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THE GELLIQAER MILITARY -TRIBUNAL.

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THE GELLIQAER MILITARY TRIBUNAL. A* reported in our last ispue, a strong protest was made at the Gtlli- gaer Tribunal regarding the attitude of the Military authorities in taking married men from the mine who have worked there from their school-days, whilst others who had gone into the collieries since 1914 to evade military service were iitill keptemployed. The tribunal considered an applica- tion for exemption of a oolliery lamp- man, 18, single, of B-. He was the -?, b t. He a p eldest of a fao.ily of eight. He ap- pealed (through Mr John Evans, I 1 Bargoed) on the ground of domestic hardship. The military representative re- marked that much had been said as to | why they didn't take the single-men. Here they bad a single man who had I | been combed out of the colliery and I he asked the tribunal to release him for the army. Mr Jenkin Edwards supported the [' protest made by Mr Ben Hughes, (reported last week) and went on to say in emphatic tones that the young men who had worked sinco their school t days in the colliery, were being taken, i while shirkers from North Wales took their places. It provided the most ? glaring instances of injustice since tho war started, and he thought the time had arrived when the head authorities should be forced to comb oat the strangers from the colliery before taking young men who had l been there since their childhood. Men f aged 25 to 30 from slate quarries were I allowed to remain at the local pits while bona fide young colliers were being taken and in many oasas con- siderable hardship ensued. He knev. of a case where a single young man had gone to the colliery recently to take the place of a married man who had been called up. He thought it a great scandal and hoped the authori- ties would put a atop to it. .Comb oat the men who have come heie since 1914" declared Mr Edwards, and don't mind what the colliery owners say. Put them into the same bag, for they are looking to their own I selfish interests." It was pointed out that the young man whose case was under considera- tion had worked in the colliery since he left school, and was a substantial support to a large family. It was suggested that two months exemption be granted as a protest against the system ef taking young men who had worked all their lives in the colliery and leaving rti, mgars alone. The chairman pointed out the diffi- culty of granting exemption to a single man in view of the urgent demand. Two months exemption was granted.— On being informed of the decision the military representat i ve said he must take the case to a higher court. The chairman explained to him that the exemption was granted as a pro- test against calling Jife-long young men from the mines and leaving strangers in security. Mr Rowland Thomas said be-, ap- preciated the point, but the case in question on the face of it was bad. He would like the tribunal to convey their reasons and findings to the proper quaiter and to allow kiufifcient .time to elapse before granting the certificate for him to obtain advice and instructicma bef ore appealing. The clerk was instruQted "Ïø com- municate the, Tribunal's reasons for" exempting the young men to the Recruiting authorities, and also to the ooUiery coprt, the Tribunal's pro- test again: t them combing but from the collieries young men who had been engaged there prior to 1914, while those young single men who had gone there since 1914 were allowed to re- main.

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