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Non-Unionists Attacked.

The Dunedin labor organ, "The Globe, has the following :— " The frequency of the occurrence of night attacks on non-Unionists is becoming quite alarming. Of course we do not pretend to shut our eyes to tho fact that <v few Dnion men may be concerned m these affairs, but m the main it seems pretty plain that the Unionists not only do not take part m these cowardly tactics, but interfere on the other side. The case of John Dowie is. well to the point. Dowie was rescued by the pickets, and the stern cry of ' Union pickets keep order ' and the prompt action of the pickets alone prevented a murder being committed. That this is so is apparent, for Dowie himself feels convinced that hoodlums attacked him, and his condition was pitiful. Such occurrences as these must tend to the discredit and disgrace of the Labor cause, and they must therefore be most careful how they deal with such. It is their duty, and we feel assured they will do it when opportunity presents itself, to hand over to the police any one they may catch taking part m these riots. The frequency of these murderous attempts has caused revolvers to be called into requisition. On Friday night two or three instances of maltreatment came under the notice of the police. As the ' who had been working on the Manapouri, were passing the cross wharf on their way home, they were attacked by a mob of about forty men. Mr G. Martin (purser of the Rotorua) was struck by a man who held a stone m his hand, and has not yet recovered from the effects of the attack. -Mr D, Mathieson, the Union Company's wharf superintendent, and Mr Smith, wharf foreman, were also illtreated. The night watchman of the Harbor Board, Mr / . M'Millan, also came m for a share of ill usage. Mr McMillan states that he was coming up the wharf after locking up when he saw a crowd collected. He at once called out 'Police,' and was immediately felled to the ground. The Union pickets whe were on the wharf say they knew nothing of the matter. Another instance was that of John Dowie, who was set on on Friday night. He states that it was hoodlums who "attacked him. This cannot he denied, seeing that he was rescued by Union men. One of the Te Anau's crew and a wharf hand were also knocked about oh Saturday night. Arrests have been made m connection with thes,e casjes,"

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Non-Unionists Attacked., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2526, 24 September 1890

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Non-Unionists Attacked. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2526, 24 September 1890

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