r" It It It j Merthyr Electric Theatre j g Week commencing Monday, December 24th. ￼ 2.30 TILL 10.30 P.M. DA ¡LV. I ? CONTiNUQUS PERFORMANCE FROM 2.30 T)LL ?.30 P.M.DAiLY. j I Monday Tuesday, and Wodnes?ay- I j The Majesty of the Law j ? I Jury Drama of Five Reels 1 1 PEARL OF THE ARMY-Episode II. | I A GOOD LITTLE BAD BOY-Gaumont Comedy. I f I LOUIS RAEMAKER'S CARTOONS-Series 3. I f: § Pathe's Gazette and !nterest Film. | m — m Thursday, Friday, and Satiirday- I .1 The Little Damozel I Harma Drama. I I THE HASH HOUSE MYSTERY-Gaumont Comedy. I I j JUDEX-Part 3. THE CALICO CAT Comedy, S1 ￼ Pathe's Gazette and Interest Film. I I ADMISSION 3d—Tax, Id.; 6d.-Tax, 2d.; ?——Tax, 3d, I 5 C1uldren s Matinee on Saturday at 10.15-1d. only. S j THEATRE ROYAL & EMPIRE PALACE, MerthyrI I THEATRE !MAEs..Rp'E, Merthyr II 1 7.30 ONCE NIGHTLY. 7.30 | = Week commencing MONDAY, DEC. 24th, 1917. g I BRILLIANT PRODUcmON. The Great Christmas Fairy Pantourim" i I .r, -nd the Beast! j • The Biggest, the Best, *be Brightest Pantom i me ever produced in the Valley#. g ￼ FIFTY STAR ARTISTES. I I SPMAL MATINEES FOR DISTRICT VISITORS AND CMLPREN on Boxing D? I t Thursday and Saturday (ember 26, 27 and 29), at 2.30 p.m. Children half-price to all 8 day performances. I Seats may now be Booked.? Telephone NO. 2. I ? C?c!e, 2/8 Stalls, 2/= Pit, 1/- Gallery, 6d. I. NEW It .-<1"" .I C. Simons & Sons, QENT.'S TAILORS, AND COSTUMIERS, 6 Church St., Merthyr Tydfil. Cut, Make, and Trial Unsurpassed. Customers' Own Materials Made-Up L in Latest Fashions. i HOPE CHAPEL, MERTHYR. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23rd,1 1917. Rev. J. Morgan Jones, M.A. SUBJECT-" BETHLEHEM." A CORDIAL WELCOME EXTENDED TO ALL 'Phone 597. 'Phone 597. WILLIAM TRESEDER. Ltd. THE NURSERIES, CARDIFF. WREATHS, CROSSES, CUT FLOWERS, &c. FRUIT TREES Apples, Pears, Goose- berries, Currants. &c. ROSES—List on Application. TELA TRESEDER, FLORIST, CARDIFF." BLANCHARD'S PILLS Are unrivalled for all Irregularities, etc., they speedily afford relief and never fail to alleviate all suffering. They supersede Peniyroyal, Pill Ooohia, Bitter, Apple, &c. Blanchard's are the best of all Pills for Women. Md in boxes, lIlt, by BOOTS' Branches, and all Chemists, or post free, same price, from Leslie Martin, Id, Chemists, 34 Daiston Lane, London Samples & valuable booklet sent free, Id. stamp. MERTHYR BRANCH N.U.R. PRIZE DRAW. WINNING NUMBERS: -1st, 82; 2nd, 771; W 3rd, 715; 4th, 269; 5th, 856 6th, 739; 7th, 766. THERE 18 ONLY ONE OINTMENT THAT CURES And this is supplied by Chemists and the MANNINA OINTMENT CO., FISHGUARD. And is sold in Three Strengths-i, 2 & 3. ow HELP THOSE WHO HELP "WI YOUR PAPEIII LOOK! LOOK!! LOOK! TABERNACLE HALL, TROEDYRHIW, MISS SYLVIA PANKHURST will speak at the above HaJJ ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22nd, 1917, under the auspices of THE WOMEN'S PEACE CRUSADE. Deors Open at 7. Commence at 7.30 p.m. ADMISSION BY SILVER COLLECTION. LL.P. MERTHYR BRANCH-I.L.P. OLYMPIA RINK MERTHYR TYDFIL. Sunday Next, December 22 SPEAKER—MR. Fred Bramley, (London) Meeting to Commence at 2.45 p.m. ADMISSION BY SILVER COLLECTION. ABERDARE RACES! MONDAY AND BOXING DAY (Dec. 24th). (Dec. 26th). A114 IN PRIZES. FOR TROTTING AND WHIPPET RACES. EXCELLENT ENTRIES. FIRST RACE EACH DAY AT 1.30 P.M. Secretary—34 ALBERT STREET, MERTHYR. f Great Bargains for Xmas Season ALL KINDS OF JEWELLERY TO BE SOLD AT PRE-WAR PRICES. Fully illuminated Gents. Lever Watches from 8/6. Handsome Wrist Wa.tches from 7/6 (wwranted for three years). Gold Brooches &om 3/6. Handsome Dinner Cruets from 12/6. Purchasers of Hamilton's lucky engage- ment and wedding rings will receive a present of the value of 10/6. All purchasers of 21 and over will receive hand- some Christmas Presents. Lose no time in inspecting the windows of- H. HAMILTON & SON where all goods are marked in plain figures. ONLY ADDRESS-47 NORTH ST., DOWLAIS Borough of Merthyr Tydfil SUPPLY OF SEED POTATOES. THE Corporation are prepared to accept or- JL ders for a supply of the following IMMUNE VARIETIES of Seed Potatoes. Prices Per Owt. Scotch or Grown in Engl'd Variety. Irish Grown. Once. Twice. Great Scott 13/- 10/6 10/- King George 13/- 10/6 10/- Tompla,r IT/ 10/6 10/ Lochar — 10/6 10/- Golden Wonder 11/- — — Irish Queen 