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COMEDY OF THE LABOUR CONGRESS.

I THE STORY OF AN ABDUCTION. Mr Victor Grayson, Socialist M.P., was prevented, by a curious comedy, from delivering a speech at the Labour Conference at Portsmouth, which had been expected with much Interest in view of the. condemnation by Labour leaders of his. "scenes" In Parliunlent It was a comedy planned by Mr Fred. T. Jane, the well-known naval writer, ana, Lieut. \Vlteou, a retired ofllocr of the Indian Army. A powerful racing car was driven up to Portsmouth Town Hall just before the delegates to the conference adjourned for lunch. Mr Grayson was induced to enter the car by au Invitation to see the sights of the town,nnd he was driven off and kept away from the conference till it was too ltite for him to make his speech. Mr Jane asserts that he organised the whole affair as a joke. "I heard the other ulght." ho says, "that Mr Grayson was to make a speech at the Labour Conference next afternoon, and I arranged to get him away In my motor car for the afternoon. Lieutenant Wilson, a few days later, himself dlsappcoied. He stated later that he was lured t° Southampton by a bogus telephone message which lie believed to hay.c come, from a friend. He, declines to make any further statement, except to say that be believes that Mc Grny*v7 "md the Portsmouth Socialists were apt * concerned In the, iu-'

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COMEDY OF THE LABOUR CONGRESS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 68, 20 March 1909

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