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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1913. WERE THE "SPECIALS" REQUIRED ?

TaaRK has been a good ilea! , writtoi adversely against the action of tb Government and the authorities ii providing a body of men from th Country and town to act as specia constables in order that law am order should be preserved in Christ church and Lyfctelton during th efcrike. As it has bjen pertinentl; eaid, " the constables have not beei required because they were there, , and though tho camp has boei characterised aa a "jolly picnic" i has resulted in tho saving of thoa*' ands of pounds to tha peogJa o Canterbury- The peraonnoi of thi camp was by no menus the class o men who would participate in t " jolly picnic " fou the fun they conic get out off it. The camp was com pppedj o£ : men who were determined tfrnh the whole export and irnpor (*rn,de of the province should not. h< Strangled indefinitely and industry shipped. They were determined ihu the magnates of labour and social im were not going to realise theii "ntopia " without a determined and feven oheok, and thia they accomplished yen satisfactorily, though hardly a blo>v hatbe«n etruok. Tho • taking of Lytic] ton < wm as complete in eterj? detail ac a we organised capturo, and the alnkera realise. Ihair hopeless position, and had to subn>. io the inevitable. Tho complete suocesa ~ Lyttollon was duo to tho splendid organisa ton of Colonel Chafley, Major Htudholm, and other oflioers. It ie indeed a pity thft »ho Btrikera do not realise thoir hopeles position for the sake of their wives n> Obildren. It w»s known that fie Fedemti. ■ of Labour had planned a oonplete hold ■; lor the end of Deceiabar or January, th . object being to ebow their strength and cal out ell ivno would support them in stlflm. trftde end industry throuphnn , •' Dominion, Th§y were, how van, ited into tbe etrika before i

P'e.tely prepared by the action of tho. Union Company in dg* granting a few ehrpi /rights eravoJJing nllowance, and before Wh ey rea--1 "fd it they were engaged in the: present industrial struggle. Bus hid it bt en loft over untail December they would. perhaps have had the support of the botcfrera in the frozen meat tr-de, which stavte at the middle of this month. Now t, hat thstrikurs have received tb*/* conp . de grace 'hey are feeling the bittwaoee! of tfei 'eat and the hopelessness of Jhel nH ng the grand, Utopia held ovjj vividly befoi c their wyes by tlio agitators and tho FedWj uion of nbonr. We know (hut A'ii coij a matter of time, and when, supporting t\m ids are -xhausted befoir, tho efrikew wll accept ■vhat work they can an d join. » ha new \rbitrntion Union t n I , y ttelton. Man y would ■in to do co g t onC!5) riff t9py , rte d in Wellington, but Uy ey foiu tho , Mtia idation methods of thair moro e »|r eftw . fellow ■'tnkors. Tbaro ■ i 9 no doubt »ha««I« B™»< majority woleon e d the preoa'.ofonA i»h en by the unihoritiy a jn cstabli Bb!B(?; ft large force of ppe«j ft i conatablea at AtMio, ?ton, 'md the ppeeu iJe wero e? ,, ryw he,e- wePe« mpd " ooslodlaw 3 ~£ peaco . The . Mew |i n . g fi oee if the X*-(/ p C( j 8i wnOHO pic'/jfl.fcg. were . jj, ien icoati nal' , y . were in gt ; r ii c i n!? con ti;a«t to k ac ttug'nesß man in Cbristchurcb, who>bs<3 a 'riendjy no( j fo , the patro )j inß Bpe erafev Tij& mployf jrs () not a pp oar { 0 a jootßiplish , Bjotb ' '* n the disestablishment of. the Federation I liavc hotn gavo' I

. lutionary, and there is no reasoning with s them. It is recognised that Unionism is a . necessary medium through which the men t Engaged in any class e>( work can obtain their 't just demand?, but an independent body that 3 enn hold in its hands &a power to stop the c transport trade and the industry of the whole c Dominion is another matter. Should the « federated workers of New Zealand make t their demands through the Arbitration Court { d there would bo no opposition. The special j a conßtabla said "lv» Rot my wool clip ready r to ship or my dairy produce waiting, find I f ha\occmo here to see that it is shipped, , ' r Tin special constables have, ther.fure, served c thei- purpose in opening thepoittif Lyttel" it ton without any errious disturbance, and we (v are jleased that tho Penirjßula was well rep--1 rese lted, though their presence there meant n tho leUy of their farm wo k. The thanks nof the po-pie of Canterbury are due to the sr special conbtabics vho are preserving order \,t and keeping the port of Lyttelton open,

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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1913. WERE THE "SPECIALS" REQUIRED ?, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4354, 5 December 1913

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The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 1913. WERE THE "SPECIALS" REQUIRED ? Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXI, Issue 4354, 5 December 1913

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