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SOUTH HEREFORDSHIRE I FARMERS' ONION. Meeting of the Executive Committee. I A meeting of the Executive Committee of the South Herefordshire Farmers' Union was held at the Imperial Hotel, Hereford, on Wednesday. Mr J A Thompson presided, and there were also present Messrs A Andrews, F Barling, A E Rudge, W H Wiltshire, H R Paske, J Murdoch, J Parry, KRees, WL Taylor, T A Pedlingham, A G Bunn, Matthews, Hy Weston, Alderman T Preece, and the Secretary (Mr J G Griffiths). THE MEMBERSHIP. The Chairman said he must refer with satisfaction to the fact that the membership had increased during the year, and also to the excellent progress of the Union generally. HORSE SALES. The Secretary stated that a meeting of the Sub-Committee appointed in connection with the proposed horse sales in Hereford Market met at the Imperial Hotel on December 30, when the que8tiou of the proposed horse sales was further discussed. The outcome was that the Committee decided upon a resolution to the effect Tbat the Hereford Town Council should be requested to appoint local firms of auctioneers to conduct the sales in preference to an outside firm." The Secretary stated that he forwarded the resolution to the proper quarter and had since received a communication from the Clerk to the Town Council, dated January 6, stating That at a meeting held that day the Town Council referred back to the Markets Committee for further consideration a report from that committee on the question of establishing horse sales in the Cattle Market, and as to the appointment of auctioneers for euch sales. The meeting of the Committee would be held on the 8th inst." Mr Wiltshire stated that they had been somewhat knocked back by the Town Council. It would be useless to hold a sale in a month or two months' time. The horses would be gone. He thought the matter was being left rather late. The Chairman said he was informed the other day that the Town Council had an idea that the Farmers' Union were trying to dictate to them in the matter. He (the Chairman) replied that this was far from being the case, and that the Union were not antagonistic to the Town Council. Of course, the Union desired to start the sales in a manner which would be advantageous to themselves. At the same time the Union did not intend to be dictated to by any Council as to the method in which they should dispose of their stock. Further, farmers could not be compelled to patronise any firm of auctioneers they did not wish to. Under present circumstances he thought it was adviaable the discussion upon the matter should be deferred. The time was so far gone tbat it would be impossible to get up a really good sale now. It was important tbat they should make the first sale especially attractive in order to ensure success. Mr Matthews said he thought the feeling of the meeting was that local auctioneers should conduct their sales. Mr Bunn said the feeling at Ledbury was that the local auctioneers should conduct the sales. The general opinion of the meeting was that it was preferable that the local auctioneers should conduct the sales, and after further discussion the matter was deferred. TEACHERS AND THEIR SALARIES. The next item on the agenda was to consider the offer of the County Education Committee in regard to the School Teachers' Salaries. Mr Parry rose to a point of order, saying that they were putting the cart before the horse in not letting the branches discuss the question first. After the branches had talked over the matter then the Executive Committee might give an expression of opinion. He would move that the matter be referred to the branches. The Secretary said the meeting was really called for the purpose of discussing the teachers' question. If discussion was deferred until next week they would be somewhat late. On the matter being put to the vote it was decided to discuss the question by 15 votes to 1. The Chairman said the point they had to consider was as to whether the Education Committee proposals were fair towards the teachers also as to whether the Committee should be spported in their action by the farmers throughout the district. Mr Rees expressed the opinion that the chool masters were well paid for the hours )i work they put in. Mr Taylor said the question to be decided ras as to whether the Executive Committee bought the teachers were fairly dealt with s a whole. Proceeding, Mr Taylor said in he past his sympathy had been with the -.chers. There were many cases where ¡en had to spend their time in little schools where they had no outlet for their energies in any way, and their ability was not recognised by the Local Authority. Some time ago application was made in their own little school for an increase of salary, but a reply was received to the effect that no in- crease could be given. Subsequently their schoolmaster was removed to another school in the county, and was given an advance. Mr Preece A proper thing to do. Mr Taylor said the proper thing would have been to have given the increase in salary, and thus given the children in that particular parish the advantage of his ability. Mr Taylor went on to say that he thought the Education Committee were doing their best to bring about a satisfactory settlement of the present trouble, and he proceeded to touch upon the merits of the proposals made by the Education Committee, which he thought called for the support of the Farmers' Union. Mr Bunn said he did not think the teaehers' question was one for the Farmers' Union to discuss. It was for the National Union of Teachers to put matters right with the County Council or the Education Com- mittee, To his mind there was no reason why the Farmers' Union should interfere. The Chairman said he hoped the time would come when education would be a national charge. Such matters as they were now concerned with would then be taken off their shoulders. This question was likely to be a big one in the future. After further discussion the following resolution was put to the meeting and carried That the Executive Committee of the South Herefordshire Farmers' Union con- sider that in their revision of the salaries of the Herefordshire School Teachers the County Council Education Committee have dealt fairly with the teachers as a whole." It was decided that copies of the resolution should be sent to the various branches. The Secretary stated that he intended to bring before the branches the question of altering the constitution of the annual general meeting. They wanted to make the meeting a more representative one and with this object in view it was intended to invite delegates from the different branches to attend.

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