11/ — — The Wai t Disease of Potatoes (Restricted D;fl- it-rote) Order of 1917 No. 1 prohibits aiR occn- pier of land to plant in 1918 potatoes of non- immune varieties except FIRST and SECOND EARLY Varieties forming part of a crop grown by such occupier on his own land in the year 1917. The seeds planted for MAIN CROP must be all of IMMUNE varieties and any person convicted for a breach of the Order is liable for each offence to a penalty of £10. Applieations for any of the varieties in the above Schedule,, stating quantity required and whether Scotch or "Irish Grown" or Grown in England Once" or Grown in Eng- land Twice should be addressed to the PARKS SUPERINTENDENT, CYFARTHFA GAR- DENS, MERTHYR, nut later than 31st Decem- ber, 1917. T. ANEURYN REIDS, Town Clerk. Town Hall, Merthyr Tydfil, 19th December, 1917.
Christmas 1917 ALTHOUGH the air at the moment has got the sharp twang of the traditional Diekensian Yule- tide, that seems to be about the only external indication of the nearness of the festive sea- son." The spirit of kindly consideration, mutual goodwill, and hearty benevolence has been smothered by the niggling sordidness of the very real struggle for existence that has come upon us these days. It is almost with pain that one turns from the objective reality of the butter queues, tea hunts and sugar scrambles, to a sub- jective visualisation of the joyous plenteousne of this time of the year before the madness of affioihiliation overtook the nations of Europe four Christmassee back. To hear the strains of that most Christmassy of Christian carols, Hark, the Herald Angels Sing," would savour too much of gargantuan satire; or of purblind hypocricy to make it& hearing welcome. The shop windows, again, contradict the expectations of the season, in place of rosy plenty one is faced with No Butter" placards; and even the, toy shops in place of offering- a fairyland of de- lightful recollections, cause only deepening per- plexity when one examines the shoddy and meagre selection that is offered at ridiculously high prices. Only nature has remembered the season. She has sparkled the road with frozen snow, and fretted the windows with the won- drous designs of Jack Frosts' magicorush but man, her greatest product, her finished work, has created for himself such a hell of misery that he cannot and dare not respond to her spirit. Those of us with children will be compelled to make al pretence at the free jollity of the past, because we know that we and not they are the culprits responsible for our condi- tion, and because within us burns that love that would shield them even from the suspicion of the yearning for peace and contentment that eats at our hearts. That effort will not be easy when the whole family may gather together; how less easy, how more agonising the pain, when the father, or the boys, are away facing death on the field of battle we may vaguely guess. Christmas, 1917, is not Christmas; it is the skeleton of a dead good day that has come round to mock us; to jibe and grimace and poke us with its bony index finger. If that gaunt horror can do nothing else it ought to impart to one and all of us not only the desire to see that this is the last of such Ohristmasses that the world shall see, but a virulent will to see- that that desire is realised in fact. Good wishes this Christmas must be the wish that that realisa- tion shall come quick, Christmas greetings must be born of the spirit of Yule-—" Peace on Earth, goodwill t6 men," and in extending them they should act to us a goad to drive us on our part to the fullest exertion to achieve the es- tablishment of that moral excellence, and politi- cal ideal. Let us postpone the conventional drapings of Christmas to the adult until Peace shall be brief as human endeavour can make it; shall be ours, determined that the postponement and instead of those festive trappings let us grasp firmly hold of the verisimilitude of the spirit of Ch-ristmas--which is the spirit of So- cialism. The spirit of brotherhood among men; of peace among nations. Then indeed will the 25th of December be the birthday of the Prince of Peace, and not the mockery of the priests of Mammon. It is in this spirit we have constructed the greetings that have reached us; it is in this spirit that the PIONEER extends to all its readers its well wishes; it is in this spirit that we hail all our Comrades who strive with us for Peace and sanity, no matter by what style they name themselves, no matter to what creed they ascribe their beliefs, no matter to what flag they acknowledge allegiance, whether it be the Red Flag of Social Democracy, or the emblems of nationalism.
