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Special Article CONSCRIPTION BY W. C. ANDERSON, M.P. TW See Page 3
I.L.P. LEADERS AND THE COALITION GOVERNMENT. FW See Page 6 | rr
THE PIONEER 10000 SHILLINGS FUND
THE PIONEER 10,000 SHILLINGS FUND APPEAL RECEIVED FAVOURABLY. in issuing the appeal last week we did so with a certain amount of diffi- dence. well knowing a favourable an- swer to a very large extent depended on the financial support of the workers who, under present abnormal condi- tions, with ar average increase of about 30 per cent. in food prices, are called upon to meet obligations much in excess of any increase in wages they have been able to obtain. We are, however, very pleased with the rate of progress made during the week, and are glad to be able to acknowledge the receipt of shil- lings. This is very clear proof that the workers feel the need of support in g the PIONKKR. Wales holds the record for the re- turn of Labour M.P.'s. an(i our de- sire is to see it lead the way with a strong press of its own, carrying the message of Labour to all districts in South Wales, and voicing the claim of the workers to a fuller and freer life. We know the religious sentiments of the workers, and what sacrifices are made oft-times by small congrega- tions in order to establish a church or chapel meeting place. Well. we want to see the same spirit | at work in the financial development of the PIONEER, as we hold that re- generation must come from without as well as from within if we are go- ing to establish a higher and nobler state of society. This work of inauguration from without is the work of the PIONEER- to so influence public opinion towards a communal change in conditions generally. tending in turn to evolve a happier and healthier race leading a fuller and freer life than can be led by the overworked and miserably bound wage slaves of to-day. With all the force of the faith that is in us then, let llS worV- to mr x the appeal successful. The knowledge that we are helping to leave the world better than we found it," should be sufficient reward for our work. Next week we must top the first thousand. Remember every shilling you give will be towards the benefit of your own cause. Since last Saturday we have re- ceived the following -— Share Capital Contributions. £ s. d. Brought forward. 197 15 6 Received this week 3 16 0 201 11. 6 10,000 Shillings' Appeal Donations £ s. d. Merthyr District of Miners, per Mr. Sam. Thomas 20 0 0 J. B ,.i 0 0 Messrs. J. Davies, H. Nobes J. Evans, W. R. Logie, H. Morris, Charlie Griffiths, Hugh Morris, & A Frien i (.5/- each) 2 0 0 Messrs. J. Adikns and Da\ iá. Parry (3/- each) 0 6 0 Mr. I f. J. Humphreys. 0 2 6 Messrs. J. It. Jones. T. Wil- liams. W. Williams, Dd. Jones & A Friend ('2/- Mr. Jason Thojnsa 0 1 6 each) 0 10 0 Mrs. Lawson, Messrs. J Jones, T. J. Evans, Bob Giliam, J. James, G. Wil- liams, T. Jones, E. Mur- phy. II. Myllet. J. Hall, O. Powney and V. Arthur f I each) 0 12 0 Owmdu and Mountain Lev- els Lodge, per Mr. Wa-, kin Davies 3 0 0 jL27 12 0 UOUectors will be doing us a favour by sending in their donations not later than Thursday of each week.
PENTREBACH ANDI ABERCANAID
PENTREBACH AND I ABERCANAID. BAPTISM.—At Demi Baptist Chapel, Abereanakl, on Sunday evening last, 20 persons of various ages were bap- tised by the Rev. Isaac James. the pastor of the church. It is gratifying to find such a large v ldition to the church membership. GYMANFA.—The congregation of Zion Chapel on Sunday last held their singing festival. A large number of singers were assembled and the sing- ing was of a very higsi order. The conductor wa., Mr. J. Glyndyrus Wil- liams, L.T.S.C., the precentor of the church, the accompanist being Miss M. A. Tones.
The hooligan element has not r been entirely eradicate 1 from the Park. A few days ago I witnessed some young fellows indulging in some sill v and dangerous horse play by throwing and smashing some ginger beer bot- tles, to the great danger of the little ones playing about ilier(,. -x few Df these hooligans should ne c>I:.ght an severely dealt with as an object lesson to others.
