Recollections and Inspirations I FROM OUR EASTER CONFERENCE I BY THE PONTYPRIDD DELEGATE. I [The writer of the subjoined interesting im- pressions of our Leicester Conference is an old hand" in the I.L.P. He it was, who, with a small handful of friends, founded the Party in Merthyr. His professional duties have since re- moved him to a distance, but whoever remem- 9 bers the pioneering in Merthyr, the enthusiasm .and .self-sacrifice that were then demanded from bearers of the Red Flag, will not fail to discern in the style and language of the Pontypridd de- legate a personality which 20 years ago played a great part in the Democratic renaissance of the Merthyr Boroughs.—13d.} As one whose memory can go back to the origin of the I.L.P., and one who has attended the Annual Conferem-es from time to timp during the past fifteen years, I can safely say that the Leicester gathering touches high-water mark as regards attendance, and the strength of the movement represented, and especially so as re- gards the intelligence and grip of affairs dis- -Lt h er les, plaved by the delegates. There was rather loss of high-falutin and no approach to irresponsible imibilism-but just that, clear grasp of the inwardness of things and events in relation to the affairs of the time which has always made the I.L.P. the most reasonable and practical of British Socialist, organisations. But for the vile misrepresentation and vilification of the move- ment by the rept,ile Pre.ss, the I.L.P. would be three times its present strength and that w.ill soon come to pans when we have a real Labour- Socialist daily newspaper—which I never found the" Oitizen to be. owing to the fact that its staff was non-Socialist. But in the meantime, there is more solid strength in the I.L.P. as it now stands, and it. is better for the movement, than a more huge, but more flabby, mass1 of nondescript and unreliable members, with small gra.sp of fundamental principles— which is the kind of thing that I take to be the real weak- ness of the general Labour Party. THE CONFERENCE. The De Montfort Hall at Leicester has a. huge .as well as a, handsome interior, and yet the del e- gates, sitting at well-arranged and ^losely-placed tables, pretty well tilled the floor of the build- mg. As a body of men and women, almost wholly of the working-class, they were a credit to themselves and to the political life of the -country—alert, yet eommendably self-restrained, and both qualities come of practical knowledge and experience of public problems and an under- standing of the real tendency in current affairs. .Fittingly, I thought. aA one who had something to do with the early days of the im>vement in Wales, the Welsh delegates were allotted the front row of tables, and I was delighted, to mee quite a number of old stalwarts, witit AN-itolit 1 was associated in the pioneering days of twenty vears ago. There is something deeply affecting. .as well as effective for power, when a movement begins to collect memories, and k wa.s most '•harming and gratifying to find these worthy jI moneers just the same in spnit, rjuietl\ earnest and enthusiastic, as when we tramped the hills to the outlying villager in those more youthful days. OUR INFLUENCE. I Pontypridd has good reason to be satisfied that it was represented at such a. Conference, and that it took a parr, this yead- in the rising tide ,}Î progress in the movement which this gathei- ing of the elans so clearly marked. They can r< £ t assured tluit they are an integral part or a movement which forms the very mainspring oi British political life and thought, influencing iill other parties from year to year, unconsciously to the latter, perhaps,, and with small kudos to the I.L.P.; but. nevertheless, most assuredly giving a lead and impetus which can be discerned by those who have followed events from wit.hin the ranks for nearly a score of years. For III- stance, what. little support we had, especially from the Churches, when we began the housing -reform. The Churches which vilfiied us, and some of which drew revenues from slum pro- perty, now delicately support housing reform as .a general principle, but. still rarely, if ever, take to condemn 3.oy specific cases in then own locality. In that ivork. and many kindred matters of immediate concern, the I.L.P. is still the pioneer. ARRIVING." n But to tJhe, Conference. Tbtl lull (lotalls u-C .admirably reported in the "Pionepr" and the Labour