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PENRHYN QUARRY DISPUTE.

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PENRHYN QUARRY DISPUTE. MASS MEETING OF THE MEN. A mass meeting of Lord Penrhyn's quarry- men, who have now been on strike 21 weeks, was held on Saturday night at Bothesda to consider the proposal of the management that the men should present themselves for work on Monday and Tuesday. MEN PREPARING FOR A PROLONGED STRUGGLE. In view of Lord Penrhyn's alleged intention to close the quarries for an indefinite period, the North Wales Quarrymea's Union issued a special urgent appeal on Wednesday evening to every branch of every Trades Union in the kingdom. The appeal states tha.t the Union requires from outside sources at least J3600 weekly to keep the people supplied with the ibare necessaries of life and "to maintain their unequal struggle with a powerful employer." The appeal is supported by special credentials from the London Trades' Council, "confidently recommending the quarrymen to the heartiest sympathy and support of the Trades Unions." LETTER FROM THE MANAGER. Mr. Young, Lord Penrhyn's chief manager, writing to the press on Friday, states explicitly that in dealing with applications which may be received for work none of the 71 suspended men will be rejected, but he points out that there are men in several cases who cannot be re- admitted at the outset, simply for lack of employment. THE LOSS TO LORD PENBHYN. From data supplied by the local authorities, the Welsh members estimate that the strike at the Penrhyn quarries has already resulted in a money loee to Lord Penrhyn of £60,000. The miners believe his lordship will stubbornly hold out till the loss amounts to £80,000. For their part, they will hold out indefinitely. AID FROM THE LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEERS. The executive council of the Associated Society of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, now sitting at Leeds, passed a resolution by the South Wales representative, Mr. Tom Church, of Neath, that the sum of JB50 be for- warded to the Penrhyn quarrymen. AID FROM MAESTEG. In answer to a deputation of workmen from Bethesda who visited Maesteg, a public, meet- ing was held cufc the Town-hall on Monday evening to organise a echome for raising funds in support of the Penrhyn quarrymen now on strike. The Rev. Iorwerth Jones presided.— A motion by the Chairman, seconded by the Rev. I. Rowlands, expressing sympathy with the workmen and condemnation of Lord Pen- rhyn was pats&ed. The town was also divided into 36 districts for collecting funds, the ap- pointment of collectors being left to the Non- conformist Churches whose C'hapels are con- tiguous with the respective divisions. CONSERVATIVE MEETING AT BETHESDA. Mr. Lloyd Carter, the secretary of the Car- narvonshire Constitutional Association, and a member of the firm of solicitors to the Pea- rhyn Estate, addressing the annual meeting of the BetheaJa Conservaitdve Aasooiaition on Friday night, deplored the fact that party politics hAd in more than one quarter obscured iteves of far more vital importance in connec- tion with the unhappy dispute st the PenrhyD Quarries. The inflammatory speeches of mem- bers of Parliament were not conducive to a settlement of a strike suoh ae that. The strike had now lasted for nearly five months, and it appeared to him that the men, as well as Lord Penrhyn, were really desirous of finding some honourable solution of the difficulty. He felt sure that a ballot of the men would show a great majority for commencing work, or, at least, for a re-opening of negotiations. It was quite evident, from his repealled declarations, that Lord Jenrhyn was quite prepared to meet deputations of his own men, and It was rather deplorable in his (the speaker's) opinion that his lordship should be obliged to complain that for more than four months he had not received a single message or any communica- tion from his late employes. He knew per- fectly well that rumours had been industriously circulated for vears that Lord Penrhyn WM not the master of his own quarry. Let them take it from him—and he was in a position to say, dearly and emphatically—that suoh nmiouxs had not the slightest tittle of foundatIon lD fact. He had seen paragraphs in the papers sug- gesting that the quarrws might pass into other hands. Did they desire that? He thought he was speaking the sentiments of the over- whelming majority of the Penrhyn quarrymen when he said that he hoped the day would never dawn when the fortunes of the house of Pen- rhyn, so noted for its liberality and munificent benevolence, would be severed from Bethesda and its famous quarries. The following resolu- tion was adopted:- "That this meeting of Bethesda, Conservatives protests against the action of certain persons and newspapers not connected with the locality in making party capital out of the preaent ttrike; it aLso con- demns in the most emphatic manner the malig- nant personal attacks upon Lord Peaihyn. and earnestly bopee that all parties concerned will unite in brirLgirijr this un-hapipy dispute to a speedy termination." SUGGESTION FOR A PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT. Though the Bethesda quarrymen, at their mass meeting on Saturday, decided unani- mously to refuse Lord Penrhyn's offer of work, an important suggestion (says the "Liverpool Mercury") was made by one of the speakers, and endorsed by his hearers, which may lead to the peaceful termination of this long and disastrous strike. It was proposed that Lord Peniihyn should be asked to nominate a repre- sentative, while the men would appoint one to act in their behalf, in order that by these two intermediaries a conference might be arranged between his lordship and a deputa- tion of his workpeople. This seems an eminently sensible and practicable idea, and it is to be hoped that no time will be lost in carrying it into effect. The arrangement involves no loss of dignity to Lord Penrhyn, and is put forward by the quarrymen in the nonest desire to bring about a settlement I without any humiliation to their late employer, though without a sacrifice of principle on their part.

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