I MERTHYR I
MERTHYR. I To SECRBTABIKS. Secretaries of lodges. Trade Union branches, Friendly and other Societies are re- quested to send in reports of meetings, concerts, etc., also notices of meetings to be held. as early as possible. RECRUITING ACTIVITY. A number of colliery workmen who desired to en- list have been unable to do so in consequence of their services being re- quired at the Admiralty Pits. Recruit- ing appears to have been generally ac- tive. OUTFITTERS CLOSE AT 10. 'JO ON SAT- nnAY NIGHTS.—As the result of the movement initiated by Mr. J. W. Mor- ris, outfitter. High Street. Merthyr, 8 out of 10 of the local outfitting firms signed an agreement to close their establishments at 10.30 o'clock on Saturday nights. The undertaking came in force on Saturday night last, and was kept practically with unani- mity by the consenting establishments, although in some cases the shops were closed more promptly (by 10 minutes or so) than others. It is iioped the general observance of 10.30 will be adhered to, so that the new arrange- ment will not be imperilled. CASTLE SCHOOL AS HOSPITAL FOR WOUNDED SOLDIERS.—At the meeting, on Friday evening, of the Merthyr Secondary and Evening Schools Com- mittee, Coun. F. A. Phillips was in the chair, and the attendance included the Mayor (Coun. John Davies), Mrs. Edmunds (Troedyrhiw,, Mrs. Bowen (Treharris). Ald. Dan Thomas. Coun- cillors Francis, L. M. Jones, D. Da- vies. John Harpur, Marsh, and Ped- ler. The business, which was not of long duration, referred mainly to a suggestion that the Castie School should be offered to the War Office for the reception of wounded soldiers from the front; and it was resolved, tipoii the iuouon ol Coun. Marsh, sec- anded by Ald. Dan Thomas to re- commend the adoption of this course to the Education Committee, who will have power to decide the question. ;!IPIRITU- -kLIS--Nt. -'I'll (I recent visit of Mrs. Cannock to the Temple, Tram- road. evoked much interest. and there were large congregations pre- sent on the occasions of her addresses and delineations of clairvoyance. At one of the services. Mrs. Cannock gave about a dozen descriptions, and half of them were recognj. ed by peo- ple present as those of deceased rela- tives. The membership of the Temple is now 130, and that Spiritualism con- tinues to attract attention m the lo- cality is evidenced by the fact that two other congregations assemble for ser- vice and enquiry at St. Margaret's and the Trevethick Hall. THE SOUTHERN LEAGUE FOOTBALL SENSATION. — Footballers aic vlooking forward with considerable interest to the report which is expected to be pro- mulgated in due course with reference to some anonymous commrnications alleged to have been received by cer- tain Southern League players in South Wales prior to the match bet- ween Merthyr Town and Stalybridge Oeltiv. It will be recollected that no- thing was known in this locality as to the letters or their authority. The Commissioners appointed or. behalf of the League to mquire into the matter met at Ca.rditl. last week. BUILDING TRADES FEDERATION. t meeting of the Building Trades Fede- ration was held on Monday evening at Bentley's Hall. over which Mr. Nicholas presided. From reports given it was shown that the Associated So- ciety of Carpenters had increase their membership during the la t month, and the Plasterers, Masons and Bricklayers weie hopeiui of a like increase in the n-a- future. )11. ShsitVbolfc. ti)e Painters' delegate, re- ferred to a resolution recently passed by his lodge to down tools "if the whole of the painters in Merthyr and district did not join the Union. This resolution had brought about the de- sired effect with the exeception of a few instances. He further stated that their secretary had written to the Board of Guardians regarding em- ployment of non-Unionists by them in direct oppostiion to the resolved policy of the Board but no reply had been received. Mr. Cullis. secretary of the Masons' Society, made a complaint re- garding some dressed stone which had been used at the New School. Dowlais. He pointed out that the masons' rules, which are signed bv the Master Buil- dei's of Merthyr. declare that no dressed stone shall lie used in the dis- trict all stone to be dressed by the local workers. A complaint had already been made a few months ago regard- ing this matter, and the Town Coun- cil then decided that the stone should not be fixed. No x-A P. RIVAL OF DRAMATIC COM- PANY.