Merthyr Notes I Heolgerrig Workman's Bravery. The Deputy-Coroner (Mr. Griffith Llewellyn) and the jury, in the course of an inquest held at Merthyr on Thursday upon Isaac Pritchard, a colliery surfaceman, of Heolgerrig, who was drowned whilst bathing in Moody's Pond, warmly congratulated a Heolgerrig workman, James Richards, upon his efforts to save the drowning man. Hearing a bather was in diffi- culties in the pond Richards ran to the spot., and immediately plunged in, 'but unfortunately succeeded only in bringing out the dead body. Jo was a very creditable action on the part of Richards, said the deputy-coroner, and it was a pity that some of the young men, swimmer all like Richards, had not attempted to do as he did instead of standing on the bank, looking on and doing nothing. Bedlinog Children's Escapade. 11, 1 I "1 1 1 A niteen-year-oKi gin ana ner ten-year-olu brother were charged at Merthyr on .Friday with stealing £ 2*2 from their grandfather, Daniel Thomas, of Bedlinog, with whom they lived. The lad admitted stealing the money to which he obtained access by burning out the lock of a chest of drawers, in which it was kept. with a red-hot poker, afterwards giving £ 10 to ,the girl and distributing$1- portion of the re- mainder amongst some of his boy friends. The girl was sent to a reformatory until she was 19 year- of age and the lad given six strokes of the birch. Pubiic-House Compensation. Merthyr Licensing Authority on Monday de- cided to "refer" the Rheola Arms. Pichon- sireet. Mierthyr, and the Railway Tavern. East- street, Dowhis. for compensation assessed at £ 700 and £ 820 respectively. Mr. Griffith Llew- ellyn (for the ov/ners) and Mr. J. W, Lewis (for ¡ the tenant) accepted the Authority's offer in respect to the Rheola Amis, but Mr. F. S. Simons in the case of the Railway Tavern, de- clined f:S:20 compensation as inadequate, and intimated the intention of the owners, whom he ren'-e.-ented. to appeal. Boxing. I An assauit-at-arms was held at the Olympia Rink, Merthyr. on Saturday night in aid of the funds of the Merthyr General Hospital. Sam Jennings (Dovvlais) beat Young Dixon (Portb s in a fifteen-rounds content, Dixon taking the boards in th? fourth round. AY. Rees ?H?)\nmpy). matched against Re'es Mito!)e? for ?fief'n rounds, was knocked out in the second round, whilst Knock-Out- West, deputising I for Young Skinner (New Tredegar) retired in the fourth of ten-rounds with Mike Cahill (Ebbw Vale*. A Dimcliffe, Merthyr, was given the verdict on a foul against Dai Davies (Porth) in an eight-rounds bout. Sergt. John Collins, V.C., was in the audience, and was greeted with enthusiasm. Mr. Harrv Condie (Dowlais) was M.C. Obitt-ary. 1. The funeral look place at Cefn Coed on Wed- nesdav of Mr. William Lewis, Park-row. Mer- thyr. for many vears water-bailiff on the C'.vfarthfa Estate. The Rev. Arthur navies officiated. Chief amongst the mourners were: Messrs. W. J. and Alec Lewis (sons). Edwin Lewis. Aberrant- (brother), Watkin James (bro- ther-in-law), Win. Lewis. Abernant. W. T. Lewis. Sidney-Phillips, Penydarren (nephews), Han v Rowe and J. Walter Thomas (cousins). Wreaths were sent by )1r. F. T. James. Treve- thick Hall congregation and CVfnrthfa ladv- clerks. Mr. George and Merthyr's Million. I The Premier and Mr. Bonar Law have sent telegrams of congratulation to the Mayor (Mr. N. F. Hankey, J.P.) upon