THE PALACE. Manager, HALL-JONES, Comfort, Refinement and Amusement. Great and Special Attraction for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Daniel. Frohman presents the celebrated International Star, GABY DESLEYS (supported by Harry Pilcer) in HER TRIUMPH. The Great Serial-THE BROKEN COIN, Episode 12. BRITISH SPORTS, No. 3, and THE GAZETTE of Latest News. Next Thursday, Friday and, Saturday, a further great treat. Colossal gorgeous wonderful! A thrilling drama of eastern jealousy, passion and love in three parts—IN THE LION'S CLAWS. FlIn Programme Drama, Comic, Comedy, and Interest Pictures. Children's Special Entertainment every Saturday morning at 10.15. Id., 2d. and 3d. Merthyr Electric Theatre Manager J. BOWEN. The Last Word in Picture Enterprise! Monday to Wednesday, April 10th to 12th- THE MILLIONAIRE BABY 'A Selig Red Seal Master-play in. four parts. The Question is-Did Dr. Pool carry out his scheme ? Did Yalerie Carew ? Did Justin Carew ? Who Stole the Millionaire Baby ? Special Exclusive-WHEN WAR THREATENED. Thursday to Saturday, April 13th to 15th-Bold adventure to book at an enormous expense, Grand Ideal Picture Play— THE GREAT ADVENTURE! Story by Arnold Bennett. The brilliant satirical Comedy which ran for three years at the Kingsway Theatre, London. Produced by Larry Trimble, producer of i! My Old Dutch," Iris," Far from the Madding Crowd." Caste includes Henry Ainley, Rutland Barrington, Esme Hubbard, and Amy Lorraine. Whatever you do, do not miss either of these great Pictures Full Star Programme of Up-to-date, High-class Subjects. Prices as usual. Please Note!—No Music allowed after 10 o'clock by order of the Licensing Authorities. r" II It II II (THEATRE ROYAI AND EMPIRE PALACE, MERTHYR. I 7.30. PNOE NIGHTLY. 7-30. I Monday, April 10th, 1916, and during the Week. S MACDONALD oil: YOUNG present (by arrangement with Mr. Alfred Butt)— I" Peg o' My Heart" t -? t ￼ By J. Hartley Manners. A Comedy of Youth in three acts. Now in its second year at the II Globe Theatre, London. Matinee on Thursday at 2.30. I The Scenes in the com?y -Act 1 The Coming of Peg. Act 2 The Rebellion of Peg. j S Act 3 Peg o' My Heart." I Prices of Admission: I Ordinary Doors at 7.15 p.m. :-Circ1e, 2/6 Stalls, 2/ Pit, ?-; Gallery, 6d. I I Early Doors at 6.45 p.m.:—Circle, 3/ Stalls, 2/6 Pit, 1/6; Gallery, 9d. 5 i. II II It .i "THE SPUR." Because the Workers need a Spur. Edited by GUY A. ALDRED. Kartooned by KRITIKOS." The Bnemy of every God, the Foe of every King, Flies only the Red Flag. Single copies-Post free, Hd. annual subscrip- tion, Is. 6d. APRIL ISSUE NOW ON SALE. Special No-Conscription and Anti-Tribunalitis Number. Together with Miscellaneous Collection Aldred's Literature, worth 3s. Od. post free, Is. 6d. Published at 17 Richmond Gardens, Shepherd's Bush, London, W. Bentley's Hall, Merthyr, SUNDAY EVENING NEXT, APRIL 9th. Gome and Hear One of Our Great Statisticians—MR. WILLIAM HARRIS DEAL WITH The Cost of the War. Chair will be taken at 7.45 p.m. Admission Free. Collection. Merthyr, and District Peace and Anti- Conscription Council. GREAT STOP=THE=WAR MEETING AT THE