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YESTERDAYS CABLES., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889
Home and Foreign.
The English Trade Congress have approved of the Eight Hours Bill for miners, and have adopted the principle of land nationalisation. They have also carried a resolution in favor of payment of members of Parliament. All the men entombed, estimated at sixty, in the Maurice Wood Colliery, Edinburgh, were suffocated. H.M.S. Espiegle has hoisted the British flag on Humphrey Island, Reirson Island, and Manileke Group, on the route of the Pacific cable. It is estimated that a man named Pearce, a plasterer, and native of Brixton, Lower Devon, whose address is at present unknown, is entitled to a sum of L 1,400,000 by the death of a clergyman in Sydney. After creating a special court to secure Boulanger’s being declared an outlaw, the Government have been compelled, although he ia absent, to accept bis nomination for a seat at the forthcoming general election, also to permit placards favoring his views being posted. The result has created a deal «f excitement, and has led to dissensions in the Cabinet. M. Tirard, the Premier, and M. Constano, Minister of the Interior, disputed the right of Boulanger to contest a Meat. The Porte will regard a Servian attack on Bulgaria as a casus belli. The Government of the Dominion claims L 200,000 damages for the seizure of sealers in Behring Sea, In the sculling championship, which will be decided on Monday, Searle will use a boat built by Clasper, O’Connor rows in a boat supplied by Swaddle. Both men are in splendid condition, and confident of victory. Barns, the Socialist, announces that he will contest the Dundee constituency at the next election. Carvilain’a cartridge factory at Antwerp exploded on Friday. Two hundred workmen were killed and 100 wounded. Several petroleum factories adjoining caught fire, and 100,000 barrels of petroleum burst. The explosion resembled an earthquake. Its effect was even more disastrous than was at first reported, and it is intimated that fully 300 persons were killed and 1,000 wounded. The River Scheldt was covered with burning petroleum, but fortunately the wind was blowing in a direction that left the shipping untouched. Two hundred factory girls are either hilled or seriously injured. The general damage to the port and buildings at Antwerp, including the Bourse, is moat extensive. It is feared that tho steeple of the cathedral has been injured. Every window in Antwerp was broken. All the crane machinery in connection with the port lies in ruins, A block of buildings covering a space of two acres was destroyed by a fire which occurred after the petroleum explosion. Barns had an interview on Friday with Lord Mayor Whitehead, Cardinal Manning* Bishop Temple (of London), Sir John Lubbock, M.P. (London University), and Lord Brassey, at the Mansion House. Burns agreed to the Lord Mayor’s proposal that the strikers should resume work at the old rate of wages, provided that the dock companies conceded that the demands of the strikers should take effect from and after January 1. Forty leading members of the Corn Exchange have warned the dock companies that they will hold them responsible for any logs they might incur owing to delay in the discharge of vessels. A later message says that the dock companies and Burns have accepted the proposals of Lord Mayor Whitehead, and the strike has ended ; but the latest news is that the Strikers’ Committee has refused to ratify Burns’s acceptance of the proposals.
YESTERDAYS CABLES., Issue 8007, 9 September 1889
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