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TROUBLE EXPECTED IN
London, April 2. At 6 o'clock
tonight the miners' union head
quarters announced that the re
ferendum vote to decide if the
miners shall return. to work un
der the terms of the minimum
wage scale law passed by parlia
Against returning . . 135,000
For returning 123,000
Many of the miners who voted
to accept the law have already.
gone back to work in the pits.
It is estimtaed that 40,000 ate at
If, when all the miners have
voted, the decision is against go
ing back to work, the mine own
ers are counting on wholesale de
sertions from the union. This
will mean trouble. ,
The announcement of the vote
tonight came as a shock. For the
last few days the leaders of che
miners' union have been confi
dently -predicting that the men
would vote to return to work and
try out the new law.
Government and commercial
circles took this for granted, and
preparations for a return to nor
mal conditions ere made. Now
it is apparent that not only are
the men likely to vote not to go
back to work, but even if they do
so, it is likely to be by so small a
majority that the militant mem
bers of the organization are like
ly to refuse to stand by the vote.
The balloting will go on to
night. The complete result is ex
pected to be available early
labor -leaders are much troubled
0ver the outcome.
There is a widespread feeling
throughout the ' land that thev
maximum concession that can be
gained through parliament has
been gained, and that if the men
do not vote to return to work, the
government will use troops fcr
end the strike.
T,his belief was strengthened,
by the activity in military cir
cles today. The great troop'
trains that have been standing on
the siding at the big military,
depots were put in readiness for
instant departure. Engines were
attached. Baggage cars were,
loaded down with camp equip-,
The transport automobiles of
the engineers branch of the army
also were fitted out. The whole
fighting force of Great Britain is
ready to move on the coal disp.
tricts on signal.
Premier Asquith has made it
plain that if the" men do not go
back to work he will send plenty
of soldiers to the mines so the
owners can make good their boast
that they can operate with non
union men if furnished protec
tion. "We expect trouble,"- said a
leading official this afternoon.
"We are rea(iy for it. If the men
do not accept what are really lib
eral terms, then all wecan do is
assure the owners that the right
of man to work will be respected.
There may be some bloody riots.
They will be put down prompt-
Wednesday. The conservative