PENYDARREN CINEMA. For One Week only! commencing July 24th. Specially Augmented Orchestra. SHOWING DAILY AT 3, 5.30, and 7.45. MATINEE for School Children on Saturday at 11 a.m. Admission, 1d. only. ========-=- -====-====:==.======-=-===============-==-=====-===-===-====== PRICES 4d., 7d., and Is. (Tax included). The Event of the Season Don't Miss It THE WORLD'S GREATEST RECORD OF OUR EMPIRE'S HISTORY (IN SEVEN PARTS) SIXTY YEARS A QUEEN I The Life and Reign of Queen Victoria. The Educational Value of this Production, in which the utmost attention has been paid to detail, has been recognised by the Eductional Authorities in London and the Provinces. r" .1 II "_It_It, ) Merthyr Electric Theatre I I. WeeK commencing Monday, July 24th. 2 Monday Tuesday, and wedneSay- I A MAN'S SACRIFICE ￼ I A Remarkable Tale of Gold Hunting and Romance revealed by the Marriage of a Young I8 N Couple. In Three Reels. I* 5 The Diamond from the Sky. Episode 10. I ￼ Old Foes with Few Faces." • ? THE THUNDERBOLT-A Two-Reel Mutual Drama. j t Thursay, Friday, and Saturday- I I BY THE SHORTEST OF HEADS j I The Greatest of all Racing Dramas. I £ GREED Episode .7 to The Steel Trust I I Plot to blow up Battleship and cause War in order to enrich the Steel Magnates. 2 I H?ve you seen this Magnificent Serial? Each episode is a complete story. 8 1 The Girl of Lost Island. Episode 9. ) 2 The Dreadful Pit." 2 I The Latest News in Pictures Changed Monday and Thursday, I • Prices-3d., 6d. & Is. Children's Matinee on Saturday at 10.15—Id. only. IBII— H^ihimhJ ￼ |THEATRE ROYAI Ij j AND"" EMPIRE PALACE, MERTHYR. ? i | jB?Esr?? ￼ TWICE NIGHTLY. 8.45. ? j I Exclusive Pictures and Vaudeville Week iI 1 Commencing Monday, July oth, igi6. t ￼ 2 I 2 ENORMOUS SUCCESS Mary Pickford in her Latest and Greatest Success- I 1- ENORMOU,sTHsE MFÖlïNDLlegNë:e;est Succeæ- 1- 1 In Four Parts. The finest Mary Picture since ?lressibel." I | The Celebrated Musical WATSONS II I The LaHgh Makers, in their original Musical sI:'A:Y2"AID'1 ? Dillon Shallard Madame Argentine j 2 The Celebrated Baritone from the Royal Opera The Famous Belgian Prima Donna, Late Opera House, 3 m House, Covent Garden, and Brussels, ■ ? PRESENT ESSENCE OF OPERA. I I POPULAR REDUCED PRICES FOR SUMMER SEASON I t ?"C?rc?e, 1/- Stalls, 9d. Pit, 6d. Ganery, 3d.?? <j S Entertainment Tax Extra. Early Doors 3d. extra to all Parts. II .It_' II II
Ystradgynlais Notes. Parish Meeting. At the Yniscedwyn School on Monday evening the ratepayers decided by a narrow majority to drop the question of enquiring into the audit of the District Council. New I.L.P. Branch. I On Monday evening the Cwmtwrch Socialists met together at Beulah Vestry to form a branch of the I.L.P. Ten names were handed in, and a pro. tem. secretary was appointed in the person of Mr Willie Harris. This augurs well for the prospects of the branch, as a number of prospective members were down at Panteg on Monday evening attending a service conducted by the Rev. Enoch Hughes, of Abercanaid, and late of Cwmtwrch. Several Ystradgynlias com- rades assisted in forming the branch, and were rr, "Ient at the meeting. These were W. R. Wil- liams. Frank Evans, David Jones and Llew E. Morgan. One who has taken considerable interest in this new branch is Mr Danny How- ,elis. checkweigher, Ystradgynlais Comrades wish -the new venture the success jj, deserves. Rowdyism on the Square? A correspondent writing to a contemporary recently called attention to the behaviour of a crowd