—|Owing to the non-arrival at Merthyr of a company which was an- nounced to render a play at the The- atre Royal on Monday, the perform- ance at this popular resort that even- ing did not take place. It may be stated, however, that the management very commendably posted a notifica- tion of the eircumstanew, earlier in the day, so that the public should not be disappointed. THE NEW RECORDER.— The latest change in the Recordership of the Borough is the appointment by the King. upon the recommendation of the Home Secretary, of Mr. Albert Parsons, K.C., who succeeds Mr. Ivor Bowen, K.C., now Recorder of Swansea. Mr. Parsons, a native of Bradford, is an expert on the law of workmen's compensation, and has published text books upon the sub- ject which are frequently referred to in the courts. He was formerly a well- known practitioner in compensation cases heard at the Merthyr and other local County Courts. ISOLATION HOSPITAL STATISTICS. — The report of Dr. Duncan. Medical Officer, shows that at the end of May 19 cases of scarlet fever. I of diph- theria. and 42 tuberculosis cases re- mained at the Mardv Hospital. Scar- let fever was more prevalent than du- ring the previous month. BInTHS AND DEATHS.—During the four weeks ended May 22. births in the County Borough numbered 98 males and 99 females, as against 99 and 104 in the previous four weeks, and 92 and 96 in the coriesponding month of last year. Deaths 116. as against 145 in the previous four weeks, and 96 in the corievsponding period of last year. Deaths in public institutions: Union Infirmary, 19; General Hospital, 1 Fever Hospital, 1; Pontsarn Hospital. 4. During the four weeks 9 inquests were held by the Coroner, the causes of death be- ing: Pneumonia 2, burns 1. suicide 1. heart disease 3 shock from fall 1. crushed by coal tram 1. HMiCUF. HOME.—The annual street collections will be taken to-day (Sat- urday) in aid of this excellent institu- tion.
DOWLAIS. BEDLINOG FATALITY.—The news of tli.t-, death of Morgan Hopkins, Rees Street, at the Merthyr General Hos- pital, which resulted from injuries re- ceived at Bedlinog Colliery, occasion- ed a deep feeling of regret. The Coro- ner (Mr. It, J, Rhys) held the inquest on Monday at the General Hospital, and in the evening a large number of -the deceased's comrades escorted the body back to his residence to await the interment. SMALL BUSINESS AT WAUN .FAIR. — The attendance on Monday, in fine weather^ of dealers and stock was ra- ther small, and business transacted was somewhat meagre. These circum- stances are attributed to war effects. Many horses have been acquired from the district by the War Office agents, and all kinds of stock were scarce. One good three-year-old which promi- ses to develop into a useful heavy horse, was on the ground, and its purchase for £ 50 was the feature of theo market. Several gipsy horse deal- ers were present. IN THE DARDANELLES.—Large con- gregations attended the anniversary services, on Sunday, at the Wesley High Street Chapel. Mr. D. 0. Hut- ton presided at the organ, and Mr. W. H. Oliver led the singing, which included several anthems. The collec- tions were in aid of the fund which is being raised for the restoration of the edifice. The preachers were the Rev. David Pughe morning and even- ing, and the Rev. J. A. Jones, pastor of Merthyr High Street Baptist Church. Mr. Pughe incidentally men- tioned that he had received a letter from the former minister, Rev. Percy Alden (Rev. Walter Dockeray's pr.ed- cessor) Wesley Chaplain with the ex- pedition to the Dardanelles, who refer- red to the strenuous character of the operations, and said that only ten minutes before writing his letter shell burst six varus from him with Hiich a force and shower of shrapnel that he thought his last moment had oome. CLAIRVOYANCE.—On Sunday, the services of the Dowlais Spiritualist Church at the Lesser Hall of the Free Library were conducted by Mrs. G. A. Lynch, Pontypridd who gave a demonstration of her powers as a clairvoyant. A QUESTION OF SUB-CONTRACTING. -— At the end of last week a question of principle as to sub-contracting was raised by a small number of work- men engaged in the rail and tin bar departments of the works. The matter was taken in hand by the district or- ganiser of the Workers' Union, Mr. J. Flaherty, and the local secretary. Mr. Evan James, oil behalf of the workmen, and negotiations are pend- ing. BLAST FURNACE MEN. -— A meeting was convened on Tuesday evening at the Glvndwr Inn. of the local branch of the Blast Furnace Men's and Quar- rymen's Federation, for. the purpose of hearing a statement by Mr. LI. Carter upon matters of interest. PANT RESIDENT HONOURED,—On the 27th ult.. at a meeting held at the Beehive Hotel, Mr. Sabina