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MINERS PERMANENT FUND. CONFERENCE OF AUTHORITIES AT THE MANSION HOUSE. Owing to the inability of Lord Bute to pre- side over the conference of authorities of Miners' Permanent Societies and others interested in movements for relieving distress caused by accidents in mines on Friday afternoon at the Mansion House, the chair was taken by the Earl of Crawford, K.T., president of the asso- ciation. There was a large attendance of mem- bers present, and amongst others were Lord Tredegar, Sir David Evans, Sir Francis Powell, M.P., Mr. Alfred Thomas, M.P., Colonel Blundell, Mr. Henry Richards, Dr. Parry (Ferndale), Mr. Evan Owen, and numerous delegates from North and South Wales and I English districts. The Chairman, in opening the proceedings, regretted that peremptory duties had com- pelled Lord Bute to be absent that day. At the time the meeting was summoned 'no one could have foreseen that the district over which Lord Bute was president would be visited by a terrible disaster, second only to the Oaks explosion of some years ago. Their meeting must be considered as a meeting of condolence with those who were spared, and with those who were left behind by those who had perished during the past year. Of course, it wa.s inseparable with such a- business as that of the colliery business that accidents should occur. The larger number of accidents, he knew, occurred singly, but what always moved the public and also tiieir own hearts was when a large number of beings were suddenly swept away in a. moment of time by some action which, as a rule,, was never explained. It was a. curious thing that advance of science, that the advance of knowledge as to the best means of work- ing, the most modern applications of science in the getting of coal, to the winding of coal, to the haulage of coal, and even to the getting down of the mineral itself, had all been applied in the Albion Colliery. The matter was a. most serious one, and should be iveii serious attention to by all those who had to clo with the management of large colliery busi- nesses. The president concluded by reading the following resolution:—"That this confe- rence hetsiF tenders its sincere sympathy to the sufferers by the recent terrible accident at the Albion Colliery in South Wales, ex- press.e.s its thankfulness that the men who unfortunately lost their lives had all taken the provident precaution of enrolling them- selves as members of the Monmouthshire and South n ales Miners' Permanent Society, ant, trusts that the society will be generously assisted in meeting this most exceptional strain upon its resources." Lord Tredegar having seconded and Sir David Evans supported, the resolution was oarried unanimously. Mr. Louis Tylor (Cardiff) expressed the gratitude of the people of South Wales for the vote passed. REPORT OF THE COUNCIL. ml_- --J, J..l _1 _LL _1_L1.1 nut; rejjuru oi uie council was men SLLDIIIIDLPU and seconded by Mr. N. R. Griffith, of North Wales. The report showed that the total mem- bership of the societies was 299,027. The accu- mulated funds amounted to £ 525,672, and the revenue to £ 24-7,531. Th number of widows in receipt of annuities was 2,728, the number of children 3,940, and the number of disable- ment cases dealt with during the year was 39,917. There had been increases of 3,351 in the number of members, and of £ 37,059 in the accumulated funds, and of 1,588 in the number of oases of disablement. The total number of deaths amongst the members in 1893 was 475, as compared with 641 in the previous year. It was pointed out that all the statistics for 1893 were, as a matter of course, materially affected by the prolonged cessation of work at many collieries. The Thornhill disaster in Yorkshire was mentioned, and it was noted that, although the colliery was not connected with the Per- manent Relief Fund of the district, there had been received a sum sufficient to provide allow- ances larger than can be given by the per- manent societies. The report proceeded to state that the conference again met under the cloud of a great colliery calamity—the largest attri- butable to any similar disaster in England and Wales since the Oaks explosion in 1866. Ali the deceased were members of the Monmouth- shire and South Wales Miners' Permanent Pro- vident Society, which had, therefore, to bear the strain of the fifth great explosion occurring in succession in this coalfield. The Lord Mayor had kindly opened a Mansion House Fund, and the local efforts were strenuous, but the dis- trict had been so frequently tapped under cir- cumstances very similar—though not so disas- trous and on so great a scalp-that every effort would be necessary to obtain funds sum- cient to cover so appalling a disaster. Coupled with the thanks due to the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor for his kindness in permitting the holding of the conference of the association at the Mansion House, the coun- cil asked that there should be an expression of gratitude for his prompt response to a request from South Wales that he would assist in rais- ing the funds necessary to meet the distress arising out of the recent colliery disaster there. The report was unanimously carried. AGED AND INFIRM MINERS. The President then called upon Mr. Francis G. P. Neison, F.I.A.F.S.S., to read a paper upon a benefit for aged and infirm miners, the qualifications for the receipt of the allowance (5s. per week) being the attainment of age 65, and then incapacity for labour. The paper wound up with a series of practical recommen- dations for the management of "aged and in- firm" funds. Discussion followed. After a resolution had been passed, a note was read by the secretary, Mr. George L. Campbell, accompanied by a report of his paper presented to the conference of 1890 upon colliery disaster ielief funds since 1862 and the unexhausted surpluses. Mr. Campbell said it could not be too repeated that there was no Permanent Mansion House Fund for dealing with distress arising from mining accidents, and that throughout the kingdom there were no moneys immediately available for such a purpose, though there were large surpluses in existence. Three cases in which great national funds had been raiset since 1862 were the Hartley, the Oaks, ap the Abercarn. Concerning the administrate of these, Mr. Campbell in the note gave tu particulars, and in conclusion expressed opinion that a remedy for the existing sti*, of affairs was to be found rather in a alteration of the law than in any special ieK. lation for the amounts contributed bv public towards the relief of distress caused mining accidents. With safety it might stated with regard to all the funds establish since 1862 that there had been no misapp^1 tion of any surplus. The bulk of thein j have to be dealt with when public opinion a the law were in agreement as to how this co be done effectively. ELECTION OF OFFICERS. After the papers had been read the proceeded to elect the officers of the associat1^ for the ensuing quarter.—On the motion Lord Tredegar, Lord Crawford was re- to the office of president, and Mr. Ai r 34 Thomas, M.P., moved the re-election of the vice-presidents who acted last year. The motion was carried unanimously. After the council had similarly been elected votes of thanks to the Lord Mayor granting the use of the Mansion House, anc the chairman, having been passed, the procee ings terminated. -Á', 1:tn'"