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The Great Convention and After.

Labour in Ireland.


I Merthyr War Pensions Committee.

* Aberdare Waterworks.I


I British Duty in India. I

Travelling without Railway…

The People's Food.


The People's Food. MERTHYR TRADES COUNCIL'S ACTION TO PREVENT EXPLOITATION. VIGILANCE buMMSTTEE FORMED. Chief amongst the matters before the Merthyr Tra-des and Labour Council on Thursday was the question of guarding against excessive prices being charged for foodstuffs. It was Mr. Bert Brobyn who broached the question; and lie suggested the formation of a vigilance committee. The work of the commit- tee (he said) would be to receive complaints of any infringements of the various orders of the food controller, make investigations and in cases proved to have foundation bring the facts be- fore the notice of the police for prosecution. It was decided to form the committee and elect upon it three members from each ward. The National Institute of the Blind appealed to the various trades unions to pay a contribu- tion of Id per month per man towards its up- keep. Mr. Verment, of Cardiff, on behalf of the institute, made a racy speech, in the course of which he said that following upon the success of the scheme for training blinded soldiers and sailors in trades which they could carry on at their own homes one had now been launched which would embrace the industrial blind. Now nearly 200 persons employed in the various in- dustries of the country went blind every year, and at present there was no adequate provision for them; existing institutions could only accom- modate 2,000, and there were roughly about 30,000 blind in the country. The national Insti- tute for it's part was now training blind indus- trial workers on exactly the same lines as were those blinded in the army or navy, and already in South Wales men were being trained who would eventually return to their homes fully equipped to earn a livelihood. The advantage of home-work was that men received the maxi- mum market price for the commodity they made. He knew of one institution where men were paid at the rate of Is. 2d. for a certain article after- wards sold for 51s. a dozen, and the selling- price for it since had gone up to 63s. The "man at home" scheme would result in this advance of price going all to the d .iiiak-ei-, as it should. T Paying the suggested A lefc £ would place workers, should they ever beceifie afflicted with blindness, in a position of not having any com- punction in entering an institution; it would be due to them and n.n (-Lai,Ifv. And after train- ing they wotiid agai?t t/«i.oi/e setf-sup^ortittg àJill useful members of the community. He hoped, too, this interest now created in the we l fare of He hoped the blind throughout the eountr would result in State aid, shelved by the war, being put into force by the Government as soon as possible. Mr. Verment's appeal was received with sym- pathy and the matter was referred to the Exe- cutive Committee. That the name of .Mr. T. T. Jenkins, Aber- canaid, who has been threatened with perman- ent loss of sight, should crop up at. this stage was inevitable, and a vote of sympathy with him in his affliction, coupled with a sincere wish from all the members for his speedy recovery, was passed. A deputation attended with the request that C.L.C. classes should be initiated in the town, and the matter was referred back to the various affiliated lodges through the delegates. The formation of a local branch of the Na- tional Association of Discharged Soldiers and Sailors was referred to the Executive Committee. A resolution was adopted protesting against the continued imprisonment of Mr. Peter Pet- roff, a Russian political refugee, and a well- known member of the Russian Swial Democratic Party, and calling for his immediate liberation. Mr. Samuel Jennings (chairman) was appoint- ed delegate for the council at the Leeds confer- ence.

Bituminous Coal.