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Forth Trades and Labour Council. A meeting of the above Council was held at the Washington Hotel on Monday evening, when Mr. Rhys Jones presided over an excellent attendance of the repre- sentatives of the various colliery lodges of the district, including delegates from the Tramwaymen's Union, M.E.A., the Gas Workers' Union, and the Shop Assis- tants. Alderman Morgan Williams and Councillor Ben Davies were also present, and submitted reports. The Secretary read a letter from the Pentre Trades Council, notifying them of a conference to be held at the Workmen's Institute, Ton, on November 29th, to receive particulars from various Trades Councils in connection with the Housing. Act; also requesting them to appoint a deputation to lay the whole case before the Rhondda Urban District Council, in order to enforce the adoption of the Housing Act in the Valleys. The matter was deferred to the nexit meeting. A letter from the widow of the late Mr. George C'aldicot, thanking the Coun- cil for their kind tokens of sympathy in her great bereavement, was also read. The vote of censure upon Councillor Ben Davies was also postponed until the next meeting. At the previous meeting of the Council, this question was rele- gated to the various lodges for their con- sideration, and while the majority of lodges were now against the vote of censure, and inasmuch as the Hafod Lodge had not had an opportunity of re- considering the question, the matter was deferred. It i s, however, practically understood that the Hafod Lodge will withdraw the proposed censuring of the Councillor. Alderman Morgan Williams, in his report, said he had been working for many years at the County Council meetings to obtain lectures to young boys on the safety lamp and the general safety of the mines. It was pleasing to note that since the Royal Commission was instituted, this matter was receiving attention. It was reported by a delegate that Mr. Grant, headmaster of the Higher Grade School, Porth, had that day told the boys in school that the Labour1 Council were nothing but a heap of ignoramuses, and that he knew better than the Council members how much home lessons to give them, and from this time on they should have more home lessons to do (Shame). Mr. Jones, a teacher at the same school, was also reported to have called them "fatheads," and other epithets (Shame). A deputation consisting of Alderman M. Williams, Councillor Ben Davies, Messrs. D. Thomas and T. Llewellyn was appoin- ted to wait upon Messrs. Grant and Jones for an explanation. Councillor Davies, interrogated by Mr. Welsh on behalf of the- Shop Assistants, reported that, a prima facie case having been established, the District Council were making all preparations towards en- forcing the Shop Hours Act at Porth and district.

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Forth Trades and Labour Council.