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I BACK TO WORK. I ———— < I CONFERENCE FI NDS TERMS OF I I AGREEMENT SATISFACTORY. ) t (By our Mining Correspondent). I CARDSFF. Wednesday. j The peace agreement in the South Wales coalfield was ratified by to-day's conference of miners' delegates at Cardiff by an overwhelming majority, a the tiouble may now be regarded as at an end. It is to, be hoped that the phrase applied by Mr. Winstone to it in London ¡, yesterday will hold good—that the trouble is over until the end of the war. What t may happen after the war I would not t care to predict. The Council of the South Wales miners met this morning at their Cardiff offices at 9 o'clock to consider the report that they were going to submit unanimously W the conference to-day upon. the negotia- tions between them and the coalowners and Mr. Runciman. I At 10.30 tho delegates met at the Cory Hall, Cardiff, to the number of 318-an abnormally large attendance of delegates, although, strange to say, the actual re- presentation of miners was not abnormal; in fact, it was smaller han at the last conference. This probably means that a larger number of small lodges was repre- ¡ sented. Mr. James Winstone, acting president, occupied the chair, and he was supported by ill r. T. Richards, M.P. (geaeral secretary), Mr. A. Onions (general treasurer), Mr. W. Jen- kins, Port Talbot (the secretary of yes- I terday's conference), Mr. J. D. Morgan, and Mr. John James (agents, anthracite I district), Mr. W. E. Morgan (agent, wes- tern district), Mr. Vernon Hartshorn, Maesteg, Mr. F. Hodges, Bridgend, Mr. ?Ben Davies, Pontypridd, and others. Highly Satisfactory." I Mr. Winstone gave to the conference a report of the proceedings in London be- tween the deputation appointed by the miners and Mr. Runciman, Mr. Lloyd I George and Mr. Henderson. I The report was given in detail and was regarded by the general body of miners as highly satisfactory. However, for the next hour and a half, a large number of question came from the body of the hall as to the meaning and eifect of the clauses in the agreement, and their bearing upon the wage rate, as to the why and wherefore of the objections raised. Ultimately a motion was put to the meeting that the report as given by the deputation, be cordially accepted, and tin; men who are out on strike be called up > i to resume work at once. On tiii. being put to the meeting a question was raised as to whether it would not be advisable to wait until the agreement was actually signed before rati- fying it in this manner, as there had been so many hitches in the course of negotia- tions. This, however, met with no response. The largest number of delegates present were evidently in favour of accepting peace terms unconditionally. I The Critics Silenced. I There were some critics present, of I course, but the discussion did not last long, and upon being put to the meeting t he vote was absolutely overwhelming in favour of accepting the report, and con- tinuing work, leaving the arrangements for signatures in the hands of the Exe- cutive Council of the Federation. As an indication of the way in which the report was received it may be ex- plained that Mr. Noah Trueman, of Mountain Ash, who has been a skilful and trenchant critic of the arrangements and the negotiations, proposed a vote of thanks to the Council for what it had done, and of confidence in them. This was seconded and carried unani- mously. The Press Association is officially In- formed that the South Wales miners' wages agreement will be signed at Cardiff on Friday by the representatives of the South Wales Miners' Federation and the Coaiowners' Association. An application for an advance of wages based on the present selling price of coal will be put forward at the meeting. IJnder the new agreement any advance will be retrospective to August 21st. The Miners' Federation of Great Britain ratified th. South Wales agree- ment on Wednesday night.

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