Merthyr's achieve- Tnt-nt in realising £ 1,035,000 in war-investments during the three days visit to the town of the tank. Julian." Bibles Stolen. Amongst articles stolen from her mistress by a Bedlinog servant girl, bound over at Merthyr on Fridav fur theft, were four volumes of the Bible. Police Congratulated. Mr. J. A. Wilson (chief-constable) and the Merthy Pol ice-force were complimented by the Merthyr Witeli Committee on Monday for the efficient manner in which the crowds regu- lated during the threp days' visit of the tank to the town. D.C.M. and His Wife. Jessie Bazeley, of Treharris. obtained at the Merthyr Police Court on Tuesday a mainten- ance order for 15!- a week against her hus- band. George William Bazeley, D.C.M.. and winner of the Croix de Guerre, who was stated to be now under treatment for paralysis at t war-hospital. The man, in a letter to the indicts, i ntminted his intention of living no longer with his wife, but gave no reason for his Tearing her.i Presentation to V.C. The Merthyr platoons of the 2nd Glamorgan volunteer Regiment on Tuesday night pregented Sergt. John Collins, V.C.. with a silver-mounted Tnalaeca cane. Mean and Contemptible" Offence. Owen Thomas, a Merthyr Vale collier" was fined 40s. and costs (or 21 days' imprisonment) at Merthyr on Tuesday for marking as his a tram of coal filled bv a discharged soldier, Wal- ter James Wootton. Ifr. Ti. Porchcr (of Messrs. Morgan, Bruce. Nicholas and Porchcr, Ponty- pridd). the prosecuting solicitor, described the offen<-e as partfcularlv mean and conteniptible. Corporation and Pauper Burials. Merthyr Cemeteries Committee on Monday decided to defer until iftei- the war the pro- wsni to use graves, in which burials have not been made for over twenty years, and not pur- chased outright after notice by relatives of the persons buried in them, for the interment of paupers. Alleged Forgery in Pay-Docket. Joseph Nicholas, an assisrant-timberman. of Corporation-street, Penyard. was charged fore the Merthyr Stipendiary (Mr. n. A. Grif- fith) on Tuesday with attempting to defraud his employers, the Hills-Plvmouth Colliery Co. (Ltd.). Mr. Griffith Llewellyn (solicitor for the prosecution) stated thnt. defendant was proceed- ed against under the .Forgery Act. 1013. and cbarged with forging a pay-ticket by making material alterations with intent to defraud: with uttering the forged document, and with unlawfully and feloniously endeavouring to ob- tain £1 18" lOd. bv means of the altered docket. Defendant was entitled at the close of the week ending May 25th to 8s. 10d. waires for one day worked during that period. On being handed in at the pay-office on June 1st, the ticket regis- tered an amount of £ 1 18s. lPd. and nurnho.- of turns worked were given a-s five. Nicholas was asked to (-All at diP office again on t h, fol- lowing Mordav be was r|ites«-ioned. and .thpn ,-onfe-sr>d to having made alterations in the figures. Defendant, in evidence, stated that, the reason for his tampering with the docket was that he was in need of money that week because of family affliction, and he was under the impression that, as he had five days' pay in hand, the irregularity would be noted and deductions made from his following weeks' pay. Nicholas was committeed for trial at the Glamorgan Assizes, bail being allowed in a per- sonal surety of £ 25 and another for the same amount.
