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Notional Emuiurgencu A Public Appeal mmmmmmammmmmmmmKmmmmmmmmBamtMKtmmmmEuamaausBmaBSimB* ARE URGENTLY ASKED TO JOIN: 1. His Majesty's Forces in response to Lord Kitchener's appeal. 2. The Territorial Forces, or 3. The Special Voluntary Reserve Force. Names can be enrolled dally at the following places PONTARDAWE: At the Public Hall. GURNOS: At the Drill Hall (For Ystalyfera and Ystradgynlais). CLYDACH: At the Public Hall. GWAUNCAEGURWEN: At the Public Hall. NOTE.—Every man, if unable to join the Forces (Nos. I & 2), should enroll his name as a Local Volunteer Reserve ifto. 3). The only obligation is to act locally for the period oi the war in the place of the Territorials should they be removed to another part of the country. Local Drills will be arranged.
TO RELIEVE DISTRESSI I
TO RELIEVE DISTRESS Important Pontardawe II Meeting. t LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS COMPLETED I A public meeting was held at the Board Room, Pontar dawe, on Friday af- ternoon, for the purpose of establishing a civic guard. The meeting was called by the Pontardawe District Council, and the chairman of the Council, Mr. Mor- gan Davies, presided. Among those X present were Councillors H. J. Powell, F. R. Phillips, T. Wade Evans, J. D. Rees, J. G. Harris, (Rev.) Evan Davies, Daniel Jones, William Davies, Richard Thomas; Colonel F. R. D. A. Gough; Messrs. G. H. Strick, F. W. Gilbertson, Chas. Gilbertson; Dr. John Jones, Cly- dach Dr. W. J. Lewis, Ystalyfera; Dr. A. O. Evans; Dr. Rees, Pontar- dawe. Mr. Wyndham Lewis, who consented to act as secretary, said that he had been in consultation with the Mayor of Swansea, and understood from the con- ference held at Swansea that morning that their co-operation was desired to fill up the vacancies in the Welsh Regi- ment (Territorials), there were about 250 vacancies; to help form a Terri- torial Reserve Force; to establish an AmL ulance Reserve Force; to form a I Cyclists Corps; tot appoint" a Civic Guard for the purposes of protecting lives, prevent lawlessness, and protect the food supply. There were other pro- Hems, such as the feeding of the hun- gry, which they would have to face. The Board of Guardians were ready to co- operate, but it would bè well to ap- point aub-com.mittees for the various centres who would be able to deal with ■ait matters as they ariee. Colonel Gough said the first tmng was to open an office, post notices declGrig that recruits would be received at sudh an office for all the arms of the forces. With regard to ambulance, the ladies of the district had the matter in hand. But it would be well if a grant could ba given and a suitable building fol. 'hos- pital accommodation was found. They should also get a list of the wives and families of. Territorials and- Reservists, ao that they could be looked after. There would also be great need of shirts and socks. Mr. Percy Player said that he could. at-range for a room at the Public Hall, Olydacn; the Rev. Evan Davies said that the Church Hall, Gwauncaegijrweai, would be at the disposal of the commit- tee. Mr. F. W. Gilbertson said a room "bad already been allotted at the Public Institute, Pontardawe, and many names had already been enrolled. The Public Hall was also at the disposal of the! ladies of the Red Cross' Society for hos- pital purposes. Mr. Gilbertson al so ?d that the later Society would hold a meeting on Monday evening. The enl- ptoyers were in a considerable difficulty. Aa far as his own firm was concerned, he was confident that they would be able to keep the steel and tinplate works going half-time, but the galvanis- ing departments would have to be closed. They should not spend money omdy on what was really needed. )fr. Gilbertson also proposed that an fwrdtailanoe corps he formed, and that the sub-committee keep in touch with the local Red Cross Society. 1rft iyaa CMTi.ed. It was also decided to open recrufting offices in the various centres for the Regular and Territorial Forces. Mr. F. R. Phillips Urged upon the meeting the, necessity of establishing a. Ctvic Guard. They did not know what was before them, but it was wry neces- sary that they should be prepared for all
I I i I Commercial Information I
Commercial Information. i I MOND NICKEL COMPANY (LTD.). I At an extraordinary general meeting of this company at the ofifces, Weetminster, a resolution was unanimously passed in- ¡ creasing the capital of the company from £ 1,700,000 to £ 2,400,000 by the creation of 700,000 seven per cent. non-cumulative i preference shares of J31 each. Sir Alfred Mond, M.P., who presided, said the pro- gramme of which this increase of cap tal formed part was arranged long before there was any idea of present events oc- curing. The object was to raise further J capital when opportunity offered for the j development of the busines. NEATH AND BRECON RAILWAY I COMPANY. After paying interest on the first "A.I." and "A.2." debenture stocks for the half-year to June 3h, there remains an available balance, of approximately £8,321, out of which the directors pro- pose to pay the half-year's interest to June 30th on the "B" debenture stock on August 12th, carrying forward £ 3,789.
