2 OCTOBER 1920, Page 1

The miners' delegates on Thursday week decided, by a majority

of three to two, not to accept the Government's proposals for a settlement nor to refer them to the miners at another allot. It is alleged that Mr. Smillie for once took the side of moderation and advocated another ballot, and that he was overborne by the wilder revolutionaries. The miners' executive on the same day conferred with the leaders of the railwaymen and the transport workers, who are said to have urged them to compromise. Nevertheless, when Mr. Smillie waited upon Mr. Lloyd George on Friday morning he announced that the miners must come out on strike.