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In Defence Of the Union of Democratic Control. Last Thursday the members of Aberdare Trades & Labour Council met at Tabernacle to hear a lecture by Mr. Egerton Wake on The Principles of the t-nion of Demo- cratic Control." Mr. Toms presid- ed, and the speaker was supported by Councillors E. Stonelake (sec. of the Trades Council), Illtyd Hopkins, Evan Jones (Cwmaman). D. E. Davies, Idwal Thomas, Guardians J. Prowle and P. J. Phillips, and Mrs. R. Davies and Mr R. W. Gray (assistant sec.). After a brief address by the chair- man Mr. Wake rose to address the meeting. He said that the U.D.C. had been exposed to a great cam- paign of slander in the press, and first of all he wanted to explain what it was not. It was not engaged in a Stop-the-War Campaign, nor was it opposed to recruiting. One specious argument brought against the Union was this. The country being at the present time engaged in a colossal war was it desirable or op- portune to discuss such principles now 'I If the industrial population was not prepared to consider now the principles which ought to govern the settlement of the war it would not have later an opportunity to do so. The spirit of fraternity was more widespread among the nations just before this war than ever before. If the settling of this war was to be left to the diplomatists we should have the same brand of settlement that had followed previous wars. The present war could be traced in- directly to the settlement after the Franco-German war, and that could be traced to the Napoleonic wars. The smaller countries, especially Poland, had suffered severely, and it was the dynasties and not the people who reaped the benefit after wars. The principles of the U.D.C. were 1st. No province to be transferred from one Government to another without the consent of the people of that province. 2nd. No treaty to be entered into without the knowledge and consent of Parliament, adequate machin- ery to guarantee which to be set up. The present war was due entirely to secret diplomacy. To enter the Foreign Office or the diplomatic ser- vice was impossible to any of the working classes. Democracy ought to be supreme in all departments of the State. 3rd. Foreign policy ought not to aim at preserving the balance of power, but at setting up an Inter- national Council to get universal peace. Balance of power was a myth—an unattainable Will o' the Wisp. 4th. Great Britain to propose gen- eral reduction of armaments, and to attain that end should nationalise factories engaged in producing arma- ments and munitions of war. Mr. Wake was well received, and his remarks /were delivered in a clear and forcible way. After the speech the matter was thrown open to discussion, in which the following members took part Messrs. J. H. Bruton, Fred Davies, Ed. Stonelake. T. H. Goodall and T. Williams (Cwmaman). Mr. R. Davies. Cwmbach, second- ed by Mr Davies, proposed that the various delegates present report the meeting to their lodges and recom- mend their acceptance of the princi- ples of the U.D.C. Councillor Idwal Thomas being present. not having long returned from South Africa, was asked to say a few words and received a warm ovation.
The Hospital Question
• The Hospital Question. A report was given by the Secre- tary on the hospital question. Mr. Stonelake said that Lord Bute had offered Abernant House and a part of the grounds. It was decided that E.C. members of Council, in con- junction with some of the medical gentlemen of the town, inspect the building and subriiit a report to a special meeting of the Council.
Labour Press Prosecution
Labour Press Prosecution. Protest of Local Miners. The following letter has been sent to the Home Secretary-- To Sir John Simon, Secretary of State for Home Affairs. Diear Sir,—On behalf of the Bwll- fa, Dyllas, and Windber Collieries' Workmen I am instructed to for- ward you this letter of protest against the unfair and illegal ruling of the Salford Stipendiary Magis- trate in the hearing of the charges against Mr. Whiteley and Mr. Brockwav of the Labour Leader.' Similar charges have been heard against other newspapers in Open Court, and we claim the same right for a Labour Newspaper. We are strongly of opinion that conduct of this kind is detrimental to the in- terest of His Majesty's Government, and certainly prejudicial to recruit- ing.—Yours faithfully, E. STONELAKE."
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Cwmaman Licensees WilL
Cwmaman Licensee's WilL ▼ Mr. William fates, of the Railway Inn, Cwmaman. Aberdare, who died on August 3 last. intestate and a widower, left estate of the yross value of £ ,9,928, with net personalty £ 9,610.
Aberdare Chamber of Trade
Aberdare Chamber of Trade. The ordinary monthly meeting of the Chamber was held at Miles' Restaurant. Canon Street, Aberdare, on Wednesday, September 1st, the chair being occupied by the Presi- dent, Mr. T. W. Griffiths.
