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BRECONSHIRE CHAMBER OF AGRICULTURE.

ISHOCKING ACCIDENT AT A COLLIERY.

THE ATTEMPT TO KILL TWO! GIRLS…

DISASTROUS FIRE AT A COLLIERY.

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DEATH OF AN OLD NAVAL OFFICER.

THE ENTOMBED MINERS.

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SERIOUS TRAMWAY COLLISION…

SERIOUS RAILWAY ACCIDENT.

ALARMING FIRE IN LONDON.

SAD ACCIDENT AT ALDERSHOT.

SHOCKING AFFAIR AT BARNSTAPLE.

HORRIBLE END OF A LUNATIC…

A PASSENGER STEAMER ASHORE;

DEFRAUDING A DETECTIVE,

THE ARMSTRONG ABDUCTION CASE.

HEROIC ACT OF A MEDICAL MAN.

THE MANCHESTER SHIP CANAL.

LIFE IN A LONDON LODGING-HOUSE.

THE FAILURE OF A WELSH COLLIERY…

TERRIBLE EXPLOSION AT WALTON

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DISORDERLY HOUSES.

THE ATTEMPTED CHILD MURDER…

MEMORIAL TO DR. TAIT.

FATAL TRAP ACCIDENT.

THE BATH MINERAL WATERS.

SUDDEN DEATH AT BURRY PORT.

FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT AT A PONTEFRACT…

THE FATAL ACCIDENT AT ALDERSHOT.

THE NEW MCJNSTKR BANK.

GREAT BURGLARIES AT LEICESTER.

MRS. LANGTRY IN THE COUNTY…

SHOCKING COLLIERY ACCIDENT…

DIABOLICAL OUTRAGE AT LLANISHEN.

THE PENARTII CHAPEL DISPUTE.

THE FATAL COLLIERY ACCIDENT…

DISASTROUS FIRE AT BRIDGEND.

SERIOUS WOUNDING CASE AT FERNDALE.

A DANGEROUS GAME AT TON YSTRAD.

SINGULAR FATALITY AT FERNDALE.

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VOLUNTEER INTELLIGENCE.

IPLOUGHING MATCH AT RAGLAN.

ST. MELLON'S PLOUGHING MATCH.

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TRADE REPORTS.

