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Merthyr Notes Quakers' Yard Tragedy. -1 "round drowned was the verdict reoorded by the Merthyr coroner (Mr. Griffith Llewellyn) on Friday a.t an inquest held at Treharris upon Thomas Henry Lucking (50) whose body was re- covered from the Taff River in Quakers' Yard. The evidence was that the body, which was in a decomposed state, appeared to have been in the water for several weeks. On deceased was found a pay docket showing he worked at the Merthyr Vfile collieries. He left his lodgings in Yew- street, Troedyrhiw, on September J apcj had not et ^n gigcf that date. I Work Jof I>rterii0toye<f< I In order to find work for the unemployed Of the borough Merthyr Town Council on Friday decided to proceed at once with the construction of the t48,000 sawer between Troedyrhiw and Aberfan and to eomnience immediately on the necessary preliminary work on the sites ac- quired by the Corporation for the erection of houses at Pentrebach, Heolgerrig and Pant. Penydarren Child Killed. ) Whilst playing at the foot of '.1 slag tip at Penvdarren, Richard Connors (7), child of Morris Connors, Company Row, Penydarren, was struck by a boulder which rolled from the top of the tip. He died from a fractured skull. Verdict at the inquest on Friday. Accidental death. The Library Rate. I- I Mefrthyr Public Libraries Committee on Mon- dav evening decided to seek Parliamentary powers to advance the library rate to 2d. in the I;. Pig Dealer Fined. I For failing to keep a register of has pig deal- ing transactions, Ernest Wilks, a dealer, Mer- thyr, was fined t5 by the Merthyr magistrates on Tuesday A Question of Principle. I At Tuesday's meeting of the Merthyr Public Works Committee a letter was read from Mr. Dan McCarthy, branch secretary for the muni- cipal employees association, drawing attention to the fact that many of the Corporation workmen were not being paid inaccotxlanee with the re- cent wages award. Mr. L. M. Francis raised an objection to considering the letter pointing out that it had been agreed to deal with men through their organiser. The Corpora-tion were only waiting to receive from Mr. Rees Llewellyn (the workmen's organiser) the graded list of em- ployees, and on Mr. Francis' suggestion it was decided to write Mr. Llewellyn for that informa- tion. Road Transit from Dowlais. I The development of the much needed passen- ger road transport service in these vallies, is not missing Merthyr and Dowlais. Amongst the schemes almost ready for launching is one for a comprehensive service to all parts from Dowlais, in connection with which it is stated, from weU informed sources, that a preliminary order for six up-to-date, large vehicles has already been placed by one well backed and enterprising syn- dicate. Morlais Clee Society at the Oddfellows' Hall. I On Sunday night, the 5th instant, a grand concert was held at the Oddfellows' Hall, Dow- lais (kindly lent by Mr. Will Stone for the oc- casion) in aid of the distress brought about as the result of the skilled steelworkers' dispute. The Morlais Glee Society, so ably conducted by Mr. Tom Collins; gave the audience present an excellent sample of what they could do, in their very fine renderings The Mayor, who pre- sideoL pointed out 'the need of doing all that was possible, from all directions, with a view to as- sisting those, who were in great distress owing to the present stoppage of work. So far as the Council was concerned, he could say without any hesitation, that they were doing all they could in every way that it was possible for them to do. He also announced hl' settlement of the rail way men's dispute, which was received with great applause. The soloists, Mr. G. H. Barnes, Madam Gill, Mr. E. Bateman, Messrs. Ben Jones, Arthur Jones, D. Davies, R. Lewis, and D. G. Evans were loudly applauded for their very fine efforts. The Distress Committee desire to take this opportunifty of publicly thanking all who so nobly responded at such short notice. 'Steelworkers Demonstration. I Last week-end the Dowlais Rail way men, Miners and Steelworkers agreed to turn Mon- day into a big strike demonstration. The pro- gramme included a procession beginning from the Miners' Office and closing with a joint mass meeting in the Oddfellows' Hall. Sunday's set- tlement between the railroaders and the Govern- ment, and the consequent re-opening of the pits in the Dow lais District on Monday put an end to this ambitious propaganda, but the steel- workers unanimously resolved to carry out the mass meeting, and the gathering in the Odd- fellows' Hall, every inch of which was crowded out, left one wondering what would have hap- pened had the railwaymen and miners joined in. The speakers were Messrs. Jas. Winsrtone (La- bour candidate), S. 0.. Davies (Dowlais miners' gent), Xoah Ablett (Merthyr miners' agent), id Dan Evans (chairman of the Ebbw Vale -ike Committee). Mr. J. Peters chaired. Mr. 1< '18 l'xplained the whole case for the steel- H'°! >rs, and related the 'history of the negotia- tion?proin September, 1918. It was a convincing piece p work arid although the audience included manj* on-steelworkers, there were no questions asked rtten they were aisked for at the close of his Xoali Ablett surpassed his \IosuaUy b¡iUiant self in his address on the ethics m),(1 W'nmics of Capitalism, as seen from the workers and Mr. S. 0. Davies, who oHxl a JTng "stand fast resolution, ear- Iled thtl\,eon('e off ;its feet. Mr. Wittstone, too, was in '*s element, though his speech had to be foreshoroBec| owing to a second engage- ment in the "ftlrn,oon It was the finest meet- ing the steylworlu..s imve so far held, and it is to be hoped that tUv will follow it up quickly with more of a like lutore.

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