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Enthusiastic Meeting at Brithdir. ALFRED ONIONS AND MARDY JONES ON THE WAR. A public meeting under the auspices of the No. 8 Elliot Lodge, S.W.M.F.) was held at the Baptist Schoolroom. Brithdir, on Wednesday, April 5th, Councillor Harry Brown in the chair. The speakers were Mr. A. Onions, Labour can- didate, East Glamorgan, and Mr. T. 1. Mardy Jones, organiser, and All-Albert Thomas, sub- agent, Rliymney Valley. As Mr. Onions had not arrived the Chairman called upon Mr. A. Thomas to address the meet- ing. In the course of a brief speech he pointed out why the workers should support Mr. Onions at the next election. He was one of the best men on the Executive to look after the interests of the workmen; in fact, there was no one on that body who, he thought, we could trust more to look after the wages question. He also pointed out the value of his services on the County Council and Education Committee to t1 e workers. Mr. Onions, who had now arrived was called upon by the Chairman to address the meeting. He began by thanking Mr. Thomas for the kind things he had mentioned about him. He could say that he had given the last 30 years of his life to the bettering of the working class. There was one point that Mr. Thomas mentioned, i.e., education, and he would like to sav that he had just come from Newport, where he and other Labour members had been having a struggle with the opposition about the formation and control of a mining school. The opposition thought that if there were an 'equal number of representaties of employers and workmen it would do; but it would not do for him (the speaker.). He wanted the school under public control. Mr. Onions also spoke upon his work as a member of the Executive of the S.W.M.F. In the course of his remarks he stated that the Executive had asked the owners not to raise the price of coal, and they (the workmen) would not demand an increase in wages, but the coal- owners would not agree. Speaking of the war, rv said it was insanity, but that we had he forced into it to defend ourselves, and if need be. as old as he was, he was willing to do his bit to bring it to a successful conclusion. Ho .said that-if Germany won we should have Prussian militarism dominating the world. and that would be one of the greatest set-backs to progress. Mr. T. 1. Mardy Jones said we were out to defeat Prussian Militarism, but if we were to have British militarism thrust upon us, as a result of our victory, he did not care which side won Speaking upon the need for SociaKsm, he stated that the Government could not trust the capitalists, or why should they have taken the control of various industries out of their hands? He (the speaker) said that if they could not be trusted in war-time, neither could they in peace time. Some people asked why the German So- cialists (seeing they were such a large number) had not prevented the war. He might, for all he was a Christian and a member of a church, ask how the Churches—greater in number and with greated influence-had not done so; but he did not do so, because he knew that both the German Socialists and the Churches had been caught napping. The war was on them before they knew where they were, owing to the machi- nations of secret diplomacy. Votes of thanks to the speakers concluded the meeting.

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