I/eader. Of Sunday's meetings, my impressions are of pride and exultant thrills that we are arriving, despite the Jingo Lies, and we shall be all the more proud and strong after- wards for what we are now going through. On Sundav morning, as I went forth to meet the •procession, I was soinehat fearsome, owing to T.he dir?t appeal of t.be Io<al Press for interfer- ence by t? Jingo roughs and I do wonder w h> the "I.eiœsÍRT rail" has not. ?en prosecuted for its direct a.nd wanton incitement t? Yl01encf', so clear and vicious was it in its m?an and on appeal. But all was peaceful and unanimous. The sight of the I.L.P. Sunday School m the procession was especially gratifying, singing so sweetly our inspiring "Red F\a,g," and in this work amongst the young, the I.L. P. has a. grea t responsibility, which I fear is much neglected. There is a.n inunon?. possi?Hity for power anci ?oo<L for pure ethical teaching and clear econo- t4ea(-Iiiligan(i (.,Ieat- (,(,C)IlO- MACDONALD. -1 ?. n The "Teat meeting at the hill hall on Nunuay mornin" was a refreshing surprise. Nothing r-oufd have been finer, more inspiring khan that immense, orderlv, oajfBr who listened intently, applauded readily, and cheered vigor- <mslv. With what deep significance did I now t.he wav in which the vast audience rose to their t'eet in honour of Ramsay Maxdonald, and the prolonged that -iiind(,d who-ii hp oo speak-a sufficient answer to the miserable •urs who vilify his imble name. And how nobly did the brave- man rise to the occasion m his speech, with that deep, rich voice, which speaks vrf intense feeling a.nd earnestness. His opening -simile of the war with the Titanic contests of the gods ot old was most, finely put. The quipt natu7» of the morning meeting, so far as absence of opposition was concerned, was more reassuring for the evening demonstration, when an even creator audience assembled, and amongst, them were hundreds of I.L.P.ere who had travelled many miles to attend. I met three young fol- lows in a coffee-house at tea-time who had come from near Nottingham purposely for this meet- ing, and doubtless they were typical of many others—as they were also typical of the splendid spirit which always characterises the I.L.P. THE ENVIRONMENT. I would like to put in here a word aliout the situation of the hall, and reflections it brought to my mind. It, is in the best part of Leicester, that is the residential part, and adjoins the Victoria Park. Why is it that we take for granted that the capitalists, with their hangers- on, always manage to get their houses placed in the beet part-s-,open and healthy, with ample breathing space for pretty gardens, trees, and the singing of birds-all of which I noticed in the surroundings of the IX4 Montfort Hall on this bright spring morning. The previous after- noon, in my tour of the town in search of anti- quarian spots and buildings-which were indeed most interesting as illustrations of our island story and struggles in the past—I had to tra- verse miles of trim but narrow and monotonous streets, with painfully dull and small houses set amidst depressing environment, with nothing brighter than the pub and the pettvfogging little shops that do so stupidly typify our individual- ism, and I could not fail to marvel at the pa- tient herds that simply made these slated pill- boxes their nightly kennels, while throughout the day. wook in and week out,, they were in economic chains in the no less dull and degrading factories, making the money for the select few residing on that pleasant upland topped by the De Montfort Hall. No wonder the very name seemed a mockery to me. But I see these fea- tures in every industrial town-the v are the essence and basis of our commercial system, the system our country actually prides itself on, and the outcome of which is the very root cause of the present insane war. It is what the vic- tims of the system are asked to fight for, work for, pay for, and die for! And all in the cant- ing name of 44 Liberty and Justice. Ye gods, how they must hold their ancient sides with laughter at the grim absurdity of the jeRt. that mankind makes of this fair, and bounteous earth When, when, when! will the people awake? ''And they have only their chains to lose," but all the earth to gain by daring unity and earnestness. CIVIC PRIDE. Our Leicester comrades displayed a praise- worthy civic pride in their town and its muni- cipal activities, and a true historic sense