Collection Title: Merthyr Pioneer
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Merthyr Electric Theatre j MANACEK ). KOWEN. Open To-day (Thursday), Friday (Christmas Day), Saturday (Boxing Day). 10.30 p.m. Continuous. FULL STAR PROGRAMME (i F DRAMAS, COMICS, INTEREST AND PANTOMIME SUBJECTS. MONDAY TO WEDNESDAY NEXT WEEK SHOULD HE FORGIV £ A Marvellous Play in Three Parts Exclusive. THURSDAY TO SATURDAY NEXT WEEK IN THE SHADOW OF BIG BEN The Story of an innocent Girl trapped by a Crook in London Exclusive. THE PALACE, PONTMORLAIS CIRCUS, MERTHYR. Proprietors The Merthyr Palace, Ltd. Manager HALL-JONES. Christmas as Usual Grand Festive Programmes, including expensive and exclusive engagement of Daisy Dormer, Lillian Russell, Bros. Egbert, the well-known Famous Kellinos, and other well-known Stars, in POTTED PANTOMIMES. The Capture of the Kaiser and the Crown Prince by Lieut. Pimple, V.C. (Victoria Comedian), and a Large Selection of Charming Xmas Stories. The Palaca will be open on Christmas Day from 2.30 to 10 p.m. Boxing Day from 10.30 to 10.30. Children admitted in the morning from 10.30 to 12.;»0 at usual Saturday Matitiee Prices Id., 2d., and 15d. Free List entirely suspended during Holidays. Newt Monday A Great Cinematograph Production The Great Exclusive Attraction The only and First time in this District Sir Herbert Tree and full London Company, from Bis Majesty's Theatre, in the popular play TRILBY-in Three Parts. Seats should be booked in advance by Phone Merthyr 92 or at the Box Office any day from 2.30. No Advance in Prices for this Stupendous Attraction. Showing Daily at 2.30, 4.30, 6.30, and 8.30 on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only Next Week at The Palace. The Great PATRIOTIC Whist Drive & Dance 18 Bud fort THURSDAY, JAN. 14th, 1915, At the ^OLYMPIA RINK, MERTHYR. IN AID OF THE WAR FUNDS. Have Your Boots Repaired rr B. EGGAFORD & CO., Standard Boot Factory, LOWER HIGH STREET, MERTHYR. Only First-Class Materials used. First-Class Work doni on First-Class Machines; in fact, Everything First- Class except Prices. THE ABERAMAN, MOUNTAIN ASH, AND ABERDARE QILLPOSTING & ADVERTISING COMPANY. Proprietors of the Largest and Most Prominent Stations throughout the Aberdare Valley. Stations situated along the Main Tram- roads. All Communications should be addressed to THE MANAGER, Cardiff Road, Aberaman. Pbon. 12, Aberaman. MERTHYR Central Mission. SUNDAY NEXT, Dec. 27th, 1914. 11.0 a.m.-Wesley Chapel. Rev. DAVID PUGHE. S.C p.m.—Brotherhood Meeting in Wesley Chapel. Bpbaker: Rev. DAVID PUGHE. 6.0 p.rm Wesley Chapel, Popular Service. Rev. DAVID PUGHE. AM. Sbaib FBa. THERE are many men in want of a JL Cycle-& good Cycle at a reason- able price. Of course you have jut the machine. Well, let the public know of it through a PJONUB adver- taeMtect.
