CORRESPONDENCE. ] Correspondents are requested to condense their letters as much as possible. Letters of a personal character will not be inserted. The Editor wishes it to be distinctly under- stood that he will not hold himself responsible for the opinions or statements of correspond- ents nor undertake to return rejected manus- cripts. Carres yon de n ts i.UST write on one side of the paper only. THE DAY OF PRAYER. (To the Editor of the PIONEER.) Dear Sir,—In connection with the Day of Prater arranged for in this country on Sunday, August 6, the Sunday next after the anniversary of the declaration of war, it may be of some interest to your readers to know that in Hol- land the day has been set apart generally in the churches for special emphasis upon Peace in preaching and in prayer. Also it is known that some Christians in Germany will on that' day be united in prayer that Peace according to the Will of God may be speedily granted to the world. It is also likely that the day will be observed by many people in America and in Scandinavia in the same way. It will be well for us in our own prayers on that day in this country to remember that it has assumed an international character. and that our prayers should accordingly strike a large note of catholicity.—Yours very faithfully, RICHARD ROBERTS. ANTI-MILITARISTS AND THEIR FUTURE. (To the Editor of the PIOXEEH,) Dear Sir,-It is to be skicerelv hoped that in view of the fact that anti-militarists may have to suffer for their opinions in the future by finding it difficult to obtain employment, employers in sympathy with their cause and ideals—and they are many-will advertise their requirements in the journals that have stood by the cause of International Brotherhood in this crisis of our lives, and thus prove that there are sti-il those who value the liberty of the subject and freedom of thought.—Frater- nally vours. T. P. W. RE" JONES. SEION." (To the Editor of the PIONEEK.) Dear Sir,—I am sorry Mr Jones took umbrage at my remarks concerning grammar. I plainly stated that I could no t understand I may be at fault. OR reading the Pioneer for July 22, 1916, I realised, with regret, that Mr Jones and .F. Edwards were not on common ground. f submit I cannot understand a state of society such as he portrays. In despair almost. I betook me into a large field with only the blue canopy as overhead shel- ter to picture this society. In my reverie, a society where every man, woman and child in- dulged in metaphysics, and naught else seemed impossible. I tried to imagine all—save self— outside the pale. Gradually the shadow of a great White Chief took shape before mine eyes. With hand extended he delivered a message, Don't." I realised, suddenly, that he was not alone: immediately surrounding him were oth- ers. Jaures Karl Marx Enid Stacey Caroline Martyn Elizabeth Fry; Bradlangh; Ferrar and others—what a magnificent range of thought; wha t a view of Humanity in general. One whom I did not recognise stepped forward and greeted me, I do not understand "Jones, Seion." He damtls me right and left; says I am sarcastic, pretentious, personal and blasphemous. I hur- riedlv said this and awaited an answer. The Jones, Seion," does not realise but still you must work on for the emancipation of the people. You must steadily labour at the foundation walls of the Great City," where. when finished, war will be unknown. The streets will be running with the milk of human kindness and Free Love practised in all its purity. Within the Central Chamber will sit "The Supreme" dispensing Justice, not Mercy; and from the highest pinnacle will float the Red Flag of Perfect Freedom. And when fin- ished. these men, who are as the ghouls of the battlefield, will want admission, and you must make them welcome. I was still despondent. The II Jones Seion" accuses me of blasphemy. Do I blaspheme? Does the world at large blaspheme ? The answer is in the affirmative. Every time you lay vo ir head upon the pillow without ibought for the little children who are deprived of boots, food and education, you are guilty of Masphemy. Every time you remain passive in the full knowledge that some poor woman on the Thames Embankment is meditating 'twixt the river-bed and prostitution—that is ?b_las- phemy. When you say "All is well," and some poor industrial hero enters the workhouse, you blaspheme. These things are blasphemous. With regard to stipend and "Jones, Seion." What of the quotation? Shall I sign and publish the declaration as desired ? 