Jones, of Windsor Place. Pant. was the recipi- en t of an illuminated address, the gift of the local members of the Bris- tol. West of England and South Wales Trade and Provident Societv. in recognition of his sterling services as secretary for the long period of 18 years. Mr. David Price, of Ivor Ter- race, presided, his opening remark s on the work of friendly societies be- ing listened tt with rapt attention. The preesntation was made on behalf of the members by Mr. John Jen- kins, who, in an appropriate speech, eulogised the services of their able and faithful officer. Mr. Jcnes res- ponded, thanking the momiors for their kind appreciation of his work. Messrs. W. J. Isaacs, E. Farry, and .Fred Hier also added
1 TROEDYRHIW. INQUEST.—An inquest was held on Wednesday afternoon at the Glantaff Hotel to inquire into the death of Mr. Albert Lane, who was found dead in bed on Sunday night. The doctor's evidence was to the effect that the deceased hid sustained a small wound on the head, which burst a blood ves- sel, and caused pressure on the brain. A verdict in acordance with the medical evidence was returned. Mr. Sharpe was foreman of the jury. I.L.P. A meeting of the local branch was held on Mondav evening at the Co-op. Hall. There wis a good attendance, and after the usual rou- tine business, a discussion followed, in which ali the members took part. Mr Skenfield. in the chair, announced that the next meeting would hef held at the same place on the 14th inst., when Mr. D. J. Lewis would address the members. Now, I.L.Peers. rally round,- and bring a friend with you. I TROEDYRHIW JOTTINGS. Tabernacle was crowded with an appreciative audience on Sunday eve- ning last, when the Rev. Rowland Jones delivered the secmd of his se- s of special sermons. "Nancy Dickeybird" had a splendid reception with the Salntion Army last week, and her meeting on Wed- nesday and Thursday evenings were well attended, and proved very suc- cessful. The anniversary in connection with Wesley Sunday School will be held on Sunday next, and will, no doubt, prove as entertaining as the previous ones. Our youngsters are busy training for the School Sports, and ..re eagerly looking forward to June 10 the day.
I BEDLINOG I
I BEDLINOG. I.L.P.The War" was the subject for discussion at the weekly meeting of the local branch of the T .L.P. held on Wednesday evening. Many members took part in the discussion. The old Labour stalwart, Mr. Bruce Glasier, is expected to visit Bedlinog during June. PREACHING SERVICICS.Special meet- ings were held at Gosen C.M. Chapel on Sunday and Monday last and were largely attended. The officiating minis- ters were the Revs. J. Pulesron Jones, M.A.. Pwllheli, and Philip Jones, Llandi!o. I.O.G.T.—The local lodge held its weekly meeting at Gosen Hall on Tuesday night, when some able and interesting papers were real by Sister Williams on "Obedience," and by Bro. Morgan Jones on "Patience." A keen discussion followed. CONCERT.—A grand miscellaneous concert, in aid of Church funds, was hold at the Church Hall on Thursday last. The chair was taken bv Mr. E. P. Thomas, M.E., and there was a fair attendance. The most attractive fea- ture of the evening was Mr. L. D. Lewis (Chandos), the eminent Bargoed elocutionist, winner of 400 eisteddfodic prizes and several gold medals. Many local artistes assisted with scngs, reci- tations, etc. Among the various items on the programme were the following: Pianoforte solo. Miss Edith Phillips; solo, Mr. Francis Williams; duett, Messrs. F. Williams and Griff. Jones-, recitation, "The Revenge," Chandos; solo, Mr. W. R. Morris; .mandoline duet, Messrs. Charles IoLrFon and Horace Price solo, Mr. Griff Jones; quartette, Mr. Tom Blackwell and friends; recitation. "The Signal Box." Citandos comic song, Mr. EJdie Price solo, Miss A. M. Edwards; recitation. Mr. T. W. Thomas; solo. Miss Polly Phillips; oomic song, Mr. W. Adams; solo. Mr. F. Williams; recitation, "Arthur and Hubert" (Shakespeare). Chandos. As an encore, Mr Lewis ren- dered "The Charge of th Light Brigade." The usual vote-; of .thanks concluded an interesting evening. The accompanist was Miss Edith Phillips, while Mr. R. L. Richards acted as sc-cretary
The glorious weather that has pre- vailed for the past few weeks has taken thousands to Oyfartl fa Park, and it does one good to see the hund- reds of children playing on the grass. The ancient game of howls seems to have taken a good grip on the men folk, whilst tennis and boa ing f are also in good demand. The park is in- deed a very valuable asset to the town and money spent there j money well spent.