in the les*tons of its past, which appealed to me as a long-time advocate of such ideas, and as one who had just been to see the Abbey where Wolsey, died, and had entered the dungeon-cell at the old Town Hall, whore the bra-ve (Quaker Fox was imprisoned. But I would have liked to hear our friends make a comparison between aJl t.his a.nd the miles of mean streets in which the peo- ple speTid mean and narrow live*. No wonder there are many pubs in Leicester—-the natural centre of reaction for tired nerves, and I have Fenr ""en s*> much unabashed drinking amongst young girls, who sit in the big saloons quite un- accompanied and unconcerred. Yet the Churches, while bemoaning this kind at tiling, have no remedy, because they do not discern the THE DEBATES. At. the Conference on Monday, the debates were well taken, but rather prolonged on some points, and on occasions should provide lessons as to the need for the I.L.P. to keep to the straight oath, as, indeed, it does splendidly in the main. For insta-nee when a motion of sym- pathy with the Bolsheviks was submitted, Bruce' Glasier pleaded for a withdrawal on tactical grounds, so that a more general motion of ap- proval 4rf the R ussian Revolution as a whole was passed. And yet my personal view was that the Bol- sheviks do need a little sympathy and encour- agement at this time, especially as England has been iso (villous and obstructive to them. It was rather un fortunate for Bruce Glacier, too. that immediately afterwards lie had to apologise for a tactical blunder at the Labour Conference on War Aims, which resulted in the I.L.P. And Socialist point, of view being ignored. Hence while I am for tactics on oc- casion, the broad lesson is that a straight path according to principle is best in the long run. Tactics were more justified in the case of the I.L.P. representation on the Labour Party exe- cutive, which you can read about, in the report. I supported the motion that we should make a nomination, as T consider that now the constitu- tion is so ordered, we should see how our nomina- tion fares, and if we do not get fair play, then will be the time for strong measures and a big attempt made to amend the constitution. ft was doubtless this view which gave the N.A.C. their curious attitude of hesitancy. PARUAENTARY CANDIDATES. In regard to the 1. L.P. Parliamentary can- didates, I felt much sympathy for the grumblers who objected to placing new-comers in the front rank, when our Party has so many tried and true own whose long service and experience en- titles them to the best recognition. Besides, the hack-sliding of sundry Labour members— v, hich is inherent in the loose composition of the. La hour Party-iiialies it imperative that we should do our utmost to secure as candidates only men of the soundest type, with firm econo- mic basis a.ud outlook in their very souls. For the chairmanship of the I.L.P. I haJ voted for Wall head ere it was made known that he withdrew. I believe in change in these mat- ters. as responsibility strengthens character, and the valuable experience should be widely distributed amongst our leaders. And Wall- head's record is of the best. In the discussions on I.L.P. Principles, I fol- lowed your instructions in supporting the 4f iu- dustrial attitude, and you will he glad to know that the same views was quite strongly mani- fested in the Conference. At the same time, I counsel patience in these matters, and my atti- tude is admirably expressed in the leading article of the 44 Pioneer last Saturday. Opinions are in a state of flux just now, so that we must keep the I. L. P. strong and united by being tolerant with different phases of thought until by study, hard thinking, and especially by experience, we can formulate or arrive at more general agree- ments regarding these va.rying lines of policy. For the time being, then, I advise the use of both political and industrial action, and not to disunite our forces by undnly despising one or the other method. x [n the ballot for tiie N.A.C. I voted for those I deemed to be (a) tried and true leaders, and (b) those who had shown courage and daring in these trying times. Hence. Jowett and Bruce Glacier came in the first category, and Maxton and Kirkwood in the second. There is such a great, work before the I.L.P. that I again plead for unity, toleration, and steady, persistent propaganda, of clear Socialist principles. As T hope to be down in South principles.
