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| j The Widows' Right.


| j The Widows' Right. PERMANENT SOCIETY'S M t E i K G. I DEFENCE OP ITS ACTION, Summons to a Conference, I I We have been supplied with the following r-port for publication — A meeting of the of management of the above society was held at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Saturday. There were present Messrs Louis Tylor, Edward Jones, J.P.. Wm. Thomas, G. W. Wilkinson, W. Jenkins, H. W. Martin, Dr. Parry, J.P., L. Llewelyn (Aber- sychan), Henry Richards, L1. Llewelyn (Tre- harris), W. Hughes. Thomas Jones, Thomas Screen, A. E. 1-1. Reuson, Jolm Jones, John Davies, Lewis Davits, Henry Thomas, J..T. I) ivies, W. F. Powell, W. H. Magor, G. L. Campbell (Parliamentary secretary), and Evan Ovven (general secretary). In the absence of Sir \V. T. Lpwis (chairman of the board), Mr Louis Tylor (chairman of the finance committee) presided. He said it would be expected, as a matter of course, that he should make some reference to the action of the v Permanent Society with regard to the funds publicly raised in connection with the Albion disaster. The position of the society was quite clear. Every appeal for help at the time of the disaster, including that of the Lord Mayor of London, recognised the forethought exercised by the workmen at this colliery in the provision they had made through the Permanent Fund, and pointed out the impprativeneS3 of strengthening the fund, on which 750 widows and 1,500 child- ren were now absolutely dependent. The principal donors to the Albion Fund had undoubtedly given their subscri ptions pi ther directly to theperinineiit Society or with the intention that they should form a separate trust, securing in the first instance allowances made by the society, and making it perfectly certain that there should be no failure in the payments. Tiie society sought no more public aid than it was fairly entitled to as an administrator of public benevolence. Tiie chief aim of the organisation was to direct popular help into the most serviceable channel which would benefit the miners of South Wales, 70,000 of whom relied on the society in the event of accident to life or limb, and it was never contemplated v.lien the society was formed that the provision it made for single accidents should divert from its resources the stream of public sympathy aroused by great colliery disasters. There had been nothing more gratifying than the announcement he was able to make that throughout the kingdom tho help that had come to tho society had been specifically given by people interested in the coal industry. Every opportunity had been given to persons objecting to the suggested arrangement for help- ing the Permanent Society to give directions as to the manner in which their subscriptions should be applied, and he was pleased to be able to state that as secretary of the fund organised by the Mayor of Cardiff there had been not a solitary instance in which donors had desired that their subscriptions should be diverted ftom the great object of making permanent the provision for the widows and orphans dependent oil the society. He suggested that the board should, in the first place, thank the thousands of friends who had helped them in their emergency, and that then, after passing the resolutions sug- gested by the Central Fund, authorise their officials to accept the responsibility of adminis- I toring any funds placed at their disposal for the purpose of augmenting the relief granted under the society's rules. In conclusion, Mr Tylor said it had beeu alleged that their accumulation of funds was so large that the society had in hand an abundance of funds to cover ali its responsi- .s bilities. The fact was that the claims of the 750 widows and 1,500 children far more than covered all the reserve fund available, and whatever help they might get from public sources would not be greater than the requirements of the de- pendents placed upon the society by the greatest disaster that had happened since 1366. He in- vited discussion on the whole question, on which, he said, he liafl perfectly open mind, and it was eventually resolved, on the motion of Mr Edward Jones, J.P. (Varteg), seconded by Air Henry R1Chard, ;— That the representatives of the funds not already allocated to the Permanent Relief Society be incited to meet the boartl of management at the Angel Hotel, Cardiff, on Saturday, the 10ch November inst., at 12 o'clock noon, with the object of discussing and, if possible, det ,rmining a metnod whereby the relief provided by the society may be supplemented. A number of special casts were then dealt with, and the meeting terminated with the usual vote of thanks. RESOLUTIONS BY RAILWAY MEN. At the fortnightly meeting of the Cardiff No. 1 Branch of the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants, held on the 3rd inst., the following resolutions were carried unanimously 1st.—That we view the actions of the various com- mittees and others who were entrusted with the moneys (about £15.000) subscribed by a generous public for the relief of the needy sufferers who lost their breadwinners by the terrible explosion at the Albion Colliery, near Pontypridd, as a wanton viola- tion of public confidence and trust, and deserving of unqualified condemnation—the diversion of the said moneys to the Miners' Provident, Fund being an outrage on the previously helped to hope and expect- ant widows and orphatis-aiid, further. ,n insidious bolstering against public will and intent of the capitalistic scheme, whereby a workman is prevailed upon to sign away his right under the Employers' Liability Bill to find 75 per cent. in his own indemnity and, as now proves, tho public to find the rest, the whole being placed in interested capitalistic manage- ment, alone responsible to the deceased members' relatives, and then only in the amount allowed by rule. 2nd.—That the very best thanks of this meeting be tendered to the South Wales Daily News and also to Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P., for their valiant attitude with regard to the funds collected in aid of the sufferers by the Albion Colliery explosion. I MR ALFRED THOMAS'S FUiSTD. The London correspondent of the Manchester Courier writes :—" I hear from Mr Alfred Thomas, M.P.. that he has determined to apply the sum of £ 1,300 subscribed by members of the House of Commons for the Albion Colliery Fund directly to the relief ot the widows and orphans of the victims of the disaster, instead of handing it over, as in other cases, to the Miners' Per- manent Relief Fund. In addition to the sum collected in the Lobby, Mr Thomas has received £ 11 9-< 6d from the rector o? Wigan, and £ 21 lis collected by the officers and men of H.MS. Edgar. These sums are to be distributed in the sHino way for the reason that, if passed over to thePermanent Fund, the bereaved women and children, for whom these moneys were especially intended, would only receive the amount of relief legally due to them from the insurance society of which their lost breadwiunera were subscribing members."







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