Merthyr Electric Theatre BIG ATTRACTIONS NEXT WEEK I Monday to Wednesday- ROYAL LOVE! A Powerful Five-Reel Drama of Intrigue and Love. r Episode I-The Wonder Serial- DIAMOND FROM THE SKY! To be continued every Monday to Wednesday until complete. 30 Episodes. Ask for a Booklet. Thursday to Saturday -An Absorbing Picture- GARDEN OF LIES! Trans-Atlantic Production in Four Parts. Monday to Saturday—Expensive Engagement of MONTANA JOE The Original "Cowboy" Lecturer, assisted by his World-Renowned Pony "Snowball." Montana Joe will Lecture to his Film- Monday to Wednesday-" Saved by his Horse." Thursday to Sat.—" He Rode for his Life." Montana Joe will parade the Streets daily with his pony Snowball. Come Early and Secure Your Seat. PRICES AS USUAL PLUS TAX COMING! The Great Serial-THE GIRL OF LOST ISLAND Read the Tale in this week's Tit-Bits." r II "_11_" It It jTHEATRE ROYAT1 AND EMPIRE PALACE, METHY. ?? 8j I 6.4S. TWICE NIGHTLY. 8-45. I s Monday, May 22nd, 1916, and during the Week. MILLER and LYLES ) (Blessed with Ignorance, 2 t The World-Famed PASQUALI BROS., Tumblers and Equilibrists. ) MISS HILDA LETHWAITE, the Popular Mezzo-Soprano. = I j HARRY RUSSELL, Comedian, and his Conductor. I ? PHIL RALLIS TRIO, the Crazy Ragmen. Latest Topical Films on the Bloscope I The BROTHERS HORN, ￼ In their Comic Boxing Sketch, entitled—"The Biter Bit." I I PRICES OF O. Boors Circle Tax Stalls Tax Pit Tax Gallery Tax II t PRICES OF 0. Is. 6d. 2d. j Is. Od. 2d. I 6d. M I 3d. Id X ADMtSStON E. Doors | 2s. Od. 2d. 1s.6d. 2d. 9d. '2d. I 4d? Id. j i. It II .i OWING TO DEPLETION OF STAFF The Sate Stock must be reduced at HARRI!BIVS 5 CASTLE STREET W MERTHYR. N.B.-Money advanced upon all Valuables. Charges strictly in accordance with ActTof Parliament. "THE SPUR." Because the Workers need a Spur. Edited by GUY A. ALDRED. Kartoened by KRITIKOS." The Enemy of every God, the Foe of every King, Flies only the Red Flag. Single copies—Post free, I 2d. annual subscrip- tion, Is. 6d. APRiL ISSUE NOW ON SALE. Special No-Conscription and Anti-Tribunalitis Number. Together with Miscellaneous Collection Aldreus Literature, worth 3s. Od.; po-it free, Is. 6d. Published at 17 Richmond Gardens, Shepherd's Bush, London, W. THERE 18 OfIJLY ONE OINTMENT THAT CURES ADd this is supplied by Chemists and the MANNINA OINTMENT CO., FISHGUARD, And is sold in Three Strengths—1, 2 & 3. GET YOUR TOBACCO I AT Our Shop 74a, Pontmorlais, Merthyr. PROGRESSIVE LITERATURE Kept in Stock or got to order.
ABERDARE I I.L.P.-On Sunday last, May 14, Mr J. E. Edmunds, of Cardiff, Chairman of the Welsh Division IL.P was the speaker at a, meeting held by the Aberdare I.L.P. The subject he took was the I.L.P. and the Present Situation," He dealt ably with the general attitude of the party, and pointed out the seriousness of the position we are faced with, more particular- '< ly as regatrds what is likely to be the re- sult of the new Compulsion measure. To many who were present his remarks were not alto- gether new matter, but the way he reasoned his ease and marshalled his facts threw a new light upon many questions. Mr Edmunds con- demned some of the members of the Labour Party in supporting a capitalist government to the detriment of the class they are supposed to represent. The audience, which was one of the best we have had on a Sunday evening, showed their appreciation by frequently ap- plauding his telling remarks. our comrade is a convincing and powerful speaker, and we are pleased with his first visit to Aberdare, and hope to have the pleasure of hearing him again in the near future.