1v friend smiled. The verses disagree, and therefore I will pass them over. By all means sign and publish a true declaration if called for. Let your decla- ration read thus —I hereby warn the public that all wages are part of a system of wicked robbery, spoliation and confiscation Further- more. all wealth is produced by producers. Non- producers have no moral right to wealth. Un- der Socialism none would starve. Signed. F. Edwards. You need have no fear as to offend- ing ministers and vicars, because many of them realise that to be a wage slave is to be more or less servile. The ministers of the Gospel oould give a great lead to masses by an open declaration against wage slavery. Tell the Jones Seion" that when he is called to adjudicate a pianoforte solo he must not judge the piece or the artiste as a pork but- cher. But "J ones Seion" refers me to the Crucifixion. and again points out that I am damned. And what of the After Life? Joneis Seion" refers to the finished work on Oalvarv Tell him that we re-enact the Cal- vary every moment of our lives. Tell him that the Battlefields of Europe put Calvary in the shade. That thotfeands of God's images and the children of God are being cruelly slain and mutilated; widows and orphans being made dailv in thousands that the soil which should be producing wealth is 'oeing saturated with human blood. The meanwhile he prays. Yes. truly you are damned in a system which ad- mits of European or anv other's slaughter. If t,he People will learn to live this life tney need feave no fear of the afterlife. You must send forth the gospel that all men ought to be free; that home-life must be sancti.ued; that some homes known to-day mua? be destroyed and? newer better homes built on the ashes. That men must be free to let their soul expand that they may appreciate the good in all things. De- velop the "soul" of man. but remember that a beautiful soul cannot develop properly in a crippled and distorted tabernacle. Healthy bod- ies a,nd mi ads perfect living conditions: a ,chance to develop; a material expression of all that is beautiful in all religions and creeds. That is the consummation of Socialism. Social- ism is a means to an end. And our Societies—Socialistic and otherwise? Ah! my friend, these various organisations have one important rule, viz. That inner workings I or private affairs be ,not made public. This applies equally well to churches and chapels. I must leave you. my friend, but before I go give these messages to those concerned on your own behalf. To the women of the universe: "Be watch- ful, for your time is at hand." To the Socialist: "Keep the Red Flag flying" To the Jones Seion With all thy faults I love thee still." To the world at large: "Peace." I turned to thank my friend, but he was gone. —Yours fraternally, F. EDWARDS. I RE "JONES, SEION," AND WM. EVANS. (To the Editor of the PIONEER.) My Dear Sir,—I welcome the opportunity to make my reply to the 27 questions asked me by Mr. Jones, of Seion. I was rather surprised to find that he aJlows me to; his method in the past has been to suppress every defence. Probably he has realised in time that he deals with the Pioneer." If Mr Jones had a difficulty to bring "kosmos" out of "chaos" with the other correspondent's questions, surely it will be equally difficult for me to answer 27 questions in the space you can afford to give me. After reading the whole of Mr Jones' letter carefully, I have come to the conclusion that he need not trouble himself re his" hiography," It is to be found in Luke 18, 11:—"The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adul- terers, OR EVEN AS THIS PUBLICAN.' I am considered by Mr Jones to be a. "special specimen of a genuine Socialist." How can he judge, when he knows no more about Socialism than he does of human nature? And. he will never understand if he persists in approaching the subject with a biassed miind. Nay suffi- cient bias to counteract an unusual sunshine. Mr Jones evaded one of my questions, viz. How does lie reconcile "made all things to all 'men' and call them names, viz., 'dross'?" However, Mr Jones had a purpose in saying my questions were a challenge, and that was, that he may add, Well it sounds similar to Goliath of Gath." May I inform you, Mr Editor, that we do not rear Goliaths in this village; but it seems to me that we have im- ported one. Now to the questions. 1—Re Boldness (1) Mr Jones did preach openly"; and please remember, sir. he had my sympathy and support as long as lie kept to sub- jects lie understood. (2) I well remember the morning he misrepre- sented Socialism; he was in the pulpit, too of- ten transformed into a coward's castle," as we are not allowed to ask questions nor chal- lenge false statements. (3) I also recollect my dissension to his mis- representation, but it was not a church meeting that followed the sermon. It was a meeting of the deacons who also left before we finished our little debate. I told Mr Jones then that in future I would be compelled to challenge or question his misleading statements during the course of the sermon," aJid from that day he never exercised his "boldness" on Socialism in mv hearlng4 ,I) I did apply on behalf of the I.L.