Correspondence. A circular letter was read from the Town Tenants' League advising of the election of Mr. J. Hinds, M.P., to the Honorary Secretaryship, in con- sequence of the death of Mr. B. B. Evans, and at the same time solicit- ing a subscription to the funds of that body. It was resolved that this latter matter be considered at the next meeting.
Senior Vice-President. In accordance with the recommen- dation of the Executive Council Mr A. E. Harmston proposed, My. J. Vincent seconded, and Mr. T. Evans supported, that the question of the election of senior vice-president be deferred until the annual meeting, and that Rule 4 be suspended at that meeting with the view of asking the present president to continue in office for another year in consequence of the abnormal year through which we are passing. This was carried accordingly.
Train Arrangements. The question of the suspension of 9.4 p.m. train to Hirwain was dis- cussed, and upon a proposition by Mr R. H. Miles, seconded by Mr. T. Lloyd, it was decided to appoint a deputation to wait upon the station- master. The following were elected to form the deputation: Messrs. T. W. Griffiths. T. Lloyd. R, H. Miles,. E. R. Barlow, Thomas Evans, with the Honorary Secretary.
Subsidiary Trade Associations
Subsidiary Trade Associations. A recommedation of the Executive Council on this matter was discussed, and upon a proposition by Mr. T. Lloyd, seconded by Mr. D. W. Wil- liams, it was resolved to call a meet- ing of all grocers in the neighbour- hood for the purpose of discussing trade topics and at the same time to submit to such meeting the proposal set out in this scheme.
Lieut Enner Tremellen
Lieut. Enner Tremellen. Reference was made to Mr. Tre- mellen being wounded in action at the Dardanelles/and upon a proposi- tion by the President, seconded by Mr. E. R. Barlow, the secretary was directed to write Mrs. Tremellen (the mother), ereing the- sym- pathies of the Chamber with her in her anxiety, and a hope for her son's speedy recovery.
Dinner Hour Closifjlg
Dinner Hour Closifjlg. Mr. J. A. Evans opened a dis- cussion on the desirability of trades- men closing their premises for the dinner hour each day. and for the earlier closing of business premises on certain days of the week, in lieu of tea time. Mr. Thomas Lloyd supported, pro- posing that a deputation be appoint- ed to petition traders of the district to ascertain their views as to dinner hour closing, and to test their feel- ings as to the tea time question. Mr. D. W. Williams seconded, and the same was carried accordingly. The deputation appointed were as follows:-For Town: Grocers and ironmongers, Messrs. T. Evans, D. W. Williams. Town Drapers: J. A. Evans, P. X. Pugh. Iluteliers R. H. Miles and J. Vincent. Trecynon Messrs. D. E. Davies, John Lewis. Aberaman, Mr H. Powell. A discussion then followed as to the precise hour to be covered by dinner-time closing, some being in favour of 1.15 and others 1.30. and upon the meeting being tested the majority were in favour of the latter suggestion.
Mountain Ash Police Court
Mountain Ash Police Court. Thursday, September 2. Before Messrs. R. A. 'Griffith (Stipendi- ary), J. K. Brooks, Griffith Evans and Wm. Jones.
Entitled to Defend Himself
Entitled to Defend Himself." Geo. Butt and John Williams, Mountain Ash, were summoned for fighting in Commercial Street. Moun- tain Ash. Mrs. Williams appeared' for her husband. P.C. Frank Williams stated that he was on duty in Commercial Street on Aug. 24th. At 9.10 p.m. he saw the defendants coming from the Workmen's Club. There was a large crowd watching them fighting. Butt told the Bench that Williams struck him first, and he supposed he struck back. It was his first offence, and hoped it would be the last- Stipendiary (to Mrs. Williams) Your husband is not here to contra- dict what Butt says. Williams will be fined 9s., and the charge against Butt will be dismissed. He is en- titled to defend himself by law.
Female Inebriates. Elizabeth Hennessy (who did not appear) was sent to gaol for one month for being drunk and disorder- ly in Oxford Street, Mountain Ash. Emily Ann Harris was sent to gaol for one month for a similar offence on the Canal Bank.
