COLONIAL TRADE BISORGANISED.
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London, August 31 The police are repotted to sympathies with the dockraen, and it is believed that they cannot be relied on m case of riot. Burns expects to be arrested for the part he has played m affairs, and has arranged for a successor to replace him m the leadership of the Socialist party. Panic and riots are feared. It is expected that by Monday there will be a quarter of a million men on strike* The dock owners show no signs of giving way. The utmost they will agree to is to offer $d per hour, and promise to endeavor to. pay for piecework at the rate of 6d per hour. The number of men on strike outside the dock laborers has dimfnjishgdly and is now estimated not to be more than ioojOco. Funds are stated to be iucreasing. Sixty thousand Seamen's Unionists have offered monetary and active assistance.
The wool sales will begin on the 17th if the strke does not prevent them being held at all. Colonial brokers and merchants are suffering heavily. It is reckoned that ,£2,000,000 worth ot colonial imports and exports are blocked by this sudden revolt of the men. Two thousand East End sailors have struck for a decrease of hours and an increase of wages, and it is expected the number will increase to 20,000. London, September 1. The mediators proposed that laborers* wages should be as for four hours .and 4s for nine hours, but were not listened to. The strikers are expected to re* ceive vast additions to their ranks on Monday. cf women and children begging for food are reiterated. The paper mills are stopping fot want of materials. It is hoped that en agreement between shipowners and : whatfingers to discharge the vessels m the river may possibly terminate the strike, but rioting is feared. Enormous insurances have been effected. Thousands of men are • flocking to Hyde Park. Cardinal Manning interceded, but without effect. Mr Buxton M.P,, appealed to the Government to intervene, but Mr Goschen declined. The Woolwich lightermen have struck; also two thousand ironworkers at Ke ; ghley, Yorkshire. The Gas Companies are abort q| wa'i and are s«uiDg aoxjoiu,
(Received September 1, 12 30 p.m ) London, Septomber 2, The loss of Peninsular and Oriental Company, occasioned by the strike Among the wharf laborers, amounts to ;£i 5.°00. The Salvation Army, together with Mr Sydney C Buxton M.P., for Poplar, and others are providing food dailj for the families of the men out on s rike. Funds are urgently meded to avert absolute starvation. Further large contributions of money are anticipated from America and Australia. The stonemasons m America have decided to remit ;£ioo weekly for the assistance of the men on strike. The strikers' cause is warmly advorated by a number of members of .Parliament, including the Premier and Mr R. C« Graham, MP. for Lanark, N.W., Professor Jas. Stuart, M.P. for Hoxton, and Mr Jas. Rowlands, M.P. for Finsbury. Mblboubnb, September 3
At a mass meeting held here last sight, resolutions expressing sympathy with the dock laborers on strike m London were carried. A subscription wae opened, and the amount of was collected.
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