The Tasks of To-day. I The fight we have waged so earnestly to stave off the dangers of Compulsory Military Service has, to all seeming, ended in our discomfiture. That against which the voice of Democracy, as expressed through the conferen- ces of its organisations, was raised in condem- nation is now the law of Hie land, and no- thing is left to us but to guard against the abuse of the power temporarily handed over by the people to the wielders of mili- tary and political power. Our eyes must not look back on the past, but must be steadily turned to the bright hills of the future. Vain revilings will do no good. and will, in fact, but do us harm; since in the blindness of wrath over the past we may fail in our duty to the present and future. By all means let us spread the desire for an early and hon- oura,bler peace, which we believe is even now possible, let us see that the conscience of man remains unbesmirched by the, splatters of prin- ciples trampled underfoot; but do not let us oeguile ourselves into believing that these momentary excresnceSi of the war mark the frontiers of our tasks. After the war these will come an economic upset that will spell want and penury for our class. On this we are all agreed; but very few of us have decided on the immediate steps which should be taken to guard against these very evils which we so vividly see ahead. True, we are practically all at one in our decision that so far as in us lies we will oppose the artificial protetcive tar- iff barriers which are foreshadowed; but even here it is questionable whether we have got any further forward than the condemnation of the backstairs methods of introducing Tariff Reform. While on the much more important question of what we intend doing to preserve the tottering Unions of the land, we have not so much as bestowed a thought. Possibly the rank and file have, in a moment when con- science has stricken them, realised that here was a problem that must be faced; but, if so, it has been relegated to the background once again, either with the comfortable reflection that the future would see it right; or the Executive would preserve the interests of the machine. We do not like the doctrine of wait till a difficulty comes along before facing it, and we question whether Executive Committees have shaken the problems of the moment so far behind as to leave them entirely free to face the black to-morrow. It is a fact that in South Wales the gargartuan organisation of the mines has hidden the smaller Unions until we have been iaolined to forget them, just as it is true that the nature of our staple industry has rendered it dangerous to injure the output by milking the industry of its thews; but these craft, unions stand for thousands of our workers, who will be sorelly smitten if they collapse. We are told that the bricklayers' organisation will not last twelve months after the enforcement of Con- scription for All; that the carpenters are levying themselves in preparation for the time when war shall cease; and that other UJi- ions to the number of hundreds are facte to face with ruin, yet we go on our way com- placently believing that this collapse of a thousand working class organisations will merely sweep from the ground the encumbran- ces that have prevented the realisation of the Industrialists' ideal of organisation by in- dustry and not by craft. Quite apart from the unsettled question of which is the better way, are we prepared to accept the murder of these Unions; the annihilation of the life work of many good men, and the swallowing of thousands of pound s of workers' money as the best way of realising our ideal? W e wod rather regard such a consummation as the ga- thering of the first threatening clouds that will precede the storm, jeopardising even the mammoth structures of the Triple Alliance. And this is but one of the multitude of ques- tions that are imperatively demanding cloial si deration. Let us to the task!
