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Tonyrefail Notes.


Tonyrefail Notes. Charles Dickens," I A paper was read before the Ainon Literary I Society on Charles Dickens/' by Miss Myfan- wy Griffiths. A clear outline of his life given, a detailed description of each of his works, and the chief characters were given, together with the circumstances which led to the writing of each of his works. The paper was well arranged and of educative value. The chair was taken by Mr. D. P. George, Tonyrfail. Cantata. I On Sunday the congregation of Ainon Baptist Chapel were entertained by the performance of a cantata entitled Hosanna and Plant," com- posed bv the Rev. P. H. Lewis, Pencader. The choir, about 75 in number, and members of the Band of Hope of the chapel sang the various choruses admirably. The soloists did their part well, as also did the elocutionists. The conduc- tor, Mr. Lewis W. Thomas, may be congratulated on his training of the choir. Miss Maggie Lewis was the accompanist. In spite of unfavourable weather conditions there was a large audience at both the afternoon and evening performances. The Case of Idwal Williams. I Idwal Williams, who has been working for some time under the Home Office Scheme, has returned to Cardiff Prison. During the Christ- mas holidays he was homo on leave and came to the conclusion that lie could no longer continue, under the conditions, to work under the Home Office Scheme. He had no objection to alterna- tive service on principal. He wrote a letter to Mr. W m. Brace, the chairman of the Home l Office Committee, stating his reasons for not re- turning to the work centre. Within a week after he was arrested and taken to Cardiff. Wil- lams has liid a trying time of it during this last twelve months from the time he first went before the Tribunals. He is stated to have been badly treated on several occasions in the hands of the military, and he went on hunger strike for 21 days as a protest against alleged ill-treatment. Female Labour in Collieries. I The introduction of female labour at Coed Ely Collieries is continuing to be the subject of much discussion among the workers, who from their comments do not appear to take the matter seriously. Now if women are permitted to work at all at collieries they should have all the re- spect of their fellow-co-workers. It may be said that they have no right to be at work there. One may ask where has man had the tin question- able right to have the first place in any occupa- tion? We, as members of the working class (both sexes) have to earn our living somewhere. To say that certain work does not suit women ? out of the question to-day. There are women who can change places with all classes of workers. Some women are more adapted to even heavy work than many a man. There is no distinctive difference in the stature of them—it is only a question of adaptability and development. Then again, to sav that it is dangerous for them to compete with man for a means of livelihood— why should they not have a chance to compete? Do not men oIdifrerent standards compete with one another under the present system? Why should men cling to the competitive system as being the only possible one ? Why not look else- where for a solution for the diSicultyp Compe- tition is inevitable while the majority of men believe and maintain the present capitalist sys- tem. If women are to have equal rights with men, why any objection? Women are to have a vote and to be recognised. So we must face the new and future development with an open mind. What should our attitude be towards women working at colliery surfaces ? It seems that there are two courses open to us. Either the women must be prevented from working at the colliery or they must be recognised and protected on an equal footing in our common interest. Re- garding the first course—it is a question whether it is wise and whether the economic conditions will permit it. Respecting the second—if they are recognised and allowed to work, they must be permitted to become members of the Federa- tion, so that they may be. protected. They must have the same wages for the same kind of work as men. It is now the time to prevent them from working for lower rates. And the way this can be done is by their joining the federation. Once in the Federation they will afford no more competition than men do among themselves, pro- viding that they will be dealt with as workers and not as women workers. The sex-barrier must be removed so far as labour anu wages are con- cerned. So let every workman consider seriously the question and not dismiss it as a joke. There is a great deal that could be said of the probable improved condition that men may benefit by the dilution of labour. That is a matter of develop- ment which we may direct.

Merthyr Notes.1


IDowlais Notes. !

Bedlinog Notes.

Abertillery Notes. j

Abercwmboi Notes.I

ILiquor Decision Sequel. I


Merthyr Vale Train Dash.I


i* 'Bargoed Notes.