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PONTARDAWE DISTRICT I TRIBUNAL. I I MEN COMBED FROM THE MINES. r The Pontardawe Tribunal sat on Tuesday, Mr. Morgan Davies (solicitor) presiding. Mr. Frank Charles was for the military autiiorities. There were 31 cases down for hear- ing, and of these a considerable num- ber were of men who hud appealed on domestic grounds, and who had been combed-out of the mines. It was men- tioned that the general impression in existence was that combed-out men who appe-aled on grounds of domestic hardship and who were allowed periods of exemption could return to their jobs at the collieries. Several members expressed the view that it would not be a comb-out if the men were allowed to return to tho mines. Mr. Charles (military representative) said if they sent men to work of national importance it was a case of taking them from under one umbrella and placing them under another. Tho principle in his opinion was entirely wrong. If the men were in Grade III. they were wanted in the army. A number of the applicants were re- fused, but others were ordered to find work of national importance other than at the collieries. It was also decided to review similar cases dealt with pre- viously. OTHER CASES. A Clydach grocer in Class A appealed for exemption on business grounds and on acoount of his wife's ill-health. He was allowed two months' final. A Godre'rgraag steam haulage con- tractor, win appealed said he was carrying cut oounty council contract- ing. Mr. John Morgan (surveyor) and Mr. J. D. Roes (contractor) referred to the difficulty of getting road stones, Jnd said they were not allowed to have :;JI}.9I bv rout. awl Lid to obtain them frutu local quarries.. He was allowed throe months. Mr. John Morgan fur- ther stated that if the man had to go it wuu!:1 mean that the engine would probably be scrapped. A Rhiwfawr ploughman and general farm hand, aged 18, certified to be es- sential, said he had been brought up î to farming. It was decided to refer the I case to the Agricultural Commitfee. Mr. Morgan Davies said if the com- mittee did not take the cases up thov would refuse exemption in future. A Pontardawe underground haulier who had a brother in Russia, appealed on domestic grounds, but his applica- tion was refused. A Cwmgorse colliery shunter said he could not be placed on the colliery court lists. The family had an excel- lent record. The man presented a let- ter from his employer and Mr. J. Ell- wards, in pointing out that the appe-il was a personal one, said employers should be told that they should not write letters. He was allowed 1-i (bys, A Gen-nndd publican and tinworkci who said lie had only worked four months in six years, appealed on do- mestic grounds. He he also kept a public-house. He had five children. Mr. Charles: Can you get beer?- Yes, sometimes, sir. Mr. Charles: You don't think that is work cf national importance? The case, was adjourned to ena ble applicant to bo examined. A Clydach coal discharger (38) Class C3, who had eight children, all under 16 years, appealed on medical grounds. He was allowed six months conditional to being employed in work of national import;; rice. A Trebanos ooalminer said lie was tho sole support of his father, aged 79. He had eight children. His only two brothers were with the colours, and he was only in Class C3. ell had been in the colliery sinoe he was 15 years of age, but had been out of the mine for three months. He was repre- sented by his father.—Three montiis. A Gwauncaegurwen butter merchant in Ciass 3 was given six months. Several members asked if he had any butter. Mr. Charts How much do you dis- tributp :-A bout 7 tons a month. Mr. Charles: Its enough to mika one's mouth water. (Laughter.) A young colliery haulier, whose father had been recently killed in a mine, was giren throe months condi- tional to his working on his mother's farm. An Ystrsulgynlais newspaper reporter on a valley weekly, who was the only remaining full member on the report- ing staff, was given three months. All exemptions were subject, except in exceptional cases, to the appellants attending the Volunteers.




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