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Merthyr Territorials. GREATER ENTHUSIASM REQUIRED. On Tuesday night a meeting was held at the Town Hall, Merthyr, for the purpose of con- sidering the question of recruiting in the district, to bring the local companies of the 3rd Battalion the Welsh Regiment up to the required strength. The Mavor (Alderman A. Wilson) presided, Colonel D. Rees Lewis, V.D., acted as secretary and those present included the local officers of the battalion, and the largest employers of labour in the borough, including Mr Wm. Evans, general manager to Guest" Keen and Co., and Councillor N. F. Hankey, of the Huls' Plymouth Company.. In the course of an interesting address, Col. Lewis explained the difference between the Volunteers and the Territorials. He said that if Mr. Haldane's idea had been carried out, to allow the Volunteers to remain as they were, every man being asked to enlist for one, two or three years, he (the Colonel) did not think one hundred men would have been lost. The War Office had seen the error of its ways. He ridiculed the limiting of a battahon to a thousand men, pointing out that on the occasion of active scryice 500 out of the thousand men would scon fall out through one cause or anoth r. That was why the War Office had allowed battalions to be 1,100 or 1,500 strong. If that had been done at first with regard to his old regiment, which he was proud to say was the finest regiment in the kingdom, instead of the number being reduced from 1,700 to 1,000 men the regiment would be the same to-day as when ho (the gallant colonel) left it. In the Boer war the parish of Meithyr had one thousand men at the front; no other parish in the king- dom could show that. He did not favour employers of labour saying to their workmen We want yoa to join the Territorials." That had been done in London, and had not proved a success. But if the employers said Vie shall be glad to see you amongst the Territorials, and we will help you if you join," that would bo the better way. There must bo no coercion. Tho Colonel mentioned that at the church parade last Sunday he could not help noticing upon the pavements some very fine, smart young fellows who walked with a swing, keeping step with the Territorials, and yet who had not the pluck to join. Col. Lewis pointed out that though the camp lasted a fortnight a man need only put in a week there. To-day forty men were required to make up the required strength, and he thought ii a great public meeting wore held the ranks would to very soon filled up. Dowlais was to have a drill station, and he could not see why Dowlais should not have a full company. Councilor Isaac Edwards said the Dowlais people felt they had been snubbed in this matter, and if they wanted to arouse enthu- siasm there a company for Dowlais must be established. Capt. D. C. Harris suggested that all the employers in the borough should be asked to put up notices in their premises to the effect that men were required to make up the full strength, and th.,t facilities would be for the men to join. Thousands of young men went to football matches, and a good thing, he thought, would be td distribute handbills among them to the same effect. Councillor N. F. Hankey moved that a circular be sent to all employers of labour, pointing out tho need cf additional men to make up the required strength.—Col. Lewis seconded. Dr. Biddle said he thought Merthyr should be the headquarters of the Battalion, and not Pontypridd, but Capt. Harris said there was not the slightest chance to mako that alteration. Mr. Wm. Evans said he was present as a private citizen, and not in Ins oflkral capacity. He had taken a great interest in the Territorial movement, his sympathies and desires were very strong in fa your of the army, and he would do everything he could to further its interests. Councillor J. W. Lewis also supported the motion, which was carried, and a committee, consisting of Col. Lewis, Major F. T. James, Capt. Harris and Lieut. H. H. Southey, were ck* ted to draw up the circular. Councillor sjia-) Edwards: What about the epl1.se. -CoJ. ,i5wis: 1 will take care of that. Lieut H. U. Southey said that under the old regulations there were 17 companies, but now there were on! y eight. It was, perhaps, a mista ke to make such a. sweeping reduction. With regard to Councillor Edwards remarks, he (Lieut. Southey) thought it not be wise to introduce too much rivar- between Merthyr and Dowlais. There would he a drill station at Dowlais, a plaeo for the arms, and drills would take place there, but the men would uave to be part of the Merthyr detachment. would be no difficulty, he thought, in the authorities arranging for one company to be I recognised at the Dowlais Company" and the other as the "Merthyr Company." It would be impossible for thsm to get an extra company granted specially for Dowlais. The Rhondda Valley had a. greater grievance than Dowlais, for there was not a single company in the whole of the Rhondda attached to the oth Welsh— the present battalion. He expressed his sur- prise at the indifference shown by the youths of the town and district towards the Territorial Army. The crux of the whole matter relating to recruiting was not the employers, but the absolute indiSerence of ths youths of the country to their country's welfare. Lieut. Southey mentioned that this year some of the best recruits were from Dowla s. A representative comm;ttec was then elected to organise great public meetings.

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