of voung men, who, he stated, persisted in singing songs on the Square well on towards midnight every night. The young men plead grml to the singing, but object to the heading under which the complaint appeared. It is evident that the correspondent has no ear for music, or he would appreciate the charms of the "Red Flag I I "The Song of Liberty." and other Socialist tunes equally stirring in their appeal. The practices, which take place every evening, are part of the preparation for the Park Mill picnic next Sat-urdayi The Local Tribunal. I One of the most interesting oases before the I Swansea Valley Tribunal on Saturday last was that of Mr Llew Morgan, Secretary of the Ys- tradgynlais I.L.P. The applicant, who is a cer- tificated teacher, claimed absolute exemption on Conscientious Grounds. The military were repre- sented by Mr DHal1, J.P., and Councillor Gwilym James (late of Merthyr) solicitor, who was present on behalf of the Appeal Tribunal. The applicant had to answer the categorical questions drawn up by the Central Tribunal, and in the course of his replies stated that he was not prepared to change his oecupation as a condition of exemption. He proved that he held anti-militarist views long before the out- break of war, and from press cuttings and cartoons substantiated these facts. When asked what sacrifices he was prepared to make for his conscience, he said that according to the daily press there were sacrifices galore to be con- fronted by Conscientious Objectors, and from his knowledge of the ruling classes he was afraid such would be the case; therefore he did not intend going out of the way to suggest any further sacrifices. To the question. "How do vou reconcile your refusal to do work of na- tional importance with the privileges you enjoy as a British citizen?" his answer was: "In a brochure on the teaching of Patriotism which was sent to every Welsh teacher last St. Da- vid's Day there is the quotation, c In any neighbourhood the men and women who are working for the intellectual, social, material and spiritual development of their fellow-country- men and women these are God's truest pat- riots. They—of every name. and every capacity everywhere-who make men larger and who work to make them free, are the true lovers of their country.' I endorse all this, and I maintain tha.t in doing my present work I am repaying the community for the privileges I receive as a citizen." The Tribunal spent very little time to come to a unanimous decision, which was that the applicant was entitled to absolute exemp- tion.
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This terrible war is killing alit of businesses; Make it a personal resalve that the Pioneer I d»H n«t be kiHed. NOTICE! TO BILLPOSTERS AND OTHERS. THE Merthyr Tydfil Corporation Hereby Give Notice that any Persons Posting Biils upon the Properties of the Corporation will be prosecuted. be prosecuted. T. ANEURYN REES, Town Clerk. Town Hall, Merthyr, July, 1916. saleTJ Owing to depletion of Staff, the Stock must be re- duced, consisting of Clothing, Boots, Bedding, etc. At HARRIS'S, 5 Castle Street, Merthyr I 'Phone 597. 'Phone 597. WILLIAM TRESEDER, Ltd. THE NURSERIES, CARDIFF. WREATHS, CROSSES, CUT FLOWERS, &c. BEDDING PLANTS. Asters, Stocks, Dahlias, Marguerites, Lobelia, &c. Tels TRESEDER, FLORIST, CARDIFF. THERE 18 ONLY ONE OINTMENT THAT CURES And this is snpplied by Chemists and the MANNINA OINTMENT CO., FISHGUARD, And is sold in Three Strengths—1, 2 & 3.