Don't Forget the J..L.P. Christmas Tree Members' Children only. Bentley's Hall. Christmas Night Cinderella Dance BOXING NIGHT. Admission- Is. EVtRY PRINTING ORDER given to the Pioneer Press 11 means more Ammunition for Party Propaganda. Get into the Line of our j MUNITIO,N WORKERS.
DickWallhead at Neath I CASE OPENED BEFORE MAGISTRATES. I THE STATEMENT COMPLAINED OF. I ADJOURNMENT GRANTED FOR FORT- I NIGHT. There were four counts in the summons against our Comrade R. C. Wallhead,' on which he appeared before Alderman H. P. Charles, I Alderman Hopkin Morgan, and Mr. W. Danie! at the, Neath County Police Court on Friday last. The summonses were taken out under the Defence of the Realm Act Regulations, for al- leged breaches of 27 A and 27 C, contained in speeches made at Briton Ferry on September 16th and lVIaesteg on September 12th. Dick was given a seat at the solicitors' table, where Mr. E. Roberts, Dowlais, took his place by his side as his legal consultant; whilst the prosecu- tion was entrusted to Mr. Edward Powell, by the Direetor of Public Prosecutions. The author- ity of the Competent Military Authority to the proceedings was handed in. Mr. Powell, opening the cage for the prosecu- i tion, said that although the case was very im- portant it was within a very short compass. Mr. Wa ll head addressed a meeting at the Grown. .Field, Briton Ferry, about 3.20 on the- afternoon of September 16th. Sergeant Williams and P.C. Bliss were there and took notes of the state- ments made by Mr. Wallhead, who spoke from 3.45 until 4.50 p.m. He made a lot of state- ments with respect to the tenetc. of the I.L.P., of which he was a prominent member; and with regard to other things—dealing with syndicalism and so forth—of which the prosecution were not complaining. But there was one statement of which they did complain, and which they asked the Bench to say came within Regulation 27 A- statements likely to prejudice recruiting, or in- terfere with the discipline of H.M. Forcer,-of the Defence of the \Realm Act. He submitted that even assuming Mr. Wallhead's statement to be perfectly true, it was likely to cause dis- affection in His Majesty's Army, and to effect recruiting. But he was going to say that not only was the statement likely to prejudice re- cruiting, but that it was absolutely untrue. The statement was "Mothers, take warning; you who have sons of 18 years are under an impression that your boys are joining for the duration of the war, but that is not so. Every lad of 18 years who joins the army to-day, joins not for the duration of the war only, but for the regular army of the future, as I know that there are posted up in every barrack room notices to the effect that every boy who joins the army will be kept for the army of the future. The commanding officers have also told them on parade, and, therefore, we have Conscription in its worst form." He was going to prove by Captain Shaw, on the Adjutant Generals' Staff, from his large ex- perience, not only at the War Office, but in other camps that that is an absolute fabrication; that it was all fallacious. Under these circum- stances I a.sk you to deal very severely with de- fendant. He came with the authority of a very large body of men—the I.L.P., and, with that authority behind his name, made statements that were not only untrue, but were prejudicial to discipline in the army. Sergeant Williams gave evidence to the effect that he and P.c. Bliss were present at the Briton Ferry meeting, held under the auspices of the local I.L.P., and took notes of the speech. He repeated the statement made by Mr. Powell and attributed to Wallhead, and further declared, in answer to questions, that there were a consider- able number of women in the audience, who cried Shame! when Mr. Wallhead made the statement. At the close of this evidence Dick applied for an adjournment, I hadn't the faintest idea what I was charged with until I heard this statement now," he concluded. He was told that he should have made his application at the beginning of the hearing and not after evidence had been called, and further asked why he de- sired an adjournment. On the ground that I have had no oppor- tunity of preparing a defence," he replied. Mr. Powell objected on the ground that evi- dence had been called, and also because Captain Shaw had been brought from the War Office from which he could ill be spared. The Chairman: Do you say that you did not make this statement? "—I do not know. Do you dispute the words?