„ P. for the loan of "Seion" for Dr. Hughes -So lecture on "Christian Socialism." I made out a case, but Mr Jones got up and said, Brethren, we have a resolution on our minute book to the effect that only sncred things are allowed here, and this thing is not sacred." He had written the I.L.P. Secretary (off his own previous tq this;, to the same effect. The meeting should decide what was sacred, and what was not, but he would not let them; but continually told them, "Remember the re- solution." Well, Mr Editor, some time after that. the Insurance Act was explained in Seion. Surely "Christian Socialism" is infinitely more sacred than that 4d. for 9d. palliative? (5) Re "mv tenets being contrary to the prin- ciples of the Church, etc. how swiftly does the pendulum swing from one extreme to the other! Replying to Mk* Edwards in the same issue of the "Pioneer," Mi; Jones says: "The word principles is not once in the Word of God: it I belongs to the vocabulary of this world." How inconsistent! Mr Jones does not care whether things are of God or of the world when it suits his purpose. (6) I was challenged to meet Mr Jones and some members to discuss the infallibility of the Bible; but it is incorrect (to use a mild term) to say I refused." What I said was that it would be inconvenient for me to attend the class held on a week night. Then, on the sug- gestion of a member, a class was formed, which met after Sunday school, for which we all voted and I attended every one, which proves him to be incorrect whgn he says I "refused. At that class Mr Jones refused "to have the Bible as a text book. Thrice did I move the Bible thrice did he, with scorn, say "Not fair! not fair! hot fair!" Further, he never tried to assist any one of us to come to his point of view, but ran behind the Lease" and "Llythyr Y Gaman- fa But some of the members who held his (Mr Jones') views did attempt, to their credit be it said. But, Mr Editor, they were as far re- moved from the truth as they were from the much-talked a-f Timbuctoo. Really an aboriginal could have done equally as good, After the class had been in existence fo, some Sundays. Mr Jones announced that the class would cease to exist, as he preferred to hold communion with HIS God than spend his time there." I asked him privately for his reason for so doing, and his reply was, "I was afraid they (who held his view) would be con- verted to your views." Gentle reader, draw your own conclusion. (2) "Re Consistency and Pabriotism" Six out of the seven questions under this heading are concerrin? Socialist rules and 1'egulations." Mr Jones would 'learn something about Christ- ian charity" and human toleration if he was regoneratd i-n?o the movement, and may I re- mind Mr Jones of the worcb of Professor Selbie at Llandrindod Wells some week-s ago, when he said, The churches are more or less empty as the result of the minis terete uneharitableness to- wards men who hold different opinions- to their own. (7) He asks in what church I am dt present a member? Why not exercise a little common- sense, or he will find yourself asking who is my tailor presently. Suffice me to say "I am a member"—the least among the brethren. (3) "Fairness and Selfishness" The seven questions under this beading concern my action in preventing his giving the Communion on a. Sunday evening. The facts are as follows:- There was a "difference" between Mr Jones and some members of tlie church. The deacons considered the matter, and came to the conclu- sion that all were at fault and further resolv- od that Mr Jones and these members must be reconciled before the communion could be ■a d- ministered, be de,fied them, with the result that the majority of the deacons stopped away from the communion and service. When Mr Jqnes TO about commencing to administer the Lord's Supper, I got up and asld Mr Jones if it was not true that the deacons had passed such a resolution. And Mr Jones said Sit down, brother." I said, "Not until you answer my question." Some members endeavoured to sifletrack, but were soon retreating. Then they sang a hymn to drown my remarks and ex- planation to the congregation, whereupon I went up to the communion table and waited until they saw fit to finish singing, which came about very soon. Then I placed the posi- tion before them, viz.: that they had recently elected their deacons, and were they going to support them or nqtl? Or was Mr Jones to be aHowed to play the part of an autocrat in a Democratic denomination? I did not call slanderous names on the minis- ter. What I said was tha,t Mr Jones was bent on excommunicating some members by hook or crook." and I further said that as long as I was a member, it would not be done without my protest. And I appealed to the members to walk home quietly, which they