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TRADE UNIONISM AND COMPULSION.

,.I iSIR ALFRED YEA AND NAY.

SAFEGUARDS AND STRIKES I

I Ynisraeudw Pastor Leaves.

IYSTRADGYNLAIS COUNCIL AUDIT.I

FOUR MONTI? . BROKEN I BACK.

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CONSCRIPTION OF WEALTH. I

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CONSCRIPTION OF WEALTH. I It is now being recognised that the subject of conscription of wealth is within the sphere of practical politics. The "Times" devoted a jeering lead- ing article to it this week, in which the whole project was dismissed as im- possible, but it was plain that Lord Northcliffe, or whoever was responsible for the leading article, feels uneasy about the response from the people, should the phrase become crystallised into a measure. For some weeks there has been a correspondence on the question in the "Westminster Gazette," the organ of middle-class Liberalism. The letters have been re- markable for the strong cases made out by attested married men of the income tax paying class, showing how heavy their sacrifice will be compared with that of wealthy men over mili- tary age. So the project is not merely a Socialist one. It is fairly obvious I that if a practical proposal for the conscription of wealth could be formu- lated, the country would be over- whelmingly in favour of it. Hence the gibes of the "Tirftes," and the uneasy shuffling of millionaires. MR ANDERSON'S BILL I Mr W. C. Anderson, M.P., proposes to introduce into Parliament at the earliest possible moment a Bill "to make available for the successful con- duct of the war all the material re- sources of the nation." The Bill pro- poses that the Public Trustee should be made the recipient of all payments in the nature of rent, interest, divid- ends, royalties, etc. There are exemp- tions in the case of rents from lodgers or part rent of houses, interest from deposits in savings banks and co- operative societies, pensions and super- ,annuation allowances, benefits receiv- able from friendly societies, and trade unions or under the Insurance Act, and in respect of shares or profits or other income payable as remuneration for services rendered during the period i in which the. profits were made or in respect of which they were declared. NEW LABOUR M.P. I One of the newcomers to the House of Commons this week is Mr Samuel Finney, the miners' leader who suc- ceeds to the vacancy for the North- West Division of Staffordshire, caused by the death of Mr Albert. Stanley. It will be remembered that, on the death of Mr Enoch Edwards, Mr Finney stood for Hanley, but he was heavily defeated by Mr Outhwaite, as the culmination of a campaign in which that gentleman covered the Labour party with ooarse abuse. One of his lieu tenants during the election was Mr G H. Bibbings, Free Trade Union or- ganiser in Sheffield and at one time, I believe, a Socialist propagandist in your neighbourhood. But Mr Outh- waite's days in Hanley are numbered. The next Liberal candidate is to be Mr Arnold Bennett, I am informed, As he is the Five Towns author, and a literary star of whom the people of the Potteries are rightly very proud, Mr Outhwaite's chances of being re- turned are several degrees below zero. Mr Finney, the new Labour M.P., was a close personal friend of the late Mr Enoch Edwards, and like so many of the minors' leaders of the Midlands he is a Primitive Methodist local preacher. M.P.'S ARMLET I Sir Ernest Lamb appeared in the House of Commons this week wearing a khaki armlet. Owing to his remark- able resemblance to Mr Ellis Davies many Parliamentary journalists mis- took him for that gentleman, and Mr Davies was given the credit of having attested, although over military age. I understand that one of your local members, Rev. Hugh Edwards, M.P., has attested. Mr Edgar Jones, M.P. for Merthyr, is within military age, and a bachelor, and although he is at present in the Near East, it is under- stood that under the Military Service No. 2 Act he will be called up as a conscript. FREE SPEECH. I It is high time something were done by the authorities to maintain free speech. Certain persons who have banded themselves together in various societies with the title "anti-German" go about London breaking up meet- ings in the most shameless way. A friend of mine was in a certain restau- rant soon after the disturbance at the Union of Democratic Control meeting when a silk-hatted man engaged him in conversation. This person said that he was an anti-German lecturer, and produced from his pocket a printers' receipt for forged tickets of admission to the U.D.C. meeting. The existence of these) forged tickets was denied in the House of Commons. There were disgraceful scenes this week at a Quaker Meeting House in the City where Mr C. Roden Buxton was to speak on "International Agreements." It was obvious that the disturbance was carefully organised. Rev. Hudson Shaw, a City vicar, who is chaplain to t';o H.A.C., and who certainly does not favour the Germans or premature peace, was present at Mr Buxton's meeting, and protested against the shameless hooliganism of some of those I present.

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YSTALYFERA NOTES.

YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES. I

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YSTALYFERA NOTES.