11 SEPTEMBER 1920, Page 2

Mr. Hodges, who is Mr. Smillie's chief lieutenant in his

revolutionary campaign, indicated on Tuesday that the Miners' Federation would like to know what Sir Robert Horne meant by his suggestions. Mr. Hodges' note was truculent in manner, as Pacificist documents usually are. But Sir Robert Home instantly took him at his word by inviting Mr. Smillie and his colleagues to the Board of Trade on Thursday, "to avoid any misunderstandings " and to " discuss the present position." The Federation executive accepted the invitation and at the same time arranged for the miners' delegates to meet on Thursday evening, as if they anticipated some new proposal.