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WEA Ramble to Hirwain
W.E.A Ramble to Hirwain. On Saturday evening the members of the local branch of the W.E.A. met at the Cemetery Gates, Tre- cynon, to go for a ramble to Hir- wain. A good number turned up. and proceeded along the tramroad. The walk was new to many, and all were delighted with the prettiness of the view. Arrived at Hirwain they took the road to Cross Bychan, where they were joined by other friends. Before tea Mr. Thomas opened a discussion on the effect of war on the entrance of women into industrial life. He said that owing to the war there was a shortage of labour, and employers looking about for fresh hands determined to admit women into the industrial world. Trade union rules were relaxed and women were working at a less rate of pay than men. He objected to the in- dustrialisation of women because they had a lower standard of living than men. Through this society be- came less effective. He was followed by Mr. Taylor, Abercynon, who believed in allowing women entrance into trades and pro- fessions involving light work, e.g., clerical work. They ought, however, to be paid at the same rate as men. Mr W. J. Williams also spoke up for the rights of women. Women were not encouraged to fight for themselves. According to medical opinion, said Mr. Hawkins, Penrhiwceiber, women were stronger than men, therefore they should be allowed to enter in- dustrial spheres if they thought fit. Miss M. A. Edwards, B.A., empha- sised the right of women to work if thfiv desirpd to. Mr. B. Mills Thomas considered the whole discussion rather useless in view of the fact that the male population was nearly getting wiped out through the war. Miss M. Evans suggested that there would be a better chance for women to improve their position if the men were more patient under their own conditions. Mr. Tromans thought women had not rebelled against bad conditions because circumstances so far had not been favourable. Mr. Bird, Penrhiwceiber, referred to the women of the upper classes now doing war work. Their enthu- siasm was already beginning to pall. Mr. T. Williams, Cwmaman, men- tioned the views of Schopenhaur on the question. The discussion awoke much inter- est and was a very lively one, several of the members speaking twice or three times and causing much merri- ment. Besides those mentioned the fol- lowing attended the ramble :—Misses -M. Thomas, M. Jones, M. E. Wil- liams, R. A. Thomas, S. Evans, Miss Peregrine, Misses M. A. Davies and gri I I M. Wigley; Messrs. F. Jones, W. Harris, D. Phillips, J. Rees, ajid Master Waldo Thomas.
Mems from the Mount
Mems from the Mount. At a recent Mountain Ash Police Court the Stipendiary nearly earned his white gloves. The fines amount- ed to 15/6, a drunk at 13s. and a bad light for 2s. 6d. The club flower shows have done remarkably well this year. It is a fine hobby, besides being highly profitable. You have the nucleus of something big in those three shows. Why not a united club show for the valley 1 A communication reaches me about the Co-op. Copper. To what does it refer ? Is it someone who noses or does it refer to the bronze coinage ? Let's hope that there's a silver lin- ing to the cloud. We live in funny times, just as of old. Some people may break the law with impunity and others have to pay. Isn't there anyone power- ful enough in the Mount to bring down the Duffryn Colliery stack or to stop the grit nuisance? It has been abominable of late, for it has been descending in voluminous clouds and grittier than ever. No wonder that we have infantile mor- tality in the Mount when the kiddies have to suck in with their milk ounces of coke dust every day. It simply chokes up the drain pipes and the shoots, and if it does that it plays the same game with the human pipes. We have a complete staff of officers, medical officer of health, surveyor and sanitary in- spectors, solicitors, and everybody seems afraid to move. Why ? Councillor Wm. Haggar tells me a good story that I promised to tell in the Mount. He met a man who wanted a job. The man said he was a fancier. "What is that?" asked 7^' HTa,S§ar\ well, sir, it's like this. Everyfing I sees I fancies, and everyfing I fancies I seize." The showman collapsed and intends to build another picture palace to hold the joke. A celebrated chauffeur just man- aged to engineer his way through the gate at the crossing. It was a rare tussle between the gate and the shofe, but the shofe won.
Evening Classes at Aberdare
Evening Classes at Aberdare The evening classes, which are held at the Aberdare County Schools, under the auspices of the Glamorgan Educa- tion Committee, will commence on Mon- day, September 13th. Students are particularly requested to attend the first lessons. An advertisement giving all details appears in another page. The secretary is Mr. E. J. Hughes, Solicitor, Canon Street, Aberdare.
