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IUIONDDA DlSTHICT OF MINEHS.

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IUIONDDA DlSTHICT OF MINEHS. The monthly meeting of this district was held on Monday at the Castell Ivor, Hopkin s-town, Pontvpridd, Mr W. Abraham in the chair. Mr John*Hughes, district secretary, was also present. The prillcipl question to be discussed aud to be fiually agreed u; on was the introduction of the northern system of timbering by deputies. This question was deferred from the last meeting for the consideration by the w orkmen during the past month. The intense interest taken in this matter was obvious from the number of delegates that attended Monday's meeting. Mr A BRAHAII, in opening the question, said that lie wished to impress upon the minds of those present the importance of this question, if the proposed change should ever be introduced into this disti ict. He also wished to impress upon them two other important facts in connection with the case. First, the class of scientific gentlemen that were among those who recommend this change, gentlemen not only possessing great scientific knowledge, but some of them having a great arnouut of practical knowledge and ex- perience in the working of mines. Then there was the inspector of the district, Mr Wales, a gentleman not ody noted for his great scientific knowledge, but, in his days considered to be among the ablest of managers, and in ventilation N., rts considered to be second to none. These gentlemen's opinions were not to be tampered with by suppositions and fictions. He wished also to point out to them the distressing fact of the great number of accidents that occurred among them in this district, and which he was afraid were daily increasing. They could hardly m any day open a daily paper without having the pain of reading of some poor fellow-workman being deprived of his limb or of his life, and, on some days, of two or three. But yet, if they believed that from the rpecial clia- racter of the mines they worked that this change in the system of timbering would be the means of increasing the number of accidents rather than diminishing them, they had a right to give their opinions on the matter, and to bring the same before the highest authorities in the land. (Cheer?.) The result of the deliberations w as the adop- tion of the following resolution That this meeting is of opinion that introducing the North- ern system of timbering by deputies into the South Wales coal mines, will not diminish the number of accidents in the same, but would tend rather to increase them and would strongly recommend that none but thoroughly competent men should be put in charge of all working plaees in the collieries, believing that this would be the only effectual means of lessening the number of accidents from falls of roof that are so numerous in the district. At a meeting of colliers at the Hafod Colliery, o ) Tuesday evening, it was decided to adopt the eight hours' system of working.

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