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Peculiar Wage Claim at fountain Ash. COUNTY COURT ACTION WITHDRAWN. At Mountain Ash County Court, on Tues- day, William Thomas and David Bebb, who were represented by Mr. A. T. James (Messrs. W. Morgan. Bruoe and Nicholas, Pontypridd) suèd Mr. Parrisb (Nantmelin Graig Colliery) for 148., balance of wages due for the fort- night ending November 28th, 1908, or in the alternative the plaintiffs claim the sum of £3 14s. owing to the failure of tho defendant to supply them with sufficient trams to clear away the rubbish. David Bebb, one of the plaintiffs, said he was a üOlier. He and Thomas were working together in a heading at the Nantmelin Col- liery. The section of the coal was 23 inches, and they had to cut the top for height. They cut 4 ft. of top, and were' paid 9s. 2d. a yard for the ripping, and 3s. 5d. a ton for the coal (through coal). They could not make a living wage on the coal, and they depended on the ripping. They used to work the coal four, five, or six yards in advance of the ripping, and then work the ripping. For the last fort- night they worked five days each on the coal, and only got six tons of coal in that time. Then Mr. Morgan, the manager, said he was going to stop the heading, and told them to come back and cut the top and get the ripping up square to the coal. Up to that time they had had no difficulty in getting trams. The following day they started ripping. The prac- tice in dividing trams was, where they were all working on coal, to divide them equally, but where one was working on rippingg and the man next to him working on coal, the man working on rippings got three trams to the colliers' one, as one filled the rippings so much fa-ster. The first day they could not get suffi- cient t.rams, and they spoke to Charley Ed- wards, the haulier, who said the manager had told him that if they could get trams of coal they were not to give them away.—His Hon- our: To give preference to the colliers?—Wit- ness: Yes.—Witness, continuing, said that up to that time they had plenty of trams. They complained to the haulier several times that day, but did not see the manager. They could not cut as much rubbish as they might have done. They could have cut a dozen extra trams that day. The position was the same the second day. and his partner saw the mana- ger. Witness worked that fortnight five days on the rippings and Thomas six days. They could have done the work in two days each if they had had plenty of trams. They earned J35 2s. 4d. for 21 days' work. Had they had sufficient trams they could have earned £2 a week each.—Cross-examined: He started work- ing with defendant in October. That was not the first fortnight he worked in the heading. Before then he had worked in a skip. He could not remember whether he had been doing any ripping in the beading prior to tht fort- night. There were about 16 working places in the level. It was a very small colliery. The fortnight ending 14th November he was work- ing in a skip in the heading. He had not to do any ripping there. They earned that fort- night 6s. 9d. each a day. In the fortnight end- ing November 28th he lost one day the first week.—Mr. Kenshole: Did you not lose three days?—No answer.—Witness was asked if they did not lose three days, and a day each the se- cond week, making five days in all. He said he could not remember. It was put to him that no coal came out from them the first five days but he adhered to his statement that they were working on coal those five days, and not ripping top. He said he could not remember telling the manager that they had plenty of trams. He did not know that his earnings for the fortnight were 5s. 4d. a. day. That was 19 days. He could not say if that was so. Af- terwards they went to a stall each. He ad- mitted that in that fortnight his earnings were 4s. 7d. a day, and Thomas 4s. lOd. There was a. reason for that. The next fortnight he earned 5s. 7d. a day. They were paid J35 2s. 4d. for the fortnight, and now they claimed B5 145" making £8 16s. 4d. — Mr. James asked that a. letter sent by them should be put in.—Re- examined: Witness said be was not certain whether he worked four or five days the first week. He complained to Mr. Morgan, the man- ager, after the first time, and his reply to Mr. Kenshole in that respect was not correct.— Mr. Kenshole, in view of that, was allowed to cross-examine, and witness said he complained to Mr. Morgan, the manager, in the lodge. There were some colliers present, but none of them was present that day to give evidence. At this point Mr. James said that if Mr. Kenshole could prove that the men only worked 19 days, he must withdraw the case, seeing the wages worked out at 5s. 3d. a day.—Mr. Kais, shole I have the timekeeper here to prove it- —Mr. James thereon withdrew the claim, and his Honour gave judgment for the defend- ant with coats. NATTTKE IS ARRAYED in all her glory. Follow her example and array yourself in smart spring attire purchased at tho Emporium of Fashion, R T. JONES & Market-sauare. Merthyr TydfiL took part in the meeting.

Mountain Ash County Court.

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