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---_-_.__. PERSIAN REVOLT.…

^OTHER'S BRUTAL PUNISHMENT.

DEATH OF A ROTHSCHILD.

.■«-COAL STRIKE RIOTS.

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â « COAL STRIKE RIOTS. PIT LADS' "SNAPPING TIME." Serious rioting took place throughout the North Staffordshire coallields on Thursday in connection with the dispute over the operation of the Eight Hours Act. There are several points at issue between tHe colliery owners and the miners, but the cause of the present trouble is the question of the "snapping or meal time. The employers agree that adult miners should have fiitcen mint--s' interval for "snapping" time, at the same time arranging that the pits shall be k-r,t in full running order throughout the day. Under this arrangement the pit lads cannot have stopping time ior meals, and they, objecting to this arrangement, have gone from colliery to colliery endeavouring to cause a general stoppage till their demands for "snap- pin" time has been granted. Five hundred pit boys marched to Sladder Hill Colliery, stopping the winding and doing considerable damage. At Burley Colliery they succeeded in fetching men out, and also stopped work at Silverdale. Here an encounter took place between the mob and the police and stones were thrown, an inspector being injured. Several arrets were made. At Blackhall a manager who attempted to disperse the crowd with a pa was deprived of it and had it turned against himself, while he was elided with sticks and stones. I Masters down furnaces, and thousands of pounds will be lost in wages as a result of the dii« rcLrs. Several defendants were bound over at Tun- stall. The manager of th'i Chatterlev Whit- field Collieries stated that he was obliged to fire blank cartr deres at the crowd. Much datcago has been done by strikers in some district- ;nSm:th Y^rVshire/ where there are over 15.000 men now idle. The Scotti.h eoMmnstors in Glasgow agreed on Friday to post hosiers intimating a reduc- tion of wages to that effect, from July 25. All the North Staffordshire collieries were closed on Saturday, with the result that between twenty and thirty thousand men are thrown out of employment". Several ironworks are also shut down, and if the pits remain idle for many days all the ironworks and potteries will be brought to a standstill. The coal masters are firm in their attitude not to allow more than fifteen minutes' snap time. The mob of pit lads and men has dispersed. A conference was held between the coal owners and the miners' representatives on Monday. It was afterwards announced that an agreement had been come to subject to confirmation by the Miners' Federation. The points of agreement are (1) To grant twenty minutes as the official meol time (2) at pits working on Saturday winding to cease, and the men to ceme up as before the Act, the men to be paid only for tifinre worked; (3) no further concessions to be made respecting Rjunday time; these arrangements to come up for adjustment on the 30th inst. If the ) miners accept the proposals the pits are to recommence forthwith. I Already, it is computed, fully 30,000 col- liers and iron workers are without employ- ment as the result of the dispute. SERIOUS POSITION TN SCOTLAND. The Scottish Miners' Federation, at a con- ference in Glasgow on Monday approved of the attitude of the miners' executive in the present crisis. The Scottish miners are urg- ing thatoa ballot should be immediately taken of the miners all over Great Britain, an that the workmen should be Urged to vote in favour of a general stoppage at the earliest possible moment. It has been reported to the Scottish Miners' Federation that a considerable number of colliery owners have decided not to enforce the proposed reduction. On the other hand, it is stated that practical unanimity con- tinues among the coal tnineru in Scotland.

ALPINE FATALITY, 1

FATAL CYCLING ACCIDENTS.I

' A BOY BURGLAR.

A TERRIBLE ORDEAL.

PAUPER LA D'S VOICE.

TOWN TTNBER WATER.

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