Russia the Liberator
Russia the Liberator." The Pionebr has already exposed the hypocrisy of Russia in suppressing the statement so widely circulated in Eng- land that Poland. under her rule, would have freedom. That was only meant for consumption by her gulli- ble French and British Allies, whom heaven help. Here is how Russia is treating those who have dared to men- tion that such a proclamation has been issued here:- At the time of the Manifesto ab- out Poland, the paper in Abo, called the Uusi Aura,' a conservative loyal journal, published the Manifesto with notes of approval, and was promptly fined 4,000 marks. Editors of other papers have been fined, and several papers have been suppressed. The Finnish papers have been cir- cularised and prohibited from quoting or mentioning the Manifesto to Po- land, or arousing any false hopes'- to quote the terms of the circular. Recently the Russian sehii-official 'Invalid' scoffed openly at the Mani- festo to Poland, and the foolishness of those who dream of freedom for small nationalities. Mr. Hasselblatt, the Mayor of Va- sa, has been exiled to Tobolsk, in Si- beria, by 'Administrative Order.' Mr. Takanen, a highly-placed Fin- nish lawyer, has been similarly arrest- ed, without trial, or reason given, and sent to Viatka, in Eastern Russia. The former speaker of the Diet, Judge Svinhufud, has been dismissed from all his functions, without rea- son given, and he has since been ar- rested and sent to Tomsk. Under 'Administrative Order,' do- miciliary perquisitions and arrests are frequent. Two young brothers Nyman were arrested, taken to Sveaborg fortress, near Helsingfors, and flogged." A short time ago the Russian press published a. complete programme of new measures concerning Finland, ela- borated by a Special Commission ap- pointed by the Tsar for that purpose. Here is what the Scandinavian press thinks of this further menace to the independence of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at the hands of the all- devouring Russian monster: The Stockholms Tidningen." It is the last piece of old Swedish culture, built on law, which disappears from Finland. We feel more strong- ly than ever that there is a fc-ontier between East and West, and now the frontier has been moved nearer to us." "The Nya Dagligt Allehanda." The whole of the organised work ef culture built up by Swedish spirit and strength in ;Winland is now thrown into the Muscovite melting pot. The fate of Finland shows what may threa- ten us if we are not strong enough to defend our frontiers." The Dagen." At a very convenient moment Rus- sia has decided to strike a. decisive blow at the Finnish Constitution and at Finland as a free nation. The inti- mate alliance, especially now since the war. between Russia and the Western Powers prevents even public opinion, which otherwise would be friencHy to- wards Finland, from making its voice beard." The "Stockholm Dagblad." This Prgramme of Russiflcation may be compared with the beautiful promises of freedom and self-govern- ment made recently by the Grand Duke Nicholas in the form of a Mani- festo to the Poles and Galicians." The Norwegian press is hardly less emphatic. The Morgen Post" remai-ks:- "It is not encouraging for the small nationalities to see such things hap- pening during this war—declared by hoth belligerent parties to be a war ¡ of liberation." Every Britisher of any self-respect must feel a sense of shame at being linked with such a monster of oppres- sion as Russia undoubtedly is.
Worse Highway in IMerthyr
Worse Highway in Merthyr." A CAEPANTWYLL ROAD IM- PROVEMENT. Ooun. John Davies (the Mayor) pre- sided at a meeting of the Borough Council on Monday. Dynevor Street Widening. Coun. Pedler asked what was the position regarding the widening of Dynevor Street. The ttown Clerk said that sanotion for the loan had now been received and it was now only a matter of putting the work in hand. Caepantwyll Road. Coun. F. Pedlar moved that steps be taken to carry out the suggested improvements regarding the road through Caepantwyll. He did so, he said, because he thought it necessary. There was a large population in the district, there being between 200 and 300 houses there, and a popultaion of about 1,000. There were a number of houses which required to be demolish- ed, but many only required certain re- pairs*. He was convinced that if this road was made it would prove of great advantage to the people of the lo- cality. Coun. D. Parry, in seconding, said he considered this to be the worse piece of highway in Merthyr. It was very dangerous, being too narrow for carts to pass, and people had to stand aside for the carts to pass. He had never seen anything so dilapidated out- side Chester. (Laughter.) It looked like a-part of the old Roman wall. Coun. D. Thomas said he supported the motion for different reasons. If they could afford to do it, they should do it well. He wanted a thorough im- provment if there was to be any at aJl. They should have a main outlet into the Pandy Road. This improvement should have been done a hundred years ago. The motion was carried.
