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J Merthyr Express" Diary.

Sunday, MARCH 27.

Notice to Subscribers.I

THE THREATENED STOPPAGE IN…

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THE THREATENED STOPPAGE IN THE COAL TRADE. EMPLOYERS and workmen and the whoYe public of South Wales learnt with profound regret of the failure of the negotiations for a new agreement between the Coalowners and their workmen, on Saturday last; but though the fact has cast a shadow of deep gloom over the entire district, yet there is still room for the maintenance of hope that the prospect is not quite so bad as it looks. There was, from the two official reports published, a decided narrow- ing of distances between the parties, and, closer approach to a possible basis of settlement, and they separated on terms of mutual respect, with an avowed readiness to meet again if the desire is expressed. We trust the desire will! exist and, find expression. There is still time to re-consider the situation—the ground that has been gone over, the points that have been whittled down, the irreducible minimum" that has already been modified, and the possibility of further modifications in order to bring the contentious points on both sides within the range of acceptance. The veteran Mabon, who has been unable to attend the negotiations personally, through illness, is yet hopeful that all is not lost, and that further efforts to bring the ship into port will be crowned with success. When one of so much experience is thus optimistic it gives much encouragemont for hope to the general public unfamiliar with the inner conditions of the contest. The Board j of Trade is expected to offer its mediation1 before the actual crisis is turned,and we think that if the same wisdom and discretion whici; the Board brought to beitr so successfully in the" railway and- cotton disputes has anoppor- tunity for being exercised in thiii. dispute iJ will have similarly happy results. Though the outlook is distinctly black, still it is not without a silver lining, and the most potent reason of all for this hopefulness remains in the fact that both sides are anxious to avert a breach. Further mutual concessions ought not oo be impracticable. Whatever the sacrifices to either side, they must be light in comparison with those which will follow from a dead stoppage and a protracted period of ruinous idleness

* * * THE PARLIAMENTARY PROSPECT.

GOSSIP.

CEFN COED.

Glynneath Men on Strike

Chief Whip and Merthyr Liberals.

PARLIAMENTARY NOTES.

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