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Eight Hours Acts New Conditions. With the introduction of the Eight Hours Act, conditions in the South Wales coalfield have become considerably altered. The object of this Act was to make eight hours the maximum number of hours to be worked by the collier in the mine. While, however, this object has certainly been attained, the introduction of the Act has brought several evils along with it, one of which is the considerably less earning "ower of the man in the mine. This fact is patent knowledge amongst every section of the community from work- man to tradesman, and the latter are painfully aware of that fact in the col- lier's reduced spending power. Under new conditions, workman and tradesman alike must adjust themselves to these new conditions, and so it is that Messrs. Freedman and Sons, jewellers, outfitters, furniture and musical instrument dealers and pawnbrokers, informed a Leader Pressman that they have laid out to meet these new conditions recently l-t'J. Evoiromj Is the key-hum? at present, and working men in every branch of work who desire to economise and obtain the best possible value for money in the way of working clothes, can do no better than call at the old popular estab- lishment of Freedman and Sons. The immensity of their stock in men's and youths' working clothes is not to be compared with any other house in Wales. At no other place can the wants of the most limited purse be gratified, their prices being rock bottom and their stock of an unending variety. Messrs. Freedman's long and valuable experience of the local working man's requirements, coupled with the present reduced earning power of the miner, has stamped them as trade pioneers, in the Rhondda Valley, in men's second-hand working clothes. Their stock comprises cloth, cords, moles, oilskins, reefers, rail- way and Army overcoats, breeches—walk- ing and riding, shirts, singlets, &c. They have a special line in suits, overcoats, coats and vests for evening wear, of good class and tailor made quality. Bedding of every description is also stocked, also all manner of ladies' goods and clothing apparel. In their jewellery department, Messrs. Freedman excel. They can supply any- thing from a silver ring to a diamond set ring. They have on hand an enormous stock of watches, jewellery and plated goods; sewing machines, gramophones, old violins, violas, 'cellos, and musical instruments too numerous to mention. Every article is guaranteed to be as repre- sented, as each article in stock is of a nature that they are acquainted with, and if the article bought does not turn out to be as represented, whether it be new or second-hand, Messrs. Freedman and Sons are perfectly willing, to return the payment for any article whatever bought from them. The name FREEDMAN'S is a hall mark, and implies a guarantee for good class quality onh, the cheap" and trashy article being given no place in their stock of jewellery- or silver-plated goods, which can be purchased on the easy payment system at no extra charge. Anyone desiring a loan can obtain the strictest privacy and courtesy in their pawnbroking department, where every care is taken of goods entrusted to their charge. In conclusion, we may state that, in order to meet the requirements of their Upper Rhondda customers, Messrs. Freed- man will shortly open a branch establish- ment at Ystrad. 5096

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Forth Trades and Labour Council.