T. E. Nicholas and Peace. GOOD MEETING AT ABERCANAID. I As advertised, the Peace meeting was held here, the Rev. T. E. Nicholas being the speaker. But Coun. L. M. Jones failed, owing to stress of public duties, to be present in the chair, and Mr W. J. Francis filled his place. The Chairman, in introducing Mr Nicholas men- tioned that he was well known to local readers of the "Pioneer" because of his notable contri- butions thereto. He also stated that that meet- ing was convened under the auspices of the Merthyr Peace Council, which had affiliated to it all parties in the Borough who were working towards bringing about the Peace so much needed between the belligerents in the Euro- poon Y\ ar. Mr. Nicholas opened his speech by referring to the appeals made nowadays with regard to the wastage of money amongst the working people by those who held the reins of government. Much is being said of saving mo- ney to carry onaffan after the end of the war, but he thomght that both wastage and sav- ing played a great part in the evil that ex- ists to-day. He gave several instances of how matters worked out in that direction. Refer- ring to the efforts that were being made to ensure Peace, he chaiaotensed them as the most sacred acts that could possibly be accom- plished. The Foreign Secretary laboured hard to prevent the war taking place, a few days prior to the, outbreak, but since he does not seem to have striven at all to regain the friendly relations between the nations at war. It is quite proper to try to reach an amicable under- standing in Europe now, as it was just before the culmination of the awful catastrophe in which we find ourselves. Enlightenment and militarism cannot live together, so enlighten- ment has to be subjugated to military interests. It shows to the world that Germany has gained the- victory. We have had to adopt German methods of carrying on our affairs. Possibly there has not been a victory with ship against ship, army against army, gun against gun-but still a victory has been achieved because we have been compelled to give up all our traditions of freedom and copy the ways of the enemy. Young men who have been reared in the pre- sotnets of the chapel and who adhere to the moral code of Christianity as taught in the Ser- mon of the Mount endure incarceration. The speaker and others of the same persuasion had still a little freedom to hold forth on their doctrine, and will continue so doing while they retain that privilege, in the hope that they might rightly serve the cause of humanity. There was a time when the wolf infested the land and preyed upon the lambs therein, but the wolf has been exterminated, lea-ving the lamb free to live; the eagle, too, was king of thy air in this country, and the Hove went in fear of its life, yet we have the dove in with us while the eagle is no more. So we will continue to advocate peace, early restoration of peace, so that we may build up an unbreak- able peace in the futtire.-The Chairman stated that the speaker was willing to answer any question the meeting desired to put to him to the best of his ability, but no questions were given. He also appealed for new readers for the "Pioneer," the only paper in the locality which promoted our side of the case. -Mr Dd. Da vies proposed a vote of thanks to the speaker, and Conn. L. M. Jones seconded. The meeting re- sponded unanimously.
Stanley Rees and Donald Macginess. I Lt was most elieeriul to witness so many com- rades at the Swansea G.W.R. Station: giving a hearty send-off to Comrades Stanley Rees and Donald Macginess, who were returning to Glasgow. There were some who could Hot keep a d/v eye; others fought hard against this, when the guard blew his whistle. The fine and noble character of Stanley Rees is Glasgow's gain when they know him, and to the Gorseinon, I.L.P., N.C.F. and Grovesend Smelters' Branch a great loss is felt at the absence of Stanley Rees. My readers will wish him success, joy and happiness. Conscience. At the presentation meeting of a sword to 'I Lieutenant Honey, some remarkable speeches were heard. One speaker, who was the comedian for the evening, dealt at length with the Con- scientious Objectors. He knew two women who were the wives of C.O.'s and who had black eyes—they having been beaten so badly. Read- ers if it was not for my strong belief in free speech .at meetings, my good friend would have had a warm ten minutes. He should have to confirm his statements in quick time. The Vicar Again. I Tongue cannot speak, pen cannot write, of the blessings received last Sunday. I had the pleasure to sit in Church a mono; men who had not been in a, place of worship for many a year. The Vicar officiated. He prayed earn- estly for Peace, and his sermon was more than I can express. The Chums of Scoventor. I Quite a number of soldier lads have Iseen home on leave—some of them Conscripts. I was pleased