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Preliminary Announcement. MR. WILLIAM MORGAN will offer for Sale by Public Auction at the Dun- raven Hotel, Tonypandy, on Tuesday, the 18th January, 1910, at 7 o'clock p.m., Three Shops & Dwelling Houses in the respective occupations of Messrs. Gregory, Thomas, and Moses, the premises being of the net annual letting value of jE135, and held under a lease at the exceedingly low ground rent of F,4 2s. 6d. p.a. The premises are are situate immediately opposite the Trealaw Railway Station, and the Judge's Hall, and are in close proximity to the new Naval Colliery. For further particulars see bills, or apply to the Auctioneer, at his offices, Lloyds Bank Chambers, Tonypandy, or to Richard Hill- Male, Solicitor, Pandy Square, Tonypandy. 003 PUBLIC NOTICES. Rhondda Urban:District.. 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Gladstone Centenary, Celebration at Scanty mosl. Speech by Sip S. T. Evans. The Nantymoel Branch, of the National League of Young Liberals celebrated the Gladstone Centenary with a banquet at the Workmen's Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 22nd, when over 400 guests assembled for the occasion. The spacious hall was pro- fusely decorated with bunting and party mottoes, relieved with some very fine portraits of the Grand Old Man. Mr. J. R. Evans, the chairman of the local branch, presided, and he was supported by Sir Samuel T. Evans, K.C., M.P. (the Solicitor-General), Dr. D. J. Thomas, J.P., C.C., Revs. M. J. Mills and J. m! Phillips, Messrs. David Jones (secretary), Yorwerth David (treasurer), Job Baker (president Liberal-Labour Association), Rhys Williams (vice-president), Walter Exley (vice-president), Edward David (president Free Church Council), David Llewellyn (solicitor), Evan Griffiths, D.C., Jenkin Phillips, D.C., H. B. Davies, G. K. Anderson, T. Jacob Jones, B.A., D. Jones, Edwin Barnes, T. J. Job (secretary Liberal Association), Evan Wil- liams, W. H. Cousins, F. Nicholas, J. T. Richards, E. J. Phillips, J. Meredith Jones, Gwilym Thomas, W. H. Jones. J. W. Jones, T, Llewellyn, H. H. Price, F. Jones, &c. The toast of The King and Royal Family was submitted by the President, and received with musical honours. The toast of The Liberal Government" was given by Mr. Job Baker in a telling speech. Sir Samuel T. Evans, the Solicitor- General. who received a great ovation on rising to respond, said that they had been through a time of very hard work in Par- liament—(cheers)—but they had been able to survive (laughter). They were now near the end of the present Parliament, and led by the same leaders—(cheers)— the same Prime Minister—(loud applause) -they as Liberals were entering upon the fisrht with every confidence (hear, hear). They had, as attested by the Chronicles of the House, carried through a consider- able amount of valuable legislation during the four years they had been in office (cheers). He (Sir Samuel) had been in the House of Commons for twenty years, and had seen several Governments in power, but he had never known a Government so full of energy as this Government (cheers). Continuing, Sir Samuel said he was not present for the purpose of delivering any great political pronouncement, but to compliment them —the Nantymoel League of Young Liberals—upon the celebration at their inaugural banquet of the memory of Mr. W. E. Gladstone, one of the greatest men of the last century (loud cheers). Things were very different when Mr. Gladstone entered upon his political career from what they were to-day. The life of their hero was spread right over the last cen- tury, and the progress of Liberalism in the House of Commons during that period was remarkable. Mr. Gladstone was cradled in Conservatism, but blossomed forth into a sound Liberal, and progressed to the end, when his Radicalism was more profound than it had ever been (cheers). It was a remarkable fact that a period of sixty years elapsed between the first and last speech of Mr. Gladstone in the Commons, and if they looked back upon his remarkable life the Young Liberals would gain inspiration for their Mr. Edward David gave the toast of work. The Young Liberals in a racy speech, and the same was responded to in excel- lent manner by the president. Mr. T. Jacob Jones. B.A., in a neat address submitted The Visitors." Mr. David Llewellyn (solicitor) re- sponded, as did Mr. D. Ll. Richards, M.E. Pithy and suitable addresses In memory of Gladstone" were given by Dr. D. J. Thomas, J.P., Councillor Jenkin Phillips, Mr. T. J. Job, Coun- cillor Evan Griffiths, Mr. G. K. Anderson and the Rev. M. J. Mills. The toast of Sir Samuel Evans, M.P., Solicitor-General," was submitted in an eloquent speech by Mr. Gwilym Thomas, and received with musical honours. Mr. Exley, in admirable style, gave "The Ladies," Miss Edith Jones neatly responding. Solos were rendered by Mrs. Abel, and a duet by Mr. T. O. Lewis and Mr. Edward Lewis. Mr. W. E. Thomas, A.L.C.M.. presided at the piano. The singing of the National Anthem ended a most enjoyable and pleasant evening.