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TRADE REPORTS. MONMOUTHSHIRE AND SOUTH WALES COLLIERIES ASSOCIATION. MEETING OF THE SLIDING-SCALE COMMITTEE. On Saturday an important meeting of the Sliding- Scale Committee was held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff. Mr. W. Abraham (vice-chairman) presided. There were also presentOwners' side Messrs. Edward Jones (chairman of the association), Archibald Hood, E. P. Martin, C. N. Holland, and W. Gascoyne Dalziel (secre- tary). The men were represented by Messrs. W. Abraham, David Morgan, Isaac Evans, D. Edmunds, John Jenkins, and John Morgan. The following official report has been kindly supplied by the secretary of the association:— THE AUDITORS' AWARD. The Monmouthshire and South Wales Collieries Association. Cardiff, October 17,1885. A meeting of the Sliding Scale Committee was held to- day (Saturday), at the Angel Hotel. Cardiff, to receiva the report of the joint accountants, Messrs. J. C. Kirk and Charles E. Parsons, on the result of their audit of the coalowners' books for the four months ended 31st of August, 1885. The result is that the wages payable to the workmen in the Monmouthshire and South Wales Associated Collieries shall be 10 per cent, above the standard rates of December, 1879, being a reduction of 2h per cent. as and from November 1,1885. Edward Jones. W. Abraham W. T. Lewis. (vice-chairman). John Nixon. DavidMorgan. F. A. Yeo. David Edwards, Archibald Hood. Isaac Evans. E. P. Martin. John Jenkins. C. N. Holland. John Morgan. Witness to the signatures of the parties hereto, W. GASCOYNE DALZIEL, Secretary. We may add t,hat the above reduction, which is in conformity with the sliding-scale agreement of 1862. was unanimously decided on by both sides of the Joint Committee. The committee then considered the dispute 1 existing at the Messrs. Powell DulIryn and Co.'s collieries at Abercwmboyand Aberaman. The question in dispute WaS in regard to the price for driving headings in the 7ft. seam. Mr. Hann attended before the committee and gave evidence 011 behalf of the owners Mr. David Morgan represented the men, and delegates from these collieries were also present. After a lengthy hearing of the details of the dispute it was decided to leave the matter to the arbitrament of Mr. Bedlington, mining engineer, on behalf of the owners, and Mr. David Morgan as representing the men. The committee next considered the Neath dispute, which had arisen between the hauliers at the Gnoll Colliery, Keath, aJltI their employers. Mr. E. J. Price attended on the part of the owners of the colliery, and the men were represented by LMr. Isaac Evans, miners' agent. Ultimately it was decided that the matter, as represented by both sides, was not one that came within lhe province of the committee. The dispute existing at the Pen Ian Collieries of Messrs. Pearse and Co., Gower Hoad, was then investigated. It appeared that Messrs. Pearse and Co. had recently acquired this colliery, and a dispute had arisen with regard to the difference in the present wages as compared with those paid by the pre- vious proprietors. Mr. A. Pearse attended for the com- paiiy and Mr. Isaac Evans for the workmen. Eventually it was resolved that, the matter should be left in the hands of Mr. Archibald Hood, for the owners' side, and Mr. Isaac Evans, for the workmen, and that those gentlemen should meet at the coi liery at an early date for the pur- nose of settling the dispute. The subject of a disagree- ment at Messrs. the Aberdare Works and Collieries Co.'s Cwmbacli Colliery was next brought forward for con- sideration, but was, after some discussion, deferred until the next meeting of the committee, so as to enable all parties to attend, the evidence before the meeting being insufficient. This concluded the deliberations of the Sliding-Scale Committee, which were necessarily of a protracted nature, the most perfect unanimity, how- ever, prevailing throughout. Following the above a meeting of the Coalowners' Association was held. Mr. E. Jones (chairman of the association) presided. There were also present Messrs. Evan Lewis, L. Tylor, J. Colquhoun, C. J N. Gray, R. Jordan, Archibald Hood, E. P. Martin, It. Bedlington, W. W. Hood, E. M. Hann, A. L. Pearse, W. Simons, solicitor, and W. Gascoyne Dalziel, secretary.—A report from the owners' side of the Sliding-Scale Joint Com- mittee, embodying the official report of the Sliding-Scale Committee, was read, and the resolution ordering a 2h per cent, reduction in the associated collieries from the 1st of November was adopted. ENGINE-MEN AND STOKERS' WAGES. It was decided that the 2A per cent. reduction which is to affect the collieries, as already stated, shall also apply to the wages of these classes. NEW MEMBERS. The following collieries were admitted as new mem- bers of the association :-Messrs. the Llynvi and Tondu Company's Colliery (introduced through Messrs. Foster Brown and Rees), Messrs. The Naval Steam Coal Collieries at Penygraig, and Messrs. The Ffaldau Steam Coal Collieries, Garw Valley (introduced through Pyman, Watson, and Co., of Cardiff). These collieries represent an additional output of 700,000 tons per annum, making the total annual production of the associated collieries about 13 million and a half tons. In addition to the meetings reported, there was a special meeting of the association and also a meeting of a sub-committee, both presided over by 1Ifr, E. Jones. They were held for thfi purpose of making some amendments in the internal arrangements of the association. THE COAL AND IRON TRADES OF SOUTH