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The Federated Chambers of Trade. Autumnal Meetings. The autumnal meetings of the above Federation were held on Thursday last at the Oddfellows' Hall, Dowlais, under the presidency of Mr. W. R. Edmunds, Jlertkyr Vale. A large number of dele- gates were present, representing every Chamber affiliated to the Federation. The President remarked that he felt very proud of the progress which the Federation had made during the past' year. There was a widespread desire amongst tradespeople to unite to maintain their common interests, and during the past six months four local Chambers had affiliated with the central body. Every Chamber seemed to be very energetic, and through their attention to local grievances several improvements were obtained. The Aberfan Chamber of Trade had recently obtained a reduction in the price of gas from 5s. per thousand cubic feet to 3s. 9d. He congratulated their energetic secre- tary, Mr. Isaac Edwards, upon the phenomenal success which had resulted from his untiring services. The treasurer, Mr. J. Howfield, gave a detailed account of the finances of the Federation, and strongly appealed for every Chamber to advance their future contribution, so that they could contri- bute an increased subscription to the National Chamber of Trade. The secretary, Mr. Isaac Edwards, gave an excellent report of the work done by the Federation during the past six months. The Federation had done all in their power to procure the removal oft the Monmouth Assizes and Quarter Ses- sions to Newport. It was a matter which, he hoped, would in the immediate. future be satisfactorily settled. He also referred to the Shop Hours Bill, which is receiving the serious attention of the Government. It contained many objectionable points, and every local Chamber would do well to carefully discuss them. The National Chamber of Trade meetings which he attended at Liverpool, had sent to the Home Secretary several amendments, and it was all-important that every local Chamber should do the same. The ques-1 tion of municipal telephones had also been discussed, and a strong resolution in its favour passed. The meeting was also of opinion that the Government should con- tribute towards certain districts who were asked to prepare elaborate educational facilities. Several other matters, including the adoption of amended rules, were dis- cussed, and the election of new officers for the ensuing year took place. In the evening, a banquet in honour of the visit of the Federated Chambers of Trade was held at the Royal Exchange Hotel, Dow- lais.

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