OLYMPIA RINK On THURSDAY NEXT, APRIL 13th, 1916. SPEAKERS: MR. R. C. WALLHEAD, And probably Mr. ARTHUR PONSONBY, M.P. Or The Rev. Dr. ORCHARD, London. Admission Free. Collection. The Chair will be taken at 7.30 prompt by the Rev. JOHN MORGAN JONES, Merthyr. j National Insurance Acts. Merthyr Miners' Approved Society. THE ANNUAL MEETING Of the above will be held at the Assembly Rooms, Angel Buildings, MERTHYR,on MONDAY, APRIL 30, 1916, Commencing 6 o'clock. Members, Please Note. Send a Donation to the Special Easter Fund of the WORKERS' SUFFRAGE FEDERATION Head Office 400 Old Ford Road, Bow, E. Hon. Secretary Miss Sylvia Pankhurst. Hon. Treasurer Dr. Barbara Tchaykovsky. MEMBERSHIP Id. entrance fee; Id. a month afterwards. Open to all men and women. Junior Associates, 14 to 18 years. 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PROGRESSIVE LITERATURE Kept in Stock or got to order. THEATRE ROYAL, MERTHYR TYDFIL. A REPETITION CONCERT Will be held at the above on Sunday, April 9th, 1916 Under the auspices of the ABERCANAID & DISTRICT Male Voice Choir When several well known Artistes will appear. Chairman: His Worship the Mayor, Councillor J Harpur, Esq. PreviousTicket Holders will. be. admitted. Proceeds in aid of the Soldiers and Sailors of the District. Admission: Circle, 2/ Orchestra Stalls, 1/6; Pit, 1/ Gallery, 6d. Doors open 7.15. Concert commences 7.45 prompt County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil. EDUCATION COMMITTEE, s ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS TO SECOND- ARY SCHOOLS, 1916. THE above Examination will be held on JL FRIDAY, 2nd JUNE, 1916, at the under- mentioned Schools L-MEHTHYR INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL. —Twenty Scholarships, Ten for Boys and Ten for Girls, amounting to the value of School Fees and Text Books, will be offered. It.—CYFARTHFA CASTLE MUNICIPAL SECONDARY SCHOOL FOR BOYS AND GIRLS.-Thei-e will be vacancies at these Schools in September next for about 60 Boys and 60 Girls; these vacancies will be filled by the Candidates for Examination whose names appear first in the Order of Merit List showing the result of the Examination. Only Candidates whose parents or guardians are Resident Ratepayers of the Borough axe eligible. As a condition preliminary to the Examina- tion the Parents or Guardians of all Candidates will be required to sign an undertaking that, in the case of a Candidate having satisfied the Examiners, and having been accepted for admis- sion to the School, they will keep such Candi- dates in regular attendance at the School for a period of at least, four years. And, far- ther. as a condition preliminary to the admission of a Pupil to the School, the Paren,t or Guardian of such Pupil will be required to sign an Agree- ment, undertaking, if the Pupil is withdrawn from School within four years after his or her admission, to pay the penalty fixed by the Com- mittee for such withdrawal. For further information and Application Forms, apply to the Head Teacher of the Elementary 'School where the child is now a pupil. RHYS ELIAS Director of Education. 4 th April 1916.
