3 APRIL 1920, Page 3

The Miners' Federation, being sharply divided between the moderates and

the extremists, decided on Monday to take a ballot of the miners, who are asked to vote by April 14th either for the acceptance of the Government offer, or for a strike to enforce the original demand of the Federation for 3s. more a day without an additional percentage. If the miners consult their own interests, they will welcome Mr. Lloyd George's most generous offer, which will confirm the position of the miner as the aristocrat of Labour. But it is idle to overlook the fact that some of the miners' leaders think less of the material prosperity of their followers than of the revolutionary aims which are, they think, to be attained by a coal strike.