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Tonyrefail Notes. I The C.O. Martyrdom. I The return of sanity m respect to men in pri- son for conscience sake is welcome. Who locally would question the sincerity of Ivor Evans, his character and disposition is well known. Yet he is still in prison, sentenced to two years' hard labour, when he is entitled to an exemption from military service by Act of Parliament. Now is the time for the local ministers and others to show their humanitarianism by insisting through I the press and by resolution that men of his type shall be released. Rowdyism at Miners' Meeting. I Last Friday at the Cinema. the miners re- ceived a deputation from the Examiners'. Asso- ciation, who submitted the whole of their posi- tion to the overflowing meeting. "John Barli- corn was unfortunately very enthusiastic and elevated. His enthusiasm and expression no one will deny him, providing that he would keep on his own threshold (the tap-room). On this occa- sion. however, he invaded the hall when a grave, situation demanded careful consideration. The deputation put their case very clearly, and an- swered questions, apparently, satisfactorily. But the meeting was one of the most noisy and dis- orderlv that have been witnessed in the locality. There was shouting and interpolation from all parte of the building, with phrases like Chuck him out," "Shut up," "Sit down," "Fight it to a successful issue," cries of Order," "Chair- man, resign! "Rule him out of order," "Go io the war," If you chuck me out the seat and all will have to go," and booing every time a member in the front of the audience rose to his feet to speak. The crowning event was reached when a vagabond philosopher, who, handing his cap to a bystander, with the remark Let me give them something," paraded in front of the audience and appealed to the chair- man for permission to speak. It was refused, but, undeterred, he went on with an harangue in Welsh and English, and in weird and won- drous words moved the excited crowd to up- roarious hilarity. Was it truly a sign of the times? Apparently it seemed as if the whole gathering had become demoralised. Greater indifference to reason and sanity could hardly be anticipated. It seemed as though a depraved spirit of recklessness and insanity had taken possession of the meeting. But in spite of all, the Examiners made a deep impression on the crowd, especially through Mr. T. Young, who most powerfully and eloquently championed the Examiners' cause. Ultimately the meeting passed a. resolution in support of the Examiners.
Neath Notes. I Propaganda Activity. I The Socialist Society made an encouraging start in its winter propaganda work on Sunday when the speaker at a crowded meeting was Miss Pallister, of Brynmawr, who made an earn- est appeal to women to realise that the Socialist Movement was theirs as much as man's and asked that they come in and take part in the work. Spanish Repression, I The Socialist Society have passed a, strong re- solution condemning the acts of repression in re- spect of the Spanish proletariat by the ruling I class government of that country. The Ballot. I 'I It appears that the torces ot reaction ana ignorance have come out on top in connection with the comb-out ballot in the local collieries, as large majorities against down tools have been registered. Dilatory Trade. ,L I ?ll I The Trades (Jouncu are ratner dilatory m act- ing on the resolution passed some weeks ago de- ciding to hold a demonstration to vindicate the I right of access to the public halls of the town.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Insurance Committee. NATIONAL INSURANCE ACTS, 1911-1913. NOTICE TO INSURED PERSONS. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the date -C?,IVF,?-; tht the d.- L, fixed by this Committee for the Revision of the Medical List is the FIRST DAY of JANUARY, 1918. INSURED PERSONS de- siring to change their Doctor, or the method by which they have been obtaining treatment after the end of the medical year, December 31st, 1917, must give NOTICE to the Committee be- fore December 1st next, and such notice should be .given by sending to the Committee before the date named the medical card, together with a letter signed by the insured person, stating his desire to change. AN INSURED PERSON WHOSE NAME IS INCLUDED IN THE LIST OF A PRACTI- TIONER ON THE PANEL. WHO IS AT ANY TIME DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEM. BER, 1917, HOLDING A COMMISSION IN THE NAVAL AND MILITARY FORCES OF THE CROWN, SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO SELECT ANOTHER PRACTITIONER AT THE END OF THE MEDICAL YEAR, UNLESS HE IS ABLE TO FURNISH REASONS FOR DOING SO, WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE MEDICAL SERVICE SUB-COMMIT- TEE OF THE COMMITTEE. Postage should be paid on all letter addressed to the Committee. DATED THIS 7th DAY OF NOV., 1917. F. A. PHILLIPS, Clerk to the Committee. Post Office Buildings, Merthyr Tydfil. HOPE CHAPEL, MERTHYR. SUNDAY NEXT, NOVEMBER 11th, 1917. Rev. J. Mofgan Jones, M.A. Subject-" TRUTH." A CORDIAL WELCOME EXTENDED TO ALL THERE IS ONLY ONE OINTMENT THAT CURES And this is supplied by Chemists and the MANNINA OINTMENT CO.. FISHGUARD, And is sold in Three Strengths—1, 2 & 3. 