did. And had I not the same right to my action as**Mr Jones had to his? The "temple" needs to be swept. occasionally. (7) The vote of censure was never communica- ted to me. (4) "Cruelty and Starvation" I did NOT re- sign my deaconship he cause the other deacons would not join with me to give Mr Jones not- ice, another fabrication because they all re- signed (with but one exception) and all who re- signed advanced the plea that Mr Jones was anaddas to be minister of "Seion." But two of us had further reasons. Well, the church again elected deacons, and all the ones who re- signed were re-elected, but I did not take up the work for the same reason that caused me to resign. I did bring forward ONE proposal to give Mr Jones Notice, based on his wife's (now departed) confession that he had a place to go to, which Mr Jones confirmed, but afterwards denied. I would not have done so but for the fact that Mr Jones had a place. And has not the church the same right to give notice as Mr Jones had in doing so at his previous pasto- rate? The members of Seion numbered 280 in 1906, whereas in 1912 they only mustered 276. which, considering that Gorseinon has developed more than any other place in the whole of the Swansea District during the last ten years, is food for thought. Moreover can Mr Jones make out a case from the New Testament that a minister is to be for ever fixed in the same place If so. he should still be at his first pastorate. When Mr Jones asked for an increase of salary (previous to any serious difficulty existing bet- ween us). I presided at the church meeting, and was told by some members "that I was guilty of being extremely in favour of giving the minister (Mr Jones) an increase." But Mr Jones calls it starvation (7) Re my Contributions: Takng a period cov- ering from 1906 up to and including 1910 (ex- cepting 1909, as I have no balance sheet), my contributions are 12J per cent above the aver- age with. all the local tradespeople paid, and no banking account. Christ teaches me that a contribution is judged NOT on the amount given, but on what is LEFT after contributing. If Mr Jones thinks he could enhance his posi- tion by debating his conduct as against mine luding the last four or five years of my mem- bership at Seion," in public, and a collection made which could be given to any charitable cause. I am agreeable—as I honestly think that course to be better than the one he now adopts. Trusting that I have sot been unduly harsh in my reply. One thing I can say, Mr Editor, Mr Jones cannot make me HATE not evep himself.—Yours fraternally, WMEVANS. LIanprch, Gorseino W EVANS July 29, 1916. ll,
Rhymney Litigation. I MERTHYR STIPENDIARY REQUESTED TO STATE A CASE. In the King's Bench-Divisional Court on Monday, Mr Justice Darling and Mr Justice Lush, on an ex-parte motion by Mr Randolph Glen, for the Rhymney Iron Company, granted a rule nisi for mandamus directing the Stipen- diary Magistrate at Merthyr T'ydfil (Mr Griffith) to state a case for" the opinion of the High Court embodying a point of law the company wished to raise in regard to a fine imposed on them under the Public Health Act for not opening a drain to remedy what was said to be a nuisance Solicitors: Messrs. Gwilym James, Charles & Da vies, Merthyr Tydfil. ABERBARGOED B.W.T.A. CONCERT—The usual weekly con- cert under the auspices of the above, took place at the Central Hall on Tuesday evening, Mrs Perry presiding. An excellent programme was given, and the local artistes distinguished themselves. Solos were rendered by Mr J. Dav- ies Mr T. Pugh; Mrs Hannaford; Mrs Gabb Miss Tudgay and others. A vote of thanks to the artistes was moved by Mrs Perry, secon- ded by Mrs Pugh. At the close refreshments were partaken of. and an enjoyable evening came to a close. Next week another splendid programme has been arranged. I.L.PEERS FOR LIBRARIES COMMITTEE—We are pleased to learn that Mr Idris Davies (our popular newsagent) and Mr James Griffiths have been appointed to serve on the Bargoed and District Libraries Committee. are members of the I.L.P., and should prove very useful members of the committee. ABERCANAID & PENTREBACH PERSONAL—The parents of Private E, Rich- ards of Church Street Pentrebach, desire his friends to know that he (Private Richards) is progressing favourably at one "of the English Hospitals. They are also grateful to the Pio- neer;" for their kind wishes and sympathies. News has also been received that Guardsman Ned George (the prominent Rugby forward) is doing as well as can be expected at Whit- church Hospital, Cardiff. Mr and Mrs Dan Rees (Abercanaid) journeyed to Birmingham on Saturday last, together with a friend, to see Mrs Rees's brother, Private Tom Jonas, of the Warwickshire Regiment, who has been badly wounded in the Great Push. He is in a bad condititon in hospital awaiting