To the Ministers and Clergy of Protestant England. By THOMAS THOMAS. I Most potent, grave, and rev. seigniors,—A few months age I had occasion to address you, through the PIONEER, about your un-Christian attitude in the present war. I do not suppose that many of you condescend to read a paper published in the interests of the workers; more to your tastes and inclinations are the de-moral- lsing fulimianations of the untruthful but res- pectable capitalist press. With you, to be res- pectable is more important than to be honest; to float with the tide a less hazardous enterprise than to flount public opinion. In this vou greatly differ from the Master you profess to follow. However, that by the W.T. What has induced me to address you again is, to make a comparison—a comparison which, I fear will redound to your discredit You have on sundry occasions in the past railed against the sinister powers of Catholic- ism. Especially is this true of the Non- conformist ministers of Wales. The Pope and his emissaries you have viewed as the embodi- ment of evil, and their activities in the reli- gous world you have considered an unholy influence. Some of you go so far as to believe that Catholicism and perdition are synonymous terms, and OD. no account are you prepared to allow a Catholic to sit on the throne of Eng- land. Were the Catholics to become powerful enough as in days of yore, to insist on the freedom-loving sons of Britain embracing the Catholic faith one can better imagine than describe the hullabaloo which would emanate from the dovecots of Protestantism. Wouldn't you stir up a, righteous opposition to this insufferable violation of conscience? Wouldn't you relegate the Popa and all his legions to the furthermost regions of the nether world sooner than have your deepest convictions out- raged P Little would you reck about the safety of the country, or allegiance to the throne when the question of your religious predilec- tions was at stake, and unless you are different- ly constituted to your predecessors, you would suffer any punishment rather than submit to an enforced prostitution of your conscience. A I that you should so forget to do unilo others as you would others would do to you. But I am wiandermg from my subject. As I said you do not seem to have much love for the Pope of Rome; yet, I submit, that iD. the present war Benedict XV. has displayed such a spirit of Christian charity as to completely outshine you in the firmament of true religion. Whatever be the dogmas of the Church of Rome, the Papal See has remained faithful to the Divine Commandment: "Love ye one an- other," while the leaders of Protestantism have given themselves over to a baeohanaliian orgy of hate and blood-lust. From the beginning of the war the Pope has indefatigably worked for Peace; he has used his influence, to the utmost of his power, to modify international hatred, and instil into the warring factions the benign ascendancy of I.!brotherhood. Lately, he has issufed a pastoral, letter, in which < he says: Each, sliali clearly state his de- sires/but shall be ready to make the sacrifices of pride and particular interests, thus putting an end to the monstrous conflict in accordance with justice., and' bringing about a peace not ,l b-u i, bn i ha' ,t account propitiate to either &ide but 'on that account just to all and lasting. We must, therefore, once more raise our voice against the war, which we consider the suicide of civilised Europe, supporting any means which may help to attain the desired end." Now then, you Protestant clergy, what say you to that declaration of His Holiness ? How does the tone of that pastoral letter compare with your utterances? You cannot, you dare not, call the author of tha;t letter a pro-Ger- man, as you call others who advocate the same ideas. Don't you teel just sKghtly humiliated that a man whose, interpretations of Scriptural teaching you renounce should prove himself to be pre-eminently above you in the practice of Christianity? Now. let us compare the Pope's utterance with the ebullitions of the Protestant leaders, and see which side nierits the favour of Well done, thou good and faith ful serv- nnt." Listen to the Rev, F. B. Meyer, of Christ Church, London, the man who. if I remember rightly, was mainly instrumental in stopping a pugilistic encounter between, Jack Johnson and ex-Bombardier Wells. This is what he says: "The war is a conflict of two opposing ideals, brute force against human kindness; sa- vagery against Christian civilisation the dark powers against Christ." The worthy, gentle- man could not reconcile it with his conscience to allow a fistic battle between the "dark nower" and the "white man's hope," but he justifies the immeasurably more criminal and sinful con- flict between men professing the same religion. To strain at a gnat and swallow a, camel is not a pro eroding deserving commendation. even when practised by Mr. Meyer. Again, listen to this "gem of poorest ray se- rene," from the lips of the Rev. W. E. Bloom- field. Principle of Rawdon Baptist College: "Relentless war is our present supreme duty. Truly, for examples of ferocity the man exempt from military service can give points to any Pt-u,sian. Here is another expression of Christian goodwill: Prussian militarism was the spawn of Hell, and if the followers of Jesus Christ did not take up arms against it, it would be to the everlasting disgrace of the Church of Christ. That example of the milk of human kindness gushed from the loving heart of the rev. gentleman who shepherds the Baptist flock at Bos worth. Then the Dean of Manchester said Meanwhile, the nation and the Empire nrnst fight on." But for a critical analysis of the psychology of human nature with regard to the war, com- mend me to the Rev. Samuel Bjckersteth. Vi- car of Leeds, who said: "No nrolonged period of peace has ever failed to breed selfishness in various forms of mutual suspicion and self- seeking among -reat and small. » and low, ?