Llandebie Notes. The LL.P. The Labourites of Llandebie and District ha,ve at last seen their way clear to start a branch of the I.L.P. at Blaenau. They have met once, and appointed the following offi- cials: President. Mr Ben Bevan, Baron; vice- president, Mr Walter Evans. Llandebie; trea- surer, Mr J. R. Morgan (Blaenfab), Oaer- bryn; secretary. Mr Johnson Miles, Panty- blodau. To-day all the young men are called to rally round the flag. May we ask the same thing of the workers of this district: to rally round the flag of the Labour move- ment"? Then we may hope that this branch will form a strong unit of the great army that is fighting for real freedom, that its in- fluence ma.y spread far and wide, and that the whole of East Carmarthen will benefit from its existence. The Reception Concert. A grand concert was held at Peniel, Caer- oryn, on Wednesday evening, May 10, under the auspices of the Caerbryn and lilaenau Re- ception Committee, to give a hearty welcome home to Pte. W. H. Williams, who had been wounded whilst on active service in the Gal- lipoli Peninsula. All the inhabitants of the district were glad to see the young man home again and looking so well, but one could not help feeling that the addresses at the concert were extremely military. The chairman said in his speech that he did not care much for men that were talking a lot. That he wanted men that were ready to do something, and that the young men that had joined the forces had proved themselves ready to do their bit. Perhaps he did not remember that most of our industrial battles aN fought by talking, and that perhaps a little TALKING over Peace terms would serve better than a lot of DOING with shot and shell. COMRADE. I
Theatre Royal. I Tha tMr N orcliffe has been spared to us an- other week is not. due to inaccuracy in these notes, but to the clemency of the Gods of High Olynipus--it is necessary to display an etle- mentary knowledge of classical geography here to differentiate between technical "Gods" in the profession parlance of the theatre; and the rulers of our destinies, who, in this case, seom as unwilling to part Mr Norcliffe from Merthyr as he is loth to leave, and we to lose him. The reason why Mr Norcliffe's holiday has been curtailed is that Mr Eva, who succeeds him in the high ulaee at the Theatre Royal, was prevented from taking up his duties at the beginning of the week, and Mr Norcliffe, with his usual "bon ami, pro- ferred to keep on another week. Although Mr Norcliffe has only been with us six montns, ev- erybody has a good name for the genial ex- lmanager; and it goes deeper than mere lip expression, as was proved by the heavy purse e,xpres,sionw., hich was handed to Mr NorcliSe, along with a safety razor, last Friday. If we had made, it a £5 note for every El that was there it would not have been too much in mv opinion, for Mr Noreliffe is one of the best. And I believe that we have another first- rater in Mr Evans, who has now taken up the reins which Mr Norciiffe's conception of patri- otism has compelled him to lay aside. Mr. Evans knows his business from 'a,' to 'z,' and will, I doubt not, keep on the good work that his predecessor has so well begun, But more than professional skill is it needful far a popular manager to have the personality that wins the people- of all classes and conditions to him, and this, too, Mr Evans has in bumper measure. It is no light task to find a popular manager; to replace one without loss to a houses's credit and standing is still more diffi- cult, but I am confident I can compliment the directorate of the Theatre Royal on hav- ing done both. As to the bill this week, it is one that adds a glorious IcAnien" to Mr Norciiffe's manager- ship. and sets a Dig standard for Mr Evans to work to in the future. "T'he Missing Link" is one of the funniest comedy sketches that has ever been written, and Joek Preston is doing as good work in it as did the- great Ernie Lotinga, who will always be remembered with the principal part 111 "The Missing Link." Walter Bird has chosen an excellent company who get the maximum number of laughs out of this unique piece of humorous work. The Royal Tokiwa, Family are the very best Jap- anese artistes that I have been privileged to see, and that is saying a lot. Their act is truly redolent of the spirit of the Far East a fascinating entertaining show. R L. Grif- fiths' "Charburn's Young Stars," in their "Picnic up the River, have a show that charms; a real pleasure entertainment that is like a clear-out gem of. brightest artistry. The setting is perfect; the singing really good; and the dancing joyous. Alfred Cunningham, of the London Opera House, has a good, powerful and mellow baritone voice that he uses to good effect. Florrie Elliston is a refined vo- calist with a taking