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WAIHI SENSATION.

Ed to leave tlie town commended to make their departure...Furniture was piled high on all .sorts of. vehicles. A detachment went in the direction of; Tawangia to make their location there.

At an early hour this morning, from 5 o'clock onwards, the Artoitratiouists sent strong bodies of pickets to various portions of the town to see that their-advice about leaving was put into practice.

There is ample police prelection, Kit the trouble is that tlie Federur tionists are scattered all over the town, and it is impossible to gueird each individual, but where police protection is applied for, it is" liberally given. • '

A number left by the early morning train, arid another detachment by the 9.55 a.m. train. -

At 7.30 this nUornirg workers to the number of about 300 strong, assembled a,t the Mirers' Union Hall and malrchedl to work, leaiving 1 a substantial picket in charge of the hall of which they, are now in possession. . "■■■■■'

The workers were entirely unmolested. I walked with them from the starting point till they ■readied the mine and there was not even a whisper. :

It is stated there are siifficient financial members of the Wailn" Miners' Union to transfer the property to the men now in possession and tihifl will foe done at a meeting to be called!.

The condition of the man Evans i.i critical and little hope is held out for his recovery.

In the dase of the oonsttiable, it has been ascertained that the bullet did nlot pierce the abdomen, but lodged in the side. It has not yet. been extracted, but cm operation will bte performed as soon as he is able to stand it.

Union Jacks are flying all over the town and almost ©veiybody is wearing, red, white and blue colouirs.

—General Jottings.—>

Needless to say the Ibusiuess peo* ple and residents of Waijihi generally express great relief at the cessation of a state of tilings that to many was rapidly spelling runiation. "It haa been an intolerable state of things," said one well known' business man. "Apart from the worry and anxiety that lias been the attitude of the women. This has had more effect on the wives of workers aliid business people than many imh agine, andi I can honfestly say that I thanked God Avheiv I «|aW the British flag hoisted on the flagstaff of the Miners' Union -flail, and heard the crowds sang "God Sa.ve tilie King. "It was the sweetest liiusiet we hava heard for many a day."

It is said that there are enough, financial lneniibers of the Waihi Miners' Union left to be able to transfer the property to the new union, and it Was related to me that two of the three Trustees* are also favoraible. It is said that Mr Riidd (who: is a relative of Bill IRiudd, one of th|U dhianiipion boxerg of Australia,) will probably be the first President of the new Waihi Miners' Union.

It is siaid that the bloiw* that Cbnsta,ble Wade struck" Eiv'ams alter he had been shot was a serioms one, and w'ais fytitick while the constables was maddened with paiin and before he collapsed.

The violence of the Workers after the shots were fired and Johnson, a worker, antl Wade were shot, was due to the fact that they knew that several Federation leaders carried revolvers but did not ■ktaoiW who were so ajrmied. It wlas therefore essential for the sia'fety of their own lives that they tootk no dliiances. Oonstablo Wadla w'aitf one of the miost popular of policemen. He whs a youmg giant, being aged 26' years aaid wae one of the most muscular members of the force at Wailii. Hu is $ cousin of Mr dhiasi. Doidge, of Thalmies.

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WAIHI SENSATION., Thames Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 10369, 13 November 1912

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WAIHI SENSATION. Thames Star, Volume XLVII, Issue 10369, 13 November 1912

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