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THE GREAT STRIKE IN LONDON., Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
THE GREAT STRIKE IN LONDON.
INCIDENTS OF THE MOVEMENT. In connection with the strikes, which included in their ranks representatives of dock labor, lightermen, navvies, coal whippers, tailors, printers' laborers, a large and orderly procession of men mado their way on Sunday, sth September, to Hyde Park, whero four waggons were drawn up, but from two of them there was very little speaking. A resolution declaring that the dock laborers and their sympathisers would remain on strike till their demands were fully conceded was adopted. JOHN BURNS'S SPEECH. Speeches were delivered by John Burns, Ben Tillett, Tom Mann, Mr Cunninghame Graham, M.P., and Mrs Aveling. The strikers' leader said in the course of his address that, so far as he was concerned, the strike had just begun.—(Cheers.) So far as the men were concerned, their sufferings and their patience had made them better disciplined, better organised, and more agreeable with each other than they were nineteen days ago. Their efforts on Saturday were fruitless—not through their fault, but through the criminal obstinacy of the dock directors. There would bo no more interviews until tho secretary and Mr Norwood had resigned through pressure from public opinion and from the sharcl: Iders.— (Cheers.) There would be no more Interviews until the directors completely climbed down. (Renewed cheer 3.) There was another rumor to the elfect that the leaders of the strike were not agreed. That was utterly untrue. The strike had assumed alarming proportions. He and others were urging the demands of two millions of people living in the east of London who had too long been inarticulate. He was proud of being a citizen of grand old London—of London saluting and being saluted by the police.— (Cheerß.) They had had several intermediaries in connection with the strike. One of the best was Cardinal Manning. What a sight to see the venerable, grand old Cardinal—full of high tastes and the best culture ; a man of Btrong nervous temperament, full of genuine sympathy and pity—what a sight to see him in his eightieth year in the same room as tho rat Norwood ! (Laughter and cheers.) The dock companies had rejected their terms, and why ? Because they desired to bring about a deadlock, so that they would be able to say to their shareholders that public opinion had forced them to yield.—(Cheers.) Tho directors would yield, but they were a long time conaidciing about it. A boa-constrictor was a long time considering about swallowing a rabbit or a pig, and btfore he did so he liked to lick it round.-(Laughter.) Well, the directors were licking round the dockers' " tanner." (Renewed laughter.) Some persons thought the strike could not go on much longer. Don't let auybedy believe it. On Saturday alone L 2.000 came in, and half of it came from the colonies.—(Cheers.) They were not too proud to alter their tactics to the exigencies of the_ situation ; they were not too proud nor too ignorant to assimilate their conduct to the action of their opponents. On the return journey from Hyde Park on Sunday Mr Burns had an interview with Cardinal Manning, who sent a special messenger to the Hyde Park meeting requesting a visit, and who expressed to his guest his admiration at the excellent order displayed by the processionist?. Numerous meetings were addressed during Tuesday by the strike leaders, ai.d for 'the first time since the commencement of the strike the police were present in large number?. No serious disturbance took place Mr Burus announced that L 1.500 had been received from Australia, and that the Committee had between L 2.000 and L 3.000 at their baukcra. A hundred thousand relief tickets were ready for distribution, and applications for them were invited at once. He deprecated the presence of extra police, and said that 100,000 strikers would guard the docks themselves. Resolutions in favor of continuing the strike were passed at each meeting. The sub-committee of the dock directors met the representatives of the Press on Tuesday, when Mr Lubbock said the directors had decided to havo no further communication with Messrs Burns and Tillet, but they would be quite willing to receive any of the men lately in their employ who were authorised to speak on behalf of their fellows. More loaded vans and waggons certainly left the various dock gates on Tuesday and Wednesday than had been seen since the strike began. Along the thoroughfares of commercial London a conspicuous change was visible in the presence of many vehicles carrying goods evidently sea-borne"; but cargoes were still rotting, laden vessels still lying undisturbed, and steamers delayed. SYMPATHY AT HOME AND ABROAD. Money continues to come in, and in the language of one of the supporters of the movement: "The army of out-of-works is rationed by the public." The pinch of hunger, though, is very severe, and it is not surprising that the more desponding should imagine that before long the struggle must collapse in consequence of physical disability on the part of the men to carry it on. Several prominent public men—Rev. Dr Liddon, Canon of St. Paul's, Canon Fleming, Canon Scott Holland, Cardinal Manning included—have expressed their sympathy with those on strike, and much encouragement has been derived from the practical help afforded by friends in our colonies. — • Age.'
THE GREAT STRIKE IN LONDON., Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
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