The Future Peace of the World GELLIGAER TRADES COUNCIL & LEAGUE OF NATIONS. The Gelligaer Trades and Labour Council at its last meeting had under consideration the question of the League of Nations and at the close of an interesting discussion of the pro- posals the following resolution was unannmously endorsed: That the Gelligaer Trades and La- bour Council being convinced that the future peace of the world can only be secured by creat- ing a League of Free and Democratic Nations pledged to uphold treaties and to prevent wars, ealls upon His Majesty's Government to take such steps as may be necessary to establigh such a League of Nations at the earliest possible moment." 4P
Rhundda D. O. R. A. Prosecution W. H. MAINWARING FINED &50. ALLEGED LIBEL ON W.A.A.C. A member of the Unofficial Reform Committor of the South Wales Miners' Federation, Mr. W. H Mainwaring, Brynhyfryd, dydach Vale, was proceeded against at Pontypridd on Tuesday under the of tlit, It-ealiti Regulations; the charge* preferred being that at a meeting at, the Llwynypia Baths on Sunday, March :kd, he attempted to cause disaffection and spread false reports. 10. Powdl, Neath (instructed by the Puh- lic. Prosecutor) was for the prosecution, and Mr. E. Roberts, Dowlais, was lor the defence. POLICE STORY. the case for the prosecution, as outlined by 1fT. Powell, was that pamphlets were issued by the Workers' Suffrage Federation of Working Men and Women, announcing a lecture to be given at Lhvynypia Baths on Sunday, March on The Educational needs of Democracy," by Mjss Muriel Matters, of London, the meeting being presided over by Mr. David Evans, Yny- shir, a. prominent member of the R.hondda Socialist Soeiefty. A resolution was proposed by Nlr. Mainwaring, and seconded by Mr. T. 1. Mardy Jones, a.t the cnnelusioIl of tho proceed- ings, calling upon the Government to put 4' maisons tolerees at the front OUT. of bounds for troops, defendant, it was alleged, in sub- mitting the resolution, stating that hundreds of English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish women were being sent out. to these places. Mr. Powell went on that it was a matter of common knowledge that six or seven thousand women had left the country for war service and liad done fine work. For some reasons a re- port had gained currency that the W .A.A.C. was a "mass of immoralit.v "-a statement which was perfectly untrue. Nothing eould be more likely to cause disaffection amongst the wiveSj mothers, sisters and sweethearts of the men recruited from the Rhonda Valley. At the time of the meeting two ballots were being taken in the district, one of which was on the miners' comb-out question. It NT-as significant that amongst, defendant's papers wa.s found a manifesto from the Unofficial Reform Committee advocating n. ballot of the coalfield before the comb-out. DISAFFECTION CHARGE DISMISSED. After police evidence had been called. Mr. Roherts submitted that no mutiny or .sedition had been caused by anything sa.id or done by defendant. The words spoken must amount to disloyalty of a very bad kind and it was for the prosecution to prove there was all attempt, to cause disaffection. OIl the ground that disaffection must be some- thing more than discontent, the Stipendiary (Mr. D. Lleufer Thomas) dismissed the portion of the charge relative to that point. That 1"t"Sp,Cting the alleged spreading of false reports was then taken and evjdenee was ten- dered by Mrs. Leach, controller of the W.A.A.C., that none of the corps had been sent to France for the purpose stated to be alleged by defen- dant, whilst Co], Daniel son. Military Permits Office, Ixuidon, corroborated. MAINWARING'S VERSION. Mr. Mainwaring, in the witness-box, entered a total denial of the charge. He had spoken only for fire minutes, and he did not, make a.ny reference to the W.A.A. C.. and the audience could not have inferred from his remarks that he alluded to them. What- he had said, so far as he recollected, was that he had read some ago, that it was at one time customary to send a. num ber of native women with our troops to the frontiers of India, but that at the present time they were dealing with white women and, for all he knew to the contrary, they might be English, French, Welsh, or Irish or those of any of the Allied nations. Defendant's version of his speech wa.s corro- borated by Mr. 3lardy Jones and others pre- sent at the meeting. Eventually, the Bench, coming to the conclu- sion that defendant was guilty of the second offence alleged in the charge, inflicted a fine of alternative of two months' im- prisonment)