I Pontypridd Notes. I.L.P. Meeting. 1 I- ?? I I comraae uwen nugiic-.s, lecturing at tne I.L.P. Hall last Sunday, dealt with the subject of Socialism and Democracy in a. very able manner. The pity was that there was such a small number present, but. no doubt the weather was against a large attendance. Trades and Labour Council. The chief item for consideration at the meet- ing of the Pontypridd and District Trades and Labour Council was the best method of har- nessing the Labour forces in the district for local elections. There is a strong opinion that before next March there will be some local elections taking place for the U.D.C. The fol- I lowing were eleotPd GO convene meetings in the different wards Town, Griff Maddocks Graig, G. Gordon Jones; Rhondda, Barnes; Treforest, Dd. Lewis Cilfynydd, W. E. Morgan and Dan Davies. When is the matter of the Labour members and the Food Control Committee going to be cleared up It has been hanging about a long time now, and from what I gather an at- 'I tempt is being made to smash the pooling sys- tem. Pontypridd Labour Division. Saturday saw the last of the East Glamorgan Labour Party, and there arose in its place the Poniypridd Labour Party. Mr. Warburton, the president for the, evening, read ? carefully pre- pared speech, and T. 1. Mardy Jones gave some hints on the best method of organising for the coming election. The following is a list of the election officers and executive members: Presi- dent, Griff Maddocks; vice-president, W. H. May secretary. E. Morgan; treasurer, Conn-1 ciHor D. L. Davies organising secretary. T. I. Mardy Jones; executive members. Gordon Jones, W. E. Morgan. Dd. Bennett. Dd. Harris, Dd. Lewis. Tom Rowlands, Oh as. Styles, J. D. Samuel. 0. Jenkins. T. H. Rogers, Win. Webb, A..Jones, A. Dailey. James Owen, Wm. Jewel, Wm. Davies, James Bennet, Warburton, Chas. John. J. P. Roberts. Sid Trevethian auditors. Sid Trevethian and Bryn Davies. A deputation was appointed from the conference to interview the Miners' Executive with a view to the or- ganisation financing the election. The deputa- tion appointed was Griff Maddocks (miners), Tom Rowlands (N.U.R.). Warburton (Engine- men and Stokers). Jos. Jones (I.L.P.), John Biker (Co-operative), and the organising secre- tary. T. 1. Mardv Jones. Delegates present re- presented 20 organisations, with a membership of 15.888. C. L.C. Study Circle. The Study Circles at the I.L.P. Hall, Sunday mornings, are still going strong. Griff Mad- docks turned in last Sunday and helped the boys through. Starting this Sunday a member will lie held responsible for a chapter. Owen Morgan, X.U.R., is the vJennie this week.
Rhondda Notes I I Good News. I Some of our neighbours received good news- during the last week. Several of the boys had been reported missing after the last big push in March, but news has arrived that a number have been taken prisoners. This will be a great relief to all those who had such news. There are yet a number of relatives still in suspense, mothers, fathers and children, and despite all the reports of cruelty and bad treatment, they anxiously hoping the news will be that their dear ones are prisoners. The M.F.G.B.'s Demand. I The demand for an increase in wages for the I miners is far below the expectations of work ens of this district, and there can hardly be any question that the demand falls far below the increase in the cost of living since the last ad- vance was made. With all the talk that the miners receive a high wages the purchasing power has been reduced to such an extent that the standard of living has been lowered consider- ably. If this is true in the case of the miners with their strong organisation, what must be the conditions of those unfortunate victims who have no trade-union to protect them? The Rhondda Socialist Society. The heavy rain that fell over the week-end prevented the Rhondda Socialists from taking their outing last Sunday, and meeting their comrades from Gilfach Goch, Ogniore and otller places as they anticipated. We hope t,hat we shall be able to make new arrangements, and that we shall be more fortunate in the weather. To meet and discuss matters with other com- rades should be one of the objects of Socialists.: In this way we shall come to know each other and in our discussions will be able to learn a great deal from exchange of opinions.
Abertillery Notes. Leonard and Brinley Roberts (brothers), 36 Cwmtillery-road, Owmtillery, two C.O."S, were lined the usual 40/- and handed over at the Abertillery Police Court on Wednesday, June 5th. and taken to Brecon Barracks on the Thursday ntght. These are the first two miner 'I (.( ). iil th di-.trict to be arrested. A largo number are patienth waiting events.