"Ihe Church in Wales. To the Rev. Meredith Morris, I Vicar of Clydach Vale. Dear Sir,—In a letter published by me in the correspondence columns of the Rhondda Leader" of the 4th inst., I regret making a statement referring to I you in the following words: — He is a member of the English Church Union; he has a branch of the E.C.U. at St. Thomas'. The avowed object of this Union is Re- union with Rome.' I have received a letter from Mr. Richard Hill-Male, your solicitor calling attention to the alleged libel, and I take this opportunity of unreservedly with- drawing the assertion which, after seeing the Charter of the Society, I admit is absolutely without foundation, and for its regrettable insertion I tender my apology. You are at liberty to publish this letter in the columns of the Rhondda Leader."—I am, yours faithfully, S. B. JOHN. 29th December, 1909.
Veteran Race at Tonypandy. At the Mid-Rhondda Athletic Grounds on Boxing Day, a veteran race took place between John Powell, Tonypandy, E. Fletcher, Trealaw, and Jacob, Tre- alaw. for a purse of money. The judges were Messrs. Tom Benjamin and Sam Stock, the starter being Mr. J. Rees. The prize was awarded to John Powell, who finished about 3 yards in front of Fletcher.
Colliers' Wageso Executive Council Meeting. A meeting of the Executive Council of the South Wales Miners' Federation was held at Cardiff on Tuesday, Mr. W. Abraham, M.P., presiding, whilst Mr. W. Brace, M.P.. occupied the vice-chair. The Council made arrangements for meeting the employers at the Conciliation Board on Wednesday to discuss a suggestion made with a view to obviating the neces- sity for serving notices on the 31st of December to terminate the present Con- ciliation Board agreement. As a matter of fact, the discussion centred round a proposal the. men in- tended to make that the owners should waive their claims to damages amounting to them as the result of the refusal of the men to work the extra hour per week under the Sixty Hours Clause of the Eight Hours Act. Should the owners agree to this, the Miners' Federation are prepared to urge. upon the men not to serve notices on the 31st of December, and to enter into negotiations for a new agreement in order to avoid any disturb- ance of trade which would be likely to follow the serving of notices.
Stipendiary's Decision. The right of the owners to request the men to work an extra day per, week under the. Act was discussed in June last, but the miners' representatives on the Con- 1 ciliation Board argued that the pro- visions of the Act dealt only with excep- tional cases, and eventually it was re- solved that the matter should be fought out in the law courts. The result was that the Pontypridd Stipendiary (Mr. Lleufer Thomas) decided in favour of the owners, and the Divisional Court, on being appealed to, upheld his decision. Damages for breach of contract have con- sequently accumulated against every man who. has refused to obey the orders posted at the pit head every week since request- ing the men to work the extra hour.
Small Coal Claim. The Miners' Federation on Tuesday further discussed the men's claim to be paid for small coal, and consulted Mr. W. P. Nicholas, the solicitor to the Fede- ration, who was present at the meeting, and it is understood that a counterclaim to that of the owners will be put forward in the event of the latter insisting upon their full legal rights under the decision of the High Court. In the event of the men refraining from serving three months' notices on the 31st of December, they will ask the owners' consent (in the event of a failure to agree to a new agreement) to tender a month's notice on the 1st of March, terminating contracts, instead of the usual notice of three months terminating the agreement.