'Phone 597. 'Phone 597. WILLIAM TRESEDKR, Ltd. THE NURSERIES, CARDIFF. WREATHS, CROSSES, CUT FLOWERS, &c. BEDDING PLANTS. Asters, Stocks, Dahlias, Marguerites, Lobelia, &c. Tela: TKBSEBER, FLOKIST, CAKDJFF." BLANCHARD'S PILLS Are unrivalled for all Irregularities, etc., they speedily afford relief and never fail to alleviate all suffering. They supersede Peniyroyal, Pill Cochia, Bitter, Apple, &c. Blanchard's are the best of all Pills for Women. Sold in boxes, 1/1J, by BOOTS' Branches, and all Chemists, or post free, same price, from Leslie Martin, Ltd, Chemists, 34 Daiston Lane, London Samples & valuable booklet sent free, ld. stamp. ¡ Merthyr General HospitaL SPECIAL GENERAL COURT OF GOVERNORS. A SPECIAL MEETING of the GENERAL Z' COURT OF GOVERNORS will be held in the COUNCIL CHAMBER of the TOWN HALL, on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th, at 8 o'clock in the evening (when all Governors are requested to atttend), to consider the following requisi- tions. (Signed) WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, Chairman. EDWARD EDWARDS, Secretary. November 1st, 1917. TO THE CHAIRMAN OF MERTHYR GENERAL HOSPITAL. Sir, Under the Provision of Rule 45 of the Mer- thyr General Hospital, we, the undersigned, being Governors of the said Hospital, request that a special Court of Governors be called on Thursday evening, November 1st, 1917, to dis- cuss and decide upon resolutions dealing with Rules as set forth below. Resolution 1 (Alteration of Rule 46). (a) That the whole of Rule 46 be delete.d and the following be substituted, viz. That there shall be a select body called the Executive Board, consisting of 36 Governors, to be made up as follows: The President, Vice- President, and Treasurer. Eighteen shall be I direct Representahves of the Workmen Oontri-/ butors, selected and appointed by the Workmen themselves. Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, Craw- Bros., Hill's Plymouth Co., and Nixon's Naviga- tion shall have one representative each, selected by themselves. The Honorary Medical Staff shall select three of their number to represent them, and the remaining eight shall be elected at a General Court of Governors. In consideration of the eighteen direct repre- sentatives granted to the workmen, the work- men employed at the Dow lais Collieries and Steel Works, Cyfarthfa Collieries, and Plymouth Collieries shall contribute 4s. per annum for every adult, and 2s. per annum for every boy under 18 years of age, employed, to the funds of the hospital, and the employers named above shall, in respect of the representative each granted them, contribute annually at least the maintenance cost of one bed each. The Employers, Workmen, and Medical Staff shall not, as Governors, take part in the elec- tion of the eight members allocated to the Governors. (b) Rule 49. Delete the word .Five" and substitute Three," and after the word "annually," and before the word "and," insert "except every third year, when two shall go out of office." (c) Rule 3. Delete the words "and vote," and add "but shall not be entitled to vote except at meetings of the Court of Governors." Resolution 2.—Medical Department. That the Honorary Medical Staff shall be formed of all the Panel Doctors in the area served by the Hospital-a Principal after two years' residence and an assistant after five years' residence in the district. Resolution 3.—New Rule. Small bodies of workmen or Societies subscrib- ing the sum of £ 5 per annum shall be entitled to appoint a Governor. Yours faithfully, (Signed) B. J. WILLIAMS, See. (Sgd) T. J. Evans, Cyfarthfa. D. W. Jones, Plymouth. Wm. Jones, Cyfarthfa. Enoch Jones, Dowlais Miners. H. E. Carter, Plymouth Miners. Idrits Davies, Plymouth Miners. H. Davies, Cyfarthfa. Governors. Requisition 2. TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE MERTHYR GENERAL HOSPITAL. Laaies and Gentlemen, We, the undersigned, being Governors of the above Hospital, in pursuance of Law 149, here- by give notice that we desire a Special General Court of Governors to be called for the follow- ing purposes, viz. — To repeal Law No. 5 of the Laws of the Mer- thyr General Hospital and in lieu thereof that the following Rule be adopted, viz.:—" That "the body of Workmen employed at the Dow- lais Works shall, so long as they subscribe "annually a sufficient sum to cover the cost of. "the maintenance of one Bed, be entitled to "nominate Five Governors; and if they sub- scribe a sufficient sum to maintain two or more beds three additional Governors, so long as such subscriptions are continued. The bodies of Workmen employed at the Cyfarthfa Works, Plymouth Works, and Merthyr Vale Works shall have the, like privilege of nomi- nating Governors to the same number, upon the same conditions, it being a condition that there must be a subscription in amount suffi- cient to cover the cost of a Bed before any nomination from any one of the said Works can be made. The cost of a Bed is fixed at £100." Dated this 5th day of October, 1917. WILLIAM GRIFFITHS. FRANK T. JONES. D. W. JONES. C. M. DAVIES. ARTHUR J. HOWFIELD. S. SANDBROOK. ROBERT GUNSON. I Governors.