4p CLYDACH ONTAWE
-4p CLYDACH ON-TAWE. On Wednesday of last week the in- terment took place of the late Mr J. Thomas, Troedyrhiw, Vardre, at the Chclach Churchyard. A large con- course of friends and sympathisers gathered to pay their last tribute of rospec+ to the departed. The Rev. V. Thomas. Vardre, Rev. D. Davies, Maeateg;, Rev. T. Jones, Llansamlet, Rev. Jones. Hebron, and Rev. V. Evans Clydach, offieiated a, the bouse and graveside. The chief mourners were: Mr and Mrs. T George, Vardre; Mr and Mrs. J. E. Thomas. Mrs. r Thomas. Abe.ro.rave: Mrs. James, Mrs. Le-.ris, Mrs. Llewelyn, Mira. Davies, Clydach. Thfl arrangements were in I hands of Mr R. Jones, €ilyda
ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT
ON THE WAY TO THE FRONT A Few Jottings by a "Llais" Man Regular readers of "Llais Llafur" will recollect the visit of the German Social Democrat. Herr P — to the Swansea Valley last yiear in the course of his address on "Conscription in Germany," he made some astounding revelations concerning the manner in which the German private so ld iers wee treated by officers and non.-corns. In the light of those revelations what has ht,pl)oned and is taking place in Belgium and Alsace, gains a peculiar significance. For in the facts that our German comrade disclosed lies the reason why the German Army is being out-manoeuvred, out-fought and van- quished at every turn. In the course of a. conversation I had with Herr P- he remarked: "When war does break out, you may depend upon it that the taunts, in- sults, brutalities and tyrannies prac- tised by the officers will be fully wiped out. The non.-corns, and officers will be mown down like ripe corn before the scythe." He was intensely earnest. He em- phasised the fact that the German worker did not want war, and espec- ialy. with the English. Rather than be subject to the rule of "despotic madman"—those were his words—"the German soldiers would capitulate when- ever and wherever opportunity offered. Are we now witnessing the fulfil- ment of this remarkable prophecy ? Herr P is a conscript, but he passionately declared-and Germans aro unusually taciturn—that he would not serve with the colours in case of war with England or France. I was reminded if his remarks by a brief conversation I had with one who had returned from Brussels. I was told that after the Uhlans had ridden into Leige, one oiffcer raised his hands above his head and shouted "Social Democrat! Social Democrat. A veil was drawn over the subsequent happenings, so far as that officer was ooncerned, and it would have been in- teresting to know whether he was taken a prisoner or shot. The questions I ask myself, and all others in the Great International Socialist Movement, are:—Have the German Social Democrats formulated a. secret policy? Have they decided that, in order to preserve civilization from any further wars, they will willingly sacrifice themselves in their hundreds of thousands to forward the great and glorious cause of Interna- tional Peace, Goodwill and Brother- hood?" I hope all intelligent ob- servers, viewing the results of the pre- liminary, skirmishers, will agree with the answers to these questions. Despite the huge losses on the side of the Belgian, French and British troops which have already como into contact with the huge forces of the War Lord, and the almost incredibLe number of Germans that have been killed, injured or taken as prisoners, —what has already happened is merely a flash in the pan. The war was inevitable. The British Isles for the last five years or more has sheltered thousands of spies who have taken every advantage of Britain's unparalleled hospitality. In every military camp in the Kingdom they have kept their ears and eyes open. "To the day!" was no mere catch-word—it was the real heart cry which has spurred the German mili- tary class into feverish activity and- their plans have miscarried. Germany struck too late! Every Power was ready for her. Britain was ready 18 months ago, to the last button on the last, second shirt for the last Britisher, ready to take up arms to depend the birthright which is be- yond question, superior to that po&- sessed by the people of any other nation. The question of the spy is of intense importance, and cannot be too serious- IV viewed by all. Unly a soft-headed fool would advance the argument that all Germans are ingrates and cun ninag schemers, but there have been so many, instances of the foul work these hire- lings have accomplished that it is al- most unnecessary to ask any person of ordinary intelligence to agree that the German spy in England would have done incalculable mischief had no precautionary measures been taken. At the present moment Germans could raise a fighting force in Britain which in case of a depletion of these shores of regular troops will be a menace to the lives of our dear ones: but I be- lieve that the Act recently passed will he a sufficient safeguard if adequately I carried out. During the past few days, I have ■experienced with intense dissatisfac- tion and discomfort, severa I kinds of long feather beds. The sleeping ac- commodation provided at a great Lon- don terminus was, to sav the least, of a quality infinitely worse than that of the floor of a barraek room, and the .floor of a guard's van is perha.ps not an ideal place to woo morpheas. I have found it exceedingly difficult, anyway, and tthat is the reason readers of the "Llais" find that stilj another column has been contributed by -,v. S. C. -400 ———
