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Maesteg Notes. I I.L.P. Annual Meeting. I The annual meeting of the Maesteg Branch I.L.P. was held at the Co-op. Social Centre Hall on Monday last, April 16th, at 7 p.m., Comrades Harry Davies and Scott (Taibach) president and secretary of the Mid-Glamorgan I.L.P. Federa- tion, were in attendance. Comrade H. Davies (Taibach) presided. The two Federation officials had a chat with the members present on the best methods of organising the branch for active work; the branch having resolved to get serious- ly to work during the coming year. The audi- tors gave their report, stating that everything was in a satisfactory order and that the balance was on the right side with something like 25 to the good. Afterwards the election of officers for the ensuing year took place, the officers elected were as follows: President, Timothy Dineen; vice-president, T.J. Jones; secretary, J. H. Rees (re-elected); treasurer, Dd. Jones (re- elected); literature secretary, Jack Lewis; lec- ture secretary, Morgan Jones. Collectors were also appointed for the different districts. It was decided that the sale of the "Labour Leader be taken un by the branch again, and that every member be expected to take two copies per week, one for sale or to be given away, and, if any comrade could dispose of more, that the literature secretary be notified so as to obtain the required number. Things are looking brighter than they have been for a long while. There was a fairly good attendance, but we should like to see more of the old faces that have been absent for some time, also some new ones. Two new members were enrolled. Next meeting, Monday next, same place, time 6.30. Comrade H. Davies gave a very encouraging address, and three cheers for the International ooncluded the meeting. Maesteg Miners and the Red Cross. I Colonel Herbert Lewis, of the Red Cross So- ciety, who has done great service to the Society both at home and in France, visited some of the lodges of the Miners' .Federation in the Maesteg District last week in company with Mr. Vernon Hartshorn (Miners' Agent). They both visited Caerau and Coegnant Lodges (separately) on Thursday, and a joint meeting of the Cwmdu and Maesteg Deep Lodges on Fuday. The ob- ject of the visit was to obtain subscriptions for the Red Cross Society to help to maintain ihe hospitals of that society. Colonel Lewis ex- plained the scheme which he had outlined to the i Executive Council of the S.W.M.F. antl which they agreed to support and recommend, viz., That the S.W.M.F. members should contribute 3d. per week for 16 weeks or arrange for any other method of contributing to the extent of 4s. per ltead to this society. The Colonel made a great appeal in a very good address, and in all four lodges it was decided to fall in with the scheme. Mr. Hartshorn stated that whatever the decision of the lodges would be from these meetings no money would be called for until a mass meeting was called and the question dis- cussed at that meeting, so as to give the after- noon and night shift a chance of hearing the case and passing their opinion upon the matter. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded the Colonel for his able address and the manner he answered the questions that were asked of him. Mr. George John, Maesteg Deep, presided at the Joint Lodge meeting on Friday. Disowning the O'Grady-Thorne Deputation. 1 The Maesteg Branch of the N.U.R., a healthy one at all times, doesn't like Messrs. Thorne and O'Grady being sent to Russia as Democracy's representatives to the newly-freed people, and it said so clearly at its mass meeting last Sunday, when the following resolution was unanimously endorsed: This meeting of the Maesteg Branch of the N.U.R. sends joyful congratulations to the de- mocrats of Russia and calls upon the Govern- ment of Great Britain and of every country, neutral and belligerent alike, to follow the Rus- sian example by establishing Industrial Freedom-, Freedom of Speech and of the Press; the aboli- tion of Social, Religious and National distinc- tions; an immediate Amnesty for Political and Religious Offences and Universal Suffrage. Further we condemn the action of the Govern- ment in their appointed deputation as repre- senting the Democratic class in this country to go to Russia."

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