Maesteg Notes. Good Hearing. Sunday afternoon Industrial History Classes at Maesteg are going well. The teacher is j Councillor J. Evans, Nantyfyllon. Stipendiary for Ogmore. I Maesteg Trades and Labour Council favour I the appointment of a stipendiary mâgistrate for the Ogmore Division. Educational A-ute-nomy.I.. I Local autonomy in educational matters by a I joint scheme covering the Llynfi and Garw Val- leys is advocated by the Maesteg Trades and i Labour Council. I Less Working Hours. I The Blackburn 36-hours week for workers' resolution, without reduction in wages, was adopted by the Maesteg Trades and Labour Council, and it was decided to send the resolu- tion to Mr. Meth Jones to be placed on the agenda for the Democratic Conference at Brid- gend on November 24th.
The Comb-Out Ballot. AFTER, a campaign in the press, at the street corner and from the official coterie of the S.W.M.F.—a campaign unsurpassed in the viru- lence of its abuse of opponents, in its hysteria and in its misrepresentation a campaign so en- tirely one-sided as to give the lie to all idea of British fair-play and justice, since from the very nature of tlik case any opponent who defended his policy immediately placed himself outside of the law by contravening the Defence of the Realm Act, between 25 and 30 per cent. of the miners of South Wales have declared that they would be prepared to stop the wheels of industry rather than supply men to carry on the war. Personally we have all along felt that the ballot was a huge mistake from' every point of view, and we have exhibited only regret that the in- dustrial organisation of the miners should have been subjected to such a very risky experiment as its use for purposes quite outside of its legitimate activities an experiment calculated to introduce the seecfe of anarchy quite irrespective of the final result of the ballot. Under all the circumstances of the case we are surprised that some 24,000 men should have been found to de- clare themselves for the out-and-out policy. We may safely take it that a very considerable pro- portion of these men are men who will come within the scope of the "comb-out"; and we may further safely assume that their action in marking the ballot paper as they have indicates that 95 per cent. of them are going to "object" to military service when the individual call is made upon them. That means that the already acute problem of the conscientious objector is going to be rendered 'still more acute in two directions. First, it is going to add tremendously to the number of men to be dealt with; and, secondly, it is adding to the opinion already be- hind the conscientious objector a more direct and active interest in the treatment of the C.O. on 1'1, ,> me part ot one ot the most powerful an d pro- gressive trades unions in the nation. The P8r-1 son who imagines that the ballot means that those who crossed their papers against the "down tools" policy, are fight-to-tlie-last- man and ltst-shlll;ng-ei-s," ii-e living in a fool's paradise. They are deceiving themselves. All that the ballot has seiyed to show to the public, is that even the most advanced unions, are, out- side of a few well-defined lines of action, float- ing aimlessly on an unchartered sea. That is a problem which those; of us who have been con- nected with Labour and Trades Unionist move- ments for any length of time knew so well that it did not need this ballot to enforce the lesson. It is the problem which is always referred to when one speaks of reconstruction from the In- dustrial point of view; and it is the problem that has been the dynamic behind the spontaneous movement of the past few years towards indus- trial unionism that has characterised all the large industries during those years. As another argument illustrating the inefficacy of present- day unionism outside of mere wage and time movements the ballot was- too expensive in its probable results to have been employed, besides an understanding of the problem that it illu, trates demands a lot more knowledge than the Tej,oice-aii d-be-glftcl followers of the ballot possess. The man who to-day represents the ballot result as a "pa trio-tic" answer to the German-gold-bought Pacifists of the S. W .M.F. is too superficially informed to be argued with. He knows Toothing of industrial history and can- not conceive the tendential direction in which trades unionism is now heading. His very belief that the ballot gives the quietus to pacifist effort on the part of the Federation, and commits it to a Jingoist policy shows his inability to grasp the issue. An inability that will have a rude awakening in the very near future.