Socialists Charged at Pontypi idd A. J. COOK SENT TO PRISON. Two well-known Rhondda Socialists and pro- minent Unofficial workers, Arthur J. Cook, collier, Trehafod, and George Dolling, check- weigher, Trehafod, appeared at Pontypridd Police-court on "Wednesday to answer charges under the Defence of the Realm A(--tof having made statements likoly to cause disaffection to his Majesty the King and among; the eivilian population. A crowded attendance in conrt in- cluded a. considerable number of Socialists. Amon? the statemenœ attributed to Cook at the meeting of January 13th was this: "It "a.s II up to th? workers to tell the Government plain- ly that they would stop suppli<? of the essentials unless they were provided with sufficient fond. The only solution to the food problem was a revolution. DOLLING DISCHARGED. In respect to DoUing, Mr. Llewellyn Williams submitted there was no case against him, and the Stipendiary (Mr. D. Lleufer Thomas), who earlier in the hearing remarked that it was ob- vious that the attitude of Mr. Dolling was dif- ferent from tha,t of the other defpndant" hlrl that the evidence did not substantiate the charges against him. Accordingly the sum- monses in his efuSe were dismissed. Mr. Llewellyn Williams then submitted that there was nothing in the speeches of Mr. Cook likely to cause disaffection or lead people astray. COOK'S DEFENCE. Mr. Cook, in evidence, admitted that. he l ad stated that the war was the root of all the evil. He also agreed that he said that one of the ob- jects of the miners' conference was to find .50,000 men as cannon fodder, hut denied that the re- volution he had in mind A-as one to be brought about by physical force. Questioned by the Stipendiary, he replied that ho rem a r Iced at the meeting that if the German Labour Party, after the international conf er- ence of Labour representatives, would not ac- cept the British war aims, he would be prepared himself to join the army, because he was not a pacifist. In cross-examination he said the interpretation of his revolution was the confiscation of private ownership in food commodities by argument. He wanted the Triple Alliance to use argument with the Government, and if that failed he would suggest a general strike of the industries of the country. Eventually the summonses relative to disaffec- tion were dismissed, and on the other charges defendant was committed to prison for three months in each case, the sentences to run con- currently. Two charges against him in respect to other speeches were withdrawn. t
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CORRESPONDENCE. I MR. HARTSHORN'S MIS-STATEMENT. I I TO THE EDITOR. I Sir,—Permit me to draw the attention of your readers tA) the serious niisrepresentation of fact made ov Mr. Vernon Hartehorn at the meeting in the New Theatre on Sunday last. Mr. Hart- shorn is a public man, his views carry weight, and for a person in his position to deliberately mislead an audience is inexcusable. He was dealing with the Inter-Allied War Aims Memo-1 randum. and pointed out that this was the con- sidered judgment of the British Labour and Socialist. Parties in conjunction with our Allies. tlia,t men like Messrs. Hanisay Macdonald, Snowden. Ander- son and Jowett have subscribed to the formu- lation of this Memorandum, and t.ha.t it was also their- practical judgment. Then he asked why these men did not publicly advo«*ate these pro- posals which, in private, thev had agreed to. All those among the audience who did not. know the facts must inevitably conclude that the above-named M.P. 's are deliberately following two different policies, one public and the other private. To believe this, i, to believe they are dishonest. What are the factsY Heretofore the Labour Party. I.L.P. and U.S. P. had separate representation at Interna- tional Socialist Con ferences, but on August 10. 1917, the Miners' Federation induced the special Labour Conference to agree to a resolution which excluded all the Socialist bodies in this Country from representation at the Stockholm Conference. This was outrageous, since the right to exclude any body rests with the Inter- national. This policy was followed by closer co-operation between the Labour Party and the T. I'.C. Parliamentary Committee. Hencefor- ward the British Section of the International was ignored, and these two bodies constituted themselves sole representatives of British La- bour and Socialism. Thuc-, when the Inter-Allied Conference met on February -2otli, no representa- tive of any Socialist, Party in this country was pre sent. 'Hie British delegation represented the point of view of the Labour Party, and Trade Fnion Conferences, and Minority opinion was vigorously suppressed. Thus, when Mr. Hart- vi?,oi-ot)s;lv tip Thii, iN-fi<-ii .Nfr. F[ai-t,- Socialist leaders were politically dishonest and playing the double game, lie was. to put it plainly, either very ignorant, or. somethi ng worse.— Yours, etc., L. T. Wattbrs. 143. T'anvgroes Street., Port Talbot. April 15th. 1918.
