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Merthyr. Te State a Case. Mir. D. W. Jones, chairman of the Merthyr Watch Committee, who was fined 20s. for ke-ep- iag a manservant without a license, asked the Merthyr Stipendiary (Mr. R. A. Griffith) on Fri- j day to state a for High Court. The points .submitted were that the Chie-Oon-j stable (Mr. J. A. Wilson) was not, as local taxa- tion officer, authorised to prosecute by the Town Council, to whom the powers of Inland Revenue Commissioners were transferred by the Finance Act, 1908; and that there was no evidence that the man, employed (said Mir..Tones) as a labourer, was taxable as a manservant. His Worship agreed to state a case. Late-Comers in Welsh Churches. Speaking at a Free Charon Council Oonfer- enoe at Merthyr on Thursday, Professor D. Miall Edwards, M.A., Brecon, said unpunctual-1 ity in Welsh churches was deplorable and heart- rending. Iany a Sunday night the problems of late-comers weighed upon his soul. When were the people of Wales going to get out of this kabit r It was a wicked and slovenly feature in the religious life of Wales and was not to be found to anything like such an extent in Eng- land. Rev. Jacob Jones presided. New Pentreba-ch Pastor. Recognition services to the now pastor, .Rev. W. P. Stonier, were held at Jerusalem Baptist I Church, Abercanaid, on Thursday. Fire. A fire at the :le!rthYT Hide and Skin Com- pany's Store* in Dynevor-street. Merthyr, on Sunday, resulted in the wool-drying house being burnt out. I Miners' Agent. I Mr. -Noah Ablet*. Mardy, I* the new agent ?14 r l ie, ii?-, i- il-c-nt for the Merthyr District of Miners, the result of the final ballot being: Mr. A'biett, 2,721; Mr. B. J. William", Merthyr, 1 ,3.)8. Boxing. I Phil. Dayies. M?rlhyr, nut-pointed Dai Wil- liams. Rhymney, in a tif?on-rottnd contest at Penydairen (?inetua on Saturday. Young Hughes, Penydarren, retired in the second of a six-round bout with Young Beynon, also of Peny- darren. Mike CaJtill, Ebbw Yale, and Sam Jen- nings, Dowlais, fought an eight-round no-decision contest. Steelworkers' Support Technical School. In connection w'Lli the Merthyr Trades Coun- cil scheme for the establishment of open scholar- ships in connection with the proposed Berry Technical School, Councillor Enoch Morrell, J.P., and Mr. Jno. Williams attended a mass meeting of the Blastfuriiaeemen's Union of Cy- fairthfa Steelworks and fully expounded the Trades Council's scheme. Some interesting tpiestdons were put to the deputation, after which it was unanimously deckled by the men to ally themselves with the rest of organised La- bour in this effort. Merthyr V.C. I A Merthyr man, Coiporal John Collins, R.W.F., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Collins, 54 High-street, Penydarren, won the V.C. in the advance on Jerusalem. What he got it for, ac- cording to the" London Gazette," was: For most conspicuous bravery, resource, and leadership, when, after deployment, prior to an attack, his battalion was forced to lie out in the open under heavy shell and machine-gun ifre, which caused many casualties. This gallant non- commissioned officer repeatedly went out under heavy fire and brought wounded back to cover, thus saving many lives. In subsequent opera- tions throughout the day Corporal Collins was conspicuous in rallying and leading his command. He led the final assault with the utmost skill, in .-ipite of heavy fire at close range and uncut wire. He bayonetted 15 of the enemy, and with a Lewis gun section pressed on beyond the ob- jective and eovered the. reorganisa.tion and con- solidation most effectively, although isolated and under fire from snipers and guns. He showed throughout a magnificent example of initiative and fearlessness. The Oollinses" are known as the Fighting Family of Penydarren" because of their mili- tacy record. Oowtais Boys' Escapade. I Two ten-year-old Dowlais lads broke into the Wesleyan Chapel Schoolroom and St. Luke's Church, Dowlais, and stole 10! in coppers from a missionary collection-box in the schoolroom. They were given six stroke.s of the birch at Mer- thyr on Tuesday. Abercanaid Lieutenant Resigns. Lieut. W. D. Jenkins (son of Mr. T. T. Jen- kins, Abercanaid, a Labour member of the Mer- thyr Board of Guardians) after two years of active service in the East and several months in hospital, has resigned his commission on account of illness, retiring with the honorary rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery. I Street Lighting. I Merthyr Town Council on Monday appointed a deputation to wait upon the Home Secretary to arrange for street lights at more frequent in- tervals in the town. A resolution from the Merthyr Trades and Labour Council advocating greatei- sti-ect. lighting facilities was read.

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