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SOUTHERN NEWS.

(Bγ Telegraph.—Press association.) PREFERENCE TO UNIONISTS. WELLINGTON, Friday. In again granting preference to unionists in the award in the grocers' dispute, the Arbitration Court has nia-de some important stipulations. In relation to the employment book, it is declared to be the duty of the union to keep it at the Labour Department. From time to time the names and addressee of all unionists out of employment shall be entered, "together with a statement of the branch of trade in which each such member is proficient, and the names and addresses of each employer for iwrhom such member has worked during the 12 month's immediately preceding -the termination of .his last employment." To secure preference, a unionist must be equally competent with non-unionists to perform" the particular work required, and must be willing and ready to accept the employment offered within 24 hours after the employer has given notice to the Labour Department that he requires such worker. OTAGO'S NEW £>OCX. DUNEDIN, Friday. When the new dock -was pumped dry this afternoon the caisson wa3 found to fit well. The leakage was very small, and officials connected -with the work consider that a little usage will make the fittings watertight. The Dock Trust inspector said finality was now in sight. FIRE AT HASTINGS. HASTINGS, this day. A fire started last night in stables at the rear and adjoining a block of shops fronting Station-street. The back portions of the shops ignited, but the fire brigade succeeded in beating back the flames. The fire spread from shed to shed, and cleared a lot of old buildings. The stables, owned by a syndicate, were insured for £400 in the Commercial Union. Fitzpatrick's billiard saloon (damage £90 only) was insured for £400 in the London and Lancashire Company. I ":s."=* FIRE AT NELSON. ~~~ ' NELSON, this day. 'About 2.30 this morning a house in Brougham-street owned by Mr Samuel Leach, of Stoke, and occupied by Mr D. T. Schmidt, a two-storeyed building, was burnt down. The occupants had barely time to escape in night attire, as in a few minutes the whole house was enveloped in flames. Only one or two articles of furniture -were saved. Mr Schmidt's furniture was covered by a I policy of £115 in the Yorkshire office. The origin of the fire is not known. MANAWATU RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WELLINGTON, this day. Trouble in connection with the appointment of the late employees of the Manawatu Company to positions similar to those they previously occupied in the Petone Workshops has taken a new phase. An originating summons has been filed by Mr. Wilford to get an interpretation of section 27 of the Manawatu Purchase Act, as to whether the Government is compelled to appoint Manawatu railwayman in the way it is doing at present, and whether the men have got any claim to be so appointed. MISCELLANEOUS. NEW PLYMOUTH, this day. The water at the Hadley petroleum bore has been effectually ?hut off at a ! depth of 1775 feet, and the well has I been drilled to a greater depth. A sixinch casing has now been lowered down to 1800 feet.

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SOUTHERN NEWS. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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