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YSTRADGYNLAIS NOTES.

COLLIERY OFFICIALS AS ENCYCLOPAEDIAS.…

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COLLIERY OFFICIALS AS ENCYCLOPAEDIAS. i ââ.ââ Speaking at the 17th annual dinner of the Monmouthshire Colliery Officials' Association, Mr. D. A. Thomas said colliery officials were expected to pos- sess universal knowledge. Not only had they to be mining engineers, but geologists, electrical engineers, have a know ledge of law, be able to master half a dozen Acts of Parliament, to learn hundreds of rules which were constantly being altered, and, further they must also have some knowledge of military tactics, because a distin- guished general who was in the Rhon- deb during the time of trouble told them that the collieries had been sunk in the wrong places. (Laughter.) Seriously, he thought it was a question whether recent legislation had contri- buted to the safety of the collieries. The motto of every colliery official should be safety first. Certain, the onus was on the Home Office to show that such legislation had contributed to the safety of the mines in any de- gree commensurate with the enormous cost to the proprietors. He was glad to know that old King Coal was enjoying fairly good health at present. Last summer the First Lord of the Admiralty gave him a dose of oil, but, as they know, he had got over that now, and was all the better for it. The Admiralty were now show- ing a hit more caution, not to say wis- dom. Oil was an excellent thing, but it was rather like the man who was "fond of oysters, when he said "I can't get enough of them." The Dread- nought which were being built now were designed to burn coal and not oil. There was a prosperous time ahead for the coal trade, and he hoped the men would enjoy that prosperity as well as the employers. I »

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