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Merthyr Notes


Merthyr Notes NOTICE. A Memorial Service to the late Mr. William Harris will be held at Hope Chapel, Merthyr, on Sunday next, September 28th, at 3 o'clock. The Rev. J. M. Jones will officiate. Will You Help? A committee meeting was held on Thursday last, when it was decided to hold a Jumble Sale at Tabernacle Hall, Troedyrhiw, on October 10th in aid of Dr. Barnardo's Homes. All gifts will be gratefully accepted by the secretary, Mrs Evan L. Jones, 4 Brynhyfryd. Dowlais Distress. The class-war in Dowlais is spreading its circle of misery wider week by week as the strike is protracted, and grave concern over the people's condition is exercising the minds of all the or- ganisations there. On Tuesday the Rev. Father Wihon, the rector of the Roman Catholic con- gregation there, was granted an interview with the strike committee, at which he offered his services as mediator between the men and the masters. The rector, who possesses the respect of all, seemed to be labouring under the im- pression that the masters were perfectly ready to meet the employees, but the Minister of La- bour was holding things up, whilst in other particulars he conveyed the impression that his information was th" view of the companv officials. In return the men undertook to tell him of the efforts of the Ministry of Labour to bring about a conference, and opened his eye-s to the fact that at the recent conference in London, masters and men had sat in different rooms, with men running like errand-boys from one to the other-wasting time in a mock meet- ing. Now that Father Wilson knows both sides of the conflict, we trust that his good Bervices will be thrown whole-heartedly in the effort to effect a, settlement. Mean while a Central Dis- tress Committee is being organised by the workers, and broadcast appeals are to be made for funds to meet the abject poverty that the long industrial dispute has called into, being. The miners are to be appealed to in mass meeting. Dowlais Ex-Servicemen and Pension Vacancy. I I A special mass meeting or members of the Dowlais Branch of the National Association of Discharged Sailors and Soldiers was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Dowlais, on Sunday last, Mr. T. Meyrick presiding, to select a candidate for position as secretary to Dowlais Ward War Pen- sions Committee in place of E. Roberts, Esq. (solicitor) resigned. The secretary (Mr. H. Cal- derwood), who declined nomination for the posi- tion by Dowlais War Pensions Committee, stated his reasons for not wishing his name to go for- ward. and impressed on the meeting the neces- sity of selecting a totally disabled ex-serviceman to the position, subject to the allowance of his disability, and the immediate importance of se- curing this opportunity of installing a totally disabled man in a public position and of still furthering our aii-ris by securing, ,as soon a.s pos- sible, representation on all local public bodies. Several names were submitted to the selection vote-Mr. G. Jinks receiving the majority—and upon a second vote being taken lie was elected unanimously. Intimation was then given by the secretary that he had secured for the branch the plan, etc.. re local housing scheme, which would be on view at Branch Headquarters for refer- ence by members. The secretary also desires to express the thanks of his committee to those gentlemen who forwarded him a letter re open- air markets, and to inform them that the Com- mittee have had the matter in hand for some time. « Colliery Company Oriticised. I I The Rhymney Iron Company, who prosecuted two colliery workmen at Merthyr on Friday for the theft of wood, came in for severe criticism by the stipendiary (Mr. R. A. Griffith). Defen- dants were Harvey Hall, Aberbargoed, and "r al- ter Finch, Bargoed. Mr. W. W. Meredith, Mer- thyr (solicitor for the defence), stated that Hall paid 2d. and Finch 6d. per week to the company for wood. Mr. Ivor Kenshole, Aberdare (on be- half of the company), pointed out that the wood taken by Hall consisted of two short planks, valued at 2s.. and not timber usually regarded as firewood. The Stipendiary, dismissing the summons against the first defendant, remarked that the company wore bound to carry out a contract with the workman, and they must ob- serve the same standard of honesty they de- sired in their employees. The man says he took the wood in the usual way, and T have no reason to disbelieve him. He helped himself to timber from the usual heap. T don't think there is a case of felony at all. I am surprised at the com- pany trying to make felons of their workmen on a trumpery case like this." In the second easc, the summons was dismissed also. His remarks in the first case (said h. Griffith) applied with even greater emphasis to this. He thought it was an atrocious thing for the company to prose- cute this man, who had paid for some timber and was entitled to wood. Had there been an irregularity on his part caution would have been suiffcient. NOVEMBER ELECTIONS. I Mr. T. I. Mardy Jones attended and dealt I with the question of the municipal elections in I November. The meeting was enthusiastic in 1, • ■— J- „

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