I ￼ ￼ Miners' Wages. The Executive of the M.F.G.B. discussed with the Coal Controller (Mr. Guy Calthrop) on Wed- nesday their demand for a ?en?rai inc?aM? in miners' wages. The executive asked that, in view of the Increased cost of living, the waes of all miners m-er sixteen should be increased by Is. 6d. a day, and those under that age O?* M. a day. No agreement has vet been effected, but it is understood that the matter is to be dis- cussed with Sir Albert Stanley (President of the Board of Trade) and laid before the War Cabinet for their decision. The Controller in- timated that as little delay as possible would take place in the negotiations, and the views rsf the Government would be communicated to the executive, probably by way of a further meet- ing in London
Mrs. Boyce at Aberbargoed I SPLENDID OPEN-AIR PROPAGANDA. I MIDDLE-CLASS WOMAN AND A FIVE- I SHILLING PENSION. On Thursday last week Mrs. Boyce, of Lon- don, held an open-air meeting at Aberbargoed, agreed to be the best meeting yet held here. The chairman, in introducing her, pointed out that the I.L.P. was the only party that de- manded, in Parliaiiient, ;Cl a week for all dis- charged soldiers and sailors. M rs. Boyce said if she was a parson she would take as a text What must we do to be saved r" The big-wigs who, in spite of the war, have plenty of food, clothes, and motbr-oars, would say Get on with the war." Now, in differing from that she was not a pacifist, there were all sorts of people in the I.L.P. to which she belonged; to prove she was not one, one of the tradesmen whose trickery and extortion she had been denouncing at Hackney (and gave us instances of later on), egged on some little boys who knew no better, to snowball her all the way home—(it being snowy weather)—and break her windows, thinking thus to get rid of her; a parable of the whole conduct of the war party. At her next meeting she saw him at the back of the crowd, and challenged him to come on in person instead of hiding behind little boys, add- ing that she had been practising with the dumb- bells If this was our country, she would fight for it herself. As it was, her three sons went into the army. her youngest had been gassed and blinded: aTiuther was returned paralysed for life. A FISH STORY. During the war she had seen it stated in the If "Chronicle" that there was a glut of fresh herrings, so she sallied out to get some for her son. She was told that there were none, only bloaters. of which the good salesmen, clever with the scales," as advertisements in the trade- papers have it., weighed her sonie, in the style described by the quickness of the hand de- ceives the eye." She compared it with several other women who had come on the same errand; in every case they were fresh herrings with the scales rubbed off, to be sold as bloaters at 2d. more, besides the enormous profit the food-con- troller allowed him. And he was not a Hun, but a Britisher. She took it to the food-con- troller, but he only referred her on'to the food- inspector, who seems to have a very easy job of it, for by 11 a.m., when she got there, he had finished and gone. She was advised, at an office opposite, to bring the herrings again on Mon- day morning, but she decided to write instead, with the result that the shops which had all told her tha.t they had no fresh herrings, were selling them fast enough at the controlled price, 4d. per lb. PROFITEERING. We owed the Liberals and Tories nothing but wars and debts. The men who had, till now, regarded politics as not women's business, would now have to bring women up to their own level of intelligence. And the workers must r,o longer pay millions a year to landowners. The Duke of Westminster draws 21 millions a year, the same in war as in peace—that must stop. As it was, the Government took the lives of the workers without scruple. or hesitation, but rent, interest and profits Women couldn't worse, and might'-do better. As it is, 80 per cent. of our food is imported, owing to the earth is the Lord's having been inter- preted as the earth is the landlords." Fifteen years ago we urged the Government to bring land into cultivation, but the then government scouted it in terms that could be imagined. Twenty years ago we urged buying-up the rail- ways, which could then have been had cheap; the Government scouted it in much the same terms. Now, at the very outset of the war, the government had had to take over the railways, and they were now begging for land to grow food on. As a special instance of the results, Mr. W. C. Anderson asked Lord Devonport, then food-controller, if it was true that beans had been run up from £16 a ton to £84, and Lord Devonport couldn't deny it. On top of shipowners' monopoly freightage charges the beans had been sold and bought ten times over. Xow of the shippers and merchants none of them wanted the beans-we did. MIDDLE-CLASS MEDDLERS. r There were those who denounced Socialism as "anti-religious." "Anti-religious" for 13 ^-millions of our fellow-countrymen not to be on the borders of starvation! Working women were needed on all public bodies and especially on Pensions Committees. Middle-class women, however well-meaning, didn't understand. One such, whom she had detlini4s with, suggested that a poor widow, whose husband had been killed at the front, should be deprived of 5/- a week allowed her, because she had twice been seen coming out of a picture palace, and had once been seen with a jog; and it was urged she had no right to spend any part of her 5/- on pleasure! Then there were economy-campaigns in which fine ladies with solid gold muff-chains and sable coats, preached economy to working- women whose whole lives, surely, had been one long lesson in it. The one she had to do with, recommended potato-parings and pea-shells as food, not withottk a good libit of interruption. Mrs. Boyce askæ- "have you tasted it?" and said they preferred the peas, when they could get them. Who makes the motors? The worker. Who rides in them ? Those who don't work. We got the dust they raised.
