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RURAL TRIBUNAL. J RESULTS OF THURSDAY'S APPEALS A meeting of the Rural Tribunal was held on Thursday, w hen Mr. W. Y. Nevill presided. A FarmerS Son. 1 Mr. D. R. Rees represented David Thomas, • Grovesend, who appealed for his son, John Thomas (-26).. Mr. Rees said the father was bedridden and the whole farm had to be worked by the wife and son. Lieut. Ingrams: Is this tlie c.Ise of .a whole time bad J Mr. Rees: Yes. Lieut. Ingrams; Then it should be re- ferred to the agricultural committee. Mr. A. A. Lewis: How many -sons are there ? Mr. Rees: Three, one is a collier and another has a farm of his own, while the other is at home with his parents.. The Clerk pointed out that the farm in question was in the Glamorgan dis- trict, and the case was referred to the Swansea Tribunal. Tinplate Clerk. I 'tmplate Clerk. j The St. David's Tinplate Co. appealed I for Brinley Jno. Davies, aged 21, who had been passed Class A. Replying to Mr. F. N. Powell, who re- presented the firm, Davies said he had been in the Company's employ for seven years and was now entrusted with the wages account, Government and Income tax returns. With sufficient training a girl could do the work, but it took three years to train him for it. He was the only man that the Company had ever ap- pealed for. Lieut. Ingrams: Did you have a Pro- tection card ? Davies: Yes. Lieut. Ingrams: Has it been with- drawn?—No. Lieut. Ingrams: Then why are you ap- pealing ? Mr. Powell: It is your appeal. It transpired that the Protection card had been cancelled, a calling up notice having been received. Lieut. Ingra: This man cannot ap- peal here on occupational grounds as his Protection card has been cancelled. He is out of Court now unless he has ap- pealed on domestic grounds. The Clerk (Mr. J. H. Blake) That is the position, and I suggest that the ap- peal be referred to the Ministry of Muni- tions Compiittee. The case was adjourned for this pur- pose. "No Serisus Hardship." i A haulier named David John Stephens I | said he had been classed C 1. I Mfr. J. Lewis Phillips who represented the man, said his client was the sole sup- port of his parents. His father was one j i(H» >w£ ? 'd and also suffered from rheumatism The feoii was only in C 1, and was em- ployed at a colliery. I Lieut. Ingrams: There would bo no I serious hardship as the parents would re- ceive the Army allowance. Mr. A. A. Lewis: When did the son return to the colliery Stephens: In 1915. Lieut. Ingrams: That was sifter the be- ginning of the war. Conditional exemption was allowed on domestic grounds, but Lieut. Ingrams gave notice of appeal. "Somebody must do it." Jamas J efikiI54 Trinity road, was ap- pealed for by the Felinfoel Brewery Co., and stated that he was in Grade 3. Mr. Richard Jones, manager, said the maJl. was in charge of the wines and spirits department. Lieut. Ingrams: But that is not work of national importance. The Chairman: Still I suppose some- I body must do it (laughter). Exemption was granted on condition that Jenkins joined the Volunteer Batt. Must join the volunteers. I James Reynolds (27), stoker, Adulam row. Felinfoel, a married man with five > eiiklra*. m appealing sa;d he was in the employ of the Electric Light and Trac- I tion Co. He went to do this work as he had been ordered to do work of national importance. He had been passed Class A, and earned 48s. a week. Lieut. Ingrams pointed out that the man's wife would receive an allowance of 34s. Replying to Mr. Lewis, appellant said he had a brother who was killed in France last week. Three months exemption on condition that the man joined the Volunteer Batt. The Rural Water Scheme. Charles Y. Simpson, pipe laying in- spector, was appealed for by Mr. D. A. Howell, engineer to the Rural Council. Exemption to continue until Simp&on's work in connec-tion with the Council's water scheme was completed. Cold in the Army. I Augustus Matthews, a married man residing at Llwynhendy, in appealing said he was a fireman employed in -the Steelworks.. Lieut. Ingrams: I don't quite under- stand this man's legal position. The man is mClass W. and therefore the appeal is not strictly in order, but I suggest that you deal with his ease on domestic grounds.. Replying to the Ch airman, Matthews said he had been classified A in January last, but he suffered from muscular rheumatism. Lieut. Ingrams: It is only museuhir rheumatism. He gives as a reason for this that he goes from extreme heat to the cold. If he joins the Army I can assure him it will be mostly cold. I press for this man as you haven't given me a soldier this afternoon yet. Dismissed subject to a re-examination' before posting. Appeal Dismissed. I I Albert E. Killick, employed at the Steelworks, appealed for a re-oxamissi- tion. He had been classified Class A, and was a married man with one ehild. Lieut. Ingrams: What is the UBe of making such an application without a medical certificate to support your state- ment ? Mr. A. A. Lewis: How many brothers have you got ? Killick: Two. Mr. Lewis: Any of them in the Army or Navy ?-Xa. Appeal dismissed. That morning cough. I "I have no sympathy with boys of 18 who don't want to go to the Army. I thought these were the ones we could rely on," observed Lieut Ingrams when Thomas Edwards, Class A, said he was not prepared to join up. The father wrote to say that the kid was delicate and should not have been placed in Class A. A medical certificate was put in Mg that there was a suspicion of tuberculosis Mrs. Edwards: The boy is coughing in the mornings Lieut. Ingrams: We all cough in the mornings (laughter). The appeal was dismissed. Very good family record. James Edwards (40), master p4iatgr I and decorator, Felinfoel, said he had been rejected' twice, anl was now classi- fied C 2. Ho was a married man with four children. Lieut. Ingrams: I think this Biaa should be ordered to do work of iuii;o>iiI I importance. Mr. Lewis: How many brothers are 1"\ TTT _11 T -1 you r—we tvre seven in au, unci J. ifow youngest. Ten of my nephews art ia tie Army. One of my brothers, age-d 4.8,. joined at the beginning of the war. •Mr. I :cw<is: That is a very good familf record. The appeal was allowed. Member appeals for her son. Hannah Harries, a married whose husband had been an invalid for eight years, a- for her son, D. J. Harries (18), a junior clerk employed by Messrs. Richard Thomas and Co., at the Burry Works. In her appeal s ha saicl that her eldest son was the main sufqwri of the family. The appeal was dismissed.

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