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The San Francisco Mail

RIOTING AT SOUTHAMPTON,

( The Southampton strikers made a riotous demonstration,.on the night of September 9, and were only dispersed at the point of the bayonet. The trouble began with the dock laborers preventing the departure of several trains. Two companies of infantry arrived, and drove the mob away from the railway. The dockmen made a desperate attempt to break the line formed by tho troops. Some of them took horses from cabs, arid charged furiously upon the soldiers. The troops, however, stood firm, and repeatedly repulsed the rioters. A number of horses wero bayonetted, and some of the riders were seriously injured. Volley after volley of stones were thrown at the troops' mafty of whom were seriously injured. The Mayor read the Riot Act, but this only added to the fury of the mob, a section of which stoned that functionary's house anil business premises, smashing ev'etry window. The troops were then supplied with ammunition, and ordered tp charge. For a moment the rioters made resistance, but seeing many of" their number fa.U, pierced by the soldiers' bayonets, they wavered, broke, and fled \n wjld'disorder. The excitement throughout the city was ■intense; The strikers telegraphed to Messrs Davitt, Cunningham, and Graham asking for assistance. " The strikers maintained a" menacing attitude oiv September lOfch, an.t{", some went out m boats to meet incoming steamers, and persuade, the crews to join the strike. A_ W\h also gathered about the Mayor's House and made threatening demonstrations, and a detachment of soldiers was sent to disperse the crowdi About 9 pin, the troops were obliged; W make a succession of bayonet c^irges to clear the streets. Thej held all the approaches, ta the docks. Many , arrest^ vvbw made. Tho employers held a m'eetinp, at\4 subseijuently issued hand bills proxv^sinsf every protection to m<jn wtu^ruiiig ta i work. The Union, submitted a proposaj for an adyn^co m wages, undertaking tft ap,k ior no furljher i,ncreas,e for two years [ to come oa condition tha.t n.CK non-UniQjj men be emplojod. v This x^s deelinotl by tlio empJ«\yen*. rHio Koynt Mail Compitnj. lotkexl out i\\\ \\m men, and ordered ils v&mi bi go to Plymouth. Other shipowners wired to thei* agents to send

j home ward bound vessels to the South | shin of Southampton. ) Quiet prevailed on September 11. No rioious demonstrations wers made, and the police issued orders for forbidding processions. At a conference m the afternoon the strikers decided to return to work on the concession offered a fortnight ago, which means an advance of a penny an hour. One of the leaders said that the fact that, the strike had been precipitated without; the authority of th« London Executive Coinmilteo precluded hope of success. The decision to resume work won fiercely opposed by a minority. The troops were" still m attendance, but their services were not required. Despatches of September 1G say the Directors of the Royal Mail and Union Company had telegraphed to their officials at Southampton that they would agree to an advance of Jive shillings ppr month for Runmen, trimmers, mid boys, m addition to the advance already given, provided the strike ended immediately. The ,'strikers accepted the offer and resumed I work. ,<

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The San Francisco Mail, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2543, 14 October 1890

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The San Francisco Mail Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2543, 14 October 1890

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