22 MAY 1926, Page 2

Thursday, May 13th—the clay after the strike ended-- was in

some ways the worst day of all. There had not yet been time for reinstatement, and a proportion of the voluntary workers had the very natural feeling that as the crisis was over they deserved a rest. This fact, and also probably a_ certain reaction from the exciting tension, explained why there was more gloom and a good deal more discomfort when the strike was over than there had been during it. A change of feeling, however, soon began as the result of a useful debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, May 13th ; and on Friday, May 14th, the gloom finally yielded to rejoicing when the Prime Minister was able to announce in the House that several industries had settled terns of peace and that peace was expected immediately in every other area. The mutual congratulations, com- pliments and good wishes produced such an atmosphere as seldom blows across the House of Commons. * *