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Merthyr Notes. Public-houses Assessments Reduced. Merthyr Assessment Committee on Saturday temporarily reduoed the ratable valuations of public-houses in the union area by 22} per cent. Lively Aberfan War Aims Meeting. Mr. Clem Edwards, M.P., was persistently heckled by a few anti-war miners at a war-aims meeting at Aberfan on Wednesday, at which his co-speakers were Mr. Towyn Jones, M.P., and Commander Carlyon Bellairs, M.P. He started off by saying that he regarded the suggestion to take a ballot .of the South Wales coalfield on the down-tools question as a gross act of treachery to our Allies, to the nation, and to the soldiers from the coalfield. He prophesied that nine out of every ten of the young colliers of South Wales at next week's ballot would vote against a down- tools policy. Then the opposition made itself vigourously apparent. Why aren't voti in khaki yourself," • £ rieC? one. "-Because he's got a better," inter- jected another-. (Laughter and cries of "Slmt 1 7  ) lip. Mr. Edwards Because I am considerably over 40, being in my 50th year. I asked to ioin'the regulars within four months of the outbreak "f war, and I was refused. I am in a Volunteer C o c.0111 Corps, ami when the tx»>"e comes Y sfcan be fight- ing) ftlKt I hÚf;e you win go and do the same. (Applause.) Continuing his speech, the mem ber for East Glamorgan was continually held up by a hurri- cane of questions from the opposition quarter. At the conclusion he promised to come back to talk to the miners again and devote. his time whollv to questions. Vaynor Milk Prices. Vaynor Food Control Oommitte.e have fixed I the retail price of milk for the parish at 6d. per quart. Municipal Employees Wages. Merthyr Corporation on Tuesday adjourned c.onsideration of the demands of the Municipal employees for 15s. advance in wages on the pre- war basis, so that the rfltes naid by other muni- cipalities and district councils might be verified. The Mayor Elect. A general purposes committee meeting of the Merthyr Town Council on Tuesday chose Ald. N. F. Hankey, J.P., as mayor-elect for the en- suing year, lie thus being the first mayor for the borough to hold office two years in succession. The choice was made on the proposition of Aid. F. T. James, seconded by Mr. J. Harpur. Mr. L. M. Francis, on behalf of the Labour group, raised objection to the precedent- created by the re-election and Mr. A. Wilson (Labour), after pointing out the Labour attitude was only taken on principle, paid a personal tribute to Ald. Hankey's service as mayor. No other name being submitted the Mayor was re-elected amidst applause. Son of Mr. Frederick Alers Hankey, first unionist ALP. for the Chertsevj Division of Surrey, and a. London banker, the Mayor was educated at Sherbourne and after- wards graduated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He is managing director of the Hills-Plymouth Colliery Co. (Ltd.) and a member of the Coal-j owners' Association. He has sat on the Council for upwards of 20 years. Measles Outbreak. Troedy" rhiw and Cefn infants schools are tem- porarily closed down because of the prevalence of measles in the two villages. Maxton at Troedyrhiw. Mr. James Maxton had a good meeting at Troedyrhiw on Tuesday night. There were very few bare spots in the Tabernacle Hall, and his reception and frequent salvos of applause testi- fied to the peoples appreciation of his clever speech. Mr. Maxton dealt in easy fashion with the evolution of life and of social practices and organisations, demonstrating the value of the Divine discontent of the agitator, as the agent of evolutionary progression; and showing how Socialism was the ultimate end of social evolu- tion amongst civilised nations. He made some fine rapier thrusts at modern conditions, and was bitingly critical in his survey of the philosophy of Jingoism. Bowls. The following officers were elected at the an- nual meeting of the Cyfarthfa Bowls Club, Mer- thyr: Chairman, Mr, Milton Thomas; vice- chairman, Mr. T. Phillips; captain, Mr. R. A. Pring; vice-captain. Air. D. J. Humphreys; secretary, Air. W. Williams; and treasurer, Mr. D. J. Parry. Steady Progress. The Merthyr I.L.P. is steadily increasing its membership these days; each weekly meeting seeing a few new members added to the roll. On Tuesday ten new members were proposed and ac- cepted by the Party. Cyfarthfa Works Accident. William Little (46), of St. Tydfil's Avenue, Twynyrodyn. was working with a gang replacing a damper on one of the Castle Mill stacks at the Cyfarthfa. Works on Sunday when apparent ly the "tackle" gave way and he crashed to the mill roof 35 feet below. He was (lead when picked up. Cyfarthfa Blast Furnaces. I The blast furnaces, at the Cyfarthfa Works, Merthyr (re-opened about twelve months ago after a period of idleness extending over ten years) were started on Monday. Upwards of 100 new hands have been ta ken on. N.S.P.C.C. and Chilcf-Neglect. The National Society for the Prevention of I Cruelty to Children im-csti?ated 3.201 com- plaints of neglect and cruelty in England, W?lea and Ireland during the month of September. Of I the 3,143 completed cases, 3,049 were founcli true, an'ectin? the welfare of 9,182 children and involving 3,1 8Ú offenders. "arl1Jng were issued in 2?77 cases; 103 were prosecuted (re- sulting in 101 convictions) and 169 were dealt i with by transfer or in other ways. From its foundation in 1884 the Society has dealt with -968.397 complaints, invoh-ing 2,723,395 children. In the Merthyr and District Branch during the same month 12 cases were dealt with, affect- ing 27 children. Allotments. PE'rson recpÚl'ing allotments in thtO' :l\If'rth,vr, Persons requiring a l lotments In the Merthyr, Dowlais and Penydarren districts for cultivation next season -art,, to send their names, without delay, to the Secretary of the Merthyr and"Distriet Allotment-Holders' Association. Mr. Charles Ballard, 13 The Parade, Merthyr. Royal Sanitary Institute. I At an examination held at Aberystwyth uni- versity on October 26th and 27th, Air. Oliver HaD, "Hawthorns," Edwards ville, Treliarris, was successful in obtaining the certificate of Sanitsvry Insppctor. Mr. Hall was trained for the examination by Mr. Lewis Mills (sanitary inspector. Town Hall. Merthyr). II. L.P. The I.L.P. on Tuesday night decided to press forward a scheme for communal kitchens in Mer- thyr at the next meeting of the Trades Council. Brewery Assessment. Merthyr Assessment Committee have granted a temporary reduction of 20 per cent. in the ratable valuations and breweries and spirit- stores in the Union. The Secondary Teachers' Revolt. The graduate and non-graduate masters and mistresses ais Cyfarthfa and Intermediate Schools, who, as announced last week, are in re- volt and have handed in their notices to the Merthyr Education Authority as a protest on certain points, have held several meetings during the past week, and incidental to other conten- tentions, the teachers are dissatisfied with the proportion of the Fisher Grant allotted to them, viz., £ 540 out of t2,097, and they pointed out that at Swansea and Llanelly the whole of the Fisher grant for the secondary schools were allo- cated to that object, whilst at Cardiff £ 2,700 was allocated out of £8,1(>0, and at N' ewport out of

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