The artists employed at West End music-halls have ben informed that from Monday of next week their salaries will have to be reduced 50 per cent, in conse- quence of the large falling off in receipts due to the existing conditions. At Westminster Chapel on Sunday evening, Dr. Campbell Morgan said we were at war after strenuous efforts had been made for peace. Sir Edward Grey's statement it the House of Commons and the White Paper published last, week left the most reluctant of th m no room for doubt on that score. Not to have hiter- vened, added Dr. Morga.n, would ha.ve been to have coneented to dirre^ard the obligations of national morality.
FOOD PANIC OVER i
FOOD PANIC OVER. REGAINING NORMAL. PRICES. GOVERNMENT AND THE SITUATION. In the House of Commons on Saturday, the Rt. Hon. Walter Runci- man, M.P., the now President of the Board of Trade, asked leave to intro- duce a Bill to give the Board of Trade powers in respect to the unreasonable holding up of foodstuffs. (Cheers). After making very searching investi- gation throughout the whole country, he said, the Board of Trade had not so far seen anything which would lead them to believe that the process of concerning was in general application. But there had been cases in many parts of the country which entailed grave hardship on the poorer classes. This had been occasioned by people of the better-to-do class; \rho had really disgraced themselves by taking long strings of motor-cars to the stores and carrying off as many provisions as they could persuade the stores to part with. The panic was now over, and he hoped we had heard the last of it. (Cheers). PRICES TO COME DOWN. I Mr A. Chamberlain give the Bill his most cordial support, and associa- ted himself with every word that the right hon. gentleman said. (Cheers). Mr Stanley Wilson and Lord R. Cecil expressed the hope that the Government would consider the de- sirability of preventing well-to-do people from buying in large stocks. It was a scandal, added Lord Robert, that the well-to-do people should save them- selves at the expense of the poor— (cheers)—and he hoped the Govern- ment would, if necessary, take measures to strengthen the criminal law. (Cheers). Answering Mr Crooks, Mr Runciman said it was expected that the opera- tions they had been engaged in and the very rapid arrival'of food stuffs would tend to decrease the prices. (Cheers). Leave being given, Mr Runciman introduced the Bill, which is entitled the Unreasonable Withholding of Foodstuffs Bill. It was passed through all its stages and read a third time. OUR SUPPLY OF MEAT. It is officially stated by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries that they have made special inquiries through their own officers into the supply of meat now in cold storage at the prin- cipal centres in England and Wales. As regards chilled and frozen meat, the existing stocks are sufficient to meet the ordinary needs at the normal rate of consumption fjbr about six weeks, while there are about three to four weeks' supply on passage and due to arrive shortly. As regards home home supplies, which represent 60 per cent. of the total consumption, the Board has ascertained from the re- cently-collected agricultural returns that there is a substantial increase in the number of live stock as compared with last year. IWORKING WOMEN AND LOCAL RELIEF. The importance of adequate work- ing-class representation upon the Re- lief Committees to be set up in every district, and the inclusion of women representatives of trade unions, Lab- our leagues, co-operative guilds, and other Labour organisations, is urged by Miss Marv Macarthur, secretary of the Women's Trade Union League. She appeals especially to branches of the Women's Labour League, Women's Co-operative Guild, and National I Federation of Women Workers to for- ward without a moment's delay the names of suitable women to the local town or county hall or district offices and make, wherever possible, personal representations to the appointing authority in support of such nomina- tions. She also asks friends throughout the country to forward to her im- mediately any in formation as to the stoppage of women's industries in their districts. Misls Macarthur's address is 34, Mecklenburg-square, W.C. RHYMNEY ARRANGEMENTS. 