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I Ynysybwl and District Notes. i Miners and the Pontypridd Hospital. I On Monday evening, May 22, a joint meet- ing of the Lady Windsor, Mynachdy and Dar- xandu Locoes was held at the Workmen's Hall. Mr Ellis Lewis (oheckweigher) in the chair. The first matter dealt with was the question of the admission of patients into the Ponty- pridd Cottage Hospital. some dissatisfaction having been felt for some time past with the present method. It was alleged that certain cases requiring to be re-operated upon had been kept waiting for several months-the patients themselves being contributors, while medical cases of non-contributors were being admitted. This. it was felt, was contrary to the rules and bye-laws of the institution, seeing that it was founded primarily to deal with accident cases, and also that it was laid down that a, fixed number of beds should always be kept available for such cases coming from the col- lieries. It was also stated that private patients were admitted, which, of course, still further curtailed the number mf beds available, apart from the iact that the hospital was not intended for such cases, and also that the fees charged them were considerably lower than what they were called upon to pay at any sim- ilar institution. The local representative upon the Board of Management had called attention to this mat- ter at their last meeting but had not received much sympathy. It was now resolved bv the Joint Committee to forward a letter to the Hos- pital Secretary giving the foregoing particulars and stronglv urging upon the Board the neces- sity of reforming-the psentmethods and con- ditions of admission. The representatives of the Ynysybwl lodges were also instructed to again raise the matter at the next Board meeting. Protest Against Abercyrlon Objectors I Sentences, After a sympathetic discussion, it was unan- iniousiv decided that a resolution should be forwarded to the proper quarter protesting against the sentences passed upon Gwilym Smith, Emrys Hughes, Percy Kendall, Beth Morgan and other Conscientious Objectors, and requesting that they should be either released or handed over to the civil authorities. We are glad to note that since the above was passed. Lord Kitchener has tentatively ag- reed to the latter course. A Needed Resolution. It was further resolved that a letter be sent to the Mountain Ash District Council protest- ing against their action (1) in refusing to re- employ Mr Beckerlegge as a teacher; (2) con- considering this case in a secret sitting. The view was expressed that in thus ex- cluding the press and the public irom the Council Chamber, on this occasion, as well as during the sittings of the Trfjunal, the mem- bers had been guilty of a grave dereliction of public duty. The Secretary (Mr W, R. John) was also instructed to forward a letter in these terms to the local District Councillors. Death of Mr Gibby, i We have to record the death of one of the -oldest inhabitants of Ynysybwl in the per- son of Mr William Gibby, who passed away on Sunday evening, the 14th instant, after a long and painful illness. The deceased was a nat- ive of Llanfrynach, but came to this locality about 30 years ago, being employed on one of the neighbouring farms, whence he came to Ine collierv soon after it was sunk. Prior to the present Workmen's Institute being built, he ftctefl as librarian fof several years. Mr Gibby was of a most genial and sociable nature; some evidence of this being the fact that lie had held the chief offices in the local branches of the Shepherds and Foresters Friendly So- cieties, as well as the R.A.O.B, The interment took place at the local cemetery., when a large number of friends and sympathisers es- corted his remains to their last resting place. The Rev. Arthur Jones, of Tabernacle, where deceased had been an old and faithful mem- B8r, officiated at the graveside. Good Done Unostentatiously, I Evidently the tribe of Abou Ben Adhem still survives, judging by the following incident, which, on our faith in humanity, we gladly chronicle: At Ynysybwl lives an aged widow, who has given three sons to the service of the Arn-py, one of whom lies in his last long; sleep out there in Flanders. Owing to sfertain techni- calities, she receives practically no allowance either from the Government or from any other fund Naturally, her circumstances are some- what straightened. Imagine, therefore, her sur- prise and joy when, one day last week, being her birthday, she received a letter' from some unknown friend, with a few lines;, requesting the acceptance of the enclosed-—a Treasury Note for :I; Our readers will surely agree that it was a fine acton finely done. 'Should this meet the eye of the genërous doner, let him be assured that there is one who will ever hold his kind deed in grateful remembrance.' Co-operative Forging Ahead. I On Saturday evening last the Ynysybwl Co- operative Society held its quarterly meeting at Zion Vestry, Mr William Watkins (the presi_d- ent) occupying the chair. He referred with pleasure to the satisfactory state of the Society as shown by the report and balance sheet, all previous records of sales, etc.. having been ¡ surpassed, and their affairs had never been in I a better condition. The total sales for the quarter (12 weeks) had amounted to £ 36,078 8s gd, as agafcist £ 24,573 10s 7d for the previous I quarter, showing an increase of tll.504 18s; the balance disposable ofter allowing for ex- penses of management, etc., being t4,02,7 lis 7d. Number of members on share list was 2,866, as compared with 1,T03 for the corres- ponding quarter of last year. Purchases from Co-^fra^Te sources alone had amounted to .E? '345 3s 7d. During the quarter they had not been able to supply tfieir members with I' some articles, including sugar, as their pur- chases of the latter commodity had been re- stricted to the same quantity as bought the l previous year. With an increasing member- ship of something like 300 per quarter to be supplied, it naturally followed that the stock would not be equal to the occasion, However, I every effort was being made to secure increas- ing supplies, and it was confidently hoped, in the near future, to be able to cope with a J reasonable demands. Mr Abel Morgan. Secretary of the Education Committee, gave' the report of that body. He stated that 89 students had joined the classes in Co-operation, 49 of whom had sat for exami- nation in Co-operation 66 jelned. 36 sat; in I Junior Co-one ration 38 studcnts had secured I passes 6 of whom had won prizes, value 2/6, given by the Co-operative Union. Mr Morgan :intimatd that owing to the depletion of the I Educational Flmd. the Committee would not be able to inorease their activities during the l eocning quarter as they could have desired. It is rather to be regretted, therefore, that on the Management Committee's recommendation, Mr John Baker's motion "That H per cent of the net surplus be devoted to educational pur- poses," was lost., All the, retiring members of the Management Committee were re-elected. Mr Rees Jones was elected member of the Educational Committee, vice Mr 0. J. Edwards. I

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