WALES. Since our last report shipments both from Cardiff and Newport have been heavier than for the immediately preceding week, the proportionate increase being much heavier from the latter port. Beyond this fact, how- ever, there has been Dractically no change for the better in the tone of our steam coal market, and it is but in few cases that merchants are able to keep their stems well filled. The house coal trade continues to present more satisfactory signs, and we hear that orders are more plentiful. As regar.ls prices, however, 8s. 3d. and 8s. 9d. per ton continue to be the market quotations for Nos. 2 and3 respectively. The pitwood market still remains very quiet, and prices rule low. The iron ore market is without much alteration. In the chartering market a decidedly-better tone prevails. Freights coastwise are firm at advanced figures, whilst for the Mediterranean also higher figures are beingobtaiuedthan those curreut until recently. The clearances were as follow :-Foreign, from Cardiff, 127,673 tons; and from Newport, 33,790 tons. THE STRIKE AT GWERNA COLLIERY, MAESYCWMMER. It Is now seven weeks since the colliers at the Gwerna. House Ooal Colliery at Maesycwmmer came out on strike about the cutting price of coal, the particulars pf which have already appeare,1 in the Western Mall. During the past week efforts were made to settle matters, and from what we can learn the question will be re- ferred to arbitration. Hopes are now strongly enter- tained that work will be resumed very shortly at the colliery. Some of the men havo sucoeeded in obtaining employment at different places, but there are a great many idle in the district, who express anxiety to see the question cleared up and work resumed. On Monday afternoon the two arbitrators appointed to discuss the grievance at the Gwerna Colliery, Maesy- cwmmer, viz., Mr, J. Jenkins, of Llanfabon, one of the representatives on the Sliding-Scale Committee, and Mr. E. R. Lewis, manager, met; but a difficulty cropped up about the "selection of a third party as umpire, and the matter still remains unsettled. We learn that strong hopes are entertained that the matter will soon terminate satisfactorily to all parties. THE DOWLAIS COLLIERS. The summonses taken out by the Dowlais Company against several of their colliers for absenting themselves from work without reasonable cause, which were made returnable for hearing at Merthyr Police Court on Mon- day, were withdrawn without being brought before the magistrates. SHORT TIME ON THE BRECON AND MERTHYR RAILWAY. A correspondent writes :—As trade at present is so very dull in nil departments, the men employed on the Brecon and Merthyr Railway have been put to work on short time, and are now working on what is known as thr e-quarter time daily. This step is admitted on all sides to be a highly commendable one and that it is far better than reducing the number of hands, the workmen being retained until such times as trade improves. SWANSEA, Saturday.—A further improvement has been displayed in the export trade during the past week, which, compared with that of the week preceding, gives an increase in the general exports of 3,000 tons. The coal exports amount to 24,786 tons, and patent fuel 1,430 tons; other exports, consisting of tin-plates, iron, steel, copper, and chemicals, brings the total tor the week up to 30,570 tons. The entries of tonnage both inwards and, outwards show an increase over the corre- sponding week of last year. In the early part of the week, owing to the change in the weather, a. large number of vessels left the harbour, no less than 40 sailing from the North Dock alone on Sunday. The shipments of tin-plates have been heavy, viz, 2,750 tons for New York, 122 tons for the River Plate, and several parcels for Italy, France. Germany, &c. The quantity of plates received in the dock warehouses during the week amounts to 26,197 boxes, and stocks to- day stand at 66,400 boxes, a decrease during the week of 31,261 boxes. The past week has been the fourth stop- week at the tin-plate works, and the number closed was greater than hitherto. Mr. James Spence, the president of the association, speaking at the mayor's banquet last night, stated that the last two works out of 82 had joined the combination that day. The state of the market continues satisfactory. Inquiries have again been numerous, the demand being princi- pally for Bessemer and Siemens steel plates, but the orders booked have not been extensive, and buyers have held back orders owing to the high quotations ruling. The orders placed have been at higher prices, 14s. 6d. being the lowest figure for coke tins, 15s. and 15s. 6d. IC. being paid for the superior brands. Bessemer steels have been sold at 14s. 9d. to 15s. 3d. IC.; Siemens steels at 15s. 6d. to 16s., and coke tin wasters 13s. 3d. to 13s. 9d. The import trade has shown some improvement, the total amounting to about 10,000 tons, including a cargo of wool and barley from the Black Sea. SWANSEA EXPORTS AND IMPORTS.—Exports-. Coal- France, 8,358; Denmark, 1,200; Germany. 450; Spain, 815; Italy, 1,342 Algeria, 1,200; South America, 3,654 North America, 1,233: home, 6,534. Patent fuel- France, 1.430; tin-plates, 2,882 iron, steel, and sundries, 1,472 tons. Imports: Pig-iron, 1,545; tin-plate bars, 424 copper ore, 2,141; silver ore, 38 lead ore, 119; manganese ore, 420; iron ore, 2,110 blende ore, 289 phosphate, 125; arsenic, 58; salt, 130; pitch, 289; tin- plates, 271; timber, 105 stone, 340; flour, 680; barley, 160; wool, 378; sundries, 3b tons.

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