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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELPON.

Ihere is more non- union labour than is needed at the port. Those chosen? to work are escorte-1 by the police. ; Inspector Ponder has an extra for* at tut wharves. - The executive of. the Trades a»d Labor Council have passed the following resolution :—«<That the Executive of the Trades and Labor Council regrets the action o f certain ill-advised persons, m, regard to non-unionists, expresses its contidance that unionists ay© not responsible for such ustya, «nd urges members of labor bodies j 5Q Ofcrenmy abstain from participating i >

any hostile demonstration, and to use all their influence to check the same." The Belfast freezing works were closed tiny. Tlie men were assembled, and Mr ClnysUll, on behalf of the chairman, addressed them, and stated that it was with much rogiet that the directors had decided to close the works for the present. They were very unwilling to do so, but were compelled by want of coal. It was no fault either of theirs or their employees, : bub simply the result of the stoppage of business owing to the strike in Australia, I which affected us here, though it was a matter entirely beyond pur control. In his opinion it would advantageous to all concerned if New Zealand were not affiliated to ttio other' colonies. He pointed out Unit the wages p^idL, by, the company /ftmounted to £300 weekly, and the value wf the sheep which passed through the Belfast and-Islington works in a week was^bout £5500. Mr phrystall s remarks were applauded by the men, who gave cheers for the directors. The men are to be allowed to occupy free quarters at the works till work is resumed. Bluff, September 9. The Waihora arrived here at 8.30 this morning, and large number of non-union labourers came to port by th«i, morning train. These worked the steamer without interruptjibri by^ the Unionists, and all the; inward and outward cargo has been attended to. The Waihora leaves here tomorrow for Melbourne. Mr Watt, second officer, fell from the main deck to the lower hold having been struck by fhe grain sling. On examination it was found his left leg was broken. Mr Watt was taken to Invercargill hospital by a special train. Beyond a good deal of hooting no demonstration was indulged in. It having been stated that the unfortunate accident tp Mr Watb, second officer of the Waihora, at the Bluff to-day, was caused by the carelessness or inexperience of the winchman,' Mr Watt being interviewed said'that this was untrue. The sling of oats rolled over the side of the gangway. He saw it coming, but owing to three men standing behind him, and to the confined position of the after hatch, he could not get out of the way and was struck on the shoulder and thrown orer the combing. Fortunately he was able to grasp for a second at the combing, so that the drop was a pretty fair one.

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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELPON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELPON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2514, 10 September 1890

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