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Peace in the Coalfield.

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.1 Mass Meeting of Aberdare…

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MRS. JONES AT THE RINK, j

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....-.--'-MERTHYR POLICE COURT.

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Peace in the Coalfield.

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men had voted against the agreement and that he had advised them to do so. He could not, therefore, consistently subscribe his name to the document.. J The remainder of the meeting was devoted to the making of congratulatory speeches and voteso™ thanKs *0 those who in their respec- tive capacities had helped to bring about a settlement. THE OFFICIAL REPORT. A meeting of the General Conciliation Board for the coal trade ofMonmouthshueand^outh F, n'lay, Wales was held to-day IFnday) for the pur nose of completing the negotiations for tho new wages agreement to take the place o ■ agreement which has terminated under the noticc given by the workmen s representatives. vSZi practically f lull -3 Sc sides with the exception on heownenjdc of Mr. F. L Davis, who is still on the Contin ent indisposed from his recent illness -Jr. Joseph Shaw, the chairman of the Coalowners Association, who is laid up wl;h, influenza; Sir Clifford Cory and Mr v*alter Maclaren both of whom were h portant business matters in London Mr Hu Witts and Mr. William Smith. Mr. v>. J HoDDell presided over the owners side of the boani Mr. W. Brace, M.P., occupying a like nosition for the workmen's representatives. Mr William Abraham, M.P. attfinded and was warmly welcomed by both sides of tne ESrdr there' being a general «pr««on of pleasure at his recovery, from .his V ness and satisfaction at his being able to be P1Some few.points in regard to the draft of the new agreement, .which had been in readiness for the meeting were found to re quire consideration, and separate meetings of the two sides of the board, involviiig wnsulta- tions with the two ^hcitms^Mr f shole for the owners, and Mr W i. INicno a. g? the workmen. Ultimately the agreement was signed by the jomt represetatives on the ^ft wa-> arranged that a joint, deputation con| 3istin" of the chairman and vice-chairman anc. the secretaries of each side should wait upon the Board of Trade and the Home Office with a view to endeavouring to secure their co-opera- tion for the legalising of the arrangement re- ferred to under Clause 15 as to the operation of the over-lapping shift as far as Saturday is °°At the conclusion of the proceedings, Mr. Heppell expressed the pleasure and satisfac- tion that he felt that negot-.wop- had culmrn ated in an amicable arrangement, and the satisfaction felt by the side of the Board that the proceeding throughout had been characterised by a inendly spirit on both sides. Mr. Brae? f-'lly indexed tl eee re- m a -ek-A. Mr. W. Abraham. » £ the o'der.v re- presentatiTe on the two skier, prop 3 vote of thanks not only to the two chapmen Messrs. Heppell and Brace, for tbc-ir conduct of the proceedings, but also ic-the Right don. Mr. Sydney Buxton, the 1* resident of the Board of Trade, for the friendly interventior of his Department which had assisted in the resumption of the negotiations Mr. Thomar Griffiths, the Tice-chnirooan of the Lcaiownore Association, heartily supported the vote, whic*- was carried unanimously. Upon the proposal of Mr. Henry Martin, sup- ported by Mr Onions, a vote of the apprecia- tion of the services rendered by Lord St. Aid wyn, as independent chairman under the re. cent agreement, was unanimously adopted. It was explained that the insertion of the name of Viscount St Alrlwvtl as ivieoendent, chairman under the new agrMnvn^ -as necessary pend- ing a formal appoint, h7 the new Joaint Board, to be elected, by th;, Coalowners' Assc- ciation and the Federation respec tively, for the carrying out of the new agre4- ment. under the to: m!; of which a period of three weeks has tapr. bllo-,ed for the making, of this appointmept. It was also stated that his Lordship had intimated his willingness to accept office under the new Board when form- ally invited to dt> so. A vote of tfiarks was also passed to .Mr Groyne Dalzie! and Mr. Richards for th'!i.. so "•vices as joint secretaries, and for the admirable manner in which they had discharged tbcii respective duties. COALOWNERS' ASSOC ATION. Pnor' to the meeting of the Joint Board a special 'general meeting of the Monmouthshire and South TV,->-r. Goafowners' Association wa¡. held, and in the inevitable absence of Mr. Joseph Shaw, the chairman of the association, Mr. Thos Griffiths presided. A lengthy dis- I cussion took p>ac.y> <ipon the negotiations which have taken piaoe between the owners and the workmen's representatives in the framing of the new agreement, the details of which were fully explained by Mr. W. J. Heppell, the act- ing chairman of the owners' representatives. The following resolution was unanimously passed. "That the terms of the draft for the new Conciliation Board agreement, as submitted by the owners' representatives on the Concilia- tion Board, although, in the opinion of this meeting, fall in? short of what the owners are equitably entitled to. be approved and adopt- 6 THE BALLOT RESULT. The official returns to hand at the. Miners' Federation Offices, Cardiff, on Friday, showed the ballot for and against the terms of the new agreement to have resulted as follows:— I For accepting the terms 97.273 Against accepting the terns 34,§63 Majority for acceptance 62,10 There were a few lodges that had not sent in their returns. The district results were returned officially as follows:— e. I Vow Majority Fo-. Ac'st. For Ag st Anthracite district 9262 3528 5734 Aberdare 4145 4453 306 Blaina district. 3052 919 2133 Dowlais 261A 689 925 Eastern Valleys 4722 1272 3450 —— Eastern Glamorgan 27S5 729 2066 —— Ebbw Vale district 3701 418 2283 —— Garw 3660 877 2883 —— Mon. Western Val. 5430 4173 257 Maesteg district 3302 2101 1201 Merthyr 2273 1019 1254 Ogmore and Gilfach 1774 802 972 Pontypridd and Rhondda 5824 1275 4549 —— Rhondda No. I 20043 5479 14564 —— Rhymney Valley 6824 1393 5431 —— Tredegar Valley 6423 1148 5375 —— Taff and Cynon 5124 818t 4306 —— Western district 6135 3749 2386 —— Saundersfoot 120 121 1 It will be seen that there are only two dis- tricts which show a majority unfavourable to settlement, viz., Aberdare (308) and Saunders- foot (1). ACTION OF MERTHYR MEN. At a mass meeting of the miners of the Merthyr district, on the 3rd inst., the follow- ing resolution was adopted :— That we do not return to work under any now agreement until the men who are now victimised be reinstated. On Sunday last a mass meeting was held at the Theatre Royal, Merthyr, Aid. T. J. Evans (chairman of the district) presiding, to receive the report of the deputation appointed to in. terview the management of the Cyfarthfa and Plymouth Collieries, and it was eventually re- solved to resume work on Monday and to re- fer the' matters in dispute to the Central exe- cutive of the Federation in Cardiff.

.1 Mass Meeting of Aberdare…