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Labor Questions.

[pee press association] London, September 18. The Unionist leaders fear that the total subscriptions m aid of the Australian strikers will not exceed £12,000 or £10,000. The London compositors have voted £250. Sydney, September 19. The removal of wool from Darling Harbor to the wool stores m Circular Quay led to uproarious scenes this morning. Several trollies, laden with wool, and guarded by a force of mounted police and special constables were surrounded by fully three thousand strikers. Stones were fre?ly j used, and a number of windows m houses and shops m George street were smashed. While attempting the arrest of one of the rioters a piece of blue road metal was thrown at the constable. The missile missed its mark, and struck a member of the Union a terrible blow on the head. The man was so seriously injured that his removal to the Hospital was considered advisable. The news of the row rapidly spread, and consequently the crowd increased every moment. On reaching Circular Quay the disturbance had become so serious that the Riot Act was read and the mounted police charged the mob. A scene of wildest confusion ensued, and one or two men were driven into the sea but fortunately rescued. Special constables poured m from all parts of the city and eventually the strikers were driven back and the wool unloaded. There were numberless broken heads and several of the police received nasty cuts and bruises. The wool trollies, against which the demonstration was made, were being driven by several prominent wool merchants who had adopted this course of carrying on their business owing to the carters having gone out on strike. It is estimated that there were fully 10,000 people on Circular Quay during the height of the distui'bance. Seven arrests have been made for breaches of the peace. There is great excitement throughout the city, and a feeling of uneasiness prevails. The Hon. W. McMillan, Colonial Treasurer, replying to a deputation of citizens who waited upon him immediately after the riot had been quelled, said that the Government had been prepared all along for whatever might eventuate, but things had now arrived at a definite stage; m fact kind of self-made revolutionary govern nient had been set up. It would, therefore, be necessary for the Government to take such steps as would secure individual liberty. The situation, he admitted, could not be more grave than it was at present, and he assured the deputation that the Government were prepared to take even the most extreme steps for the purpose of maintaining order. i Later. Over twenty arrests took place today m connection with the riots. The southern, western, and a few of the northern mine owners are making determined efforts to work the mines by free laboi*. The labour defence committee have telegraphed to eleven unions iv Australia instructing the shearers, carters, and laborers to cease work after "Wednesday at all hazards.

Auckland, September 19. The miners m the Kamo Company's mine were called out to-day owing to the Clansman, one of the Northern Company's steamers, having been supplied with coal from Kamo. The Tramway management having recently dismissed several of their employees, a movement is on foot to provide employment for them s and a cooperative Tram and 'Bus Company is to be established. A telegram has been sent to Duuedin, asking prices for six cars and busses. Wellington, September 19. A fireman assaulted Mr Pope, mate of the Huia, this afternoon, striking and kicking him. He was immediately arrested. , . The Shaw-Savili Company intend m future to convey a body of laborers from port to port, to prevent their steamers, being stuck up. The charge of assault preferred against Robert S. Allen, m connection with the unfortunate accident to the man William Henrj Jerrard, when the latter was knocked down the hold of the steamer Australia on Thursday week, was further investigated at the Magistrate's Court this afternoon, The evidence called supported Allen's statement that he was first attacked, and the case was dismissed, the Magistrate leaving it optional for Jerrard (m event of his recovery) t>Q take further proceedings ijf desired. The charge against the man Shaw, for assaulting H. JHelder, a special constable, on Saturday night last, was dismissed, the evidence being conflicting, Amongst many resolutions moved at the weekly meeting of the Trades Council, was one that Mr £>. P. Fisher should be called upon to sever his connection with that body or with the Maritime Council. A long discussion ensued, and eventually an amendimout appointing a committee to define his duties op secretary of the Trades Council was carried, Ohbxstohuroh, September 19. One hundred and sixty-eight nonUnionists worked at Lyttelton tins morning. The Rotokino completed loading and feft during the forenoon for Picton, where sfa completes loading for an Australian port. Th.p Tonganro ih landing a general cargo. Tho Ppric was engaged during the forenoon m taking to the balance of her coal and cargo. All sailing ships are being worked. lhe labor party are hourly expecting word from head-quarters £o the effect that a conference luvs been arranged by Wjnch a settlement can be arrived at, Masters generally m connection w*th th© strike are very quiet, *»«! not nearly so many men on strike ace to be mm standing about the corners or.on the wharves,

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Labor Questions., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2523, 20 September 1890

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Labor Questions. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2523, 20 September 1890

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