The Huntly Massacre
Maoriland Worker, Volume 5, Issue 201, 9 December 1914, Page 5
The Huntly Massacre
AUCKLAND AND THE THAMES FIND THE TORY PARTY GUILTY
Big Auckland Meeting
CONDEMNS MASSEY MENT.
Messrs. Semplo and Parry spoke at the Auckland Opera Houso on Sunday night before last, Scott Bennett presiding. Tho subject of tho ad dresses was "Tlie. Huntly Disaster." 'The houso was crowded, a considerable number ?eing unable to gain admission. Among thoso present on the platform wore Messrs John Payne, AVcsley Richards and A. Rosser. Both Semplo and Parry were in good form, and dealt with their subject in a very able manner. At tho conclusion of the speakers' addresses, tho following resolution was moved by Mr. It. Heffron, and seconded by Mr. E. Canham, and when put to tho meeting was carried unanimously "That this meeting of Auckland citizens, after having heard Messrs Semple and Parry, desires to plaeo on record its condemnation of the Massey Government in failing to place on the Statuto Book legislation recommended by the Mines Commission, also for its actions in fostering bogus unionism. It calls upon the New Zealand workers to punish the Government by voting against Massey candidates overywhore, and wherever possible to support bona fide representatives of Labour and Social Democracy." After the resolution hadl been carried. Messrs. Payne and Richards spoke for a few minutes. Cheers wero then given for Messrs.. Semple and Parry, a/id for tho Labour candidates, with groans for Massey. Thus ended one of the best-attcndedl and most enthusiastic meetings ever held in Auckland. —"Democrat." v
sont to jail for three months. (Applause). As an illustration of the callousness of the directors of the Taupiri Co. tho following example will suffice. A certain unionist, an elderly man, was victimised. Ho had a son 16 years of age. Being denied the right to live ho was at last compelled: to allow his son to work in tho mines to keep hearth and homo together. The boy was killed and burnt to a cinder. Tlie only way ho was recognised was by a bootlace ho had taken that morning. The parents received a letter from Alison and Co. informing them that they wero sorry somo of the Co.'s best men were killed, and that the services of their son were appreciated. What a consolation! But wo demand morol AA 7 e demand £1500 for the life of each miner. The speaker greatly resented the vituperation and abuse which had been thrown at the Red Feds. The epithets of traitor and coward wero undeserved! by thoso who had fought for justice. Those miners who delved into the bowels of the earth to mako possible the family fireside and civilisation, wero they cowards? Those brave miners who went with their lives in their hands to rescue their comrades, wore they cowards? No. Everyone knows that tho miners the world over have proven by actions quite the contrary. But these statements are only the wails of defeated men. These same people refused to dofend themselves on a publio platform. '.In conclusion the speaker regretted the. fact that politics had become so degraded; and corrupt that a person in this town who was game enough to pen misrepresentation and abuse, but not gamo enough .0 sign his own name, should stoop to contemptible lying. The putrificd odour escaping from tho city sewers was pure indeed compared with the filth written over ihe, of "Elector." (Applause; and a voice: "Rub it in, Bill!") At the conclusion of the address, tho resolution reprobating the Massey Government for its part in the Huntly tragedy, adopted at other meetings throughout New Zealand, was carried unanimously and with great enthusiasm. It was then moved! by Comrade Geo. AVoods, seconded by Comrade Jack Gaynor: "That this mooting pass a hearty vote of thanks to friend Parry for the able manner in which he has unfolded to us the tragic story of tho Huntly Massacre" This was carried amidst applause. Mr. Parry replied, and throe ringing cheers for the Huntly workers concluded tho greatest meeting ever held here as a protest against legalised tyranny.—MlNEß. 1