2 NOVEMBER 1907, Page 18

There is little to report in regard to the threatened

railway strike, except that during the week Mr. Lloyd-George has had several very long conferences with the railway directors. The counting of the votes of the members of the Amalgamated Society on the question of the strike was concluded on Thursday evening. According to Friday's Daily Mail, the result was an overwhelming majority in favour of a strike if the demand for the recognition of the Society is not granted. It is believed that there were in round figures about eighty thousand votes for a strike and six thousand against it. It will be remembered, however, that this decision does not necessitate a strike, but merely empowers the Executive to order a strike if they think wise. We still adhere to the belief that in the end there will be no strike.