4 cScraps of Paper." I INTERESTING PAMPHLET ON CONSCIENCE CLAUSES. 5lany people are still unaware that the pledge* i with regard to those who cannot con^ ien.tiously unde?'take military service, which w<?rc ?iven In Parliament when the MUit.uy? Service Acts of 1916 were bein? discnssed. have been broken and that the safeguards actually incorporated in the Acts have been in a large majority of eases ab- solutely ignored. A pamphlet entitled Scraps of Paper- ha? jUst been j?Mi?hcd by the No-Conscription Fel- lowship, in which the entire position is reviewed, ?l.(, from which we learn the far-reaching re- sults of the Government's breach of faith. Not. only are 1,137 men actually serving terms of imprisonment for conscience sake—a thing at the very idea of which Ministers in Parliament held up their hands in horror before the Acts were passed—but a. number of them have al- ready been in prison as long- as 20 months, while some have been court-martialled three, four. and often five times. It is pointed out. that although two years is the maximum sentence of hard la- bour that may be imposed (owing to the vigor- otic, conditions of such imprisonment) and the Army Act definitely lass down that an offender shall not be subject to imprisonment for more than two consecutive years, yet conscientious • objectors, after having completed one sentence of two years' hard labour, are re-court-martialled and are made to undergo yet again this savage punishment. It. is interesting to note that there is a rising tide of indignation against, this injustice, as in- dicated by resolutions and petitions from the Labour Party, Trade T'nions, and Local Trades Councils, local Labour Parties, Ministers and members of the Churches, etc., and all lovers of liberty should join in their protest. To those who wish to undej-sta.nd the exact, position this pamphlet will prove invaluable.
Arnold Lupton's Appeal Dismissed. EX-M.P. TO GO TO PRISON. Mr. Arnold Lupton's appeal against the. sen- tence of six months in the second division passed upon him at Bow Street, London, for having in his possession on premises in his occupation docu- ments the publication of which would contravene Defence of the Realm regulation 27 was dis- missed with costs at, Tht) London Sessions on Tuesday. Sir A. Bodkin, supporting the conviction, said letters were found from German prisoners of war thanking Mr. Lupton for literature which he had sent them. v Sir Robert Wallace said the appellant had failed to satisfy the Bench that he had no in- tention of circulating the leaflets. A more wicked pamphlet it was scarcely possible to oon- ceive, and it was unworthy of any man who pro- fessed to be a citizen of this country.
