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Letters to the Editor.


Letters to the Editor. Letters on any rabyect of public interest are invited. It should be understood that we do not neeeesarily agree with the views expressed therein. Correspond- ents will oblige by writing on one side of the paper, and must invariably en- close their names and addresses, not nfcceBgarily for publication, but AS a tfnarantee of good faith. WHAT IS SOCIALISM. I Sir,—I am afraid that Mr Williams has resorted to the tactics which he advised me to refrain from at the outset of this discussion, i.e., abusing one's opponent. He entered upon this dis- cussion rather lightly, but it looks as if he has had more than he bargained for. He started by attacking what is regarded by the uninformed as Socialism—equal distribution and he finishes last week with a tirade against Communism. I wonder when is he going to advance one argument against Socialism. I have pointed out that the principles of Social- ism are being adopted in national and local governments, and I have cited several instances. Mr Williams does not attempt to deny the utility of these measures. I suppose it is far more con- venfent for him to ask for my name and address. However, I will still sign myself, M Ash. OPTIMIST. Dear Sir,- Undei the above heading in last week's LEADER there was a reply or an attempt to reply by Mr Tom Williams, Aberaman, and judging from that reply it seems that his conception of human nature is indeed a very narrow one. From arguments set forth by Mr Williams one is asked to believe that there is no good at all in human nature, but one has only to look around him in these days to prove that these argu- ments are more or less piffle. Is he aware that we are gradually growing from the age of atavism, and that our minds are developing towards a greater and nobler ideal ? Is he aware also that this development cannot be checked ? He says that human nature is not yet ripe for Socialism, and contends that because that is so it will never be attain- able. It could have been said in the early ages that such a state of society as that which exists to-day was unattain- able, but at the same time nothing happened to prevent the people from thinking. I do not say that the people are ripe for Socialism, neither do I say that it will ever be so, but there is nothing to prevent their minds from becoming ripe. Mr Williams states that Socialism is a dream of hopeless and cranky dreamers. It may be a dream as yet, but it is not hopeless, for part of it is being realised, and if they are cranky what a pity it is that there are no more about!—Yours, SOCIALIST. Dear Sir.—I should like if Mr Thos. Williams would state more fully his 41 scheme." What does he mean by Voluntary Co. operation ? Does he think that men will co-operate volun- tarily under the system that is operating through competition? Our employers and governors have combined for econ- omic reasons, and the workmen will be forced to combine for the same reasons. Voluntary Co-operation is out of the question. Our sentinels cry out to us from every point, Unite, Agitate and Educate," i.e., prepare yourselves to meet your foe; not as Mr Thomas Williams says, "Wait until you have the necessary qualifications to unite and agitate." In such a case, Mr Williams, who shall be judge ?-I am, W.J.D. L. CLOSING OF SHOPS. bir,—Kindly allow me a little space to Write re the closing of shops on the event of the Aberdare Horse Show. Last year we were all confusion at closing time, which was fixed for one o'clock. But some shops broke off after signing the paper to close. I hope that We shall all close at the same time this Year. It can be done by going round early enough to sign the paper, instead of rushing it on the very morning of the show.—I remain, A SHOP ASSISTANT. JUNIOR FOOTBALL. Dear Sir,—In view of the coming football season may I ask through the LEADER, if some gentleman in the town will present a set of medals for com- petition among clubs comprised of mem- bers under the age of twenty ? We all take great interest in the School League, and I think there ought to be a league for Junior clubs (not those where the average age of the players is about 24 and 25 years, but lads about 17 or 18). When the lads leave school there are some very good players amongst them, but they have to wait about four Or five years before they can play in a team again, being too young for the Junior clubs about here. I think it Would be a great help to Junior football if a league could be formed for clubs Whose members must be under the age of 20 at the outside. If some kind friend will take this matter in hand he Will be greatly helping football in the Aberdare district and will earn the thanks of all Junior enthusiasts and INTERESTED. SUNDAY TRADING. Sir,—I was much surprised, Mr Editor, that you should insert a string of verses Upholding Sunday trading. At one time the advocates of Sunday trading hung their defence on the rail- Way companies-that what was lawful *°r them was legitimate for any one else, ^ow it is the poor widow who is taotted out. Are there any such poor widows ? heY seem to be all very able-bodied people-who trade, not for the con- venience of others, but for their own pockets. This custom encourages laziness and lack of forethought. We see sand, po. tatoes, etc., etc., fetched from these shops on Sunday, and not for shortness of money on Saturday night either. I think this mythica! poor widow would have more support from right- thinking peojjle if she closed her shop on Sunday, and showed reverence and re- spect for that day by attending a place of worship.—Yours, JOHN JONES.

Hirwain Publican Fined,


Barry Summer School.

Striking Trecynon Evidence.

New Inn, Mountain Ash.

Taff and Cynon Miners.

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Aberdare Police Court.

Aberdare Liberal Club.

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Musical Successes.

Fashionable Wedding.