style, and an admirable repertoire. Niagara and Falls, the big woman and the wee man, are amongst the most enter- taining of acrobatic specialists. They are dis- tinctive in style, clean in action, and altogether make one anxious to see them again. Next week's bill includes two "first visits to Wales." Miller and Lyles. the well-known duo, Blessed with Ignorance," come for the first time. The Brothers Horn are bringing their well-known comic boxing act, "The Biter Bit." I am partial to comedy pugilism; send the Horns are the best of their class I have seen. The world-famed Pasquali Brothers — tumblers ,tnd equilibrist,are also visiting the Principality for the first time. Miss Hilda Leth- waite, the sweet mezzo-soprano, will maintain the artistic vocalist side of the programme, which has become such a popular feature of the programmes. Harry Russell, the popular comedian, is another welcome visitant, as is the Phil Rallis Trio of Crazy Ragmen. The Bios- cone will be occupied with topical subjects. PLAYGOER. I
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ABERCANAID & PENTREBACH WBLL DONE MALE VOIOE .PARTT.-The series of concerts organised by the Abercanaid and District Male Voice Party at the New Hall, Pentrebach, on February 13; St. John's Hall, Troedyrhiw. February 27; Temperance Hall, Merthyr, March 12; and Theatre Royal. Mer- thyr, on April 9, resulted in a profit of LIIO. The amount has been divided as follows: — £ 70 to the Queen Mary's Sewing GuiJd, Ply- mouth Ward £ 40 to His Worship the Mayor's Fund m aid of the families of the Soldiers and Sailors of the District. The committee of the party; the Party the conductor (Mr Ben Da- vies) and the artistes who so kindly assisted, are to be congratulated on the highly suc- cessful results of their efforts. Mr Isaac Wat- kins acted as chairman of the committee; Mr Arthur Davies as secretary; Mr David Jones as treasurer; and Mr John James Fitzgerald as accompanist. BAPTIST SINGING FESTIVAL.—The annual sing- ing festival in connection with the Temper- ance Baptist Association, which consisted of the Bands of Hope representing the following churches—Smyrna (Aberfan), Calf aria (Mer- thyr Vale), Carmel (Troedyrhiw), and Demi (Abercanaid)— was held at the Demi Chapel on Monday night week. The chair was taken by the Vice-President, Mr P. Morgan (Aberfan), in the absence of the Rev. D. P. Evans (Mer- thyr Vale). The conductor was Mr Evan Wil- liams, Merthyr Vale; and Miss Winnie Wil- liams (Abercanaid), assisted by Mr Tom Dav- ies (Aberfan) were the accompanists. The ser- vice commenced with prayer by Mr J. Davies (Demi). After a brief address by the Chair- man, the programme was proceeded with, which consisted of very appropriate Temperance tunes, etc., such as "Beibl lesti, I "Bydin Ieuanc" "Teithio gyda'r Iesu"; "Maen gwy- neb ymlaen" "Adref at yr Iesu." Following oarne the Temperance Catechism, when the Rev J. Davies (Carmel) undertook to question the children, which was very effective. Miss Kate Clement then recited "Onid gwaeth genwych ohwi," Then an excellent rendering was given b-, the Choir, "Pwy a. a dros Iesu." "I'r Gad," "Merch. Seion Ymddeffro," "Ydym n'm fod yn Filwyr." Again a very striking item was a musical catechism rendered by Master W. Dav- ies (Pentvebac1 ) and Bronwen Barlow (Aber- canaid) as duett, and choir answering in song. Several of the items were encored. The meet- ing was terminated by prayer by the Rev. Johns (Jerusalem. Merthyr). We wish to thank the committee for the excellent arrangement of the programme. The chairman was Rev. T. H. Morgan (Aberfan), and Mi- David Barlow made an excellent secretary. Addresses were also given by the Revs. J/Davies (Carmel), J. James (Demi), and Mr G. Evans (Merthyr Vale). q v( DOWLAIS I DEATH OF SERCT. A. DAVIES.—Our deepest sympathy goes out to Councillor Dai Davies, J.P., Pant, and his family, in the great loss they have sustained by the death of their son- Sergeant Albert I)a,vie,s--who previous to en- listment, was one of the .Municipal Sanitary Officers, and w ho, whilst serving in Egypt with the Sanitary Corps, contracted typhus, from which he died out there. Deceased leaves a wife and child to whom, in particular, our sympathy goes out in this sad time. MOUNTAIN ASH WOMEN AND MILK ROUNDS.—At a meeting of the Mountain Ash Tribunal on Tuesday, Mr ■Griffith Evans presiding, exemption was refused to a grocers' manager, the Chairman remarking that in the ease of a single man who was un der 41 years of age they simply could not grant an exemption.—The application of a milk vendor for exemption for an assistant was re- fused.—Mr Bruce Jones: Why don't you get a nice buxom young lady for the milk round? She would sell much more milk. (Laughter.)— Applicant: You can't get them to take up thai work, sir.