operation. The relatives have our sympathies. The latest news of Private Will Morris, Abercanaid, says that he is still in a oritieal condition. We sincerely hope that better news will soon be forthcoming. The old folks are in a sorrowful plight. CHoip,-A mixed choir has been formed at Abercanaid under the able conductorship of Mr J. Morgan Thomas, A.C. (Abercanaid). Their chairman is Mr David Morgan; secretary Mr W. R. Morgan, together with a strong committee. It is proposed to compete at a forthcoming eisteddfod at Abercynon. BACK IN CIVUJ LtFE- The friends of Mr Edgar Davies. R.A.M.G.. of Abercanaid, will be pleas- ed to learn that he is once again back in civil i life after strenuous service amongst the wound- ed at Reading Hospital. He is accorded a hear- ty welcome home.
1, Cwmavon and Port Talbot Notes. I Mr Anderson and Tal Mainwaring. The press has given very little publicity to Mr Anderson's admirable speech made in the House of Commons at the end of last month. The speech was made in reference to the recent charges brought against Tal Mteinwaring, Dan Morris, -and Jenkin and William Williams, un- der the Defence of the Realm Act. I have a decent respect for the limited space of the Pioneer," so I will only quote passages which bear directly on these cases. In the first part of his speech he dealt with the raid on the Cwmavon I.L.P. Centre, and then proceeded to deal with Tal Mainwarfeig's case. He said: The next case to which I want to direct attention is a prosecution under the Defence of the Realm Act at Port Talbot Police Court on June 8, when a man named Main- waring, who was a Socialist and a local Coun- cillor, was charged with an offence under the Section 27 of the Defence of the Realm Act at a meeting about Conscription on May 7, and three other men were charged with distributing leaflets. The men were defended very bril- liantly by my hon. and learned friend the Mem- ber for Carmarthen Burghs (Mr Llewelyn Wil- liams). The Mainwaring speech, in my opinion, ought never to have been made the subject of a prosecution. There is reason to be- lieve, if the Home Secretary wants information, on this point, that this matter was instigated not by the military authorities, not by amy responsible military officer, but by Mr Percy Jacob the Mayor of Aberavon, who is chairman of the Aberavon Military Tribunal, and who that morning left his own police court in order to sit in judgment upon this case." Proceeding in another part of his speech, Mr Anderson said: If the Home Secretary will care to look into this matter, he will see that Councillor Mainwaring's speech had abso- lutely nothing to do with- recruiting. It was never in his mind to influence recruiting, and if you arc going to stretch that Act so that you are going to bring- a charge that a man in such a case is prejudicing recruiting, there is not one critical word spoken, either in this House or outside, that could not, by stretching of this sort, be brought under the measure. Or Mainwaring made no reference to recruit- ing, and it showed very clearly what the police attitude was. Just listen to this slight dialogue between the defending counsel and Inspector Rees, who warned the speakers before they started that if they did speak trouble would be likely to follow: Mr Williams: W ere you prepared to prev- ent him speaking? Witnes: I know his general views; I had that in my mind at the time. Mr W iiliarns: You were prepared, before he opened his mouth, to prevent him making a public speech? Witness: I had an idea what he would say. In Germany, where everything is wrong, the police very often go to the meeting, and when something is said of which they do not ap- prove, they hold up a hand and the meeting is stopped. We have very often laughed at that and condemned it; and said how much better off we were in this counÜy; but here are the police, before a man opens his mouth, take it upon themselves to warn him that every word he is going to say is going to be taken down, and that the man is likely to get into trouble, The whole purpose of this penal- ty was to put down the meeting. There was no question of the defence of the realm in- volved in the matter. Councillor Mainwaring is a man of high character .respected locally, a. man who has held meetings without a word of interruption, and he has gone down for 3 months under the sentence. Referring, to Dan Morris' case he said: "'An- other man, Dan Morris, a local postman, has not only gone to prison, but he loses his situa- tion as well. I think that, if it is at all pos- sible, the Home Secretary should cause some investigation to be made in this case, which I suggest is harsh and vindictive, and see what can be done in regard to what, in my opinion, is a grave public scandal. I do suggest very strongly that this sort of thing is a travesty of