1 Mr D. T. William, Chairman of the Rhymney Urban District Council, pre- sided at a public meeting at Rhymney on Saturday evening to deal with the question of increased prices for food stuffs in consequence of the war. Ar- rangements were made for a committee composed of five grocers and five re- presentatives of the miners to meet every Tuesday and Friday, at the Rhymney Iron Company's oiffce. Mr Rutherford, the ageint of the company will preside at the meeting at whioh the grocers will produce the invoices of commodities, and the committee I jointly will fix the prices to be charge I for the food stuffs and the price lists will be posted up periodically at the Council ofifce., ANGRY SWANSEA OUTBURST. t SHOP WINDOWS SMASHED. I There were angry scenes in bwansea during the week-end. Friday evenings are devoted to shopping by the wives of the workers, and the exorbitant charges made by certain of the shopkeepers for the com- mon necessities of life resulted in a scene bordering on a riot. Hundreds of men in working clothes, and their wives with the inevitable market baskets on their arms, inti-( !,(.,d through the principal streets of Sii a-i- sea, and some of the provision s-!io]>s > were subjected to the fury of the an Try demonstrators. One large store had every window smashed owing to the proprietor's un- satisfactory attitude towards the de- monstrators. Lights were extinguished by most of the tradesman and business suspended. j A large body of police, aided by a j) ) cava!ry patrol, appeared and eventually I' quelled the disturbance; but it was ( only after an appeal by the Mayor of j | Swansea and the head constable that I the demonstrators desisted from vent- ing their just indignation on some of I t (Continued at bottom of next ootnma.) j
FOOD PANIC OVER i
(Continued from preceding column) the establishments. The streets were not cleared until after 3 a.m. on Saturday morning. Similar scenes were witnessed in other parts of the industrial districts of Sout.h Wales, and it is quickly be- roming a matter of grave importance o the general well-being that the bare- faced robbery of the workers should be immediately put to a etop to. It is a well-known faet that amongst the demonstrators here on Friday night were a very large number of the wives of Reservists and Territorials who have answered their country's call to arms, leaving their dependants to be robbed by those w hose interests a,-e being defended on the field of battle.
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I MR MACDONALDS RESIGNATION
I MR MACDONALD'S RESIGNA- TION. A Parliamentary correspondent says: The resignation of Ramsay Macdonald from the chairmanship of the Labour Party has caused some mild discussion in the lobby. The hon. member has taken a very, strong line on the war, and is not too much of an exaggeration to say that he was the strongest advocate for peace in the Labour Party. The majority of the members, however, were distinctly pro-war. Mr J. Ramsay Macdonald's action has given the greatest satisfaction to a large section of the Labour Party in the country and to the Independent Socialists and others who have not seen eye to eye with him on domestic questions. Although the acceptance of the re- signation has been postponed for a fortnight, Mr Arthur Henderson act- ing as chairman pro. tem., it is gener- ally understood that Mr Macdonald will stand by his decision.
I MODERN ROMANCE
I MODERN ROMANCE. Percy to Melisaa The liquid azure light that dwells Within my dear Melissa's eyes Is like an Orient sea that swells And sparkles 'neath the sunset skiee. Leander once, for Hero's love, Did drown in such an azure sea; So may I like Leander prove, And lose my soul, dear light, in thee! Melissa to Percy Dear Percy, you are a perfect owl To talk such rot about the sea; It bores me stiff, and makes me howl, To read the things you write to me. Now be a jolly sport! Don't drown, Or any silly rot like that, But come and trot me round the town- I've seen a simply stunning hat! A.E.P., in the "Liverpool Courier." ————— —————
Sir H. Plunkett, President of Irish Agricultural Organisation, deniedl that the Co-operative creameries in Ireland had materially increased the price of food stuffs.
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GONE TO THE FRONT
"GONE TO THE FRONT." William Williams, G-elli, who was summoned at Ystradgynlais Police Court. on Tuesday for drunkenness, was said to have gone "to the front." The Stipendiary informed defendant's sister, who appeared, that the summons would be withdrawn.
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