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AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
AT HOME AND ABROAD
Mr W. Timpany has been re-elected President of the Caledonian Society of Southland. There were twenty-six deaths from influenza in Sydney during August. Seventy thousand immigrants were settled in Canada in 1906; Eight men have been committed for trial at Opunake (Taranaki) for tarring and feathering a man named Hill. W. Stewart, aged 19, son of Mr David Stewart, of Gorge Road, Oteramiva, died after a brief illness from influenza.. In the Supreme Court case in which iW. E. Tait, Invercargill, claimed £270 from Moritzon and Co., Dunedin, for hides supplied, judgment was reserved. ■Seven deaths from bubonic plague are reported from San Francisco. The bridge in course of erection over the St. Lawrence collapsed, and 61 workmen perished. Chinese laundries are to be brought under the operation of the Factories Act. The amending measure before Parliament limits the h@urs to be .worked by Asiatics in such laundries to 18 per week, unless warranted by an inspector. Webb has accepted Tresider’s challenge to contest the rowing championship of the world. The race will probably take place at Wanganui in February. Constable McChesncy, who has been stationed at South Invetcargill for some years, has retired on a wellearned pension, after a connection with the service of over 40 years, he having joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1864. He was presented by his comrades at Invercargill with a handsome armchair. The Labour party appears to be thoroughly dissatisfied with the Amxnded Arbitration Act one union regarding it as the most dangerous measure ever introduced from the worker’s point of view-. Oamaru flourmill workers, the Chamber of Commerce, and the A. and P. Association protest against the removal of duty on Australian flour because it would affect the New Zealand labour markets and reduce the value of land. The no-license leagues want the Government to deal effectively with beer depots, the locker system, and bottle licenses. While the statue forming part of the Southland Fallen Troopers' Memorial was being hoisted into position on Monday the rope broke and the figure fell, the neck and limbs being fractured. Expert advice is to the effect that the statue, which cost !£Bo, can be mended, and this is to be done at once. It is suggested that old-age pensions can be provided in Britain if the Government will supplement the funds of friendly societies. A troop of the Royal Engineers mutinied in the Transvaal owing, it Is stated, to inconsiderate treatment by their officers. A motor race at Brescia was witnessed by 100,000 persons. Baron Bartino, one of the competitors, was killed, and two others are dying. The Marquis Paliavichini and a friend who were motoring to Brescia, collided with a train and were killed. Owing to the circumstances connected with the wreck of the steamer Kia Ora, the Dunedin Women’s Christian Temperance Union urge the Government to abolish packet licenses, and ask the steamship companies to follow the example of the leading American •, companies, and insist on total abstinence from intoxicating liquors on the part of its officers. The Factories Act Amendment Bill provides that where in a borough having a population of less than 5000 a factory and shop are combined under the management of the same occupier it shall be sufficient compliance with the law relating to the half-holiday if the occupier ,of the factory allows a half-holiday on the day appointed for the statutory halfholiday under the “Shops and Offices Act, 1904,’’ in lieu of on Saturday, so long as notice of this arrangement is given to the inspector of factories. Exceptions in regard to newspapers have been always madq in connection with the half-holiday law, but these will not in future apply to boys, whether above or below the age of sixteen. The Minister of Labour refuses to increase the population limit so as to include Invercargill.
Hobart timber merchants desire greater facilities for shipping stocks to New Zealand. Word has been received from the promoters of the new tram service by the Borough Council that an engineer had been instructed to at once prepare plans and specifications for the new tramway system, to be gone on with immediately. The motive power decided on is coke motor cais —steam power generated from coke. The cars will be self contained, and the tramlines will be laid down on exactly the lines reqpired for electric cars. Although long-delayed, the public will appreciate: the action of these gentlemen —Messrs Ward and Henderson —in giving the borough an np-to-date service. Of course it will take a good deal of time to get the line constructed, but the public can rest assured that the promoters intend to lose no time in 'extending the line, and we trust thsir venture will meet the success it richly deserves. The Government has introduced an amended Arbitration Act. Under it Industrial Councils take the place of ConciHation Boards, and have full power to settle disputes and make awards. Where men are fined for striking or incur other debts under the Act, power is given to recover the amount by successive deductions from the wages of the person concerned until the full amount is paid off. All officers of Unions must be members of the trade interested. On the vexed question of preference to Unionists power is given to the secretary of either the Employers’ or the Workers’ Union to make application to the Court to empower him to collect the same amount of money from non-unionists as has to be paid by unionists. This makes provision that every man who receives the benefit of an award has to contribute an amount equal so that contributed by unionists. The British Labour party, in conjunction with a committee representing many of the leading Trades Unions, has drafted a Bill which has been laid before the House of Commons, and in which Iveir Hardie’s claim is set forth in the title, "The Bight to Work Bill.” Under its provision it will imposeß on local authorities the duty of giving a man work, or, failing this, of maintaining him whilst out of work. This, (remarks an exchange) is a piece of socialism which goes straight to the point, and while it may be too much to expect anything practical from it, as things are in the Commons, its discussion is more than likely to put the Right Hon. John Burns in a light corner.
AT HOME AND ABROAD, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
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