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IRON AND COAL TRADE. ("From the Mi/ting World.j The long-looked-for revival in the ataple traies of the district as yet shows no signs of appearing. There were those who predicted that, with the opening of the northern ports, the iron trade would again assume something like its wonted activity, but now the month of June has arrived, summer is at hand, and yet no movement has taken place for the better. At the conference of the National Union of Miners, held at Manchester, where the delegates present represer.ted some 140,000 men, the badness of times was shown in the report presented from the South Wales district. Trade was stated to be worse than during any period in the last twenty years. By the sliding scale award the men's wages were at the miuimum, according to the rates agreed between masters and men, but they were five per cent better than in 1871. The district is now singularly free from strikes, iN fact the men are so anxious now-a-days to obtain work that the question of wages does not so much influ- ence them. Orders for iron now on hand are chiefly for Sweden, Italy, and South America; but require- inents from all quarters are somewhat limited. Pigs are in less demand, and itocks are aecumulat. ing. Business at the steel works continues less active, and at the Landore works a large nwmber of men are idle. Ostensibly this it the cause of a reduction of wages, but it is rumoured that the depression in the markets has more to do with the matter. T. in plates are in to better request, and prices are Stated to be a trifle higher. The quantities of coal exported continue large, but the supply is ev ideutly in excess of the demand. Competition to sell is, however, keen, and thus prices are still extremely low. House coals are in but moderate request and exports of patent fuei are extremely limited. From time to time the grievances of the hbuliers at vaiious collieries, who ask for an increase of wages, have been referred to the Conciliation Board. The Joint Committee have now passed a resolution to the effect that the coalowners in the association had strictly carried out the award in fixing the hauliers' wages in the several groups. "The w rkmen's representatives (says the resolu- tion(, continue to press for a concession to the hauliers, but the owners' representatives, while desirous of meeting the matter as fairly as possible, do not feel justified in varying the teraa of the award in any particular, and they therefore are obliged te decline to entertain the hauliers' application for an advanoe in their wages." The affairs of Messrs Fothergill, aud Hankey, of the Aberdare and Plymouth Ironworks, have been before the Lords Justices of Appeal. The appeal was against an order which Mr. Registrar Brougham had made in favour of a claim by Mr. Edward Corry, a metal merchant, to stani in the place of the holders of certain bills which he had assigned. The order wai discharged Mr. H. T. Taylor, for many years manager of the Nenth Abbey works, has opened the "Vale of Neath Engineering Works"—a new venture— at Neath. Tin want of a works of this kind has been long felt in the district, and no doubt success will attend the project. In the Queen's Bench Division the case of Blizird v. Yniscedwyn Iron and Coal Compauy has been heard. Plaintiff was a oolliery proprietor and coal merobent at Swansea and London, and defendants were colliery proprietors in the neigh- bourhood of Swansea also. The action was with reference to a contract for the delievry of coals, which Plaintiff alleged the defendants' agent made with him. Defendants, who repudiated the agency, gained the day,



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