justice." Co-operative Extension. The interesting ceremony of opening the new grocery, boot, and butchery premises of the Taibach and Port Talbot Co-operative Society speaks well for the democratic and progress- ive spirit of Taibach, and also of the indefatig- able committee and employees of the society. The opening ceremony was officially conducted by the late Trident of the Society (Mr D. R. Rees) and presided over by Mr Batey. A neat souvenir, printed for the occasion, gives a brief history of the society's development since its commencement in February, 1902; and also shows a number of photographs of its past and present officialsemployees; buildings and horses. It also contains a photograph of Mr J. Ramsay Macdonald, M.P., and notes on his career. The present membership of the so- ciety is 1:200 and the number of employees 44. The output of the bakery at the present time is 45 sacks of flour per week. In December, 1907, the first horse was purchased; to-day it owns five horses and a similar number of vehicles. These figures indicate the capacity wokers have for great things if they combine, xhe society prides itself on Co-operative loyal- tty in principles and trade, and it is to be hoped that "loyalty to principle" will be its watch- word in flie anticipated developments of the future. The more ambitious part of the pro- gramme was to be seen in the evening, when Mr Macdonald addressed a huge gathering on Co-operation" at the Wesley Hall; and a number of well-known artistes displayed their respective talents in nne style. The chair was taken by the president of the society (Mr Ba- tey). The overture was played bv Mr D, A. Dyer Port Talbot, and his magnificent playing deserved all the applause of the audience. a- dame Bessy Morris. Ammanford, sang "There's a Land." Shouts for an encore went up, but the Chairman explained they would have an- other opportunity of hearing her glorious sing- ing. The next item was a recitation by Mr E. J. Thomas (Maesteg), and his elocutionary powers brought forth a round of cheers. The next item was a. song by Madame Morris: owing to the persistent hand clapping anfl shouts for an encore she replied by singing Y Gwcw Fach." The Chairman, in introducing Mr Macdonald, spoke in powerful language of the advantages of Co-operation, and urged those who were not already members of a Co-operative Society to join at once. Ho said that Mr Macdonald's reputation was not only national, but was an international one. (Applause.) "We have re- cently had a system of daylight saving, but I am afraid," he exclaimed amid laughter, that a system of daylight robbery has been going on for some time." When Mr Macdonald rose to address the meeting, he was received with a great outburst of cheering, and it was some time 'before he was able to speak. He complimented those who took part in the entertainment. and said tkat was alone worth coming down from London to hear. I do not understand," h? i proceeded, how anyone can doubt the progres& 1 of Co-operative Societies amongst the working class. The Co-operative Society should spen?' every penny carefully" because for them no pennies should waste. That is the whole phil- osophy of it. If you leave all this organisation of distribution to people who only make pro- fit out of you, you are giving an enormous pow- er to people who have no interest but that of profit-making. If the working classes of this- country would only get the system of distribu; tion in their hands, they would hold the econo- mic key of the whole of society. You just go home and think about it. It is not enough,,r he cried, "to be a, member of a. Trades Union, my friends; but if you go home week after week a.nd hand over your shillings to the Chancellor of the Exhequer—this extraordinary ■ creature—(laughter)—the more we know and" think, the more we wonder at the working. 5 classes. (Cheers.) The Co-operative Society 1& thrift; for every penny you spend should be spent well. That is what it means. Thrift does- not mean to save to save, and to save expen- diture. The man who saves is not a thrifty man unless he can afford to spend. The re,%f thrifty man is the man who spends his money in the same way as the farmer sows his seeds. (Cheers.) To save money," he went on, for accumulating purposes is just like a farmer who accumulates his seeds and leaves them to rot is a, barn. That is not thrift," he exclaimed amidst loud cheers. "The only thing that. is worth accumulating is life and the qualities belonging-to it. (Cheers.) You have very little money to save you have got, certain means j whereby you can spend it well; it is far better II. to spend your money or invest your money on your children than on war loans. They have bodies to be kept clean as well as str'ong. and we want a young generation that will feel and define good in their