Rhymney Valley Notes. Municipal Milk. With regard to the. local milk-prices agitation our Rhymney Valley correspondent writes Are the Bedwelltv Food Control Oommittee serious in the question of municipalisation or not'? Are the committee in favour of such a scheme? As the committee has decided to appoint, on the motion of Mr. Edgar Davies, J.P.. a sub-oom- mittee to consider municipalisation, the public should be aware that when the same motion was moved and seconded by Messrs. R. J. Jones and Evan Thomas two weeks ago, they were the only three in favour; yet when the committee find themselves in the present dilemma they accept. There are over 100 nlkmen supplying the area, whereas under municipal control 35 to 40 men would be ample. Take the Garden' Village, for example, where nine persons are engaged one would be sufficient. Judging from the figures disclosed at the Aberbargoed Public meeting, some milkmen had, after allowing for all ex- penees (even including insurance and half-a-pint for waste in retailing—which the public deny), made a clear profit of £ 7 Is. 2d. per week. The half-pint for waste per gallon would mean in this case another R8. There is not much danger in running a successful municipal supply.
RHEUMATISM- KIDNEY TPOUBLE. itheumatism is due to uric acid crystals in the joints and muscles, the result of excessive uric acid in the system that' the kidneys failed to remove as nature intended, and this acid is to a great extent the cause of backache, lum- bago, sciatica, gout, urinary trouble, stone, gravel and dropsy. The success of Estora Tablets for the treat- The success of I ment of rheumatism and other forms of kidney trouble is due to the fact that they restore the kidneys to healthy action, and thereby remove the cause of the trouble, and have cured num- berless cases after the failure of other remedies, which accounts for them superseding out-of-date medicines that are sold at a price beyond all but the wealthy. Women frequently suffer from ills, aches, and pains under the impression that they are victims of ailments common to their sex, but more often than not it is due to the kitaeys, and in such cases Estora Tablets will set them right! The test is at least worth making, as woman's happi- ness and success in life depends on her health. Estora Tablets fully warrant their description —an honest remedy at an honest price, 1/3 per box of 40 tablets, or six for 6/9. All Chemists or, postage free, from Estora Co., 132, Charing Cross Road, London, W. C. Bargoed and Aberbeurgoed Agent—W. PARRY WILLIAMB, M.P.S.
N.U.R. Kicks Over The Traces. DISSATISFACTION WITH TRADES COUNCIL NOMINATION OF TOWN COUNCILLOR 'I LEADS TO PRIVATE NOMINATION BY BRANCH DEPUTATION. There was a. surprise at Tuesday's special meeting of the Merthyr Town Council, in the shape of a, revolt of the N.U.R. local branch against the nomination of Mr. Dai Perkins by' the Trades Council as successor to the late Coun. John Williams, as Labour representative of the Town Ward. The nomination, of the Trades Council was contained in a letter from Mr. W- Harris, secretary of the Trades Council, in which it was stated that Mr. Perkins had been chosen by the miners' lodges and endorsed by a full meeting of the. Council. The N.U.R. branch sent a deputation of two to plead the case of their man. The first speaker contented himself with an eulogy of the nominee's work in the National' Union-Hnd a most creditable record it is. The second speaker was much more germane in deal- ing with the question. His claim was that the railwaymen felt that they had a right to the aeat from the fact that their nominee had in i ImJun y put up an extremely keen fight in opposi- tion to Councillor Phillips, and had polled 602 votes-the higheiit number polled for Labour in the Wara1, with the exception of Mr. John Wil- liams' poll. The railwaymen, he explained felt that they had a grievance against the Trades Council because no opportunity was given to dis- cuss the merits or demerits of the two candidates before the Council. Had that been done they felt that their nominee would have been brought forward that day. It appeared to the railway- men to be a, case of might-against right; and it was because they felt they had a grievance that they had decided to put the facts before the Council. A question was asked by Councillor Jones (Treharris) as to the political views of the two nominees because there was Labour and Labour, and the answer would effect his vote. Strong exception was taken to this question, liowever, and after Aid. Lewis had raised a laugh by opining that" perhaps one is a. Pacificist; it was dropped. Councillor L. M. Jones then moved the offi- cial nominee of the Labour organisation—Mr. Dai Perkins. Both men whose names were be- fore the Council were personal friends of his; and both names had been before the proper or- ganis.atioll which had weighed the pros and cons of the nominations and had recommended the nomination of Mr. Perkins as the Labour choice. Councillor Francis, in seconding, pointed out that both he and Councillor D. Davies (Pant) were members of small societies, as proving that the Trades Council was prepared and did sup- port small societies. The miners in this instance felt "? as ?'