Reading Labour Party. -I T. C. MORRIS CHOSEN AS PARLIAMEN- I TARY CANDIDATE. At the adjourned conference called by the I Reading Labour Party for the purpose of select- ing a Parliamentary Candidate for the Borough at the General Election, it was reported that three nominations had been received, viz., Councillor Quelch, Reading; Mr. J. J. Butler, Army Clothiers, Pimlico; and Mr. T. C. Morris, Rhondda. It was decided to allow each candi- date co address the meeting for twenty minutes and ten minutes for questions, after which the conference would take the vote. When the final vote was taken it was found that Mr. T. C. Morris was elected. After the result was de- clared a resolution was moved by Mr. A. Rowe, J.P., seconded by Mr. A. Broadley: "That we pledge our hearty and unanimous support to Comrade Morris and further we intend to work and use every endeavour to secure his return to the House of Commons as the representative of Labour for the Borough of Reading." This was carried with unbounded enthusiasm at a weil attended Conference representing about :o Trades Union branches and branches of the Soc ialist Societies. Arrangements are bein? made to fix up a public meeting at an, earlv date for the purpose of introducing Mr. Morris to the electors.
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CORRESPONDENCE. I Correspoautaiift are requested to condense I their letters « much as possible. DOWLAIS MINERS. I TO THJB BDITOB. I Dear Sir,-A letter appeared in your last issue over the name of the Dowlais Miners' Deputy Agent, dealing with the miserable failure to carry into effect the resolution carried at the mass meeting of the Dowlais miners to again take the first of May as our annual demonstra- tion day. May 1 say bhe suspicion he complains of is broadcast, not only that lie had some know- ledge how the notices came to be posted on the pit-head, but that he was even against the day being taken. The men complained quite openly that had he been anxious to carry out the ex- pressed voice of the mass meeting he would not have gone out of his way to have turned the windows of the miners' office into a bill-posting station with telegrams from the coal-controller and Mr. T. Richards,, M.P., calling upon the miners to be in work on May 1st.. Notices with practically the same wording as those shown in the windows of the Miners' Office were posted at the pit-head. The query is, where did the officials get the information as to the receipt of the telegrams and their contents, as the sub- agent has given a denial on behalf of Mr. Rich- ards, that he had no communication whatever with the officials of the ("ompany r Also it is rumoured that the officials of the company deny jhaving received any communication from either of the gentlemen named on that day. Where [did they get it from. Until this is cleared up the uspieion will exist. MINER, J
Theatre Royai Joe Morrison's Company that is playing th* Dream Girl at the Theatre Royal this week is substantially the same company that pre- sented it on its last visit, though I think there has been an improvement in strengthening up the chorus. A big surprise of the piece was to find that Margery Moore, the clever classical dancer, who will yet figure large in vaudeville,, was not dead as was reported shortly after -her last visit to Merthyr. The surprise was a most pleasant one to everyone, for not only would her death have robbed the company of the finest and most finished artiste in the company, but it would have robbed the English stage of one of its most promising juniors. The revue a-s a whole is above the average of touring works of this kind, and its tuneful melodies are well ren- dered by Mr. J. Bowling as All-in Gordon, and Miss Nellie Babbie as Windy Russell, the charming heroine. Broad comedy is plentifull. interspersed by Gus Ern, who receives splendid backing from Miss Zara liisson and. of course, there is Daisy Squelch and her Big Brass Six, an act well known to all a ttenclc, at vaudeville performances, and deservedly liked. The setting is excellent. Next week a strong variety bill-a welcome change, by the way—is headed bv that famous Irish nightingale, Mary Conolly. PLAYGOER. Printed and Published by the National Labour Press, Ltd., at the Labour Pioneer Press. Williams' Square, Merthyr Tydfil, SATURDAY, JUNE 15th, 1918.