to see them look so well, and their praise for the good food supplied them, and plenty of it. Some of them had jolly good yarns to spin. There are a good number of Gorseinon boys at Scoventor—Tre>v. Thomas, Ro- berts Bach, Willie H. Roberts, Ivor Bowen, aii4 many others. Reader! if you have ,i, "Woocl- bine" to spare, hand it over to "Chum," Oare of Ivor Rees, High Street, and the boys shall get them immediately. Hon. Bertrand Russell. I 1 shall say with Phnip Snowden that it would have been a. fine thing if Asquith or Lloyd George had attended the meeting 011 Kings- bridge Common last Sunday. There was a magni- ficent audience, although the weather was not very favourable. Mr. Russell kept the audience spellbound by the facts and figures he quoted. Hp implored the audience to talk of peace at home, at the workshop or wherever they were. He spoke of the press of this country, and of its bitterness towards the German authorities at imprisoning Carl Liebknecht. Yet in this country the press was delighted that men of Liebkneeht's type were suffering. Was this con- sistent? We who live in this world live for the fruits of knowledge, of life, of hope—and not feat". My time is up to catch the post. I will f e, a t- M- say with Owen Jones: Bertrand Russell was a treat and shall go a few miles to hear him again I CHUM. I
KINGSBRIDGE C.C. AND THEIR OPPON- ENTS. (To the Editor of the PIONEER.) I Sir,-Ma-y I be allowed a small space in your columns to draw the attention of your readers in Gorseinon to the unsportsmanlike attitude of the above-mentioned club. A match had been ar- ranged for Saturday, July 8. between the Kingsbridgw Club and the Twynyrodyn C.C. The last-named club travelled at great expense and loss of work to Gorseinon, and when they arrived at the ground of the first-named club, they found, to their dismay, that the Kings- bridge Club had "funked" it. The captain of the team further disgrace d his club by dodg- ing the Merthyr players, by scuttling up back streets. He then went to plav the same after- noon for another club. It was quite unnecess- ary for any blushing damsel to offer the captain of the club a white feather—the same was displayed by their dodging tactics. In the inter- est of clean sportsmanship. I trust that the Kingsbridge C.C. will receive the contempt they deserve from their supporters.—Yours, etc. MERTHYRITE. I
ABERBARGOED I SUCCESSFUL TEMPERANCE CAMPAIGNF—A great and successful demonstration was held at Aber- bargoed on Thursday last, under the auspices of the National Prohibition Campaign. The demonstration was organised by the local branch of the B.W.T.A., and it spoke volumes for the sfiicerity and activity of the branch. The fol- lowing took part in the procession, which par- aded the streets: —Members of the Local Cae,i-sa l e,m Baptist Branch of the B.W.T.A.; Oaersalem Baptist "Sunday School and Band of Hope; Moriah Eng- lish Baptist Sunday School; Tabernacle Congre- gational Sunday School; Wesleyans and the For ward Mvovement; The Little White Ribboners; Salvation Army and the Juvenile Rechabites Club, under the supervision of Messrs. Davies and Griffiths. Mr Dan Edwards proved him- self, as usual, to be an expert marshal. There were also present the" Revs. J. W. Perry and Morgan Lewis. The usrnal vote of thanks to those who took part in making the demonstra- tion such a success, was carried with acclama- tion and* undoubtedly the best demonstration ever held in the locality came to an end. "If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink.
EVERY PRINTING ORDER given to the "Pioneer Press" means more Ammunition for Party Propaganda. Get into the Line of our MUNITION WORKERS.
The Electric Theatre. The programmes at the Electric this week have not been such as one usually associates with blue skies, brazen sunshine and quick silver running away to the top of its tube in the thermometer. Both programmes have been un- usuax.y powerful—the sort of programmes one generally looks for when the cold, wet, cheer- ,g i )ts of w i nter di- less nights of winter drive one to the cinema. as to a haven of rest. It has been a welcome sur- prise to those of us who have learned the charming cult of the cinema. That stupendous 4-reeler, "The Boss," headed the week's list, and headed it worthily, for seldom has it been my lot to see a better told story clearer pho- tography or finer, more convincing acting. "The Boise" is one of the new sociological dra- mas that the high-class studios are putting out, and behind a most enthralling plot was a clear insight into the ways of American politics. The Boss is but a counterpart of hundreds of real Iife&stories enriched by the best art of the dramatist, and as it was played by Holbrook Blmn and Alice, Brady, the story of the bar- tender \s rise to political boss, make a great im- pression. Burns and Stoll continue their non- sensical burlesque