No. 8122. FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1926 ONE PENNY.
Train Services Improve.
FEWER DELAYS FOR WORKERS.
Many more trains were running yesterday in the London district and also in a number of the provincial centres.
It was a comparatively easy business on some of the London suburban lines for people to get to and from work. This, coupled with the fact that the immense road traffic was far better controlled, prevented the delays which most people experienced in reaching their offices on the first two days.
The following are the reports from the companies:-—
G.W.R. — Trains between London, Ealing, Slough, Reading, Oxford and Worcester. Milk traffic handled satisfactorily.
Southern. — More than 330 trains in operation. Main line services to Bognor, Dover, Brighton, Portsmouth. Ramsgate, Hastings and Reading. Services steadily improving. Every important main line station has some service to London. Electric trains in London district at regular intervals,
L.N.E.R. — Considerable improvement in all suburban traffic. Service in each direction on all main lines and important branches. Expresses running between York and Newcastle and Doncaster and London.
L.M.S. — All milk taken from stations for delivery without a hitch. Skeleton suburban service in operation.
Metropolitan. — Fifteen minutes service each way between Baker-street and Harrow. Hourly trains between Baker-street, Rickmansworth and Uxbridge. Regular services on Northern route of the Inner Circle.
Omnibus Set on Fire.
Rowdyism broke out in the vicinity of the Elephant and Castle yesterday morning. A large crowd of "Roughs" gathered and one section of them stopped an omnibus which was going along St. George's-road.
They ordered the passengers, driver and conductor out of the vehicle and then set the omnibus on fire. It blazed furiously for some time but the fire was eventually put out by the fire brigade.
A large detachment of mounted police was later rushed to the district and complete order was restored.
Over ninety per cent. of the men employed at the large steel works of Messrs. Whiteheads at Newport, Mon., returned to work yesterday, and both hot and cold mills are running normally.
Taxi Cab Strike.
London taxicab drivers have decided to join the strike. The decision was taken at a meeting on Wednesday night but there were many taxicabs on the streets yesterday.
THE INEVITABLE END.
By now the majority of the strikers recognise that failure is upon them.
Mr. Bromley, the Labour leader, has admitted in the House of Commons that they cannot prevail against the full resources of the Government. Those resources will be fully employed.
The Trade Union Congress with perfect truth define the issue as for or against the strike.
The vast majority of the nation including most of the strikers are against it. The British public are on the side of Parliamentary Government.
Only Trade Union discipline has saved the strike from total collapse. Its early breakdown is inevitable.
The result of the by-election in the Buckrose Division of Yorkshire (following the retirement of Vice-Admiral Sir Guy Gaunt) was as follows:—
Major A. N. Braithwaite (C.) 12,089
Sir Harry Verney (L) 10,537
Mr. H.C. Laycock (Soc.) 2,191
Conservative majority 1,552
The General Election result was:— Sir Guy Gaunt (C.) 13,966; Mr. H. A. Briggs (L) 10,962. Conservative majority 3,004.
Bank Rate Unchanged
There was no change in the Bank Rate yesterday.
Most of the London theatres are "carrying on."
The following message from the Prime Minister was included in the second number of the "British Gazette."
"Constitutional Government is being attacked. Let all good citizens whose livelihood and labour have thus been put in peril hear with fortitude and patience the hardships with which they have been so suddenly confronted. Stand behind the Government, who are doing their part, confident that you will co-operate in the measures they have undertaken to preserve the liberties and privileges of the people of these islands. The laws of England are the people's birthright. The laws are in your keeping. You have made Parliament their guardian. The general strike is a challenge to Parliament and is the road to anarchy and ruin.....
Strikers Return to Work.
Numbers of strikers returned to work in various parts of the country yesterday and it is anticipated that their example will be followed by others to-day.
Transport workers at Grimsby reported themselves for duty yesterday morning. The tramcar services in the town are now the only section of road transport affected by the strike.
Seventy per cent. of the Liverpool tramwaymen returned to duty and services ran normally during the day.
Dock-keepers at Liverpool also reported for work and the electricians employed at Liverpool's main power house resumed their duties.
The number of strikers returning at the Wolverton carriage works of the London, Midland & Scottish Railway is increasing and 150 men are now at work.
Clerks and carpenters are working at McCorquodale's Printing Works, Wolverton.
Fulham Palace has been offered by the Bishop of London as a neutral meeting place for future negotiations to end the trouble in the coal industry.
The Bishop announced that he had made that offer in a letter to Mr. J. H. Thomas, M.P., at a public meeting of intercession held in the Queens Hall.
''The raising of the standard of living of the poorest" said the Bishop, "is a worthy object, but past experience has shown that it is not to be attained by any short cuts."
The Bishop of London confessed that he had been made to feel a certain amount of bitterness towards those responsible for calling the strike, by the spectacle of little work girls having to walk six or seven miles to and from their places of employment.
Surrey v Glamorgan (Oval).
Glamorgan 264 all out
Surrey 196 for 4
(Shepherd out 117)
Essex v Australians (Leyton)
Australians 532 for 8
(Macartney 148 out, Woodfall 201 out)
Lancashire v Worcestershire
Lancashire 282 for 7
E. Tyldesley 87 out
Cambridge v Yorkshire
Yorkshire 176 & 185 for 9
Cambridge 176 all out
Saklatvala Goes to Prison.
TWO MONTHS' SENTENCE
Mr. Saklatvala, the Parsee Communist M.P. for Battersea chose to go to prison for two months at Bow-street Police-court yesterday rather than find two sureties for his good behaviour.
He was brought before Sir Chartres Biron, the chief Metropolitan magistrate, on remand, to show cause why he should not enter into recognisances and find sureties to be of good behaviour and keep the peace. The proceedings arose out of an alleged seditious speech, which it was stated Mr. Saklatvala had given at the May Day Labour demonstration in Hyde Park.
Police were on duty outside the Court-house and no crowd was permitted to collect. The public part of the court was filled with interested listeners. Among them was the wife of the defendant.
An order was made by the Magistrate that Mr. Saklatvala should find two sureties or as an alternative go to prison for two months.
"It is absolutely impossible for me to comply with that decision and to find the two sureties," declared Mr. Saklatvala.
Sir Chartres Biron: "Very well, you must go to prison for two months. No reasonable man can doubt but that the speech you delivered was seditious. Coming at this moment of particular difficulty, it was an act of criminal folly."
Thereupon the Battersea M.P. was removed to the cells.
Walthamstow Municipal electricity undertaking are discontinuing their supply to all trades except those connected with the food supply — including breweries.
Among the functions which have been postponed are the following: The Salvation Army Festival which was to have been presided over by Sir Thomas Inskip, the Solicitor-General, on Saturday, May 8th, at the Central Hall, Westminster; the British Ladies' Golf Championship arranged to be played at Harlech next week; the Annual Conference of the Licensed Victuallers' Defence League at Scarborough. The City of London School announce that they will open on Monday next. The National Road Walking Championship which was to have been held at St. Albans on Saturday next has been postponed.
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