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"Peatre, August 11, 1890."



THE STRIKE AND ITS LOCAL EFFECTS. What was all along feared has at last come to pa,s-all the collieries in the district, for want of empty waggons into which to tip the ooai, have been compelled to suspend operations, .And on Saturday from eight to ten thousand miners in this immediate neighbourhood are walking about the streets in enforced idleness. A similar state of things pievailed a!l along the valleys from Hafod to Ferndale; and out of fully 30 pits in the Rhondda Vawr, very few, if any, resumed work on MOl day. At timea of strike in their own particu- lar trade, the colliers, thanks to their admirable organisations, are in a position to raise funds for the relief cf those of them that may be concerned in disputes, but under the circumstances now existing, whereby all the pita are almost simulta- neously abandoued owing to outside causes, the miners affected have absolutely no funds whatever from which they can obtain relief; and conse- quently, in the event of the settlement of the railway men's dispute being deferred for any length of time, great privations and suffering must ensue. Among other pits that have suspended work are the Albion, CilfyDydd, where 1,500 men are employed; the Maritime, Pontypridd; the Standard, Ynyshir; Coedoae, Hafod and the pits of the Ferndale Company. The dispute at the Great Wettern Colliery, where 1,500 men are effected, still continues, and no hopes whatever of an immediate settlement are entertained. The colliers, notwithstanding the lose which the crisis has brought upon them, show the greatest sympathy with the railway men in the stand they have taken, and there is not the shadow cf a doubt; that in the event of an attempt being made to carry out the threat to resume traffic, the colliers will, to a man, stand aide by sirie with the strikers in any action they may take. Her.ce it is that the prcceedings af the next few days are looked for- ward to with the greatest anxiety. So far everything has teen quiet locally, and the peaceful and orderly behaviour of the men on strike have gained for them the sympathy of all classes. It is assuredly a fact most creditable to them that Deputy Chief Constable Jabez Matthews was able to assure us that the state of the district was never more quiet and orderly than it is at the present time. No disturbances whatever have resulted from the strike, neither are any anticipated on the part of the railway men them- selves. A112 o'clock on Saturday all sections of railway cxnplsj èa in this district met at the coffee tavern. their temporary headquarters, and marched thenoe in an oiderly procession to the railway Btation. Each man carried h.s uniform under his arm, and at the station landed them over one by one to Mr Price, the etatknmaster, whoafterwards paid them (iff. The procession was witnessed by a large crowd, and seveial lusty cheers for the strikers were called for and heartily given. A most careful watch is being ketp for black. legs," and a large number of pickets have been told off for this duty. During Saturday exciting incident occurred with a blackleg." A middle- aged man of burley appearance was seen in the neighbourhood of the cabstand, inquiring to; a brake to convey him to Porth. He was accosted fey the pickets, to whom he vehemently declared that he waa a mason and had no connecticb with the strike. The pickets professed to be satisfied with this explanation, but on their return to head- quarters they repoited the matter, and an emis- gary WW at once despatched to shadow the stranger's movements, Botb stranger and emia- I s*ry—the former having no snspicion ofr the j latcev's mission—left the town in the same brake, [ aud in dae course reached Porth, where the stranger uok another brake, to convey him to Ystrad. The Porth men, however, were apprised of the matter, and one of their number next followed the strangor^to ifatrad, where the sup- yosed masher was pointed out to the railway men there; who aflain kept their eye upon him until he eventualjv reached Treherbert, where he was left in cbaisre of the pickets in that locality. What evactuaily beeai: of him is not known, but this incident serves to show how close a watch is kept, a.nd how improbable it is for any blacklegs to make their appearance unknown to the men. The Junction men met on Saturday at the Junction Hotel, Navigation, andtpassed a resolu- tion reposing the ut :¡,¡t confidence in Mr Harford I and the executive oounoil. Contrary to expectations the town and market were crowded on Saturday night, and there did not appear to hive been any decrease in the amount I of tyisinegs