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A SHIRKED CHALLENGE. I I

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THE VEXED QUESTION OF COMPENSATION. It is high time the Miners' Federa- tion and the Labour party brought pressure on the Government to amend the Compensation Act. In the dis- cussions on wages, hours, and safety in the mines, it may well be that this question is being lost sight of, yet there is no law the administration of which causes so much resentment, is so pro- lific of injustice, and lends itself so easily to the tyranny and theft of the coalowners and the insurance compa- nies, than the Workmen's Compensa- tion Act. Mr. D. Watts-Morgan, the very efficient agent of the Rhondda Miners, in his addrek-is to the last dis- trict meeting drew attention to the fact that there were cases where colliery companies subjooted men to a medical examination once or twice a week, for several weeks, before making a decision as to allowing compensation. This is a monstrous injustice, and the Federa- tion would be worse than feeble if it accepted the employers' reading of the. Act without contesting it to the utter- most. Not that their experience of litigation has been favourable, particu- larly when they have had to rely on the interpretations of the egregious Judge Bryn Roberts. Mr. Watts Morgan recommended his district to pass a resolution calling upon the Labour party to amend the Work- men's Compensation Act so as to have questions of fact decided by a jury. and also ask for a return of the contested cases in Judge Bryn Roberts' circuit, so that it might be compared with other industrial districts where county court judges had to deal with cases similar to those adjudicated upon by Judge Bryn Roberts. This resolution they passed. It would be well if the Welsh Labour M.P.'s made a public and formal ap- peal in the House of Commons to have Judge Bryn Roberts either compulsorily retired, or removed to a district where his abysmal ignorance of mining eondi- tions will matter less than in South Wales. But the thing is to press for root-and-branch amendment of the existing law. —————— a ooo-

ICOAL AND IRONY.

THE WELSH NATIONAL I LIBRARY.-f

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I SWALLOWED A PENKNIFE. I