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The Complete Boycott

[per press association.] . - FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS. Mr Whitcombe, of Whitcombe and Tombs, was a passenger by the Wairarapa, which left Lyttelton yesterday afternoon for Dunedin. It is understood .that the firm are bring r ing an action for £5000 damages against Anthony Sellars and Co., printers of the " Trades and Labor* Chronicle," for libel. At the private meeting of employers, convened m the Christchurch Chamber of/ Commerce room yesterday evening, nothing was done on account of the small attendance. A large meeting of the Canterbury branch of the Railway Employees unanimously pledged themselves to faithfully carry out the instructions of the executive m regard to Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, whenever called upon, and to refuse to handle the goods of the firm if necessary. Several speeches were delivered m favor of offering arbitration and exhausting all pacific means of nettling the difficulty before resorting to extreme measures, and of holding out to the last extremity should the matter result m a contest. It was decided to ask the executive of the Maritime Council to come to Christchurch. The delivery carts of the firm of Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs were yesterday, accompanied by a couple of cyclist pickets. The firm have received letters of sympathy from Wellington, Oamaru, Charleston, Auckland, and Dunedin. At a meeting of the Wellington Federated Wharf Laborers' Union it : was decided to stand by the Maritime Council m any action they took with regard to the Whitcombe and Tombs' dispute. In Wellington a general feeling exists that the difficulty will be overcome by arbitration. Members of the House have freely expressed themselves m that direction, and the present position is attracting keen interest, I Mr Hoban, President of the Railway Society, at the meeting held m Christchurch last evening, said the members; of the Society were face to face with a crisis which would perhaps involve them m some little difficulty. Throughout' the Colony, wherever labour had made demands they had hitherto been admitted 1 to be reasonable, and had ara a rule been acceded to by the employers, or the capitalists. One little firm m Christchurch, however, Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs, had set themselves up as judges m the matter, and had refused them. He believed that one of the partners, Mr Tombs, and several of the smaller shareholders, had been willing to submit the matter to arbitration, as was offered by the Unionists. The Typographical Association, which had been able to effect an amicable arrangement with all the other firms m town, had offered arbitration, but Mr Whitcombe had absolutely refused it, and had been been backed up by othei's. The matter had been referred to the Maritime Council and it was to back up the demand of that Council—that the firm should be compelled to refer the matter to arbitration —that the present meeting had been called. He was sorry to say that the capitalists m Christchurch ,'were backing up Witcombe and Tombs m the matter, and that some seemed to wish to bring on' a conflict. The labour party did not wish for a conflict, and were anxious to lmve the matter settled amicably. They must howover, stand together, for the crisii was a serious one. A rumor was current m Wellington yesterday that Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs had expressed themselves to the ! Government and Railway Commissioners j as willing to refer the dispute to' arbitra- j tion. The rumor, however, lacks confir- > mation, !

The Ashburton Early Closing Association tr day despatched a telegram to the Secretary of the Maritime Council expressing sympathy with that body m the present crisis, and expressing a hope that the Council would stand firm.

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The Complete Boycott, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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The Complete Boycott Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2484, 6 August 1890

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