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Federation Meetings

INQUIRY DEMANDED

WALLNUTT AND INQUEST

Big meetings were held on Sunday night in Wellington, Auckland, Christchurch and other centres.

The Empress Theatre, Wellington, was packed to the door. Mr. Glover presided, and the speakers were Messrs. H. M. Kennedy nnd H. E. Holland. On the motion of Mr. Ross, the following resolution was carried: —

"That this mass meeting demands an inquiry into the lawless law and order which took place at Waihi last week, expresses its indignatin at the partisan tactics evidently adopted by the police, and insists on the immediate arrest of those responsible for the attack on the Miners' Union Hall, and for other outrages on property and limb. Further, this meeting espresses its sympathy with the strikers and their families rendered homelesr after their splendid fight for legitimate unionism, ami records its heartfelt condolence with Mrs. Evans and her two children in the tragic bereavement that has befaller/ them by the brutal death of her unionist husband under the circumstances reported in the press." On the motion of Mr. Bailey, the following resolution was carried: — "That, whereas the man Wallnutt was chairman of the first meeting organised by the, scab Foster, and was openly accused by the miners, including the late Mr. Evans, of being ene of those implicated in the organising; of the scab union; and. whereas the Find Wallnutt is r. principal employee of the notorious local pai.er in whose office most of the studied and malicioiis falsehoods concerning the miners are manufactured for publication in ths capitalist press generally, this meeting denounces ns an outrage against! public decency and every principle of justice the manner in which the Massev Government is permitting the said Wallnutt to preside as coroner at the inquest concerning the murder of Mr. Evans. Furthermore, this meeting demands that the adjourned inquest be held at Aucklrmd or some other centre where there will be some guarantee that the proceedings will amount to something above a frame-up nnd a farce."

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Federation Meetings Maoriland Worker, Volume 3, Issue 88, 22 November 1912

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