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STARRED MINING MEN I ♦ WORKERS WHO ARE FOUND INDISPENSABLE (By our Mining Correspondent). The monthly meeting of delegates TO presenting the anthracite district of the jsouth Wales Miners' Federation was held on. Saturday at the Dockers' Hall, Swan- toft. There were present 62 delegates, re- presenting 14,000 workmen, together with the chiet agent (Mr. J. D. Morgan), the sub-agent (Mr. John Jamee), the dis- trict treasurer (Mr. J. D. Morgan), and tiie district secretary (Mr. David Morgan ). \Lr. W. Hughes, Cross Hands, was ap- chairman ior the coming year, a iid Mr. Thomas Da vies, checkweigher, Yfctradgynlais, was elected to succeed hiru, the vi^g-chair. Mr. J. D. Morgan, in his monthly re- port, explained tiiat the five peT cent inquiry had been unavoidably postponed owing to the ill-health of the chairman Lawrence Gornme), wh) was pre- pared to make another appointment as soon us ths fetate of his health showed signs of improvement. The general com-1 miltw were satisfied that the case would not: be indefinitely or unnecessarily poet- poiied, and that if their ease was "troJJgly made out they did not think there would be any difficulty in getting the award made retrospective, so that the interest* j ot the workmen would not be prejudiced by the delay. The anthracite coal trade Iliad never been in a better position than: 1 the present. The demand was far in ex- cec,s. of tjie supply. The prioos ruling i were such as had never before been touched, and so far there had not been auy serious shortage of tonnage such as had been experienced in the western district. The Coal Supplies Committee Lad recommended the Government to com- pel boats now trading between neutral countries to give preference to trading be- tween home and foreign ports, and to give the necessary attention to ship-building and a. favourable reply had been given by Air. Runciman on behalf of the Board of Trade. Die extraordinary demand for Anthracite made it imperative tha.t all employers should retain at the collicries all the men who were indispensable in order to keep up he total output of coal so that the national interest should not suffer. All underground workmen were starred, and all the man who were engaged on the em-fare as winding enginemcn, pumpmen, fitters and mechanics. Some of those terms would take a wide inter- pretation than was .signified hy loking e.<»s«iy into the matter. While it was the duty of every eligible man to join the Army of Ki, own free will and save the! country and also to make the compulsion policy, if possible. a dead letter, still it was the dury of all men who were indis- pensable to the-coal trade of the country to stay at home and do their share to keep up the full output of coal as long as the (loverr.raonr deemed If necessary. J t was reported that, the Is. levy to- wrrns the hind for the soldiers and sailors l.iinded aud otherwise incapacitated in j the w< r wa? coming in "atisfactorily, and v.as likely to be realised. A resol ution was passed agreeing to sup- pert the 15. levy for the wounded soldiers now lying in hospitals, but urging the Government to make provision to meet the nec-evsitie« and comforts of those men who h;ul been inc-apacitcd by serving their Country. A resolution was also passed protesting the wages of the workmen, and that this protest be sent to Mr. M.eKenna, Mr. Asqnith and the Labour 1.1; rty. It is understood thpt the Income Tax, 4!! its new phase, will affect fully two- thirds of the miners of the Anthracite district, as ire minimum wage would h.;ng- hp.ir earnings up to, and over, the <I.r; j ¡j'd s'nl.s.v.'inntlv, in cot)version wiih one oi tjie delegates, .1 elicited the jeoular | St ,I hm"n, Of course, we don't tvaut to pn; Income Tax. Who does? We mav, and probnblv will, Jiave to pay, like other J i-pie. but we are well within our rights in protesting against it, just as all sorts; of ■ other people appeal on all sorts of pie.!?.

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