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THE STRIKE.

A BOY SHOT.

Wellington, 10.20 a.m.

It has transpired that during last Monday's rioting a certain man fired some shots froiK a revolver, and then went into a shop to re-load his weapon, While doing so, it went off, the bullet wounding a boy in the arm. This casualty has not been previously reported. GENERAL CALL OUT THREATENED. Wellington, 12.43 p ra. At a meeting at the Opera House last night, Mr P. Hickey, secretary of the Federation of Labour, said tbat following the example of Auckland they were goiDg to put it to tbe Unionists of this city, Chriatchurch, and Dunedin that there should be a general strike, and that if they responded as tbe believed tbey would, they would show employers they were not going to permit the wholesale smashing of organised labour by armed squatters and those in their pay. Mr Semple said it had been decided to bring the shearers out. The fight was only just beginning.

A resolution was passed calling on the Government to withdraw all armed troops at once This was moved by a farmer from Pahiatua named Fox, who told a story of alleged persecution and threats because of the attitude he had taken up.

The Mr Fox, "farmer," referred to, is a well known English Labour and Socialist agitator. He was formerly a clergyman, but after coming to New Zealand, be was wont to travel tbe Manuwatu district addressing flax millers and others on the virtues of syndicalism. He went to England, and figured there as an advocate of the strikers. On returning to New Zealand he took a small dairy farm at Pahiatua. His views are of the extreme "Red" type. Mr M. J. Reardon, secretary of tbe Slaughtermen's Union and General Labourers' Union, is averse to a gene ral strike, and depreciates the General, Labourers' Union taking any notice of such talk. He describes this strike as a story of "Lions led by geese," and says that nine teenths of the men who discussed the situation are agreed that to effect a settlement with such men as represent the Watersiders is impossible.

EXCITEMENT IN WELLINGTON} Wellington, 1.34 p.m. An air of excitement prevails in the City today, No one knows exactly what is going to happen, but it is evident that stirring events are toward, At the present moment large forces of mounted and foot police parade the waterfront, and every street end leading to the wharves ere blocked by stolid lines of "specials." Both the Drivers'and Storemen's Unions held meetings this morning, but the result is not yet available, It is certain, however, that the mem-

bers of the Unions will refuse to handle what they designate as "scab" cargoes, The fruit merchants, therefore, rely on the authorities to see that their, cod eignraonts reach them, and the wuggons av6 driven by members of the new Arbitration Union under a strong police escort. There is bound to be ?ome degree of opposition, but the forces arrayed against the strikers are so strong that it can hardly be of much avail. WILLOCHRA'S FRUIT ASHORE, Wellington, 2,55 p m. About a dozen waggons went alongside the Willochra, Trouble was anticipated, and the owners and "specials" were to drive tha carts under escort to the stores in Allen steed, but ordinary drivers carted the fruit without excitement, fur there was no demonstration, It is asserted that the Chinese, fearing a boycott, will not buy the fruit, and carters may possibly refuse to handle it after the sales to morrow. The Federation of Labour officials addressed a meeting of fruit buyers urging them to bayeott the fruit handled by the new Union, THE SHEARERS. It is authoritatively stated that the the shearers are to strike to-morrow or Wednesday. A FARMER'S MANIFESTO. The Farmers' Union, in a mani-

festo, emphasizes that it has no bos tility to unionism, but i 3 determined to see its produce shipped. The farmers are united and determined to see the matter through, though at the loss and inconvenience they may be put to. CARGO OPERATIONS AT j WELLINGTON.

Wellington, 12.41 p tp. Cargo operations are in full swing [ at the Glaegow and King's wbarves . J Another 150 railway trucks laden i j with cheese and butter have arrived '1 from Taranaki and stations along the 3 1 line, and the work of putting the pro t -duce aboard the Atbenic was com--11 menced. 3J The Rirautaka, which had been 1 ) lying in the stream for ever a fort J night, was berthed at 10 a.ro, She f I has 4000 tone of general cargo, which , is being unloaded. b The fruit oa the Willochra is being 3 landed. 3 Good work is being done by the Arbitrationists. Five gangs of men - are at work at the different hatches, a and for the first time since the strike * commenced one of the Harbour y Board's cranes was placed in eommisd sion today. Hitherto all cargo k handling has been by means of the v ships winches. 3 The membership of the new Wharf . Labourers' Union continues to grow, i Seventy new men joined the Union to day, making the roll number 270. THE LAW ASSERTING ITSELF, At the Magistrate's Court to day James Patrick Hassett was charged with taking part in a riot in Taranaki street on Brd November, and with having attempted to murder John Cullen, Commissioner of Police. Accused was remanded till Wednesday. John Brackenbridge Lowe was fined £3, or fourteen days' imprisonment!, for using obscene language to special constables. Edward Kellser was fined a similar , amount for assault. It OLD PINE JOJNS STRIKE. 3 Wellington, 11.2 a,m. The interruption to the Palmeraton fc telegraph lines, which was at first 8 ascribed to sympathisers with the strikers, turns out to have been due to natural causes. The Department re ceived Word from Levin that a pine tree in the swamp about a mile and a balf north of Koputoroa blew over in c the gale last night and carried the f wires away Temporary repairs have t already been effected. While the in j terruption continued, communication c was kept up with the north through [ the Wairarapa via the Manawatu Gorge. There are many remains of old pine forests in this swamp. y MR BEABDON'S STATEMENTS CRITICISED. >, The statement made last night by Mr J. Reardon, secretary of the 8 General Labourers' Union, that the , Federation had nb call on them and that they would be making a grevious mistake by participating in a general strike, was severely criticed this morning by Federationists. Speakers io the Square have referred to Mr Reardon , s action in violent language, and be has r been referred to as a "Greater traitor * to the cause of organised labour than , the men who are now working the ships," It is ■extremely unlikely ■ that the ] railwaymen will strike. If they did j they would forfeit their payments , to the superannuation fund, and if 3 they were reinstated would have to pay on an increased scale. f

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Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4348, 11 November 1913

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THE STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4348, 11 November 1913

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