Theatre Royal The Maid at the Mountains, the long anti- cipated visit, of which to the Theatre Royal, Merthyr, is to be realised next week, is at the present time the greatest success out of London; just ati it broke all records at Daly's Theatre, when playing there. Its beautiful music, its delightfwl freshness, its charming theme and conception all go to place it right at the top of the list of English musical remedies. When such a piece, with its heavy demands upon the artiste* engaged is announced, the playgoer looks with, somewhat of anxiety at who is pro- ducing it., f(yi- bitter rxperience has taught him that badly handled, musical eemedy is about the worst possible inflection that the stage can offer. Happily the name of Ma-cdonald and Young, whoso principal company comes to Merthyr. is one that has come to he -ynonymous with cor- rect interpretation and careful staging and management: but in addition to that we have now the hall-mark of true workmanship stampe d upon this company when we learn that Miss Jtuby Levis is to play Yittoria." that. Miss Yera Macdonald will oe Teresa." and Miss Yvonne Betts "Aneela. while Mr. Alfred (la i,t, (-;i-ii(,i-al "laJona and Mr. Teddy Brogden :is Tonio" will supply the fun fast and furious. •• Bahlasarre will be in the cap- ,in( fiii- B. I I' l?l able hands of Mr. Lennard Treinayne, Mr. Percy Lynn will appear as Be.pjx)," Mr. Fred Br3Al- shawh •• CrumjK't." .)ipltn (,(ile a., "Carlo." The other parts are in equally good ha.nds. There will be a full chorus and augmented orchestra. The vaudeville bill which is down for the pre- sent week <ontains three items of really out- standing meri t. Les Aitois, the comedy acro- batic act that bottoms the bill is one of the cleverest, cleanest, and funniest, turns that has ever toured the provinces in this line. The har work is clever and clean, without any of the camouflage that tQo often serves bar performers, the comedy is healthy and fine, and the whole is well planned a.nd happily executed. The Femina Quartette again is an act far and away above the usual music hall level. It is a musical art in every sense of the word, and my one re- gret is that Miss Yvonne Beryl was not down for a. solo number at the piano. The vocalism of Miss Lilian Burgiss is really fine. her rich soprano voice being improved by a clearness of intonation, a. purity of enunciation that speak of good masters, and the accompaniments of Miss Ina St. Clair on the violin. Miss Maud Bell I I on the 'cello, and Miss Yvonne Beryl is only second to the work of the two latter a.s sol oists, and the three as an instrumental trio. Les Kphraim, who brings a. sketch on the lines of that great play "The Meanest Man on Earth, a fine little thing in which his own good work is a fine, lit i in w l il(- h well marked. Doris Broughton is good in soprano ballads AI Penny has the touch of a light comedian, and Anca^ter offers some unique work as a. comedy juggler. Pdayooer.
Gorporalion of Merthyr Tydfil. CYFARTHFA CASTLE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY. EXHIBITION OF LOCAL ART AND CRAFT WORK, IN order to stimulate and foster local Art JL work, it. is intended to hold an exhibition of An and Craft work executed locally, a.nd the public, a.re invited to submit to the Selection Commit.tee examples of their work in Drawing,. Painting or Oraftmanship. The Exhibition will tw held at Cyfarthfa CWtle Museum during the month of May. Works must be delivered at the Museum not- later than Tuesday, 30th April next. AnTfnH A. COOPER. Curator April HfS. MERTHYR I.L.P. J»"iyiEETINGS. OLYMPIA RINK, MERTHYR, Sunday Next, April 20th, 1918, At 2.4"; pm. prompt. Mr.H.N.BRAILSFORD Admission by Silver Collection. Neath Socialist Society OWING to tlio dilatoriness of Branch Secre- taries in returning tickets, duplicates, etc., the Watch Competition run by the Neath Social- ist Society has been postponed for 28 days, from April 13th to May llt.h, before which date all who have books for sale will try to make it con- venient to return to S. Mainwaring, 4 Richmond Street, Windsor Road, Neath, as there will posi- tively be no further postponement. PRIZE DRAWING. WINNING NUMBERS of Charts JoxE? W (Alx-reansid,) Prize Drawing: 46-59, 49.54. 1135, 2316, 2164, 3474, 2513, 2996, 4681, 3597, 4623, 2934, 2459. 3449, 482, 4013, 311, 3226, 1912, 2851, 168, 2245, 1322, 3984, 91, 2828.