The procession of trades unionists this afternoon, organised for the purpose of creating interest in and sympathy for the engineers on strike in Great Britain, could not be termed a success, and evidently suffered considerably through lack of enthusiasm. The pageant was arranged to start from the Triangle at three o'clock, but it was fully half an tour after that time before a start was made. The procession then comprised two lorries, manned by the Furniture trades Union, one showing the condition of trade under unionism and arbitration (three men and a boy) and the other showing trade without unionism (unlimited boys); the Amalgamated Society of Engineers to the number of about sixty, headed by their banner ; and the Dunedin Wharf Laborers' Industrial Union to the number of »bout a dozen, with their banner. The whole procession was about 100 yards long, and open order was observed at that. A goodly number of people assembled at the rendezvous to witness the start, but general disappointment at the meagrenesa of the muster was expressed. The procession proceeded along Cumberland street to St. Andrew street, and thence by way of George street and Princes street to the reclaimed land, where speeches were delivered by Mr Ben Tillett and the Rev. Mr Brooke.
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TRADES DEMONSTRATION., Evening Star, Issue 10464, 6 November 1897