Merthyr Health Committee
Merthyr Health Committee. REFUSE DESTRUCTOR AND OTHER QUESTIONS. The Health Committee of the Mer- thyr Corpoation met on Wednesday, under the presidency of the Chairman (Coun. H. M. Lloyd). Refuse Destructor. I Mr. Ernest Biddle read a letter from Mr. W. Harris, on be! alf of the Merthyr Trades and Labour Oouncil. which expressed regret tha; that the Committee had deci-la(i not to proceed with the refuse de- structor scheme at present. It was hoped the Council wouid see their way to consider the question. Aid. Griffiths: Is it correct that we have decided not to go or with the matter ? I Mr. Biddle: The position was put that owing to the restriction of the L.G.B. in regard to loans, we were unable to proceed at present with the scheme. The Chairman also referred to the circumstances affecting the inability of the Committee to proceej. Mayor: Has this report been given to the Committee? Chairman: Yes, at the last meet- ing. Aid Griffiths suggested that if they could not go on with the financial part of the business, surely they oould get the scheme in readiness, so that they could go en wit': it after the war. Coun. Morrell took it that Aid. Griffiths' argument was that they were obliged to do the work. But they were no further on than they were in 1905 and if they were going to wait another ten years they could safely go on with the formulation of the scheme, and that they might pro- ceed with negotiations with a view of deciding upon some plan, so that, when the loan restrictions were re- moved, they could be prepared to take a definite course. Chairman: Had it not been for the Dowlais people, we should reve pro- long ago. The Mayor questioned this and, upon the motion of Coun. L. M. Jones u it was decided to call the attention of the sub-noceti -(-ff&fi?ffi s'lcommittee together to deal with the question. Salary Advance. I Mr. Lumley applied that his salary, as clerk, should be increased to 25/ and it was resolved to meet him by raising it to 22/6 per week. Welsh National Memorial. Mr. Biddle read a letter from the Welsh Memorial Association, which asked for the embodiment in the ag- reement of a proviso that, if re- quired, the basis of contribution should be taken on the Borough Rate instead of the District Rvte. This would mean an increase in the district rate of £ 40 per annum. Ald. Dan Thomas did not favour the alteration, and Mr. W. it. Harris (Borough Comptroller) explained the financial bearing of the matter. The Chairman pointed out that Newport, Cardiff and Swansea had agreed to the Countv basis, for which the Merthyr Borougli Rate was an equivalent, and if they demurred, they would be the only dissenting borough. Dr. Duncan Medical Officer, dealt with the position, and in continued discussion, Coun. Morrell said he thought they ought to act fairly in this matter. This was a national movent to relieve a national scourge, and he did not want the Borough of Merthyr to do less than hat was fair. He moved the adoption of the proposed proviso. Coun. Harpur: I second the propo- sition; I think it is only fair. The motion was carried by a vote of 11 to 7. Current Accounts. Mr. W. R. Harris presented a state ment of accounts, for which £ 488 6s. 9d. was required. This "as adopted on the proposition of Ald. Rees, seconded by Mrs. Ed- munds. Municipal Lodging Houses Mr. Nathaniel Moss wrote that he had not received the support he an- ticipated when he established his local lodging-houses. He had closed the Carlton, Merthyr, and with re- gard to the Oxford, Dowlais, which was capable of earning £ 25 per week, he was prepared to sell for £ 2,500 the building which had cost £ 3,600. He hoped the matter would be enter- tained. as he contemplated leaving the district. The Chairman remarked that both these lodging-houses were up-to-date and were the last word in that sort of building He did not know whether it was wise at this time for them to go into the matter, but it for them to decide. Aid. John Where are you going to find the money to pay for it? Coun. Francis. asked whether they thought any good could be done bv referrincr the matter to a committ-ee. and asking for a report at the next meeting of the Health Committee? He thought it was time for the Council to move in this matter, and that in an industrial disirict like Merthyr a municipal lodging-houae was very essential. He