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Wellington, September 17. On the arrival of the steamer Huia from Westporfc this morning $ie crew gave twenty-four hours' notice tjjo leave. The vessel had recently been placed m commission again and was sent to Westporb for a cargo of coal for t|ie Grey Valley Coal Company, but as ib'was believed the cargo was really for the Union Company she had to return m ballast. The vessel is to be laid up, and the ciw of the same Company's steamer Stormbird are to be called out on her arrival from

Gi'oymotitl). Pro!i;;.l;ly a non-union crow will l)o shipped. At a meeting of wharf laborers* it was decided that the present struggle should be maintained. Vacancies on the permanent wharf staff have been filled, Mr J. R. Blair has been requested by several of the leaders of the labor party to move m the direction -of., bringing about a .settlement of certain matters m connection with the strike, and has, it is stated, agreed to do what, hd can. It is stated a meeting; of the Maritime Council will shortly be held m Wellington. A. melee occurred at the White. Swan Hotel last night. li: is asserted that several men, the for liquor, visited the hotel demanding drinks, which Alex. Black, the licensee, refused to serve, it being after hours. The men threatened to help themselves, when Black armed. himself with a revolver, and demanded that they should leave the house. Some did, but others refusing, Black fired a shot over their heads to frighten them. After leaving the house, Black states that, .the men were groping about apparently for some missile to throw at him, and he fired a second shot over their heads. The matter is being investigated by the police. The Railway Commissioners have issued a circular to all employees m which their decision not to reinstate the men is emphasised. Strike matters generally are quiet, and there are no demonstrations on the wharves. The special constables have been dismissed until further notice. Messrs D. P. Fisher,' Graham, and Kitto, of the Federated Trades and Labor Council, had an interview with Sir H. Atkinson, when the labor difficulty was discussed. It is understood that no arrangement was come to. Auckland, September 17. The Anti-Poverty Society has'suggested the nationalisation of the land as the best means of preventing labor troubles. The supply of non-union labor m Auckland is m excess of the demand. Inveucarcull, September 17. . Watt, the second officer of the .V'aihora, who wdis thrown into the hold at the Bluff last week, and had his leg broken, died m the hospital this afternoon. The cause of death was internal injuries.. ( The following message was sent from Chrisfcchurch last night :—"Railway Commissioners, Wellington. Executive not only wish interview with Commissioners on question of _ reinstatement of men, but also to arrange basis on. which recurrence of strike may be obviated m future. Would urge upon Commissioners to reconsider decision re receiving deputation from Executive.—-W. J. Edwards."

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890