Pontneathvaughan Outing. Merthyr Licensee and an Adopted Daughter. At Merthyr on Friday Daniel Jones, landlord of the Wheatsheaf Hotel, Merthyr, was summoned by Ruth Owen, formerly a barmaid in his employ, to show cause, etc. Mr. C. James was for the girl, and Mr. Harold Lloyd for the defendant. The summons was partly heard on the previous Tuesday, when the girl said she was adopted as daughter by defendant and his wife. A man, whose name was mentioned at the last hearing, said Mr. James, had offered to give evidence to dis- prove any rumours regarding his con- duct, but he was not in court, and Mr James said he had to catch a train for Weymouth. Mr. Lloyd opened the case for the defendant. He criticised the girl's evidence to the effect that the de- fendant gave her drugs. The Stipendiary (Mr R. A. Grif- fith) My experience in this and other valleys is that there is an enor- mous amount of this thing going on. Fortunately, some of the things are harmless. Mr. Lloyd submitted that there was not the slightest corroboration of the girl's story that the defendant was intimate with her. He referred to a taxi-cab drive to Pontneath- vaughan last September, after dark, when the complainant and her sister met two married men of Merthyr at Aberdare, and went to that isolated place. He pointed out that both sisters gave birth to children within six or seven days of each other. Daniel Jones, the defendant, in evidence said that as they had no children Mrs. Jones adopted com- plainant as a daughter. He had nothing to do with her leaving the house. The first to. tell him that he was accused in this way was Mr Howell, an accountant, and the next to say anything to him were the com- plainant's sisters, Mrs. Brill and Mrs. Davies. He denied the allega- tions. Witness heard nothing more until a letter came to him. He saw Howells and said he would have nothing to do with it, but that he was going at once to Mr Harold Lloyd. He lent the letter to Howells who, he understood, was in- terested in the matter for other par- ties. Howells did not act for wit- ness in any way. Witness declined to see any of the family on the matter. Witness never gave the girl any drugs, and he did not know her con- dition when she left. He denied ever having been familiar with her. Defendant said the girl went out every Wednesday afternoon. Cross-examined: The girl left the house in March, and he did not hear she was in trouble until April. He took her to Cardiff twice, but his wife knew he did so. He did not do any- thing after hearing about the girl from Howells. The Stipendiary Why not ? Witness: I waited to hear what would follow. With regard to his refusing to see the girl's father, he said he wanted to consult his solici- tor. The Stipendiary: Didn't you think it was your business to meet him? Defendant: I refused to meet him. The suggestion that I am the father is all invention. One witness, Miss Lewis, had said that he had offered to settle the case for -P-io, which was absolutely un- true, and he went to see her about it. The Stipendiary: When did you come to the conclusion that this motor trip to Pontneathvaughan was of some Importance ? Defendant: After the father came to see me. Mrs. Jones, defendant's wife, said that on Sundays when she went to chapel she left her husband in the house. She had warned the girl be- cause she missed money born the till. She did not give the girl wages as an adopted daughter, but pocket money, and also kept her in clothes. Walter Philip Jones, the driver of the car to Pontneathvaughan when the complainant, her sister, and two Merthyr men took the car from Aber- dare. said that the party went to the garage and hired a vehicle. They arrived ^at Pontneathvaughan at 6.30. and the four had tea in the hotel. They then went away, and witness waited in the bar of the Angel for about an hour. It was then getting dark. Someone told him that the party had gone to the woods and he went to look for them. He alleged he saw the complainant and one of the men named Thomas in a compromising position. The party did not return until an hour later, and Thomas gave him half a sovereign to say nothing of what he saw. He said, Keep it quiet, I am a married man of Merthyr." An order was made for 5s. a week and costs.
Cwmdare Notes. BY RAFFLES. Mary Elizabeth Ann takes pains to conceal the size of her feet. She wears shoes two sizes too small. Such I capacity for taking pains proves her to be a genius. Brum is learning, music. Taking lessons on the kettle drum. We always knew he could roll very well-that is, after stop tap. Rocksalt and Popcorn are looking for a job where there is no work between meals. This state of things they are quite used to. The instalment man has taken the piano away from the house with the big window. The neighbours are glad. Who is the biggest dodger in Cwm- dare? I think Gaffer Nos takes the biscuit. There was quite a nice singing school on the Patches the other night. The music was not well chosen. Ladies, I am surprised. A oes heddwch?
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