The Electric Theatre. One of the most enjoyable programmes that I have ever enjoyed was screened a.t the Elec- tric Theatre on Monday. "Sally in our Alley" is a delightful old-woijld love theme that brings bac-k vividly the good days of the Georges. A rweet theiiic, delightfully, worked out is this photoplay; which seemed to carry one back irresistibly to those rollicking times just as one is always reminded of the period by the smell of old lavender, or rose pot pourri. The work is excellent, both from a photographic and artistic point of view, and the histrionic work is beyond all cavil. I shall long remem- ber "Sally in our Alley." If. as seems likely, the great Charlie Chaplin's popularity is on the wane, then I can name his successors in the esteem of film lovers. They will be Wizard and Vim, the two comedians who havfe taken America by storm, and who are appearing exclusively at the Electric. I roared at "A Pair of Birds," their unique efforts during the ear ly part of the week. On Thursday George R. Sims' most powerful drama "The Nightbirds of London," was the star attraction. I have seen the "Nightbirds" done on the legitimate stage, but it was a weak effort in comparison with the realism that Stewart Rome, Ohrissie White and Vio- let Hopson have infused into the cinema ver- sion. It is a film that grips tightly hold of the imagination, and one that should have had a marked moral effect on the people. The long Topical dealing with the Sinn Fein Revolt in Ireland is attracting a great deal of attention. There is a strong supporting programme of all-star numbers. Next week's bills are powerful ones. From Monday to Wednesday that thrilling story of love and intrigue, "Royal Love, is booked. It has only just been released. but there is quite a scramble for it amongst the prog- ressive picture houses. Another important picture is "The Diamond from the Sky," the great new serial that promises to out-rival the popular Elaine serials, and the first episode of which will be shown from Monday to Wednesday. On Thursday next the world-famous Trans- Atlantic "Garden of Lies" is the big at- traction, and from what I can hear of it we are in for a treat. We are to have a nov- elty throughout the week in the visit of Mon- tana Joe, the original Cowboy lecturer, who will address the audiences on his pictures, "Sar ved by his Horse" (Monday to Wednesday) and "He Rode for his Life" (Thursday to Saturday). These pictures are actual incidents in the cowboy's life, and are more thrilling than many of the faked adventures to which we are used. Montana, too. lectures with marked effect and charm, with a Yankee tinted twang. PROJECTOR. I
This terrible war is killing a fat of businesses. Make it a personal resolve that the "Pioneer" I shall net be killed.
Mr. John Bowen Retires I GENERAL MANAGER OF THE ELECTRIC I Cinema goers will lea.rn with regret of the JI, severance of Mr John Bowen's connection with the Electric Theatre, Merthyr, at the close of the present week. Under his able man- agement there is no question that the Eleo- ri trie has become the people's popular photo- pi-ay housej the house where one was <; ? w<#vs • assured of a cosy seat—if one went early i e..ii.oij,h-tiid a programme that was worth sitting through. But apart from the choice of t5 a programme—important as that is, and mas- *8 tea* of the task though Mr Bowen has con- "It sistently proved himself—something more is wanted -to make a. house popular, and want- t ed in the manager. He must be jolky tactful, X willing to work with an "I don't care if it iff snows" smile all over his face; he must have 'EL initiative and push; and. above all, he must j possess the organising ability of a Munitions E. Minister and the business acumen of a John an, D RoükfeHe'. Taken all round, I know few aJ jobs that demand so many qualifications as does that of the management of a cinema.. it is more difficult than bossing a legitimate stage play house, because of the greater sev- enty of the competition, and, I should say, J much more irksome. And underneath the peo- pie realise this, for one hears of very few peo- pie who desire to see their sons branching out in life as cinema managers. Mr Bowen possesses all the qualities necessarv, and a few j £ more of his own, in the superlative degree. 