—I dispute the form of the words, and the form alters the meaning; and alters the ease. so far as I am concerned. These summonses give no informa- tion at all. These of making a false statement were served upon me last Saturday in Lancashire and I was not able to get in touch with wit- nesses. Mr. Powell put in his formal objection. "It is unfair to me," he said, that Mr. Wallhead, who has his legal advisor besid e him, should not have made this application before evidence was heard. Might I say this, too, that when served with the summonses at Gorseinon Mr. Wallhead was told that if he wished to have any' informa- tion he could have anything he wanted from the Superintendent of Police." R. C. Wallhead: I deny that emphatically. The Chairman: The application ought to have been made, and Mr. Wallhead ought to have applied immediately the summons was served for particulars of what he was alleged to have said. Mr. Wallhead certainly ought to have made his application for an adjournment immediately the learned advocate had made his speech, but we feel that he ought to be placed at no disadvan- tage, and we grant an adjournment for a fort- night.
THE HATED BOLSHEVIKS. I So the Bolsheviks, it seems, are requisitioning I warm clothing for the troops; and eompelling those who have more, to be satisfied with two suits; also, requisitioning grand houses, for the benefit of the homeless, and those in over- crowded or insanitary dwellings; and they want nobody to have more land than he actually can and does cultivate. NO PRIZE GIVEN. I Can any reader guess the origin and right ap- plication of the quotation?— Forward, mad rush of Gadarenian swine; The bill-tops rea-ched there yet remains the brine."
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Trades Council and N.U.R. MERTHYR REVOLT UNDER DISCUSSION. COMMUNAL KITCHENS TO BE CON- SIDERED. Among a number of items of some consider- able interest to Labour discussed at last Thurs- day's meeting of the Merthyr Trades and Labour Council, the question of the Merthyr N.U.R. revolt against the constitution of the Council, it approaching the Town Council to nominate their secretary, Mr. J. E. Jones, after he had been beaten on a lodge and council vote was easily the most interesting-and important. The best characteristic of the issue is the restraint which was' exercised by the delegates, under circum- stances that were most exasperating to all who care for democratic government and procedures. THE N.U.R. REVOLT. It was at the close of the Town Council Report by Councillor Francis that Mr. J. Adkins asked the secretary if any lett-er had oeen received from the local branch of the N.U.R. expressing regret over their action, to which Mr. Harris had to reply in the negative. Mr. Adkins then pointed out the implications of this revolt from the constitution of the Council, and moved a resolution instructing the Secretary to write to the N. U .R. asking for an explanation of their unconstitutional action. This was seconded. DEFENCE! Mr. J. E. Jones, the Secretary of the local N.U.R., then made a long statement of the action of his branch, and declared that there was no need to write to the branch, sine a* the branch felt justified in its action, and it desired to know whether it was necessary for a person to be a miner or a member of the I.L.P. to be a candi- date for the Councils. Mr. Jones also had some- thing to say about the" inspired" (?) articlets on the subject that appeared in our columns, but as there was no inspiration and the rema-rks were therefore pointless, we merely thank Mr. Jones for the advert, he gave us. Councillor Dai Davies (N.U.R., Dowlais) was quietly condemnative of the Merthyr