-,ee l ?iTig aiiion., 'This l?ov. gentl:e.n-iaii, app,ai?- rich and poor." This rev. gentleman, appar- ently seek to justify the war from reasons which have' cs(-tperl. tl-e notice of his rev. col- leagues. Now, from a. Christian standpoint, I main- tain that the Pope has shown himself far more humane, more reasonable, and more godly than you, the leader* of the Protestant Church in England. If I felt as you do. I should feel it incumbent upon me to take up arms in defence of my beliefs. With all due respect tIo your vocation, still, it cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered as work of national importance, and since there is "no- thing doing" at present, why not form a batta- lion of military clerics, and have a taste of that hell into which you so ardently try to force others. Failing this obvious duty. don't you think you could reconcile it with your conscience to give a helping hand to the Papal Pontiff in his diffioulthut godly task? The Pope asks that the belligerent nations shall sink individual interests and pride, and bring about a peace not propitiate to either side, but on that account just to all and lasting." Don't you think that is a sensible request? You tell me about the German atrocities, and that murderous raids demand retaliation, and I answer. 'Vengeance is mine,' saith the Lord." Moreover, cannot vou realise tkat at- rocities are the outcome, not the cause of war? Goci knows, there is no sane person in Britain, or any other country, who does not de- plore the terrible slaughter of innocent Women and children, but you do not help matters by adding to the- list of victims, and that is what you are doing in demanding the prosecution of the war. You know as well as I do that were Peace declared next week Zeppelin raids, with their unspeakable results, would cease. But vou think more of enfehing Germany; you think more of revenge than of Peace, and so long- as you maintain your present attitude and f o- raent international hatred, so long will you be false to the God whom you worship, and so long will you be contributors to the suicide of civilised Europe."
MAJOR GRAY AND THE ■ PIONEER." (To the Editor of the PIONEER.) I Sir,—Major Grey seems particularly anxious to suppress the PIONEER accounts of the pro- ceedings of the Local Tribunals. Judging by the Aberdare episode, he seems grieved thai I have been writing funny articles instead of sol- emn official reports of the meetings; hence his desire to exclude Mr. John Thomas from the Press table at Aberdare. What Major Gray thinks, or rather, feels, doesn't matter. If the other papers publish one-sided accounts of the victories over terrified conscientious objectors that is their business, not mine; and the Major must aban- don his happy warrior illusions as soon ast possible. If the reports are "funny," that is the fault of the Tribunals. I have never regarded their cons cier-ce-huntiiig activities as anything else. Meanwhile, I congratulate the PIONEER on a new reader.—Yours, etc., EMRYS IIUGHES- I
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Treherbert Trades Council AND THE CORRUPTION OF LOCAL ADMINISTRATION. = (To the Editor of the PIONER-li.) Sir.—The abolition of elections for the filling of vacancies 011 local governing bodies has re- vealed such gross abuses of the Government's cleair intention that in the interests of honesty and purity in public matters, I am desired by the Treherbert Trades and Labour Council to respectfully ask for the insertion of the following resolution in your valuable paper: — This Council, representing over .4,000 Trades Unionists in the Upper Rhondda, expresses its sinoerest thanks to Alderman Enoch Davies, J.P., for his honest and straightforward ac- tion in connection with the filling of the re- cent vacancy on the Glamorgan County Council. Further, it expresses its deepest disgust with the corrupt action 01 an offensive section of the community in its nominating Mr. John Gower for the vacancy after his most cided rejection by the public meeting of rate- payers. Also, after due consideration, this Council expresses its emphatic protest against the ac- tion of the Glamorgan County Council in re- fusing to consider Mr. David Williams as be- ing the only appropriate nominee for the vac- ancy, thereby deliberately and autocratically flouting the expressed intention of an excel- lently attended meeting of ratepayers, and .ex- of rai-.?eplayers, and ,ex- hibiting on the part of a section of its consti- tuent members a class bias which cannot but result in future conflicts. I am. Yours sincerely, GLYN JONES, Corresponding Sec.. Treher bert Trades & Labour Council.
ABERCANAID & PENTREBACH THE LARGEST REWARD ever offered for information. — WHO STOLE THE MILLION- AIRE BABY? Seen in High Street, Merthyr, at the Electric Theatre on Monday next, April 10, 1916. It is known by Selig Red Selal. If you do not know who stole the Baby—Make inqui- ries at the Electric.
