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PONTYPOOL PETTY SESSIONS.

POLICE COURT.

TUESDAY.—Before C. J. PARKES,…

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THE AFGHAN CAMPAIGN.

THE QUEEN AND THE TROOPS.

STATE OF TRADE.

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STATE OF TRADE. At a mass meeting of the South Staffordshire ironworkers at Brierly Hill, on Monday, it was resolved that the time had arrived for the in- crease of wages. The miners are dissatisfied with the present advance. All the men employed in the plate mills of the Consett Iron Company have been served with notices for a reduction of 7 percent. The men refused to abide by Mr Dale's recent award, which they say was only intended to apply to the contractors, and the Company is now seek- ing to enforce the reduction. On Monday morning a meeting of the blast furnacemen and the Ironmasters' Associations was held at Middlesborough. The proceedings lasted three hours. Tho men demanded fifteen per cent. advance on the present rate of wages, and the ironmasters offered seven and a half. The reply of the men will be given on Friday next. A strike commenced on Monday among the boys employed by Messrs Sully, of Bridgwater, at their Forest Collieries, against a recent re- duction of wages. The men had consented to ten per cent. drop, and the youths were under the impression that their wages would remain unchanged. At the first pay on Saturday a con- siderable reduction was made, hence the strike. The colliers are unable to continue operations until the boys resume. Messrs Crawshay and Sons, of Cinderford have voluntarily given their employes at the furnaces an advance of wages of 5 per cent., which came into operation on Monday. At the Hawewell Tin-plate Works, in the Cinderford Valley, belonging to Mr Jacob Chivers and Co., an advance of 7! percent, has been given to the employes. These men are understood not to have been reduced since the commencement of plate-making by the firm at the beginning of the year, although, during a slack period, some few months ago, they were put on reduced time. There has been another remarkable improve- ment in the coal and iron trades of North Staf- fordshire on Monday. Messrs Robert Heath and Sons have raised the price of coal Is. 8d. per ton, and several other firms have done the same. All the leading ironmasters are raising their prices 5 and 10 per cent., and refusing contracts for over two months, except at an advance. At Messrs Robert Heath and Sons' works on Mon- day morning five puddling furnaces were put in, making 34 started by the firm during the last fortnight; and there are now only seven out, and these will/-be started as soon as pud- dlers can be^j-Rgaged at the current rate of wages, whic" ?e much grumbled at. At the Whitfield collieries 150 fresh colliers started on Monday morning, and there are now 500 more men engaged at the pits than a fortnight since. For the first time for three years the whole have started to work day and night, as have several jfdjoining collieries. At Earl Gran- ville's works at Hanley and Etruria, the number of hands engaged daily is very large indeed, and the Chatterley Iron Company are also put- ting on several. At a special meeting of the South Stafford- shire Wages Board, held at Birmingham, on Tuesday, under the presidency of Mr Joseph Chamberlain, M.P., the arbitrator, the operatives applied for an advance of wages. The repre- sentatives of the men contended that the state of trade fully justified an advance. The masters contended that the application was premature. They admitted that the present demand was satisfactory, and that the firms throughout South Staffordshire were mostly running their works full time but they urged that the im- provement was of but a temporary character, much of the demand being for speculation ra- ther than consumption. The arbitrator congra- tulated the board on the favourable circumstan- ces under which thoy had met, it being admitted on both sides that it could not be denied that there had been an advance in iron. He thought the improvement rather speculative, and doubt- ed whether it could be sustained, following, as it did, so bad a harvest. The demand from America he regarded as perfectly genuine, and it might be considered permanent. However, the present improvement justified an advance in wages, bnt it would be well to move cautiously, lest iron should be sent up too high for specula- tion. His award would be an advance of 6d per ton, viz., from 7s to 7s 6d, to come into opera- tion on the 17th inst.

TREVETHIN SCHOOL BOARD.

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