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The Appeal Tribunal. I MOUNTAIN ASH CASES. I The Appeal Tribunal for Glamorganshire met at Pontypridd last Friday. Mr. O. H. Jones (Fon-Mon) presided. Many miners claimed ex- emptions on conscientious grounds, but every one of these cases was adjourned. It was understood that these applicants would be allowed to appeal on conscientious grounds should the need arise. The Tribunal met in private, but the Press were admitted. John J. Beckerlegge, school teacher, appeal- ed against the decision of the Mountain Ash Tribunal, which reported that the claim was unreal and unreasonable.—The appellant claim- ed exemption on religious and moral grounds. He stated that he was engaged on work which he thought of national importance.-N on-COill- batant service. No further appeal. Had Bought a Flag. Charles Henry Tucker, a member of the Sons cf God, was told that in the opinion of the local Tribunal he knew only the shadow of religion and not its substance. He admitted having bought a flp,Appea-I dismissed. The local Tribunal reported that Walter Rees (a dentist) had a. string prejudice against mili- tary control.—Appeal dismissed. I M, Wal;er Long Ignored. Mr. Edward Roberts appeared on behalf of a number of conscientious objectors. He stated that Mr. Walter Long was about to issue new regulations dealing with the position of the conscientious objector, and asked that certain cases sho'uid be adjourned ponding the arrival of these nfew regulations.—The Chairman re- fused the application on the ground that Mr. Walter Long could not alter an Act of Par- liament. Mr. Tom Griffiths' appelaJ was dismissed. Mr. Hugh Powell appealed against the deci- sion of the local Tribunal to place him in non- combatant service. He produced evidence to show that he had been a pacifist for seven years.—A Member of the Tribunal: What peace society do you belong to?—Mr. Powell: The Union of Democratic Control and the No-Con- scription Fellowship.—Appeal dismissed. Mr. Percy Kendall, an Abercynon platelayer, was told that the local Tribunal reported him as "inùifferent." His employers could dis- pense with him. He was a member of the Labour Party.—Chairman: What place of worship do you aUend ?-Applicant: I go round them all. —Appeal dismissed. Aneurin Roberts, school teacher, appealed against the decision of the local TribunaJ. On the form the Tribunal stated that it was an unreal and unreasonable claim. Besides. Mr. Roberts had stated he was a member of the Baptist Denomination.—Appeal dismissed. Mr. Bethuel Morgan, a student who had left college owing to his refusal to afctest v or en- list, referred to the fact that the local Tribunal had been decidedly biassed.— Non-combattant; no further appeal. Mr T. J. Rees, in the employ of Mr. D. Ernest Williams, appealed.—A Member of the Tribunal: Who is this D. Ernest Williams P --Alderman Jones: A Mountain Ash dentist.— Appeal dismissed. George Neighbour appealed against the deci- sion of the local Tribunal.—Rev. Geo. Neigh- bour stated that his son had been all his life in an anti-militarist and anti-war home.— Non-combatant service.—Mr. Neighbour: That won't do. He'll prove he's got a. conscience. No appeel. Emrys Hughes, school teacher, appealed. The Mountain Ash Tribunal stated that the appli'c- ar.¡ had not satisfied them tha he held a conscientious objection on mo or religious grounds. It was fully political and directed ag- ainst military authority and control.—Chair- man What religious denomination do you be- long to?—Applicant: None.—Chairman: What are your objections ?—Applicant: I am a So- cialist and a member of the Independent Lab- our Party. I believe the peoples of Europe are engaged in mutual slaughter in the interests of their rulers. I refuse to take part in it.—A Member of the Tribunal: What have you been doing here all day?—Applicant: Representing the PIONEER.—Dismissed, no appeal. Gwilym Smith, school teacher, was told that the local Tribunal had reported that his atti- tude was unreal and unreasonable. The fact that he had refmsed to join the Territorials while at Exeter College several years ago was insuf- ncient. evidence. Mr. Smith stated that he be- lieved in God, and that all military efforts were oontrarv to Divine law. He was fighting for future posterity.—Non-combatant; no ap- peal. An applicant with one eye appealed, but his case was dismissed. A hunchback was refused exemption.

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