Merthyr Notes I DOWLAIS STEELWORKS FATALITY. The jury at an inquest held by Mr. Griffith Llewellyn (deputy coroner) at Merthyr on Tuesday upon Thos. Worth (57), of Sand- street, Dowlais, found that the man died from being gassed in the course of his employment at the Dowlais Steelworks. The evidence was that Worth when cleaning some of the gas tubes attached to furnaces was seen to collapse over a supporting rail and was unconscious when aid reached him. He died shortly after being removed to the Merthyr General Hospital, and a post- mortem examination revealed death as being due to gas-poisoning. SLEEPING IN A .NIINE.-Fraiik Da vies (16), of Picton-street, Merthyr, was fined io at Merthyr Police-court on Tuesday for sleep- ing in the Thomas-Merthyr colliery. The Stipendiary (Mr. Griffith) remarked that the Bench took a serious view of such offences and had it not been for the defendant's youth a more drastic penalty would have been inflicted. ANTI-PROFITEERING MARKET.—The Mer- thyr and Cefn Coed branch of the Dis- charged Soldiers' and Sailors' Association commenced their open-air markets at Mer- thyr on Saturday on the St. David's School site near the Town Hall, which was given them free for the purpose by the Merthyr Corporation. Vegetables, much of which was local produce, and fish were retailed at prices generally lower than those charged by private shopkeepers. The market is to be continued weekly. "A FOOLISH LARK."—" We are disposed to look upon this as a foolish lark and do not think it was a case of robbery with vio- lence, but it was quite possible that the horseplay caused the" old man to lose his sovereign." With this remark the Merthyr Stipendiary on Tuesday reduced a charge of robbery with violence preferred against three Dowlais young fellows-Thomas Fit ton, Daniel Harrington and James O'Brien —to one of common assault. An elderly Spaniard said to be known in the locality as Mary Ellen," was alleged to have been interfered with by the three men, and he stated through an interpreter that after they had left him a £ 1 Treasury note he had in his possession had disappeared. Each de- fendant was bound over and ordered to pay 40/- costs. OUR DEPARTED LEADERS. -Speak iiig meetings in support of Merthyr's Labour municipal candidates, Mr. T. C. Morris, the Labour candidate for Reading, paid tribute to the life work of the late Mr. William Harris and Mr. T. T. Jenkins in the Labour! movement. They were men whose efforts had proved inspirations to the movement both in Glamorgaashire and Monmouth- shire, and their loss was a big blow to La- bour in South Wales. He hoped that their ideals would live in the creation of a big! Labour predominance in administration at Merthyr. RATS.—The campaign against the rat has been prosecuted vigorously if quietly in Merthyr, and for the past fortnight thou- sands of rodents have ended their disease- disseminating careers. The work has been scientifically conducted by Mr. Milton Thomas, our chief sanitary official. WILL You HELP.—The women members of the Merthyr I.L.P. are working with both zeal and ability in the preparation of materials for the sale of <vork that they in- tend holding shortly to augment the funds for the Hardie Memorial Hall Fund. They would be pleased if any lady members or sympathisers who have not so far taken a hand, but who are prepared to do so, would attend the meetings which are held on Moli day and Thursday evenings at Bentley's, or would send along any contributions they may care to make for the object—either in money or saleable goods for the stalls. In particular would they appreciate the assist- ance of lady members of other branches who! are anxious that Merthyr should have a worthy memorial to our Grand Ola Leader. MORE DETERMINED STILL.-As the result of his visit to the Prevention of Tubercu- losis International Conference held in Lon- don last week, as reprensetative of the Mer- thyr Insurance Committee, Mr. E. R. Wil- liams fold that body last Tuesday night, that although he had always been keenly interested in the question he would now work more determinedly than ever for the elimination of the dread white scourge. TUBERCULAR EX-SERVICE MEN. The Welsh Board of Henlth informed the Mer- thyr Insurance Committee on Tuesday that in future discharged men suffering from tuberculosis were to receive better consider- ation, and that they, on the recom- mendation of the Insurance Committee, will be able to receive special allowance from the Local War Pensions Committee for the period prescribed by the Insurance Com- mittee. It was further communicated that in future any discharged man leaving an in- stitution where he had been treated for tuberculosis, whether at the end of treat- ment, or of his own desire, would receive his rail fare höme. CONGRATULATIONS.—Mr- J. W. Morris was sincerely congratulated by lay and medical colleagues alike at Tuesday's meet- ing of the Merthyr Insurance Committee, on his, appointment to serve on the Welsh Consultative Council of the Ministry )f Health. T