I Electric Theatre. Very distinguished programmes have been placed before the patrons of this popular picture house as a rule, and although the latter are busy doing their Christmas shopping, it has had no effect upon the attendance, the staff having been kept busily engaged d°.ly in controlling the large atidion- es each night, hundreds being unabV to obtain admission. In the first half of the week "St. Elmo," a well-adap- ted screen version of the world-famous novel by Augusta Evans, was shown, the acting and taging being quite uni- que. Several up-to-date subjects, in- cluding "Missing Bride," Keystone; a very laughable picture entitled "Whiskers"; "Lucille Love," part 13, completed the programme with the Gazette, which is most interesting at all times. On Thursday, and during the holi- days. an exceptionally strong program- me has been arranged. Selections will be taken from many subjects. "The Gambler's Penalty," is a drama which will astound picture goers of Mer- thvr and district, the first time being shown. There are several pantomime subjects, inlucding the "Fallen Star's Child," "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Babes in the Wood." Next Monday "Should He Forgive?" a marvellous play in three parts, is advertised, and on Thursday a splen- did London drama, "Ill the Shadow of Big Ben," depicting the story of an innocent girl trapped by a crook in London. In this production a very realistic fire scene is produced, and it is, without doubt, the most wonderful scene yet produced. No lover of good drama should miss this veritable treat. The Manager deserves congratulation for the continued success. We are ask- ed to state that all patrons who have an hour or two to spare in the after- noon would do well to attend the af ternoon performance to prevent over- crowding in the night. Mr. Bowen is a Mertliyr boy, is in close touch with the cinematograph world, and is the only manager in this district who holds diplomas in electrical engineer- ing, he having been connected with Messrs. Hill's Plymouth Co. for a num- ber of yeaxs.
The Morrow of the1 War
The Morrow of the 1 War." The above is it-te title of the first of a series of pamphlets issued by the newly-formed Union of Democratic Control, and published at King's Chambers. Portugal Street. London. E.C. The c ardinal points in the policy of this Union are so essential to the de- velopment of a future state of lasting peace that it would be well if every reader of the PionkHk made' their acquaintance. Opinions may vary as to the origins of the war, but as the writer of this pamphlet says, we are in agreement, about two things: "First, it is imperative that the war, once begun, should be prosecuted to a vic- tory for our country; and, secondly, it is as equally imperative, while we carry on the war. to prepare for peace. Hard thinking, free discus- sion, the open exchange of opinion, and the acquiring :øf information is required of all citizens to-day, if we are to have any hope that this war will not result as most wars of the past have—merely the prelude to ot hch- wars." Public opinion must be so educated regarding the evils of sec- ret diplomacy and the evident desire of all Governments in recent years to devote less and less time to discussion of Foreign Office affairs, so that in the future it 'will be impossible to be brought to the verge of war without every citizen having full knowledge of ajl assurances, treaties, or other obli- gations. To perpetuate a system which re- quires silence on all matters of foreign policy, and which shows resentment to- word any questioning of the same is to leave control of our democracy in the hands of an aristocratic caste, and surely it is the duty of every progres- sive demoorat to denounce such a s.tate of aifairs, and to help forward the demand that all the foreign pol- icy of our nation and all other na- tions shall be under the control of the people. That continuity of fo- reign policy which waa inaugurated by Lord Rosebery and other leading lights of the Liberal Im- perialist camp has had the effect of making Liberal and Tory opposition a perfect sham so far as our internation- al relationships are concerned. The four points of the U.D.C. poley will go a long way towards creating an issue on a matter of national inte- rest which hitherto has been but too seldom discussed by the press, and rarely by the people. Our Parliamentary system, which makes one election the deciding factor for all matters of home and foreign policy as far as the people are con- cerned. has a tendency to prevent any discussion by the people of sub- jects other than those purely internal. We have been too long apt to think in insular and parochial terms, and must direct our future efforts towards a larger international perspective. The four principal points are as follows: (1) No Provnee shall be transfer- red from one Government to another without the consent, by plebiscite or otherwise, of the population of such province. 2) Xo treaty, arrangement, or undertaking shall be entered upon in the name of Great Britain with- out the sanction of Parliament. Adequate machinery for ensuring democratic control of foreign policy shall be created. (3) The foreing policy of Great Britain shall not be aimed at a sav- ing alliances for the .purpose of maintaining the "Badance of Pow- er" but shall be directed to the es- tablishment of a Concert of the Powers and the setting up of an In- ternational Council, whose delibera- tions and discussions shall be public, part of the labour of such Council to be the creation of definite Trea- ties of Arbitration and the estab- lishment of Courts for their inter- pretation and enforcement. (4) Great Britain shall propose as part of the Peace settlement a plan for the drastic reduction, by con- sent, of the armaments of all the belligerent Powers, and to facilitate that policy shall attempt to secure the general nationalisation of the manufacture of armaments, and the control of the export of armaments by one oountry to another. The first point can claim to be sup- ported by Mr. Churchill, who said on September 11: "If doubt arises ab- out disputed areas of country, we should try to settle their ultimate des- tination in the re-construction of Eu- rope, which must follow from this war, with a fair regard to the wishes and feelings of the people who live in them." The second point is directed towards the abolition of a very evil state of affairs. No one can deny the fact that the public are now freated as if foreign affairs were outside the realm of discussion, and the present Govern- ment has been noted for an almost complete abstention from public refe- rence to foreign affairs. But one day in each session suffices for the debat- ing of our foreign policy, if inclina- tion is shown to do so, but both Front Benches avoid or burke discussion by their agreement to the principle of continuity." Adherence to that prin- ciple effectively prevents any party expression of dissatisfaction by the re- duction of estima-kw of the Foreign Office Department.