moved that the question be referred to a com- mittee for a report. The Chairman said that some yean ago the Committee went into the matter very carefully, and upon statistics then adduced it was de- cided not to adopt a scheme. Aid. Griffiths thought there could be no harm in dealing with the ques-x tion, and seconded the motion. Aid. Dan Thomas proposed as an amendment that the letter be allowed to lie on the table. Coun. Fenwick questioned whether they would be able to make the Ox- ford pay if Mr. Moss could not do so. Upon a division the original mo- tion was defeated by a vote of 10-8. Medical Officer's Report. Dr. Duncan presented a detailed report upon a large number of mat- ters which had engaged his attention. His remedial suggestions a1- to scav- enging were adopted on the motion of Coun. Morrell. seconded bv Oonn. Fenwick, it being also decided to get a return as to scavenging in other towns. A sub-committee was appointed. Steps were taken to draw the at- tention of the Canal Company to the condition of the canal, and with re- gard to a sanitary question raised by Mrs. Edmunds, the Chiirman advised her to make a complaint to the Sani- tary Inspector of the district. Extensive reports were also given by Chief Inspector Owen. Inspect.ora Milton M. Thomas. H. LI. Jenkins, and Albert H. Davies. Unsound Meat. Inspector Thomas stated that in his district, owing to the recent very warm weather, more than the ifcual quantity of meat had been voluntar- ily disposed of. The following was found unwhole- some and disposed of -Beef 281b6, mutton 181bs. livers 126Ibs. smaH goods 371bs. In Inspector Jenkins' district the figures were:-Beef livers lOlbs, mut- ton lbs, find pig*' livers 241ba. I. Inspector Davies' district, meat found as unwholesome and destroy- ed consisted of beef livers 141bs and sheep livers 31bs.
United Schools Entertainment
United Schools Enter- tainment. In view of the elaborate prepara- tions for these concerts, and the de- serving object towards which the pro- ceeds will be devoted, these entertain- ments are likely to prove even more popular than on previous occasions. In response to the Mayor's appeal for the co-operation of teachers and scholars in the endeavour to raise the sum of £ 800 towards the provision of a motor ambulance car for the use of the British troops at the front. 25 schools immediately expressed their readiness to combine in a great effort to raise a substantial sum towards this fund. Over 80U children are in training for the concerts, and the gratifying re- sults of their arduous labours in the preparation of the concert items may be witnessed at the Theatre Itoyal during the coming week. Dainty dresses, graceful dances, striking tab- leaux, picturesque pageants, smart drills and sweet songs will combine to give the Merthyr public a rare treat on each of the six nights. Additional factors which will ma- terially enhance the success of the concerts, especially from. a spectacular point of view, are appropriate scen- ery and limelight effects, the use at which have been generously granted by the genial manager of the theatre, Mr. J. W. Wilkinson. The capacity of the theatre will undoubtedly be taxed to its utmost limit, but an ao- tive band of stewards on duty will do everything possible to secure accommo- dation, and to ensure the comfort of patrons during the week.
I Oddfellows Hall Dowlais
I Oddfellows' Hall, Dowlais. This popular place of amusement has been packed nightly with enthu- siastic audiences to witness the ever- popular favourite, Charlie Chaplin, in Charlie's New Job," the first time shown in this district.' In this picture he seems to have more scope for his funny antics than with the late company, the Keystone. The star attraction for the last three nights in the intense popuar drama. The House of Temperley." Other excellent dramas and Keystone comedies, with Charlie Chaplin m the leading role. For next week an exceptional pro- programme is offered the principal item being "A Million Bid," a Vita- graph masterpiece in 5 parts. Other excellent dramas are 'For Love of the King. in three parts. and "Foiled." a 2-part drama full of in- tense situations. At the request of the patrons who cannot view the programme the first three nights owing to the I- being at work. we have decided to ran a mati- nee for night workers everv Tuesday morning at 9-30.