MINERS OBJECT TO BILL
THAT PLEASES OWNERS
London, March 27. The mini
mum wage scale bill, drawn by
"Premier Asquith to end the coal
hiiners' strike, will be passed by
the house of lords' this evening
and signed by,the king tomorrow.
The bill1 is not satisfactory to
the leaders of the Miners' Feder
ation. They haveorderedv,a ref
erendum vote ' of the individual
members qf the Federation on
whether to, accept the bill as
drawn up by Asquith and return,
The objection of the Federa
tion leaders to the bill is based on
its vagueness. It establishes the
principle of the minimum wage,'
but it does not establish a mini
mum w,age. This is left to dis
trict committees. Again, the bill
imposes no penalty on mine own
ers for violation of the specific
figures which may be ordered by
'The Federation leaders say the
mine owners will control the dis
trict committees, and that the As
quith bill will become a farce.
' The mine owne'rs are satisfied
with the bill. They declare that
as soon as it is passed, they will
reopen the mines, and demand
from the government protection
for strikebreakers should the
miners refuse to return to work.
The 'government appears to be
ready to furnish the protection.
Regular troops are held in readi
ness for -dispatch to the mining
Should the referendum vote of
the miners be jto continue the
strike, there is almost certain to,
"be bloodshed. The mine owners
will employ strike breakers. The
starving miners will behave as
human beings usually do when
they see themselves beingrobbed
of their rights, and then the
troops will be used. .
The Miners' Federation long
has been recognized as the
strongest union in Great Britain.
It has 'been most feared by this
country's brand of Big Business.
The mine owners have sworn to.,
break it up. !
Should the mine owners suc
ceed in breaking up the Federa-.
tion organized labor will receive
a blow from which it -will take it
long to recover.
This, is why the situation is so
-grave. ine miners know tne.
mine owners are determined to
break up tlje Federation if possi
ble, and they know what other
employers will proceed to do to
organized labor if the mine own
A THRUST THATHURT
A witty person of my acquaint
ance,, received a letter the other
day, which, to his surprise and
disgust, contained only one word,
and that word was "Idiot!" As
he recqgnized the handwriting,
he proceeded to answer it thus :
Dear X : I often get letters k
without signatures, bu.t this is the '
first time I have received a sig
nature without a letter. Yours.
A man will run up bills on his
expectations, but wont pay even t
on his realizations.
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