Llantrisant and District Notes. Miss PALJISTER-s GREAT WORK.— During last week Minnie Pallister has been conducting a campaign in the Llantrisant district, and the results of the campaign arc two new branches of the I.L.P., a large ac- cession of strength to the Llantrisant Branch, the prospect of a new I.L.P. Fed- eration, and the inspiration of members and sympathisers with tremendous enthusiasm for Socialism. A SocIAL AND MEETING.—The campaign commenced on Tuesday with a social at the Church Hall. A public meeting fol- lowed addressed by Tl1 Young and Miss Pallister. Miss Pallister was in great form and quickly captured the audience with her inimitable wit, humour and eloquence, and her clear exposition of the great principles of Socialism for which the I.L.P. stands. PONTYCLUN MEETING.—On Wednesday evening a meeting was held at the Old Schools, Pontyclun. Here the speakers were Councillor Gomer Jones, of Penygraig, a discharged soldier 1 and Miss Pallister. Here the greatest speech of the series was de- livered by Miss Pallister. With deadly effect she sketched the evils of Capitalism, with convincing eloquence she showed that the resources of the world were more than abun- dant to meet the needs of all were such re- sources socially owned and controlled. Her exposition of the principles of Internation- alism for which the I.L.P. stands was mag- nificent, and great was the effect of her re- citation which described the love of the mother on the Thames and the Rhine as the same immutable Mother Love. The meet- ing was an enthusiastic one, and at its con- clusion a branch of the I.L.P. was forine(f LLANT\N-LT FARDRE MEETING.—OH Thurs- day evening the Llantrisant -I.L.P.ers trekked to Llantwit Fardre. Here a meet- ing was held, with Mr. T. T. Mardy Jones in the chair. Owing to a misunderstanding the advertising had not been efficiently done and the meeting was consequently a small one. The speakers were Owen Hughes and Miss Pallister. Here again Miss Pallister stated the case for Socialism with her own convincing eloquence and clearness of ex- position. MARDY JONES" CONTRIBUTION.—At the conclusion of Miss Pallister's address, no questions being forthcoming, Mardy Jones made an appeal for the formation of a branch of the I.L.P. at Llantw it Fardre. He stated that he had been a member of the I.L.P. for over twenty years, having joined the first branch which was formed in South Wales at Mardy. He also stated his inten- tion of becoming the first member of the Llantwit branch by transferring to it. A Branch was there and then formed. PONTYPRIDD I.L.P. TAKE NOTE.—The es- tablishing of these two new branches has now opened out the prospect of a new I.L.P. Federation. With a branch at Ponty- pridd, another at Llantwit Fardre, another at the Old Town of Llantrisant (Cross Inn Station) and another at Pontyclun (Llan- trisant Station) all along the Cowbridge branch of the T.V.R., we get an easily ac- cessible area, undergoing industrial devel- opment and which in the future is bound to become very populous. It is up to the oldest branch/ Pontypridd, to take the initiative and see that a Federation is formed and that this area is made solid for Socialism. Come oii, Pontypridd, any- thing doing ? POLITICAL DESPERADOES.