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Lecture at Clydach Vale. At Calf aria (W.B.) Chapel, Mr. Henry Davies, Director of Mining Instruction to the County of Glamorgan, delivered a lecture on Mining in Many Lands." Mr. E. J. Roderick presided over a very good attendance. Dealing first with Japan, the lecturer said that the women in that country- wife and daughters-in-orked at the col- lieries, as well as the men. The coal was very stiff to cut, and the royalties .on the coal are paid to the Government. In India the conditions of work were not so good. Here again the women had to work. The Indian collier earned about 6d. a day, but this seemingly small sum of money was sufficient to keep him for a few days. Every position of trust was held by Glamorgan men. What struck visitors to the coalfields of Germany was the good feeling between officials and employed. Everywhere there wis method, order and system, attri- b"ted. no doubt, to the compulsory mili- tary training every male had to undergo. Another excellent feature was the baths at the pithead. No man could be seen going to or coming from work with a dirty face or dirty clothes. The lecturer strongly advocated haths for workmen on the pitheads at our own collieries. The advantages of such a system were many. There would be more cleanliness in the home no exposure before young persons the system tended to keep the workers sober and bright, and consequently acci- dents would be fewer. On the other hand, it was argued that at the baths the workmen were exposed to each other. This was not so, for there were private cabinets for eacn. The dirty and wet clothes could be left to get dry by the next shift. The movement was going to succeed in this country. If the men did not agitate, the women would. In Belgium similar method, system and order was witnessed. Here the coal was comparatively poor so to make collieries pay, the coal tar was taken from the coke ovens. &c., and the many essences were extracted from it. Girls worked on the pithead, in the lamprooms, &c. Welshmen again were the chief officials in America, although in the collieries workmen from all parts of the world were to be found. There was much un- skilled labour; consequently the accident rate was high, about 3 per 1,000, while in the United Kingdom it was 1 per 1,000. The machinery, however, was more efficient than ours. One-third of the coal was cut by machinery. The lecture was illustrated by pictures, admirably shown by the oxy-hydrogen lantern. The heartiest thanks were accorded the lecturer for his interesting and instructive lecture.