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THE BRUNNER DISASTER. WELLINGTON, October 6. The Brunner compensation cases began at tho Supreme Court this morning before the Chief Justice without a jury. They are twenty-two in number, and all are taken as one. Three counsel appear for plaintiffs and two for the defence. Tho defendants are the Greymouth-Point Elizabeth Railway Coal Company, and the plaintiffs are Mary M‘lvor, George Geogbegan, Margaret Liddle, John Mnuder Langdon, Marjory Allen, Mary Kent, Elizabeth Willijams, Johanna James, Jessie Duncan, Alice Baxter, Sarah Ann Geoghegan, Mary MTvor, Elizabeth M'Donald, Elizabeth Brislane and William Brislane, Agnes M‘Cluskie, Agnes Anderson, and Mary Ann Moore. The statements of claims are in all cases alike, each setting out plaintiff is administrator of the person killed by the explosion, and that by the provisions of section 52 of the Goal Mines Act, IS9I, the fact of an accident occurring in the mine was prima facie evidence that it occurred through some negligence on the part of the defendant company. The total amount of-damages sued for is £30,000. The company deny a large number of the material allegations made by plaintiffs, and allege that plaintiffs have no right or title to sue. The defence of contributory negligence and common employment is also raised, and if loss or damage on the part of plaintiffs is proved the defendant company claim to sot against it all sums paid or payable to plaintiffs out of the relief fund of £32,651 13s lid raised by public subscription. , The cases are expected to last a week.

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WORK AND WAGES., Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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WORK AND WAGES. Issue 10439, 7 October 1897

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