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THURSDAY, MAUCH 12TH, 1896.

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LLANWOXNO SCHOOL BOARD.

ISPARKS .FROM THE AXVli.

GHAND THEATRE, CARDIFF.

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IABERDARE NOTES.

ABERDARE POLICE COURT.

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THE DISCHARGE NOTE QUESTION.

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THE DISCHARGE NOTE QUESTION. On Saturday a meeting of the Sliding-scale Com- mittee was held at Cardiff, the following being the official report of the proceedings :—A telegram was received from Sir W. T. Lewis explaining that absence in Scotland prevented him from attending. Mr. W. Abraham, M.P., occupied the chair, and Mr. Archibald Hood the vice-chair. The following were also present on the owners' t-ide — Messrs. Edward Jones, Forster Brown, Edward Martin, William Thomas, F. L. Davis, Edward Davies, Graeme Ogilive, Charles Eden, and W. Gascoyne Dalziel (secretary). On the workmen's "iùe there were present Messrs. W. Abraham, M.P., D, Morgan, Thomas Richards, T. Daronwy Isaac, D. Beynon, A. Ouions, E. Thomas. J. Davies, J. H. Jones, John Morgan, John Thomas, and Lewis Miles (secretary" The meeting was called in response to the request of the workmen's representatives to consider the ques- tion of the adoption by the owners at the associated collieries of the discharge note system before the en- gagement of workmen, which system is protested against by the workmen's representatives, who con- tend that it is a breach of the Sliding-scale agreement. The whole matter was discussed at considerable length, and the committee adjourned for luncheon. On resuming the discussion in the afternoon, the em- ployers gave their reasons for the aodption of the system, and, the two sides of the committee having exchanged views upon the subject, it was suggested by the workmen's representatives, and agreed to, that, as the general body of the workmen's delegates will be holding a meeting on Monday, March 9, and as the colliery owners hold their annual meeting on L Tuesday next, the further discussion of the question be adjourned until the further meeting of the joint committee proposed to be held on Saturday next. A largely-attended special conference of miners' delegates, convened to consider the question of dis- charge notes and other matters, was held on Mon- day at St. John's Hall, Cardiff, under the presidency of Mr. W. Abraham, M.P. (Mabon). Mr. David Morgan, Aberdare, was voted to the vice-chair. The attendance of delegates was unusually large, the conference l>eing described as the largest of tne kind ever held inCardift. The mrml>er of delegates pre- sent were 146, representing 90,344 workmen. Strong s(>eeche« were delivered condemnatory of the dis- charge note^ystem, and the most intense feeling pre- vailed. Eventually, after a protracted discussion, an emphatic resolution was passed, protesting against the ,system, and positioning further decision until the coalowners had met. Another conftr.a,-e will be held to consider the question on Monday next. The annual meeting of the Monmouthshire and South Wales Coalowners' Association was held at the association offices, Cardiff, on Tuesday. The chair was occupied by Mr. William Evans, of Cyfarthfa, the retiring chairman, and there were about 60 colliery owners present. Mr. William Thomas, of Brynawel, A berdare, was elected president. Returns were received from the members of the association showing their output during the year 1895, of which the following is a summary :— Cardiff District 16,946,001 tons. Newport District. 7,137,559 tons. Swansea District 1,291,082 tons. Total 25,374,642 tons. This ahows an increase upon the previous year of 247,160 tons.- The association received the report of the owners' representatives at the Sliding-scale Com- mittee on the discussion that took place at the meet- ing of the committee on the 7tli inst., in regard to the discharge note question, and in view of the adjourned meeting of the Sliding-scale Joint Committee, to be held on Saturday next, the further consideration of the matter was deferred.

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THE BATTLE OF THE SCHOOLS.

ABERDARE COUNTY COUnT.

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IMISS MAGGIE DAVIES.

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