? "? had been held by Mr. John ]lllam, their agent, that thev had a right to select his successor. Mr. Perkins had been chosen by a Ward Committee of Labour men; and the Trades Council had sent out to its constituent bodies for nominations, and by a great majority the delegates, acting on the instructions of their lodges and branches, had supported Mr. Perkins. Both names had been before the Trades Council, and that body had received no intimation that dissatisfaction had arisen over the choice. Coun. Parry supp-orled. Councillor Lloyd, after regretting the impaisse that had taken place in the Labour choice, and telling the Council of the broad view that he t-ook of the Labour Movement and the need for the representation of all phases of Labour, moved the name of the N.U.R. nominee; this was seconded by Aid. R. P. Rees. Councillor Dai Davies (Pant) himself a N.U.R- man, warned the Council that if the N.U.R- man was elected trouble would ensue. He would represent some 200 trades unionists locally, while Mr. Perkins was the chosen nominee of some 15,000 or 16,000 unionists. He hoped the Council would consider the seriousness of the position that would result from a refusal to select the Trades Council nominee. Coun. Vj. Morell pointed out that if there was anything at all in the so-called truce the seat was a Labour seat. It had been held by a miner, and the miners desired to perpetuate 'that posi- tion, and so had acted through the only repre- sentative organisation that Labour had in the Borough to put forward their claim and their nominee' had been selected in the proper consti- tutional manner. When the vacancy, caused by the death of the late Ald. D. Thomas had to be filled Labour had taken no part—it had been- filled in accordance with the political truce. He put it to them that when a nominee was brought forward by the proper Labour organisation for the Borough, and supported by an overwhelming number of the Labour representatives on the Corporation, it was hardly in good faith-to say nothing of good taste—to seek to divide the forces of Labour in the Borough on this ques- tion. There was no responsibility on them in the the matter of the choice, except that of being true to the spirit of the existent understanding; and if that was not observed then a lot of trouble was being invited. They of the Labourv benches asked their co-councillors to accept the official nominee in the spirit in which Labour had accerpted the nomination from their oppo- nents' ranks on the occasion to which he had referred. So long as there was Democracy and government by majority, so long would he stand by that Democracy and by that majority. Councillor D. W. 'Jones said the remarks made by Councillor Morell werdflfcund and they would be making a great mista^Pto interfere with the duly appointed nominee of the responsible La- bour organisation. Labour was undoubtedly en- titled to this seat and he appealed to the mover and seconder of the amendment to withdraw their motion. The truce which was made was very well understood to be that so far as the political complexion of any sitting member who died was concerned, that his place should be filled by the organisation responsible for the Party which the deceased member represented. Undoubtedly there was only one responsible La- bour organisation in the Borough, and rightly or wrongly it had made the choice. Both gen- tlemen whose names had been mentioned were very well known m the town, and either would be acceptable to the Council and would make an excellent member. The railwaymen had had their opportunity inside the Labour organisation, and it seemed to' him that their case for appearing before the Corporation was hopeless. There was a proper candidate sent forward with the full re- sponsibility of the local Labour organisation be- hind him, and he thought that they all ought to accept him. He hoped there would be no divi- sion. There was no need for a division. He was very sorry that one member had seen fit to utter threats which to his mind were silly, and quite uncalled for. The N.U.R. nominee was then withdrawn by Councillor Llod and Ald. Rees, and Mr. Per- kins duly elected to the vacancy.