3 I have never known him frown yet, and I have seen him at some critical' times; his v taste is always perfect; his choice right up to if the moment, because his finder has always ri been on the pulse of the studios; and his en- t terprise has been displayed not alone in his EL capture of exeksives for the theatre, but in the distinctly telling and indiv iuual ways in which he has taken to gain publicity for his [ hall. There is before me on the walls of my ] office as I write one of the smartest adver- IL, tising bills that I ever saw. It is a copy ot |KL,, 1 summons—to appear at the Electric—and it Lf immediately arrests attention: that is but one e of many. He introduced the ifrst sinking pic- tures to Wales, a.nd Welsh film admirers owe many other innovations to him. But most of L a,D have we hived him for himself alone. He ) + will always be "J.B." to many of BS, who, l? whilst regretting his departure from the The- atre he has made so popular, know that it is at but the beginning of. greater things. OIl .M' Bowen has already had the offer of seve- ￼ ral important appointments, but I understand i that he will take a much-needed holiday for shi a week oi- two before again turning to busin- je. ess. I am sure I am but expressing the m opinion of thousands who have come under SLi his genial influence, when I wish him all .r] that he deserves in the future. fL, A. P. Y. fltl
Another Distribution Prosecution. It; J. R. TAYLOR FINED k20. fu J. R, TA VLOR FI NED £20. ti? Councillor W. Jones. Penrhiwceiber, pre- sided over the Bench at the Abercynon Po- lice Court on Thursday, when J. R. T'ayJor l| hce Court on Thursday, w h en J R. TayloiT ?. was charged under the Defence of the Rea-Ian Act with distributing literature likely to pre- t judice reciuiting and likely to cause dicagection ?' amongst his Majesty's subjects.—Accused plead- ed not guilty," but admitted the distribution si of 'the Leaflets, denying that the distribution (iLl of these leaflets was Sufficient to sustain the Jl, charges made. Inspector Smith. T.V.R, ? gave evidence to the effect that on Ia.stel;t FP Sundav he saw Taylor near the Congregation'' I Chapel, and was handed three feaflets, whi < I were produced In Court. Asked by accused what he thought all 61 reading the leaflets, Smith replied that ly> Rar opinions were the ameas they were previa' to reading the Jeanets. || Dennis Brisland gave cm-roborativ? evidence. H* Defendant, m m.s statement to the Court, ft said that the leafiert "Maxmillian" had been wft lepirinted in a newspaper whioh he had there, j" and which had a wide circulation in the North l of England. It seems most inconsistent on the part of the military authorities that ? they should pros-eoute him for distributing a ?' few of these leaflets, whilst thev had not ta- P ken any action against the newspaper. His idea in distributing these pamphlets was not, to cause disaffection or impede recruiting but jfJ solely for the purpose of endeavouring to stir V up some amount of public sympathy on behalf ■ of his friends here, and of the grievances of V conscientious objectors generally^ He further submitted that these two pamphlets could not ■■I be construed as being likely to prejudice re- cimting, or as being likely to cause disaffec- |gj tion to his Majesty's subjects. If the Bendl found that there was anything in these leaflets which was sufficient to sustain the charges, he -i|j hoped they would consider that he was unaware of it, and if he had known would not have distributed them. j A fine of £ 20, or 41 days' imprisonment in default, was imposed. |
Capture of Captain White. I A son of FIeld-Marshal Sir George White— m James Robert White—an ex-Army Gap tain and D.S,O, who has been in Wales for about a B fortnight, was arrested at Swansea on Monday and was charged at Abordare on Wednesday under the Defence of the Realm Act with spreading reports and making statements likely to cause disaffection and to prejudice recruit- ing, and also that he had without authority and excuse in his possession documents eontain- ing statements the publication of which would be likely to cause disaffection. Mr A. Ivor- Parry prosecuted under instructions from Cap- i tain Lindsay (Chief Constable of Glamorgan. Defendant asked for rem and to prepare a defence, and was remanded for seven days — J bail being refused. t ABERCYNON J J. R. TAYLOR SUMMONED.—Mr J R. Taylor r has been summoned to appear at the Abercynon Police Court on Thursday. He is charged under the Defence of the Realm Act that he did: (1) unlawfully, by certain printed pub- lications, spread reports or make statements I likely to prejudice the recruitings training, dis- 1 cipline or administration of any of his Mar Jfi jesty's Forces; and (2) unlawfully, by certain publication, make reports or statements likely to cause disaffection tQ His Majesty or to in- terfere with the success of His Majesty's 1j Forces. OPP,-RETTA.-A succ,essfill operetta, entitled "Zurika," was performed by the Church Choir .j! (under the leadership of Mr T. J. Williams) at the Workmen's Hall on Wednesday last. The principals we:e: -Zurika, Miss L. Howells; King Mr T. J. Williams; Prince. Mr Thomas Lloyd; Espeth, Miss A. Bowen; Court Jester, y) Mr F. P. Gibbon. Great pains must have been taken with the children in order to bring the "IJ,t dancing to the high level it reached.