Conciliation Board Agreement. Abortive Sitting at Cardiff. Notices to be Tendered. A special meeting of the Conciliation Board was held at Cardiff on Wednesday with a view, if possible, of arriving at some. mearns to avoid the serving of notices on the 1st January pending the drawing up of a new wage agreement. The con- ference lasted seven hours, and although strenuous efforts were put forward no satisfactory arrangement was arrived at, and the notices will therefore be served on the 1st January to terminate on March 31st. The following reports of owners and men were supplied to the Press at the Close of the conference: —
Owners' Official Report. A meeting of the Conciliation Board for the coal trade of Monmouthshire and South Wales was held at Cardiff to-day. Mr. W. J. Heppell, the chairman of the Coalowners' Association, presided over the owners' side of the Board, in the absence of the president, Mr. F. L. Davis, and Mr. W. Abraham, M.P., presiding over the workmen's representatives. Mr. Heppell reminded the workmen's representatives of the point he had raised at the previous meeting that the general delegates' conference of miners had decided that no agreement could be finally entered into and signed by the work- men's representatives until it had been first submitted to the general body of the workmen for approval, and that this was a new condition, and was contrary to the spirit of conciliation on which the negotiations are usually conducted, but after due consideration the owners' repre- sentatives had decided to temporarily waive their objection to. this condition and to allow negotiations to proceed, but on the distinct understanding that at a later stage of the negotiations they would again raise the question and require that the workmen's representatives should have the full authority to complete the agreement. Mr. Abraham expressed the apprecia- tion of the workmen's side of this con- cession from the owners. The meeting was held at the request of the workmen's representatives to put certain proposals before the owners' representatives with a view to obviating the giving of three months' notice by the workmen on the 1st of January next terminating the existing Conciliation Board agreement on the 31st March next. Mr. Abraham explained that the work- men's representatives had given very careful consideration to the suggestion thrown out by Mr. Heppell at the last meeting that the giving of such notice must have a very prejudicial effect upon the trade of the district, and that as both sides were agreed upon the advisability of opening negotiations for a new agree- ment, a notice if given on the 1st January must hamper negotiations. After careful consideration the workmen's representatives had decided to point out to the owners that they were largely influenced in dealing with the question of giving notice by an intimation which had been given by the owners at a pre- vious meeting that the refusal of the workmen at the associated collieries to work the additional 60 hours per annum allowed by Section 3 of the Coal Mines Regulation Act had made such workmen liable for accumulated damages owing to the recent decision of the Court of Appeal, and Mr. Abraham explained that while the owners contended that they were entitled to such damages, the work- men's representatives were compelled to give notice in order to protect the work- men. The workmen's representatives strongly urged the owners to waive any claim for damages as the working of the 60 hours would be contrary to the understanding arrived at between the South Wales miners and the Executive of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, as this con- dition was not asked for by the owners in any other part of the United Kingdom. Mr. Heppell, however, explained that the workmen's representatives were only being asked to carry out the terms of the agreement made between the owners and the workmen's representatives on the 30th June last, and that the owners were
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Workmen's Official Report. The following official report was sup- plied by Mr. Thomas Richards, M.P., secretary of the workmen's side:- This was a special meeting of the Con- ciliation Board arising out of the inquiry made by Mr. Henpell at the previous meeting of the Board as to whether it was not possible to conduct the negotia- tions for the new wage agreement with- out the three months' notice to terminate the present agreement being given, as 1t) understood had been decided by the South Wales miners' conference. Mr. W. Abraham, M.P., on behalf of the workmen's representatives, to-day informed the owners' side that his col- leagues and himself had given very care- ful consideration to the desire expressed by the owners that no such notices be tendered on January 1st to terminate the present agreement at the end of March, but the workmen's side found themselves in this position, that in con- formity with the decision of the work- men, confirmed by the Miners' Federation of Great Britain, not to work the extra 60 hours per annum permitted by the Eight Hours Act and demanded by the employers, they were bound to take the earliest opportunity of relieving the work- men of the consequential claim for damages that the owners were now hold- ing over their heads. On the other hand, however, if the owners agreed to forego their claim to the 60 hours or the conse- quential damages arising from the refusal of the workmen to work those hours, the workmen's representatives would be pre- pared to make certain proposals for the conduct of the negotiations for a new agreement without tendering on January 1st three months' notice to terminate the present agreement. A long discussion followed, and ulti- mately the owners proposed that the workmen should be relieved of any liability to work the extra sixty houre, or the damages arising from their refusing to work them after the 31st of March next, if no notice was given to terminate the present agreement. The. workmen's representatives were unable to accept this proposal, and the owners made a further proposition, viz., that they (the owners) should be given a free, hand ÍI1" the jnatter of the number of shifts of the various classes of work- men at the collieries, and the number of coal-drawing shifts; also that the right be conceded to the owners to introduce an afternoon shift of any class of work- men without any extra payment; and that on the Sunday night shift the work- men where required shall work eight hours, and that in the event of the work- men's representatives agreeing to the foregoing conditions the owners would agree to withdraw their claim for damages under the extra sixty hours, and would not