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Wellington, August 19. Owing to the unsettled state of things at the Brunner mines the electric machinery for pumping, which was recently reported, will not be sent down for the present. The Premier has declined to accede to the request of the West Coast miners' delegates, that the House be requested to suspend the royalties pending the report of a Commission. The Premier wished the men te resume work on the Company's terms pending the report, but the delegates would not accept this. The delegates interviewed a representative of I the Company, offering t» submit the I wages question to arbitration on the basis of the rates ruling at other coal mines on the West Coast, but the offer was declined. The politioaj platform of the Knights of Labor and the federated trades is the repeal of the Property-tax, and the substitution therefor of a Land-tax, and a re. ductirn of the Customs duties on the necessaries of life. It is stated here that the Maritime Council has decided to call out the bookbinders employed by Whitcombe and Tombs. Auckland, August 19. A number of shopkeepers formed an Association to-night, having for its main object opposition to the Shop Hours BiH, and with the purpose also of protecting the interests of the trade. The watchmakers and jewellers have decided to establish an Association similar to the one m Christchurch for protecting their interests m correcting what are considered abuses which have crept into the trade. Christchukch, August 19. Considerable exitement and amusement was caused m Lyttelton by the boycotting of a certain firm's beer, because one of the shareholders also held shares m the Whitcombe and Tombs Company. The consumption of this beer fell off so much that one publican's Saturday takings are said to have fallen from £16 to £3. Three publicans, with a prominent member of the labour party, ■waited on the manager of the brewery, who explained that the gentleman whose name appeared amongst the shareholders of Whiteombc and Tombs held very tew shares m the brewery. The brewing company were not m sympathy with Whitcombe aud Tombs, nor did they favour them with any of their printing. It had been done m a union establishment which would continue to get their work. The labour party were satisfied with the explanation and. removed the boycott.

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THE BRUNNERTON DIFFICTLTY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890

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THE BRUNNERTON DIFFICTLTY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890