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HAVERFORDWEST RIFLE VOLUNTEERS.…

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.

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LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. THE CABINET MAKERS, HOUSE BUILDERS, AND JOINERS. A meeting of the cabinet makers, house builders. and joiners was held at the Bridge End Inn on the 9th instant, for the purpose of considering the hours of labour of, and also the rates of remunera- tion paid to, the workmen in the above trades in this neighbourhood. The meeting was well at- tended, and the subjects were discussed in a calm and temperate spirit. During the discussion, full information was given by the various speakers with reference to the wages paid in other towns, and also as to the hours of work observed, from which it appeared that the workmen in Haverford- west were in hoth respects in a much worse posi- tion than their brethren in other localities. It was ultimately resolved to present a petition to the employers, asking for a reduction of the hours of labours on Saturday from six to four in the after- noon, and also from 7.30 to seven on week nights during the winter months. The rate of wages was also considered, but it was decided to separate it from the time question, and that each workman should make an application on his own behalf. The following is a copy of the memorial which was presented to the masters To the Master Cabinet Makers, House Builders, and Joiners of Haverfordwest. At a meeting held at the Bridge End Inn on the 9th instant, it was resolved that we the under-signed journeymen in your employ, agree to submit the following to your notice, in the hope of arriving at an amicable arrangement and seeing that our numbers are decreased to less than one-fourth by men leaving for places where greater advantages are offered them, few remain to receive the boon we crave. Taking into consideration the high prices we have to pay for the common necessaries of life,and believing our condition requires attention equally with that of our fellow workmen in neigh- bouring towns, where there are higher rates of wages and fewer hours of labour, we feel justified in asking a little of the concessions granted by employers to employed in all towns throughout the United Kingdom, even where competition in our trade extensively prevails. We, therefore, most respectfully ask that our hours of labour may be diminished from six p.m. to four p.m. on Satur- days, and also from 7.30 p.m. to seven p.m. on the week nights of the winter months we are em- ployed by candle light. We also respectfully ask tor an increase of wages on the present rates.- We remain, with the greatest respect, the journeymen ZD in your employ.' [Here follow the signatures of the workmen.1 We understand that some of the masters have expressed themselves in favour of the reduction of the hours of labour as asked in the petition, a definite answer to which will be given this week. The request of the workmen is a very moderate one, and when the arguments which are advanced in its favour are fully considered, we have no doubt its justice will be universally ad- mitted. In each of these branches there are a number of highly skilled workmen, whose remu- neration is almost trifling in comparison with that paid in the large towns of the kingdom. Within the last two years, numbers of workmen have left Haverfordwest for London, where their services have been readily engaged at sums exceeding 0 el thrice the amount paid to them at home, and this increased rate of wages is also combined with a considerable reduction in the hours of labour. The Saturday half-holiday is generally observed, even in the Principality; and surely it masters in other towns can give their employes higher rates of wages with less hours of labour, the employers of Haverfordwest may try the experiment 01 grant- ing a part of these benefits to their workmen with- out incurring the slightest risk of injuring their interests or in any way endangering their own prosperity.

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BRISTOL BANKRUPTCY COURT.

COURT OF QUEEN'S BENCH, WESTMINSTER.