press for the working of those extra hours. A further adjournment took place for the workmen to consider this proposition. On resuming, the workmen's representa- tives again pressed for an unconditional withdrawal of the enforcement of the 60 hours or the damages, and stated that ii the owners agreed to this they (the work- men's side) would be prepared to go on with the negotiations for a new agree- ment. The workmen's representatives contended that in securing the recent judgment upon the 60 hours the owners had not proceeded under the Mines Eight Hours Act for an interpretation of Clause 3 of that Act upon its merits, but had, contrary to what the workmen had been led to believe, attached in their action the Conciliation Board agreement tck, the Mines Eight Hours Act. That being so, the workmen did not feel themselves bound by that judgment. Further, if the owners proceeded with their claim for damages under that technical render- ing of the law, the workmen would have no option but to insist upon their full legal rights under the Coal Mines Regu- lation Act to enforce payment for small coal. A further discussion resulted in the owners withdrawing all their former pro- posals and substituting a proposal that if the workmen refrained from giving notice on January 1st to terminate the agree- ment the owners would not claim any damages that might arise under the 60 hours clause after 31st March next, and would agree that the question of the 60 hours under the new agreement should be left open for discussion. The workmen's representatives replied that they were unable to accept this pro- position, and had therefore no option but Ito tender three month?' notices on Jan. it as arranged by conference, to ter- minate the Conciliation Board agreement on March 31st next. Subsequently the Executive Council of the South Wales Miners' Federation met under the presidency of Mr. W. Abraham (Mabon). M.P., when it was resolved that the whole position as ascertained at to-day's joint meeting shall be placed before the Miners' Federation of Great Britain Executive Committee, which will meet at Stoke, Staffordshire, on Tuesday next, January 4th. It had been in- formally arranged by the workmen's representatives in the event of any emergency arising at to-day's meeting to be prepared to hand in individual notices by the workmen on January 1st to ter- minate existing contracts at the end of January, but it was now decided that the workmen shall not tender these indi- vidual notices. The question of conven- ing another conference of South Wales miners' delegates was deferred until after the meeting of the Miners' Federation of Great Britain.
Christmas at Llwynypia Workhouse Inmates Regaled with Beef and Plum Pudding. Thanks to the foresight and large- heartedness of the Pontypridd Guardians, the inmates of the Llwynypia Homes were able to enjoy their Christmas fare amidst the brightest surroundings. The day's bill of fare consisted of beef, porkj and plutm pudding, and was much enjoyed. Mr. J. W. Richards (Guardian), Tony- pandy, and Mr. A. I. Griffiths (relieving officer) attended to the carving, and valu- able assistance was given by Mr. and Mrs. T. Lewis (master and matron), Mr. and Mrs. David and Nurses Constant and Jones. The dining-room was prettily decorated with sprigs of holly and mistle- toe. whilst a number of floral decorations added colour to the surroundings.
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more anxious for the men to work the extra hours than for the recovery of damages. The workmen's representatives con- tended that the owners had obtained their judgment in the courts upon this question solely because of the terms of the agreement of the 30th of June last, whereas' they had understood that the test case was to be taken solely upon the strict wording of the new Act of Parlia- ment, and that until the method adopted by the owners in putting their test case before the courts they and also the depu- tation from the M.F.G.B. who attended at the Joint Board had been misled. This was strongly repudiated by Mr. Heppell, who quoted statements he had made to the workmen's representatives in the presence of the deputation as showing that the workmen's representa- tives were fully aware of the. ground on which the owners intended to base their test case for the operation of the 60 hr.1'11"C1' nlQr,cD When the owners had made several proposals to meet the difficulties of the position, and the workmen's representa- tives having carefully considered them and being unable to offer any other sug- gestion than that the owners should waive their claim for damages, and sus- pend the operation of the 60 hours clause during the present agreement and fre- quent adjournments having taken place to enable the parties 4!to consider the matter, the owners' representatives made the following final offer That in view of the fact that it is only by giving notice to terminate the agreement that the men can relieve themselves from their legal liability to work the extra 60 hours after March 31st, and the consequent damages arising from their refusal to work such hours, the owners' side resolves that no damages will. be claimed for such refusal as may arise after March 31st under the present agreement, but the question of 60 hours under the new agreement shall be left open for dis- cussion. The owners' other proposals made to day are deferred. The workmen's representatives declined to accept this offer, but suggested as an alternative that if the owners would waive their claim for damages they (the workmen's representatives) would recom- mend to the general delegates' confer- ence on Friday next that notice should not be given on the 1st January to ter- minate the Conciliation Board agree- ment, and that negotiations should at once be commenced for a new agreement. Mr. Heppell, on behalf of the owners' representatives, replied that the effect of accepting such a proposal would be that the owners would be giving up their legal rights without any concessions from the workmen, and the owners had finally decided that they could make no con- cession or bargain with the workmen's representatives in exchange for their i«fraiiiing from giving notice on the 1st of January to end the agreement, and therefore they must emphatically decline the workmen's proposal. The workmen's representatives inti- mated that they would have again to consider the question of giving notice on the 1st of January .to terminate the agree- ment and that they would also have to confer with the M.F.G.B.. Alhough the discussions occupied the whole day and separate conferences of the two sides took place, the meeting terminated without any arrangement having been arrived at.