—Prior to the final meeting on Friday night at the Church Hall, Llantrisant, a rumour had gained cur- rency that as the "Red Flag" had been sung at the Tuesday night's meeting the I.L.P. had been refused the use of the hall. The rumour took all sorts of fantastic shapes. We heard that the Red Flag had been fired at the top of the building by some I.L.P.ers and that the roof had been broken in doing so. Another rumour was to the effect that if the Red Flag was sung at Friday night's meeting then the meeting would be broken up by soldiers. What a libel on the discharged soldiers of the town and how it ignores the fact that a goodly number of discharged soldiers are members of the I.L.P. and many more are sympathisers. The remarkable thing about these rumours is that they arose out of poli- tical prejudice and hatred of the I.L.P. and not out of any objection to the singing of the "Red Flag." That is proved by the fact that at a Labour Party social held some months ago the Red Flag was sung and splendidly led by Councillor John Stephens, who, by the way, is not an I.LP.er. No- thing more was heard of the matter. The writer of these notes has known Llantrisant political life pretty closely for the past 20 years, and during the whole of that time it is perfectly true to say that no political or- ganisation of any kind has existed, whicli is so strong as the Llantrisant I.L.P W, wonder what I.L.P. opponents would say if the 1. L». said, We obiect to the singing of the National Anthem at your meetings, and if you persist in singing it we'll smash your meetings up." There would be the usual "Daily Wail" echoes of /Tyranny," Bolshevism and Extremists." Yet it is precisely the resort to this kind of tyranny, this hooliganism, that some of our opponents have been contemplating. Who are the extremists? During the last five years the I.L.P. has been under a cloud. Opposition, owing to the passions and hatreds of war has been intense and unscru- pulous. Our leaders have been persecuted and thousands of members of the I.L.P. have been thrown into prison, and in many cases tortured. Yet throughout it all the members of the I.L.P. have borne their ill- fortune with the smile which only those who have a deep political insight can as- sume. Now that the passions and .hatreds of war are subsiding and reason is once again beginning to assume sway, there is a big tidal wave movement towards Socialism. Our opponents watching the movement are getting downhearted. To them we would say, "Smile Be sportsmen Play cricket! Don't adopt the tactics of political despera- does The breaking up of public meetings is a double-edged weapon best left sheathed. THE MEETING.—I.L.P.ers had been busy countering the effect of the rumours, so a good meeting assembled, and as responsible- people cannot go down in front of threats of violence the "Red Flag" was sung. The speakers were Councillor Arthur Jones and Miss Pallister. Again Miss Pallister was in great form and told the audience of the real attitude of the I.L.P. towards the sol- dier-how it fought for the soldiers' wives and dependents and the discharged and dis- abled men. She reminded the soldiers of the fact that upon their discharge they had to organise their own union to fight the very same government which the I.L.P. had been fighting throughout the war. She gave an enjoyable dig to the men, who, be- lieving the war a holy one had kept on trotting to the Tribunals for exemption. It was a dig thoroughly enjoyed and ap- plauded by the audience. The case for the women was splendidly put, and after deal- ing with Bolshevism, Revolution and coun- ter-revolution, with Mother Love and Inter- nationalism and the capitalistic causes of war, she concluded a fine speech by reciting Captain Robert Service's poem "Carry on." The Secretary's stock of membership cards ran out and new cards have had to be sent for. The full fruit of the campaign has not yet been garnered. Ax ARTIST.—If to invoke feelings in others, experienced by oneself, is art, then the compliment can honestly be paid Miss Pallister that she's an artist. As one watched her departure on Saturday, and heard poorly-clad working lads ask her with some- thing very much like reverent affection in their tones When are you coming again, miss?" one could hardly help feeling, in spite of the past five years, that her own faith in the innate goodness of the common people is abundantly justified by her own personal experiences. The week has been an I.L.P. triumph, and the Llantrisant I.L.P. should see to it that Miss Pallister spends a Sunday afternoon on the Graig, when the summer comes. Meanwhile Carry on." MORGAN JONES NEXT WMEK.—Councillor Morgan Jones, of Bargoed, organising secretary of the Welsh I.L.P. speaks for the Llantrisant branch on Monday next, October 27th. at 6.30 p.m., at the Church Hall. AH those who do not wish to miss a treat should make a point of turning up early.
