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From Labour's Standpoint.


From Labour's Stand- point. i NOTES OF THE WEEK. THE BUILDING TRADE DISPUTE It is a matter for great satisfaction that the employees in the London building trade remain steadfast in their fight against the attempt of the em- ployers to emulate the tactics of the Dublin and South African bosses in crushing the elementary rights of trade unionism. The men still emphatically refuse to accept the document put for- ward by the masters providing that they will not strike under pain of a penalty of 20s., and the employers per- sist in the lock-out until this agree- ment is recognised. The question of a conference between the parties is being discussed, but at a series of meetings held in various parts of London during the week-end, it has been decided that no meeting shall take place until the penalty-document has been publicly withdrawn. Obviously several of the members of the Masters' Builders' Federation beginning to realise their folly. Many have seceded from the organisation and are repudiating the document, others are now wavering, and there is a grow- ing desire on the part of all for a settle- ment of the dispute. THE TEACHERS' STRIKE Considerable attention is being paid to the strike of school teachers in Here- fordshire, and the outcome, at present a matter of great conjecture, is being awaited with much interest. Un to the present about 150 instructors of the young have been on strike for nearly a fortnight, and it would appear that a deadlock has now been reached. The National Union of Teachers, represent- ing the strikers, still demand increases on the revised scale of salaries put for- ward by the county education commit- tee. The county authority decline to consider this demand, and the National Union of Teachers is equally firm in refusing to lower the scale they have put forward. Each side remains im- movable. It was stated during the week-end that the Board of Education had ar- ranged to hold an inquiry into the dis- pute, but the education committee deny the riimour, and are using every effort to frustrate such a course, a fact which can be well understood when it is re- membered that the amended scale of the committee is the lowest for the type of teacher engaged in the whole coun- try. On the other hand the teachers are convinced that the intervention of the Board of Education ia the only satis- factory means whereby a settlement can be arrived at. MORE NEWS FROM S. AFRICA -further information regarding the South African revolt reaches these shores daily, and it certainly does not improve matters so far as the action of the Union Parliament is concerned. On Friday, Mr. Smith, an eminent bar- rister, appeared at the Bar of the House on behalf of the deported lead- ers, and in a telling speech lasting an hour and. a half, proved beyond the slightest doubt that the deportations were unconstitutional and absolutely illegal. He completely shattered the wild and irresponsible defence urged by Generals Botha and Smuts in extenua- tion of their actions during the pro- gress of the several strikes It has also transpired that the num- ber of leaders deported was nine and not ten, as originally understood, one of the number succeeding in eluding arrest before the men were placed on board the ship bound for England. Perhaps the most important com- munication yet received from the colony is a letter from Mr. F. H. P. Cresswell, M.P., leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party, addressed to Mr. Ram- say Macdonald which, although written in the Trades Hall surrounded by burghers who, even at that time, were preparing to direct their guns on the building, states the case in a calm and dispassionate manner, nevertheless proving conclusively that the strike was thoroughly orderly, giving not the slightest cause for the excesses per- pertrated by the authorities. In face of all the facts., the case against the African Government grows even more grave than was originally supposed. LORD GLADSTONE'S RESIGNATION It was left to the "Daily Citizen" on Saturday to make the exclusive an- nouncement that Lord Gladstone had resigned the Governor Generalship of South Africa, and would return as soon as possible. As the "Citizen" pointed out, it was felt after the use of Im- perial troops during the Rand miners' strike last July that an irreparable blunder had been made, and apparently his lordship realised the serious- ness of the position, inasmuch as his resignation was handed in very shortly afterwards. It was, however, decided that this should not take effect immediately, but that future developments should be awaited. The "future developments" have now come and gone, and subse- quent events have proved even more reckless and unprecedented than last year's debacle. Obvioush* Lord Glad- stone had no alternative but to "clear out," and the Government could hardly refuse to accept-his decision. Mr. Syd- ney Buxton will be the new Governor General, and it is greatly to be hoped that he will fill the office more ably than his predecessor. THE LEADER IN PARLIAMENT It is with great. satisfaction that we announce the fact that the Labour members in Parliament have re-elected r. Ramsay Macdonald as their leader. 