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50,000 Allotment Holders Want Security of Tenure I IMPORTANT MERTHYR MEETING. I At Merthyr Town Hall on Thursday night ^February 16) a meeting of the. Merthyr Allot- ments' Association was held under the presi- dency of Mr. John Mann. Mr. Walter Williams, Brecon, an organiser of the Agricultural Organisation Society—with which the Allotments' Association is affiliated- gave a comprehensive address, in which he mainly dealt with questions of organisation, treatment of soil, selection of manures, etc. He said there were now .50,000 members in the Al- lotments' Association, and he explained that as a body they were not capitalistic or of any party complexion, but democratic, and they were engaged on a work of national importance. (Hear, hear. > Incidentally, he. mentioned that the most suitable of basic slag for manuring purposes (was that which was obtainable at the Cw mi el in Works, near Swansea. He detailed and commented upon various forms of organic and artificial manures, and recognised that some of the hitter were difficult to obtain just now. He advised the holders of new ground not to bury their turf too deep, and, in passing, gave the Merthyr cultivators—many of whom were now to the work—credit for their perseverance. THE PLOUGH. He dwelt upon the importance of the old-time plough. whieh was again being brought into requisition. Ploughs which had I",it for ma.ny yca.rs discarded in his native county of Carmar- then were now being set to work agail" and for the sake of the country he thought this method should ne adopted as far as possible. He was the -on or a farmer, and had worked on tho farm until lie was 22 years of age. and he was surprised at the long distances sea-birds came to follow the plough." He had seen gulls at Llandovery, picking up everything in the nature ot worms, etc., that had been upturned. At the same time, he said, cultivators should not be afraid of the ordinary earth worms, which were splendid fertilisers of the soil. ORGANISATIONS TO BE LINKED UP. It was the wish of the A.O.S. and of the Gov- ernment that their organ i sati on should be linked up. and that they should have a voice in electing the. irovcrnors of the A.O.S. The culti- vator of allotments had been of great service to the country, and lie believed that with ex- tended attention to waste and other lands the time would come when there would lie no diffi- culty as to our food supply. You," said he, have1 tl,077i(I toO the rescue There nl ust be more^ producers and less consumers, and he was certain that the movement in which they were engaged would lead to better conditions a.nd r-enn" for the cultivators of the land. (Ap- plause.) QUESTIONS. Mr. Bert Brobyn ra ised several points con- cerning organisation and supplies. The Merthvr Association (he s-iid) had ordered 42 tons of seed potatoes, and sent money with the order, but in response to this their Secretary. Mr. Starr, had merely received a ^post-card of acknowledgement. Mr. Waiter iiliams, in reply, agreed that tne con t'ereuee- of f|i(> Associations should be fixed for the convenience of group ecintres, and explained that the Bridgend conference had not (-.died by the Association, but by the Brid- I f-tend-' Br*TTTST-tVR—<.— F-FR- -further allowed that, a prompt supply of seed potatoes was de- s;rabk«. especially in view of tho anticipated in- crease at Merthyr of about 200 or '100 allotment holders. they were out for the security of tenure. (Applause.) A BETTER ENGLAND WANTED. J tc Chairman said the Borough Council had undertaken tha.t there should be land for every applicant, but they were only in a position to ve tenure. It was felt by the Association that the period should be lo yca.is. and they had already approached the Council and »n,skod them TO put the Allotments' into force. He recognised the necessity of improved housing, but he objected to giving up allotn^its for building purpose*. He1 wanted to "f (' different England, and he thought !:ouM*s should be built on quarter-acre plots, and that attached to each house there should be a suitable place for the storage of vegetables, which, in the absence of the aecommoda.tion on the a llotments, had, in many cases, to be stacked in the >>edrooms or other chambers of house-. A number ot questions as to methods of fer- tilising various descriptions of soil were put bv Alderman diaries Griffith* (Dow la is). Mr. Wal- ker (Celn). and odxrs. and rephed to bv the ?!r. Walker pt-opo?ed a vo? of thanks to Mr. lecturer. b an h- .,i t,o Wil]in')? to/ his able addmss, and Mr. Bert Brobyn. in seconding, said security of rennre was: their dominating not?. and a matter which tJey e\pctc-d the A.O.S. to see to. t, (,?xpE,(-t,(,d thc- A.0.?Y. to (,(, to, Th-f?

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