audience women—a Host hopeful sign both for the party and for the women. The proceedings vere free from any sign of carping crticism or thoughtless de. nunciation, ard the tone of the gathering was as a cons-quence high from start to finish. The delegates will have gone back like giarts refreshed with new wine for another year of strenuous work. Mighty is the vork already accomplished, but mightier frill is that which remains to be done. Property is becoming alarmed, and will develop methods of fighting of Wiich we have yet had no taste. One Nottingham paper reminds its readers bat the Government of Eoumania ha just had to shoot down some of the Socialists with machine guns, and th% the machine gun is a short and eftctive argument which it hopes will nfyer require to be used in this country, Jut that machine guns are preferable to Socialism. So be it. The machine gun is powerful, but a united working classjan spike it, and the I.L P., with its magiificent methods of propa- ganda, its gret human faith, its confident self-reliance, rod its inspiration, will win the nation forSocialism and make short work of the nachine-gun argument." -=
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