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The Complete Boycott.

[per press association.] DUNBDIN, August 7. The Maritime Council have just issutd an ultimatum which will be the last communication of a friendly nature from the Council unless Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs accept the offer therein made. " The Council instruct me to . offer arbitration for the second time, on the same terms as formerly. Should you decline, all responsibility of future trouble rests with you, as the Council are prepared to uphold the rights of labour at all hazards.—J. A. Millar, Dunedin." The move on the part of Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs to open a business in Dunedin has been met by the booksellers here with a corresponding move, and a Company is to be formed to start a bookseller and stationers'depot inChristchurch as soon as the firm opens in Dunedin. With reference to a test case of goods which Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs are supposed to send to-morrow, of course no attempt will be made to stop it on the railways, as the members of the Railway Servants' Union have not received instructions not to handle the goods of the firm, nor will they until a reply is received to the ultimatum to submit to arbitration. Wellington, August 7. Should extreme measure be resorted to in the matter of Whitcombe and T*mbs' dispute, both the Railway Commissioners and the Union Steamship Company are prepared to face the difficulty. If the boycott is carried out by order of the Maritime Council the Union Company will simply lay up their steamers, as they recognise the futility of keeping their boats running for passenger traffic merely. The Railway Commissioners have made careful preparations for a strike, and hava three months' supply of "coal stored up in various dep6ts. A number of the labouring classes in and about Christchurch and Lyttelton are also laying in a stock of coal and provisions in anticipation of a general strike and a rise in prices. Efforts are being made by labor adherents to prevent schoolmasters fom instructing children to purchase their school books from Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs. In enthusiastic meeting was held at Christchurch last night to discuss the present'dispute between the Typographical Association and Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs. There were over 3000 present, and hundreds were unable to get in. The chair was occupied by Mr Parker, President of the Trades and Labor Council, and the following resolutions were carried unanimously, being spoken to by nv-m----bers of the Maritime Council, the Trades and Labor Council, the Railway Union, the Boilermakers' Union, Typographical Association, Bootmakers' U.nibn, and Shop Assistants' Union. The meating was very orderly, and the speeches moderate in tone,:—----(1) "That this meeting recognises the present struggle _as an evidence of the apparent combination of capital to crush the labor organisations of the colony, -and urges that no compromise be accepted, which fails to acknowledge the equal!, rights of the two interests." '' (2) That this meeting expresses ita indignation at the unworthy tactics adopted by Messrs Whitcombe and Tombs in dealing with labor fc interests, and pledges itself to resist sweating in whatever form it may be practised, whether by the firm in question or others." "(3) That this meeting heartily approves of and endorses the action of the Maritime Council in dealing with the present struggle, and pledges itself to follow the council in any further steps it may take, supporting, it to the fullest extent morally and financially." "(4) That this meeting affirms the necessity of a complete unity of all classes of labor in the colony under one executive, as suggested by the Maritime Council, also that a general defence fund for the whole established ija connection therewith." , '•That this meeting endorses the necessity for the labor Billa now before Parliament, and calls upon the members in Parliament assembled to vote in their faror.' 1

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The Complete Boycott., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890

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The Complete Boycott. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2486, 8 August 1890