branch of his union when he asked for respect for the La- bour Movement; while Mr. T. J. Evans was in fighting trim, and his plea. for drastic methods for enforcing discipline was the speech of the evening, though his motion consonant with his advocacy found no seconder. John Williams, on the other hand, appealed to Mr. J. E. Jones personally, remarking that lie could have stopped the deputation had he been so minded. The President (Mr. Sam Jennings), Mr. Griff. Lloyd (Moulders') and Mr. E. J. Davies (Engineers) also spoke against the action of the Merthyr N.U.R., but in a conciliatory spirit, and Mr. Adkins motion was eventually adopted. COMMUNAL KITCHENS. I Arising out of the minutes the Secretary (Mr. W. Harris) was asked for information re com- munal kitchens, as a result of which Mr. W. J. Davies presented an interesting report on the Kir kin tolloch Communal Kitchen, dealt with elsewhere in this issue. After a short discussion the matter was relegated to the lodges and branches, and a motion respecting communal kitchens for Merthyr Was left over for the next meeting. FOOD CONFERENCES. Amongst the correspondence was a letter from the Rhondda Trades Council respecting a. sug- gested Food Conference to be held in Cardiff, and,, a similar letter from Leicester suggesting a conference for Leicester, whilst the Secretary reported that the Labour Party Executive and the Parliamentary Committee qf the Trades Union Congress had decided to hold a conference in London on December 27th. The Council de- cided that the London Conference was the most important of the three, and elected the Vice- President (Mr. Hugh Williams, Treharris) to at- tend this meeting. CORRESPONDENCE. A letter was read from the U.D.O. offering Councillor Kneeshaw for a meeting, and this was accepted with a suggestion that the burly Brum orator should be allocated to a meet ing to be held in some other part cf the Bor- ough than Merthyr. The Civil Liberties group asked for a resolution condemnatory of the tac- tics adopted with respect to the Guild Socialist lütures in London., to which we referred at the time.and thi?.was agreed to. time,? letter from the Oldham Trades Council sug- gesting a movement for income tax abatements on .£160 led to a discussion. The opinion of the Council was, however, cast in favour of the E200 ahatement.4 The Secretary produced a bundle of letters ia acknowledgment of the Spanish circular sent out by the Council. The Secretary referred to the new Franchise Bill and the new rules of the Labour Party, and Mr. J. E. Jones (N.U.R.) reported on his visit to Cardiff to meet Mr. Arthur Henderson, and explained the position under the new conditions. Arising out of the discussion the Secretary asked t,he Abercanaid delegate to withdraw suggested amendments to rules, since the whole of the rules would have to come up for revision in February. I Councillor Francis interestingly dealt with the work of the Corporation during the past month.
Gorseinon Notes. Foreign Branch Please Copy. The Gors-einon comrades evidently believe ill. variety. In addition to the faithful weekly col- lections which have kept their Maintenance l u'nd healthy during the, past months of heavy strain, they have raised money for C.O.s' depen- dents in the following ways — (1) Picking coal from tips and selling it. (2) Gathering cast off lumps of wood, splitting into firewood and selling. (3) Trudging five miles to a wood—cutting pea and bean sticks, and selling same. (4) Raffling a bag of potatoes presented to 'Branch (proceeds Ll 8s.). (5) Raffling white duck, proceeds 28s. (winner gave duck back and it is now being rer- raffled). In addition to the somewhat unconventional methods, the district printed an appeal and 'sent it to every church in the neighbourhood. Such enthusiasm has met with the success it deserved, for in six months Gorseinon, which is just a small village, raised over L150, this in spite of the fact that many of their members are in pri- son and camp. Our Comrade Takes Precautions.. Our readers will be interested to know that in anticipation of the proposed raid upon his pre- mises Councillor Tal Mainwaring has purchased a dog. This ferocious animal measures at least six inches from the tip of its nose to its tall, and weighs fully eight ounces.