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The following petition was m course of circulation m Christchurch and suburbs on Saturday morning, and was being largely signed. It emanates from citizens who have not been concerned m either side of the present unfortunate difficulty : "To the Commissioners N.Z. Railways, Wellington. Gentlemen, —We, the undersigned, adult residents m the provincial district of Canterbury, beg to present for your earnest consideration this petition. We believe that there is a wide-spread feeling amongst all classes, including the great majority of ' Trades Unionists,' that the present conflict between interests which should work m harmony is unwise, and its continuance is not calculated to secure any lasting good to anyone. We have a firm conviction that the experience gained m connection with the present troubles, and the sound common sense of the colonists, will cause means to be devised for preventing a possible recurrence of the evil ; and m our earnest desire to restore, harmony to see the industries of the Colony which have been dislocated again flourishing, to give the intelligence of the pe»ple an opportunity of exercising itself free from the irritating effects of either punishment or victory, we, your petitioners, do earnestly desire fchat' you will endeavor to reinstate m their former positions, where and when possible, those of your employees, who, through acting from a sense of loyalty to thfiir comrades m Unionism, were dismissed the service." Lyttelton, September 21. The enquiry into the circumstances connected with the fire on the brigantine Nettie on September 10th was concluded yesterday evening. A large amount of evidence was taken, and it was clearly shown that smoking had been carried on by the free laborers, both m the trucks and on board the vessel, when the work of loading the flax cargo had been going on. The jury returned a verdict that there was no evidence forthcoming to show by whom the fire was caused, and added <i rider as follows : —" That carelessness iIAS been shown by the railway and ship awyants m smoking at periods during which the ship was loading." Yesterday afternoon the "free" laborers working the Monowai refused to turn to after dinner because they had not been supplied with pudding. They were soon satisfied, however, and when the wants of the inner man had been supplied they went to werk again, Christchukch, September 21. Arthur Bryant, 19 years old, was fined 40s for assaulting a non-unionist named Neate at the British Hotel, Lyttelton. The accused was drunk. Neate was not sseriously injured. The Melbourne correspondent of a contemporary writes ;—" The general feeling is that a crisis has arrived m the history of labour struggles, and the all important principle at stake m the present strike is as to whether trades unionism is to sanction the boycotting of every class m the community to enforce any demand that may be made by union workmen. The strike from this point of view, is of paramount importance. The real issue is not whether officers or seamen shall get a slightly increased wage, but whether all the workmen of Australia are to strike work every time an employer does not see fit to fal. m with the demands made on him. If the present strike is settled by a concession on the part of employers, there is the probability that within a week or two the existing condition of affairs will be again brought about by a disagreement between unionist shearers and squatters, Employers of Melbourne recognise this, and have banded themselves together to fight the present battle to the end, so that the issue may be settled once and for all. It; is understood that the banks will not press employers until the strike is over, and they are likely to receiye the support of the bulk of the community. At present it seems as if fche Trades Hall will have to give m."

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PETITION TO THE RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890

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PETITION TO THE RAILWAY COMMISSIONERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2524, 22 September 1890