-1Ji ;I Treaties are not: submitted to Par- liament unless they include financial provisions, and no discussion can take place until they are already signed, ratified, and published to the world. In the United States, a two-thirds' majority of the Senate is required to render a treaty legal. Our secret un- derstanding with France brought us to the verge of war in 1911 over Morocco, and the extent of that understanding was not known to the public till Aug. 3, 1914. The people must have the right to regulate foreign policy, and endorse treaties before ratification. The third point aims at a substitu- tion of a Concert of Europe for the present policy of Balance of Pow- er." The maintenance of a "BeJance of Power" in Europe has led to the sharp diviisioti of the Continent into two armed camps. The natural ef- fect of alliances on such a basis as the Entente and the Triple Alliance .must lead to the upholding of the principle of My Ally, right or wrong." Why not a Concert of the Powers and the setting up of an International Council"? An. International Court, with delegates of very country as jud- ges, and the knowledge that disagree- ment with decisions of such a Court by any country would range all the other countries against her. would solve many international disputes and place us a great deal nearer the ideal of permanent peace. The fourth point is surely so obvi- ously required to be put into practice that discussion is almost unnecessary. To leave the manufacture of arma- ments to private enterprise is to bring it into the realm of ordinary business, with all its attendant neces- sary methods of (( push" incidental to success, and with all its necessary "scares" for the purpose of working up a demand. Reason tells us this is a business which must" be nationalised. For the reader who wants to study the evils of private ownership in the manufacture of armaments. I would recommend "The War Trust Exposed." a penny pamphlet, by J* T. Walton Nowbold. J. B. [Five pamphlets have already been issued by the U.D.C., and may be ob- tained at Our Shop, High St., Mer- thyr. The published pamphlets are "The Morrow of the War." Shall this war end German Militarism (Xorman Angell), "War, the Offspring of Fear" (Hon. Bertrand Russell), "The Origins of the War" (H. N. Brailsford), "Parliament and .Foreign Policy" (Arthur Ponsonby, M.P.). The price of the pamphlets is Id. each.]
The Palace. The management inform us that "Christmas as usual" will be the mot- to for the season's entertainment. While not forgetting those who can- not be with us this festive season, we shall try and make for happiness, and remember to keep up the good old Christmas holidays as in the past. Ev- ery effort is being made to provide sea- sonable fare at the Palace, and am- ong the many attractions is a fine ex- clusive, Potted Pantomimes," which will be one of the most popular items in a great programme. Potted Pan- tomimes introduces us to a number of well known panto, stars, including Daisy Dormer, Lillian Russell, Bros. Egbert, and the world-famous Kellinos. Then The Capture of the Kiiser and the Crown, Prince," by the inimitable comedian, Pimple, will be a topical comedy of the most up to date charac- ter. Other Christmas pictures include Christmas Up-to-Date," .Fools- head's Christmas," and Once upon a Time." Another picture of a humu- rous nature, A Masher's Mishap," is one long laugh. There is nothing lacking to mak a most enjoyable and seasonable entertainment for old and young alike. On Christmas Day the Palace will be open from 2.30 to 10.30, and on Boxing Day (Saturday) from 10.30 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. Children will be admitted at the usual Saturday charge of Id., 2d., and 3d. from 10.30 to 12.30, after which the usual half- price will be made. Next week a picture that drew hun- dreds in the principal towns one of the best pictures in the present year, Trilby," which is coming to this dis- trict for the first time. This is a fact, as this is the only "Trilby in which Sir Herbert Tree takes the part of Svengali," and fhe part of "Trilby O'Farrell is sustained by Miss Viva Birkett, supported by full London Company, from His Majesty's Theatre. This has been secured exclusively for the Palace at great expense, and in order to avoid disappointment it will be shown at 2.30, 4.30, 6.30 and 8.30 each day. Free list entirely suspended for the three days this is running. The remainder of the programme will be of a light and amusing nature. Ow- ing to the known successes of this picture in other towns, we strongly advise early booking of the best seats for which no extra charge is made for advance booking. Palace Merthyr, 92, tlJs the 'phone number. On Thurday next a great drama, be- ing a love story of the present war- "The Heroine of Mons." Although not exactly a war picture, the plot is set in connection with the war, and is an exceptionally fine production, and is only in two parts, but full of interest and excitement. In addition to this a fine Stirling feature in two parts will be shewn. The opening of 1915 will see some exceptionaJly fine pictures at the Palace.
