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LYTTELTON.

Of the uon-Union laborers working at Lyttelton most are farmers' sons and their employees, who are lending their assist-, arice, m loading and unloading vessels simply to prevent the blocking of their produce. Fifteen tons of coal—worth about £46 m all —are calculatedto have gone overboard from the Tekapo during her discharge by awkward unskilled labbrV V The Takapuna left Wellington, says the Lyttelton correspondent of the }" Times •" with only four deck hands, and only, one of these, a boy* was a sailor.' The men; ;who were: acting as firemen ,wereof» a similar '' scratch "; character* arid one of them had to be put to bed, so swollen were his( hands* with a few hours';stoking. The Takapuna waa discharged by a few of the Christchurcli> merchants and their clerks, " moral support?" being tendered >to them" .by Mr G. G. Stead, \ who headed their procession down the wharf \ waving; his hat in'the air. ' • .: • The Wharf Laborers' Union have cided to block the produce shipped %f th« ■New Zealand Farmers' Co-opeWiave Association, 'Messrs G; G; Sce^d, and Kaye and Carter, owing to the prominent .■part played by gentlemen concerned m these firms m the proceedings of Friday Wlien Mr Stead /heard of , the' UnioWs action he is reported to have expressed iliis delight, addihgtnatthiej sooner they(the linen) all came out and starved themselves thesoonerwould they coihe to their slnises;Jn consequence of the Union's action chd ■Mamari had to be loaded by -clerks And iothersj iiicl was' delayed from .&/ponton. Saturdayruritil Sunday morning;'.■--< 7« I The Canterbury; Amateur Athletic Club spostpoied; the paper chase' jtli*.b; should {have come off on Saturday, and went to =work on the Lyktelton wharves instead. Oiie ;of :th(smdiad a< narrow escape mth 'his life. He fell between tHe.wh'a^f and 'the ship into the water, and had a most nriradiilous escape. He; was * fished sioilfc aiid ' sehfe home. Doubtless hi is gui% satisfied with his; share ;of/.tHje day's proceedings, : The officers of the Wafyitipay Colac, \ Tekapo, Takapuna, and Dingadee, after a conference, decided to leave their vessels at 1 p.m. Several who declined to leave the ships before getting to Dunedin remained on board. The officers who left were cheered lustily by the crowd as s they proceeded up the wharf loaded with their bags and boxes. : A meeting of what the "Times" calls; "moral .supporters" was held on boar^ the Tekapo, at which it was resolved |o> hold moetingß m all Road Board districts," and ask the co-operation or" all farmers, graziers, and others interested, so that continued assistance may. be forthcoming to work the Union Steamship Company's, vessels. At 1 p.m. on Saturday all the Uruoi*. irien were called out, and for there-' mainder of the day the whole work at the port was suspended, except such .as was 'being carried on by clerks and others, and only meat cargoes are loaded or unloaded by Union hands. : The firemen of the Kaikoura declined to shovel coal on the hulk for the Duke of Westminster, and their decision' waa received with loud cheering. The whole of the proceedings at Lyfctelton have been conducted with perfect order, and not a single instance, of bad temper has been noted,

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LYTTELTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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LYTTELTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2506, 1 September 1890

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