THE CASE OF A. J. LEWIS. The peculiar Tribunal case of Mr. A. J. Lewis (Secretary of the Neath Trades and Labour Council) is unavoidably held over this week, since it is far too important to "cut down." It will positively appear next week, as well as one or two long held-up articles by our Bar- goed friends.
Theatre Royal. The Read Heads," which is playing to crowded houses at the Theatre Royal this week, is in my opinion the finest one' set revue that has ever set out on a provincial tour-the best from every point of view. It is excellent in oofk sweetly swinging in lyrics; well-balanced, easy to follow; sumptuously staged; and more than usually "well caste. It is one or those re- vues that make me think that my command of the is sadly deficient. of l i- sadly There is an old friend of Merthyr audiences playing the leading part in Harrv Benson, who, good as he was as Goldman" in Goldman, Ltd. plays" Jacob Kaufski with a vim and vigour that is as refreshing as an autumn breeze from the sea. It IS a great part, full of hard work, that repays a man of ability for the well-doing of it; and Harry Benson does it to perfection he is the master artiste in revue "Madame Lucille," as told by Susie Beardon. is another fine character exeellent lf worked in with that of the principal male lead and beautifully played, by which I mean that Shl plays the part with a skill and artistry that hide the fact that she is only playing a part. Rosie Coyne and Alfred Wright play wonderfully well together, and their com bina- tion in the duet, "I called in to say Hullo!" was good. Eileen Gordon plays the Detective excellently, and Queenie Hall dances with a grace that one rarely meets on the halls, and that one will remember for a long time with. a warm thought of gratitude and pleasure. The Keystone Comedy Cyclists are quite eq- uai to Robbins in a distinctive side of the difficult art of entertaining a-wheei. They are wonderfully finished artistes, with a broad vein of humour that is ever met to this sort of work. it is the first time that I have ever seen the Keystone whimsicalities, but I sincerely hope that it will not be the last. Noel Fleming, the tenor, who is just back from the trenches, completes the bill. Peg o' My Heart," the play that has de- lighted and cheered all London for a year past, will be presented at the Theatre Royal next week by Messrs. Macdonald and Young. Here is a very welcome play. It is the verv thing for war-time. It is a true defence of thea- tre-going for it is bright and wholesome, and t,r?e?go,irig ?'s mind away from care "Pe" is Irish, with a touch of New York, a devout Ro- man Catholic who does not niind saying so, and who is not at all shy of putting certain modern loose ideas, much to their disadvantage, against fundamental Christian morals. She is a, char- acter so freshly drawn as to be almost a shock to the theatre-hardened among us. Mr. Man- ners, the author, has a swift incisive method, an ease in handling his situations, a fine sense oc hi-iiiloui-, and a glorious appreciation of moral truth. The Ohichesters set out to make a lady of « Leg. In return she makes a woman of the daughter who is about tq ruin herself at the behest of a thoroughly paced married volup- tiuai y. Peg talks plainiy,to her. If he would a woman after he has sworn before God's altar to love and cherish her, witat will he do to you?" The Irish-American girl sweeps aside all the foolish cobwebs of so-called "love and affinity." She goes direct to the point, and such is the cunning of the play that we feel the castigation which it administers to modern ideas without losing for a moment the sense of freshness and delight. The play is the work of an author manifestly experienced in handling and ar- ranging contrasts of lights and shades. A ripple of laughter is suddenly held up by a flurry of tears, which, in its turn, is again arrested by an exquisite touch of humour. Messrs. Macdonald and Young will present the play in Merthyr next week, with a West- end company, including Miss Phyllis Grace. Miss Eina Douglas Mr. Guy Leigh-Pemberton, 111'. Per Marshall, Mir. Howard Cfridland, Mr. lvf r Per 1 &iit.d'Miss N,ancy Moftin as Gerard PercCyli.fton, and Miss Nancy Mortimer as "Peg." "Peg o' My Heart" will be played once mghtly at 7.30, and there wil be a ma- tinee on Thursday at 2.30.