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ITHE PENRHYN DISPUTE.

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THE PENRHYN DISPUTE. PROPOSED INTERVIEW WITH LORD PENRHYN. ANOTHER mass meeting of the Penrhyn quarrymen took place at Bethesda on Satur- day evening, to consider what steps should be adopted as the result of the latest nego- tiations with the Board of Trade relative to the dispute. Mr. William Evans, the chairman, said at last, he believed, they had found a way of approaching Lord Penrhyn, and it would be for the meeting to sanction such a course. He controverted the assertions which were sometimes to be heard that ithe men were exhibiting signs of weakness. This was not true, as was evidenced by the satisfactory state of the relief fund and the amount of money paid out of it (cheers). Mr. D. R. Daniel (organiser of the Quarry- men's Union), in explaining the object of the meeting, said that last week, on the in- vitation of the Board of Trade, he proceeded to London, accompanied by Mr. W. H. Wil- liams. During an interview which they had with Mr. Ritchie, they were given to under- stand that he had been authoritatively in- formed that Lord Penrhyn was prepared to meet a deputation from his late employes, and to consent to an interpreter (and, if one was considered necessary, a shorthand wri- ter), to be mutually agreed upon (loud cheers). While the Board of Trade did not in any way press the adoption of this new proposal upon the men, it was but fair to say that they (the speaker and Mr. W. H. Williams) considered the invitation, in the light of the last portion of the third resolu- tion passed a fornight ago, to be a suggestion that it was perhaps their duty to utilise this new path, and to see whether it would lead to a settlement that would be both honour- able and just. It was unnecessary to detail what took place at their interview with the Board of Trade. They promised to place the matter at the first opportunity fairly and faithfully before the men, whose officials were informed of the nature of their nego- tiations at the beginning of the week, and they had arranged the present meeting in order that they might have the opportunity of expressing an opinion on the matter (cheers), Mr. H. Edwards then moved the following resolution :— £ In view of our having been informed by the President of the Board of Trade that Lord Penrhyn is prepared to meet his late employes under conditions that we consi- der to be now such as can be complied with, we, as workmen who have always endea- voured to bring the present dispute to an honourable and just settlement, appoint Messrs. W. H. Williams, Robert Davies, and Henry Jones as our credited representatives to act on our behalf at the interview, which we trust shall be a friendly conference.' Mr. W. Williams, in seconding, pointed out that the three men whom they now pro- posed to appoint were selected from the two deputations formerly appointed, one of seven to interview Lord Penrhyn in the first instance and the other of three to act at the time the Board of Trade proffered their ser- vices. In case this fresh deputation encoun- tered any obstacles in their interview with Lord Penrhyn, it would be competent for them to consult the other seven. He hoped that the men as a body were determined to do their duty as they were of the outset of the dispute, and for which they had been commended by the country at large. The resolution was unanimously carried. On the motion of Mr. W. Thomas, Bryn- teg), seconded by Mr. Lewis Griffith, it was resolved:— ■ While thus endeavouring to facilitate the way to a settlement, we desire to impress ur:vn the minds of our representatives the grea»-i*es- ponsibity attached to the trust reposed in them and to remind them on the threshold of their important undertaking of the sole- n and una- nimous resolutions we have as jdy of work- men passed from time to time during the pre- sent dispute, and we consider that the negotia- tions on the part of our representatives should be governed by the views therein expressed.' The following was adopted on the motion of the local secretary (Mr. G. Edwards):— That copies of these resolutions be sent to the President of the Board of Trade and Lord Penrhyn, with a request that his lordship should inform them as to the time it was convenient for the deputation to wait upon him.' Mr. W. H. Williams, as a member of the newly appointed deputation, thanked the meet- ing for the trust reposed in him. He believed that he would be interpreting the feeling of all the men when he said there was no desire to continue the strife. They were endeavouring to arrive at a peaceable settlement. The depu- tation would pay heed to the notes of warning and advice tendered them by the men. A few remarks were also delivered by Mr. William Thomas (president of the North Wales Quarrymea's Union), who complimented the Penrhyn men upon there unityJgood conduct, and the trust which they reposed in their lea- ders. The proceedings, which only lasted half an hour, then terminated. )

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