Gorseinon. Notes. I TRADES AND LABOUR COUNCIL.Severitl matters of interest and importance were raised at the last meeting of the Gorseinon Trades and Labour Council. At the request of the Swansea Urban District Council, re- presentatives were elected on the local com- mittee formed under- the provisions of the Profiteering Act. Mr. Tom Bowen, of Alexandra Road, and David Evans, chair- man of the Bryngwyn Branch of the Steel Smelters arc to represent the interests of the local consumer, and it is interesting to note that in the case of the former, the wishes of the Trades Council coincided with those of the Swansea U.D.C., who had already co- opted Mrs. Bowen on the committee. This lady has done excellent work on the Food Control Committee, and her selection by the two councils is a mark of appreciation of her services in this sphere 9f public life. PONTLLIW POLLING B(K)TII.—On every election day the voters of Pontlliw have been scattered t@ the four corners of the earth. In order to register their votes, they have had to repair to Pontardulais, Groves- end, Gorseinon and Llangyfelach, and this state of affairs has been made all the more intolerable by the fact that Grovesend boasts a polling-booth of its own. As was only natural, the Pontlliw people have risen in their righteous envy and indignation and have unmistakably voiced their demand for this convenience. The officials of the Gorseinon Trades and Labour Council con- ferred with Meth Jones, the political or- ganiser, and they found that the demand was more than justified, and in a short time a public meeting of the inhabitants of Pontlliw will be convened to discuss the establishment of the polling-booth. THE HOUSING SCHEME.—W& gathered from Mr. Williams' report of the District Council meeting that the original housing scheme of the Glamorgan County Council, as it affects this locality, is a dead letter. The first draft provided for two sites, to the north and south respectively of Penyrlieol, and the scheme was to take the form of eight semi-detached houses per acre. But it appears that this was merely an ideal scheme and a part of that elusive New Jerusalem (Continued at foot of next column).
The Theatre Royal There is a light and airy compost at the Royal this week. A most welcome break in the heavier fare we have been feeding on at Mr. Steven's satisfying table-a sort of creme de menthe cap to settle our stomachs and roseate the world. The producers have chosen to describe "Gay Bohemia" as é1, "Parisian musical farce" in three acts- did if farce is conceived in its artistic mean- ing the description is not a bad one, but un- fortunately the good word "farce" has been spoiled by undue stretching over too wide a meaning, and so I should have pre- ferred a better phrase for a show of such joyous moments, and of such original ingre- dients. It is a lively little piece that does more than credit to its author, Alfred Par- ker, and it has been embellished with musical trimmings from three of our most popular composers of lighter music in Law- rence Wright, Harry Stafford and Howard Carr, but best of all it has been worthily caste in a way to do credit to writers, com- posers and producers. Mr. Klit-Gaarde as Nitto weds the art of a histrion to that of a vocalist who won fame in front-rank I Miss MARIE MINNETTI. I opera as one of the leading baritones. Just how worthy was the bestowal of fame can be guaged from his great song in the se- cond act The Uphill Road." Then there is piquant Maria Minnetti playing as Just Herself," a delightful, witching partner to Mr. Gaarde, and with a supporting team of artistes who have figured strongly in some hig London programmes, and with the George Edwards' companies there is a re- sulting combination that runs smoothly and sweetly over a capital evening's entertain- ment. Of next week's show that Mr. Stevens has managed to secure it is scarcely necessary to do more than mention that it is a really competent dramatisation of Victoria Cross' best known book Five Nights "-a book that has been so universally recognised as a masterpiece of its type that it has scarcely missed entering a house in the whole Eng- lish-speaking world, and that to-day selis as briskly as when its realism first tobk the world by storm. As a play I am inclined to the opinion that it is stronger than it was in its original form as a book. Certainly it loses nothing, and played as it will be next week with proper stress and artistic em- phasis i think it gains much. The" annbuncc- of its visit has awakened an anticipation that I have only seen equalled by the an- nouncement of Opera week. PLAYGOER.
