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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELTON.

'The Hon G. McLean, who was m town yesterday, on his way toDunedin, informs the " Press" that there is nothing fresh m connection with the present difficulty. The Union Company has never had any quarrel with their men ; the : Directors have from the first been quite willing "tq allow those out on strike to return to work as far as there are openings for them. They have .said so from the very first. At the same time th ey have pointed out that every day is lessening the opportunity of return as other men are taking the places of those on strike. As regards the cause of the strike Mr McLean points out that.it was the Maritime Council that was to blame. That body has for a long time been associated with the Australian Unions, and it was only when the Company was forced m self-defence to join the Owners'' Association that the step was taken. : Shortly before one o'clock yesterday a painful scene occurred on the ship America now m port. During the early part of the day some of the men had been ashore drinking, and the cook was amongst them. It also appeared that the cook, Charles Stockhall, had been drinking on Saturday and Sunday, and that yesterday there was no dinner ready for the men. The crtptain of the ship, Captain .Adams, went to the galley, to spe/ik to the cook who used most,filthy and abusive language and Avas very insulting. The cook had a large ■knife m his hand and continued to insult the captain, who thereupon throttled him. Some of the men came m and took the cook away. The captain then left the deck and went into the cabin, but returned and went forward to the galley again. The cook recommenced using disgusting and insulting language, and threatened the captain. Thereupon the captain fired his revolver, and the bullet struck a youngJsailornamed CarlJohansen, about nineteen years of age m the thigh. The man fell on to the deck, and was afterwards taken into the cabin. The police were (sent for, and arrested the captain and cook. Dr Guthrie was called to attend the young sailor Johansen, but after examining the wound he could not find the bullet, and ordered his removal to the casual ward, where, with Dr he again endeavored to find the bullet. They probed the wound for two hours but, could not get any trace. The bullet's course seems to have been very erratic and it is presumed that it has lodged m the deep muscles of the thigh. The Captain is m the habit of carrying a revolver, but states he did not intend to shoot the cook, but merely to frighten him. He is of opinion that the bullet struck the deck-house and glanced off. Captain Adams will be brought before the Court this morning on a charge of shooting with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and Stockall, the cook, will also be charged with using threatening language.—" Press," Wellington, September 14. William Henry Jerard (not Gerard, as first sent) still lies m a comatose state at the Hospital. A mass meeting of Unionists was held yesterday afternoon. The proceedings were quiet, Mr Thomas Carter, President of the Seamsn's Union, announces himself a candidate for the city seat, ; At; a meeting of trades organisations, the voting for a labor representative at the coming election resulted m Messrs ,W. McLean, T. H. Fraser, and C. J. Worth receiving the largest number of votes. ■ -.■■■■,< Numerous. cases of looting the meat s&fes of residents are recorded, and only yesterday one man, who was found chasing ducks m a poultry yard, got three months. Mr H. Fielders, furniture dealer, who is one of the specials sworn m yesterday, was rather roughly handled last night while wending his way home to Newtown. In the struggle he lost a diamond ring. With this exception the town was very quiet, but there was a large crowd about. Timaru, Sept. 14. A bit of a row took place here last evening among Unionists and others. A number of passengers oh the Omapere were mistaken for free laborers and were assaulted by Paget, a Timaru Unionist, and three sailors of the Alert. The Unionist and sailors were arrested. One passenger got rather severely handled and another Unionist delegate from Oamarii was roughly treated, Three business men of the town were also grossly insulted on the breakwater. Bail was refused the four men arrested, Dunbdin, September 13. The Unionists and strikers held a demonstration to-day. The procession was headed by four pipers, followed by a band, and close on 1500 Unionists, headed by the seamen, formed m the Triangle,

and proceeded down Cumberland street to Albany street, thence along Princes street to the Exhibition ground, where the Band Rotunda was used as a forum. Sir R. Stout was to have taken part, but sent an apology, m which he referred to the action of the Railway Commissioners m dismissing the four members of the Executive as arbitrary. The speakers, with the exception of Mr W. Hutchison, were all Unionists. Resolutions were passed declaring—3. "That the action of the Commissioners m dismissing the four members of the Executive of the Railway Servants' Society was tyrannical,''unjust, and uncalled fur, evidently done with the view of cauHinjc a strike, and a direct breach of thu understanding arrived at at the Confoicnr-; m Wellington'. "*2. "That the meeting heartily thanks Sir G. Grey, Messrs Fihli, Seddon, and other members of Parliament for the consistent support given to the cause of labor." 3. "That thpiont members of! the' Railway Executive should be at once reinstated, and that the resolutions be forwarded to the Government." .. .- ■'< „■•.;.,^. .W; j-f The speakers charged the Railway Commissioners with assisting the Union "Company m every way, and "it was paid that on the strength of possessing a visiting card of the Union Company's agent, Captain Pearse, men frere, allowed to travel free on the railways to take employment with iM Union Company. Mr Millar stated that there was no intention to call out the railway servants at present. The labor party would 'ctiqbise thefr own time for doing that; The Commissioners, he asserted, had laid a trap for them with a view of causing a strike arid diverting attention from the present struggle. He hoped next week to be able to lay before the public full details of what was intended.by the Commissioners^ and he believed it would open people's eyes. Invbrcargill, September! 13. A; Public meeting was held last night re the dismissal of officers of the Railway Society. A resolution Iran passed that the action of the' Commissioners was arbitrary, and a .violation of the pledge given that none wouldrbe made to suffer for taking part m the, ftffiiirs of the Railway Society; - :--r.f ;'■:■-. ,"•-.•-' ".

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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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THE SITUATION IN LYTTELTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2518, 15 September 1890

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