done. Tradesmen get their goods from Cardiff along the Glamorgan Cunal, and vegetables and other commodities were brought to market in the same manner. The streets have been well- < nigh impasfable all day owing to the large numb ] of vehicles plying to and from the surrounding J towns, grocers' carts cirrying goods from the canal boats up the valleys, and farmers' carts from the Vale of Glamorgan, conveying agricaltural produce to tha market. Several prisoners, tried at an occasional court here this morning were conveyed to Cardiff in a vehicle uader the charge of Sergeant licDonald, anj appeared to fully enjoy the tiip. Several cabs and hansoms, under the charge of the police, have also passed through en route for the valleys the passeugers for the most part, being colliery cashiers carrying money to pay off the miners. At a meeting of local strikers on Monday (Mr W. Williams presiding) resolutions were passed, condemning the action of four or five railway men who had withdrawn their notices, and a'so thank iug Me T. Pascoe Jenkins, J.P,, for his admirable letter re the strike ic that day's "Western Mail." It -was rumoured that Mr Ben Tillett would be in Pontypridd during the morning, and local railway men looked f >rwavd with much interest to hearing him address them upon the labour crisis. To their disappointfnent, however, he did not put in an appearance Aa enthusiastic meeting of strikers was also held in the evening at which pickets were ap- pointed to preveut as far as possib!e the introduc- tion of blacklegs during the night on the Taff Vale Railway. A deputation from the district lodges of Operative Stonemasons attended for tbe purpose of expressing their pymoatby with the strikers and promising financial aid. PUBLIC MEETING AT PORTH. On Monday evening a crowded public meeting was held in Cymmer Chapel, Porth, for the pur- pose of hearing the strikers' cause pleaded. Mr Morgan Williams presided. Mr Sanders, a member of the Amalgamated i Society of Railway servants, denounced the tyrannical manner in which the three railway companies affected by the strike had treated their employes, and appealed to his fellow-workmen to stand firm to their demands. They were fight- ing a battle for all the railway men of the United Kingdom. (Cheers.) Mr Godfrey, guard, Ferndale, paid a tribute to j the press for the support they had given the rail. way men's demands but expressed his regret that the dockers' dispute had become mixed up I with that of the railway servants-a fact which complicated matters. There were, he said, 93 per cent. of Unionists among the Taff Vale Rail- way employes. The remaining 7 per cent. did not belong to the Union, but he was glad to say that nothing but brotherly feeling had been shown the Unionists throughout. (Loud ap- plause.) The Chairman concurred, adding that the society had guaranteed to every non-Unionist half pay for himself and children. Mr Anthony Dew, checkweigher, proposed :— "That this meeting, composed of miners, to- gether with inhabitants of Porth and district, believing that the demands of the railway men are just and reasonable, herewith expresses its sympathy with them in the extreme course which they have been compelled to adopt." Mr W. M. Bowen, who seconded, said there was room for the appointment of a Sweating Commission to inqure into the way the Taff Vale Company treated their servants. He was sure that the revelations would be heartrending. The resolution was carried with enthusiasm. NOTICE TO RHONDDA COLLIERS. The following notice to the Rhondda Valley colliers was issued on Monday "Fellow Workmen,—It is announced that the Taff Vale Cailway Company intend to resume the running of their trains to-morrow (ruesday), August 12, and we regret to say that it is gener- ally circulated abroad that the miners of the two Rhonddas intend, in their sympathy with the railway men, to impede or interrupt the passage of such trains. We, the undersigned, earnestly appeal to you not to entertain the slightest idea of infringing or violating the peace and order in any particular whatever, but to refrain wholly from the least interferance, notwithstanding our unqualified sympathy with the men. The atti- tude incumbent upon us in this unfortunate struggle is to remain perfectly passive and to resort to no violence which would. naturally estrange us from the public, to whom, possibly, we mav be necessitated to ask for aid and assis- tance should this struggle be of a prolonged nature. I "WILLIAM ABRAHAM ('Mabon'), M.P., ) "WILLIAM EVANS, Miners' Agent, I "T. PASCOE JENKINS, President of the Rhondda Labour and Libera Association.





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