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NORTH PEMBROKE AND FISHGUARD…

FUNERAL OF THE LATE MRS. .LEWIS,…

CONCERT AT THE MARKET HALL.

QUEEREST PARISH COUNCIL IN…

THE FOOTBALL FEVER.

LOCAL FOOTBALL MATCHES: I

THE LOCAL CUP TIES. I

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THE POOR LAW CONFERENCE. I

A LOUGHORJDTVORCE SUIT. 1

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I TIIOSE WHO LABOUR. j —A--

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I TIIOSE WHO LABOUR. j — A By GEORGE H. WOOD. I The Tweedmouth Committee report on the posi- tions and prospects of employees of the Post Office still continues to excite the objections of those who are affected, or to be affected by the changes proposed therein. The .telegraphists have, or seem to have, great cause for dissatisfaction, and hWey are making themselves heard over them. Undoub- tedly, if they have any grievances, no class Of wage-earners have, theoretically, a better chance of getting them righted than the Post Office telegraph operators. I was talking to an official of their Trade Union a short while ago, and found, to my surprise, that, though the public do not hear very mueh about their doings as a Union, nevertheless, they are very strongly organised, and work, male and female, in thorough unison. No class of wage-earners hold more power than do the telegraphists. If they abandoned their work, the whole commerce of England—almost of the world-would be disarranged. A tmiversal strike of operators would cause more misery than a strike of any othe class of men. No wonder they are loudly voicing their claim to fair treatment. They know their powers, and responsibilities, and merit respect for the one, and consideration for the otber. I fancy that Lord Petirhyn must be nearly tirod of his experiment by now. At any rate, things seem to point that way. Notices were posted up at the quarries some days ago, inviting applications for work, and stating that Lonl Perirhyn was prepared to investigate, through deputation^ any complaints which might affect the workmen. At the same time there must be freedom of labour, and no attempt by any committee to interfere with the management. It is expected there will be 00 response to the offer, and that the strike, which has now lasted 7 months, will oentinue. Great distress prevails in the district. The men have issued another appeal for help. The Clarion has been devoting a couple of columns each week to the discussion of "Trades Federation." There is a case which, above all others that I can call to mind, gives strength to the plea for-, Trades Federation. Tbe Bethesda men are fightihg for the one right that labour holds dear-the rigiit of combination. They are not only fighting their own battle, they arc fighting for the great principle of the right of combination- They are fighting the fight manfully, and were the whole of the Trade Unions of the country federated, there could be no doubt as to the ultimate end. The Bethesda men would have a complete victory Now they have to rely on help spasmodically given, and this cannot guarantee them their success. I referred a oouple of weeks ago to the Norwich boot and shoe strike. The Norwich men are fighting for another principle, that of a minimum wage." So far, they have not been succes-sfnl, bu t they have approached the employers in a fair spirit, and have been answered not as to the minimum wage," but as to the wage demanded. Onoe grant the principle of a fixed minimum and we are willing to submit the amount to arbitration," they have replied. What the result will be is not to bo foreseen.

MR. TOM HUGHES AND THE DEPUTY…

ODDFELLOWSHIP IN SOUTH WALES.

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THE TINPLATE TRADE .—————.—————.

THE TOWN GAS BILL.

NOVEL FRACAS AT CARMARTHEN.

ERRORS IN FOOD AND DRINK.

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