7ur. Mncdona'd announced last week his desire to retire from nu only because of pres- ? duties, but also because ». !;ns 1, ,d1 understood custom \1 should hold the posu longer than two years, and he has al- ready been chairman for that period. It was, therefore, only at the earnest de- sire of every member of the party that Mr. Macdonald consented to accept of- fice again. The members had fully realised the great importance of the new session, and in unanimously choosing Mr. Macdonald as leader, paid a tri- bute to his great services in the past, a tribute which' we very heartily en- dorse. Mr. Macdonald hates fulsome flattery, and it is not our desire to be- stow that doubtful compliment upon him, but it can nevertheless be stated in the fullest sincerity that he is a great leader of whom the Labour move- ment should be, and indeed is, justly proud. There can be no doubt that to his discretion, superior tact and judg- ment, and also to his remarkable,power as a fighter when that quality is re- quired, a great proportion of the suc- cess of the Labour and Socialist move- ment is due. May he long continue his valuable services in the great cause that is alone worthy of such devoted talent! I MR HARTSHORN AND MID GLAMOR-I GAN A determined effort is to be made to return Mr. Vernon Hartshorn as the Labour member for Mid-Glamorgan at the next election, .and it is gratifying to learn that the local workers are not waiting for the election to come with folded hands. A great campaign will shortly be commenced throughout the I division, and there is every reason for hoping that as a result of conferences, public meetings and personal propa- ganda, that Mr. J. Hugh Edwards, M.P., will receive notice to quit. At a meeting of the executive of the divisional Labour party it was re- ported that the Federation have for- mally endorsed Mr. Hartshorn's can- didature, and Mr. Hartshorn himself intimated that his colleagues on the Federation executive had promised him their active support, Mr. W Brace, M.P.. ajid Mr. T. Richards, M.P., un- dertaking to visit every part of the constituency. Mr. Hartshorn further stated that he was receiving assurances of support from influential local gentle- men who had hitherto been opposed to him, and the feeling of the meeting generally was one of optimism. There is no doubt that Mid-Glamorgan should be won for Labour, but it must not be forgotten that the sitting member de- lights in labelling himself as a progres- sive Radical, and the difficulty in driv- ing home to the electors the wide gap between Radicalism and Labour is not to be regarded lightly. Yet it ought not I to be impossible to expose the hollow mockery of the Liberalism of the pre- sent Government, which, be it noted, the sitting member for the division supports. I MR KENYON JOINS THE LABOUR PARTY The announcement made on Tuesday to the effect that Mr. Barnet Kenyon, the Lib-Lab M.P. for Chesterfield/had consented to join the Labour Party, created no little surprise in Labour circles, inasmuch as only a few days before it was stated that he definitely refused to take such a step. The news was made public at a meeting of the National Executive of the Labour Party held in London, the Derbyshire Miners' Association stating that as they de- sired that Mr. Kenyon should work with the Labour Party and be recog- nised as one of its members, they had decided, with his concurrance, that Mr. Kenyon should accept unconditionally j the constitutional position of the Labour Party. Mr. Kenyon further made this assurance in person, and it was consequently agreed that he should be aocepted as' a member of the Par- liamentary party, and he took his place in the annual meeting of the party. This settlement of what at one time appeared to be a decidedly regrettable predicament is all to the good, and will be generally welcomed, providing Mr. Kenyon faithfully observes his under- taking, but we would point out that the Labour Party have still the elector- al difficulty to face. Mr. Kenyon was elected to Parliament by Liberal machinery and influential Liberal sup- port. Steps should be taken to render this quite unnecessary at future con- tests, otherwise Mr. Kenyon will be a Labour member in name only. -G. A. G. At Brecon County Court on Satur- day, before Judge Bryn Roberts, Mr W. D. Jones, of New Inn, Ystradfelite, and Billi.ard Hall, Hirwain, claimed J364 from Mr T. G. Jones (late of Queen's Hotel, Brecon), balance of a deposit paid on taking over possession of the Queen's Head Hotel, Brecon. Judgment for plaintiff for E41 19s. 9d. was given. "Why had that boy so long to wait, ia,i-i e a&ked the mistress of her now servant, who had just taken in a dozen syphons of soda-water "Please, mum, he waited for the bottles," cheerily re- plied .Tant "BottlEs I What bottles?" aaked her mistress. "If y",r, mum he asked if 'e could 'ave the empties, so I rusked ilrr. to wait until I drawed it ali off into a pail, and then I'd give 'im 'is bottles back," was the reassuring reply. <



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