CONSENT TO LEAVE THE SHIP.
AFTER MUCH .PERSUASION
(Per Press Association —Copyright.)
LONDON, February 25
.' The newspapers -.-comment on the humour of seven hours'-, parleyings "resulting in the Labour leaders persuading the deported men to obey the captain's orders, otherwise the elaborate reception arrangements would be disarranged. j; After compliments and introductory .speeches had been exchanged between the Labourites, on the. launch and the Umgeni, Bain explained that they had ■ been 'placed'on the vessel against their wishes, and did not intend to leave until taken back to. South Africa. • Mr Henderson urged that' the whole ■British Labour movement. .was expecting the party. ■ Despite, the. recital of I^bouVite hospjtialityV Bain was adamant, and'Mr Henderson and his , colleagues .^returned :ito; their, hotel chagrined, : Tiiey later,, returned and V*hrew a letter aboard the Umgeni embodying their arguments. This also proved resultless, and the Labourites "returned to iGravesend in their launch. Meanwhile-a number of journalists chartered' boats and secured disjointed interviews over the ship's side. , ... , Finally Mr Henderson and '" Mr Bowerman were allowed aboard in .order to persuade Bain to leave the ship- When the- 'officers suggested ihat their efforts, liad been fruitless, Mr Henderson pleaded a little more :time, and .finally was successful. The deported men left,, -carrying small handbags ; and parcels. The party is staying at the Grafton Hotel -.as guests of. the Reception Committee.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
CONSENT TO LEAVE THE SHIP. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8803, 26 February 1914
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