promises and their souls. They want to be educated not to read nonsense, not merely to read books, but educated to jUdge; and to understand what is right and what is-' wrong educated to select the good from the 't bad; to give sound opinions; and to see that they get facts separated from fiction, (Loud cheers.) That is one way of spending inoney I spend it on your children's souls." Mr Macdon- j aid then dealt with the various advantages of Co-operation in a most convincing manner. t Mr WVndham. Edwards proposed a vote of thanks, and advised the local branches of th# Mmers' thanks, Federation to bank with the C.W.S. Coun. Harry Davies seconded, and his neat- little speech was recorded with loud cheers —» convincing proof of his popularity in locaE circles. A most enjoyable evening was ended bv sing" ing Avid Lang Syne." C ourt- M artialled. Mr Willie Rees. Aberavon, was court-mar" tialled at Kinmel Pa.rk a. week last Tuesday fof refusing to obey military orders on the grounds- j of conscience. He was sentenced to two years' hard labour, and will probably be sent to Wal- toll Gaol, Liverpool, to serve the sentence. The First Stage, On the same day Evan Mort, Taibach, w Conscientious Objector, was fined £ 2 and order- J ed po await an escort at the Port Talbot- t Police Court. f AFANEER. I
-== L Ynysyfiwl and District Notes < Local Pensions Sub-Committee. i The first meeting of the Pensions Sub-Call), mittee for the Ynysvbwl Ward was held oIl Thursday evening at the Workmen's Hall. Tllurs d a, i n, Ellis Lewis was voted to the chair pro teni-r and took nominations for the chairmanship Mr David Rogers, District Councillor, being el" ected. Mr D. T. Jarman (Trerobart Schools), who has had considerable experience with the working of the Prince of Wales' Fund, was ap- pointed secretary and-Mr J. E. Morgan (trea- surer. The members of the sub-committee are: Mesdames J. 1. Davies (Glenview); D. Price i Jones (Errianfa); R. D. Morgan (Gurnce Houss)' M. J. John il4 is6 M. J. John; Miss G. Lewis; Miss M.*Glover Messrs. W. Hazell; W. Thomas (Clive House); Evan Davies (relieving officer); H. James; H' W oosnam; W. I?wis; Ellis Lewis; M. J. Joht? George Monks; W. Francis; Win. Williams; p, Smith; Dr. R. D. Morgan; and Councillor James Evans. Mr J. E. Morgan mentioned that the Joint" orkmen's Committee felt that labour should" have been more fully represented upon the committee, and had therefore nominated fi-qØ other workmen. The Chairman explained th? the sub-committee itself could not increase it$ numers this could only be done by the loC?? ,? Pensions Committee at Mountain Ash. It wa5, therefore, decided that their sanction be asl??i'l for to the increasing of the sub-committee j from 24 to 30 memhers. Lady Windsorites and Holidays. Tho question of the workmen s holidays wO considered at a. general meeting of Lady "Wind- sor men on .Friday evening, Mr Henry" JameS presiding. Letters were read from the Generjtl Secretary pointing out the urgent need for maintaining the output of coal. After some dis:, cussion. it was resolved that the delegate should: vote at conference for a. 2 days' stoppage. M1" F. f, Pnday was elected delegate. The Chairman stated that the manager desir" 1 ed the workmen to take a collection I tOWaJf the Cardiff Infirmary and Porthcawl Rest, ding the sanction of the General Manager til- the Nursing Scheme. The meeting felt that the management were not playing a sti-aightlor- ward game in this matter, and resolved that 0° I coilectio-n should be taken before the Nursing < Scheme as drawn up by the workmen was sane, tioned in its entirety. j Parliament's Promise Recalted. The Darranddu and Mynachdy woilaiien, a* I their meeting this week, gave their delegate to f conference a. mandate for taking 6 days' holiday' The view t?ken was seeing that the authority had promised the miners a week's holiday J- I August. the promise should be MnHe'd. [ Hand Ambulance for Lady Windsor. I The Lady Windsor workmen are to be coP' gratulated on the fact that, as a result of their pertinacity, the management have p,rovia, ed an excellent ambulance car for the convey, ance of injured workmen to their homes. They do not intend to rest content,5 however, until !f motor ambulance car is also provided to ta-ke serious cases to the Cardiff and Pontypridd HoS' pitals. The company contend that they g,rO;. already complying with the provisions of tb' ) Mines Act in this respect, inasmuch as they ha* I made arrangements for the use of the "imbill' ance car from the Abercynon Rescue, Statiot" The workmen, however, declare this to be inade' quate, and have referred the matter to pr, Atkinson, Chief Inspector of Mines, for b1 ctaeision. Printed and Published by the Labour Pione^.i Press Limited, Williams' Square, GlebeJa^ i Jj Street, Merthyr Tydfil, August 5, 1916. 1 ■ ￼ ￼ .? .?..? ￼ ￼ ￼