I Result of Meetings. GOVERNMENT REFUSES TRADES j UNIONS DEMAND. 1 MOONSHINE TALK OF FARMERS' COUNCIL. The Labour section of the Provisional Jqint Committee had two interviews 011 Tuesday with the Minister of Labour con- cerning the inclusion in the Forty-eighl Hours' Week Bill agricultural, seagoing,. and other workers at present excluded. The Government were unable to meet the demands, and the Labour leaders decided to approach the employers' side of the Joint Committee. The formation of a National Industrial Council of employers and trade union; workers is being held in abeyance owing to the questions in dispute. The Labour demand that agricultural workers should come under the Forty-eight Hours' Week Bill is opposed by the Cen- tral and Associated Chambers of Agricul- j ture, the council of which, on Tuesday, passed a resolution warning the Govern ment that if the Labour demand was con- ceded it would seriously limit the produc- tion of home-grown food. It would ac- cclerate the withdrawal of land from the plough for grass. A contention that must be accepted with reservation, and that ceases to operate un- der the Premier's vague promises of the* same day, that the Government's Agricul- tural Policy is to include A guarantee of prices to cover a suffi- cient number of years." Tenancy to be made secure unless the land is required for public purposes. Rents only to be rated by agreement or arbitration. If occasion arises, long and short term credit facilities by the State. Transport facilities to opeij# up agri- cultural districts. 1
Briton Ferry N otes I CONFOUNDING THE PROPHETS.—All the- } prophets are wrong That is to say, those local prophets who foretold the destruction I of "Jerusalem" Baptist Church which, during the war stood and agitated for Peace and thus earned for itself the title of Kaiser's Temple." Far from being de- stroyed, it is more flourishing than ever, with congregations second to none. On three recent occasions the pastor's stipend has been increased. We have also had electric light installed and the chapel ex- terior painted, and are now preparing far a new pipe organ. We take this opportun- ity of publicly thanking all friends who as- sisted us in the dark and dreary days of the war. The pastor (Rev. R. Powell) is entering upon his 25th year of ministry and one hopes that the best is yet to be." GOOD FOR THE FIRRY.-Oll Sunday last the I.L.P. held their business meeting and the reading of accounts revealed a satisfac- tory state of things. One pleasing feature was the statement that 63 new members have enrolled during the last six months. Printed and Published by the National Labour I Press, Ltd., at the Labour Pioneer Press, I Williams' Square. Merthyr Tydfil.
— h eatre. I Electric Theatre. I The Fox Film Company's super-produc- tion, The Blindness of Divorce," which tops the bill at the Merthyr Electric Theatre on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, though one of the most recent releases from the film renters, has already created a big impression upon the motion picture public as a film with more than or- dinary dramatic interest, a story that giv1 rise to thought on the much debated prob- lem of divorce. Moreover it is photographed with all the art of Fox Studio camera men. Mack Sennett provides a joyful thirty minutes with a two-part burlesque, Too Tough Tenderfoot." I Thursday onwards there will be featured again a Fox drama, The Danger Zone." In this, Fox's new leading film-lady, Madlainc Traverse, establishes herself in public favour for all time1 with her natural and easy grace in the portrayal of an actress deserted by an unfaithful lover and who ul- timately escapes from the web of circum- stance woven around her to ultimate happi- ness. It is a strong story with a sustained grip from the first to the last scene. Eddie Polo gives more of his sensational acrobatic feats in the current instalment of the Circus King serial, whilst as to the balance of the programmes one need not enlarge, for the Electric Theatre manage- • ment since the days when they were the pioneers of cinema entertainment in the town have maintained a reputation for toP- notch shows even in their secondary filill turns. To avoid overcrowding at njght and the disappointment of crowds failing to obtain admission snch patrons as are able to visir the house for the afternoon entertainment are asked to do so, particularly as big fea- tures booked for the winter session are sure to tax the theatre accommodation at night- time still further. J
which was to be built after the war. In practice we find that the two sites were to become one solitary site to the south of Penyrheol, and the number of houses was to depend on the ingenuity of the architect and contractor, the guiding principle being that of as many as possible to the acre. The scheme was rejected and the Trades and Labour Council unanimously resolved to support the Labour Group on the District Council in its attitude towards the question. We extend our congratulations to Wm. Williams 011 his being elected to the Assess- ment Committee in place of Major Lewis, and the local Labour movement will feel gratified in having such a trusty representa- tive in this position. LABOUR SPEAKERS.—One often hear com- plaints from people on the ground that they never hear of what is being done on local bodies, and that they only see their repre- sentatives when an election comes along. These good people are now informed that the fault lies with themselves. The Trades and Labour Council has drawn up a list of speakers, including Labour representatives on various bodies and their supporters, and if at any time the public wants to know what is actually being done, it has only to give: articulate expression to its desire and the speakers will be prepared to make a statement. It is really too much to expect our Labour councillors to chase and button- hole every individual voter, whose interest in local affairs is too often merely whimsical and capricious. TiiE I.L.P.—Branch meetings are being held every Tuesday at 7.15 p.m., when ad- dresses are delivered and discussions take place 011 the topics of the day. Members are asked to rally it should be remembered that the success of the movement depends 011 its inner life. I