Wireless Whispers. And many a moon and sun will see The lingering, wistful childaem wait To climb npon their father's knee; A ml in each house made desolate In vain the laughing girl will lean To greet her love with love-lit eyes; Down in some treacherous black rar- vine, Clutching his flag, the poor boy lies. Pale women who have lost their lord Will kiss the relics of the slain— Some tarnished epaulette—some sword— Poor toys to soothe such anguished pain. —From Ave Imperatrix." A Tvvynyrodyn statistician, whose appreciation of figures is at least as reputable as that of our liusiMiss man, assures us that if the number of bar- man and Austrian prisoners alleged to have been taken by the Allies, as shouted each evening in Twynyrodyu since the war began by a certain news- boy of more than average liuig power, be totalled, the figure qllloullts to 4909,000 men. t- Local insurance agents are com- plaining of the shortage of money this week. Nothing doing" appears to be the general reply of the insured and insurers. <• A simiiau* complaint is also made by the wives of our solders and sailors who are fighting their country.8 battles. The unfortunate contretemps between the local Prince of Wales' Fund Committee aiKl the Central Com- mittee having added considerably to their distress. Having a Labour Government in Australia, they treat the soldiers' and sailors' dependents much better than we in Britain do. The Australian Government have provided that, in case of the death of a soldier in the Expeditionary .force, his widow will receive from li52 to 1;156 per annum, according to the scale of pay of the soldier, and each child under 16 will receive oj weekly. In case ot thesoldier being totally incar- pacirated, he will receive a full pen- sion, his wife half her pension, and each child 5j- weekly, pensions also being provided in cases of partial in- capacity. Compare this scale with the nig- gardly minimum of 7/6 a week and a maximum of 10/-a- week recommend- ed by our Liberal Government Lib- eral in name only. < It is to be earnestly hoped that the committee now dealing with the pen- sions will follow the lead of the Aus- tralian Government. Like his namesake in Shakespeare's "Hamlet," the appropriately named Polonius" of our local contemporary has been overhearing things which have somewhat aroused his ire. He tells with obvious glee of a business gentleman" who swore at a "coal miner" with whose comment on reading the contents of a certain eve- ning paper's contents bill he was dis- pleased. Now we haven't the slightest sym- pathy with the remarks of which the said "coal miner" is reported to have made if they were intended seriously. 7 But we have more than a slight sus- picion that the remarks of the "coal miner" were simply a bit of retaliatory humour to certain indivduals possess- ing little humour and probably a mea- sure of jingoism. « Howevep, "Polonius" was indignant, and comments thus: If this is to regarded as a type of those who have seen fit to raise a certain agitation in this hour of national peril one could almost wish that severe restraint were put upon all such, or that they were placed within reach of enemy guns." Then after begging the whole question regarding the origin of the war lie says: One hesitates to splash ink in writing of thee perverted people, but that the harm they do has its effect upon national efficiency, Realising, perhaps, the ignominious failure of the attacks upon Mr Keir Hardie made by the "Jones' trinity," "Polonius" appears on the scene some- what in a similar manner to the "Polonius" who hid behind the arras. Disliking what he hears, our modern "Pdlonlus" writes mean innuendoes and squeals as did his namesake, to whose cries Hamlet answered: "How now! A rat? and made "a pass through the arras" with his sword. « Such an end would probably not ap- peal to our "gossip writer," who would like to see others put "within reach of the enemy's guns." It would be interesting to know whe- ther "Polonius" has offered to serve "behind" the British guns. If not, why not ? v
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