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MERTHYR I DEATH OF ME. JOHN REES.-The death oc- Cfurred at his residence (Arosfa, the Grove, M-eirtbyi, on Friday, of Mr John Rees, building inspector under the Merthyr Corporation for the last 20 years. The deceased, who was ab- out 73 years of age, was very well known in the borough, having been in business as a builder at Treharris prior to his appointment under the Corporation. SEDITIOUS PAMPHLETS.—Major F. T. James, the military representative for the Merthyr ■area called attentat at Monday s meeting of the Council to reports he had received that seditious pamphlets had been distributed iJa S the district. anions other places at Heolgerrig, Councilor D. W. Mones, Chairman of the Watch Committee, said he believed the Chief Constable was thoroughly alive to the work, and had been in communication with the offi- ^als at Whitehall on numerous occasions. — No action was taken. MERTHYR EXEMPTIONS- At the Merthyr Tri- MERTHYR EXEMPTIONS.—At the Merthyr Tr? ?unal on Monday William Augustus Col- bourne a dental assistant, who was granted total exemption, stated that he was one of five 'brothers, four of whom had been in the Army. and two of whom had been killed. His em- plover. Captain Musgiove, had been invalided home, and without applicant the business would have to be closed.—Mr J. S. Simons, who appeared on behalf of William Toomey, wholesale fish dealer, of Pontmorlals, stated that of eight so iis-two oi whom were adopted -—seven were with the amiy. Exemption was granted. Jolin Pleivs. one of the best- known lawyers on the South Wales Circuit, died on Saturday night at his residence, The Cottage, Gwaelodvgart-h, after having been con- fine-el to his bed for some days. Mr Plews, who was about 90 yeais of age, was a native -of Yorkshire. He came to Merthyr in 1860 and entered into partnership with 'Mr W. Si- mons, father of Mr F. S. Simons. This conti- nued until 1891, when Mr Plews was called to the Bar at the Inner lempie. He was a Free- mason, having been initiated into the Loyal Cambrian Lodge ill IS60. At one time the -deceased was the Higjl Constable for the dist- J'id, and for many years he was a J.P. for ''Glamorgan and Deputy-Stipendiary for Mer- thyr. He was a life governor of the Merthyr Hospital and Chairman of the Executive Board ft that institution. THE SOCIALIST SpTRIT Our rates have in- Our i,,ates bane I n- creased alarmingly, and I believe Merthyr will start this year as the town with the highest rate in tJe country," remarked Alder- man William Lewis, of Treharris, at a meeting If}f the Merthyr Corporation on Monday, the Mayor (Conn. John Harpur) presiding. Aid. Lewis added that the rates were 11/5 in the £ They were increasing their rates and were doing nothing to economise,. but proposed ad- opting a resolution to purchase instruments for the Cyfarthfa and Municipal Band am- ounting to £ 21 15s 3d. He moved tkat the minute be not adopted. The committee's report was adopted, Alderman Lewis' amendment re- ceiving no seconder, whereupon the Alderman exclaimed, "It's a scandal the way we incur unnecessary expenditure. The rates will soon 'be 241- in the £ with the Socialistic spirit that is going on here." (Laughtei.) L -——— RAUA TO THE FLA?.—It is particularly de- oiled thai old members of the I.L.P. will rally to the suppefrt of the branch during the, trying period through which we are passing. Already the calls of military service have de- pleted our ranks, and the new all-round Com- pulsion Bill imposes further handicaps wbiclr -can only be overcome through the loyalty of those members who are outside its provisions—- either on grounds of age. physical unfitness or 'engagement in work of national importance. MUNICIPAL BAND PERFORMANCE.—The open- air band performances were re-commenced in Thomas town Park last night (Thursday) un- der the baton of A. R. V. Lavernock (late bandmaster of the Garneronians). The Municipal Band was never in better musical, condition than now; and the programmes have been bunded with a true musicianly spirit, without going beyond the ability of the people -to follow them. Offenbach. Tieke. Kela •' Bela, Corbin and Brewer were all represeinted in last night's programme, respecting which we hope to have twoiL'e to say next week.


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Our Appeal for Navvy Pat.I

,I Food Reform.I

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Blackwood Educational Class.