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EXCITEMENT IN LONDON. [PERPKESS ASSOCIATION.] London, July 7. Ninety Bow street constables have been reported, and forty suspended, for refusing duty on Saturday. Mr Cecil Raikes, Postmaster-General, has declined to recognise the tlnion formed by the postmen. The delivery of mails has been delayed owing to the attitude assumed by the men. The men will come to a final decision as to going out on strike to-night. The telegraph clerks have intimated that after Saturday next they will not work overtime. Dock' clerks, who; state they are worse paid than dock laborers, are about to strike. ■ The police who AVere suspended allege they only hesitated, and finally went on duty. Sir Edwd. Bradford personally enquired into the charges, and dismissed eight of the men. \ A crowd of a thousand, mostly roughs, .assembled and blocked Bow street, interfering with the ingress to Covent Garden Theatre, where the Prince of Wales, was present. Mounted police occasionally charged the pavement and roadway, knocking many persons clown. x\ squadron of Life Guards patrolled the streets. The crowd cheered the soldiers and constables, but hissed the police officers and pelted them with flour and stones. The City police and-most of the metropolitan force are on duty, but 1000 more threatened to strike in the morning. The Prince of Wales was cheered on leaving the theatre. Owing to the increasing rowdyism of the roughs additional guards had to be summoned. A few windows have been broken and one hotel partially wrecked. At one o'clock heavy rain fell and the crowd dispersed. Many of the clerks are engcaged guarding the Banks and rich stores. Strong reserves of police have been stationed at various points, but at present all is quiet. The Postmaster-General has given notice that if any of the postmen are off duty at five o'clock to-morrow they are to be instantly dismissed. It has been decided that postmen not on the regular establishment shall be placed on a pension footing. r ■ With few exceptions, all the police are on duty. The police constables who were dismissed addressed a meeting in Bow street in the afternoon. Some of the speakers urged violent resistance to orders, but there was an evident want of union. Elder members of the force were reluctant to face dismissal. A large number of policemen in plain clothes incited a crowd of 5000 rowdies in the evening, and the conduct of the mob was strongly intimidative until the Guards arrived. The mob cried " Vive I'Anarchic," and sang the "Marseillaise." Flower pots, crockery, bottles, rotten vegetables, and pitchers of water were thrown at the police officers." The Socialists were active in urging the soldiers to side with the people. Many of the mob resisted the efforts of the troopers to maintain order, and tried to cut the reins of their horses. Foot constables were of little assistance, and it was apparent their sympathy was with their comrades. The Southwark Reserves have replaced the mutinous members of Bow street. A coal famine is being experienced in Dublin owing to the strike of porters. . Two thousand postmen have postponed the threatened strike in consequence of the London Trades Council having offered them assistance within twelve days. The Postmaster-General reinstated the men suspended for having attended a meeting of the Union.

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LABOR QUESTIONS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890

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LABOR QUESTIONS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2462, 9 July 1890