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THE STRIKE.

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. Welliagton, 2.25 p.m.

After yesterday's excitement tbe city has had a depressingly quiet morning, tbe usual haunts of the strikers were deserted, There is how. Bver, some move anticipated for this

afternoon, A large force of counted constables hns bten moved to tbe city, and a squad is standing in every street, AH approaches to the wharves are guarded, nnd horsemen surround the Post Office and other public buildings. The city foot specials have just been summoned by urgent aessage, and are now mustering at the Government Buildings, The strikers are at present holding a maBS meeting attbe Skating Rink in Vivien street, and as all the streets between there and the centre of the city are closely guarded it seems as if! the authorities fear a march on to the wharves, Work on ships proceeds apace, there being 24 vessels at the wharves rbi3 morning. Many drivers returned to work "•day. Tbe membership of tbe Arbitration vV atersidere' Union has reached 1000. Chiustchurch, November 20 The ballots of the members of the >f the Chrishurch Tramway Employees Union on the question of affiliation to the United of Lfibour and to the Social Democratic Party resulted in both proposals being negatived. Of 230 papers sent out 198 were returned The voting on question of affiliation to tbe United Federation of Labour was : For 80, against; 118, On the question of affiliation to the Social Democratic Party the voting was; For 88, against

. Tb.9 Xt John's Ambulance Brigade baa made arraegements for a camp in one of the shecte near the wharh. Later. The steamer Defender made a start thia afternoon bo unload her cargo of timber, The captain and officers passed the timber up from the ship to the railway hand 3in a truck, and there was no interference by the strikers, A number cf racehorse 3 and a tiuck of stores were shipped by tbe Maori;

Work at the Northern proceeded uninterruptedly. It is rumoured in port that tbe strikers intend to give the special con stables " one good go " when they arrive,

No word has been received in Lyfctelton as yet as to when they will come,

A little group of seamen and fire men were the oniy people who showed any interest in the arrival of the ferry steamer Maori at Lytteltoo this morning.

Mr W Belcher, general secretary of the Seamen's aDd Firemen's Union, who had been in Wellington for a fortnight, was a passenger by the Maori, being on hig way to Dunedin. His arrival in Lyttelton was as quiet as his departure had been noisy and excited. "Here he comes" was the exclamation which broke from a dozen mouths, as Mr Belcher, almost the last passenger to leave the Maori, stepped through the door of the vestibule, and after calmly surveying the scene walked down the gangway. As soon as he reached the wharf be was surrounded by fifteen to twenty firemen and seamen, two or three of whom engaged him in earnest conversation, while others listened afcten-

tively

A fireman then took up the position of spokesman, and said that it was up to Mr Belcher to do something for them. "The seamen and firemen in LytteUon were in a bad way," he said. There were 150 to 200 of them on the beacb, and they bad no money and no prospects of getting any. " Some of us chaps are veiy hard up," he said. "Wβ have got no money to get lodgings, and some of us don't know where we are going to get food if things go on like this, We have been paying our dues to the Union for years, and we ought to get some relief from the Union. We are all financial members. *' "I'm not a king," said Mr Belcher, "I'm only an administrator. As soon as I get to Punedin I'll find out the true position, and see what 1 can do for you men." "Yes; and while the grass is growing the horse is starving," said the spokesman bitt9r!y. " It's no good to us. Some of us will be starving soon, as we have got no money to get tucker. Some of the men whose cash hag run out have come down from Christchurch, as they can't get board and lodgings there. They're no better down here, and it's getting worse every day for the whole lot. We've wired time after time to Wellington, and got no reply. There are three secretaries in our Union who ought to be able to do something for us. It's up to some of you to give us a lead."

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THE STRIKE., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 21 November 1913

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THE STRIKE. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4350, 21 November 1913

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