absurdity tricks in an irre- pressible manner, and the "Tangle of Pokes and J abbs, during the early part of the week, would, to use a favourite old phrase, have made a oat laugh." "The Diamond from the Sky" grows more enthralling as the weeks de- velop its unusual theme of plot and counter- plot and. hair-raising adventure. "Married for Money," the big special in Thursday's change of programme, is without doubt the most convincing and touching picture story of a, great domestic ajad social tragedy that I have ever seen. Daisy Cordell, as the heartless girl,, who marries for money and brings sorrow and misery in her train, is eclips- ing the great reputation that she gained for the superb way in which she played the leading part in "Royal Love," a.nd Frank Harrison is equally great in a difficult piece of work..Few P I I'? av e pictures have equalled "Married for Money" in their appeal to cinema, lovers—none have ex- celled it. We shall have to wait many a long day before another picture dealing with this subject comes long and ousts it from memory. The sixth week's "Greed" serial maintains, and than maintains, all the praise that I have lavished on this wonderful piece of work. "The Railway Monopoly" plot and counterplot is one of the finest pieces of revelation that I have seen, or hope to see. I am weekly convinced of the truth of my early judgment that the De- mocrat who misses "Greed" misses one of the greatest educative forces that was ever offered to him. The Rathe Serial. "The Girl from Lost Island" still runs its exciting course, and I again emphasise my previous opinion that "The Girl from Lost Island" is far and away better than the popular "Elaine" serial. Next week's programme promises to uphold woi thilj the high level that has this week been attained. A remarkable romance of love and gold hunting is to be screened on Monday in the newly-released "A Man's Sacrifice." The 3 reels that teli this romantic story ha.ve been received with the greatest of econiums by the trade press, and I ?'till looking forward to Mon- uin w ith sol,le s] day s opening with some small amount of im- patience. "The ÐÜunond from the Sky" in- its 10th Chapter is to introduce us to "Old Foes with New Faces," and there is to be a really fine 2-reel Mutual Drama. "The Thunderbolt." On ™ Thursday next the great racing di-ai-na "B" the Shortest of Heads," is to be screened, and from its reputation and the sport-loving I charaoteristics of the Meitliyrites, I expect big houses towards the close of the week "Greed" deals with the "Steel Trust, and reveals a das- tardly plot to" blow up a man-o'-war, and so bring about a war, through which the pockets of the Steel Trust will be lined with gold. And the "Dreadful Pit" will be the title of "The -■ Girl from Lost Island" serial.
YSTALYFERA HEV. ENOCH HUGHES' BIG CONGREGATIONS. Big meetings were held at Pantteg Chapel, Ys- talyfetra, on Sunday last when most able and outspoken sermons were delivered by the special preacher-—the Rev. Enoch Hughes, 'Abercanaid. In spite of the ram, hundreds attended each service, the evening service being a record in attendance—not a single seat remaining vac- ant at 6 o'clock. Crowds travelled from Cwm- twrch Ystradgynlais, Ynismudw, and Pontard- awe, which Speaks well for the popularity of the preacher: Most of these were I.L.Peers and N.C.Fers, and they were all gratified to hear Mr Hughes so heartilv and si neerely voi c- ing their views and feelings. He denounced in most emphatic terms those who attempted to reconcile the war with the teachings of Jesus Christ, and also those who took advantage of the war to make profit. He showed how un- christian and illogical were those who claimed this war to be a war to end war. "You can- not crush evil by adding ten evils to it," he said. "You cannot establish Peace with the weapons of war. You cannot secure a victory for truth and justice and oivilisabion with the weapons of barbarity." <' There were," he said persons present who may not agree with me, but no one could say that he was not faithful to the teachings of the Gospel." It was inter- esting to note that before the sermon a solo was sung by Miss Esther Ann Joshua entitled "Let There be Light." The appeal was most ade- quately responded to in Mr Hughes' sermon. TARRENI COLLIERY.—Things are very unsett- led at present at Ta,rr,eni Colliery. About two months ago the workmen lost a turn to bury a fellow-workmen who was killed at the pit. This has been the custom with the men en almost every occaion, but for this heinous of- fence they have this time received summonses for breach of contract. They were to have ap- peared at the Police Court last Friday, but the summonses were adjourned for a fortnight pen- ding a settlement, but so far no settlement has been arrived at. lam expecting the work- men to fight to the end against this piece of Prussianism." More anon!