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Wellington, September 11. The Directors of the Petone Woollen Company decided to close fche mills from to-morrow owing to the want of fuel and the labor difficulty. At the usual parade of the Wellington* Naval Brigade, Japtain Duncan, under instructions from head-quarters, informed the men that they were to hold themselves m readiness for service if necessary during the present labor difficulty. Other companies will, it is understood, be similarly informed. : An unfortunate affair • happened on board the Union Company's steamer Australia tins afternoon. • It appears, that a man named William Henry Gerard, whohad been working ashore, went on board the vessel, and it is alleged us&f mating language to a young mah named Robert S. Allan, one of the fre,e crew. Allan, who was working near the hatehj^lold Gerard to leave, but he declined, and Allan shoved him. Gerard staggered! back a foot or two, and striking the ©om^ bing of the hatch was precipitated dow» the hold. The injured man was taken fco» the hospital suffering from a severe scalp wound, and it is feared a couple of ribs are| broken. Allan was arrested on a charge of assault, but immediately bailed out. Dunedin, September 1L A meeting of over seventy officers was held tin's afternoon at which a scheme for the_ promotion of a Co-operative Steamship Company, was diseassed and favorably entertained. Several letters of sympathy were read from unexpected sources, but the members were confident that it would be some time before they would require' to have recourse to the offers of pecuniary assistance. The. actions of two officers, who were alleged to havfr made overtures for appointments under the Association, and are now employed by the Union Company, w,e.r<9 discussed .with a great deal of warmth/

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2516, 12 September 1890

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