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AFFAIRS AT LYTTELTON.

Yesterday morning some of the wharj laborers dressed up a dummy to represe^jj a railway casual hand who returned to work, and carried it round the town,, followed by a large number of children. T, he dummy was carried, past the house J

of the ru.'jual hand and exhibited to his children, and then taken round to the Slirimer road and consigned to the rubbish Leap. The procession, after destroying Hie dummy, hoisted a blaak flfig on a stick which headed them to town. A scratch ! band was m .attendance, of which the | most prominent instrument was a drum emblazoned with the words " Welcome all." ¥ It is rumored that the s,s. Hinemoa is to proceed to T)unediu direct to take the Maritime Council and others to Wellington, to meet the Managers of Companies and others m a' conference. " ' There were 84 non-unionists working m Ljifeelton yesterday! Some 60' men have of the Now Zetland railways as permanent hands. The Amerisan brigaritlne Nettie should be clear of her damaged flax to-niglit. She has still 300 bales to put out. Welmngton, September 22. The Employers' Association met 4 this afternoon tor the purpose of considering the following resolutions, drawn up by the Committee :—'• (1) The following is the basis on which . the Employers' Association are prepared to' agree: to a termination of the strike ; (2)' that the question, of Union or non union labor working side by side shall hob be raised, and that being'a Unionist or otherwise shall be no bar to employment; (3) that infilling up existing vacancies theemployers shall, as'fn'r, as possible, give p?§ierence to those who were m their employment and left m consequence of the strike ; (4) that as the real well-being of the community depends on the w'ellbcin^i of the greatest number, the employers undertake to conserve and extend, as' far as practicable, the eight hours principle, .*nd assist m furthering measures which will permanently improve the condition of the community." No decision was however, come to. GREyniouTH, September 23. The correspondence published show* that the miners went to work on the understanding thai any coal they mined was not to be given to the Union Cony p<iny either directly or indirectly. Thp agreement was observed until Saturday night, when the mine manager informed them that the Union Company demanded that the Grey Valley Coal Company should fulfil their contract by giving the Union Company the carriage of their coal, so a,s to enable their contracts U> be complied with. The miners said the '.information regarding the Union Company's letter wag known at the mines at ten o'clock m. the morning, but Mr Bishop only told them at ten o'clock last night, thereby stealing a march on them, m order to get n few more tons of coal. A great crowd is expected at the mass meeting m the open air to-morrow. ' Fire hundred are to come from Brunner, headed by two bands. ' * It *s reported at Brunnerton that Mr Kennedy has resigned his connection with 1 the Grey Valley Coal Corii]jany. A few citizens have agreed to purchase a ton of flour and two tons of potatoes for the strikers, and it is expected that more contributions of the like kind will be made. There is only about 300 tons of coal m the trucks. The Mawhera will have to go to WestpoTt for coal. Contributions m food are invited on behalf of the Brunner miners who have no means to enable them to stand out; those who have are recommended not io take any. , Wkstpokt, September 23. i At the R.M. Court to-day Patrick Fite-Simmons, formerly .donkeyman on tho Orowaiti, was charged With assaulting thes second mate of the Herald when on the voyage between Wellington and Westport, also two charges of assaulting the steward of the Herald, and a fourth\ charge of asssaulting the steward of t;he? Mawhera when ashore here. FitzSimmons was a passenger by the Herald, he being a Union man. • The accused was fined £13 :19s m all, with ■ costs,, or s^ven weeks. The money was paid; Dune Dix,. September 2?,. ; The officers of the Ohau, which arrived at Port Chalmers to-day, have decided to remain loyal to. the Unioii Company..'■' Several other officers are said to have returned to the Company^ ' * sg The Officers' Association witlmeefloii, Thursday, to elect representatives to the Wellington conference. Two slight disturbances; occurred thip, afternoon. Three non-Unionists were proceeding to, the wharf, followed by "a crowd •£ Union sympathisers, who Trere hooting. When opposite the Maritime Council oflices one of the men is said to have been struck by some person m the crowd, whereon he drew a revolver, The eff«t was magical, every semblance of opposition ceasing. A few minutes later » non-Union laborer was i proceeding to the wharf to the Te Anaii, a constable es«rW him. A crowd of SOdpr 306* I ©Lowed, hooting lustily, 'and cries were pasod of " Throw the b—- over." The constable slipped through the crowd and, arrested George McKeowu,^said itk be a' seaman on strike, for behaving In a meaner calculated to provoke a breach off > the peace. The man submitted quiefely, ' and was taken to th© station without trouble, this diversion enabling the non- , Unionist k> go peaceably to the Te 'Anatil Ihe Union Company claim'to have now 34 istewners running, and are employing,,, 2140 hon-Unionists. Labor is 'offering 1* freely, and tye Company say they can get enough to man every one oif their steamers if necesiary, while there is a good supply of coal on hand, and on the. way to the colony.

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AFFAIRS AT LYTTELTON., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2526, 24 September 1890

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AFFAIRS AT LYTTELTON. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2526, 24 September 1890

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